Pride and Prejudice (Star Trek: TOS story)
|Title:||Pride and Prejudice|
|Author(s):||Dana Austin Marsh|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Fever #1.
"Kirk and Spock face resistance from TʼPau when they go to Vulcan to complete their bond when Spock enters pon farr."
Reactions and Reviews
I feel the author should be complimented for setting up a difficult situation, then having it resolved believably, rather than simply having Kirk or Spock behave in an unrealistic manner to avoid an unpleasant situation. In other words, it was refreshing and surprising to have Kirk honestly be afraid, and to have Spock show his love for Kirk by leaving the room. This story did leave me with a couple of questions: 1) When did it take place? Kirk and Spock had a partial bond for over five years, then the events couldn't have taken place during the five year mission. Yet, no mention is made of Gol, what uniforms they were wearing, or Kirk being demoted from Admiral to Captain. Some sort of reference point would have been appreciated. 2) The reader was given reason to believe that Salet may have been lying about what was in the injection he gave to Kirk. Yet, no further mention was made as to what was in the shot. For awhile, I was expecting there to be a revelation that Kirk had been drugged. What I liked best about this story was the great feeling of love that pervaded. This was accomplished skillfully via Kirk's dialogue and actions, rather than any-often-phoney-sounding declarations of love, and without a sex scene. A very tender story. 
I didn't like the author's portrayal of Kirk in this story. He was far too selfish and immature. He has absolutely no trust or respect for Vulcan culture. When Spock's Pon Farr approaches, he thinks only of himself and getting himself out of the unpleasant situation of being the receptive. As a result, Spock ends up raping a Vulcan woman. Kirk shows no concern for the fate of the Vulcan woman; neither does he really show much concern for Spock. 
The first story in the zine, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Dana Austin Marsh, starts off with a bang. It details how Kirk and Spock must return to Vulcan in order to complete the martial bond, and how a vengeful T'Pau does everything in her power to make certain a monkey wrench is thrown into the machinery. My only complaint was that I wish it had been longer - and that Kirk and Spock had arranged some type of revenge on the old biddy. All in all, an excellent story.