|Reviews for Retrospect|
| beautyofsorrow chapter 1 . 8/10/2012
"In hindsight, Irina thought they might have spent a bit more time on the coaching. The whole scenario had proved disastrous, really; the girl had come across like the villain from a Victorian melodrama, clutching the orb and ranting about power being the best currency there was. She hadn't even reminded Irina remotely of herself, but Sydney, at least, had been fooled (again, Irina charitably put it down to the recent birth of the little girl) and now Linda/Wanda/Miranda/whoever-she'd-been was out of the way and Sydney was convinced it was all over."
It relieves me to find someone else who thinks that the turn the writers took with Irina's character in "All the Time in the World" was out of character. That episode frustrated - frustrates - me so much, because of all the work the writers put into Irina in the second season, and then to let it fall through the glass like that? I have my own theory on what made her so apathetic towards Sydney in the end, but I'm quite fond of this scenario. Thanks for writing and especially for sharing. I really enjoyed this.
| Kayar chapter 1 . 8/24/2008
I don't know how I missed this when it was first published, but it was a pleasant surprise to find it the other day. I really enjoyed this on just about every level. It had much darker tones than any of your other fics I have read (Irina's ruthlessness really shines through in a few passages), but you manage to show wisps of SpyFam fluff with the Jack/Irina banter and the perfect gift for little Isabelle. Your explanation for the horrendous character assassination of Irina in the S5 finale was straightforward and plausible (well, for Alias standards, at least). On the whole, a great story, and probably my favorite story of yours to date!
| jen t chapter 1 . 1/6/2008
Hi Andi! Great little story (I still had "Smoke Screen" bookmarked and thought I'd check on recent works). I always find your work engaging and well-written.
| Eyghon chapter 1 . 9/30/2007
Loved it! Funny and a little sad at the same time. So glad Irina's not dead.
| Fading Letters chapter 1 . 9/29/2007
Aw that is such a great story. I wish it wouldn't be just a oneshot. Can't you continue it? Please?
"In honour of grand tradition, to the newest lady of a legendary clan, Isabelle. Love always, your Grandmama."
That's such a cute line. I really love that one. Aww Irinia was so great in this. I wish she hadn't died on the show.
| Long Live Nelly chapter 1 . 9/28/2007
This is fantastic! "She hadn’t even reminded Irina remotely of herself" describes my feelings of the Irina of Season Five. I think you should write a sequel of Sydney then Isabelle receiving the knife. It would be great!