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Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from texaswookie
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While I enjoyed this I have to wonder about the tactical intelligence of the way that Buffy and Xander are doing things.

If each set of guards took a little over approximately 10 minutes to take down, and there were 4 sets that means that over half an hour has gone by and no pne thought to do a check in? Whoever is in the apartment should know she's coming and called in for backup due to that alone. Its like the old horror story we used to tell around the campfire of someone calling the house several times the woman inside gets more and more freaked until the door opens and it turns out to be her husband. Buffy might as well be marching down the street naked in front of a parade for all the stealth it means. If she had managed to take the guards all out at once it would have been alright this way is tactically unsound though.
Comments from author:
Well, maybe only the hard-access team needed ten minutes of work, and they did those guys first before handling the other three teams right after the other. Or maybe it's just a gaping plot hole. You can decide! :D
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [2 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from (Current Donor)MarcusRowland
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sorry - asked a question I've asked before, please ignore.
Comments from author:
No way! There are plenty of questions which could have been asked at one point in this story which would now have a completely different context and a completely different answer.

Examples:
Why is Jack thinking about the bruises he picked up?
Doesn't Col. Watanabe have a point about only five people picking up a concrete divider with no levers or anything?
Jo Lupo is strong for a girl, but still, finishing first in her Special Forces class, is that reasonable?
Review By [(Current Donor)MarcusRowland] • Date [29 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from djhardim
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ABC decided to turn Amos Burke into a secret agent during the show's third season with a new title. It didn't last.

CBS brought back Burke's Law during the 1994 and 1995 seasons as a midseason replacement. The title again became Burke's Law and Burke was back at work as a police detective. In the second incarnation, Burke, now a deputy chief, was assisted by his son, Peter (Peter Barton). The revival, even more than the original program, was widely regarded as being largely camp.

The nostalgic revival featured guest appearances by many of Barry's peers from the 1960s Spy-fi genre, including Patrick Macnee (The Avengers), Peter Lupus (Mission: Impossible) and Anne Francis reprising the character Honey West (though she was called "Honey Best" for legal reasons).

As I recall, Peter Burke lived in the pool house.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke%27s_Law
Comments from author:
I try to pretend that the remake was just a really bad dream, brought on by too many chili dogs before bedtime, or something like that. :D

And season 3 of the original Burke's Law is one of those examples of Executive Meddling that we all know and love. Not.
"Hey, ratings are down, let's do something like everyone else is doing!"
"Spies are in this year. We can make him a secret agent!"
"Perfect!"
Ugh.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from BillPh
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The NID are concerned about other copies of the evidence. I suspect they stole the car to search it, and the agents at the apartment are probably searching it and on the lookout for anybody else trying to contact her, rather than as a backup for killing her. Hence Xander going in is very risky.

I am a bit confused as to whether Buffy is a slayer in this reality, there is no direct evidence; however, Buffy and friends have built up a lot of favours in Sunnydale somehow.

I agree that Buffy has more training than the US agencies seem to have given her, so the Giles connection is plausible.
Comments from author:
Slayer powers are not possible in the StargateVerse, which this is set in. But a highly motivated Summers girl is always dangerous. :D
Review By [BillPh] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from ShalaDakiri
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Always nice to have friends in official places. So, the King of Cretins is playing up the Cretin to help his best buds.

And really, Buffy wouldn't be good at her job if she didn't have that ruthless streak. There's a line in the game Alpha Protocol that describes it pretty well: "You're not here because you're a people person. You're here because you manipulate them." (I might be a little off on the quote.) She's not a top agent because she's a nice person.
Comments from author:
Canon Buffy certainly had a ruthless streak that was about a mile wide, unless it was about something Buffy didn't want to deal with (e.g. dating Angel, staking Angelus, taking care of Faith, finding out if just killing Dawn would stop Glory, screwing Spike...). This version of Buffy may have the same issues.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from SirLee
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Fanreadertwo: I agree with you that starting a shooting war with a US intelligence agency is a bad idea. But, look back... _she didn't start it_. The NID defined the rules of engagement the moment they sent four thugs who were not making any bones about being there to _assassinate_ her. And it's not like she is going out of her way to kill NID agents; she let the two who took her car get away, for instance. But she needs stuff in her apartment to make her escape (she admits it was stupid not stashing that somewhere else beforehand), and those eight guys staking out the apartment (and probably a few more inside) are keeping her from it.
At this point, her choices are either:
1. take out the NID agents while she still has surprise on her side (yes, she has, a little -- not only the NID does not know about Xander, but the goons staking out the apartment probably are expecting her _never_ to show up if the first team does their job right) -- and get her gear, or
2. run away without gear, lowering her survival chances when the NID eventually tracks her down.

DarkKing: yeah, the Scoobies might look into those people too. But then again, would they be _useful_ for the Slayers? Useful enough to disrupt their lives?
- Daniel and Hermione are top-notch researchers and linguists, which the Council always needs. There was a good chance (which was confirmed) that Hermione could be trained as a witch too.
- Jack is an expert in small-team tactics and black ops. He would be very useful as a trainer, if nothing else.
Another thing: none of them had much of a life. Jack was divorced and retired, just hiding from the world. Daniel had ruined his career. Hermione was slaving under a jerk professor and had no social life. All in all, bringing him in might even be an _improvement_ to their lives.

OTOH... Harry, Ron and Ginny? Yeah, courageous people, but... none has as much magic potential as Hermione, nor her research value. And no regular human can compete with a mini-Slay, so as warriors, they wouldn't be much help. And they all probably have lives.
Samantha? I don't really see the value of an astrophysicist for the Slayers. The amount of Astronomy they use is fairly basic. The best use of her talents would be wherever she already is, doing research.
Selina? Well, _perhaps_ a cat burglar (if she is one in this universe) could teach the Slayers a few things about stealth, and be useful in some situations. _Perhaps_. Maybe if she runs into trouble with the Law, they might give her a chance. But then again, if she _is_ an outlaw and thief, they have first to figure out if she can be trusted.
Jaime and Alex? The abilities of the originals came from special outside circumstances, not from their own natural tendencies; in this universe, they are likely just normal civilians. Well, Alex might be young enough to be activated as a mini-Slay; but even if she is within the age bracket, only a tiny percentage of teenage girls are Potentials. She simply might not be one.

That goes for all the parallel universes, really. Alex looked for the analogues she could remember, and had to dismiss several as "not useful" or even "potentially hostile." Batman is checking out just about everybody (because he's Batman, and therefore obsessive), but not all of them have panned out. The others seem to have limited their searches to those people who they felt had potential value to their endeavours.
Comments from author:
Well, Harry might have a lot of magical potential too, and he has traits that would be valuable for a Watcher, including bravery, protectiveness, and speed. Being able to run fast should be a really useful trait for a Watcher.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and a Brit" from fanreaderonetwo
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Really_ wondering about her casual attitude towards slaughtering US agents
sans apparent organizational backup with the clout to keep the entire US gov off her and Xander's ass. Image of Matt Helm and associates being assigned to kill her.

Did she spend some time working for Section One (the 1st TV version) or some other
ruthless outfit?

Comments from author:

Remember that canon!Buffy is ruthless about killing anything that threatens her protectorate, and some of them are certainly more redeemable than the worst NID agents. Canon!Buffy also makes sarcastic quips, enjoys the killing, and has engaged in extremely violent torture to gain information. Is this Buffy really any different from canon? :D

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I'm not so concerned about her ruthlessness and willingness to kill. Its the matter of her and her friends being willing to start a shooting war with a major US intelligence agency, and possibly with the entire US intelligence and law enforcement and legal system with no (apparent) major backing of their own and no refuge.. Image of the NID getting her listed as a renegade agent and possible traitor for killing a dozen or more agents without a good reason. Even US outfits that dislike the NID like the SGC would disapprove of that many agents being killed by an individual, particularly if the NID can keep her from revealing its dirty linen.
So Buffy's best bet to keep the pressure off and maybe bring down Kinsey would be to have Willow send copies of the linen to everyone in the US government, and maybe to the newsies.
Comments from author:
In James Bond-type worlds, sometimes you have to shoot a bunch of badguys. Or stab a bunch of badguys. Or kill a bunch of badguys with your Fists Of Death. Or blow up a bunch of badguys while making sardonic one-liners. It's a thing. :D

This Buffy still hasn't gotten close to canon Buffy's top one-day killcount.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from JediKnight
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Very nice work on you new chapter, hoping to read more of your work soon.

-I never heard of "Honey West" and/or "Burke’s Law".
Comments from author:
A lot of people have never heard of those shows. Most people aren't decrepit Americans who remember when tv shows came in black-and-white.
Review By [JediKnight] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from RevDorothyL
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Nice to see Honey West getting some props for being the pioneer she was among the early kick-ass female investigators/spies/agents. Plus, she had such great taste in feline companions! :)
Comments from author:
She was great. When I was a kid, there were lots of fictional characters for boys to look up to, and girls had... Nancy Drew? Wonder Woman, who got tied up and made powerless every other month? Honey West and Pepper Anderson and Emma Peel were more important than tv execs realized.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Scoobies and the New Guys, part IV" from DarkKing
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So that's Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson and Hermione Granger recruited. Where is Harry Potter?
Comments from author:
That could be a completely different story. If the Scoobies have been successful in recruiting these three, then why wouldn't they try to find parallel people for all of the people they worked with? Harry, Ron Ginny, Jaime, Alex, Selina, Sam Carter...
Review By [DarkKing] • Date [24 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from SirLee
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Uh, 20-plus? Let me check the body count...
First group (Quiet Guy, Competent Gun Guy, Poke-y Gun Guy and Wave-y Gun Guy): 4;
Lurking Guy (the one watching the cars): +1=5;
Driver’s Seat Man and Shotgun Seat Man: +2=7
Three more outside posts mentioned (assumed to have 2 guys each): +6=13

Note that the first four were dumped into concrete, so they might never be found. Still, there is a nontrivial possibility that someone non-NID discovers some of the nine other corpses, meaning that this has a high likelihood of NOT being kept quiet. Perhaps O'Neill will hear through the grapevine that the NID lost a bunch of agents, right inside the beltway, in a matter of hours... and get curious?

NID agents involved in this case but still breathing: at least four (2 who got Liz's car, at least 2 inside the apartment, probably more)

Regarding Liz's ruthlessness: c'mon, the first four made it very plain that they were there to kill her. Not only they _said_ so, but they were equipped for assassination, not intimidation or self-defense -- suppressed small-caliber guns are favoured by assassins because they are very quiet. Should she play nice-nice with them after this kind of introduction?

Granted, there are a couple oddities. I don't get why they hijacked her car -- boobytrapping, bugging or simply staking it out just in case the first team bungled it up and she escaped would make a lot of sense. But I don't see what purpose stealing the car serves. And the way Xander said it, it was implied that the jackers were two MiBs, not the usual street scum.

Staking out the apartment as a secondary attempt to get Liz does make sense, though. Which is probably why she promptly assumed they were in this with the first four (our five), and therefore Better Dead.

I'm still curious about Liz & Co's story -- particularly Xander's. Apparently he has been _cultivating_ a (fake) rap sheet as a drunkard, just so he can have an alibi when he goes do Spy Stuff with Liz. That's a lot of dedication, to establish a cover which will only hurt him in a personal and professional level.

Also, friendship and owing him favours only go so far -- a police officer and a judge should be able to figure out that he's up to something shady, and that they are aiding and abetting him. So they have a LOT of trust that, whatever it is he and his friends are doing, it is worth risking their jobs and possibly jail time to help them. My guess is that they are part of a Scoobies-like circle of supporters of the Sunnydale Trio (what, if wizarding Britain has the Golden Trio, why can't California have its own version?)
Comments from author:
Yeah, the body count is pretty high, but it's under 20. Just barely. James Bond has bumped off more people than that before the credits rolled. :D
Review By [SirLee] • Date [23 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from burmafrdnow
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for those whining about killing the agents, consider this:

The NID was shown on countless occasions to be the American equivalent to the Nazi Gestapo.

There is no closed season and no bag limit.



So take your whine and stick it where the sun don't shine.
Comments from author:
:D :D I rather thought canon!Buffy was a lot more ruthless and vicious about fighting and killing *her* opponents. And she liked to get in the pre-mortem one-liners and/or post-mortem one-liners too, and you know how Sam Vimes felt about that.
Review By [burmafrdnow] • Date [23 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from Midnmax
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Headshots with .22 are very reasonable - though I would start out double tapping since a suppressed .22 has no recoil. Body shots with a .22 - dubious. You can kill people, but it tends not to be quick. Even with a direct heart shot, it can take several minutes to bleed out and the target may not even notice he was shot.

So how much of the canon events occurred? Were Warren Meers and co active? Was Adam created by the Initiative in some form?
Comments from author:
A lot of the canon events occurred, only in a different form. You'll learn some tidbits about a couple of them.
Review By [Midnmax] • Date [23 Jun 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from Harry
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Remind me NOT to piss this lady off at any time! I have no wish to end up being a dead body, THANK YOU!
Comments from author:
Well, canon!Buffy can be pretty darn scary too. Even to ordinary humans. Like Dawn's dates.
Review By [Harry] • Date [23 Jun 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part II" from IronOx
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Seriously ruthless Buffy here. Not that I'm crying, they weren't exactly hanging around with good intent. But by most people's standards, it's a bit casual.

Going to be very interesting if SG1 gets involved - 1 hint and they will know just who to look for.
Comments from author:
This Buffy is maybe a bit less ruthless with her opponents than canon!Buffy is with hers. Both sets of opponents are ruthless killers who hide in the shadows and are a threat to society. But canon!Buffy enjoys killing her opponents more.
Review By [IronOx] • Date [23 Jun 14] • Not Rated
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