Review – Equinox

Review – Equinox

Equinox is where I had to kill one of my darlings, an event from Fortune.


Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Equinox

For a monthly prompt about sacrifice, I wanted (as I often do) to turn it on its head.  This was not to be a story about noble sacrifices for idealistic causes, with Starfleet cheering all the way. Instead, it was to be a story about personal human sacrifices, and how Starfleet can, I suspect, chew people up and spit them out.


The story begins with Malcolm telling Travis and Hoshi that he’s going to miss them. Review – Equinox Hoshi is looking forward to spending more time with her family. Travis is trying to salvage his marriage. They are both retiring. It’s 2181, and they are the last three left of the original seven senior officers on the NX-01. T’Pol has returned to Vulcan and Phlox is back on Denobula. Tucker is dead, and Archer is pursuing a political career, which dovetails with Star Trek: Enterprise canon. With Hoshi and Travis’s retirements, Malcolm will be the last one standing.

Barking up the Muse Tree | Jespah | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Lafa II Southern Continent
Lafa II Southern Continent

And then he gets a call from Leonora Digiorno, and learns that Doug Beckett has died in the forests of the southern continent of Lafa II, a scene from Fortune.

Hence Malcolm knows that, no matter what, he’s got to get home and be with Lili. And he will have to set aside everything and, potentially, jeopardize his standing and his command, things he has worked very, very hard for.

But there is no question.

Review – Equinox

He will go to Lili.

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The story is Rated K.


So I like how it turned out, as it wove the themes of sacrifice and familial duty, crossing them with duties to Starfleet. It was a chance to fill in a few gaps left in Fortune, and to bring in the bench characters and give them great roles, people like Aidan, Chip, Deb, José, and Jennifer. The story acts as a bridge to the deeper future and continues the process of tying In Between Days to the Times of the HG Wells. Finally, I think it fulfilled its purpose well.

17 thoughts on “Review – Equinox”

  1. Aww, a fitting story for the theme it has to be said. What strikes me your line: Instead, it was to be a story about personal human sacrifices, and how Starfleet can, I suspect, chew people up and spit them out.
    I think it is a facet of Starfleet that is all too often overlooked. Any organisation that large and demanding so much time and life put into it, never mind the fact it has clear military aspects to it, has to have a bearing and accumulated cost on the personal lives of the members. Also it is a sad image thinking of the ENT canon characters all going their separate ways. :sniff:

    1. In canon, everyone seems to so willingly do whatever the hell Starfleet asks of them. And so you end up with Picard regretting not starting a family, and Kirk getting a similar treatment in the films. Kirk even comments to Sulu – how the hell did you find time for a family – when we’re first introduced to Demora. But of course Hikaru had to have been an absent father. The Calafan shared dream state is a rather useful tool for keeping people together, because they have more than just a few words over communications or in the equivalent of email. But they still miss things like being the one who has to wait around for the guy to lay the carpets. I used to travel a lot for a living, and it can create a major disconnect between two people, no matter how much you keep in touch. I imagine in amped up to infinity, as there is even more distance, plus the constant specter of danger.

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