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Old October 23 2012, 01:29 PM   #487
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Re: VOY: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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Just finished it. Very well written. Good characterization and some touching moments. 7.5 out of 10 if I leave out the big fly in the ointment.

That fly is, of course, the return of Janeway. Sadly, it's a deal breaker for me. Trek is moving into comic book land in regards to death it appears. Why should we care if someone dies? Why should we care when 60 billion people die? It can all be undone with one snap of the fingers.

A few years ago I lost a large number of friends and family in a short span of months. A sister, three uncles, an aunt, two cousins and my best friend from high school. None of them are coming back. I know Trek is sci-fi but the sci stands for "science". It's not fantasy where you can raise the dead with a spell.

I know that Trek has brought back a number of people in the past. Both Scotty and McCoy died and were brought back in TOS. In those cases, resurrection was accomplished very shorty after there were pronounced dead and they were brought back by the same agents that caused their demise. The big game changer was, of course, Spock in TWOK. As far as science goes, it was laughable. To quote The Life of Brian "Where's the fetus going to gestate. Are you going to keep it in a box?" You you go from radiation scarred to rapidly aging yet normal younger version of yourself wile gestating in a hollow metal tube?

It seems that ever since then you can kill off pretty much anyone and bring them back with some handwaving or technobabble weeks or months or even years later.

Sadly, I won't be continuing VOY-R after this. If it had been a final farewell for Janeway to her crew, perhaps in a similar way that Q did for Picard in Tapestry it might have worked better except Janeway would not have returned it would have worked better for me.

To those who love Janeway and are glad she's back, enjoy! I wish I could join you but I just can't get into the whole "afterlife has a revolving door" that Trek has seemed to latch onto lately.

This essay on Tor.com says it much better than I could,

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/10/che...th-in-sff#more
I do think that you are forgetting that Janeway "Died" but at that moment she was in the presence of the female Q, so she was never really gone... We have always know, at least from that moment on, I always knew she would not stay dead. So this is not a shock, it is part of the story that they have been weaving. And personally I have enjoyed the tale.
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