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XSGCOM: Goa'uld Defence

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Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from DCG
Review:
Wow, just wow.

Got linked to this from an email.

And it took a few days to read. But well worth it.

Some parts get me rather pissed off, but i keep reading hoping you have kingly meeting a very bad end soon.
Comments from author:
I'll take "Wow" as a positive then. ;-)
Review By [DCG] • Date [1 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirteen" from (Recent Donor)Hawklan
Review:
ahh good that they are suppling the free Jaffa wit more effective, but not too effective weapons *g*
Comments from author:
Always keep that edge. ;-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)Hawklan] • Date [30 Mar 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from YademosEbyam
Review:
This story was great. In the beginning I was afraid that X-COM would overwhelm the flavor/style of SG-1, but you managed to find the balance between the two fairly quickly. The writing remained tight thoughout, and the action sequences were excellent. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Comments from author:
Hope you're enjoying Terra from the Deep then. :-)
Review By [YademosEbyam] • Date [18 Mar 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Twelve" from Prometeus
Review:
The reason why torture is a bad idea is because it's unethical. Ethics is just enlightened self-interest of the group one belongs to. So basically, torture is unethical because it doesn't work. But let's examine WHY it doesn't work.

It doesn't work because the information obtained under torture is rarely self-verifying, because people will lie under torture, because people will confess to things they've never done, and because befriending the prisoner is a much, much better way of extracting information. One that's self-reinforcing in the large and has no nasty side-effects like lowering rates of surrender.

In the case of Cassandra, the SGC doesn't need Nirrti to confess to anything because she's freely admitted to it. The information (service actually) that Nirrti is required to provide is in fact self-verifying and Cassie's life is forfeit otherwise so they lose nothing by trusting her promise to cooperate.

More importantly, there is no better way of extracting information from the Goauld because befriending Nirrti will not work. Oh sure, I can almost see it working on a subject other than Nirrti's speciality. But in her specialty? Nirrti is arrogant and has a god complex, she isn't going to treat a mere human with respect. And in XSGCOM she never really would have if not for Heimdall.

Finally, the Goauld are self-deluded totalitarian dictators, torturers and terrorists. That last is important because the Goauld see torture as a legitimate method of persuasion AND exerting power. So they aren't going to respect someone who's squeamish about using it. In other words, torturing a system lord is almost a prerequisite for a human to successfully befriend Nirrti. And she's the only system lord available.

In this ridiculously specific set of circumstances, a spot of torture is probably the ethical way to go. Especially if it's limited to shredding Nirrti's delusions of invulnerability. Something that could be classified as necessary psychiatric treatment anyways.
Comments from author:
Interesting analysis. :-)
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [16 Mar 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Ansku
Review:
Just awesome :) I started reading this once before but didn't get far before my hard drive crashing destroyed all my bookmarks etc. I'm so very glad I stumbled across it again :)
Comments from author:
Glad you like the story. :-)
Review By [Ansku] • Date [15 Mar 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Runewolf
Review:
Well written, complex and plot oriented. Good military SF, which you don't see in fanfic very often at all. The characters from the series are dead on, and the others seem real.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review. I hope the sequel continues to entertain.
Review By [Runewolf] • Date [19 Feb 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Mordare
Review:
Xcom was one of my favorite games when I bought my first PC. This story makes me want to dig it out & dust it off. The Xcom members are great and he keeps all the SGC characters perfectly in-character as well. If you want an entertaining read I strongly suggest this story. And want to thank my friend for recommending it to me. I am not even sure what his name is on here or I would point him out. Great story & keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review Mordare, much appreciated :-)
Review By [Mordare] • Date [2 Feb 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Twenty-Seven" from pcody
Review:
Beta Read catch for Ch27:
'It never occurred' Hammond told him
should be "It never occurred to me"

Caught /abbreviation/ on Kindle when rereading story
- No need for change (hard to turn off the copy-editor in me)
Comments from author:
That's not actually a typo (for once), it's just an abbreviation of the phrase.
Review By [pcody] • Date [19 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Tempi
Review:
Great story and very nice to see an alternate reality where Earth didn't get it's ass kicked default-like as seen in the show.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review, hope you enjoy the sequel :-)
Review By [Tempi] • Date [10 Jan 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Holographic projections, both visual and audio, work through shields? Could you rig up a sonic attack or a create a light orb so bright it (temporarily) blinds everyone who sees it? How about filling an entire room with illusionary concrete so no one inside the image can see, period?

Cool work. Thanks for creating this stuff at an impressive rate and quality :D

...

Thanks :)

Hmm, there might have to have a separate rig than the straightforward communications array as that seems to be a 'truthful' image, unless they can figure out a way to hack the feed...

Oh hey, combine the first two ideas and you might have a very good reason that Thor's old hulking viking image-cloak was known as 'the God of Thunder'.

Heh. I'm fairly certain that you could flood a room with enough shifting patterns and the right mixture of light and sound that, with prolonged exposure, say several minutes, most everyone present would succumb to debilitating vertigo/nausea. Reducing the time from several minutes to several seconds would likely greatly enhance its usefulness, but I don't think it's possible to do so...
Comments from author:
Interesting ideas!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [8 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from JoeB
Review:
Well done.

While I usually don't care for insertion fics that much, XSGCOM was certinally the exception. You increassed the threat level well and kept the story interesting, rather than just putting the characters in and letting them solve the problems that the orgianal story solved with the orgianal characters quite well with little or no change to the orgianal storyline.

I liked what you did with the XCom people introducing them into the SGC. Adding them into their team structure. Commander Sharp came across as a trifle Gary Tuish at times, but by and large he was an enjoyable character.

I liked the Battle at Cydonia, it was much more realistic than how you have to do it in X-Com UFO, by that time I usually have at least two or three Avengers, and I'm annoyed that I can only take one to Mars with me.

I also liked your adapting of weapons from both shows into the storyline.

I was disappointed that Jack's Mini-Me failed to make an apperance, but I liked the Sharp/Fraiser storyline that you did do. Especially no one thinking that a Sarchoughous fixing things. I hope you continue the 'courtship' in the next story.

Thanks for sharing, off to start reading the next one.
Comments from author:
Sharp is very good at the things he believes he should be good at, he's not necessarily right about what those *are* though. :-p

Mini-Jack would have been tricky to do at the point in the SG Timeline when it happened in canon... which is not to say the concept is lost...

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed the Fic :-)
Review By [JoeB] • Date [6 Jan 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Dragonelf
Review:
You have done an excellent job with this story and it has been added to my list of CoA nominee candidates.

::Starts reading the next part in the series::

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Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
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Comments from author:
Thanks and I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the story :-)
Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [4 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from Misty
Review:
Congrats on finishing an excellent story, thank you & congrats again
Comments from author:
Thanks :-)
Review By [Misty] • Date [1 Jan 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from (Recent Donor)Zekielzeke
Review:
Love it, looking forward to more. I loved the original X-com game, glad to see that someone else liked it. Wonder if I can get it to run with windows 7... This series is one of my favorites. Really look forward to your updates.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review, hope you like the sequel :-)
Review By [(Recent Donor)Zekielzeke] • Date [31 Dec 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Fifty-Two" from eriktheviking
Review:
Great update with some nicely done humor to help reduce tech overload.
Comments from author:
You can never have too much humour ;-)
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [31 Dec 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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