THe Sorrows of Empire - Expanded version
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January 7 2010, 03:37 PM
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Re: THe Sorrows of Empire - Expanded version
I think the original version is a more "fun" story, but the expanded version is probably the more "realistic" story.
In particular, Spock's character is made somewhat less sympathetic through three expanded version storylines:
1) destroying two starships (via their self-destruction mechanisms) in order to eliminate M5, 2) committing genocide against Trill symbiotes, and 3) murdering his mother (hurting his relationship with Sarek)
As a reader, I much preferred the idea that mirror Spock was able to make peace with mirror Sarek, and, as a whole, it was easier to enjoy Spock's grand plan when we weren't presented with so many instances of his ruthlessness.
On the other hand, the expanded version is a much better representation of how much mirror Spock would have to compromise his ideals in order to attain his goals. It made the reader think a bit more, and I consider this version a valuable addition to my trek library (though, I could have done without most of the Vanguard references).
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