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Review of chapter "Mission Parameters" from Susly
Review:
Sorry I haven't reviewed/rec'd before now but better late then never right? I never really thought about it before but it occurred to me that Alex now is a lot like Buffy was at the end of the movie and Seasons 1/3. She had a very low opinion of herself intellectually and was very depressed. It would have been nice if she had had someone to help her the way others are now helping Alex.

Other thoughts:

On the many varied/terrifying uses of TK. She could blind someone by severing the optic nerves or just pulling out the eyeballs directly(ouch and ick). She could rupture tendons,pull muscles or(for guys)squeeze the family jewels(again ouch). On the other hand when she gets past her current squeamishness about sex she'll find many other, far more pleasurable applications. I'm sure you've already got ideas about this, but I'm just speculating.

Will her Electrokinesis get more powerful? Can she manipulate electricity outside of herself? For example electricity running through powerlines or even a bolt of lightning.

Will she age normally or not at all?

Will she be able to have kids? If so will they inherit any of her abilities? Assuming she has kids with Ray, since he's been affected would the childrens powers be at or below her level? Or would they be like Shar who has power far in excess of her parents?

I don't expect you to answer these questions directly since it would spoil the story. I just like to speculate on what your muse has/will come up with.

I'll try to review more often.
Comments from author:
Well, Alex has moved past the 'Buffy season 1' stage, but she's still comparing herself to the best superheroines in the multiverse and the smartest people on the planet, which is bound to be discouraging.

One of the classic 'low tk' attacks is in the very first Gil Hamilton story by Larry Niven (published 1969 in Galaxy Magazine), where Gil uses his three ounces of tk and...

...squeezes a guy's heart. (Jack actually asked Alex about something similar back in the Hanna op.)

TK is a phenomenally useful power if you're creative enough. And ruthless enough.
Review By [Susly] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Parameters" from MistofRainbows
Review:
At least your version of Wacky Maggie is smart... the group of idiots that grabbed the vial are nuts... plastic caps... when they were told that it eats them... shooting people on the space station... Most likely the stuff will eat them before too much longer. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go from here or how they're going to cure Carter or if they are... :)

Thanks for the chapter.
Comments from author:
All versions of Maggie Walsh are smart. Terrifyingly smart. The canon Walsh was a freaking super-genius who could make a human/HST/machine cyborg actually *work*. Too bad for her she didn't know that 'magic' thing was real and a game-changer.
Review By [MistofRainbows] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Parameters" from MarcusSLazarus
Review:
So, the Collective are going with the old 'murder thousands to save billions' argument, eh?

Good in theory, but I doubt that's going to be enough for Riley in particular; maybe the world's in trouble as it is, but there's a difference between people making mistakes that result in the various mutations such as that underground clam thing and the Collective deliberately releasing the likes of the Blob and Godzilla to 'clean things up'.

I'll take the people who screw up but DON'T commit mass murder over the people who think they'd do a better job but have so far only shown off how they can kill people rather than anything else (What individual Orphans do is no indication of the Collective's overall policy, which seems to be in favour of creating monsters).
Comments from author:
Let me just point out that the Collective plan is more 'murder billions to save millions' which is even ickier. :D
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Parameters" from MarcusRowland
Review:
OK, I have to admit I have no idea what the bad guys have in mind here.
Comments from author:
Which badguys? The green slime, the NID, or The Collective?
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
I _suspect_ that one advantage of the austere art style used
in all the DC nation shorts is that it's likely to be cheaper to produce.
Comments from author:
A lot cheaper. And you can animate it faster because it doesn't matter what the computer does in between 'drawn' frames, and you don't have to painstakingly synch the voices to the mouth movements. You also don't have to be limited by what's 'in character' for well-known figures.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from JamesBrown
Review:
Comments from author:
That was a funny short. (Although I didn't like the art style.)

the art style for all the DC nation shorts
is deliberately cartoony,and the dialogue way over-the-top,
to distinguish it from the justice league regular series.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I got that. I've noticed the distinct art styles they have used essentially to separate *all* their different cartoon-verses. I thought the anime style used for much of Teen Titans actually worked.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [5 Apr 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
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"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome"

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Comments from author:

Looks like it's time to re-read chapter 155."

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OK, Just because your bread crumbs were about the size of loaves of bread,
you mean I can't pat myself on the back for following the trail? grin

Comments from author:

You know, Kessler Syndrome just doesn't sound that bad. It sounds like one of those weird diseases you only read about in MMWR or psychiatric journals.

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Which likely misunderstanding is why you first mentioned it in 155 (with an explanation), and I put the wiki in after your last loaf sized breadcrumb.

OTOH... "You brought the treatment for Kassler Syndrome I asked for?" "No unlike you incompetent ass, I read your patient's test results properly and brought the treatment for _Kussler_ Syndrome. Kassler's is a trivial problem, a harmless type of dandruff, while Kussler's is really nasty degenerative neuro-muscular disease that is untreatable after the initial stages. And your patient has very early stage Kusslers, so we can save him." grin
Comments from author:
There is an xkcd cartoon where he graphs 'severity of problem' vs. 'scariness of name'. Kessler Syndrome is on the graph. It's a pretty amusing graph in a sort of 'oh my god I don't want to think about that threat' way.

It needs 'Margaret Walsh' added to it. :D

EDIT: Found it! http://xkcd.com/1242/
Now I just need people to assess where 'Code Walsh' should fit in there.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [4 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"Wondering if you are setting up a Kessler Syndrome, maybe using Colonel Roger McNamara and the NID's mission, whatever that is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

"And they didn’t have to worry about damaging the ISS when they docked, so they could move much faster at the end of the flight. The Russians had made it from launch to docking in under six hours. He was planning on cutting that record in half.

He might have to cut a few other things in half too. He was fine with that."

That line makes me suspect that their X-37B has a laser cannon or something similar.


So.... A trigger happy NID goon fires a laser shot into the ISS and hits something explosive (a tank of liquid oxygen and/or rocket fuel) and blows the station into little pieces, the pieces hit other satellites (and maybe the NID X-37) and _they_ blow up, rinse and repeat, and orbital hilarity ensues, Kessler style. And if that was the same McNamara as was at the Initiative, he is stupid, arrogant and trigger happy enough to start the fun.

I just saw "Gravity" a few days ago, its a _very_ good movie, and its plot begins when the Russian blow up one of their own satellites to start the hilarity.

Comments from author:

Looks like it's time to re-read chapter 155."

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OK, Just because your bread crumbs were about the size of loaves of bread,
you mean I can't pat myself on the back for following the trail? grin
Comments from author:
You know, Kessler Syndrome just doesn't sound that bad. It sounds like one of those weird diseases you only read about in MMWR or psychiatric journals.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [4 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from EdBecerra
Review:
"..a problem of mass..."

So you're saying it's a...

Mass Effect?

^_^

I suppose if Atron becomes involved, that's a...

Mass Effect Too!

*snerk*
Comments from author:
Just for that, I'm going to introduce you to Jack. No, not Jack O'Neill. The OTHER Jack. Subject Zero. Be afraid... :D
Review By [EdBecerra] • Date [4 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from (Current Donor)Katrina
Review:
You do know how to ratchet up the tension, don't you...Yoiks!

Am gratified to see that Dr. Walsh has some common sense. Can't rule a world if the world is dead is a great motivator. :)

This minuscule review bottom-lines to: Great chapter!
Comments from author:
I have been known to let my muse get out the Ronco Tension-Ratcheter. Or even the Tension-Ratchet-Up-inator from Doofenshmirtz Incorporated. :D
Review By [(Current Donor)Katrina] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Rosenberg, Limited" from JamesBrown
Review:
recently came across a DC nation
short starring-Lois Lane*best reporter ever!*
interviewing..Batman..which instantly brought to mind
Alex's 'interview' with Clare Tobias in chapter 155,
'Rosenberg,limited' and is very funny.
I could just see Alex in the role

here is the YouTube link, watch it then reread the chapter, it's hilarious

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JU2hKAnz9w
Comments from author:
That was a funny short. (Although I didn't like the art style.)
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Return" from mtbknox
Review:
Since you say it will be a problem of mass for her, I was then starting to think of how fast she can fly. You mentioned that she can go over 100 mph, but I don't remember ever seeing how quickly she can accelerate. In space that can make a world of difference. If it only takes 5 minutes to get up to 100 mph, then at the end of an hour she would actually be traveling at 1,200 mph. But if it only take 1 minute to reach 100 mph then at the end of an hour she would be going 6,000 mph. She doesn't need the SR71, just an hour to get into orbit then any where in the world in 3 hours... And an hour back down, for a total of 5 hours!
Comments from author:
Exactly. However, if she's only carrying a few pounds of gear, her thrust-to-mass ratio is well over 2. In atmosphere, she's still dealing with air resistance. Up near the ISS, she no longer has that problem.
Review By [mtbknox] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from DieselDriver
Review:
As always, a real treat to read. Does that mean Jack will refer to Terawatt as "Off Terra Tera" (OT2). Say OT2 really fast...

Edit to your reply:

Oh yeah, that was Tera iffic.
Comments from author:
"How was the Tera-rocket up to the Tera-station? Was it Tera-nautical and Tera-dynamic?"
"JACK!"
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from mtbknox
Review:
I know Terawatt is up to almost 250 lbs with her TK. But how much can she move in space??? Is it a still a mass problem or momentum?
Comments from author:
Assume it's mass. That means that the 'wind resistance' problem she has way down at the bottom of the atmosphere is going to be gone.
Review By [mtbknox] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Improbable" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Review:
In your reply to liadenfan you say:
Ahh, good ol' Dr. Angleman, who got just what he deserved. Is he even in the SRI in the Alexverse? I don't think so.

He is. Jack mentions him in chapter 33, 'Meeting', and in chapter 34, 'Meeting II'. He assessed Terawatt as potentially unstable but didn't bring up any suspicions about Maggie Walsh. He's been my prime candidate for the mole ever since the first reference to a mole in the SRI. If it's not him - which it can't be if you've *really* forgotten you used him - then I'm baffled. I can't see it being any of the SRI's Orphans, or Bill Lee or Walter and no way is it Janet, and the only remaining suspects would be Dr. MacKenzie (who, although featuring only peripherally, seems too nice and he backed Jack over throwing Maggie out of the SRI) and Lieutenant Marshall. Otherwise it's someone who hasn't been introduced and you'd be firing a Chekhov's Gun* without having hung it on the wall first - not your usual style at all.

*by the way you've misspelt 'Chekhov' as 'Chekov' in several replies to reviews recently.
Comments from author:
And everyone knows Chekov's Gun is a just a handheld phaser. :D
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [3 Apr 14] • Not Rated
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