which is why the indoctrination theory is so intriguing. Granted, almost anything can be hung up on the bad writing (BSN is an echo chamber of vitriol, but a user there mentioned that the AI is space Hitler with a Mein Kompf complex. The AI used words like Solution, harvest, and ascending to describe mass genocide and pulpification.
I've read transcripts about the endings and listened to the Catalyst and Shepard talking. Depending on your EMS, you are presented with 1, 2 or all 3 choices. During each of those reads, the catalyst alters or omits certain arguments or statements, further trying to influence you away from the destroy option.
It's hard to pick up on your first run through, since your still in WTF mode, and the way its written doesnt allow the exposition to set in, but the Catalyst is trying to direct you away from the Destroy option. Even when Shepard asks for peace in the synthesis option, the catalyst brushes it aside and just says the cycle will end. The reason many people are dubious of a synthesis ending is because that is what the reapers are... machines with organic pulp in them.
Pulling back to a metagame aspect, If you pick destroy with a High enough EMS, Shepard draws breath in the rubble. I know its a leap of faith but the catalyst made mention that all synthetics would be destroyed and even mentioned you were part synthetic. So two lines of thought occur with catalyst's exposition and what evidence we are presented with:
1) Catalyst is lying through its teeth, sprinkling truth throughout like TIM trying to get you over toward its line of thinking.
Shepard is ok and his synthetics are still working. If his synthetics are working, wouldnt other synthetics be working as well? So that means the geth and edi are also ok?
2) The Catalyst is actually telling the truth at this part. Shepard is part organic. Organic enough to live without the synthetic parts. Which are now inert pieces of metal close to vital organs. We could go a little bit further in this logic train and say that Shepard wont be living much longer after the quick wipe to credits.
That's my supposition. I vote indoctrination theory and a dirty lying catalyst because the game doesnt deserve such horrible writing that didnt get peer reviewed by the rest of the writing staff at Bioware.
Spoilered Transcript with bolded type that is intriguing.
Cat: Wake up.
Shep: What? Where am I?
Cat: The citadel, its my home.
Shep: Who are you?
Cat: I am the catalyst.
Shep: I thought the citadel was the catalyst?
Cat: No the citadel is a part of me.
Shep: I need to stop the reapers. Do you know how to do that?
Cat: The reapers are mine. I control them. They are my solution.
Shep: Solution? To what?
Cat: Chaos. You bring it on yourselves. The created, will always rebel against their creators. But we found a way to stop that from
happening. A way to restore order for the next cycle.
Shep: By wiping out organic life?
Cat: No, we harvest advanced civilizations. Leaving the younger ones alone. Just as we left your people alive the last time we were here.
Shep: But you killed the rest...
Cat: We helped them ascend, so they could make way for new life, storing the old life in Reaper form.
Shep: I think we'd rather keep our own form.
Cat: No, you cant. Without us to stop it, synthetics would destroy all organics. We've created the cycle so that never happens. That's the
-- You'll never understand. (chosen option. both merge to same dialogue tree path)
-- We dont want to be preserved!
Shep: But you're taking away our future. Without a future we have no hope. Without hope, we might as well be machines. Programmed
to do what we're told.
Cat: You dont need hope. The fact that your standing here, the first organic to do so, proves it. But it also proves my solution won't
Shep: So now what?
Cat: That depends on you.
Shep: What do you mean?
Cat: The crucible changed me. Created new... possibilities. But I cant make them happen. And I wont.
Shep: Make what happen?
Cat: What you came here to do. You want to destroy us. You can wipe out all synthetic life if you want, including the geth. Even you are partly synthetic.
Shep: But the reapers will be destroyed?
Cat: Yes, but the peace wont last. Soon your children will create synthetics and the chaos will come back.
Cat: Or do you think you can control us?
Shep: Huh. So the Illusive Man was right after all.
Cat: Yes. But he could never have taken control... because we already controlled him.
Shep: But I can...
Cat: You will die. You will control us. But you will lose everything you have.
Shep: But the reapers will obey me?
Cat: There is another solution
Shep: And that is?
Cat: Add your energy to the crucible's. Everything you are will be absorbed, and sent out. The chain reaction will combine all synthetic and organic life into a new framework. A new DNA.
Shep: I... dont know...
Cat: Why not? Synthetics are already apart of you. Can you imagine your life without them?
Shep: And there will be peace?
Cat: The cycle will end. Synthesis is the final evolution of life, but we need each other to make it happen. You have a difficult decision.
All endings come back to this point.
Cat: Releasing the energy of the crucible *will* end the cycle. But it will also destroy the mass relays. The paths are open. But you have to chose.