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Review of chapter "Lie To Me, Part 1" from Difdi
> Xander shot him a curious look, wondering what he was talking about. Obviously, it was something his older counterpart had
> encountered, but with what Jack O'Neill did for a living, there was absolutely no telling what, exactly, the story was.

> "Tell you later." Jon said with a grin.

So Xander was wrong, there is telling. =P
Review By [Difdi] • Date [19 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lie To Me, Part 1" from DebraN
I'm really enjoying the way Xander is drawing Kendra in with the charm offensive. I'm looking forward to the inevitable collision between Giles and the Council. Hopefully Sam will get a clue and become a better watcher to Kendra.
Review By [DebraN] • Date [18 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lie To Me, Part 1" from RevDorothyL
Excellent! The process of opening Kendra's eyes seems to be off to a great start. :)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [18 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Lie To Me, Part 1" from hamishog
This Xander is a much better liar than the one in the show. Half-truths are the way to go and logic because if you use logic then all you have to do is plant an idea and then they will do all the arguing for you. A good lie is like a soft martial art; you never oppose directly but redirect force to throw your opponent off balance so that you can achieve a telling blow. And it doesn't help that Xander is engaging and that Kendra has so little contact with people her own age, let alone boys. Especially boys who are trying to be disarmingly charming. And the most important he can do is try and keep her from realizing that. Martial arts will tell you to be like water to fit yourself to the action which is, I think, one of the tenets of Jeet Kun Do. Whereas a lie is like quicksand where the whole point is to look completely harmless until you've got them so far in that they can't possibly escape.
And of course once she's completely relaxed the tickling can commence.
Comments from author:
*laughs* Exactly. In this situation, the worst possible thing Xander could do is get up on his high horse and preach the evils of the Council. Thank goodness Xander's been learning a thing or three from Jon - and *especially* Blair, who is the KING of obfuscating.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [17 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween Part 6: Aftermath" from hamishog
True, memories don't make him a soldier, but they give him material from which to draw. A predisposition, so to speak. While memories don't give him the skills they will make it simpler to obtain the skills. Think of it like driver's ed. The class won't make you a good driver, but it will lay the foundation for the development of those skills.
At any rate, just the fact that Xander recognized Jon's problem is a good thing. He doesn't have much in the way of happy memories and the idea of a parent caring doesn't come easy. Jon has to come to terms with Charlie's death in the same manner Willow and Xander have to, because they never really did, come to terms with Jesse's. And it is a crying shame to leave anybody in the hands of someone with so little empathy. The Watcher's Council in this incarnation seems less sympathetic and possible less competent. They are so committed to the issue of control that they can't even consider the ramifications of their policies. Tradition is no substitute for competence.
Comments from author:
Oh, definitely - Xander will definitely understand the soldier mindset MUCH better now, and if he DOES sit down and try to learn the skills, he'll find it easier than most folks might because he *does* have the 'manual' downloaded, which means he doesn't have to spend weeks, months or in some cases YEARS learning things.

I always got the feeling that the *canon* Watchers were amoral, empathy-less assholes. It is the *only* explanation for the Cruciamentum. There is no other reasonable explanation for that dang test. Or about half the crap they pulled in the series. I'm just playing with what we were given and applying somwhat more realistic real-world consequences for their assholery.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [13 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween Part 6: Aftermath" from RevDorothyL
Poor Jon, with the pain of Charlie's death brought to the forefront again!

But way to go, Giles! That's telling Zabuto what's what and where to get off.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [13 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 5: Aftermath" from rigger
Thats a great twist, bringing Kendra in with some of the general Faith issues. Also, giving Xander the soldier experience will help him a great deal in understanding Jon -- I hope that he retains a decent chunk of the memories and skills so that they are on a more equal level rather than Xander always playing catch-up because he really is a teen. :)
Comments from author:
Memories, heck yes. Skills - no.

See, it's one thing to, for lack of a better way to put it - have the user's manual memorized, and another *entirely* to have the physical skills.

The spell Ethan used amounted to a user's manual download. *nobody* got skills they didn't already have.
Review By [rigger] • Date [9 Nov 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 5: Aftermath" from RevDorothyL
Jon's Sentinel abilities to the rescue! (sort of) :)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [9 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 5: Aftermath" from RedCalypso
Wow. If only Buffy had treated FAITH like that when she accidentally killed Finch, instead of "OMG you just killed him! Angst angst angst guilt blah blah blah". Like she had never heard of friendly fire or realized that Finch practically committed suicide...Yeah, I came down heavily on Faith's side in that whole mess.
Comments from author:
Yeah, so did I. Which is why I made a point of having them react more reasonably here.
Review By [RedCalypso] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 5: Aftermath" from CycoMW
Enjoying this story very much. Great range of emotions for the characters.

Thanks for writing and sharing.
Review By [CycoMW] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 5: Aftermath" from hamishog
They established pretty early on in the series that the Sunnydale hellmouth was in no way, shape, or form natural, or would it be supernatural? It was stronger than any hellmouth occurring in the last 1,000 years. A little gift from the mayor.
The situation here is serious. Kendra doesn't have Buffy's coping mechanism so the kid's death is going to hit her hard. And Sam Zabuto hasn't shown himself to be flexible in his dealings with her. This is not a situation that she was prepared to deal with. This wasn't something for which she had been trained. So, with foreknowledge or a reliable guide she did what she thought she had to do and it's cost a civilian their life. Because he created the situation this is on Ethan. But Ethan doesn't have the moral center required to accept responsibility. I think Giles got his share. Situation Normal All Fouled Up.
Comments from author:
well, fortunately for Kendra ... as of now she is not solely dependent upon Sam. The Scoobies can and will try to help her. Whether or not she'll be able to accept that help - and adapt to their methodology - remains to be seen.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [7 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 4" from DebraN
I enjoyed the confrontation between Ethan and Giles. Looking forward to seeing what happened to the scoobies and Kendra. She and Sam really need to get a clue. Keep the good stories coming.
Review By [DebraN] • Date [6 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 4" from RevDorothyL
Wow! So this time around, it looks like KENDRA will have to cope with the realization that she unknowingly slew a human (and a young one, at that) instead of a demon.

Meanwhile, it's great to see Joyce and Giles being so bad-ass and take-charge. :)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [4 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Halloween, Part 4" from hamishog
And that is why despite the many stories to the contrary I will never have an ounce of sympathy for Ethan Rayne. It's one thing to not learn your lessons; it's quite another to ignore those lessons. He's a narcissist and he's got a Peter Pan complex and he doesn't care who gets hurt as long as it isn't him. If Kendra followed her training and killed the demons menacing people on the street she is to be congratulated. It is not her responsibility that these demons weren't in reality demons. But she's still going to have to live with the consequences if she learns of them. He's poisoned her. He's poisoned everybody that bought a costume from him. That most will recover is not his fault but every death that occurred because he felt that he had the right to be entertained can be laid directly on his head. He endangered children for his own amusement. At the risk of seeming plebeian rogues are what we call people whose sins amuse us. But a life, once taken, cannot be returned, Buffy notwithstanding. Too far, way too far.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [2 Nov 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Dusty Masters, Part 1" from raxadian
Yeah, a teen Jack with superpowers, scary!
Review By [raxadian] • Date [26 Oct 14] • Not Rated
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