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The Secret Return of Alex Mack

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Review of chapter "Vine Street" from EdBecerra
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> fpb wrote: Take, for instance, one of the less absurd technological contrivances of the incredibly absurd Marvel Universe ("bitten by a radioactive spider" - yeah, right) - Iron Man's armour.

Well, I think it's pretty obvious that Diane was bitten by a radioactive word processor... ^_-
Comments from author:
{blush} Yes, I have been accused of being... wordy before.

If you really want the weird and wacky, go back to the 'origin stories' of the Golden Age. Some of those make 'bitten by radioactive spider' look pretty darn rational. (Of course, in the Fifties and Sixties, everything was due to Magic Radiation which would do whatever the plot demanded.)
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from HMaxMarius
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Ya know... the hotel room should have been 314 ;)

In addition to Frank's little speech about Terawatt being aware of what those outside the immediate area are doing, I'm a little surprised he didn't make comments to her about how she took off into the fight. After-all, journalists aren't just looking at the story, but at each other to make sure they're not getting a better story. Surely someone noticed that Frank and Alex weren't at the prepared paddock... Which would make me start wondering where they went and looking around for them, in case they had a better vantage...

Have an umbrella pop up on the roof of an office building overlooking the area and I'd be casting eyes that way fairly regularly. I think the saving grace here is that Hollywood the Vine, put on such a great show.
Comments from author:
The issue of 'where are West and Mack' will be relevant pretty soon.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Deadpan
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I really did LoL at, “YOU KNOW PEOPLE IN OTHER DIMENSIONS?!?!”

A demonstration that Alex still leads the way in having "comic book" life experiences, no matter what wackiness Maggie or the world in general keeps coming up with.

I'm looking forward to integration of Samantha Carter into the team. People keep asking about Daniel Jackson in the comments, but I don't think there is actually a role for him.

In the SGC, his knowledge of ancient cultures and mythology is useful in meeting the ancient-based cultures scattered all over the galaxy and beings who are either the basis for those myths or took up the myths, depending on your interpretation. In your Buffy-verse segments, he's almost tailor-made to be an occult researcher for the new Council. In the DC universe, I could see him as an expert on the Egyptian-Thanagarian connection or as a minor occult practitioner. In Harry Potter he might be a wizard or squib who works with Bill Weasley.

However, so far the Alex-verse doesn't really have much call for the whole ancient-mysteries thing in the world-saving circles.
Comments from author:
Yes, that's more or less the problem with Daniel Jackson in the Alexverse. He's also still the unblooded academician of the Stargate movie, since he hasn't had the experiences of canon!Daniel. He fits in elsewhere, but maybe not here. On the other hand, lesser Stargate characters (like Bill Lee) fit in really well in the Alexverse.
Review By [Deadpan] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from SilverWave
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Liked it :-)

Cheers.
Comments from author:
Thanks. It's still not over.
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Zeviz
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It's good to see Terawatt through other people's eyes. Maybe after she hears it enough, Alex will realize how impressive she is.

And I am curious, what is her top 10 scariest experiences list at this point?
Comments from author:
Unsurprisingly, Dark Willow and D'Lazza are still the top two on her list. And as she gets more experience, she will see scary stuff as less scary than she would have viewed it a year earlier.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from MarcusRowland
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Why do I suspect there's going to be more plant action?

And if Poison Ivy is allowed to watch TV what will she think of this?
Comments from author:
"YOU PLANT BUTCHERS! YOU'LL PAY FOR THAT! AND THAT! AND THAT TOO!!!"

Or something along those lines. :D
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from hamishog
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I am once again glad that I am tracking this story. Alex is a treasure; a breath of fresh air in an all-too-stale genre. Especially these days good and nice seem to be equated with ineffectual and stupid. Good isn't stupid and it isn't ineffectual; it's hard and it requires sacrifices that don't appeal to most. Because there's a difference between being good and doing good. It takes less time and effort to destroy something than to build it and maintain it. And that's the real problem, isn't it? If you're good you have to be good every day. You can't let it slide because (and it's been said) it only takes one bad day to bring it all down. The best, most declarative, line about Good though is from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett novels, Men at Arms. In it he said (and I paraphrase) if you are being held pray it is by an evil man. And evil man will bluster; an evil man will boast. An evil wants to boast; he wants you to fear him. A good man will kill you without a word. People are too impressed with the trappings of power. They are too in love with the drama. There is so much grey in the world that they have basically forgotten that black and white exist. Although Granny Weatherwax in Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum had something to say about that. "They ain't no such thing as grey. There's just black and white and dirty white."
Now, I must congratulate you on character development. People tend to forget that Alex, while responsible, is only just starting on her journey to adulthood. Frank is going to help a lot with that. Although he needs to talk to Louis who seems a very effective manager. They could incorporate. Still, loved it. So glad Alex is maintaining her priorities.
Comments from author:
Thanks! And yes, a large part of this story is Alex's personal growth. The Alex of season 1 is different from the Alex of season 4, since the showrunners actually let Alex (and the rest of the cast) get personal growth and let them learn from experience (most of the time). This Alex is even more mature, but still has a way to go.
Review By [hamishog] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from Harry
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Well, Alex just gave her adviser some news that sent him into orbit! And now, Sam just got the full lowdown on Alex's world. And BOY was she shocked.!!
Comments from author:
Dr. Finn wasn't prepared for that, even after meeting Terawatt and surviving the Congo.
Review By [Harry] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from RevDorothyL
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I especially enjoyed Frank's reaction to hearing more of Alex's experiences fighting things that would give anyone nightmares and saving the world while still in High School, as well as Sam Finn's immediate impulse to protect young Alex from being dangerously exploited -- even by her husband and other good guys -- before learning that Alex's life was in danger and she was fighting super-powered badness long before the SRI had heard of her.
Comments from author:
Frank's seen some pretty horrible stuff, but nothing he couldn't stop with a baseball bat or a shotgun. Alex has faced actual hellgods. There's a big difference in scale.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Really nice, and good to have her get the tip about parabolic mics.
Comments from author:
She has to learn this stuff sooner or later. Not that it will do any good as soon as there are supervillains with telepathy or super-hearing.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from dcarson
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Frank would reserve space in the truck for emergency gear that you might need on no warning. The umbrella is bulky and fairly cheap if you get one that won't last more then a summer. If you need one you have time to get one. Give it to the local emergency workers when you leave.

Frank would be a bigger name if he had just filmed and refused to sign a NDA in Colorado. He has hero impulses also. Will Alex wonder how close in age he is to Janet?
Comments from author:
Yes. But if he had just filmed, Colorado would have been a horrific zombie outbreak. He *is* a hero.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from djhardim
Review:
Good.

Would the fourth Doctor Who episode, "The Seeds of Doom", be the one you're thinking of?

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seeds_of_Doom_(TV_story)
Comments from author:
:D Yes, that is *exactly* what I had in mind. Alex needs to watch more Dr. Who.
Review By [djhardim] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from LeChasseur
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Frank's reaction was hilarious ! And absolutely realist too. Alex is so indifferent now to the stuff she lived. It still registered, but "Hey, I lived worse. And Maggie wasn't it."

Fabulous.
Comments from author:
Alex is getting somewhat overexposed to weirdness and danger. Her point of view has stopped being that of a normal teenager.
Review By [LeChasseur] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Diane: There are plastic films that are as stretchy as human skin, but they're not designed to be used for anything like this. Just remember that biochemistry in the Alexverse is much more sophisticated and much more dangerous than in real life. :D


It is one of the privileges of superhero fiction to stretch the possibilities of existing technology well beyond reality. Take, for instance, one of the less absurd technological contrivances of the incredibly absurd Marvel Universe ("bitten by a radioactive spider" - yeah, right) - Iron Man's armour. There is really no insurmountable problem in creating an external prosthetic or exo-skeleton somewhat like that, and various kinds of walking helps and supports have in fact been tested to help para- and tetraplegics. The problem is power. It is practically impossible to have a battery that can power such a device independently. (Although one news item from Israel suggested that someone had made the breakthrough. But I don't trust the story: journalists, on the whole, understand less of science and technology than they do of history, and they understand NOTHING of history.) And we notice that that is where the recent Iron Man and Avengers movies have brought in magic - their so-called "arc reactor", which can power a skyscraper for months.
Comments from author:
In fact, the problem that Maggie Walsh's colleagues are having with their power armor is... power requirements. Well, that and space requirements, because building a massive 'repulsor ray' would be hard enough, but making one roughly the size three silver dollars is a lot harder.
Review By [fpb] • Date [27 Aug 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Spencer Reed" from rotsapvl
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I'm enjoying this story so much. I burst into giggles sometimes while reading it.

I do have a questions about the plastic film Alex uses for her lips and eyes. Is there any website that deals with it in real life? It's just that I can't visualize it working. I think of Alex smiling and her lips falling off.....

Otherwise, keep up the good work, and can I say I'm in awe of your high quality output?

And btw, my muse is chanting more Bruce Payne, more Bruce.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I love reviews. (And I like recommendations too. Wink wink, nudge nudge.)

There are plastic films that are as stretchy as human skin, but they're not designed to be used for anything like this. Just remember that biochemistry in the Alexverse is much more sophisticated and much more dangerous than in real life. :D

As for my output... I write an entire outline in enormous detail before I start writing the story. That way, I never write my way into a corner, and I never stop writing and say 'I do not know where to go next with this'. It also means that I have the ending already worked out before you see Chapter 1, so you don't have to worry about being abandoned in mid-story. Then I write well ahead before I start publishing. At one time, I was close to sixty chapters ahead on this story. I now have all but about half a dozen scenes left to write or re-write.
Review By [rotsapvl] • Date [26 Aug 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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