Date: 28 May 2013 13:34 Title: Prologue
Well you of course got me at the blurb line:
I suppose it is meant to be a proto-Star Trek. A glimpse at a Star Trek future through the eyes of someone other than Gene Roddenberry in the early 1960s. Perhaps someone less positive about the future than Roddenberry?
Not because I have anything against the Roddenberry vision but I do like to see new takes on things and given that the canon events show that Starfleet made the Genesis depsite knowing the potential of its use a weapon. In this universe, it is used explicitly for that purpose by Starfleet against the Romulans. A neat twist on the original since the Klingons were originally being used then. How much more interesting it will be to see Romulans and the Federation against each other and potentially Genesis weapon in the middle between them.
The waiting at Midway for the Romulan representatives to show up it put me in mind of the NuBSG premiere at the armistice station. For a fraction of a time I was expecting the Romulans to show up with brand new massive ships to come hand the Federation its ass. I'm left wondering where are you going with this as we come to the end of this first instalment.
We don't have much of a feeling for Lockhart other than he seems weary of the situation and appears to have a cooler head, willing to give the Romulans a chance and hold the peace even if he doesn't completely trust them but of course will keep weapons trained and ready on them. It seems too that his captaincy has a few subordinate officers who are willing to make questioning comments in front of the captain. So I'm willing to be lulled into finding out more about the crew and the setting here and what comes next.
Date: 28 May 2013 11:12 Title: Prologue
I can see that the names here were chosen with care. Yorktown, symbolizing the decisive battle that ended the American Revolution; Dante, symbolizing hell in the extreme; and Midway, symbolizing an important Allied naval victory in WWII.
The dropping of the Genesis bomb is clearly meant to be an allegory to Hiroshima; the question is whether there is a second bomb at all - and there might not be.
Tallow represents a hawkish, jingoistic point of view; he seems to be a true believer that the Federation has more stealth ships, more bombs and can rain even more terror on the Romulans. Morrell seems more prudent, and probably more in doubt as to the Federation's claimed level of firepower.
As for Lockhart, he has to walk a tightrope. Does he squelch Tallow and others like him, trying to get everyone on the same page a la the diplomatic ending which is their primary purpose? Or does he let them let off some steam, hoping that their words will cool them down, rather than potentially rile others up who might be on the fence?
It's a fascinating beginning, and I'm curious about where you'll go with it all.