Date: 22 Dec 2013 19:54 Title: Chapter 4
Redjac! Nice throwback reference and an awesome job at weaving that episode into this. I was thinking to myself that it was indeed very Redjac like as I was reading but to see it actually be Redjac pleased me. I always wanted a follow up to that episode as it was one of my favorite ones from TOS.
Good story and good questions asked here. Like the twist a lot and the throwback reference. Well done.
Author's Response: I thought that little twist would be a good one. I always thought that DS9 had more clever tie-ins to TOS than TNG did.
Date: 22 Dec 2013 19:47 Title: Chapter 3
Ah, more deep questions. DS9 was good at asking them, though answering them they sometimes missed on. I like the way O'Brien brings up his past experiences here to quash Bashir's idealism. I'm an idealist, I get where Bashir is coming from, but there are some creatures out there that are without redemption and O'Brien is right, sometimes the harshest penalty is the only way to go.
The prisoner escaping is not a good thing and I suspect one of our mains here is going to find themselves in a trouble with that guy sooner rather than later. Pacing in the chapter was good, liked the way you weaved in the deeper questions/past actions and look forward to more.
Author's Response: That was most interesting aspect of the Bashir-O'Brien dynamic--one being the idealist and the other a realist in nearly everything. And of course, the serial killer in this story did manage to hit a nerve with Odo about how much blood is really on his hands. It's a fun little exercise in tying in what we learned about the main characters throughout the series with a story taking place during DS9's first season.
Date: 22 Dec 2013 19:36 Title: Chapter 2
1. The death penalty is a bit harsh but, seeing as how this is set after the Occupation, I totally buy it. I like the discussion (silent in a lot of ways) that Odo and Kira had about the way the Cardassians treated those they thought were guilty. It's these deeper questions and issues that make Trek so good.
2. Love Quark being Quark and the way he tries to get out of trouble here. Great interaction between him and Odo.
3. Halnok is an ass. An asses ass. He's hitting on Dax and acting all superior like. Red shirt him, post-haste, sir.
Author's Response: Great points. On the issue of the death penalty, "Duet" seemed to indicate the Bajorans reserved it for Cardassian war criminals. And the end of the Occupation still being in the rearview mirror raises an issue of sociopaths who now have no place in society during more peaceful times. Having been the impartial participant during the Occupation, Odo sees the merits of two different methods of criminal justice. My thinking that Odo intuited that Kira was guilty of that particular murder, but just couldn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, and so didn't want to turn anyone over to the Cardassians without being absolutely sure.
Date: 22 Dec 2013 19:22 Title: Chapter 1
Well, just another day on DS9 and a teaser to what looks to be an interesting episode. You'd think by this point anyone of the crew would know that sticking Sisko in the same room as ancient artifacts would be a bad idea, especially when said articfacts are so old. I don't know what the crackling energy means, but I'm pretty sure it can't be anything good.
But it does look fun. Particularly liked the details of the set up here, how the officers were treating the artifacts and the cargo in general.
Author's Response: I thought the biggest challenge would be how they handle these ancient artifacts knowing that sometimes Trek characters seem rather stupid or careless if it suits the plot. At least the group here has a basic understanding that the most harmless looking of inanimate objects can cause problems.