Posted by Sareki on Nov 29, 2016 | 2 comments
We’re back at it with the novels… and taking no prisoners.
M’Elanna! That’s a great name! I want to try and work that into something, but right now I can’t think of anything. Maybe many years down the line Tom dies and some as yet unknown character gets a wonderful mother/daughter threesome.
Or, you know, another Tuvix style story. It doesn’t always have to be about sex. Apparently.
Okay, to the book that I’ve not read but I seem to have a few opinions on anyway. I’ve probably said this before, but it really is a ringing endorsement of how good this podcast is that I can go on for ages about something I really know nothing about!
Be’lanna having trouble with her dress uniform is just a Star Trek trope. We saw it in TNG with Worf, and especially Riker teasing him about looking good in a dress. And yes, she could just replicate one, but where’s the fun in that? A pregnancy dress uniform should be fine to make, you’d think, although they never looked that comfortable in TNG. The Insurrection style one definitely looked much better.
But then I think Be’lanna struggling with hers is just a way to frame what’s to come with the confederacy and all their pregant women issues. And wow they have some serious issues! Did I pick you up right? Are they basically wandering around the event with their pregnant bellies out for all to see?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for “pregancy is beautiful” but this is more a case of “LOOK AT MY WIFE’S BUMP!!!! LOOK AT IT!!!!! I DID THAT!!!!!! ME!!!!!! I AM THE DADDY!!!!!!”
Less “pregnancy is beautiful”, more “verility is beautiful”.
The one problem I have is I can’t remember what happened in the last book, it’s been too long and I’ve been reading other things. So I’ve forgotten who the Confederacy even are! They seem pretty backwards though, like they’ve elected Trump and Pence or something.
Hey, political humour! Well, what else are we going to do other than laugh at this point?
Joke or no joke though, it really did come across as “we want your technology, make the confederacy great again, poor people are their own fault, women don’t own their own bodies…”
Okay, moving on because I don’t really have much else to say about the main storyline. This book is pretty evidentally the middle one on the series to the point that some things happen on top of things that have already happened but nothing gets resolved.
It does seem to lead to the unveiling of a big plot about being… what? Possessed? Controlled by a symbiont? Something like that? That seems to be happening a lot, the parasites from Conspiracy turned up as distant relatives and rivals to the Trill in the DS9 books I’ve been reading! At least someone went back to them!
Anyway, let’s get on to the really annoying storyline. Tom’s mother trying to take custody of Miral sounds tedious and needless and probably something I’d get really angry about.
Tom lied, yes. He lied when he was younger and an idiot, yes. But he lied for a good reason this time and that should be clear to literally everyone. As such, a mediation would last about five seconds. The mediator would point out that Tom’s mother is letting her emotions cloud her judgement regardless of her clout and the case would be dropped like it’s fifth period French.
In fact, if Tom’s mother really has stacked the deck with friends, they’d probably pull her aside and say “you’re being a dick, stop it” because they care for her!
But you’re also right when you say that it’s an arbitration and not a mediation in this case. For me, mediators keep it civil but let you decide for yourself whereas arbitrators will decide for you. That’s my understanding anyway, I could be wrong, but it doesn’t sound like it.
The nuclear family thing, from a pure numbers perspective, is the minimum average requirement to pepetuate the species. It takes two humans to procreate, they make two more humans and so when the first two die out the next generation is exactly the same size as the previous generation was. Or to put that another way, if everyone only ever had one child then the species would eventually die out.
But clearly it’s more complex than that. It’s only an average of two. Clearly individual families can have more than two, or won’t be interesting in procreation whatsoever, or might have a sexuality that’s not geared to biological procreation without a third party, or some individuals within one family will have a second family due to separation and moving on or just through bigamists… or basically any other number of things that skew this.
So really the nuclear family thing is just some ideal that doesn’t fit reality and I don’t see why it should be the big ideal that some people seem to think it is from that perspective.
However… I’m the guy with a wife and two kids! For me it probably is right, but then I’ve come to realise that it’s quite common that one parent to one child is a good ratio as they often need dealt with at the same time! That’s just me though, clearly Chris has a far better handle on this than I do!
Okay, back to B’Elanna, because I’ve a bone to pick with you now!
DO NOT KILL OFF B’ELANNA TORRES!
As much as I agree that what it would do for Tom’s character development would be really interesting, but this is a bridge too far! I’d rather B’Elanna was just written better!
Well, that and I’m not sure about hooking Tom up with Harry a I prefer that as a bromance, but still I suppose it could have mileage.
But no, it’s still not worth the price! Save Be’lanna! Write her better, but save her too!
Okay, that needed said. Let’s get on to someone else that needs saved. Seven of Nine!
Ugh, not Axum. Is sending sexy dreams over the Borg dream network the 24th century version of “sliding into your DMs”?
Or to put it another way, he sent dick pics, didn’t he?
Seven really needs to get better taste in men. Cambridge is definitely looking like the better option at this point. And yet, somehow, Axum’s tactics worked. So what’s the moral we take from that? Dick pics work?! I don’t want that to be the moral!
Is it possible that this is just a young person thing though? Young men and women, and Seven is effectively a young women because she’s still learning, seem to make bad decisions when it comes to relationships.
Or was that just my excuse for going through school without a girlfriend?!
I’m not sure it matters whether all of this happened in Seven’s head or not. If she’s making the decisions, she’s still making the wrong decisions. She really should just hook up with the Doctor and then we can all be happy.
Yeah, I’m definitely shipping Seven and the Doctor. It’s the only one that not only makes sense but one we’d actually like to see.
Looking forward to seeing how this series ends. Hopefully it’s less silly in parts, Tom and his mother work things out amicably, Seven gets rescued and laid by someone who isn’t creepy, and the Confederacy are rescued from… whatever it is they need rescued from.
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Yes, you are correct. The pregnant women in the Confederacy are exposing their bellies. Although it’s not clear if this is specifically when dressed up for fancy events or an all the time thing.
I think we would all prefer that B’Elanna were simply better written. That would be great! But I think some of us have gotten to the point that if doesn’t seem possible. I mean, when Sareki, the world’s biggest B’Elanna fan, starts calling for her to be killed off, you know it’s bad.
But OMG, I love the idea that Axum is essentially sending Seven unsolicited dick pics. It’s 100% perfect (as a way of understanding his actions, i’m in no way suggesting anyone send unsolicited dick pics!).
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