Date: 01 Jun 2013 18:27 Title: Into The Dark
And so, we find T’Vel and how she became the mental mess that she is today. A sad, sad affair, and one that was described in chilling detail. Whatever thing they encountered in the Wash, whatever anomaly they met there, it reminded me very much of the ENT episode where T’Pol was onboard she ship of crazed, insane Vulcans (creepy as hell, that episode). This looks to me to be a nice nod to that episode with the addition of Hulix (who is the same species as Phlox), but very much like that episode it just doesn’t work out well for most people. Hulix got ended pretty brutally and then T’Vel was on the run.
She had to run. She had to go. And I was hoping that she would be able to find a little respite, but she didn’t … no, she was destined for this horror to be visited upon her. My favorite part of the chapter, at least from a writing point, was the way you described her falling and getting messed up down that stairwell. The way you spared no detail in her leg getting caught up and wrecked was goosebump inducing. I found that the most disturbing thing of the chapter.
Finally, the crazed part of T’Vel that resides in her gets a name: T’Kas, and the fact she was a Vulcan priestess at one point and has had her katra passed on in this manner is a master stroke. Was T’Kas always this violent or did the years of having her katra passed on make her mad? This is a nice thread that I kinda want to steal from you, lol.
Date: 28 Feb 2011 01:34 Title: Into The Dark
An important piece of T'Vel's story, skillfully and carefully revealed. A dark chapter for sure, but I think we all knew it had to be that way. And the horror of the moment when she realizes it is much, much more than rape of her body and mind which is happening to her ... chilling stuff.
On a lighter note, I especially loved the flashback to her grandmother's commentary on her running. That was a good insight into the habits of T'Vel, and where she's coming from, and why her current state is that much more damaging to her -- she ran from her emotions in an attempt to control them, and now they are out of her control. I feel for her. :(
Thank you for reading kes. Yes, it is a chapter to make you feel for T'Vel. This was something horrible. I'm glad that despite the awful nature of the chapter that you thought it was revealed in a good way. Thank you again for reading.