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Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from Gideon
weird and confusing - but in a good way :) So is it that Xander and the rest have been thrown forward in time? Or has the villain come back in time to find another target? It could be neither of course if can't find any way to continue this fic, but it was an interesting take on the original scene in any case.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [14 Jun 11] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from eckles
Though I have never seen the episodes of Star Trek in-which this story is to cross-with, I have to say that the 'Sexy-Dance' she did with Xander in Ep 1 of S2 of BtVS rates as one of the cruelest things Buffy has ever done to Xander. True she's done a fair few, but for the majority they have always been unintentional, meaning that hurting Xander has always been a side-effect of her actions and never the objective.

The 'Sexy-Dance' was set out to humiliate and make Xander feel insignificant. To let him know that even though he saved her life and bought her back from the dead, a standing-lap-dance was, at most, all he will ever get from her as a means of appreciation and that if he hadn't done what he did in the Master's Lair he would never even rate any 'sexual-interest' from her.

It was also to let him (Xander) know that in controlling herself, meaning starting the dance and just as abruptly, as Xander was reaching the height of his arousal, stop. Just how truly ... 'disinterested' she was in him and how she 'knew-his-number'. It was not until Angel, and then Cordelia, confronted her over what they witnessed what she had done on the Dance-floor did her tough-girl vainer crack and she broke down, starting to judge just what she had done to him (Xander) and what she risked losing in the long run.

I know you will probably say that the whole thing was part of her 'Plan'. That she returned from her Summer Hol's feeling an obligation to separate everyone she cared about from her 'Calling'. And she judged Xander's recklessness towards risking his own life to come rescue her from the Master's Lair as her greatest challenge, as unlike Willow and Cordelia who could 'get the message' with her Ice-Princess routine, she knew that with Xander she had to be a whole lot harsher and more hurtful in order to get him to wash-his-hands of her. So I guess, in a round-about sort of way, Buffy's cruelest action towards Xander also demonstrated to the masses her deepest affection for the guy. That she was prepared and willing to be detested, shunned and reviled by him in order to preserve him from ever being put in such a position again of risking his life for hers. A courtesy she did not seem to extend to either Willow, Cordelia, Giles, Jenny or Angel.

As I said at the beginning, I'm not familiar with the tie-in, but looking forward to the continuation and what is to follow. If I am right, and I hope I am, Buffy has been pulled out of time to the future. Allowing the Slayer line to continue without her influence. Kendra will make way for Faith who will become stationed on the Hellmouth. I wonder how Buffy would feel, knowing that she had been plucked from her time, in order to allow a planet to be 'repopulated' with prime genetic stock and that even though she was judged to be good enough, someone else was judged to be possibly better. But that Xander was still, out of the 3-billion males that populate the Earth, the pinnacle of their male-candidate choice. It would certainly have Buffy feel as though she may have 'missed the boat' with Xander.

Would love to hear back.

Review By [eckles] • Date [13 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from LFW
Do not get me wrong, this is a good piece, but how in the heck did you put these pieces together?
And I do believe that this is the first fic I have read that has Xander compared to Captain Pike.
Review By [LFW] • Date [13 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from djhardim
Interesting parallel. In canon, I doubt that Vina was in any shape to carry children.

In reality, it would have made more sense for the Keepers to have used all three women. Three women would make for a larger gene pool than one.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [13 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from Fyrloche
Xander as Pike. Interesting.
Review By [Fyrloche] • Date [13 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Life is Illusion" from Mcspender
Wow, those aliens are were terrifingly creepy powerful.
Cool fic, I hope you can continue it =).
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [13 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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