Re: Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm review thread
Very good points.
I really enjoy your insights on the Romulans, rfmcdpei.
You're good at tying all the various portrayals together, giving a sense of their nation's history as one big tapestry.
Reading over our posts, I'm considering another potential missed opportunity in the reduction of The Romulan War to two books - the possibility of showing us POV-character Romulans who, even in this apparently vicious era, refused to buy into the expansionist mindset, or kept their hands as clean as they could in the circumstances. We do get a sense of that ruthless but genuine Romulan honour several times - for example, T'Met's distaste over Draylax, albeit her reservations being framed in a manner that accepts completely Imperial right and supremacy. But Romulans with moral convictions are one thing - what was absent here were Romulans who were willing to question if their culture's morals were truly admirable. That's an interesting departure from what we usually get in Trek lit, and this is related to my initial point that the portrayal of Romulans as a whole is tilted differently here. Elsewhere in the novels, for every Volskiar we had a Charvanek, for Dralath a Narviat, for Vokar a Kamemor, for Tal'aura a Donatra. Here, that balance of "butcher Romulan Vs noble Romulan" is missing - a sign of the times and the Romulans' role in the story, I'm sure, but it felt strange to me as a Trek reader. I guess with the reduced story length and the obvious need for focus on Romulan villains, there were only so many Romulan POV characters to go around, and there wasn't room to showcase any "shining light" of the Empire...
This isn't a complaint, I feel I should add. Just something that I felt should be commented on.
We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, and the best of us is washed away.
Last edited by Deranged Nasat; October 28 2011 at 02:01 AM.