Yeah. She’s not in a good place by any definition.
Wait, do we care about the Prime Directive or not?
I think by now the Temporal Prime Directive has been blown out of the water. I wonder if she’s going to bring Lydia into the future.
That would be the only place where she would have a future, imo. If those wands can cure internal injuries, maybe they might do something for PTSD.
I’m guessing not. Still not entirely convinced at this explanation as to why the assassination wouldn’t matter, bit I do appreciate it’s presence.
If I may make one critique though: you might want to avoid stories like this in the future if you’re not going to commit to a huge change our twist, say that the assassination is what kicked off the war in the first place because someone panicked at the demonstration of a phaser and started slinging nukes.
There’s kind of a nihilistic implication in using this method that the actions of one person don’t really matter. One of the strengths of the other arcs was the way they demonstrated how a small group, even just one person, can have a huge impact, for good or ill. A single starship captain ended a war. A single scientist created a weapon that would have started one, then enlisted the aid of a band of smugglers on the fringe of society to undo that error.
It’s the focus on the individual here that sets your take on Star Trek apart from the norm, where you have a crew of hundreds backing up an elite command staff who can call an entire fleet to their aid. Not having consequences that extend beyond the core group cuts the legs out from under the message of some of your past stories: that you don’t need those kind of resources to have an impact.
(Feel free to ignore me if you feel I’m being too nit picky by the way – I’m a science fiction writer by trade, so revision and critique have become my default mode whenever I’m reading something I like!)
Actually, “No Good Deed” is about someone thinking they can cause change and not getting the reaction they expected. Lydia’s arc is along those same lines. Also, the two previous stories are about people trying the affect change without violence. This last one is about someone using violence to stop violence and failing. So, really, we’ve got a common theme throughout. The only thing that I do agree with you on is that I didn’t do the expected timeline interference plot.
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