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Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from orgasmo
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This is so awesome, it's actually a little scary. Then again, the same could be said for a lot of your stories. Nice to see a story where Buffy didn't actually abandon the group after Sunnydale, but was forced to for the greater good.
Review By [orgasmo] • Date [25 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from Fayari
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I for one think Buffy deserves to be killed. Don't lynch me just yet!

I really don't like Buffy. Her canonical inability to make logical decisions and her subtle but strong superiority complex over men and normal humans have definitely dis-endeared her from me. But even I wouldn't wish her the horrible fate she was putting herself through, however blatantly stupid the decision to do so was.

For all of her irritating tendencies, she is undoubtedly a good person. Death was not the punishment for her failings, but rather, it was the sweet final relief that she deserved for all of her sacrifices. I have no doubt she's in heaven after her third death.
Comments from author:
World leaders, and a lot of ordinary people, have made worse, and occassionally better, decisions than Buffy did in canon. Considering she had no training in leadership, and I'm not saying all world leaders have had much training in it either, it is only logical that she would make mistakes. However, one thing all leaders have in common is that though they might seek advice, and sometimes get unsolicited advice, they are not obligated to pay any heed to it even if it antagonizes everyone. Therefore, not being able to make logical decisions is to be expected. And as you pointed out, she does usually try to do the right thing.

Also it is hard not to develop a superiority complex when you are in fact superior, even if only in a narrow field.

And yes, she is in Heaven after this death. And who knows, after his long life in his own personal Hell, Xander might get there as well.
Review By [Fayari] • Date [15 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from Runewolf
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Very dark, and very wonderful. Buffy's behavior makes sense, in a rather tragic way. Thanks!
Review By [Runewolf] • Date [9 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from CrystalBlaze
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That was Dark, all right.

And the demons that set him up are laughing in the darkness.
Review By [CrystalBlaze] • Date [17 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from FariaLyton
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This was a little harder to follow than your standard work, and didn't really make it clear that Xander's target was Buffy, even after he'd killed her. Still, an interesting take on the Activation Spell.
Review By [FariaLyton] • Date [17 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from Xovervore
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I understand the reaction of other reviewers, and I also understand why you did this story - as a 'what if' mirror universe type story.
In terms of story it is quite effective, but with a small problem.
When I started to read it, it seemed like the Immortal was his target, but the letter starts off with Buffy telling him that she is dead. WTF!!?
It turns out she was his target, but why?
Is it simple vengeance by his hirers, when their real target should surely be the Immortal?
Perhaps they think that if Buffy is out of the way they can then launch another, this time successful, attack on the Immortal?
Canon Xander probably would have found a solution, (but then again maybe the PTB simply decided it was Buffy's time - she obviously expected to be killed), or we can simply accept this for the alternate possibility it offers.
Review By [Xovervore] • Date [17 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from (Recent Donor)TheDivineDemon
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I found this hard to read but interesting. It was good but I really don't think Xander could ever kill Buffy or Willow or vice versa. They are too close but I guess that's the point. That Xander made his own personal hell. Still, even with the development he had with in Africa, I think this is out of charter.
Review By [(Recent Donor)TheDivineDemon] • Date [16 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from (Current Donor)mmooch
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Sucks to be Xander. He thought he was doing the right thing, only to find out that he screwed the pooch...again. Not entirely his fault since Buffy was doing her secretive thing too. Wonder if she left letters for Giles and Willow as well. What she said in those letters. Dawn doesn't know that Buffy's murderer is already in a hell he created for himself. And I'm betting that Dawn's trust in him only makes the knife twist more in his gut.
Review By [(Current Donor)mmooch] • Date [16 Aug 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The needs of the many" from JasonBarnett
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his best friend flayed a person and nearly destroyed the world when she lost someone she loved. Only prevented from the act by the person these unnamed agencies you mentioned are making a traitor. And they think this is workable?

Overall a logically contructed but completely unbelievable story. Still you're right up there with Joss on constructing the number of completely unlikely things happening in concert to arrive at a goal.

edit: yes, I find all stories with Xander turning on the Scoobies completely unbelievable. In fact to put it bluntly I find all stories where the Scoobies don't remain a close knit family unit pretty unbelievable.

But I also find a group of bad guys deciding Xander is the perfect person to kil Buffy and making him do it of his own free will, and thinking it's a good plan to be unbelievable.

Basically if you declare everything in your fic a given, then it's a well strung together narrative. But to me it takes that declaration rather than a logical examination of the Buffyverse.
Comments from author:
I don't know about being at Joss level, but I've read other stories where Xander turned on the Scoobies for less noble reasons than to keep his Slayers safe. Do you find their stories just as unbelievable? Presuming you've read some like that of course.
Review By [JasonBarnett] • Date [16 Aug 11] • Not Rated
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