We used to be best buddies,
But now we’re not.
I wish you would tell me why…
OH MY HEART
'Do you wanna punch a Nazi? It kinda has to be a Nazi.'
Yaaaaaaay, I’m so pleased you’re enjoying it, isn’t it wonderful? And yeah, I could never pick a favourite!
Roxann Dawson directing ENT 3x06: Exile
Oooooh, that could have been really interesting! I think Jadzia and Lenara would probably have ended up in a long-term relationship, but I think it would have involved some adjustments and a steep learning curve for both of them, and they’d have to really work on avoiding falling into old patterns of doing things. After the initial honeymoon phase I imagine it could get rocky, what with the leftover guilt and resentment around Torias’ death. (I guess this sort of thing is part of the reason for the taboo.) But I think they’d both put the work in and figure out how to negotiate all that.
I also don’t think Jadzia would end up in a relationship with Worf (I don’t think Jadzia is necessarily monogamous but I don’t think Lenara would be comfortable with it), but I imagine they’d still become good friends. But they certainly wouldn’t be having a child together, so Jadzia wouldn’t be in the Bajoran temple thanking the Prophets when Dukat showed up.
No but guys, GUYS, we need to talk about how important this scene is. Because the commonly accepted lore about unicorns is that they are so good and pure that they’ll only appear to young virginal girls. Because Molly Grue is a middle-aged woman who has been living with bandits for most of her life and is as far from innocent and virginal as you’re likely to get. Because she’s so angry that this creature, embodying everything that society tells her she’s lost, everything she’s thrown away through her own choices, is here now when all that The Unicorn represents is long since behind her. Because she knows, in a way that only someone who’s been steeped in an oppressive system her entire life can ever know, that she’s missed her chance and doesn’t deserve to be seeing a unicorn now.
And you know what? The Unicorn doesn’t give two fucks about her virginity, about her supposed loss of innocence and purity. She’s not repelled by Molly being older, being experienced, being a full human person. None of that has ever mattered to unicorns, only to the people telling stories about them. Not only does she step in to physically comfort her here, but before long this bandit’s wife becomes her friend, closer to her in most ways than Schmendrick.
This story is fucking revolutionary, you guys, and I just have a lot of feelings about it.
I heard Peter S. Beagle speak about this scene at a convention once. He said he just kept writing and writing into the scene and suddenly here was this powerful, moving dialogue which came out very strong and natural, flowing directly from inspiration.
He said it was one of those moments when “the writer just gets really lucky.”
Ooooh, I love thinking about this because Kes staying on is one of my top wished-for things. In fact I have an ongoing fic about it that includes some of my ideas.
Basically if Kes stays it changes all of the dynamics from there on. Kes is more well-placed to help Seven adjust to her new circumstances than anyone else on the ship - she can understand Seven’s feelings about trying to integrate into the crew because she’s been through it herself, and although she broadly agrees with her Starfleet friends’ goals she’s open to other possibilities too, which I think would be refreshing and helpful to Seven. (Not that Janeway did a bad job mentoring Seven, but I think Kes’ perspective could have been really useful too and they would probably have become close.)
Also, if Kes didn’t get to the point where her powers made it necessary to leave, presumably she also wouldn’t have the ability to fling them beyond Borg space, so they never get those ten years shaved off their journey. Getting through Borg space is more challenging than anything they’ve done before and requires more sacrifices than the crew is used to - this is the point where Voyager stops looking clean and neat and gets shabby and battle-worn. Since friendly planets are few and far between, energy consumption is a problem and there’s no space for luxuries. They spent a lot of time eating rations, living in close quarters and tinkering with the systems. They scavenge for what they need. They don’t stop to explore. It’s a very different ship that comes out of the other side of Borg space.
Ahahaha, this is genius.
Hmmm… Ferengi are pretty traditional and conservative so I doubt it would be easy for teenage Quark when he discovered those mysterious hairs on his upper lip. I imagine he got teased a lot by the other kids - as if it wasn’t already hard enough with his weird family showing him up. It made him more determined to succeed and prove himself.
It made it harder to attract females, too - which meant that he never had sex with the boss’ sister, and consequently never got fired, and eventually rose to be a sub-nagus.
For a long time he shaved regularly and tried to hide his unusualness, but as he got older he became more confident and stopped caring and eventually grew an impressive moustache.
When Quark became the Grand Nagus, he started a trend for artificial facial hair among young up-and-coming Ferengi. And Quark lived happily ever after.
(Meanwhile, of course, he never moved to Terok Nor/DS9, which made life harder for the Bajorans living there during the Occupation. The bar on the promenade changed hands several times and eventually became a petting zoo.)
Send me one little thing that could have been different and I’ll talk about what would happen in the resulting AU!
it is my greatest wish to time travel to the future and watch historically inaccurate period dramas about the early 2000s
I love B’Elanna’s engineering jacket with the pocket for all her tools.
It’s such a shame she only wore it while Roxann Dawson was pregnant, it was a cool bit of wardrobe. It makes so much sense that B’Elanna would need somewhere to carry bits and pieces to have close to hand, and I like that she puts them all in the same order every time so that they’re easily accessible when she needs them.
My level of feels right now:
The Prime Directive. The non-interference with lesser developed canon and primitive otps.
Sometimes breaking the prime directive is necessary in such events of rescues and stupid ass decisions.
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