Date: 18 Oct 2010 06:47 Title: Chapter Fifteen
What an irony that it is today that I re-read this chapter and Macet's words about naïveté and it was earlier today that another chapter on the same subject had been posted.
It's clear that what had happened back then on the Enterprise is still hunting him and still with him. And it didn't shape very flattering opinion of the Federation and its officers.
I like "almost familial affection" phrase :)
Spirodopoulos had a morning (?) of studies: discovering and interspecies study in the bathroom and a study of his own face. And his own soul. It's been only a few days, but so much had changed, such a different situation he was facing now, such different decisions he would have to make. It's not the same war for him any more.
Dr. Hetalc is nothing close to the infamous Moset. He cares for his patients, he cares for their lives and isn't happy that one healthy man wants to risk his health and maybe quality of life for some Vulcan mind hocus-pocus. And he hated losing T'Ruveh in the end, even though he knew he couldn't help her.
Having to stand there and watch all those lives be snuffed out, on an impersonal computer display, definitely haunted him.
And for Spirodopoulos to see this image of himself so changed really got his attention, that's for sure.
As for Dr. Hetalc, yes--he did NOT like the fact that he was expected to supervise that mind-meld. Not because he was a bigot, but for exactly the reason you said: he thought it could harm Subek.
Date: 17 Feb 2010 07:38 Title: Chapter Fifteen
Absorbing and excellent as always. One can understand the practicalities and politics at play nnow that the immediate threat is over for the two sides to work together. Personnel deployment throught the largely Cardassian fleet being foremost. A lot of room for things to go wrong. Macet genuinely wants the Starfleet crew to settle in and feel safe but there is much suspicion and tension still. As seen with the doctor feeling almost as if the loss of a Starfleet life in his hands might be cause for trouble.
Of course, as a Vulcan fan and author of T'Vel who through the process of a mind meld and katra transference was highly damaged I was so excited at the Vulcan story here. Really well realised and executed Nerys. Thoughtful and considered approach to writing as always.
Thank you so much for reading! :-)
You're right, that Macet really does want both crews to be able to work comfortably with each other, but there's no way it can be a perfect situation, and I think there's good reason, too, for Spirodopoulos to have concerns.
And the doctor...you NAILED it. He definitely has a fear of being accused of not trying hard enough, or worse, of doing something to cause T'Ruveh's death. Add to that the fact that as a member of the Cardassian Guard he hasn't really had a chance to practice on other species, and he's definitely apprehensive. I think he fears that if he DOES get blamed, that because he's Cardassian, he won't be believed even if there was nothing else whatsoever that he could've done. :-(
Date: 15 Feb 2010 19:22 Title: Chapter Fifteen
The problem with reviewing this chapter is that there's just so much to it. It's densely written (athough it doesn't drag at all ... it's just really full of imagery and moments worth mentioning and I can't mention them all).
I'll hit the highlights, though I wish I had the time and energy to say more.
First of all the conversation between Macet and Spirodopoulos was fantastic. Spiro's protectiveness of the men under him, and Macet's understanding and even being impressed -- that was a nice moment.
Then the shower ... you manage to always remind us in the little ways what the differences are between Cardassians and humans, and the story is richer for it. Just top quality world building. And then Spiro checking himself out in the mirror with the Cardassian armor on ... getting a small moment to think ... that was great.
And of course, we have the Vulcans. Superbly written and handled from start to finish; the reactions of everyone involved were just spot on, from the Vulcans to the Trill to the human to the Cardassians. A very moving scene, indeed.
Well done (as always).
Thank you SO much for reading and reviewing!! :-)
I'm glad you liked the fact that Macet was impressed! One thing I remembered from "The Wounded" was Picard's mention of his prior encounter with the Cardassians, and he approached them with shields down...and they were NOT impressed. My explanation of that is that they were not only not in a good mood, but were insulted by the fact that (to their perspective) Picard did not consider them worthy of defending against. Here, Spirodopoulos shows he DOES recognize the strength of the Cardassians...and Macet respects that. This working relationship, I think, will be very, VERY different from the one between Picard and Macet.
About the shower...just in case you're interested, that "scrubber"-looking thing is meant to scrub old microscales off, kind of the Cardassian equivalent of using a loofah for exfoliation, except it's more necessary for them.
The mirror scene...that's one I'd really been wanting to write about for a long time. There was no way seeing himself in that armor--REALLY seeing himself--wasn't going to have an impact!
Glad you liked the katra scene. I wasn't quite sure about that, about having not just the Cardassians but the human uncomfortable with it...but I have to admit, it does creep me out now that I'm older and I consider the implications.