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Jul. 2nd, 2009

I'm going to shoot for "logical argument" here, (even tho just 'shoot' is more my instinct LOL.)

I'm reading an otherwise well-written ST reboot story and find myself clenching teeth because of (once again) a Kirk characterization that I've seen in numerous stories being written: that young Captain Kirk is horribly ham-fisted when it comes to diplomacy, and in dire need of having his (much more able) crew to coach him, remind him, and when that doesn't work, haul his and the shore leave party's asses out of the danger that he put them in by refusing to adhere to any sensible behavior or to listen and learn from his crew's coaching.

Question: where, oh *where* are the authors getting this stoopid-Captain characterization from? In point of fact, during the period he actually *was* in command on Enterprise, he showed keen insight as to how actions effect outcomes, and was seen in conference with his command crew to solicit input about how to achieve his goals. When confronting Nero at the end of the movie, he offered aid; when Spock questioned his offer, he explained how such offer would be helpful when dealing with the Romulan command in the future (which was of course inevitable sometime down the line.)  *SPOCK* was the one who admitted the desire to not offer that aid, but instead to have Nero die.

Such a bizarre characterization of young Captain Kirk not only falls way short of the mark for him, but does huge disservice to any credibility of Starfleet in general. While it certainly has been known for people to get promoted who don't really deserve it or have the full capacity to perform their jobs in any reality,  fiction or not, in this particular instance, with the spotlight of the entire Federation on Kirk and Starfleet, with the unusualness of such a junior officer being deep-selected for promotion, his qualifications would have been dissected with a fine-tooth comb, every weakness highlighted and examined and put to rest within the whole picture before they would have simply *handed* Kirk their newest constellation class flagship. ESPECIALLY given that their fleet was just decimated and down by 7 starships.

Come on, people, *think*. Crackfic is *great*...but lazy, shallow writing is a whole other ballgame. Like Pike, I challenge you to do better.

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sundara
Jul. 3rd, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Oy, I hope not. :-(

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templemarker
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, but the catch is: crackfic only works if you're taking the proper characterization and putting it into cracked out situations. Crackfic can ring just as false; this only emphasizes that.

I'm continually disappointed that newcomers to this fandom aren't taking advantage of the wealth of information out there, so easily accessible. Or even, if you're just using the Reboot as your canon, why they aren't thinking beyond "wouldn't it be hot if?"

Whatever. to each her own, I suppose, but hopefully now that the initial flush is over people will write more stories that an old-school trek fan can read without wanting to throw things.
sundara
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
True about crackfic (altho this story wasn't crack, it was a seriously written story, well done other than that one annoying sticking point.)

Agree! But then again, as much as I bitch about it, I've seen the herd rush into the newest toy store before, with the same results. It's just...*this* time, they're desecrating the mythology that defined my younger years, and that's...personal :-) AND...as you say, it's not as if there aren't a kaZILlion resources online for them to educate themselves. But...that assumes they'd even want to spend the time and effort, and many are, IMO, just out for instant feel-good results, no effort needed.

AMEN sistah, to more future readable stories!

Edited at 2009-07-03 01:52 am (UTC)
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