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Reviewer: Gul Rejal Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 06 Oct 2010 01:40 Title: Chapter Four

"Oh-dark-hundred hours" :) I love this one!

And I like that Spirodopoulos didn't lose his sense of humour, a bit morbid and sarcastic, but it's still there in spite of the situation.

He has a lot to think about, doesn't he? He still doesn't trust them, but he can clearly see there is something different about this camp and those four guls. Maybe they feed him with lies and want to use their prisoners as tools, but maybe... maybe there really is something in what they say.

Knowing, who those guls are, especially the one, who remained unnamed, lets me understand better what they represent and what kind of impression they could make on Spirodopoulos.

Author's Response:

That's a common saying in the US military...I'm sure Spirodopoulos picked it up at the Academy. ;-)

And yes, Spirodopoulos' sense of humor can be a bit sarcastic.

This is a very, very tough decision for Spirodopoulos to have to make.  It doesn't even matter that Spirodopoulos thinks that sometimes Starfleet/Federation leadership makes foolish decisions.  "Even" a Starfleet officer doesn't want to be a traitor.

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed [Report This]
Date: 27 Jul 2009 14:30 Title: Chapter Four

Hehe, is it just me or is Folani channeling Kira? Or is it just another hint at O'Brien's comment on "bajoran women" in the first episode? Either way, I like it!

I have to ask... what's an interrobang? Did I miss something?

I love the imagry here: "Silent, Folani ran the chain of her earring over the tops of her fingers." Beautiful writing.

The idea that you learn to hear the original language "behind" the translator after a while is really interesting! Gotta email more about this!

Not to mentiong the ethic minorities of Cardassia! Oh yeah. Great stuff!

Ooooh. Macet can be really scary when he really lets himself unravel. Woah. Hell i was only READING his words, but I was still knocked back in my seat!

And I'm liking Spirodopolous more and more for each chapter. (Even though his name breaks my brain.)



Author's Response:

I've seen some interesting comments suggesting that Bajoran society borders on the matriarchal, so while I wouldn't say all Bajoran women are like this, I do think that their culture doesn't frown on assertiveness in women the way European and American cultures STILL sometimes do.  I would say that the need to resist the Cardassians further enhanced that trait since all available hands were needed to fight and to lead.

An "interrobang" is a term I heard for the combination exclamation point and question mark, like when you write, "?!"  That's the emotion Folani's experiencing here.

And I can't wait for your e-mail...I SO look forward to it! :-)

You actually have all three major races of the Cardassian species represented in the room.  Va'Kust hails from Nevot, the same continent Broca is from.  But anyone who judged Va'Kust by Broca would be making a HUGE mistake--just like anyone who judges Macet by Dukat is.

Interesting that you found Macet scary!  Was he forceful?  Ohhh yeah.  But to me, he's not truly creepy the way (canon) Dukat is.

And glad you're liking Spirodopoulos!  About his name...yeah, I know it's long and can be difficult to spell.  But I saw someone make an interesting point somewhere, about how so often in Star Trek, heroes are only given simple Anglo-Saxon or occasionally Germanic names.  But when I first drew Spirodopoulos, it became readily apparent to me that he was Greek.  And that's how a lot of Greek names can be--they may seem unwieldy to us if we're not used to them, but that's normal for his culture.  So I wanted to give him a true Greek name rather than hold back. :-)

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