Sad news! I’m away this week so I won’t be able to post a regular update next week. OK, to be honest that’s just sad news for you guys, but it’s great news for me! Family vacation, yay!
That look from Alex says to me… fixing is not happening anytime soon.
or that fixing may not even be possible
Or that they first have to fix Anna, which isn’t even a given. Anna being down is probably the reason he was still up.
Or maybe he’s not used to a cheery captain after an accident like that.
I’m beginning to think that “cheer” and “informality” are things he doesn’t tolerate while on the job. He nearly took Darvin’s head off when Darvin complemented him back in Chapter 7, and when Mal asked to be referred to as “Mal” (not “Mr. Garneau”), Anderson ignored him in a manner that was borderline rude. Every other time we’ve seen him, the mental image Fusella had of him being a brick wall in uniform was… apt. I’m worried of what happens when that brick wall finally collapses.
Its your opinion. I see a damn good officer willing to work through a Hell of a deal of pain to get the job done, something that should be respected.
I don’t think either of us will disagree that Anderson is competent and dedicated to his job. However, I would note that there is such a thing as too much dedication.
Note that on page 355 Scavina herself stated that Anderson needed to see a medtech. I’m no soldier, but I respectfully submit that when a superior officer tells you you need to do something, you can probably take it as read that she just gave you an order to obey. “Good officer” Anderson just disobeyed that order, putting himself at risk. He doesn’t help his survival – or anyone else’s – if he collapses at his post.
His willingness to work through pain also sidesteps the issue I pointed out. This is a man who personifies the phrase “I Am The Mission” – and behaves in such a manner that he expects everyone else to follow suit. While Scavina is willing to work with TerSA and its different way of doing things, I suspect Anderson harbors the opinion that the only good TerSA officer is one who has just been thrown out an airlock sans suit. He’s been operating beside them for a number of days by now and has not warmed up to them at all.
While I doubt he will do anything as crude as incite a mutiny (IP officers only, TerSA need not apply), I foresee at least a clash between him and Scavina if they don’t get back to the Solar System in the near future.
Maybe he’s not used to a cheery captain at all… oops, did I say that out loud?
Well, he’s used to competent once. Oh, I did say that outloud, didn’t I?
Competent ones, of course. Oh well, jet lag still on me.
Still, he’s used to Scavina, who so far has been much more useful to this entire thing. I don’t see why you seem to think that Scavina not being ‘cheery’ is a negative. Some of the best people I know aren’t ‘cheery’. THE most incompetent idiot I ever met, on the other hand, WAS.
I think your obsessive hatred of a fictional character is starting to get out of hand. Perhaps you might want consider that you are not going to change other people’s views by constantly attacking Fusella and her supporters on the comment threads. Also, I think that Tara is unlikely to change the story to suit you.
Pray for Shackleton.
What does Ernest Shackleton have to do with this? While I admire the man and his achievements and leadership immensely, I’m not sure of the relevance here. Unless you mean saving your people under extreme adversity, which does apply.
And there’s that accented variant on “Z” again…
(belatedly) Many people write Z (and 7) with a stroke to avoid confusion with other letters.
…when writing in English, I mean.
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