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At first, I just started writing seaQuest fanfiction as a way to keep in practice with my writing. These were characters and a setting I absolutely adored and I got a bee in my bonnet about a certain episode I wanted to “fix”. You see, the writers did something with my favorite character that really chuffed me off. It was out-of-character and it was (in my opinion) a cheap shot that they pulled for the sake of time or drama. I understand that a TV show has certain limitations, but I don’t have to operate under those stupid limitations.
Meanwhile, the baddie of the episode, a handsome guy in a wheelchair who thinks aquatic bug fossils are the key to cold fusion, breaks a hot guest-star babe out of prison so she will help him get seaQuest (that’s the fancy submarine they named the show after). They need seaQuest out of the way to take over the world, I think. It’s really kind of nebulous why Mr. Wheelchair attacks the big submarine. But does it matter? He’s the Baddie so he’s not going to succeed anyway.
Next time we see them, she’s got him restrained in a force-field on an advanced submarine headed toward seaQuest. Hot Chick asks Tim for the codes and he refuses. She hits him with a single jolt of energy and he spills the codes. Just like that. No struggle. She gets the upper hand in the underwater battle for a while and in the midst of her attack, Captain Bridger hits his head and is out cold. But Hot Chick has no experience and wastes all her torpedoes and even her giant squid that’s supposed to be genetically engineered to eat seaQuest’s bio-skin.
Hot Chick is about to lose, but wait, she has a hostage. She puts Tim on the vid-link but he tells Commander Ford (who’s in charge now with Bridger unconscious), “It’s my fault. Do what you have to.” He’d rather die than be used as a pawn.
Commander Ford does the unthinkable and negotiates with the Hot Chick terrorist, trading Tim for letting her get away. Tim comes back home and all those supposed doubts about his career are gone, he doesn’t feel badly, and in the next episode he’s right back to the same guy.
Even if you accept the cracking under pressure as a fluke, they still showed Tim getting over this too easily. Hello? He’d feel terrible if he gave up codes that put all his friends at risk, especially if he did it with so little struggle.
So, for fun and practice, with no expectation that I would share it, but just to set things square for dear sweet Tim in my own mind, I started writing what I assumed would be a short story or possibly a novela, but of course ended up a full-blown novel (because I just can’t ever keep anything short).
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