The Needs of the Many

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Title: The Needs of the Many
Author(s): nostalgia
Date(s): 2002
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The Needs of the Many is a Star Trek: ENT story by nostalgia.

It was the winner of a 2002 ASC Award.

Reactions and Reviews

Normally this pairing would turn my stomach, but Nostalgia has the amazing power to make anything seem both okay and very, very dark and twisted. I love that and I love this Archer and T'Pol. Needs of the Many is a powerful piece that is both sexy and sad, lyrically written, and full of things that point up the alienness in T'Pol. [1]
This story features some beautiful writing that is sad and heartbreaking and lyrical. "The Needs of the Many" is short, compact, economical and precise, like a well-crafted poem. A sample line of the story can give you an idea what I mean: "She is scientific detachment, female and defined. She is passive and impassive, minimalist and restrained." Those words are said of T'Pol and I think they capture one possible interpretation of the character that lends a lot of power and poignancy to the implications of an Archer/T'Pol relationship. Nostalgia actually makes this an intriguing pairing. In this author's hands, it is a relationship of complexity and intensity that makes you think about what these two would be like together and what their differing motivations might be. It is both logical and not what you would expect. I liked the bit of Archer's back story we are given as well. "The Needs of the Many" is a strong, memorable story well worth looking up. [2]
A wonderful angst-fest. You captured Archer's agony over trying to figure out T'Pol, and her motivations (not to mention his own), perfectly. [3]
An interesting 'possible' Archer/T'Pol interaction, which also takes on the Starfleet regulation against fraternization and relationships between officers. In just a few well-chosen phrases, Nostalgia paints some very sharp images. And I confess, one of the reasons I liked this story so much was because it reminds me of a certain angsty VOY pairing. [4]
As an angst-monkey, anything by nostalgia hits me *right here* ::heavy sigh::. I really loved this piece; the use of language is exquisite...an economy of words, and great use of harsher language when needed. I wonder if T'Pol's development over this season would shed a different light on the way this story would pan out *now*? [5]
What a way to write this pairing! But I must admit I got a big kick out of this story's totally merciless Archer torture -- it's such a fitting answer to all the lame romantic episodes in which the latex foreheads are the only way to tell the aliens from the humans, and I can actually picture T'Pol behaving like that. Great use of language, as in all of nostalgia's stories, and the "one very bad word" definitely has the desired effect. [6]
It's a little bit mean to make Archer this pathetic when B&B are doing a fine job of it, but this story seems all too possible. Almost painful to read, yet compelling. [7]

References

  1. ^ Djinn This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  2. ^ Rabble Rouser This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  3. ^ T'lin This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  4. ^ Rocky This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  5. ^ KayJay This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  6. ^ Ventura33 This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing
  7. ^ Penny Proctor This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Enterprise General Pairing