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Review of chapter "Chapter 3" from Gideon
Review:
Wohoo, no casualties! I think Buffy would have been a bit more forceful and coherent if she wasn't still getting over her resurrection the year before. I'm impressed she managed to save everyone without any extra fighters :) And since when do you vote on generals?
Review By [Gideon] • Date [6 Jul 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from jormunguard
Review:
Interesting. Chapter 1 I definitely like and really wish that this had actually happened in the show rather than that idiotic mess that actually happened. However, I do disagree with what she said to Giles, he didn't try to kill Spike because of what he had been but because of what he was doing currently and the fact that Buffy was ignoring it despite Giles trying to talk to her about it. Her calling Spike a powerful ally was idiotic until they got rid of the trigger which she was showing no interest in doing. Other than that very good job with that chapter.
Chapter 2 on the other hand doesn't make much sense considering Chapter 1. Mainly because you have Faith and Buffy talking as if Faith had become the leader and had lead the potentials on the mission that took place in the show after Buffy had been kicked out. That doesn't make much sense considering Chapter 1 made it so that Buffy hadn't got kicked out. And actually the gun would have probably sufficed against Caleb, since he was still just a human being just enhanced like a Slayer just more enhanced he wasn't invulnerable. Also Faith hadn't gotten with Wood till several episodes later, she had just met him for the first time that night.

EDIT: Sorry, forgot that the next episode was the same night.
Comments from author:
Well, I'm taking it so that Caleb was enhanced so that only a mystical weapon could injure him.

Faith and Wood had gotten together the night of the meeting, both in canon and in this AU. This is the day after the first chapter.

I apologize for not making it more clear, Faith and Buffy were talking about three separate incidents - Her joining the mayor, the body switch, and her taking the potentials out and about. Because that particular bit of dialog was so good, I was trying to make it fit in. I'll look back in a bit and see if I can file off some more edges and make it clear.
Review By [jormunguard] • Date [7 Apr 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 2" from Keshkreature
Review:
I like this version of events much better than what went down.
Comments from author:
Thank you.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [7 Apr 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 2" from djhardim
Review:
Good, much better than canon. I prefer to believe that Doc stayed dead after he was killed by Spike and Xander. Buffy defeated Glory, but was left in a deep coma as a result of her injuries. Season 6 and 7 took place in an extended Slayer dream while Buffy was in a coma. At the end of Season 7, Buffy woke up and discovered that everything that she thought had happened the past couple of years didn't. This of course will have a spillover effect to Angel.

Edit: What I meant was that I want to believe that Season 6 and 7 took place in a Slayer dream of Buffy's.
Comments from author:
Huh? Thanks for reading.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [7 Apr 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from spk
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I'm definitely intrigued by how you handled this situation. I tend to be one that prefers Buffy to put the Scoobies in their places, but I was very impressed by how you had her reason with them yet still stay true to her character. :)
Review By [spk] • Date [26 Mar 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from (Past Donor)exiled
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Yay Buffy! This is how it should have happened!

Thank you!
Review By [(Past Donor)exiled] • Date [17 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from MBB
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one well-argumented and long-overdue ficlet

Of course the arguments are completely one-sided, but if Buffy had used them on the show it would at least have made some sense. (Both of Buffy to *expect* them to keep following her, as for them to eventually do so)

PS: even if not everybody had instandly fallen in line (which I doubt they all would), they would at least been forced to put forth their own argument, like the debates that made the first few seasons so good.
Review By [MBB] • Date [16 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from SpinelessPunster
Review:
Excellent. I always thought that episode was utter bizarro-universe for plot. I figured that Marti Nox did the entire BlameBuffy thing just so Spike could be righteous and 'redeem' himself from his slaughtering by being Buff's loyal friend. Dawn's betrayal always seemed to be the final icing on the bullshit cake. And Xander should have stood up for her, especially when Anya laid the biggest load of hypocritical thinking in history on B.

Upping the drama by getting Buffy to go against everyone (even if she isn't the greatest communicator of strategy the way she written, I don't know why that is what with all she's experienced) wasn't worth destroying six plus seasons of teamwork adn friendship.

Only to reestablish it 30 minutes later...

Whuh??

Nice beginning.
Review By [SpinelessPunster] • Date [16 Dec 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from CrystalBlaze
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Thank you for de-Whedonising that.

Seriously.

Thank you.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [16 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from RebeccaAshling
Review:
Already, I most definitely like your take on events much better than the canonical version. There's just one point on which I do disagree with you: Giles does have cause to distrust Buffy's judgment. Remember Angelus and Jenny Calendar? Otherwise, I think you pretty much nailed it. I'm tempted to request that you break Willow and Kennedy up so that we can have Wiffy goodness but perhaps that's too much of a good thing. Anyway, another another story to put on my tracker.
Comments from author:
Buffy didn't have perfect judgement wrt Jenny Calendar and Angelus, though most of that came from information she wasn't privy to - the only true defect there was when she didn't kill Angelus right after the Judge.

Truthfully, I was just re-writing the episode to get through my feelings on the original show. Now that I have, though, I've got a few ideas, either following canon as closely as possible, or going off into AU-land on a tangent. When I flip the coin, I'll post it. :)
Review By [RebeccaAshling] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from Alexis
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I'm so pleased Buffy stood up for herself and put her friends in their places. They really were too harsh on her.
Review By [Alexis] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from JasonBarnett
Review:
it's not bad. The problem is would the potentials have followed?
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from Greywizard
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A very well-written explanation that should have been used, instead of the steaming pile of crap that we ended up with from Joss and Marti.

If the episode had been presented this way, things would have been significantly different and would have been orders of magnitude superior to what we ended up with.

Bravo. Excellent work.

Looking forward to seeing what you do next.
Review By [Greywizard] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from Goddessa
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I love 'Empty Places' strictly because I hate it so bad and it has so many promising AUs that can lead from it. This was a good change-not only does Buffy take charge but she puts the others in their kind places and clears out the air. Also, Robin is useless and the girls are still pre-Slayers. *grins
Review By [Goddessa] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The road not taken" from justapiranha
Review:
I like it, giving Buffy a chance to say what needed to be said. Not being the whipping post.
Review By [justapiranha] • Date [15 Dec 10] • Not Rated
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