Date: January 25, 2011 09:10 pm Title: Chapter 1
This is a wonderful look at a long standing friendship. I understand why Jon was so confused about Trip's abrupt decision to leave Enterprise, considering all the two had been through together.
One of the things I liked most however was the interaction of Jon with Trip's family. I find it hard to accept the fact that Jon would not have spent time with them, as some writers infer.
I appreciate that Lizzie knows her brother well enough to ask Jon to watch out for him. This was a very enjoyable story.
Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
I think from the show that Jon had to have known some of Trip's family at various times. He makes the statement that Trip got his sense of humor from his parents. In this story I have that Jon only met Lizzie once but that was enough. He proably had met Trip's parents during visits to San Fran and may have met other family as well. I figure that all of the girls in the family babied their brother a little, regardless of the birth order. Lizzie would have worried about him.
The show also made it very clear that from First Flight on, the two were friends. When I watch The Aenar, that last scene just hit me. There was so much left to explore with Jon just staring at the door sort of in shock. Hence the story.
Date: January 23, 2011 07:05 am Title: Chapter 1
I have to echo Dinah: I like your balanced take on Archer. You're right; he does have many layers, and that's what makes him so fascinating. I have trouble getting inside Archer's head, but you do it so naturally and so well. As I've read your stories over the past week or so, you've quickly become one of my favorite "Archer authors."
Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story and how I treat the Archer character.
I'm an original TOS fan (e.g. I started watching the show when it began in the 1960's) and for the longest time Spock was my favorite character. Then came Archer and that changed. Spock's moved to the #2 position since then. I like the flawed individual that perserveres regardless of the personal cost. I like the different layers, some of which are in definite conflict. While it's sad to watch him stuff emotions (you know they're going to come back and bite him in the ass later), it is a way for him to move forward through some very rough seas. Anyway...that's part of my take on the character.
Date: January 21, 2011 07:18 pm Title: Chapter 1
While this is an interesting look at Archer's friendship with Trip, it's really more riveting as personal and professional Jon's self-evaluation. Sometimes others see him as almost loathing himself after his return from the Expanse. Your depiction of him is far more balanced. He has regrets, but he knows what he did was right. He can always draw strength from that.
As for Trip's request for a transfer, I think it's human nature to wonder why. I know if I was Jon, I'd be trying to come up with a reason.
I really enjoyed your story!
Thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
My take on all this...Archer has many layers. Based on the Defiant's database, Archer continues to do some incredible things through his life after the Expanse. I don't believe he'd have been able to do those things if he wasn't able to put things into a perpective so he could live with himself. He may hate that he had to do the things he did and find the actions repugnant, but the other choice would have been to allow billions of innocents to die because of the Xindi (and later realizes it's really the Sphere Builders and the Xindi are victims as well.) He understands he took the lesser of the evils and accepts the damning consequences on his soul. He deals with that by stuffing down those feelings that will haunt him throughout his life whenever they bubble to the surface. He will, however, find a way to move forward.
As to Trip...yeah. He simply doesn't understand why his friend is leaving and realizes by the end of the piece he's not likely to learn the reason. Not being able to see into the future to know for certain that he and Trip's friendship will be salvaged he stuffs those emotions as well and moves on. It's not that he doesn't care, it that he understands he can't do anything about it.