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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from kdakmmt
Review:
Standing behind wood as he turns around is a very pissed of Dawn who has a rather large axe swinging at his head lopping it off before he even notices shes there. lol sorry but I couldnt help adding that.
Comments from author:
Yep, that would be an appropriate follow-up to this particular tragedy.
Review By [kdakmmt] • Date [15 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Ironbear
Review:
Good and entertaining story. A bit harsh, but hey - so was a lot of canon season seven, ne? ;)

Unfortunately, the story, and Robin's actions (as well as Buffy's and the Scoobies' actions in canon), were based on a common misconception in Buffy fanon and canon.

Beljoxa's Eye never stated that Buffy's ressurection was what caused the imbalance. Never, not once in the entire conversation, not even in the shooting script. What was actually *said* was:

"BELJOXA'S EYE: The opportunity has only recently presented itself.

GILES: Opportunity?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The mystical forces surrounding the chosen line have become irrevocably altered, become unstable, vulnerable.

ANYA: Something The First did?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The First Evil did not cause the disruption, only seized upon it to extinguish the lives of the chosen forever.

GILES: Then what has caused the disruption? What—what is responsible for letting this happen?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The slayer."

At which point Anya and Giles came back from the portal (my impression was that Beljoxa unceremonious booted them out of its dimension), and indulged in a seriously *massive* case of conclusion leaping:

"GILES: It's not because she died. The Beljoxa's Eye was quite clear about that in its enigmatic way. It's because she lives. Again. Buffy's not responsible for that.

ANYA: Oh. Oh. Willow and me and Xander and Tara. We're the ones who brought Buffy back. We're—we're the reason The First is here, the reason those girls were murdered. No, it's our fault. The would would've been better off if Buffy had just stayed dead. (walks off)"

Conclusion leaping based on apparently surmises that Giles and Anya pulled out of their nether regions. :)

The Slayer caused the disruption? Ok, how? By dying? By being ressurected? Uh... by Faith going evil? (Remember: FAITH was 'Slayer, comma, The' after s1, as far as the Slayer line was concerned. Buffy was a leftover) By Faith turning good again and there being two good slayers, instead of one good, one evil, thereby providing a balance? By something that Buffy or Faith did or didn't do that no one else was aware of? Or... ?

You get the point.

And after "Show Time" the entire rest of the season proceeded along the lines of that bit of ungrounded conclusion jumping, which *may* actually have been valid, but certainly wasn't based on anything like, say, evidence or proof. And the writers apparently didn't even notice the gaping plot hole and fridge logic they left there.

Still, a good bit of speculative fiction. I enjoyed it.
Comments from author:
Oh, you're definitely right about the conclusions leapt to, but then again, that was sort of their standard modus operandi for pretty much the entire series.

And Robin's probably not going to survive Buffy's (and Spike's) demise for very long, (not that a great many people would really miss Spike much), since he basically let his desires color what little bit of logical thinking he might have done.

And the world's a lot closer to being hosed now, too. ;-(
Review By [(Current Donor)Ironbear] • Date [22 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Angelfirenze
Review:
That hurt to read. I'm sorry I'm not coherent enough anymore to give you much more than that.

...*stunned*
Comments from author:
It kind of hurt to write, too. but the plot bunny wouldn't go away until I got it all written done.

Thanks for letting me know what you thought of it.
Review By [Angelfirenze] • Date [16 Feb 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from clarityfades
Review:
You would think the son of a Slayer & a demon hunter in his own right would know a li'l something about the supernatural & not assume that these actions would do any good, short or long-term. & though Robin wasn't the most balanced of characters, I'd think he'd use his brains long enough to think this through & wouldn't have gone through w/ it. Interesting idea, it just doesn't rev my motor.
Comments from author:
Well, this story was mostly intended to show other possible consequences of Buffy's PTSD generally causing her treat other people like dirt. I wrote mostly because the plot bunny wouldn't go away, not because i rally liked the idea all that much. Personally, I think Robins pretty much guaranteed the world' heading down the tubes.
Review By [clarityfades] • Date [4 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from HeatherDee
Review:
dAz has a point. The slayer line probably does go through Faith so this would likely accomplish nothing good. That said it does seem to be just the sort of thing that Wood would try. He, Giles, and Anya were willing to toss Buffy out into the streets of a neandervamp infested city to get rid of Spike after all.
Comments from author:
I agree completely that Robin's logic was faulty, but then again, so most of what happened in Season Sux Part Deux lacked any sort of common sense, too.

Just one of the various questions I had about the ending of the series was, if the Slayer line did run through Faith, why did Buffy get the Scythe, since she was basically dead as far as it would be concerned, and it should have be much more effective in Faith's hands.
Review By [HeatherDee] • Date [13 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from JasonBarnett
Review:
And the First gets a laugh, as though it was that easy to affect magic with mundane stuff. Just because Buffy's return was what started it doesn't mean it'll have anything to do with what finishes it.

Robin should have been killed. He was a liability. Acting on information given to him by the ultimate evil.

Edit: I was talking in show where he actually went after Spike after The First confirmed to him Spike was the vampire who killed his mother.
Comments from author:
First off, the information about the imbalance was obtained by Giles and Anya and came from Beljoxa's Eye, a demon they visited in its native dimension.

Second, I don't think that Robin was one of the more emotionally stable people we saw in the show. He seemed to have a 'See demon, kill demon' mindset and wasn't overly bothered by other aspects such as whether it was actually dangerous to people or not.
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from TroyGuffey
Review:
Technically well written, but not actually logical or likeable.

While the logic might work for *Robin*, I agree with other reviewers that he's just DOOMED the world. Buffy's resurrection might have opened the gate, but her death almost certainly won't close it. The Potentials will die.

Willow, Xander, and Ripper will be standing in line, and Robin's last few days on Earth will NOT be pleasant. Unless the world gets ended first, in which case I don't know if it would be better or worse for him.
Comments from author:
Hey, I never, ever, said that Robin was *right*.

As I've indicated elsewhere, I think that the character we were introduced to was not anywhere near being emotionally stable, so I could see this sequence of events happening quite easily, which is why I wrote it.

And I fully agree with your last paragraph - Robin will be extremely lucky of the world ends before the remaining Scoobies catch up with him.
Review By [TroyGuffey] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Rating [6 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from AbscondingCascade
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A very logical, in character story, with brilliant grammar, punctuation & spelling ... that overloaded my HSQ(1) meter requiring me to clone new hands. Next time you write something this bloody fantastic can you please say its a wham episode(2) so I'm prepared as falling out of my chair & getting dinner on my face was not fun. I was eating eggs!(3)

(1)http://66.102.9.132/search?q=cache:htJY4u4dGGoJ:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HolyShitQuotient+tv+tropes+holy+shit+quotient&;cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a

(2)http://66.102.9.132/search?q=cache:rEg_IHonCy4J:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhamEpisode+tv+tropes+wham&;cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a

(3) I actually wasn't & stayed in my chair the whole time I read your delightful story but that doesn't make such a good joke ... unless I could get someone with a ladder, & suitcase & a home made walking stick to walk into a lift & then read this story ... nah, (nearly) Nothing funny happens in a Lift.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story, so to speak, and I appreciate hearing from you. I especially enjoyed reading the links you provided. ;-)
Review By [AbscondingCascade] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from MarcusSLazarus
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Interesting idea, even if Robin's logic seems DANGEROUSLY flawed; Buffy's death may have opened the 'gate' to allow the First to put this plan into action, but does Robin even have ANY kind of guarantee that killing her would send the First BACK?

Quite frankly, it'd serve the guy right if the First goes on to slaughter all the Potentials without Buffy or Spike there to provide protection...
Comments from author:
Agreed. Robin's assumptions were far from being unquestionable, and he acted without trying to verify them in any manner whatsoever.

Personally, I think he screwed the pooch in a MAJOR way, but I wouldn't mind seeing someone else follow this up and explain exactly how and why Robin was correct in his actions.
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from JustJesting
Review:
Well... I didn't like it.
Buffy needs to be killed? The balance was upset, that's right. But with Robin acting as an agent of the First and justifying the murders...

Actually I probably have a problem with the justifying. You can justify every action, doesn't mean it's right anyway. E.g. Willow *should* have been killed at the end of season six for her actions, not talked down. Xander *should* have been questioned a bit more than two awkward sentences when he summoned Sweet and killed a few people that way. Buffy *should* never have been resurrected - those involved in the ritual got their dues.

There are many "should-have-been"s, now that I think of it. What I don't like is that you basically kill Buffy for something she couldn't influence, namely her resurrection. If you simply killed her for something she actually did besides existing (and there are enough gaffes for every character to pick), I guess this wouldn't upset me that much.

And the thought that the White Hats are basically self-destructive if the Black Hats get too strong (We must have upset the balance by actually succeeding in what we are trying to do! Quick, someone jump off a bridge!) is simply ridiculous.

Well, that's my opinion anyway. Take it or dismiss it, do with it as you like. As it's a dispute about philosophies and interpretations, we may both be right. Or wrong.

Thanks for writing,
Just in Jest
Comments from author:
First off, thanks for reviewing and commenting - I really do like hearing what you have to say.

Second, I never indicated that Robin was right about what he did or even correct in his assumptions about solving the problem they faced. All I was showing was one possible resolution of the Buffy-Spike-Robin problem Joss and Marti presented us in Season Sux Part Deux. Robin had some very serious unresolved issues about his mother's murder, and when he learned who Spike was (courtesy of the First), he became obsessed with killing Spike.

Just like everyone else did at some point over the course of the series, Robin made unwarranted assumptions and then acted on them, to other people's detriment.

And if/when Xander, Giles and Willow catch up with him, he's going to pay for his actions quite dearly.
Review By [JustJesting] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Bluejello
Review:
Interesting take on the episode, I could definitely see Robin doing this. Which is probably why I never could stand his character. Think it's too late to trade him for Anya?
Comments from author:
In this particular universe, I think that it's much too late.

Although Anya might have some suggestions to make to Xander, Giles and Willow about how best to deal with Robin once they realize what he's done and they've caught up with him.
Review By [Bluejello] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from CPTSkip
Review:
Wow! Your story is very dark but very logical. Actually I was always a bit surprised Xander didn't take Buffy out when he learned that the First was only there because Buffy was pulled out of Heaven. He was a ruthless bastard when he had to be and he knew Buffy's soul was Heaven bound. But he loved her a little too much. Looks like your Woods was just a bit more ruthless and didn't love her like the Scoobies did. Well done.
Comments from author:
Yes, it was dark, and also quite logical. That doesn't necessarily mean it was right, however.

And I don't think that Robin could have cared for anyone as much as the Scoobies cared for each other.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from grndragon
Review:
Great story and very logical from Wood's point of view, however I agree that Buffy's death will probably not get the results he hope for, especially given the fact that it was the First who told him who Spike was in the first place.
Comments from author:
I agree with you that the First had its own reasons for revealing who Spike was to Robin, and I also don't think that the problem could have been so easily resolved.

Robin screwed up big time.
Review By [grndragon] • Date [12 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from foxsrevenge
Review:
Very Nice, sadly not the way the series would end.
Comments from author:
If that had happened, then I think that the world wold have been in SERIOUS trouble.
Review By [foxsrevenge] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from brokenangel
Review:
I wish it had happened that way on the show or something particularly dark to change the overall feel of that season. Spike should have been dust after the whole Acathla episode and Buffy should have stayed dead after the whole Glory cluster fuck. Spike was entertaining as a bad guy but the whole good\bad guy sordid romance crap was overplayed throughout those seasons. I applaud you for a dark fic that was at least a logical closure point.
Comments from author:
Yeah, I fully agree with you about most of your points, although I do admit that I enjoyed seeing Spike supporting the Scoobies during Season Five - he actually made me feel that there was a chance he was either developing a soul or that the chip was evolving into something like that.

And I saw this as an entirely reasonable solution to the Buffy-Spike-Robin problem Joss showed us during Season Sux Part Deux. ;-(
Review By [brokenangel] • Date [11 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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