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Following Mike Garcia's example (read his blog here) I've decided to give this a shot myself.

So here is my attempt at a writer's commentary on The Star Eagle Adventures V: Shadows in the Haze being posted at TrekBBS and Ad Astra.

Obviously big SPOLER ALERT. Don't read this if you haven't read the story and still plan to do so.

 

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The Star Eagle Adventures V: Shadows in the Haze

Writer's Commentary




Shadows in the Haze continues the Star Eagle tradition of thematic feature novels. After getting a time-travel story (Tempus Fugit), a treasure hunt in space (Eternal Flame), a war story (Cry Havoc) and a tale of redemption as well as terrorism and religious fundamentalism (All The Sinners, Saints), Shadows turns to crime as a murder mystery.

It is more than that however. While All The Sinners, Saints could read almost like a contemporary tale at times, filled with real-world parallels (terrorism, civil war, fundamentalism, Marines, bullets and machine guns), with Shadows I wanted to go back to the outer space, sci-fi element of Trek. While Saints was primarily set on a planet not too unlike Earth, Eagle V mostly takes place on Eagle and other places more at home in a science fiction story.

And while Saints featured a second starship with a whole other crew (Bluefin), Shadows brings the focus back to the main characters that make up the Star Eagle Adventures. As such I also expect Shadows to end up being much shorter than its insanely long predecessor. It of course remains to be seen how close I’ll be able to stick to my outline as I freely admit to having a tendency to move away from it, or at least expand and add to it as I get deeper into a story.

It maybe interesting to note however that Shadows dates back a good seven years as I completed the original draft of this story way back in late 2005 and just before I re-launched the entire series for its internet debut. In fact the first feature novel, Tempus Fugit, remains the only one which I wrote from scratch for the re-launch while all other stories up to Shadows already existed in one form or another.

But like Cry Havoc and All The Sinners, Saints, Shadows received a complete page one re-write even though the final outline to Shadows remains fairly close to its original version, much more so than Cry Havoc or Sinners did.

Even the title remains unchanged and even though admittedly less original than the last two novel titles, I always felt that it conveyed the right amount of intrigue for a murder mystery set within a stellar nebula. The implication here of course is that there is something hidden, in this story as well as in the nebula itself of which we can only perceive shadows for now and inviting the reader to find out what exactly they turn out to be.

To me Shadows has one of the strongest A and B plots of any story I’ve previously written. This is not to mean that it is the strongest plot overall but, at least to me, the strongest combination of plots which interlink in a rather satisfying manner. Of course to say more about the plots as this stage would spoil the story. So here now, is my commentary on each chapter of this story.

Shadows is divided into main chapters, one for each day and then subdivided into smaller chapters within each day. I’ll aim to write a comment on each sub-chapter.

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Day One: Farewell, My Lovely: I

As any movie buff, film noir fan or crime novel enthusiast can tell, this chapter is named after the classic Raymond Chandler novel and this theme will continue through this story. It may perhaps be pretentious for me to use the titles of such master pieces for my own work, but I liked the idea of setting the mood in such a way and of course the titles are supposed to be appropriate for the theme of the day or chapter in question. I doubt I’m in any danger of being sued by a publisher.

Openings are always quite important to me and I like to start off a novel with little bit of a kick. Be that a space battle in Cry Havoc or a mysterious prophecy in Sinners. Here we start of in a rather unlikely place for a Star Trek story, on a sailing ship caught in a storm in the middle of the ocean and if the odd language isn’t a hint already, it is quickly revealed that we are witnessing a play. And so perhaps this isn’t such an odd place to start considering movies like Star Trek: Generations and the franchise’s well established fascination with Shakespeare which The Star Eagle Adventures clearly continues following his work’s appearance in Cry Havoc.

So it’s all just a holodeck fantasy. Not quite. It’s an actual play, performed by actual actors but it does take place in the holodeck and is enhanced by holodeck trickery. I was of course aware that opening with a holodeck illusion has become a bit of a Trek cliché but I never thought it was a bad one and I wouldn’t count this segment as a try-to-pull-the-wool-over-your-eyes kind of thing. It does set the mood for this story and certainly for what is to come and it re-introduces us to crew of Eagle (they have, after all, been gone for a while) and also briefly introduces us to some new faces which will play important roles in this story. And what’s up with Wenera, anyway?

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Day One: Farewell, My Lovely: II

She’s bugging out, that’s what’s up. The news of her pregnancy does not come as a surprise to folks who’ve read the short story The Confession in the Vignette Series Crossing Over. But it’s a surprise for Deen and most of the crew of course.

I’ve recently been reading the Corps of Engineers series of ebooks and found out that a very similar storyline exists there. Total coincidence. Honestly. But it’s a bummer when that happens.

Truth be told I wanted to shake up the crew of Eagle for awhile now. Yeah I know, Star has only just come aboard but now there’s just too much estrogen on this ship. Also I loved the idea of bringing in a veteran to this mostly young group of people. Not to mention some more (human) racial diversity.

This doesn’t mean of course that I am done with Wenera as a character and I would love to see her again, perhaps after her pregnancy even if I don’t have any concrete plans for her at this stage.

She does have a rather large role in Dnoth’s Nadir where she appears as Doctor Zo’Kama’s partner in crime, making the fateful decision of bringing her young child onto a dangerous mission. The jury is still out on what she’s been up to in the meantime.

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Cejay:

Did you want me to setup a Wordpress site for you through AA.net?

MDg

Thanks for the offer but I think I'll stick to this format for now.

I'm still just doing this for the fun of it and am not really convinced yet thatpeople are truly interested in reading something like this or that I'll be able to sustain it for that matter.

Maybe if I get more serious with this I up my game and take you up on your offer to create a real blog. Maybe for my next story.

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Day One: Farewell, My Lovely: III

And here comes Doctor Elijah Katanga. I think right off the bat we can tell that this wily old veteran will make things interesting for this crew which is already trying to adjust to their newish and controversial XO. And why exactly is Tazla Star so amused here when this is supposed to be a sad occasion?

Wenera is appropriately teary eyed about leaving Eagle and immensely thankful for everything the captain has done for her, clearly implying that he knew about her pregnancy and made this move possible for her. And apparently being quite understanding about the whole thing. One cannot imagine that he liked the idea of losing his CMO in the middle of a war which is already decimating the ranks. Katanga and Wenera are obviously close friends and it is implied that she convinced him to come aboard and serve in her stead. I’m sure this appeased Owens quite a bit. It also ties in nicely with First Trial, the short story in Vignette Series One: Prelude to War which hints towards Katanga taking on a starship assignment again.

And then there is Donners.

She clearly isn’t a big fan of Star’s the way she cautions Owens about her and it remains to be seen if the trust he has placed in his first officer was misplaced or not. For now Donners’ warnings remind us of Star’s questionable past and reputation within the fleet.

But Donners and Owens have much more interesting things to talk about. That there is more between these two captains then just a close friendship has been hinted at in various previous stories, including the short story All the Time in the World (EVS1: Prelude to War), Tempus Fugit and Cry Havoc. Now, finally, Owens is taking the first step. But not before airing some dirty laundry which has clearly been bothering him a great deal for years. But now that that’s out of the way, are these two ready for the next step? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Day One: Farewell, My Lovely: IV

Talking about Star, it looks as if Owens still has trust issues with the his XO and clearly he can’t even get himself to agree to a new shift rotation she has suggested and which promises to make ship operations much more efficient. At this point one wonders if he hadn’t been better off keeping the reluctant Xylion as his first officer or trying to recruit a new one altogether.

From a story telling point of view this is a bit of a gold mind. What does a captain do when he doesn’t trust his first officer, the one person on board he should be able to trust implicitly? Things are not helped by the fact that Owens appears to like Star and wants to genuinely trust her. He’s just not there. And Donners’ warnings clearly don’t help.

Next we meet the other star of this story. The beautiful Aphrodite nebula. Striking enough to keep Owens up late and Xylion pull an extra shift to try and study it as much as he possibly can.

And then there is Doctor Rosenthal. Now I know I have a bit of a tendency to portray civilian researchers as mad scientists, another well worn cliché. But Rosenthal seems alright, doesn’t he? Sure he’s a bit old fashioned with his three piece suit and glasses but every genius has a particular set of idiosyncrasies and he’s no exception.

And what about motor-mouthed Charlie Colcord? Pretty, young, energetic and chief advisor to a genius engineer and scientist. There appears to be more to that women than meets the eye.

In any case they seem all quite capable and have those promised shields to survive the fatal radiation within the nebula up and ready in a jiffy. Everything’s fine until the sensors go haywire due to the radiation. Well, can’t have sensors in a crime mystery so that obviously had to happen.

And then the next oddity. Michael Owens loses a whole night of sleep. Or did he? It seems bizarre but there isn’t any immediate explanation for this. Maybe he was just much more tired than he thought he’d be. Owens doesn’t have a good track record with getting enough sleep. It hasn’t been too long that his dreams were haunted by creatures from an ancient civilization (Eternal Flame). It’s tough being a starship captain.

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Day Two: The Getaway: I

The second chapter of Shadows in the Haze is named after the 1958 Jim Thompson crime novel and starts off rather inconspicuously with a meeting between youthful DeMara Deen and the veteran Vulcan scientist Xylion.

We haven’t seen these two characters paired much in Star Eagle even though they are clearly the most science-focused officers on the ship. In fact we are reminded once again that Deen was in fact Owens’ first choice for chief science officer on Eagle but was turned down by top brass concerned about having such a young and inexperienced officer heading a rather large department.

Any other person may have shown resentment after being stepped over for promotion but Deen, the ever buoyant Tenarian who by her very nature posses an upbeat and cheerful personality, clearly holds no grudges. Her positive attitude clashes somewhat with the Vulcan ultra-pragmatism and even here we see that Xylion continues to struggle slightly with her humor. One would think that after three years the man understands the concept of a joke.

Like Deen and Xylion I liked the idea that this mission would give these guys a chance to return to the root of Starfleet’s creed of exploration even in the middle of a bitter war against a powerful enemy.

When it becomes clear that their current mission won’t allow for doing some good old-fashioned exploring, Deen promptly suggests a ‘getaway’ of sorts. See what I did there? Clever, right?

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Day Two: The Getaway: II

Yeah, Doctor Katanga is obviously not going to be the quiet kind of CMO who hides himself in sickbay and only comes out when there is a medical emergency requiring his attention. This guy is old-school. McCoy, old school. Who of course happens to be a friend of his. Katanga is used to the spotlight and regardless of his age, he fully expects to be right in the middle of things.

I like the idea of harking back to the Original Series with Katanga. So, ok, there probably won’t be a Kirk/Spock/McCoy-style triumvirate on Eagle anytime soon but perhaps we are witnessing the beginning of one here. That is if Owens will actually be able to put up with the outspoken doctor. So far he’s hardly getting a word in edgewise.

And then of course there is Star. Clearly she and Katanga go back (even if he doesn’t appear to realize this just yet) but she so obviously doesn’t have Owens’ trust, adding further difficulties to this proposed three-headed arrangement.

But of course there is nothing more interesting for a writer to try and overcome a few obstacles and there are clearly plenty of them here. Katanga is a stubborn veteran set in his ways, Star has plenty of demons to wrestle with and Owens, as the captain, will want it all to run his way or the highway.

It’ll be very interesting to discover if this truly could be a triumvirate in the making or if it will turn out to be a dysfunctional command structure that’ll never really takes off.

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Day Two: The Getaway: III

Tazla Star is arguable the most controversial character ever to appear in The Star Eagle Adventures and I believe this chapter once again demonstrates why.

She’s a drug addict.

And clearly, after months on Eagle, she’s still not been able to kick the habit.

How, one wonders, has she been able to get away with this for so long? How’d she pass a physical? Did she get somebody else to pee in a cup for her?

Regardless, this Syndicate-Y is some serious stuff, the Orion Syndicate uses it to bind their members to the organization for life, so it’s not very likely Star will get over this easily. And it’s even less likely she’s going to be able to keep it a secret for long.

It doesn’t help that she’s keeping this from Owens who has obviously taken quite a risk by keeping her on as his first officer and I hope it will be interesting to see how this will impact her relationship with the captain and potentially the rest of the crew. How it will affect her duties as a first officer, for that matter.

To me these character flaws and skeletons make Star one of the most compelling characters of the series. This is a long way from Roddenberry’s idea of conflict-free storytelling. Oddly, I did start out Star Eagle with a very Next Generation inspired cast and cast dynamic. A group of young professionals who all seemingly get along very well with each other. However, like many other writers before me, I quickly found it much more interesting to spice things up.

The re-write of Tempus Fugit suddenly featured a half-Romulan who had some serious issues working with a Vulcan crewmember and the too-obviously William Riker inspired first officer was eventually written out completely to be replaced by a rough-around-the-edges Tazla Star who rubbed many crewmembers the wrong way and who is poised to create more drama and conflict down the road.

This is not to say that I don’t still enjoy the Next Generation or the other tales told in that fashion. On the contrary. But the opportunities to explore the darker facets of human(-oid) nature were just too tempting to pass on. And sure, the Next Generation and the Original Series had plenty of drama, mostly thanks to external factors and the alien/plot of the week, but by imbedding the conflict source deeply within the series itself, we’re potentially faced with this dramatic element for a much longer period of time. How long exactly I don’t know yet. Certainly, one would think, at the very least throughout this novel.

Her surname might lead some to believe that her inclusion into the series was a long planned event. Not quite true, I’ve got to admit. In fact I settled on her name only after her planned introduction. And while it doesn’t sound particularly Trill-esque, I always figured that with the presumably thousands of languages spoken within the Federation and beyond, many will have English-words with different meanings. It was sufficient enough of an explanation for me to give her a name which played with the title of the series and immediately helped to make her a focus, a star, if you will (lame?), of the series.

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I think Tazla, with all her baggage and tumultuous history, is an inspired choice for XO. Her stark counterpoint to Owens' spit-and-polish command style, and the interactions between the two, are one of my favorite parts of the most recent storyline.

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Day Two: The Getaway: IV

After introducing a character of more questionable moral fiber who was likely to rub many on board the wrong way, it was important to me for her to have a confidant. A close friend to whom she could go to in order to open up and be comfortable enough with to share her thoughts and fears.

A counselor of course would have been a good option but somehow Star didn’t strike me as the kind of person to think too highly of the services they offer. Not to mention that Eagle’s counselor, even though often mentioned, has actually never appeared in any story. But more about counselors later.

The always gregarious and personable DeMara Deen would have been another good choice. And in fact we have seen her to be the only person on board initially who didn’t seem to have a major issue with the controversial addition to the crew. But with Deen already being a close confident of the captain’s, it seems unlikely Star would be happy to open up to the Tenarian in great detail, mindful about what may filter back to Owens.

Enter Elijah Katanga, the veteran doctor with his own thoughts on how the galaxy should work. I hadn’t originally planned for there to be history between these two characters but once I started to think about it, I realized it was a perfect fit. They are both outsiders on Eagle and each of them is likely to ruffle some more feathers with the establishment before (and if) they are fully accepted by their peers.

For now Star is likely to make the most waves, especially since she’s embarking on an unsanctioned investigation based mostly on her gut feeling. Well, considering the long experience centered in that part of her body, there just might be something to this after all. But when was the last time keeping secrets from your commanding officer worked out in the end? Let’s hope Star can navigate those tricky waters better than others and ultimately earn the respect she so desperately appears to seek.

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Day Two: The Getaway: V

So, what exactly happened to Michael Owens that night that he can’t remember getting any sleep at all? Are the Hyterians back in his head? Was it just a bad dream? Did subspace aliens abduct him to carry out heinous experiments? It remains a mystery for now.

More interestingly of course remains the Owens/Star trust issue. Even DeMara can clearly see that things are not working out right now and that the captain does not appear to be able to get himself to trust his controversial XO. It’s clearly becoming a central theme for this story and it remains to be seen if it can be resolved soon. After all, what is the point of a first officer if you can’t get yourself to trust her?

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: I


Quick Note: I skipped part VI of chapter two as I couldn’t think of much to say about it other than that it kicks off what appears to be another sub-plot.

So we’re three chapters in and finally we get this murder we’ve been promised on the main cover. What’s up with this sluggish pace?

Good question. I was torn between starting this story off, in good crime novel fashion, with what would become the big murder case or work myself to it slowly like I’ve ultimately done. I think I decided Shadows is to be a slower and sometimes more character-driven story and that there was just too much stuff I wanted to explore with these characters before getting to the meat of the matter. In all honesty I suppose I cannot exactly be accused of writing fast paced thrillers in the past. Both Cry Havoc and Sinners took their time in the beginning as well before they turned into action-packed adventures. No promises, by the way, that Shadows will follow that pattern.

Clearly there were things I wanted to happen first; get Wenera out and Katanga in, establish Star’s ongoing difficulties on board and Owens’ trust issues and have Xylion and his away team get underway. It may not grab a reader like a Dan Brown or a James Patterson novel does but then of course I’ve never presumed for it be like one.

Talking about crime novels, I went back to the quintessential work of Raymond Chandler to borrow the title for this chapter. The connection here, of course, is quite obvious and even a little bit literal with the actual sleep which has been eluding Owens lately for reasons still not entirely apparent.

We know very little about the main players so far. The victim we’ve learned appeared in the play in the beginning of the story which was quite well received by most of the crew. But that’s about all we know so far. Rosenthal and Colcord may play a role here as well but for now the focus is between Nora and Star who are engaged in all out battle over taking charge of this case and much to Owens’ displeasure. Considering his issues with the first officer it is perhaps not surprising that he comes down on Nora’s side eventually. Of course that doesn’t mean Star will be completely shut out. We already know that she has her own theories about what’s happening on the ship and we have to see if that will tie into what happened to poor Gedar.

We haven’t seen too many murder investigation plots in Trek and rarely in fan-fiction so hopefully this will offer something new and exciting to readers. Everyone understands the basics; the crime, the evidence, the victim and the suspects. Now how will all this translate to a starship setting? And will Nora, who according to Star lacks the skills to lead a murder investigation be able to find her man? After all it is unlikely to be the kind of situation that lends itself to her strengths. In other words, she probably won’t solve this crime with her fists or a phaser.

Let the hunt begin.

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: II

 

 

So after Nora Laas has won the battle for heading the investigation into Gedar’s death we find out that she’s perhaps not the most qualified person for the job after all. The normally self-assured Bajoran has her own doubts about her capabilities here which I thought would make for an interesting aspect to the character. Nora is a tough nut, determined never to show weakness in front of others but the truth is, as much as she tried to convince Star and Owens otherwise, criminal investigations are not her strong suit.

 

What she lacks in experience however she is determined to make up with sheer will. She is clearly as disgusted with the idea of a murder having taken place on her ship as the captain and determined that she will do whatever it will take to find who is responsible.

 

I also wanted to highlight the rarity of murder cases in Starfleet and corresponding investigation. Sure, we have seen the occasional homicide in Trek, but I tend to be a bit of an utopian and as such in my interpretation of the 24th century, murders are a rarity, making them especially gruesome and shocking occasions. Consequently there is only very limited expertise among Starfleet officers carrying out actual criminal investigations which, to me, makes the story more compelling and of course helps me immensely as a writer, as I’m as much of a rookie when it comes to try and write a compelling crime mystery as Nora is at trying to solve one.

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: III

 

 

With Xylion, Leva, Deen and Srena on their way, the B-plot of Shadows has properly kicked off and naturally one of the first things that happens is that the away team loses all contact with Eagle, ostensibly in order to keep the two plots developing fairly independently from each other.

           

One immediate concern here might be the fact that there is no mention of the Gedar murder which has only just been discovered on Eagle a couple of chapters earlier. The most reasonable explanation to this is that the death is not yet public knowledge on the ship and therefore Srena’s sort-of beau is not yet aware of it and unable to share this little tidbit with her.

           

Instead this chapter focuses mostly on the Andorian ensign and her interactions with the rest of the away team and Deen in particular. The Tenarian, ever the gentle soul, is seen encouraging Srena’s off-duty activities even while the stern first officer may see them as nothing more than distractions. Srena pointing out having been made a special project by Commander Star is an obvious reference to the Lower Deck Tales story The Longest Day which focused solely on the young Andorian and the ire she seemed to invite from the Trill first officer.  The implication here of course, is that this conflict has seemingly developed into respect for Srena and Star’s genuine interest into the young pilot’s career.

           

We also get a little hint that DeMara Deen might not be all that happy with her single life, or at the very least, that it’s a topic she’s given thought to recently. It hasn’t been since Cry Havoc that Deen has given serious considerations to her personal life and her conflicting feelings for a certain starship captain.

 

In the meantime, Srena makes some fairly interesting observations about the nebula which may or may not become more relevant later in the story. And before anyone could confuse the wannabe scientist as another Mary Sue, she almost single handedly steers the runabout into severe turbulence and then can do nothing to prevent the ship heading for an all but assured crash landing.

 

I do enjoy being able to explore more established characters through the eyes of another; something that happens in this chapter in much more general terms when Srena, the junior officer, get a chance to see the senior crew interact with each other and she comes to the realization that they are not so different after all.

 

And considering how this chapter ends, it is highly plausible to expect that she’ll get even more of a chance to observe her fellow officers under very different conditions.

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: IV

 

 

Another chapter to drive home the point that murder investigations are really not in Nora’s wheelhouse. And clearly the way to compensate for that is to whip your seemingly far to relaxed security team into shape. Nora Laas is not the easiest person to work for on a good day, but on this particular one, coming in to work late was probably a bad idea.

           

Alex Clancy, Eagle’s assistant counselor comes to the rescue and of course immediately makes a fool out of himself when it becomes clear that Nora was not expecting any kind of assistance. Especially not via Tazla Star. And clearly she is not in the mood for this. Even though her qualifications to find the culprit might be questionable, she only just won a major victory when convincing Owens to let her lead the investigation over Star.

           

So now, before we can start this investigation in earnest, it appears we first get another round of the Star/Nora bout. It’s probably the worst possible time for this but as far as our security chief is concerned, she is entirely justified in demanding and expecting to be left alone while trying to bring the killer to justice.

 

It also highlights another element to this story which is the ongoing Nora Laas/Tazla Star rivalry which has been in place since the first officer arrived on the ship and reveals Nora’s great and possibly misplaced anger over the Trill’s appointment to the ship. It seems unlikely, at this point, that his poisonous relationship will be resolved anytime soon and if anything it will make this investigation more complicated for Nora and Tazla Star’s difficult life on Eagle even more challenging.

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: V

 

 

So yes, this is a tale about a murder, a tale about mystery, about a possible spy and about the fate of a seemingly lost away team. But this is also very much a story about characters. About Tazla Star, the formerly disgraced Starfleet captain desperately trying to fit in, about Captain Owens trying to find a way to get himself to trust her and also about Nora Laas who has seemingly never quite recovered from the tragic death of the only man she has ever loved and who also happened to be her first officer. And clearly all that anger she harbors over this she has directed towards the new first officer, the unwanted replacement who in many ways is the exact opposite to her predecessor. Where he was warm, gentle and trustworthy, Star is cold, abrupt and most of all possesses questionable morals which have already caused her shame and disgrace.

           

This level of dysfunction is not good on a starship and creates situations rife with awkward tension just like when Nora storms into Owens’ ready room to complain about Star while she is in the room.

           

The real story here is not so much the tension between Nora and Star but Michael Owens as the unintentional enabler of this conflict. He should know better and as he states here, does, but simply cannot bring himself to put an end to this mess on board his own ship.

 

It would be a simple enough solution for him to just go ahead and put some trust and faith into Tazla Star but it’s not easy for him to trust her with that which is most important to him. It would be a simple enough solution to get Nora Laas booted off the ship for her behavior but, as we learn, he has his own demons to fight which are just as powerful as the one Nora is facing, creating both sympathy and loyalty to his security chief which isn’t easily disregarded.

 

After all Owens didn’t just lose Edison, a good friend and fellow officer, he also lost his own love of his life on that very same mission. What Owens doesn’t specifically tell Star in his moment of truth, is that Nora is not the only broken person on the ship. Granted, Owens is probably a lot closer to healing his wounds, consider his budding relationship with Amaya Donners, but the pain is fresh enough for him to cut Nora a lot of slack. And of course that makes poor Tazla Star’s life a lot more difficult.

           

Here’s the good news. At the very least Owens seems to have enough trust in Star to find a way to shape Nora Laas back into the officer she once was. Well, if there ever was a mission impossible …

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: VI

 

So long last the investigation is finally under way. Took us long enough. Nora is not crazy about having to work with Alex Clancy, who is a counselor of all people, not exactly her favorite profession by a long shot.

           

However it becomes quickly apparent that he’s the right man to balance Nora’s bullish and somewhat opinionated views on this case when he suggests a more open-minded approach to the possible culprit to this crime

           

Shame that he’s rather useless when faced with a dead body. Oh well, nobody’s perfect. The question going forward now is if these wildly different characters can work together to find their killer or if they’ll be gunning for each other’s throats instead. Hopefully, no matter what, the odd couple will make for an entertaining investigation.

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Day Three: The Big Sleep: VII

 

 

Back to Tazla Star who is coming fresh of a meeting with Owens who confessed to her how much he is relying on her to stick around and find a way to fix a broken Nora Laas. A tough spot for our first officer to be in. While her captain has reaffirmed her position on the ship, he has also not exactly resolved his trust issue which has plagued him since she has come aboard and instead may have made her relationship with Nora much more complicated after making it clear that Owens has no intention on giving up on his security chief.

           

For now Star seems to believe the best way of dealing with this situation is to stay well clear of the fiery Bajoran even if her clandestine investigation into a possibly spy on board is now seemingly intersecting with Nora’s efforts to catch the killer.

           

But before Star and Katanga can formulate any kind of plan, a potentially disastrous accident takes place on the ship.

           

Now for those who remember Tazla Star from previous stories already know that she has a little bit of a hero complex. After all this is the woman who jumped out of a plane at 20,000 feet without so much as a parachute. So naturally when Owens tells her to let somebody else take care of this, she feels compelled into action. Not sure if she thinks that disregarding an order is the best way for her to establish her bona fides with the captain. But clearly she is still desperate to prove herself on this ship and this appears to be one way she thinks she can do it.

           

And then of course there is the burning questions, pun intended, on who or what caused this accident which may have caused significant damage to ship and crew.

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