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Review of chapter "Not leaving things to chance" from Himuradono
It's alive! Muahahahaha.

Okay, now that I got it out of my system I can start with the proper review.

Still in the setting the stage part of the story, but that's okay. Even if the exposition was a bit heavy in this part. Good stuff overall, you are showing us enough to keep us interested. Now let's get to the horror stuff. I want the blood, the nightmares and the insanity, those horrible things that drove the plot of the movie forward. Write more and remember to give Buffy some hard time. Characters can only shine when they face adversity.

Thanks for writing this.
Review By [Himuradono] • Date [24 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not leaving things to chance" from ianquest
Good to see more of this! My re-watching Event Horizon a few weeks ago obviously worked... :)

I'm curious whether the Event Horizon will be making another appearance - and Buffy have to figure out how to Slay a self-aware, demon-possessed, evil starship? ;)
Comments from author:
Well, as you're no doubt aware, all that's left of the _Horizon_ is the forward section with the bridge and the bay for the acceleration know, for when it's time to play Spam in the can...and aside from Ensign Justin, who was obviously in no particular shape for answering questions, the only survivors were LT Starck and Technician Cooper. But there may be some slight trace of the demonic life force left in the wreckage, not enough perhaps to bring harm to whoever walks its decks, but enough to mess with people's heads and frighten them a bit. And even before Miller blew the corridor, the ship's real ability to cause harm was in showing people their own fears and their own secrets and exploiting them. The trauma of what Justin saw nearly drove him to throw himself out of an airlock. Peters' regrets over her divorce and the custody of her son allowed the ship to suggest that her son was there with her, and her hallucinations prevented her from seeing the fatal misstep that propelled her to her doom in the engineering section. And also Dr. Weir's regrets over his wife's suicide due to his misplaced devotion to his work permitted the ship to appear in his mind as his resurrected wife and make him claw out his own eyes.

That's what made the horror element of the movie believable, the ship's ability to get inside one's mind and show him or her that it can see everything, that it can make one do to himself or herself anything it wants. The ship itself has no power to cause direct physical harm or damage, and any allusions otherwise would have a deleterious effect on the suspension of disbelief that is so critical to the success of a science fiction film.

My effort will be to replicate that same believability, the psychological impact that makes horror what it is, in the spirit of the original film.
Review By [ianquest] • Date [19 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not leaving things to chance" from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Hmmm...I guess we'll see what Starck has to say next chapter.
Comments from author:
I might watch the movie once more so as to get the old Muse to start talking, she's notorious for balking like a mule when real life isn't getting in the way...
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Not leaving things to chance" from Harry
When Buffy asks a favor from the ISWC *Yes, I caught the Ragnarok reference!* this is something! But, as she put it, no one can find the answers better than they can. Now, lets see what these two survivors can tell us about what happened.
Comments from author:
Where, prithee tell me, did you see a reference to Code Ragnarok? Hate to bust your bubble, Harry, but this story has nothing to do with the other, and there will be no other crossovers here.

Buffy's got a lot of pull with ISWC now, as she's head of the Slayer Directorate in ISWC, so she and Director Mayweather are like partners in the organization, sharing authority and whatnot; her guise as a Captain in USAC is still only that, a guise, a cover. Admiral Bayfield knows how much influence and power ISWC wields, and so even if he hadn't made her a skipper for one of his ships, the Council might still have made it happen; eventually they need someone to go out there to Neptune and find out what they can, and if possible, bring back Captain Miller. Who knows what unimaginable horrors he's endured in that place....
Review By [Harry] • Date [18 Nov 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Military Secrets..." from (Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Assuming they even want to talk to her at ALL. From what was in their records, they might run screaming instead...
Comments from author:
She and Cooper are the only human link remaining to the mystery of the Event Horizon...Buffy's going to HAVE to talk to her, plus she has a lifetime of experience in dealing with the irrational...Let's hope the PTB's are with her on this one.

Oh, did you ever get a chance to finish reading "Rise Dark Sisters"? You kinda left off after the first couple of chapters, then you were never heard from again...what happened?
Review By [(Current Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [14 Aug 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Military Secrets..." from banditdoz
Giving me goose bumps of anticipation! Cant wait for the next chapter ;D
Review By [banditdoz] • Date [10 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Military Secrets..." from Harry
I think that Buffy is going to find this mission both interesting and nerve wracking at the same time. Best be prepared for the worst on this mission!
Comments from author:
In this story and the original motion picture, everyone has some sort of psychological issues, from Peters' divorce and child custody issues to Dr. Weir's obsession with his ship and how it drove him to psychosis; it's what made the movie so great as a scifi horror flick, because everyone's fears had been brought to horrific reality. Now Buffy has to see what the horror did to Lieutenant Starck and Mr. Cooper firsthand. Later she'll look at the instruments that had supposedly "malfunctioned" and then the wreck of the Event Horizon itself before taking the Terminus to the orbit of Neptune. I'm still going to have to figure out how she's going to select her crew for the Terminus and whether she's going to have to use USAC personnel or her own ISWC people.
Review By [Harry] • Date [9 Aug 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Where USAC left off..." from Kethric
Minor quibble. Typically, cigar smoke isn't inhaled, rather the flavor is savored in the mouth, and then released. At least, that's what I've been taught.
Comments from author:
Weeellll, that depends. I took that little part of the scene from the movie "Crimson Tide", where Gene Hackman offers Denzel Washington a Havana cigar and says, "Part of your qualification for command" Denzel turns green when he inhales the smoke, is polite when asked "That's good, huh? Your first?" Upon admission, Hackman says "Don't like them too much, they're more expensive than drugs..."

THought that might be appropriate there for military types, especially high-ranking officer types like Captains and Admirals, which equate to full-bird Colonels and Generals in the Army...get what I mean? It's the politics of the thing...not the technique. Plus Buffy, in this story, is nearly seventy years old while not looking a day over eighteen, and she's a Slayer, so she can hack it...inhaling cigar smoke, that is, not hacking out a lung...LOL
Review By [Kethric] • Date [19 Apr 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The One Girl in All the Solar System" from PATM
While Event Horizon had great effects and actors plus some astonishing scenes of devil may care

heroism (the jump between space craft is awesome!) along with some fantastic vistas, I did not like

this gothic house of horror mash up of a movie. I hope you redeem this with Buffy as the last

Slayer. Perhaps it will restart the Slayer legacy?
Comments from author:
While that wasn't my intent, I do understand that it might affect Summers on a fundamental level, personally. But perhaps I could make that happen...if my Muse cooperates and I don't have to terminate her employment LOL...She's VERY expensive...

In the interim keep an eye out (pun intended) for new chapters to "Fall of the Republic" by grd; I've taken up this challenge and am working up to the point where I can add another chapter or two to this awesome tale of political intrigue and the Dark Side of the Force...
Review By [PATM] • Date [23 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The One Girl in All the Solar System" from (Current Donor)Tempi
Great beginning to what looks like a very promising crossover. I look forward to reading more.
Comments from author:
Thanks...I look forward to writing more. It amazes me how this thing has basically written itself so far. I hope my Muse keeps up the good work, else I might have to fire her...LOL
Review By [(Current Donor)Tempi] • Date [21 Feb 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The One Girl in All the Solar System" from (Current Donor)wizathogwarts
I really like the description of how Buffy became immortal. It's as believable as any other explanation yet original.
I have a couple of things to point out for your explanation in this chapter. First, regarding Giles death; "the ripe old age of thirty-two", was that intentional?
Second; Elizabeth Anne “Buffy” Summers, Buffy's legal name is Buffy Anne Summers. No where in the show was she ever referred to as "Elizabeth". Usually when authors use a different name it's due to some plot point such as she was adopted or something. Can we expect such a plot point coming up?
Comments from author:
Oops. Thirty-two? How did THAT happen? It was supposed to say eighty-two...

As for the name, since it's AU, should it matter? That's not me snapping at you, it's just food for thought. As long as "Buffy Summers" is in there somewhere it should be alright...shouldn't it?

Edit -- OK, fixed it, age at time of death was eighty-two years old. We good?
Review By [(Current Donor)wizathogwarts] • Date [21 Feb 13] • Rating [6 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Where USAC left off..." from (Current Donor)wizathogwarts
Fascinating idea and very good execution so far.
I'm really looking forward to how Buffy deals with the come to life nightmares on the Event Horizon.
Review By [(Current Donor)wizathogwarts] • Date [21 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The One Girl in All the Solar System" from Harry
You made some interesting points in this chapter. The reason for her supposed Immortality, a way that is different than the Highlander immortals. And Frasier Crane? Are we talking about the SAME Frasier Crane from Cheers and Frasier? If so, this man has changed A LOT from those days!
Comments from author:
The very same...albeit with a somewhat, hmm, /sanguinary/ appetite now for porcine refreshment ...
Review By [Harry] • Date [20 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Where USAC left off..." from kaleecat
The movie event horizon freaked me out--seriously I had nightmares. Sigh the things I watch for Jason isaacs.

An intriguing start and I like the mention of how tech has evolved to pick up supernatural events. You caught the important pony from the movie, the truth of the Latin message. I'll try to keep following but will bail if I start getting movie flashbacks.

ETA: pony. LOL. Oh autocorrect you kill me. I have bad visions of a defenseless pony trapped on the ship. :-(
Comments from author:
Sorry that you got scared so much from watching the movie. Truth be told, I found the plot of it somewhat disturbing as well. And over the course of time it seems that Whedon has "dumbed down" the idea of Hell being a place of eternal torment and reduced it to being just another place, where people with the right know-how can enter and leave as they please. Though I myself am not a follower of any religion per se, I would suppose that the idea of Hell should be one level of existence void of boundaries, where there is no exit and no escape, and where the torment is everlasting and horrible beyond comprehension. Spike hinted at this when he was retrieved for the Angel series, in an episode where he explained what was happening to him when he would suddenly "phase out" of sight or corporeal existence.

I hope this doesn't give you any flashbacks, but the idea is for Buffy and company to experience the horrors that the crew of the Lewis and Clark saw firsthand, and yet the intent is also for Buffy to resolve it and maybe somehow quantify it so there would be a way for USAC to somehow evade that awful place, and thus fulfill their original mission with the Event Horizon, which was to open an actual wormhole to Proxima Centauri and not a dimensional gateway to Hell.

So I hope that this reply gives you the courage to face whatever flashbacks you might somehow experience, though I pray you never do have them, that you may see this through to its triumphant conclusion.

Thank you for your review. Reviews feed my Muse and keep her happy and busy.

ETA: Oh, yeah, I know, I hate Android keypads, can't type for shit with them sometimes. Good thing I have my trusty laptop right here in front of my face. *grin*

Oh, BTW the tech in that movie did not pick up supernatural events, it wasn't programmed or designed for that purpose, so it looks like the bioscanners were malfunctioning when they were inspected. Perhaps when this is all over they will figure out how to make that happen...until next chapter!
Review By [kaleecat] • Date [19 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where USAC left off..." from Aille
Looks like it could be interesting.
Review By [Aille] • Date [19 Feb 13] • Not Rated
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