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Old July 2 2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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TOS: The More Things Change by Scott Pearson Review Thread (Spoilers!)

TOS: The More Things Change by Scott Pearson


A thrilling e-novella based on Star Trek: The Original Series!

Six months after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Doctor Christine Chapel and Spock must save the life of an ailing Audrid Dax, her true nature as a Trill having remained a mystery until now. But after an unknown vessel attacks their shuttle, a risky game of cat-and-mouse may be the only way to save all their lives.

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Old July 2 2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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I enjoyed this. Was a much better character piece than the Dr. McCoy ebook and this time around there actually was a story to be told.
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Old July 3 2014, 10:45 AM   #3
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It was more of a character piece than an actual story. In regards of plot, I consider the McCoy story better.

Actually, the story in TMTC was rather bland - being chased by Orion pirates. I liked the new Spock however, and think his character during this period could be explored more.

Do we know whether the ship Chapel transfers to is the Exclesior, where she'll be serving later on?

Does the story vibe with "Infinity" from The Lives of Dax, where Chapel met Torias?
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Old July 3 2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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Definitely agree this story was a character piece but not entirely successful in that regard. The audience doesn't learn anything about Chapel that wasn't obvious previously.

I liked the analogy she made about McCoy being like an older brother to her. It's apt and that may be the problem with her whole character in a nutshell. Even though she's an experienced doctor and (briefly) CMO of the Enterprise, she still acts like a kid sister infatuated with her older brother's cute friend. Even in this story, despite her claims otherwise, Chapel still comes across as hung up on Spock. Throughout the novella, the lady doth protest too much that her feelings for Spock have changed.

The author does attempt to break Chapel out of her default settings by putting her in charge of the mission due to medical concerns. Unfortunately there's no dramatic tension to her decisions due to limited options and alternatives.

Spock: "We can hide or get captured."

Chapel: "I order you to hide us, Mr. Spock."

Spock: "A most logical decision, Doctor."

Obvious decisions with no surprising choices. It felt like Spock put Chapel in charge out of polite courtesy and a bit of patronization. Every choice Chapel made, Spock would have made whether she was present or not.

The author managed to wring a bit of tension out of Chapel multi-tasking and her focus being split between her ship and her patient but that only extended so far because of the characters involved. The audience already knows that Chapel, Spock and Dax are bulletproof and entirely safe. We already know the Trill secret. A little suspense came from the unknown identity of their attackers but as soon as they were revealed (Orion pirates) that suspense evaporated into a big ol' yawn.

This story ends where a better story should've began: Chapel becoming CMO of a different ship, breaking the cycles of her past and moving on with her life.
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Old July 15 2014, 04:18 AM   #5
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I liked this one! It's nice to get some story for Chapel, and why she decided to leave the Enterprise after TMP.

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We talked all about it on Literary Treks last week.
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Old August 22 2014, 09:54 AM   #7
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I liked it, but I voted average. It was fairly entertaining but not a great, notable work.

It felt like a separate episode a bit - a separate, closed story. A bit slow episode, though. Sometimes it felt like pages had to be there and forcefully filled in with text. Near the end, after the Orion ship was taken, and before the final dialogue it felt like a summary of a story, as if there was more but the space was limited, so it had to be shortened. A striking contrast after stretching the events in the shuttle.

It was interesting to see a different character, non-senior staff. Especially Chapel, because there was a lot of tiny info about her but nothing was explored in a deeper manner in the film or in the series. It's nice to know her a bit better
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