Date: 29 Jun 2014 03:49 Title: Chapter 4
Landing on a meteor and drilling holes into it in hopes of blowing it up? Me thinks Sonia has been watching Armageddon on the holo deck. Still, if they can actually manage to land on the thing, it just may work.
I admittedly wouldn't start a Sonia fan club any time soon but Obruz seems too hard on him. Okay, the guy's a total douche but still, he's got a plan which is more than anyone else can say. So let the man work.
It does strike me though that his poor dynamic with the rest of the senior staff is really hurting the chances of success. If this were the Enterprise for example you'd probably see everyone working together to try and make this work, instead of Sonia sitting (almost) alone in his quarters sweating over a solution to save an entire planet.
Author's Response: Yeah, I'll admit...I sorta did have some inspiration for this. I promise I stopped short of calling the shuttle "Freedom" or "Independence," and there's no ragtag group of oil drillers, either. As for him working alone, I had a lot of things happen in the background. I imagined him being a lot like I can be, where you chose to do a lot of the admin work yourself because you don't trust someone else to get it right. He worked with the various departments (like he was told to) to formulate the plan; he just took it upon himself to get the proposal in order.
Date: 28 Jun 2014 17:54 Title: Chapter 4
In ENT, there is a landing on a comet. I believe it wasn't meant to be as close to its sun as this one is, but there is precedent for this.
Still, whatever Sonia's motivations are, this is useful. And for Jess and the others, it's also useful. Not to be wholly mercenary about this, but if he even comes close to succeeding, a different commander could take an interest in him, and she could be rid of him that way. Or they could at least have the opportunity for him to be a bit better at working with her. This is a good option for her, and although success would be best for the Etambians, for Jess, it's almost an afterthought.