So I just finished my first run of ME2 weeee!
As the credits started rolling I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the last boss fight.
While it might have been a bit lame as boss fights go there was a very interesting thing it made me think about.
You are a person that has been basically turned into a more sophisticated version of Robocop. Shepard's body has not only been cyberneticaly fixed and enhanced but throughout the course of the game you can research upgrades to even further improve yourself with implants and other things. And here you are staring at the unfinished new reaper who is basically a big Terminator a synthetic/organic being. To add to the irony factor it is hinted multiple times that part of the reason for them taking note of humanity is because of Shepard inflaming their interest; which in turn lead to them starting to use humans for the uniqueness.
Shepard and the reaper in progress share almost as much as the Terminator vs. Robocop fantasy.
In both cased you are both a synthetic/organic hybrid (a cyborg if you want to use a crude term) both a mix of man and machine, sure the exact mix varies but the difference is irrelevant.
However just like our old favorites R&T there is a fundamental difference: the mind. The reaper is a predominantly machine mind (as revealed by conversion with Legion saying there are likely many programs running) while Shepard still retains his biological human mind, just like R&T.
This to me was doubly funny.
First is just how close and how similar you are to the reaper in everything but mind.
Second is how much of a parallel you can draw to old favorites like Robocop and Terminator.
Like one cartoon character once said: "If irony was made of strawberries, we'd all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."