Date: 06 Nov 2021 19:09 Title: Part 1 - The Hard Hello: 6
Michael seems to be thinking very clearly - like he's dispelled some sort of fog he's been traveling through for some time. Star would have to be heartened at this - even while not liking the ramifications of what he's saying.
It's a really good growth moment for this character - kind of like he's growing into that fourth pip. Really liked this chapter. It's a dialogue heavy chapter and that might be part of why. It's one think to read what people think - but it's so much more powerful to read them putting their thoughts into words.
Dialogue heavy chapters are dangerous to pull off - writers are tempted to put their own words into their characters' mouths instead of letting them speak for themselves. This dialogue felt really natural and in character for each character.
Author's Response: Thanks for the nice words. I think recent events have forced Michael to reevaluate some of his decisions and his priorities. We'll see if and how that translates to what is to come. I like the point about character growth. Owens has been a captain for a good while now, but I think the most noticeable growth here is in his relationship with his first officer whom he now seems to trust unconditionally, something that didn't seem possible not too long ago.