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Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from Orion
Fun little idea. The Powers being meant to maintain balance of chaos and order rather than good and evil is not something I've seen before, but is a great idea.

Thanks for writing and sharing it with us.
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Well, being as there are people who confuse the concepts of chaos and order with good and evil, it does kind of make some sense in the broader stroke of the Buffyverse. Besides, I never really liked the idea that if good became too strong, the PTB (overseeing the champions of light) would come down on the side of evil and go sending the slayer after the angels...
Review By [Orion] • Date [6 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from SpacedCadet
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Review By [SpacedCadet] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from JJDudeman
A decent bit of whimsy. I've always felt that the Buffyverse suffered everytime they dealt too much with the Powers. Honestly, the botched Cordy handling soured me on that - the good guys would have just let her die horribly for helping them, not even deigning to communicate and just let evil manipulate them blatantly? Pretty unsatisfactory story-wise...
BUT the whole reason I'm reviewing here? Your idea of the 'balance' between Order and Chaos makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE than the logically baffling good/evil balance. I love it and am instantly claiming it for my own. The fact that Evil claims otherwise... Evil lies. Shocking that they'd advocate a worldview that prevents them being crushed like bugs.
Thank you for that idea, it makes things much more believable. Despite our heroes' gullibility.
Comments from author:
=D I can't claim total originality. I've seen it done a couple other places, but I did toss in the extrapolation about the nature of bureaucracies and the insidious way evil crept in slowly, playing the long game, and changed the focus. Plus the mentions below of B5 in my response to Cordyfan.

I definitely agree, a planned balance between good and evil is a bad thing and makes no sense at all.

If you want to springboard from here writing stories using this crew of PTB, feel free, just reference back to my story as the launchpoint of the scenario. =D
Review By [JJDudeman] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from (Current Donor)Cordyfan
Great little story. Might have been nice to have added a dead Slayer, given how much they were screwed over by the Powers for centuries, too.

I never quite agreed with the whole so-called good/versus evil 'balance' in Buffy and Angel - unless you count balance as the former constantly outnumbered and outgunned, always playing catch-up and going from one world-ending crisis to another. Here you have more of a Vorlons and Shadows analogy going on.

Works well as a one-shot, but a sequel would be nice, too.

Thanks for writing this.
Comments from author:
Yeah, my only real option there was Kendra, although Nikki Wood or the Chinese Slayer Spike killed could have been possibilities. Thing is, there really wasn't enough on those characters to enable me to really place them. Also, Kendra was very indoctrinated and really didn't expand enough beyond that to embrace the balance of order and chaos necessary (see my reply to Rich below).

And I did briefly toy around with doing a B5 crossover with this, for that very reason! =D To me, the PTB were kind of the inverse of the Shadows and Vorlons. In my story, the maintenance of order and chaos was subverted into good verses evil, while in B5, it was mis-identified as such. The PTB are supposed to be working together to maintain the balance, while the Shadows and Vorlons work against each other to do so.

I don't know if a sequel will strike me or not, but now that it is established, anything can be possible.

You're very welcome!
Review By [(Current Donor)Cordyfan] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from Rich
Considering how badly the old Powers FUBARed things, this new crew could be a definite improvement - although Spike might be the only one coming down on the side of chaos.
Comments from author:
I had thought about specifically breaking down who was order and who was chaos, but then I realized that no matter how I did it, there would be those who would think the opposite. There can be arguments made both ways for each of the characters.

After all, how much chaos did Cordy cause with her brutal honesty in High School, in spite of her rigid maintenance of the social pecking order?

Joyce named her daughter BUFFY! Tell me that came from a mind of 'order'. Also an art dealer... business person in a creative field.

Angel and Spike both had souls attempting to reign in demons.

Wesley? Watcher... Rogue Demon Hunter...

Tara? Mother figure who inspired so much love from Willow that her loss sent Willow off the deep end.
Review By [Rich] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from trongod
Read this and the ONLY part i disagree with - slash - don't like is the part that says that this story is complete...

Nope, I'm bribing your Muses even as you read this to inspire and or torture you into writing more of this, so neener, neener, boo boo!!
Comments from author:
=D I makes no promises...

As to the muse's response... Chocolates, fine wines, five star dinners... of course the disclaimer specifically ban's money *darn*
Review By [trongod] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Parties Previously Responsible Have Been Sacked" from DarthTenebrus
Nice aftermath story, Max! The fallen Champions become the new Powers...I like it, but I don't know how I'd enjoy answering to Janus...
Comments from author:
:) Well, since he's the god of change (not chaos as Ethan implied) they most likely are not answerable to him... he's merely 'the messenger' ;)

Besides, if they do report to him, who has the worst end of the deal... (watches Janus chair spin and spin and spin and spin...)
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [5 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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