Reviewer: EllenD Signed
Chapter 1: Prologue
new chapter! *cheers* wonder what both Spocks are up to. It's awesome to see Scotty and Van Gelder, and hoping they pull off their great escape. To be completely honest, I wish there was a little bit more Kirk/Spock. How they interact, how they feel about each other, etc etc. The other characters are interesting, but I feel like each chapter only has less and less of Kirk and Spock.
I've always been a Bones fangirl, but for some reason, i don't like McCoy as much lately. Maybe it's because he keeps getting praised for being a good-guy maverick type of character, struggling to do some good in an evil world, but I feel like he's just as abrasive and manipulative as everyone else. He's really not that *good* of a guy, or at least he wants to be and doesn't have much chance to show it. I just don't think a few acts of niceness here and there (which he was ordered to do anyway, such as give Spock medical treatment, etc) really redeems him much. I actually found it pretty grating when he judges Sarek for raping his wife when he basically does the same thing, albeit in a more passive way that relies on manipulation rather than violence. He pretty much forced Sarek (i know he offered him a choice, but when one of the choices is seeing your loved ones suffer, it's not really much of a choice in my opinion) to agree to marry him, and (I'm assuming) to provide sexual acts for him. I just don't think he has any right to feel horrified about Vulcan rape when he's surrounded by people who subjugate others and he himself clearly benefits from it. Just my thoughts! Anyway, thanks for the chapter! Author's Response:
Both Vulcans are clever, indeed. Otherwise, Mirror!Spock would never have lived so long in his universe. You got it quite right about McCoy when you said, "...he wants to be and doesn't have much chance to show it." He is in essence a good man, who ended up here because he was able to stay alive and relatively safe this way. He does force Sarek into this bonding, but at one point he mentions to Spockh that they both agreed they wouldn't touch each other unless it became necessary (meaning pon farr). McCoy, on the whole, doesn't like the world in which he's living, but he doesn't feel that he can do much to change it. So, he settles for helping where he can to fix those hurt by the world. But you are also right in that he does benefit from exactly what he doesn't like about the Empire. But he is safe there, so long as he doesn't rebel. I hope he grows on you as this goes. Thank you for reviewing. ~ RK