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Review of chapter "Detective Beauty Queen II: Headshots" from ncatt
Possibly also goes back to the early days of firearms when guns were a lot lower powered.
Review By [ncatt] • Date [24 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from MarcusSLazarus
I may not know most of the crossover elements used here, but the central idea was still rather interesting.
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [16 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from Ansku
Fascinating :) I'm not familiar with most of your crossings but it's not like that's stopped me before ^.^
Review By [Ansku] • Date [4 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Kethric
And some fanboys/fangirls forget that Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and all things related, are works of fiction. "Everyone knows a fledgling vampire is 2-3 times stronger?" Come on. Have any fledgling vampires actually been tested to get a good range on their strength? Get a grip on reality. If you're going to be that nitpicky about the story, either keep your comments to yourself or stop reading. This is fiction written about fiction! How is Natasha being able to fight a slayer any different, in the realm of fanfic, from any YAHF? Or any SG-1 cross? If you're trying to show how much more knowledgeable about Joss's work you are, great, consider yourself the most knowledgeable in the world. If not, just quit acting like a pompous, arrogant jackass.

Sorry, Mediancat. This isn't my normal type of review, but this..... character flaw picking apart your story on such a minor issue grates on my nerves.
Review By [Kethric] • Date [20 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from burmafrdnow
Experience cannot make up for being woefully outclassed in quickness and strength. If you do not believe this go to some of the martial arts forums and find out that way. Frankly its not even a debate in those areas. A martial artist has a big advantage over regular people as their training is in many ways pointed towards neutralizing a larger opponents strength and reach advantage. It cannot however make up for an opponent so much quicker then you are and at the same time so much stronger.
That is why a Slayer is so much stronger and quicker= its the only way she can beat a vampire. A normal human no matter how well trained and experienced cannot beat a vampire unless you are up against a fledgling or a really arrogant older one. Thinking that in any way Natasha could beat a slayer is just plain unbelievable. Of course she could possibly catch one by surprise- but that is it.
Comments from author:
Then that's the difference, I guess, between the way we judge how things work. I think a bare few normal humans could defeat a vampire, though admittedly probably not an alert, master vampire.

But Conan, Captain America, Batman, Natasha? Yeah. They're on the short list of exceptions. My short list, anyway.

And if you know that the opponent is stronger and faster going in, you can do your best to factor that in. If we're talking simply whaling away on each other, sure, Buffy's going to win that 99 times out of 100.

Also bear in mind that there's no real way to factor in 60 years of experience i the real world. In the real world, someone with that much combat experience would not be in peak physical condition the way Natasha is.

One more thing: Natasha would have the size and reach advantage in a fight against Buffy. She's 6 inches taller and about twenty pounds heavier.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [17 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Detective Beauty Queen II: Headshots" from Kethric
Hey! All of you who want to join in the "Bash-the-author" party! Yeah, you!

This is fan fiction. By definition, things aren't going to be exactly canon. By damn, if the author wants to have something that doesn't adhere to your notion of canon, keep in mind that this is fan fic! There is no possible way to write *any* fan fic, and not get out of canon. If you were to stay 100% canon, you would simply be transcribing existing episodes verbatim. Back off! If MedianCat wants to stray from any particular aspect of canon, for *any* reason, it's his/her right to do so, just like it's your right to not read it. Personally, I *like* this story, and am considering issuing a recommendation, straying from canon and all. Hell, this would be a good story, even if the characters were all "new", provided you had sufficient background on them.
Review By [Kethric] • Date [17 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from burmafrdnow
Oh wow I hope you are not falling into that trap about normal humans being able to fight Slayers.
Now unless Natasha has 5 times the strength and 5 times the quickness of a normal human she has no chance against a slayer. Especially one who has had literally THOUSANDS of hand to hand fights against beings equally as strong or stronger and just as quick.

Sometimes authors seem to forget that even fledgling vampires are 2-3 times as strong as a human and just as much quicker which is just as important if not more. I have had conversations with some martial arts experts and asked them about things like that. They emphasized that the old chestnut that a small well trained person can take down a bigger person is true only to a certain extent. When the size and strength differential is very great then the even the best trained martial arts experts are not going to do so well if up against someone with a huge advantage in size and strength.
Comments from author:
No; but Natasha has been doing this for literally sixty years and is one of the most experienced and well-trained fighters and spies on Earth. She's a black belt in several martial arts and is perfectly willing to "cheat" to win if necessary.

Damned few normal humans could fight a vampire she's one of them, and it's only because of special circumstances.

I'd probably give Captain America, Batman, and Conan a pretty fair shake at taking one down as well. Not too many normal humans are at that level, though.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [17 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from Bluejello
*raises eyebrow* Interesting lead-in....
Review By [Bluejello] • Date [17 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from valdimarian
So a few more things about firearms: first is Hotpoint's Compelled series, where they have slayers who play around with some fun types of guns. 2nd is that a good way to make Vamp killing guns is you take either a Glazer safety round (copper jacketed round filled with lead shot instead of solid lead) or a Hollowpoint round and fill the reservoir with holy water. Slightly slower, but would burn like acid. Discarded in the Compelled series because they didn't do enough, tracer roudns on the other hand burn like a mother, and vamps are more flammable than gasoline.
Review By [valdimarian] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from JasonBarnett
well on the plus side for just crossbows if you miss and get disarmed you're just going hand to hand without the attacker getting an advantage. Miss with a gun and get disarmed, you could be in deep shit.
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from KJA
With you now having set up the New York City equivalent of the Scooby Gang. I am a git surprised that they have had it so easy the last few months. When angel came to LA he was immediately beset with numerous problems. How ever if this is the summer months then Apocalypse season has yet to start.:-) The comment about Cassady teaching them basic investigation techniques makes me look forward to how that is going to mesh with Buffy and Willow's seven to eight years experience on the Hellmouth as they obviously have some on the job training. It should be interesting to see how Cassady reacts to observing Buffy on a murder scene for the first time.

On the discussion of why slayers never use guns I had the thought that maybe the old council wanted an advantage over the slayers. Also it is not quite right that they never use them when tracking werewolves in season 4's "Wild at Heart" Buffy cared a bolt action rifle and seemed to know how to use it. Later that same season Xander carried the same weapon when they rescued Oz in "New Moon Rising". This implies to me that Buffy may regularly have a firearm around however as it is infective against a lot of the enemies she faces and draws unwanted attention it is only employed when required as other weapons are regularly more effective.

Now the Handelman Street question really has me wondering what is going on. Jenny was clearly dead and being a human death by human means she is unable to be raised. It look like her sprite is some how effecting people. Suddenly season two's "I Have Eye's Only for You" springs to mind. Given how the killer is aware of her action though I thing something a bit different than that is going on.

I hope you give us a little break before you post Murder Ballad I need to finish reviewing SlayerZ. You are a quick writer.
Review By [KJA] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from Tjack
"you never heard of her." Bwah-Ha-Ha!

On another subject. The Watcher's prohibition against firearms might be a simple as the fact that reasonably accurate, quickly reloadable handguns of a useful stopping power against the opponents a Slayer faces are a fairly recent development. At least on the time scale of pre-history til now.
Sam Colt's Peacemakers (1880's) are probably the earliest that a woman could conceal without difficulty.
Murder Ballad sound like it's going to be great.
Review By [Tjack] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Detective Beauty Queen III: Authority Song" from KJA
This is the second time I have typed this review as the site ate it the last time. So again this chapter was a bit of a surprise for me. In understand how this situation probably arose. In Buffy's experience in Sunnydale nether she nor her friends got paid for their work. People who found out about the supernatural in Sunnydale and wanted to help were almost automatically part of the team. There for in Buffy's experience taking Cassady along on the patrol equates to recruiting her while Kennedy has a completely different set of experiences. As such when Buffy and Kennedy talked about taking Cassady on patrol the two of them came to completely different conclusions as to what they were doing.

It is interesting you take on the slayers financial resources or lack there of. Usually the Slayers ether gain control of the councils money and it turns out to be more that enough to support all of there needs or vise versa all the council funds were lost in its destruction and as in season 8 in order support the Slayers Buffy has to use what ever means necessary to gain funding. The way you have set up the situation feels a little bizarre with how the entire environment rather than their enemies being the thing set up to stimy the slayers efforts to build there new organization.

Finally the part that surprised me. I think it made more sense how you original had it set up for Buffy to be an independent operator during her time in New York. This present situation as you have changed it makes me think that you are setting thing up for conflict inside the New York contingent. It is in Buffy's nature to take charge of a crisis situation even when she laments about it she would go crazy if she did not. Buffy may have told Kennedy that she is giving her authority over herself but Buffy when it comes to a crisis rather than an administrative issue is likely to react as her experience and nature demand. I am not sure how that will sit with the rest of the group. The other thing I am concerned about is how her appearing to bow down to what some might see as a new upstart will effect things out side of the contingent. By allowing someone to have authority over her like this it could damage Buffy's credibility as Senor Slayer in the eyes of the rest of the slayer organization.
Review By [KJA] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from ObsidianBlack
Good story. I figured out every one of the crossovers early on (except 'Little Yellow Bird', which took me a while), and except for the 5th chapter, as I'd never seen the movie in question.

However, I do feel a need to comment on one thing.

There is quite a simple reason why Slayers haven't used guns: They don't work consistently.

Of all the demons shown on 'Buffy' and 'Angel' over the years, only a small percentage have ever been affected by bullets negatively, and even then, in most cases it's little more than an annoyance. Very few demons have actually been killed by guns.

Slayers using guns is a bad idea, partially because they are more a hindrance than a help, but also because of the risk of becoming TOO dependent on them. When you are fighting to save lives and protect people, you want to neutralize the threat as quickly and efficiently as possible. The last thing you want to do is to shoot something, only to have it not be affected, because it could kill you, or cause more destruction, in the time it takes you to break out something that DOES work. Sticking with more proven and reliable weapons like axes and crossbows, which are consistently effective in 99% of cases, is the logical course of action when facing something that modern weapons are an unknown factor against.

There is a difference between 'continuing to do something just because we've always done it', and 'continuing to do something because it is more effective and efficient than using another method'.
Comments from author:
There is a difference, as I've said, between "dependence" and "availability." This is simply another tool in the arsenal, to be used when it would be helpful. Primarily, probably, by support staff, but it doesn't hurt to have a couple of Slayers know how to use them, either. There are some creatures that can't be killed by decapitation; Lorne's race, for one. That doesn't mean slayers should stop using swords.

And they will clearly work on vampires. As for the other demons, we don't really have a coherent list of when they would work and when they didn't. Fortunately, Willow does.
Review By [ObsidianBlack] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue: Training Montage" from CPTSkip
Huh!?! What the frak! You definitely know how to write a cliffhanger. I loved: "After a couple of sessions with the former spy, Kennedy realized that she could set up a fight between her and Buffy, and sell tickets." Buffy and Ken might be coworkers, but they are never going to be BFFs are they? Lol! I definitely look forward to your next story.
Comments from author:
That wasn't intended to come off as hostile, from Kennedy; merely amused at how good a fight it would be.

Possibly I could have phrased it better.

Still, not BFFs, no. But beyond "civil."
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [16 Jul 09] • Not Rated
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