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Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from djhardim
Review:
If this was the Lensmen series, Mentor would be telling Kimball Kinnison that he has only made things worse.

In Jack's case, I see a nightmare in his future. Up to now, things have been "relatively easy". Things are going to start getting worse. Thanks to Jack and his team, the Collective is once more "One Big Happy Family".

Initially, I picked Walter, Graham, and Janet for the moles. I think I can eliminate Janet. My candidate for the mole is Graham.

I think that VillageOrchid's suggestion to hire a theater dance/movement expert was intended to further establish Terawatt and Alex as separate characters (in particular their body language).

I wonder how many of those working at Marvel Comics have figured out that Alex and Terawatt are one and the same.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from DieselDriver
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Note to Alex: There is (or was) a very nice little place in Las Vegas called "The Little Chapel of the Flowers". Very nice, big enough for a FEW family and friends. My wife and I got married there 14 years ago with about 15 people and room for a few more had we invited them. You don't need a big fancy wedding if you love the other person. Your family, Ray's family, Jack and Willow's families, Janet, Hannah, Riley and a few others would fit just fine. We had our after wedding reception at "Quarks" which, sadly, is no longer there with the whole Star Trek Experience being long gone. That was so very cool.

Last time I was in Santa Barbara (ours, not theirs) it seemed crowded, and not very picturesque any more. Same thing has happened to it that has happened all up and down the SoCal coast. To many people. I think they all want to see the "big one" in person... LOL. But I'm done with California. I'm leaving. There's nothing here I need, or want enough to stay and put up with all the idiots.

Oops. Sorry. Got a bit off track there. I'm sure it's much nicer in the "Teraverse".
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Letomo
Review:
My thought on the mole: Mrs. Carlson. Early on, she was injured, felt outcast, and didn't have much of a social life. Felt she had dragged her husband down, kept him from reaching his potential. Ill-fitting prosthetic causing near constant low-grade pain. Would be easy for one of the Bloc's to turn her.

However, once she began to be accepted, to be included, it would have slowed down the mole, left her feeling like she wasn't the lowest of the low any more.

Probably not, but it stuck me as a possibility.
Review By [Letomo] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from mooncowthree
Review:
"now is the time for Alex to practice those lessons from catwoman.

Alex: Alec rolls her eyes-I wish she would quit saying that!
Janet: what you mean?
well, every since I kinda stopped that orphan Clare Tobias
from poisoning every body at that computer conference?
Willow Kept calling me her own personal terawatt
and that she's my number one fan.
I know it's just a joke,but she knows it's embarrassing
and she's mostly stopped,
but she still does it every once in a while.
sigh-well, come on guys let's get her up to her room.
(and keep all our fingers crossed and hope it works)"

Ooo nicely done! Hope it works out that way, as everyone has been saying we already had Sheila figure it out. I am completely clueless on who the mole might be, it seems like all the named employees in the SRI have been established as trustworthy other than Angleman who Diane says is not it. And the mole almost certainly can't be a orphan since they are almost instantly recognizable and it would be pretty tough to stay hidden all this time.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from JamesBrown
Review:
Comments from author:
I have an annoying habit of 'reclaiming' lots of people in my stories, or at least taking them and justifying their actions more.

and you do it very well, as opposed to some fanfic writers I could name
who take interesting but somewhat flawed characters and either turn them into
either superhumans or Saints, or turn them into monsters who would make
Stalin look good.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Zeviz
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"And yes, they really did use super-math-powers once. And they got the math wrong."
lol A superhuman ability to solve differential equations? Or was he able to square the circle? :P
(I think "squaring the circle" is the right term in English for a geometry problem that asks to draw a square whose area is equal to the area of a given circle using only a straight edge and a compass. The problem has no solution.)

And talking about classic comics, is this story equivalent in tone to a Silver Age comic book?

Sir Lee, I like the idea of Dr. Angleman as the mole in the SRI, because he was mentioned early and "forgotten", and Diane likes Chekov's guns. (And when the mole was mentioned, it was obvious that he had some information, but not the most sensitive parts, which is consistent with somebody like Dr. Angelman, rather than somebody like Rita, who has almost no information.)
EDIT: And looks like the Angleman theory was disproved while I was writing this post. oops.
Comments from author:
Yes, 'squaring the circle' is what it's called here.

And what Superman got wrong thanks to his super-math-powers was... basic algebra. Algebra that any child ought to be able to do in his head if he can play the Yu-Gi-Oh card game and not have to write stuff down.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from dcarson
Review:
On not googling. With so many new characters to draw on and so many books, comics, tv shows and movies I bet we can find a crossover you didn't know you did.
Comments from author:
:D :D :D I'm sure there is bound to be some name overlap somewhere. But there are no intentional new crossovers.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from ShalaDakiri
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I think I like how your version of Sheila is turning out. She might actually turn out to be a good therapy alternative if Alex has anything she wants to share as both Alex and Terawatt.

Becky's actions in getting Willow blitzed? Willow being an Orphan isn't exactly a secret. Her reasons could range from trying to sabatoge the wedding to idiotically assuming Willow 'needed' the higher proof alcohol in order to even get drunk.
Comments from author:
I have an annoying habit of 'reclaiming' lots of people in my stories, or at least taking them and justifying their actions more.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [2 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Amberdrake
Review:
"There was a big choice on drinks, but she’d never had a ‘cream soda’ before so she grabbed one."

You said there were no aliens in this story. What planet is Alex from that she's never had cream soda? :)
Comments from author:
:D What planet is she from? She's from central California, so she's from Planet Valleygirl, the most culturally-damaged planet out there. :D
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from JamesBrown
Review:
now is the time for Alex to practice those lessons from catwoman.

Alex: Alec rolls her eyes-I wish she would quit saying that!
Janet: what you mean?
well, every since I kinda stopped that orphan Clare Tobias
from poisoning every body at that computer conference?
Willow Kept calling me her own personal terawatt
and that she's my number one fan.
I know it's just a joke,but she knows it's embarrassing
and she's mostly stopped,
but she still does it every once in a while.
sigh-well, come on guys let's get her up to her room.
(and keep all our fingers crossed and hope it works)

as to the identity of the mole,
I've had my own suspicion since pretty early in the story
when Alex referred to someone in the SRI
in her thoughts as 'Val Kilmer' handsome yet the character to the best
of my recollection has had little or no 'screen time' since then.
that seems pretty Chekhov-ish to me.
I won't come out and say specifically who I'm referring to
but that should be sufficient clue if you want to go back and reread the story. :)

and once again thank you very much for entertaining us with all your hard work.
Comments from author:
Cat-lessons! Taking lessons from former supervillains always works. :D
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from SirLee
Review:
On one hand... I wouldn't worry about either Dr. Rosenberg or Rita. Willow's mom appears to be appreciative of Alex in both roles, and as a psychiatrist should have some ability to keep her mouth shut. And Rita, well, she's dating Graham for how long? And she was even brought with him to the Toronto mission, so she probably had some level of clearance established.

On the other hand... that's two more people who know Alex's secret. And it was just a few days ago when Kelly found out. Alex's secret identity seems to be fraying around the edges. I mean, how many people know already? Let me see (roughly in order of discovery -- this is from memory, so it's bound to have a few glitches):

- Dave Watt
- Annie
- Ray
- Louis
- Alex's mom
- Alex's dad
- Robyn
- Nicole
- Gloria
- Willow
- Jack
- Riley
- Graham
- Walter
- Grover
- Jo Lupo
- Hanna
- Bruce Paine
- Alfred
- Julie
- Janet
- Aunt Ashley
- Marsha
- Hank Marshall
- Pete Bailey
- Sgt. Carlson
- Bill Lee
- Sam Carter
- Ray's father
- Ray's mother
- Frank
- Hermione
- Kelly
- Dr. Rosenberg
- Rita

Probably a few more people at the SRI. For instance, I don't remember exactly when Bill Lee was told, but he was at Shar's funeral, so he probably knew already. So... 35 people at least, not counting Alex herself, Shar (who obviously no longer can spill anything) and Danielle Atron, who sorta-knew but rejected the possibility a la Lex Luthor (Byrne version). And I probably missed a few -- I'm not sure how much Cindy, Charlie and Walter's daughter know. Probably quite a bit. And I almost certainly missed someone.

On the good side... I doubt any of those is the mole, because there's no evidence that the Collective has figured out anything important about Terawatt's ID.

My money (two Zimbabwean dollars) is on the mole being Dr. Angleman:
- He was part of the DRI on canon-Buffy's universe, so questionable ethics for a scientist;
- Jack does not really trust his judgment -- a good reason for him being out of the loop;
- He was mentioned early in the story as part of the SRI but then conveniently kept off-stage, which is consistent with being out of the "inner circle."
Comments from author:
Don't tell anyone, but it is not Angleman.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Comic Con II" from Riniko
Review:
Cons can be fun, but you never get to see all the forums you really want to get to. Those were some really nice chapters. Kitty was a fav of mine and Rouge too.
Comments from author:
Even the important people at the conference never get to see all the forums they want to get to. Actually, they may get to fewer than regular fans can attend (after you factor in their own forums).
Review By [Riniko] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from PATM
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I'm picturing the bulging eyes now. I refuse to imagine what Becky looks like while I am eating dinner. Talk about ratcheting up the drama! I know tequila and it requires plenty of sleep but everclear. oh gawd!
Comments from author:
Poor Willow. She's not a heavy drinker, as you probably remember from her first date with Jack.
Review By [PATM] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Keshkreature
Review:
Uh oh! Can they play that off as a joke, 'cause there are WAY too many people that are finding out!
Comments from author:
Poor Alex. Willow is just not doing a good job of maintaining that cover. Maybe she needs a different kind of lessons from Jack.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Wedding Party" from Zeviz
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At this rate, I wonder how long Alex' secret identity will stay secret. Every person that knows, even if they are honest and good at keeping secrets, can reveal it accidentally, as Willow just did. So it's only a matter of time until it gets to somebody who starts telling it freely. (Especially with Alex being famous in her own right, so once the rumor starts spreading, even people who don't know her can say "Did you know that A.L. Mack who took those Terawatt photos is actually Terawatt herself?")
Comments from author:
Somehow, despite getting spotted about a dozen times a year throughout the Silver Age, Superman (and his really famous alter ego Clark) managed to weasel out of everything. Granted, it was the Silver Age so he could use super-ventriloquism or super-math-powers or something equally stupid to get out of it by the end of the comic.

And yes, they really did use super-math-powers once. And they got the math wrong.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [1 Oct 14] • Not Rated
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