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Reviewer: Strider Signed [Report This]
Date: 06 Apr 2017 04:53 Title: Kirk

We don't really connect Jim and Christine, but you do a really good job of doing exactly that. Of COURSE he is wondering how she will affect his whole crew and mission--and the way you write it, it seems obvious and inevitable. Of COURSE this is what happened. I love that.

Reviewer: Strider Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 Aug 2014 07:48 Title: Kirk

I like this POV--Kirk sees her as part of a whole, as I believe he does most people, since Kirk is responsible for the whole. Also--good mannerisms, with Kirk rubbing his neck and stressing about the decision. Nice job!

Author's Response:

Strider!  So good to see you back! :D  I hope your virtual pen is in overdrive--anxiously awaiting some new stuff from you. ;-)

Thanks for the kind words.  Yes, Kirk would evaluate her through much different eyes than the average crewman--so glad that came through loud and clear.

Reviewer: Cowgirlcadet1701 Signed [Report This]
Date: 09 Jul 2014 22:21 Title: Kirk

Looks like Christine is pretty much irresistibly likable. And Spock is clueless. But if I have my way, he won't be forever. Got a series getting started that's a lot about them.

Reviewer: Mackenzie Calhoun Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 May 2014 00:58 Title: Kirk

Somehow good to see Kirk running the rule over Chapel or at least considering her when she joins the ship. If anyone other than Bones would know, it's Kirk.

Reviewer: Gatekeeper Signed [Report This]
Date: 22 May 2014 01:22 Title: Kirk

This is so very much what Scotty would do around a 'bonny lass'. I think it fits his character perfectly. He was one character with two very distinct sides to his personality--the business side, where he was a professional, in every sense of that word, and the more playful side--which we see here.

Reviewer: zeusfluff Signed [Report This]
Date: 22 May 2014 00:24 Title: Kirk

I enjoyed this little piece on Scotty. I've enjoyed all the pieces you've come with so far, and find this story interesting to read.

Cannot wait to see what you come up with for Day 5.

Reviewer: M C Pehrson Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 May 2014 21:03 Title: Kirk

I recently viewed this episode for the first time in years, and I was actually wondering what Kirk was thinking about Chapel and her commitment--or lack thereof. Your story does a good job of zeroing in on his concerns. I bet he noticed that she was a very good-looking woman, too! I'm looking forward to your next installment.

Author's Response:

I must admit, that episode was on my mind when I wrote Kirk's part.  The fact that, at the end when she'd learned of Roger's fate, it was Kirk who convinced her to stay, made me think he must have seen something in her beyond a woman searching for her fiance.  Otherwise, he'd have been quite happy to let her go after the incident on Exo III.

Reviewer: Gatekeeper Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 May 2014 05:48 Title: Kirk

This reminds me of the saying, "you can't help who you love" and I think it rings true for Christine. As for Spock, he still doesn't seem to understand the complexities of human emotion here, nor the workings of a woman's heart. Nice look into how he saw Nurse Chapel.

Author's Response:

Yes.  I think he had to realize there was some sexual tension, and desire there, possibly on both sides.  Why else would he have snatched his hand away from her so abruptly in 'The Naked Time' when she confronted him and declared her love for him?

Reviewer: FalseBill Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 23:05 Title: Kirk

Nicely Done. Good take on Chapel from Kirk pov.

Author's Response:

Thanks, FB - glad you liked it.

Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 16:29 Title: Kirk

I always love introspective pieces, and this one's definitely a fine offering to the genre. Kirk's thoughts on Chapel and her motivations are terrific; a captain's consideration of her motivations. Great work, as usual!

Author's Response:

Yep.  While others might think she had a good personality or a good heart, an excellent background in science or nursing, Kirk would look at how/what she could contribute to his crew from a captain's perspective - at least that's what I thought.  Thanks for reading and reviewing.

Reviewer: CaptainSarine Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 11:38 Title: Kirk

Nice idea. I'll have to go and read the original piece, as well. You captured Kirk's voice well and developed his thought process perfectly. I look forward to seeing everybody else's reactions. Well done!

Author's Response:

Thanks!  As I said to another reviewer, there were so many more layers to Chapel IMHO than we ever saw on screen.  With this, and the companion piece, I wanted to give her her moment to shine.

Reviewer: Miranda Fave Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 09:06 Title: Kirk

Ha as if he could convince McCoy to be on his best behaviour ever. But it has to be said, I love this. The premise is such an interesting one and I recall the companion piece and loved it so really looking forward to the perspectives to come and what you do with it. Here the viewpoint of Kirk was fitting and I loved how he was wary about choosing Chapel based on her motivations being personal. The folly of the man. A little hypocritical of him given his own drive and being motivated by personal motivations so often.

Author's Response:

Yeah, like McCOy ever listens to anything Kirk tells him to do in the non-professional realm. ;-)  I don't really see Kirk as being hypocritical here, though.  True, some of his motivations are personal (I fully believe that Tarsus played a vital part in the core values he developed and the man he became), but let's face it - when, for him, the question came down to saving the woman he loved or letting her die for the greater good of Mankind, we all know what choice he made.

Reviewer: TemplarSora Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 07:04 Title: Kirk

Neat! This is an interesting look at Chapel (and I'm going to have to check out the companion piece later as well), and I think I'm going to enjoy McCoy's point of view. Looking forward to more!

Author's Response:

Thanks, TS.  Chapel is an underrated, underestimated (everyone just thinks of her as that chick who moons over Spock), and underutilized character.  I wanted to take the opportunity to give her some love.  We're going to see some interesting sides of her, starting with McCoy's entry.  He won't have the whole picture (that will come out in several other people's views), but we're gonna start to see just what she's made of.

Reviewer: RogueJawa Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 05:34 Title: Kirk

Once again you've succeeded in pulling me into the TOS-era which I tend to tread so lightly through. I enjoyed this opening into how Kirk began assembling his staff. I can't wait to read more, LBD!

Author's Response:

Thanks, RogueJawa.  It must have been intimidating for Chapel to be a member of a crew who had aspirations to be there, when initially her only goal was to find out what happened to her fiance.  Somewhere, somehow that changed for her, and I wonder, if she had known what the other members of the crew thought of her, would that have changed sooner?

Reviewer: Gatekeeper Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:55 Title: Kirk

I think it is always interesting to see one crewman through the eyes of everyone else. And, I agree, it had to bother Kirk that she was there for--apparently--the wrong reasons. You never know if it will work when people do something in the field of service to serve their own interests. But, from Christine's perspective, if my fiance took off on an expedition of that kind, and I hadn't heard from him, I would want to know, too, and if I had the qualifications, I would probably use them. It will be interesting to see how the others see her, too.

Author's Response:

According to the original story she got off on the right foot with some, with others not so much.  We'll see if her views of how things went jive with everyone else's. ;-)

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:50 Title: Kirk

Ah, this was a good piece. Love the way Kirk details his thoughts here, very command centric and crew centric. Not a lot of thought was ever really given in TOS run of why everyone stayed for years on end, but it was a different era then and a cohesive unit was something that was just about a requirment. As we saw later in Starfleet, people could transfer pretty much any time they wanted.

I can't wait for McCoy's view. :)

Author's Response:

Kirk had to be experiencing some jitters and uncertainty about how his crew would perform early on, and his feeling that they must gel in order to be effective.  And Chapel's unique situation would be just the fly in the ointment he had been hoping to avoid.  Oh well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

LOL!  Can't imagine why McCoy's view could be of inerest. ;-)

Reviewer: MIck Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:47 Title: Kirk

This is a good idea.  Great perspective here.  It'll be interesting to see how Chapel is percieved by her crewmates.

Author's Response:

She had her say in "One Small Step."  Only seemed fair to turn the tables.

Thanks for reading and reviewing. :D

Reviewer: jespah Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:38 Title: Kirk

Ah, it'll be interesting to see what everyone thinks of Christine. Certainly, as Kirk notes, she's more than competent. But yeah, her wish to go into space in order to find Roger, rather than for other reasons, had to have been troubling to him.

Author's Response:

That had to have been a major concern for him, but each of the seven will perceive her differently, according to how they interacted with her on her first day.  And you know what they say about first impressions...

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:34 Title: Kirk

Ooh, interesting perspective.  I like it.  This is a really cool theme for the week.

Author's Response:

Yep. First impressions work both ways, and I have to thank you for the free writes that led to the original story, which will in turn lead to these ficlets.

Reviewer: zeusfluff Signed [Report This]
Date: 19 May 2014 04:33 Title: Kirk

Great piece you've got here LBD. I could totally see Kirk clearly trying to really figure out how his new crew member will fit into the journey. Thanks for this.

Author's Response:

Thanks, zeusfluff. Chapel will leave a different impression on each of the seven, just as she had a different impression of each of them.  She interacted with five of the seven in the original story, so we'll get to see that first meeting with two of them here.

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