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Review of chapter "Fallout" from Dragonelf
Review:
You have done a great job with this story.

::Start reading the next story in the series::

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The only questions that really matter
are the ones you ask yourself.
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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [17 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fallout" from MarcusSLazarus
Review:
Hoo boy…

Just when you thought you knew where this series was going, THIS kind of story happens to throw all pre-conceptions off to the side at a moment’s notice.

The exploration of the ‘exiled’ Jedi Order’s actions while adapting to life on Earth as they wait for the right moment was very interestingly written, particularly in regards to Dawn and Willow exploring their own Force-potential and the subsequent changes being made to the Jedi code, although the concept of the PPGs in particular is interesting to witness; not only does it provide an intriguing example of magic and technology coming together- much like the two series have come together to help each other tackle their respective problems-, but it grants the characters a very interesting ‘weapon’- in the sense that they can use it to escape impossible situations- to use in a worst-case scenario.

And as for the personal dynamics…

VERY interesting bits of work, really; Luke’s initially-strained relationship with Anakin in particular was an interesting touch, as were the more original combos such as Anakin’s friendship with Spike (Any chance you could have Angel featuring a bit more in future stories, though; he was always my favourite character), although I remain uncertain about Joyce.

She’s an interesting character, don’t get me wrong, but I’m never entirely comfortable with inserting OCs into plots like this; when you’re reinventing characters so drastically already- particularly with your new takes on Mara and Vader (And I GREATLY enjoy your new version of Vader, I assure you; everything that made the original version so chilling ‘split’ between the cyborg Halcyon and the insane Joruus)-, it’s like you just stuck a completely new one in to show that you could make up characters on your own, particularly since so far Joyce’s presence hasn’t made a significant impact on the plot beyond giving Buffy a reason not to be on the Death Star from the beginning...

Although I admit that her new ‘vendetta’ against Boba Fett- as well as the implied relationship with Wedge- should be interesting to see the result of, so in general I’m going to suspend full judgement of her until further notice.

Talking of relationships, I’m still a bit uncertain about the addition of this new relationship between Zett and Dawn to the equation- it might have been more interesting if you’d made him someone we already knew from the series (Can’t think of any names, but my knowledge of continuity outside the films is admittedly limited), as the ‘original’ Zett was such a blank slate beyond his skills at farsight it’s like you’re creating another OC-, and the Buffy/Obi-Wan relationship you started here appears TOTALLY superfluous- it doesn’t actually seem to add anything to the overall plot; it’s like you just stuck it in for the sake of it-, but that aside the situation seems to be very interesting so far, and I look forward to seeing how things progress from here.

(Particularly with the hints about the Emperor's plans, of course; now that is DEFINITELY going to be dangerous to deal with...)
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [22 May 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Return to Yavin IV" from ShalaDakiri
Review:
This has been a fun series to read. It's nice to see how things have changed yet somethings stayed the same.

One little nitpick, though: How would Anakin know about Ewoks? The Rebels don't find out about them until they go after the second Death Star.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [3 Aug 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Fallout" from EternalPrelude
Review:
Seeing as this is the last full posting for this series available on TTH, and I can't access fanfiction.net from this computer, I'll leave this review on here and hope you see this. Hopefully I can throw some reviews on fanfiction.net for you to peruse there.

That being said...to me, this is the best Buffy/Star Wars crossover. Period. Bar none.

It seems to me that there's many BTVS/SW crossovers out there that use the mechanic of Buffy going to the Star Wars universe, but this one rings the truest to me in characterization of Buffy and her interactions with the SW universe. Willow's characterization isn't as spot on, but I like the direction it was taken to make her go Dark Willow. On the whole, I love how the story plays out and its conclusion...it's one of the truly epic series. Also, the brother/sister dynamic between Anakin and Buffy is perfectly executed; she comes across as more tolerant of him than she was of Dawn in canon, which I feel would be accurate given the situation and also given the relative ages of all of them.

As far as constructive criticism, the only complaint I have is the sometimes uneven characterization. You sometimes feel as if the BTVS characters aren't 'themselves' when they come back into the story. Of course, that could just be a function of them not having all that much to do in the story at the time. It's a minor thing, though.

This is a great story. I truly hope you can suss out that New Jedi Order piece as well, as the New Jedi Order and beyond is my absolute favorite Extended Universe material, and it NEVER gets done enough justice in fanfic.
Comments from author:
Well, first off- let me thank you for your review. I really do appreciate it.

Secondly, I plan on posting the rest of my original trilogy this weekend.

And Thirdly, I've already started writing my take on teh NJO, and I think I'll start posting that as well.

As for soem characters being out of character- one one hand I do agree with you that I hadn't quite nailed them all of the time. But at the same time, these aren't the same people we knew from the show or the movies. They've all had different expierences that sahped them much differently.

Again, thank you for the review.

-Andrew
Review By [EternalPrelude] • Date [31 Jul 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fallout" from mithrilandtj
Review:
I love this series!
Part 5 soon, Yes?
Review By [mithrilandtj] • Date [21 Sep 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fallout" from (Recent Donor)Hawklan
Review:
just finsihed this story. thank you it was as awesome as the ones before it and i cant wait to read more.
Review By [(Recent Donor)Hawklan] • Date [20 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Fallout" from Ansku
Review:
Brilliant :)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 2" from sdlee
Review:
I'm so glad you updated! More Buffy/Obi-Wan development, please. I can't wait until they go back across the barrier.
Review By [sdlee] • Date [15 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 2" from Ansku
Review:
Good chapter :) I am looking forward to the next ones :)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [15 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 1" from Ansku
Review:
Looking great (although I'm pretty sure that 'next' of vampires that killed Vi wasn't supposed to be 'praying'...), can't wait to read more :)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [5 Dec 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 1" from ganainm
Review:
Neat set of stories you have here. Thanks for sharing them!
Review By [ganainm] • Date [24 Nov 06] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 1" from Jackkongmaxwell
Review:
I really liek How you made dawn so angry it s refreshing I really like this story can't wait for more
Review By [Jackkongmaxwell] • Date [7 Nov 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 1" from arkeus
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oh my. I can't seem to be able to read the last trilogy - i dislike dark!charactersthatilike, and i really like Willow. Though i guess it sort of needed to be. But maybe it could have put Willow a bit more powerful, but then again if she relies too much on bad intents.... Good work, anyway.
Review By [arkeus] • Date [5 Nov 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 1" from JediClaire
Review:
Just looking over the reveiws, and I think the reason that not many people reviewed this story is because they know it is published on a another site, and want to read it there. That is a bit like cheating. I read it on fanfiction.net, but I think you should also review it here, just to make sure you can show what you really think of a story. Truth be told, I like reading on this site better then on FF.net. This site has more soul.
Review By [JediClaire] • Date [4 Nov 06] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "In Exile: Year 4 Part 1" from JediClaire
Review:
Thank you for Mara. She is my favorite character in the books, and I love the way you worked her in.
Review By [JediClaire] • Date [4 Nov 06] • Not Rated
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