Date: 12 Mar 2015 16:11 Title: Part IV: The Improbable Alliance: 5
I guess not only Deen has enjoyed a sheltered life so far. Owens also needs to say goodbye to his preconceptions and has to stop judging by Starfleet standards when they apparently don’t work. He can’t call people terrorists for simply refusing to side with the benevolent but quite pestering victors who refuse to go home having the best interests of the Valerians at heart. I almost believe it.
Still, there is hope for Owens – he quickly switched from accusations of terrorism to planning a…tactical strike. These Starfleet euphemisms never cease to amuse me. He has to spend more time around people like Sharval, and the lady clearly would like that too.
Author's Response: Yeah, Owens is definitely out of his element here. Truth be told he's gotten more used to sitting in his cushy captain's chair, not running through sewers and trying to avoid his own people trying to capture him. As for Sharval and Owens ... something appears to be brewing there.
Date: 02 Mar 2015 22:02 Title: Part IV: The Improbable Alliance: 5
Good Lord, where to begin?!
Owens and party are actually forced to decide between remaining imprisoned by Lam, or joining an insurgency, a choice that’s going against all the captain’s training and intuition. Still, Lam hasn’t given them much choice in the matter, as it seems the good general has gone quite off the proverbial reservation.
The fact that Owens is considering acts of sabotage against the Marines is testament to how awful, sordid, and complex this whole mess has become in such a short span of time.
Oh, and fleeing through the sewers? I loved how Owens was reflecting that such an avenue of escape always seemed so much more palatable in fiction! There’s no doubt the Starfleet diplomatic team is in the shit… now literally!
Author's Response: Owens is out of his comfort zone here, which makes this very interesting, I think. Its unlike any situation he's ever faced before. We'll have to see how far he's truly willing to go to stop Lam.