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Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 2" from sdavidm
Review:
Good story so far. Intrigued what Halloween will do to our intrepid heroes.
Review By [sdavidm] • Date [15 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Spike and Dru, Part 5" from sdavidm
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Good story so far. Tactically, I think it makes more sense to allow the vampires to get to the tunnels. If they think they're cornered, they're more liable charge the people up top, even if they're wielding flame throwers. If you let them think the tunnels are clear, they'll all be packed together in a tight space which is less dangerous when they outnumber you. You could even just douse every tunnel with gas and light it from afar once the vampires are down there.
Review By [sdavidm] • Date [9 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 2" from RevDorothyL
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I'm so hoping that Ethan's preparations and protections against Ripper prove less effective against a Special Ops colonel with (or without?) Sentinel senses and/or soldier-Xander.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [3 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 2" from RedCalypso
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"Which, it would have become about Charlie at least a bit because Jon still couldn't say his son's name without his voice cracking, never mind actually talking about how he'd died."

For some reason, this sentence doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It just seems off-kilter somehow. Also, it's Jesse, not Jamie.
Other than that, I loved this chapter. I've never seen Ethan portrayed in such detail before.

Edit: Oh, it's not about the fact that he doesn't like to talk about Charlie, it's the sentence structure itself. It's just awkward, like it's missing a few words.
Comments from author:
Gah, whoops. I'll fix that. Don't know where the heck Jamie came from.

In the series, Jack ... almost never talked about Charlie *at all* - not about anything pre-Charlie's death, not his death itself. I think Charlie gets mentioned like, less than ten times in the ten year run of the show. He eventually got to the point where he was sort of ok, as in not being suicidal anymore, but that was about as good as it ever got. This is my nod to that fact.
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 2" from hamishog
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Kind of a setup chapter.
And you're right. With Willow part of the problem that leaves Cordelia as the Lone Ranger. That should be interesting.
And if Jon regresses then he's taking Xander with him 'cause Xander's wearing fatigues as well.
Comments from author:
Yeah. Solving this? Mostly going to be on Giles, Joyce, and Cordelia.

And yup, both Jon and Xander are going to be all soldier-y. Though Xander's going to be a lot more generic-soldier than Jon, who is going to revert to himself as a young soldier.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 1" from twlight
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They went out on Halloween? ROTFLMAO........ (wipes tears of laughter from eyes) well from that surprise they are going to be more prepared so that they are less likely to get killed as quickly when it blows up in their faces. I do have to wonder how long Sam and Kendra are going to stay hidden from the gang and stay ignorant about what is really going on on the Hellmouth. I as always eagerly await the next installment to this wonderful story.
Comments from author:
Well, they haven't gone out YET, but they will, yes, go out on Halloween.

Sam and Kendra won't be isolated from the gang much longer. Let's just say that Halloween eventually makes that impossible.
Review By [twlight] • Date [11 Sep 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 1" from RevDorothyL
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Soldiers, Goth-girl, and Cheerleader, eh? Should be interesting, if nobody retains enough of their previous personality andmemories to guide the others through the tricky reality of Sunnydale during Ethan's spell (but then, if you dress as an aspect of your past, as someone you've actually BEEN in the past, like a cheerleader or soldier, would you perhaps retain more of your own memories and personality? Hmmm...).
Comments from author:
*laughs* Yeah, it's going to cause problems. Buffy is going to revert to her pre-Slayer days (because I don't want to make this easy on them!) and Jon to his pre-SGC days, which is going to be interesting as HELL because the thing people forget about Jack is that pre SGC, he did a *ton* of Black Ops stuff. So that's gonna be VERRA interesting.

The best part of this? With Willow getting caught in the spell and Angel spending less and less time with the gang ... it's going to pretty much be up to Cordelia alone to get the Scoobies safe and keep them that way rather than having Willow and Angel to help her as in canon.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [10 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Discoveries" from hamishog
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Thank you for your explanation of the term 'flaming'. I was thinking it meant something completely different.
The real problem with the Scoobies is that their isn't a clearly delineated leader. Giles was in authority but he really didn't have the background or disposition to lead. His nastier side, Ripper, could have been play by Malcolm McDowell, no questions asked, but for the most part he had a problem assuming authority. He and Buffy shared the inability to really open up to others and believing they had to protect others by making the 'tough choices'. Because neither was truly suited to it it frequently led to feelings of isolation. Depression. A one legged stool cannot stand.
The addition of Jon is good because it gives them a battle leader because a leader doesn't need to be the guy whose up in everybody's face. There are sentiments in Sucker Punch and Second-hand Lion that say it well but to sum it all up - all you can do is your best.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [10 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Discoveries" from RedCalypso
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Interesting choices for Buffy and Willow. For some reason I'm thinking of the girl from Heroes, who could heal from any injury, and Abby from NCIS. I'm disappointed that Jon and Xander chose soldiers, that's just boring and so limited. Perhaps Kowalski for Xander and Gibbs for Jon? Also, I hope Kendra picks up on the spell if she's patrolling or she'll end up killing a godawful amount of innocent children.
Comments from author:
As I said in the Author's Note ... this is NOT a fic that exists to explore Halloween hijinks and crossovers. I have absolutely nothing against that sort of fic - they can be fun as heck, but this is not that sort of fic. So yes, their choices are 'boring' ... but that's the point. Tossing in other crossovers, even if just for a couple chapters, would derail the story from its actual plot.
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [10 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Discoveries" from hamishog
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Sorry...imprecise use of language. The Shipping is the way I refer to any relationship within a story based on common terms used by a variety of people in references and reviews. It's like groovy; it's something I heard but probably don't use correctly. And it doesn't refer to anything that may or may not be occurring on screen at the time. I still don't know what the heck flaming means.
In fact the relationships that I see stressed so far are the ones between Xander and Jim, Xander and Jon, and the evolving group dynamic with the addition of Jon and the addition of Joyce as an active member. And I've got to say from the outside looking in the interaction between Jon and Xander has got to be confusing the heck out of their peer group. Not to mention making Larry jealous. They're always seeking each other out, touching each other and Cordelia's come perilously close to evisceration a time or two. In this I am not referring to what is actually happening but rather the appearance of what is happening. Buffy, her relationship with Angel aside. seems to like not having to be the leader.
So when I refer to The Shipping I am, probably improperly, using a term I heard on line to describe a situation which may or may not exist.
And because I really do like the dynamic between Xander and Willow. And because I always wanted to hear somebody use the line "this is my girlfriend and my girlfriend's girlfriend" but that's just twisted.
Comments from author:
Ah, gotcha. For reference, 'flaming' means leaving a really nasty review, almost always including personal attacks on the author.

And yeah, you're right, Jon and Xander's interactions probably ARE confusing the heck out of people not in the know. And you're right - Buffy is *loving* not having to be the leader. That should NEVER have been her job - at least not overall, not even in canon. When they were in the field? Yes, she needed to be leader then, but when it came to everything else, Giles ought to have been the one at the reins and he oftentimes didn't do that job, forcing Buffy to step up. In this fic, he's actually doing that part of his job, and Buffy has Jon to turn to for advice on tactics etc, so things are SO MUCH BETTER.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [10 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 1" from hamishog
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It should be interesting to see what changes Halloween will bring with the machinations of Chaos Raynes. I'm still kind of clueless about how this is playing out since mostly you're following the script with carefully constructed changes. I like the way Xander's blooming; considering how he flowered under Joyce his response to Jim is a given. And Jon's careful planning along with Jim's training is turning them into a unit. Which will certainly surprise the Initiative. I'm not big on the shipping but I like the interaction between Willow and Xander.
Comments from author:
*grins* Yes, I HAVE been following the script, just with carefully constructed changes. There's a reason for that. Tossing Jon into the mix would change things, but not radically, and not instantly. The Initiative showing up two years early is actually the first of the *real* changes, and from here, well, anything goes, really, though at least parts of certain episodes will make appearances.

Though I do have to ask ... what shipping? 'cause there really isn't any, save for the canon Buffy/Angel ... which is falling apart at the seams. No one else is hooking up or even thinking about it.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [10 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude: Good, Bad, and Ugly Part 3" from RedCalypso
Review:
LOL, the Trust seems to make a habit of acting on incomplete information and underestimating their opponents out of sheer arrogance, don't they? I actually pity them going into Sunnydale unprepared for the night life.
Comments from author:
Yeah, the Trust are kinda ninnies. Honestly, even in canon, whoever was behind the Initiative was a freaking moron of the highest order.
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [9 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude: Good, Bad, and Ugly, Part 2" from twlight
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This is wonderful so far. I do have to wonder what other changes are going to happen because of things like everyone getting better training, Joyce knowing about Buffy's job sooner, and Dru being dusted. I do have to wonder how long Kendra can stay in Sunnydale without getting caught by Jon. I am looking forward to more of this wonderful story.
Review By [twlight] • Date [1 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Interlude: Good, Bad, and Ugly, Part 2" from DebraN
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I'm glad to see Jim making time for Xander. I'm also looking forward to seeing what costumes the gang ends up picking. (Ethan is always such a fun villain.) But can I just say I'd really like to see Kendra and Sam get a clue. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Review By [DebraN] • Date [22 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude: Good, Bad, and Ugly, Part 2" from (Current Donor)Truthmaker
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I'm starting to feel sorry for Kendra. Sam's stubborn lack of vision is going to get both of them killed, or worse, before this is over. To dismiss out of hand that there might actually be a real master running the court just because he doesn't think there could be is the worst kind of arrogance.

On the flip side, Spike once again shows his smarts with the suckhouses. If he's trying to setup a stable blood supply for his minions he's going about it the right way. I've always wondered why more vampires didn't go this route. I know back when I was in college there were competing "clinics" that specialized is turning blood products into cash, and they were always busy. A master vamp setting up such a facility in a college town like Sunnydale could really rake in the supply. All he would have to do is run a few tests to figure out which parts of the blood were needed for sustenance and then make sure that was extracted with the rest of the plasma.

And finally, Ethan. Hell, this is going to be fun.
Review By [(Current Donor)Truthmaker] • Date [21 Jun 14] • Not Rated
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