Reviewer: ImperiousTiberius Signed
Chapter 1: The Man Trap
Another great addition to your Always Shall Be series. I'd forgotten how funny that conversation on the bridge between Spock and Uhura was. Kudos to both you and George Clayton Johnson.
When you alluded back to the events of the The Enemy Within in this instalment, I thought it was interesting that Kirk still seems most confused by the behaviour of his "good" side as he "stripped half-naked and waltzed across his quarters at a Vulcan", and not the blatant lust of the wolf.
I also loved your line about how Kirk relies on McCoy "to be the ship's conscience, and it's not helpful when the ship's conscience takes an emotional vacation in the middle of a mission." That describes McCoy for me in a nutshell.
I can't wait for your take on The Naked Time.Author's Response:
Thank you! I know - I *love* that scene on the bridge and I can't even take credit for it - that's all George Clayton Johnson, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols magic!
My feeling is that the whole love story plays out like a romantic comedy (to borrow shamelessly from the producer of Star Trek XI): you take one step closer to the romantic leads working out what's going on, and then you go right ahead and frustrate the hell out of the audience by having them rationalize it all away again. I don't think Kirk's really in touch with how strongly he's attracted to Spock at this point, and Spock's just - well, Spock. They're both very good at finding ways of explaining to themselves why they've acted in a certain way, and I think that's kind of adorable. Right up to the point where I start yelling at the screen, "OH JUST KISS HIM, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!"
And I am *sooooooo* enjoying writing The Naked Time.
Thank you for this lovely (and thoughtful) review!