Captain’s Glory: Say it Ain’t Sue!

Captain’s Glory (Star Trek: Totality #3) by William Shatner, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Published August 22, 2006 by Pocket Books/Star Trek

I may have had issues with the previous installments in this series starting out slowly, but this one definitely starts with plenty of action. That is an improvement. The depiction of Kirk’s son Joseph is not. Even though Joseph has been present in each of the two previous books, something about the way his character is written still feels incredibly hokey, almost Mary Sue-ish. It’s something I just haven’t been able to get used to. An example is the way he refers to Bones and Scotty as “Uncle Bones” and “Uncle Scotty”. While it makes perfect sense that Joseph would refer to them in this manner, given their relationship with his father, it just comes across weird.

Captain’s Glory is probably my favorite book in the Totality series. It’s so exciting, and it feels more like a Star Trek book than the others because of the heavier Starfleet presence in the plot. It feels like a Trek movie.

Now that I’ve finished the whole series, I can confidently proclaim that Totality is all about how special Joseph is and how he is destined to be some kind of divine being who saves the universe. Captain’s Glory is definitely the best book of the series, with non-stop action almost all throughout, but the premise reeks of Mary Sue-dom. I guess when you think about it, it kind of is, being about Kirk and his son and having been written by William Shatner. Even though I went into into this knowing that, totally eyes-open, my Mary Sue meter still went crazy on this one.

While the plot of Captain’s Glory was full of action, and the book is the best of the series, the ending leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, and this is as an ending for the entire series, not just Captains Glory. It was a good book, but it’s Mary Sue characteristics detract from it severely. It would have been better if Joseph could’ve ended up just being a normal kid in the end, even if he did help defeat Norinda. I mean, he turned into light – he was light to Norinda’s darkness. Wow. All I can do is shake my head at that. Wow – just, wow.

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