Date: 05 Jan 2012 23:52 Title: Chapter 1
Wow, what an interesting study of Weyoun's coming to the realisation what he is, how different from the whole line of previous Weyouns and what he should do about it.
From the beginning we see he is different. He fears the Founder; it's something I never really noticed in other Weyouns--they just served and were respectful, but I don't really recall seeing them scared. This Weyoun is (and the next one would be, too, because the Founder grew more irritable later) and it is understandable: he serves a god and a god can do anything and everything to him. He tries to be a good servant, but his instincts seem to be stronger.
And then he faces his mixed feelings when holding the vial. I totally understand how he felt--disgust and fascination. Here you have a piece of your god...is it sentience? After all, there is not brain anywhere, so each part of the jelly could...observe him!
His doubts lead him to make a serious decision. A bold decision. But, in spite of everything, we know that his faith in the Founders--in his gods--is still there, because he worshipped Odo. At least, he knew Odo was good and not wrong, which had to be a relief and make Weyoun feel a little bit better about the whole situation.
An outstanding story!
Author's Response: Thank you very much! Poor Weyoun Six...I always wonder how long it took him to realise he was different from his predecessors. I actually find Weyoun Six quite difficult to write, so it's very nice to know that this works. Thanks again!
Date: 05 Jan 2012 07:47 Title: Chapter 1
I liked this. I liked this a lot. Jeffrey Combs played a blinder as Weyoun and it takes great skill to put the nuances of his various performances to writing. Vorta are a fascinating species to write too, given that they are cloned to revere the Founders and to be politicians they are an odd mix of different things.
Here we see that you treat them as such and show all sorts of reflections and introspections on Weyoun's part. His reverence is not all conquering - he has fears and doubts about the Founders but pushes these to the back of his mind, trying to convince himself that he never thought them.
When faced with the Founder he has to wlak a difficult line for if he doubts her godliness she would know right and even if not she can have him killed regardless. No wonder his words are so carefully chosen and his obedience so unfailing. Great character stuff here written in a very good way.
Author's Response: Thank you! Jeffrey Combs was utterly brilliant as Weyoun and I love, as a writer, trying to capture some of his performance in prose. I agree that the Vorta are an odd mix of different things; they can be very contradictory. But then again, that's what I love about them!