Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread
Moreover turning a black man into a deadbeat dad has all sorts of negative vibes attached to it, regardless of how it's dressed up in the story - something that I believe that Avery Brooks was keen to avoid in the final episode of DS9 which is why Sisko promises to return.
Agreed, especially given that the motivations are so dubious here. In the tv series, Sisko only leaves because he as to accomplish his duty as the Emissary. If he doesn't go, then he is putting the alpha quadrant at risk. This is equivalent to his putting his life on the line in battle as a Starfleet officer.
Granted, the culmination of this plot thread was not the DS9 writers' *ahem* finest hour, but at any rate there was a lot at stake beyond personal happiness or preference. Even with all that in mind, I can see why Brooks lobbied for the possibility of an eventual return or at least an expression of intent to that end.
In RBoE it feels like Sisko is looking for any excuse to abandon his family while convincing himself that he is doing it for unselfish reasons. The reasons given are extremely flimsy and do not stand up to much scrutiny, as even Sisko seems to recognize by his refusal to openly discuss them with Kassidy.
The end strikes me as especially misguided from this point of view in that it seems to show a relieved Sisko finally free of his responsibilities after having filed for divorce from long distance and now he's ready to relax and have a drink with his shipmates.
Last edited by flemm; January 2 2011 at 05:02 AM.