Enid Pulver and the Romulan Invasion
|Title:||Enid Pulver and the Romulan Invasion|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #4.
"Ensign Pulver is assigned to a clumsy Vulcan who is instructed to teach her about his planet."
Reactions and Reviews
Enid Pulver the bumbling crewmember, is great comic relief. She is now T'Pau's assistant, Kirk having managed previously to get her assigned off the ship.
I didn't understand the reference to her being raised at the Fundamentalist Convent; is this from a previous story too?
This made me crazy: Karla writing about how an irksome song can linger maddeningly in one's mind. Enid's stupid song was irritating to T'Pau. and then I couldn't get it out of my head. Thanks a lot. Karla. I hate when that happens. I. however, will do our readers a favor and not write out the refrain of the song or it will haunt them until they go to sleep tonight and they'll probably even wake up with it still on their minds. I have to shield really strongly just writing about it.
This made me laugh: Enid's such a pain in the ass. that her presence with T'Pau's staff is a blessing in disguise, Vulcan style, as it causes them to "renew their meditations and strengthen their commitment to Surak's tenants. They had become lax."
Ah, but the best thing is that now Enid has a partner—the overly tall, clumsy, red-headed Vulcan Sven. There is an interesting comparison to Abraham Lincoln, who is so fascinating. I think. I really didn't get how the fanzine Enid and Sven had been reading had prompted them to look for spies and be captured by Romulans.Of course I loved that Chekov was sent to LL Robin Hood to find out about these fanzines. Great sex, and I especially loved the cute wonderful scene when Spock does a quickie on Kirk to relieve his tension. Cute story, and I hope we get another, the further misadventures of Enid and Sven on Earth. 
I really wish this writer was consistent. Sometimes she writes really good stuff and other times she just writes cute throwaways. This is one of the throwaways. Ostensibly this story is about Enid Pulver getting captured by Romulan spies on Vulcan, and how, in her own special way, she defeats them. However, that entire story happens off stage (is told, not shown). Instead, we get to watch some funny scenes with T'Pau, a good sex scene with K&S, and the Enterprise crew hunting the ship to try and find fanzines. All of this stuff is good - I thought the TPau scenes were particularly funny - but what's happening to poor Enid? We do get filled in at the end, but it would have been so much funnier to see it happening.
Oh, I like Ensign Pulver! What a great character Karla has created here and in many other adventures. Pulver is something of a klutz, and possesses a natural ability to screw up just about anything she touches! She is truly an endearing personality and vexing to the extreme, especially to one Captain James T. Kirk. Having her assigned to Vulcan, it seems, has backfired. There, after driving T’Pau to a thinly disguised exasperation, she finds herself teamed with a young Vulcan who is himself somewhat outside the norm. The moments with T’Pau are simply priceless! You can envision the non-expressive face almost cracking in its effort to hold back the various emotions triggered by the Ensign. Very cleverly, the author has managed to sneak in some 23rd century fanzines to top off this amusing and highly enjoyable story.