Penname: Kotik [Contact] Real name: Danilo Schöneberg
Member Since: June 25, 2011
Membership status: Member
Bio:

I'm a member of the species Gerontosaurus Alcoholens. I live in Nordschleifistan and I am a fundamentalist TnT shipper.


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Reviews by Kotik
Summary:

Trip and T'Pol get their bed-wrecking freak on, possibly at Archer's expense.


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol
Characters: Archer, T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: Bond, Humor, Romance, Smut
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: Sex, Lies, and...
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2055 Read Count: 339
[Report This] Published: October 29, 2010 Updated: October 29, 2010
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That's why you've always been a bit of a hero for me. There's so few funny stories around and yours is just downright hillarious. I've re-read this one countless times and I still can't stop the guffaws.

Our two protagonists surely have a healthy libido, but if they go on like that, they'll be doing more damage to the ship than a bunch of po'ed Klingons.

Oh and Archer must feel like the village idiot *rofl*

Summary:

In space, your neighbor can hear you scream.


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol
Characters: Archer, T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: Bond, Challenge, Humor, Romance, Smut
Story Type: None
Warnings: None
Series: Sex, Lies, and...
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1423 Read Count: 282
[Report This] Published: October 29, 2010 Updated: October 29, 2010
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

ROFL

Another classic masterpiece :-)

Dont you just love it, when T'Pol starts talking dirty - 'I don't wear panties' *lmao* The micro inertial damper is a hillarious idea and Archer's reaction is just hillarious.

Summary:

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water...

Response to Triaxian Silk's "water" challenge.

2011 Delphie Winner: Best Line (F**k you, Trip)


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol
Characters: Archer, T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: Bond, Challenge, Humor, Romance, Smut
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: Sex, Lies, and...
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2087 Read Count: 312
[Report This] Published: October 29, 2010 Updated: October 29, 2010
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

*HOWL*

When he accepted this post, he never imagined he'd be reading quartermaster reports that left him wishing he had a cigarette afterward.  He didn't even smoke.

Whenever I read that line, I end up on the floor, helplessly laughing. Archer's really getting it shoved in his face. Writing a scene from Porthos' POV was a brilliant idea, too.

This story, however, has a monumental flaw - it lacks a sequel, so in best gtplanet tradition, I shout:

WE WANT MOAH!! ;-)



Author's Response:

Well, I had planned to leave it here, becase you can only milk a good idea for so long before it gets trite and stale. If I get an idea that's fresh and worth pursuing, you betcha I'll write it! Thanks for reading.

Body and Katra by Aquarius Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 22]
Summary:

In the wake of Terra Prime, Trip and T'Pol define their relationship, at great risk to their careers--and their lives.


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol
Characters: Ensemble
Genre & Keywords: Action, Bond, Drama, Romance, Smut
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7116 Read Count: 1895
[Report This] Published: October 31, 2010 Updated: June 17, 2011
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

LOL, I can so see the moment, when T'Pol - in the Vulcan rendition of pride - announces herself as Trip's wife. However, from a European point of view it is somewhat strange that she would take Trip's forename. Over here she'd announced her name as Mrs. T'Pol Tucker.

An interesting start to this series and somehow one feels like smacking the Starfleet Brass up their heads for calling a tribunal, because two people have dared to marry. Sounds so 1850 to me.



Author's Response:

The referring to one's self as Mrs. (insert husband's full name here) is done here on occasion. It is somewhat old-fahioned, but done in extremely formal situations. T'Pol's doing so in this situation was appropriate both on the level that A) court is a pretty formal thing, and B) it's reflective of the fact that she comes from a culture that reveres and respects ritual and tradition. I find it only "logical" that she would adopt some of these from her husband's world, just as he would assimilate aspects of the Vulcan experience into his.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter One--For Better or for Worse

I'll be honest. Halfway into the chapter I was about to stop reading, because I loathe stories that drag on the ridiculous will-they-won't-they malarkey that the series's writers force-fed us all throughout season 4.

While Trip looks a bit of a pikey by jumping to conclusions, when she tells him about the seclusion, you can't really fault him, considering the way T'Pol ran roughshod over him several times before.

While it is a bit sad to see that he needs to be wasted out of his skull before he finally walks out on his job as the resident door mat, it is nontheless time that T'Pol finally got a piece of his mind. Can't wait to see where this is going :-)



Author's Response:

I'll be honest. Halfway into the chapter I was about to stop reading, because I loathe stories that drag on the ridiculous will-they-won't-they malarkey that the series's writers force-fed us all throughout season 4.

Lucky for you  I don't write static characters, then. ;-) I'd already given away that Mr. and Mrs. TnT were endgame in the prologue, but writing characters who are already right whree we want them to be with no challenges is trite and boring, I think.

I have no idea what a pikey is.

While it is a bit sad to see that he needs to be wasted out of his skull before he finally walks out on his job as the resident door mat, it is nontheless time that T'Pol finally got a piece of his mind.

Actually, that's not quite correct. He didn't "need" to be wasted. That's simply the condition T'Pol found him in. I'm quite clear about the fact that he was trying for numb, and missed. He actually "walked out on the job" when he misunderstood about the moment of seclusion and left her, presumably to head for the bar. *That* is the event that spins the action irrevocably into another direction, not his consumption of enough alcohol that would put any normal person into the hospital.

Thanks for reading!

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter Two--Never and Always Touching And Touched

Finally. One really want's to walk up to them, smack each of them upside the head and holler : "Finally, you pikeys. Was that so hard?" ;)

What I really liked in this one is, that Trip finally grew some cojones and stopped leaving the lead to her alone. He demands answers instead of waiting for her to graciously provide them. They seem to learn, finally, that a relationship is a two-way street.



Author's Response:

It's not exactly like it was all T'Pol's fault that they ended up here. Trip wasn't exactly forthcoming with information about his feelings or what he wanted out of the situation, either, up to this point. You're right. It's a two-way street. And he's got some bad habits of his own to change as well.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter Three--From This Day Forward

Goody, some real sweetness here. So they probably try to keep it a secret. But with the prologue, we already know where this is going. Don't leave us hanging. I hope you'll update soon :-)



Author's Response:

Right! It's the journey that's important, not the destination! ;-)

World of Ice by panyasan Rated: R [Reviews - 18]
Summary:

2161. Six years after “Terra Prime” and one year after the Romulan war.

According to historical records, Commander Charles Tucker the Third died two weeks previously. The records are incorrect.


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol, Het > Other Het
Characters: T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: Finale Fix
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 67364 Read Count: 34553
[Report This] Published: November 24, 2010 Updated: June 20, 2016
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 02, 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Trapped

Why do I get the impression that this is taking a direct route to pon-farr? The story is really intiguing and with a lot of lose ends there's much to expect from coming chapters. Good work.



Author's Response:

Thanks, Kotik. I am not really a fan of female Pon farr, so no, T'Pol isn't in danger because of Pon farr. Pon farr is going to play a role in this story, but in another way. I give you a clue: a Vulcan male prisoner with plans to escape.

Summary: Past Featured Story

Following "Terra Prime," Trip is forced to struggle against his personal demons.


Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol
Characters: Ensemble, Original Character, T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: Angst, Bond, Drama, Romance
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 159085 Read Count: 159817
[Report This] Published: December 09, 2010 Updated: October 17, 2011
Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Malcolm

Back in August, I decided that, after two years of being too lazy to do so, it was really time to start putting in reviews for the works of those select few writers that either compelled me to write myself or had a major influence on my writing.

Including "The Thorn and the Rose" in that particular ToDo list was a no-brainer, as this story compelled me to write "Trip Of A Lifetime". That's when the conundrum starts, however. I have several criteria for walking out on a story:

a) continuing the drive-them-away-from-each-other angst that poisoned the show's 4th season
b) continuing with the concept of T'Pol running roughshod over Trip's feelings
c) Trip, T'Pol or both getting ideas of severing the bond.

By that definition I should have walked out on it in a darn hurry, as the first half of this epic seems to tick all 3 boxes. To a degree, I actually did walk out, because that's the only of my favourite epics that I haven't re-read a two digit number of times - at least not in it's entirety. After reading it the first time, I never read anything again that comes, before Trip and T'Pol arrive at Mt. Seleya, because to my shame, I must admit that the one time I did read the buildup to that, I ended up a hogwashly bladdered, quivering pile of self-pity.

That has several reasons:

a) I'm terrible with reading angst.
b) At the time - unaware of it yet - I was heading into the second bout of clinical depression that I had to overcome in my life. It's of course not to blame on your work, I merely read it at the most inconvenient moment.

Almost two years on, I think I'm stable enough to tackle the early chapters and - more importantly - leave you the reviews that this brilliant epic deserves.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Archer

I hope you won't be angry with me, if my reviews of the early chapters aren't all praise. This one for instance is a tad infuriating to me.

I know for a fact that Captain-candidates in the German navy are not even considered for a command, before they've finished a basic psychological training. Obviously that requirement didn't make it into the portfolio of 2150's Starfleet. It makes Archer look like he fell off the stupid tree and hit every limb on the way down, because he doesn't see that Trip is utterly unfit for duty. The signs that he bought an express-ticket for the depression train - next stop being The Dark Abyss - are about as subtle as a garlic sandwich.

Instead of piling more bad news on him, he should have brought Phlox in and relieved him of duty.

What irks me even more is the complete absense of T'Pol. He's neglecting his own needs, shouldn't the bond clue her in? We are lead to believe that she has deep enough an affection for him to form a bod, yet she seems to abandon him completely. Of course it may just be me reading this wrongly, but it surely feels wrong to me.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 05, 2011 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Phlox

I'm truely and utterly amazed at your ability to write someone falling into depression so frighteningly realistic. For a while I was compelled to think that you might have personal experience with the desease, but then I realised that the last two chapters missed the most sinister part of it. The one who's suffering is not only oblivious, but also in complete denial. Offering help will not work, if not Archer, Phlox should have known that.

I remember the day quite vividly. It was back in 2006 and I was suffering a hideous bout of clinical depression. I barely ate and never opened the shades. I spent weeks in almost complete darkness and the only daylight I saw, was when I went to the store to buy beer. I drank about 96 bottles a week (48 litres or 16 gallons). Several friends had tried to help me, but I insisted that I'm fine. One day, my best friend showed up, utterly po'ed and ordered me to pack a few things and made it clear that he wasn't going to take no for an answer. He packed me in his car and delivered me right into the next psychiatric clinic, not leaving before the docs had assured him that I wasn't going to leave it without being healed. He most likely saved my life that day.

This is why I think that the last two chapters make Archer and Phlox look very weak. At least Phlox should have seen and used his authority to force Trip into rehab. That's not even considering T'Pol. Her continuing ignorance and abandonment of Trip leaves a very foul feeling with me.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: T'Pol

This chapter makes my blood boil! Whatever the intentions were behind it, I cannot help, but get the impression that much of the angst is completely and utterly gratuicious.

Since I know that the writing gets exponentially better in the second half of the story, I'll continue on, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I completely dislike this chapter, because it does a complete disservice to T'Pol's character. I would go as far as saying it borders on destroying her. One cannot help but lose almost all respect for her.

I don't know what the reason is for showing T'Pol as utterly and mindbogglingly stupid - at least she came across like that to me - but she seems to have abandoned all sorts of logic. She ignores Phlox's advice, although it was herself to ask for his help. She sees that Trip doesn't get better after she dumped him, yet she goes on with it. And the way (especiually choice of words) she dismisses him, when he humiliates himself by practically begging for her help - now that's just nasty and utterly devoid of any class. To me that makes her appear utterly egoistic. She deliberately and mindlessly hurts the one person, who got her out of her grief. It may make for much more relief, when they get back together after much more gratuitious angst, but for my senibilities it sort of makes the early part of your work much harder to read than the brilliant latter half, not even to mention the stellar "Briar Patch".

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Trip

I'm torn on this chapter. You show so vividly, how Trip helped T'Pol in the aftermath on Terra Prime, but as brilliant as that is written, it just hammers home, what a ruthless, despicable bitch T'Pol turns into, when she dumps him unceremoniously. 

The talk between Soval and Trip, for me, was the first ray of light in an otherwise frighteningly dark buildup. You can really feel that the ol' hack knows exactly that TnT are bonded and interestingly enough he teaches Trip, how to shield his mind. Does he have a premonition that T'Pol would boot him off the cliff?

The moment that broke the camel's back was, when T'Pol attends movie night with Archer. Even a two-bit imbecile would know that this means she starts twisting the knife that she rammed into his back by dumping him, yet she is either completely oblivious or she doesn't give a flying expletive. I'm not sure I understand, why you're doing that to her. To me it feels like an unneccessary degradation of her character and - more importantly - a needles torture of Trip. He's already on ther ground, stomping on him feels a tad uneccessarily cruel.

I'm lost for words about Trip's parents. It appears that the whole universe has Happy-turture-Trip-week celebrations. I'm still at a loss, why at that time, noone has thought about removing Trip from duty. The signs of his depression couldn't be more obvious if they pleasured one in the back of a shuttle-pod.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: T'Pol

Their eyes did not meet, but T'Pol welcomed his touch. No matter how distant they became in their day-to-day lives, she knew he would always be there for her, and she for him.

That sounds almost like mockery to me. We've seen in the last two chapters, how she 'was there for him'.

The court scene was nothing short of sublime. The thing that really stands out is that Trip doesn't even think twice, when he notices that she's close to losing it. Despite all the deliberate hurt she's been drowning him in over the past weeks, he jumps in and pushes his own problems aside to protect her. At this point at the very latest, T'Pol should realize that she's gone the wrong path - if she doesn't, her character is damaged even further.

The dream was scary and - even though it isn't exactly a gentlemanly thing - I cannot help but to think 'Serves you right!' Hopefully she learns from it and bloody well starts to correct the monkey's breakfast she's made of things.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Phlox

I really liked the fact that Phlox didn't hide behind doctor-patient-confidentiality, when talking about Trip's condition. For it to be the full truth he would have had to list T'Pol's behaviour as a major contributing factor for Trip's illness, but Phlox did not know for a fact that she decided on her own to dump him. It also wouldn't have helped the process Trip's parents are going through. They finally start to see beyond their blind xenophobia, so mentioning T'Pol's contribution to Trip's condition would have been counterproductive.

The scene between Trip and Phlox was beautifully written and your personal experience shines through in the frighteningly realistic description of a man in the dark clutches of depression.

The scene with Archer and Phlox was well written, too and redeems both charactes somewhat, when they finally grasp the extent of Trip's illness. I have to disagree, however, with Phlox's assessment to keep Trip on duty. In fact he should have been much harder on Trip. Dealing with depression isn't a kid's game and the docs usually don't pull punches to get someone to realize the extent of his problem. I remember the first month in the clinic. They were nasty to me and more than once I asked myself if they wanted to make me depressive, but it was this good-cop-bad-cop approach (they skipped the good-cop part btw) that led me to realize that I indeed had a problem.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9: Malcolm

A character chapter for Malcolm, yay :-)

You've managed to re-create the abject misery that Trip's living in very, very realistically. The only thing that's really starting to annoy me, is that T'Pol keeps sitting on her hands and while Malcolm, Phlox and Archer try their damndest to help him, she doesn't give a flying expletive. I'm afraid you're starting to maneuvre the plot into a corner, where it is difficult to steer out of. After T'Pol has so despicably run roughshod over him and left him in the dust to rot, any form of reconciliation is bound to seem slightly deus-ex-machina. I feel like T'Pol has been too badly damaged as a character to make any form of getting back together rather unrealistic

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Archer

I must admit that I had some rather unpleasant flashbacks to my time in the hospital, especially the first weeks. Archer was just sublime! He realized exactly that Trip is way beyond the point where a friendly offer of help is going to make a differences so he get's all captain-y and smacks him upside the head. 

As sad as it is, but that's really the only realistic option available to save a depressive person, who's too far gone - brilliantly written.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11: T'Pol

I'm not sure what Archer is trying to achieve, but it is bound to fail before it begins. Trip is so far gone, no one short of a very experienced professional can help him. Sending Archer away with him for 5 full days is a disastrous idea and I'm shocked that Phlox went along with it.

Since I think, the story was so far unduely hard on T'Pol her belated coming to senses and her continuing spinelessness make her look even more pathetic :-(

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13: Trip

Ghost!T'Pol can only be the result of Trip's utterly hurt imagination. If that were 'bomnd transmissions' it would be the death knell of her character. She's been so utterly thrashed throughout the story already that any more degradation would make her intolerable, so it must come from Trip's messed up mind. It was certainly a creepy scene...

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 : Phlox

Finally a temporary return to her senses from T'Pol. It's too sad that Trip has to nearly die, before she stops being an idiot and since we know that we're headed for bond-breaking it is clear that T'Pol's improvement is only temporary.

I like that at least Trip and Archer have, however painful, closed some of the distance between them.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18: T'Pol

Before I restart reading the story with chapter 19, which is, where it usually starts for me, I have to admit that I abandoned my attempt to re-read the story in chapter 16. When the scene comes up that Trip - of course - wakes up in precisely the moment that T'Pol steadies Archer by slinging the arm around him, it was time for me to walk out on it - it was just one contrived element of angst too much.

If I start reading the story at chapter 19 with just a vague remembrance of what happened before, it feels to me like a brilliant epic and it is still one of the most important stories I ever read, but if I include chapters 1-18, it doesn't work for me at all, because the whole element of T'Pol dumping Trip and those silly innuendos at T'Pol being with Archer felt so completely gratuicious to me.

I think the whole plot would have worked just as well in only 9 chapters and showing, how Trip falls into depression - his past, the death of Elizabeth, the masaro plot and the relevation about Trip's parents would have been more than enough. The whole aspect of T'Pol abandoning Trip to me makes no contriibution to the story, other than creating angst for angsts sake. Making T'Pol the one, who administers the final kick that makes him fall into the abyss simply damages her character too badly to have any credibility left. No man in the world would ever get back to a woman that has hurt and abused him so thoroughly.

I really admire you as a writer, Dinah, but I'm so sorry that I have to keep skipping the first 18 chapters of this story. They just took the angst and torture too far. Between walking out on chapter 16 and tackling the story from where I usually start, I took a long walk outside to clear my head, so I can continue in the correct mindset and I'm sure my reviews of the chapters will be much more positive, now that I start launching into the parts that I've read dozens of times.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Soval

Soval to the rescue, yay :-)

The way you write the inner voice of Soval is sublime. Ever since he started becoming Reformed!Soval at the end of "Home", he's been a delight to watch and your writing expands that even further.

Somehow one has to question Trip and T'Pol's intellect, considering that Soval had them riddled out after a  few minutes in a shuttlepod.

The end is a bit of a gray area, because technically Soval does much the same thing as Tolaris did, but he was faced with a choice - let the man die or do a questionable mind-meld. He chose right, I think.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20: T'Pol

Soval for president. Finally someone, who makes T'Pol realize that she's been a complete and utter fool. While the method of acquiring the information might not be the most sportsmanlike, he knows what to do and it shows the great respect he has developed for Trip. Seeing that T'Les respected him too, probably added to that.

I still think that it wouldn't have been neccessary to degrade T'Pol to a complete idiot to make the story work, it is good to see that she's finally starting to see, what she's done.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21: Trip

The scene between Soval and Trip was really great. Somehow I get the feeling that Soval in in the process of becoming a much closer friend than Jon.

And then of course TOROK :-D

Together with Quills' Jonathan Soma and MicioGatta's T'Mir he's forming the Grand Troika of my all-time favourite fanfiction OC's. My gratitude that you allowed me to use him in my story will stalk you till the end of your life ;-)

The mindmeld was haunting. It brought up many memories, because Torok essentially does exactly the same as human psychiatrists with a case of severe depression - the patients denial is broken, if neccessary be very unpleasant means. Of course the Vulcans have much more potent measures at hand and the coming days will really be a trying time for Trip.

Reviewer: Kotik Signed
Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22: Archer

God almighty , these two are messed up badly. I consider this a very pivotal chapter. Not only shows it the very disturbing start of Trip's healing process, it also shows that Archer is slowly drifting down towards the fatal path into depression. There's a lot of unresolved guilt from his time in the Expanse.

I never liked the 'miracle cure' we saw on the show. Some mountain-top shag with Erika and Archer was all healed again. Great to see that you're following up on that. Throughout the sequel "The Briar Patch" there are clear signs of Archer drifting towards depression himself.

Now it is up to T'Pol to pick up the pieces and sure as hell, she has her work cut out for her.