I disagree. I don't think Bungie's idea of the Gravemind was inherently evil. Manipulative, sure. Ruthless, yeah. But everything the Gravemind did in Halos 2 and 3 was for the sake of, again, the growth and survival of the Flood. It wasn't for revenge. The Gravemind as Bungie created it was like ST's Brain Bug; it absorbed its enemies knowledge so that it would be better able spread throughout the universe, because that's what the Bugs needed to do. It was instinct. So to with the Gravemind; instinct was the driving factor leading it to do some rather terrible things (torture Cortana, betray Arby & The Chief).I DR HALSEY I wrote:Yeah, I think any moral ambiguity with the Flood goes out the window pretty much after the Gravemind speaks and it's not longer just a parasite doing what parasites do. Had the Flood been a purely parasitic organism just acting on instinct, it'd be akin to the Bugs vs humanity in the Starship Troopers novel, neither really hates the other but both want the same real estate. But, again, when the Gravemind enters the picture that is gone. Yet that's hardly anything new on 343's part.Chimera30 wrote:I preferred the Flood as simply a mysterious organism simply following its instinct to grow and survive, which just happened to be at the expense of all other life. The addition of "evil" into their origins takes away their charm as an enemy, because fighting the Flood wasn't so cut and dry as good vs evil, but rather a scenario of survival of the fittest. But now the shades of grey are gone, and the Flood has been retconned into typical evil villain territory.JV11077 wrote:Same here. I miss the Flood's origins being a mystery. The precursor corrupted space dust that infected dog like pets which eventually turned into the flood really makes it hard for me to take the flood serious anymore. That's such a lame origin. Would have better if the flood was the precursors big middle finger to the forerunners or something. Anything but evil space dust....Chimera30 wrote:I feel similarly.KCD0DGER wrote:Oh I understand the pre-343i universe just fine because it had set rules.
I understood Bungie's Halo pretty well because some things were purposefully shrouded in mystery (origins of the Flood, identity of the Forerunners), and I was able to accept that. Hell, I preferred it.
The Flood's current origins and purpose/goals in new on 343i's part, because now they are established as a species created specifically from the wrathful, insane remains of a scorned parent seeking to destroy and corrupt everything their children have created. They turned the Flood into a creature born from the desire of vengeance. I guess it comes down to that, really; the intent behind something's actions. You wouldn't call Cordyceps evil for infecting ants, nor would you if a species of Cordyceps evolved naturally to infect humans. But if someone created a version of the fungus that could infect humans in a particularly gruesome and painful way, then that version, born of malice, could be classified as evil.