Caught in the Web
|Title:||Caught in the Web|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Legacy #5.
"The Enterprise is ordered to return to the area where the Defiant was lost and where the scientific team sent there is not being held hostage by the Tholians."
Reactions and Reviews
I‘ve always loved ―The Tholian Web‖ for all its possibilities. It is one of those episodes I‘m convinced could have been the catalyst for Kirk and Spock becoming lovers. Now along comes Deanna and proves it! This story starts out with a different little twist on what goes on behind Spock‘s closed doors, but it is a very poignant and heart-wrenching scene. He is totally captivated by James T. Kirk, but of course denies any thought that his feelings might be returned. Always a premise I can readily believe, because I think Spock lacks confidence in himself when it comes to things non-intellectual. This story is accompanied by a cga by Liz which is very fitting for the way Spock is torn in all directions, confused and bewildered by his feelings.
The incident with the Defiant is past, but Kirk has not been able to reconcile himself to the terrible loneliness he felt while suspended in the spacial interphase. There is a beautiful flashback here to the first two weeks following that event, where Spock offers to assist his captain in overcoming the effects. This scene fairly glows with the love a lonely Vulcan feels for the man who calls him friend.
The way Deanna works technology into her stories always amazes me and gives a feel similar to TOS. There is just enough of it here, including some interesting descriptions of Tholian engineering and design, to remind us we are not reading about any ordinary beings.There‘s a very thorough plot at work here, with the Tholian Commander Loskene at its heart. Tension runs high because of his intentions of revenge and is heightened by the peril in which it places Kirk‘s and Spock‘s relationship with each other. This is a science fiction story, filled with adventure. It‘s a love story filled with challenges and determination. Worthy of the name Star Trek! 
- from The K/S Press #136