Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread
Neglectful parenting has been depicted before.
It's true that the Sisko portion of RBoE reads like a story about a neglectful parent or "deadbeat dad" trying to shirk his responsibilities more than anything else. From that point of view, the prophecy is just an excuse, and I agree that this interpretation is the most plausible based solely on the narrative of RBoE.
What I am saying is that the excuse provided by the prophecy doesn't stand up to any scrutiny, so the idea (asserted above by the author) that RBoE is a story about Sisko making a selfless decision to save his wife and children is likewise hard to sustain.
Beyond that, portraying Sisko as a neglectful parent seems to fly in the face of everything we know about the character. I understand this was probably unintentional on the part of the author, but that, imho, is the story we have in front of us for the moment.
Last edited by flemm; January 2 2011 at 03:08 AM.