View Single Post
Old October 7 2013, 04:36 AM   #352
Sci's Avatar
Location: "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."
Re: TF: Revelation and Dust by DRGIII Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Paper Moon wrote: View Post
The assassination of President Bacco did not feel as disastrous as I would’ve expected. The attempt on her life in Silent Weapons
felt much more vivid. I will say that I shall be disappointed if we don’t get a damn good story in the wake of her death; such a character’s loss should reap some benefit for the reader.
I'm honestly surprised to hear that reaction, because, to me, the assassination of Bacco felt more disastrous -- in part because it was so sudden.

That's something I thought DRGIII did masterfully -- the death scene. He spends the entire chapter building up to the President's speech, you're all caught up in the emotion of it, you're looking forward to Nan having her moment in the spotlight -- and then it happens. Nan doesn't even have enough time to realize what's going on before she's gone. No goodbyes, no realizations, no sense of resolution, no catharsis. She has just enough time to realize she's bleeding, and then she's dead. It's heartbreaking in its brutal honesty.

So, to me, it felt much more sudden and unexpected, and therefore more disastrous.
It was all about building tension and then releasing it, whereas Revelation and Dust was more about setting off a bomb when you least expect it.

Sakrysta wrote: View Post
Can we please get a break from killing off good characters???? More and more I feel each death is simply the authors' way of getting rid of an inconvenient person so they can tell the story they want to tell.
What makes you think that?

My guess -- and this is purely a guess, I have no idea if it's right or not -- is that the death of Nan Bacco was the story they wanted to tell, not that Nan was in the way of the story they wanted to tell. To me, it almost seems as though the writers wanted to do a Star Trek version of the JFK assassination.

The one thing that does bother me, however, is that it seems that most of the characters who have been killed recently are female.
I don't think this was intentional at all, but I think it's a pattern that has inadvertently developed and should be broken the next time there's a major character death.

One more rant, and I think I'm done. I miss the people of DS9. Whatever happened to Shar?
Shar was last seen in Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony by Dayton Ward -- and I'd bet good money he's gonna be in this month's The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses, given as how that book is going to focus on the Andorian reproductive crisis thread.

How is Prynn? Counselor Matthias?
Prynn had several scenes in Revelation and Dust and a major sub-plot in Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night/Raise the Dawn last year. Matthias, IIRC, is referred to as still being in the DS9 crew.

Did Vedek Yevir die and I've forgotten it, or did he just fall off the radar?
I don't recall any references to Yevir in the DSN novels since Zero Sum Game; my suspicion is that his story may have been one of the plots that were dropped for the four-year jump.

And of the characters we have seen lately, only Ro really got any quality time this outing. Bashir is apparently a blind, lovesick puppy (either that, or the writers have decided that Sarina is no longer evil, but I'm not buying that just yet).
I'm not sure why you'd say that. To me, the text seems to be saying that Bashir is in love with her, but still isn't quite sure if Sarina is trustworthy or not.

There's some hope for O'Brien and Nog's return, and at least Ben and Kasidy are doing well, but I really miss the mix of people from the first few years of the relaunch.
I think it's much more realistic to have characters move on and advance in their careers, rather than spend decades in the same rank/position a la TOS.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946
Sci is offline   Reply With Quote