Reviewer: Mareel Signed
December 02, 2011
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This is a wonderful glimpse into a very believeable triggering point for Malcolm’s aquaphobia – and into his (and his parents') reactions to it.
It’s interesting (and telling, I think, about his relationship with his father) that he seems much more open, and even demonstrative, with his Uncle Archie than he is with his father. That seems very much Malcolm to me, in that we do see him in canon as opening up on several occasions to people he trusts.
That he seems to be able to confide in his mother and trusts her to keep his secret is also a lovely glimpse into his psyche and again, is very consistent with the Malcolm we see serving on Enterprise. I get the idea that this might not be the first secret kept between Malcolm and his mum – which makes a lot of sense to me, maybe it's a result of both Stuart’s rigid attitudes and his probable absence on duty for significant portions of Malcolm’s childhood.
He obviously cares about his father’s opinion of him, but not to the extent that it prevents him from choosing his own path – both at the fishing boat and in his career choice. They are both stubborn men.
I loved Malcolm’s comparison of his father to the riptide. Very astute. There is a lot of depth to Malcolm, even as a child, and I do think he has thought a lot about this.
Thanks so much for sharing this!Author's Response:
And thank you for the beta. You were spot on in all suggestions.
I liked pulling Malcolm's family out to play with. We saw a few glimpses and mostly heard stories in the show. It was nice to work with them.
Thanks again for the beta and review. I'm glad you liked the story.