Reviewer: CeJay Signed
06 Apr 2010
Chapter 4: Chapter 3: Getting Underway
Boy, poor M'ree gets seriously screwed over in this fascinating tale, doesn't she? She's got the experience and the rank to command Gallant and Command decides to pass her over for another officer, holding the same rank. Ouch.
No wonder she comes across rather aloof after the new CO comes aboard. And Rodgers doesn't seem to have the aptitude for command judging by the way she treats her subordinates. Finger snapping at you officers would be bad enough if you are an experienced four-pipped captain, but is pretty much unforgivable for a first-time commanding officer who has done nothing to distinguish herself yet.
Bit surprised to see the Border Service taking out top of the line Defiants but I like that we're seeing low ranking officers in charge for once and you've done a great job of capturing the feel of the less stellar life of a Border Dog.
As to be expected you infuse your stories with a sense of military precision on procedure we don't always get to see in Trek stories.
Very eager to see these story-lines continue and taken to their conclusion. Great job.
Since Defiant-class ships were introduced in the late 2360s, by the late 2390s/early 2400s (the time of this story), they're 30+ years old. Hardly top-of-the-line when you consider that they've most likely introduced a successor class (or are about to). Further, due to the output of the war, they should've produced a /lot/ of Defiant-class ships, since they're small and therefore much easier to produce.
I liken them to the PT boats of World War II; we had so many of those things running around the Pacific... all commanded by LTJGs, too. I figure, during peacetime, the minimum rank required for command would rise a grade or two, hence a full lieutenant in command of a corvette. As a sidenote, did you know that the literal translation for a lieutenant commander in the Spanish navy is 'Corvette Captain' (Capitán de Corbeta). Same for the French, Italian, and Russian navies.
Rodgers is a first-time CO, so she's learning as she goes. As I replied to Miranda Fave in another review, it's likely she's projecting confidence where she feels none. In doing so, she's emulating a captain she trained under by perpetuating that behavior. And likely, it's having the same effect of her crew as it did to that other captain's crew. Sometimes, we do things like that without thinking, only because it's what we know. I think it takes a truly exceptional leader to consider before acting, instead of always trying to be assertive and guarding power as closely as Rodgers does in this chapter.
Thanks for reading!