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Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 26 Jul 2013 04:27 Title: Past Lives - Bad Memories

Rah is a shivery sort of pleasure to watch work. Hidden depths and quite a bit of scary. I like the number of tough, competenr female crew you have. It definitely pleases the feminist in me, because even TNG could be failcakes when it came to that. But here, no such thing. The insight into Leoni and Jex was a pretty neat thing, too.

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 01 Jun 2013 16:35 Title: Past Lives - Bad Memories

Oh, Jex. She’s nervous and I don’t blame her in the least. Hell, she’s really nervous because she’s not even attempting to be her positive self as she has been up to this point. Her concerns are real and are there … she’ll betting on skills her current host has never used before and gracious, if that’s not one thing atop plenty of others. Her memories about her grandfather were sweet and made me smile. I like to seeing backstory fleshed out, especially in such tough times, and here those memories seem to comfort her a bit.

At least until Rah shows up and completely sends her off kilter again. The two have a tense, layered conversation here, both dancing around what obviously really happened but neither quite having the need or desire to say it. Jex is disturbed by him but she manages to hold her own in a verbal sparring match pretty well (a bit surprising, but she’s had other moments throughout this story) and gets to the point where she can deal with it. For now.

Her thoughts on past hosts were also excellently done. I like the way those little habits show through from other hosts, more so then the past hosts voices. It’s like a commentary on life … it’s about the little things, as much with Humans as with Trill.

Rah and his thoughts on Jex, and past memories, are brief but very Rah: he’s a practical sort and knows what he is, what he does well, and doesn’t pretend to be more than that. A man/cat thing of few words, Rah is looking forward to this mission I think.

It’s always fun to unsheathe your claws.  

Reviewer: Starfire Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 28 Nov 2010 11:48 Title: Past Lives - Bad Memories

Some unpleasant memories indeed for Jex, all the more unsettling seeing as she's still adjusting to being joined with her symbiont. Still simmering tension between Rah and the crew because of past wars, though not surprising given the sort of presence the big man has on board ship.

Author's Response:

Yeah, Jex has some bad memories. In ways it must suck to be a Trill symbiont. So many lifetimes, but also so many bad things to have lived through and continue to hold for a long time. Rah just emanates tension me thinks! Eau du Kzinti.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 21 Sep 2010 04:42 Title: Past Lives - Bad Memories

Wow, some awesome character moments here, MF. I really liked this chapter. Really interesting to get inside the head of a joined Trill and all its history for a while, and the interaction between Jex and Rah was just ... well, creepy. Rah is creepy. You did an awesome job conveying that, I got chills just imagining him. But he seems to have an interesting friendship with Chomsky, who is herself interesting -- non-com, religious, unafraid of the walking death dude ... great stuff!

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