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Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 26 Jul 2013 05:07 Title: 'Cogs in the Machine'

The many balls that you have to juggle -- take how you will -- impresses me. I have never been very good at juggling whole crew scenarios. Perhaps you will help me out there someday. I love the look at each. And Stan's potential date. And Molly bolstering Noah and observing McGregor. There's much to enjoy about it, but I'm also waiting for the other shoe to fall.

Is it odd that when it comes to T'Vel and Stan especially, I feel like I am watching and fretting for old friends I'd like to protect? Such is the legacy of the first RR and no bad one at that.

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 01 Jun 2013 16:55 Title: 'Cogs in the Machine'

And … here … we … go! So, we have the team assembling and the last of the gear checked. Jex seems to have settled down and Sebastian makes a welcome appearance here, bringing some serious gravitas (and a bit of cockiness) to the proceedings. We have T’Vel suiting up and still looking super-Vulcan, but gracious she has a friend who loans her books? Daniel seems to be VERY interested in her despite her many issues and I find myself preparing a bandwagon for them. Jex/McGregor has been cool for many chapters and the people look for a new pair to ship. Depending on what happens to Daniel here, I may be shipping them.

But I have my own theories on what may, or may not happen here … so I’m hoping he survives. Because if he doesn’t everything else could be completely messed up.

Anyway, moving onto the McGregor securing the Den scene. Oh, that was fun and I loved the forcefield bit around the bust of the Kestrel. A nice touch and an amusing one at that. Seeing McGregor take this (mostly) seriously was nice. Cutler showing up and being nervous as usual is expected but having Molly there to soothe him and provide some veteran advice was good. I’m glad she sees he needs the help and I’m glad he’s not too prideful enough to accept it. Now, the real fun starts … we’ll see what goes down.

Reviewer: Starfire Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 28 Nov 2010 12:08 Title: 'Cogs in the Machine'

Very much the calm before the storm as McGregor's SARAH swings into action. Time to see how the new recruits handle the upcoming situation :)

Author's Response:

Crunch time. Yes this is going to be proving grounds for the new recruits. In fact, this was almost being called Proving Grounds but Hunting Grounds was more apt. However for the noobs this is only a minor little mission. There's so much more to come. Much more!

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 07 Oct 2010 01:01 Title: 'Cogs in the Machine'

Nice chapter, MF! First of all, I have to say -- A TRIANGLE?! Is that what I saw there?  Hehe. Dashiel is playing with fire, between the unstable Vulcan T'Vel and Mila the ball-busting Ukrainian non-com. I like where this is going, even as a fun side jaunt. 

Okay, everything else. Poor Jex! No one beyond McGregor himself seems to trust her, and why should they? Deodzi may have been a wonderful pilot, but Leoni is an engineer. I'm sure it's very difficult for anyone who isn't joined to understand how the previous hosts become part of you. You've done a great job illustrating how it works inside Leoni's mind so far, but her crewmates don't have the luxury of peeking inside like we have. 

And then there's the great scene on the bridge. Stanley and the bird -- I mean Avian! Hilarious. I can only imagine their date ... Also, I felt for Noah with his perpetual nervousness, and I think Cartwright's pep talk was my favorite part of this chapter. I've never heard Ops described in such loving detail, and it was pretty inspiring to me, so I hope it works on Noah. Her thoughts on McGregor were also illuminating, and it's nice to see that kind of introspection going on.

I can't wait to see what happens in their game of "ping pong." Get writing! 

Author's Response:
Glad you like the Jex stuff. It is quite confusing to get into that head space actually! Hee hee. But yeah she has to try and prove herself simply because McGregor has a whim and fancy for her to prove her piloting skills.
As to triangles - I leave such complicated geometry to you! We'll just have to wait and see how that plays out now won't we.
And of course Molly has some - many - thoughts about McGregor. As XO and as a former C.O. herself. She has many valid opinions on the man. And I'm glad too that you liked her description of Ops. It sounds like a rather complicated balancing act. Not sure it is a job I'd want myself! Thanks for reading and sorry about the many real life delays that keep bogging this story down.


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