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Date: 11 August 2017 04:12 am (UTC)
enevarim: (autumn-leaves)
From: [personal profile] enevarim
Although in this case not stupid. Reckless maybe, but not stupid.
– Possibly neither reckless nor stupid. Remembering how this is after the Seeker dropped Marcus Aurelius on Clara, accidentally-on-purpose, it is entirely possible that the Seeker here is both doing it because he’s her friend and he can’t not do it, because that’s the whole point of being that close a friend, but he also sees that it will make her think that he can’t possibly be the Master because the Master wouldn’t do that, that was the whole point of the Master. So perhaps not reckless at all.

but at times like this it works better than any number of lengthy explanations
– Indeed. And she didn’t even remember all of it, but it was the important part, so that’s okay.

However I am sure you will agree that the current shape of the story is far more interesting.
– Definitely. Though I’m not sure the Shadow Proclamation aren’t going to execute the Captain for enslaving another species for seventy years and stealing their resources, but yes, if they’re the official police force and that authority is vested in them and not in random Time Lords (not sure we ever found out by whom, or how they interact with Tasha Lem and co.) – at any rate, yes, it makes it a more complex and less visceral moment, certainly.

I see from the Seeker’s perspective how he can try to turn the guards by suggesting that the Captain is somehow alone responsible for the crimes and the rest of the people can go free as “only obeying orders”. I get that the Seeker may just be encouraging that view to gain control of the immediate moment, and may expect to be no longer there when the Shadow Proclamation comes in and invokes justice against all of the humans for their parts in enslaving the natives. I’m not sure why the guards fall for it, and can’t see that they are complicit as well, but perhaps the Seeker is “leaning” on them, or just relying on their confusion at no longer having Toclafane knives at their throats?

I did love this sentence and this contrast: They made an odd parallel; the Seeker calm and standing, in the Captain's face, and Roda sat in his chair, her knuckles white as she clasped the arms to stop from screaming.

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