Reviewer: Crossroads_Wanderer Signed
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
That was heartbreaking, but in a good way. I think what made it so heartbreaking was that you put us in Kirk's shoes with not-Spock, and then Spock shows up and it's really not-Kirk. It sort of calls up the philosophical question of identity; Kirk died, but a facsimile of everything that he was is living in the Nexus, trapped forever. Not-Kirk still has the ability to think and feel the way Kirk did, though, so is it really Kirk? And then Spock enters the Nexus and he is interacting with that echo of Kirk, but his Kirk is really dead. That echo of Kirk thinks the way Kirk did, but is it really the same? I might have just been reading my own thoughts into the story, but it seemed to me that you had Spock struggling with the fact that the Kirk he was interacting with was really just a snapshot of the person he knew. It seemed to me that he couldn’t stand to stay, not just because he had unfinished business outside the Nexus, but because he would live forever with a copy of the man who died, not the real thing. But I might have just been projecting in that regard.
I think the way you ended it is the happiest way it could have turned out for Kirk’s simulacrum, but the concept of living out forever in the Nexus, unchanging seems like the worst kind of hell there is. The image of Kirk is stuck being the same person with the same thoughts, living out the same life forever. His environment may change and he may react to it as the man he is based off of might, but he can never truly grow as a person. The same goes for the image of Spock left behind. The two of them may be happy together, but they are damned to repeat the same life for the rest of eternity, never changing beyond what they were when they were created.
I don’t mean this review to sound negative; your story really made me think and feel with the characters and I love it for that reason. I applaud you for such a well-written well-considered story. It just makes my heart go all achy, having read it.