Sorry I somehow missed this going up. Good write up, and that all sounds pretty awful, thanks for taking one for the team. It's kind of hard to believe that this was where they decided to go after the pretty fantastic Prime games. I mean we may rib Nintendo for continuously doing the same things all the time, but when you see things like this it makes you never want them to take a risk.
Also I confess I am not an expert on Samus, but wasn't she adopted and raised by the Chozo after her parents death? Did none of them take on any sort of parental figure role for Samus that she had to latch onto her CO in the GF1?