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Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed [Report This]
Date: 27 Feb 2011 00:34 Title: Blending Opposites

Lovely, introspective piece, getting us into the mindset behind prejudices and allowing us to examine them with our head, not our hearts.

This is truly where the root of bigotry lies, and that root needs to be pulled out, bit by bit until it's gone, by each of us, if we ever hope to get past it.  It was nice to see Miles reach that conclusion as well.

Reviewer: Nerys Ghemor Signed [Report This]
Date: 26 Feb 2011 18:48 Title: Blending Opposites

Interesting reflections on O'Brien's growth as a character, regarding his prejudice.  Hearing his own words played in court--no matter how much of a sham the trial was--had to be just as poignant a moment for him as it was for Kirk to hear his words about the Klingons broadcast for the entire quadrant.  I think having the entire quadrant know your attitude would be quite the wake-up call.

I agree with those who say that a follow-up piece with reflections upon the events of "Destiny" would have made a good addition or sequel.

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 26 Feb 2011 15:57 Title: Blending Opposites

"Computer, delete last sentence."  That made me smile.  This was a nice thoughtful piece from Miles's perspective.  Good job.

Reviewer: Miranda Fave Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 Feb 2011 12:41 Title: Blending Opposites

Another terrific instalment to this tale and the entry to the Prejudice challenge. Again, Miles is the inspired choice for this. And again, the every man approach, using the personal log to tell the tale too, of Miles appreciating the truth of the matter, seeing beyond the Cardassian scales to see a boy, to see a father and see in them a parallel to himself because nothing is more every day and more important than family. Yes, prejudices are not easily overcome - but seeing people as 'human', as families is a big, BIG, step to overcoming such prejudices.

Reviewer: Gul Rejal Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 Feb 2011 03:54 Title: Blending Opposites

So, Miles Edward O'Brien had to say clever words to a boy (about not hating all people of a given race) and he also started to realise how true these words were.

I wonder, though, what he thought of Prokas, the Bajoran family that had raised Rugal, teaching Rugal that all Cardassians are devils--teaching a Cardassian child that his genes were bad. He hated himself for that, he hated the ridges he saw in the mirror. I hoped to see what O'Brien would think that of cruelty, because I consider it cruelty targeted at the innocent child.

Author's Response: Hmmm, hadn't thought of that. Guess it could be a subject for another story. The general focus for this one was how his time on DS9 and being around Bajorans stirred up old feelings. For that, it also includes references to Natima Lang and her students, as well as his thoughts Garak during the first two seasons of the series.

Reviewer: TheLoneRedshirt Signed [Report This]
Date: 23 Feb 2011 00:46 Title: Blending Opposites

I enjoyed this piece of introspection from O'Brien (one of my favorite TNG/DS-9 characters). Clever idea to write it as a personal log entry. Kudos for nailing the challenge theme! Well done.

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