Greg--I'm curious, how do you think the Pakleds first got into space?
Got another story "review"...
This one's for KRAD
, for "The Unhappy Ones," about the Klingons.
I tend to be very, VERY averse to Klingon-related works from the era of TNG forward, so the fact that the Quch'Ha
were going to be involved was actually a major selling point to me. I think I relate to the Quch'Ha
more because I think that what they were in TOS was what the Cardassians were made to be in the later series...the space Vikings that we see in the later series I really can't get myself to like, with the exception of Worf.
Malvek and the three K-captains I was able to really sympathize with and I also have to say, watching all those heavies get owned by Jurva was AWESOME. I could connect with them about as well as I could with the Klingons in some of the TOS novels, and that was a very different experience for me.
One thing I'm curious about is this...to what extent is the change in the personalities of the Quch'Ha
an issue of genetic manipulation and to what extent is it a cultural
development? I think that some of what you had the captains say gets to the root of the matter--that some of it is indeed due to people deliberately choosing to abandon the ways of Kahless (perhaps thinking of themselves as another species?), and also the constant oppression that all of those who didn't come from noble houses have been subject to. Is ANY of it a genetic response at all, do you think? Or is it all the cultural/environmental factors I just went through?