Reviewer: mightymads Signed
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This is one of my favorite stories. I read it several times, and it's such a pleasure to return to it. Gosh, I love all its intricate, subtle themes: Kirk's joy and yet heartbreak of having and yet not having Spock back, the concept of all memories fully present but disconnected from emotions and thus without their full value, an amazing parallel between Pike and Spock, the additional scene and backstory for Talos IV episode (Kirk's forgiveness always struck me, and the background you gave for it was just exquisite), Spock's meditation robe and how it served as comfort for them both, and finally a new print of the old holo - everything is just perfect, so unique and memorable. Thank you so much for sharing! Author's Response:
Thanks for commenting! I came up with the initial idea for this story when I rewatched “The Menagerie” and saw the parallels between this episode and later events. I’ve also read many post-fal tor pan stories with Spock struggling to regain his memories, and I wondered what would happen if the concept was flipped - if he actually had all his memories back, but they were disconnected from emotion. The flaw in the Vulcan ideal of non-emotion is that without emotion there is, as you said, without full value.