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Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from DieselDriver
I'm a bit surprised you didn't include the Japanese phrase for "you're welcome" that sounds a lot like the English phrase "don't touch my mustache", the spelling of which I don't know and won't attempt to spell phonetically. Someone out there must know it.

Reading the other reviews led me to "Wagner's "Ring Cycle" operas". A couple of decades ago, the entire opera was played on successive nights by KCET out of Los Angeles. I watched it in my humble abode while a friend of mine was watching in his across town. Sunday through Sunday if memory serves. Regardless. Wednesday evening the show started again and this very large woman got up and started to sing. I could not resist calling my friend and telling him "It's Over, the Fat Lady is singing."

Regarding DonSample's comment about sports enhancement. Since he did not know about it, it's certainly not his fault so there's no reason to punish himself for it. It's no different than being born with superior ability, Or REALLY good nutrition. Imagine someone with Babe Ruth's talent and eating/partying habits against someone from a modern team who is at the top of the field without drugs but with superior nutrition and training. Babe would probably be an also ran.

For those who are still unfamiliar with who Alex Mack are, here is a place to get the idea:
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [24 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from Starfox
Ah... Jerry Cotton. I never read even one volume, but I certainly saw them a lot. Nice cameo! Good insights into Family life and the worries of waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [24 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from Senko
I like the ending of the interlude "if you get powers and misuse them sooner or later you'll have to face ME." No lack of confidence there. Even if I disagree with her description of the Cheetah girl.

I have a feeling Rory's wife is really going to regret telling anyone about the crash sooner. For some reason I'm thinking slither as a crossover here and if a good old Christian town goes down to the hate plague its really going to paint the,orphans as the new terrorist threat for a lot of the US.

Read the authors note but I'm still thinking slither (probably because its about an alien parasite off a meteor) and given the arc just finished ...

Wonder if Alex has seen Willows web article, her constantly changing ring tones could get annoying but did that statement about putting things back mean she associates calls from Willow with Jaws forebooding? Wonder how her fans would take to reading she's now reluctant to have kids because she doesn't know what effect her changed DNA would have on them?
Comments from author:
[1] Well, I think it's pretty clear that Willow wrote that part of the webpage. Alex wouldn't write that.

[2] And yeah, not getting that plane dealt with pronto is of the bad. "The Crazies" rather than "Slither" but the result is likely to be about the same.
Review By [Senko] • Date [24 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from ShalaDakiri
Haven't seen either version of The Crazies (the trailer was too close to zombies for my tastes), but I cringed when I saw Brookings as a possible destination. All it would have taken was the pilot turning a bit north and drop the prion into Lake Traverse for a potential international incident. Anyone who doesn't know, Lake Traverse feeds the Red River of the North, which forms the Minnesota/North Dakota border and flows north to the Hudson Bay in Canada

Granted, a contaminated water table is still pretty bad, but hopefully it can be contained better than if it had been dumped into a river.

Edit: Of course, that assumes it's the same varient. We know Maggie tinkers, so she could have a later gen prion that has greater environmental tolerence.
Comments from author:
Remember that - since this is the same stuff used on the Russian sub thieves - the biochemicals break down fairly quickly even when put with preservative chemicals. So maybe the aquifer under the town would be safe.

Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [24 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from DavidEmpey
...I have a bad feeling about this...

And with all due respect to Dave Barry, I'm pretty sure he was beaten to "I am not making this up" by Anna Russell in her hilarious explanation of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" operas. Look it up and laugh.
Comments from author:
Even Anna Russell didn't invent the use of that phrase, but Dave Barry was never afraid to borrow from the best. And 'Russell Borrowers' would be a good name for a band. :D
Review By [DavidEmpey] • Date [24 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from SirLee
The only thing I saw in the Jerry Cotton scene that might be related to Diane's pointers was Jerry politely declining the tea. Which is relevant because... seems people are ignoring the two really important quotes:

1) the one that says the marsh feeds into the lake that the town and farms use as a reservoir.
2) the one that says that it took a couple days before the sheriff was notified about the plane falling.

So I wouldn't worry about the waders leaking, or even about skin absorption of the hate plague: the prions had two days to spread to the town's water, and by now most everybody has already drank from it. If Rory's wife had bothered to tell someone as soon as she saw a plane falling, there might have been time warn people about the water. Now it's probably too late.

So, that tea was probably _already_ contaminated. Showing Jerry declining it was a Chekhov's Peashooter (since it's in the same chapter, it doesn't really rate as a gun)
Comments from author:
The dreaded Chekhov's Spitball Shooter! :D
Review By [SirLee] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from batzulger
The Crazies? Use Martin next! (Don't do that.)
Comments from author:
:D :D :D There's no knowing where I'm going! (Begins singing the boating song from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder version.)
Review By [batzulger] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from liability
Still loving this story, had no idea who Alex was before and not seen anything about her. You bring her to life so well
Comments from author:
Thanks! I know the story would play better on this site if the main character was one of the *other* Extraordinary Women of the first story in the series, but Alex is the one my muse wanted to write about.
Review By [liability] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from (Recent Donor)DonSample
I keep thinking that Ray should resign from the basketball team. GC-161 is a performance enhancing drug, and sooner or later various sporting authorities are going to start testing for it.

If there's no test, that makes it even worse, from a fair play PoV. GC-161 potentially gives a greater performance boost than any steroid, or blood doping, or any other banned practice, and the potential health side-effects tend to be worse as well.
Comments from author:
Hmm... How would you test for it? The drug did its thing and is no longer in his system. The effects aren't noticeable even by Dr. George Mack. And Ray can't fly or use tk on the ball, so his powers are pretty far under the radar. Is he anywhere near as good as, say, an Orphan playing pro ball?
Review By [(Recent Donor)DonSample] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from VillageOrchid
Good one. Lots of stuff going on. Things for us and the characters to think about.
Comments from author:
And there's stuff I haven't even hinted at!
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from MarcusRowland
I hope that wading out there won't be the last sane thing he does.
Comments from author:
Well, he is wearing waders. Real waders. On the other hand, you might want to re-read the scene with Jerry Cotton...
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
I must admit I was thinking of the original; I've never seen the 2010 version. I almost never watch remakes.
Comments from author:
Some remakes are worth watching. Most are not. "Psycho"? Who the heck greenlit a remake of "Psycho" that was done as a frame-by-frame repeat?
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from RobHumm
I considered The Crazies cross but it seemed a bit to resent considering the age of most of you movie crosses I think I have seen the original but not the 2010 version did not stick in my memory anyway.
Comments from author:
I have considered some much older movies and some extremely recent ones. Although I discarded "Metropolis" pretty early in the planning stages.
Review By [RobHumm] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Bogged Down" from EdBecerra
Whelp, they're screwed. Wading in a lake full of the hate plague? Might as well just eat a bullet, it'll be faster.
Comments from author:
I sure hope those waders don't leak. They are wearing waders. And in canon you had to drink the water.

Oh wait, go back and read the part with Jerry Cotton...
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Interlude XXVII" from SpacedCadet
You never saw 'Alex Mack' but I'm sure you saw some of the crossovers.

I saw ALL the crossovers except the Catwoman you use.
Comments from author:
Well, the Catwoman I like is Chris Dee's "Cat Tales" version which is on her website, so you can go read it anytime you want. I blame Didio and Miller for what Catwoman is now in DC.
Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [23 Apr 14] • Not Rated
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