|Reviews for Judgment Calls|
| TD90 chapter 25 . 3/6
One of, if not the most impressive pieces of fan fiction i have ever read. Epic in every way.
| AmandeS chapter 24 . 2/20
I've been reading stories on ffnet for many years, on very different subjets, and I think this one may be the most complex I've ever read. Your story was really fantastic, I couldn't stop reading it! Thank you very much for your work!
| AmandeS chapter 25 . 2/20
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| Starchilds Guest chapter 25 . 1/23
This was a really awesome Story, hold mit for hours!
Thnx for it!
| fiesa chapter 25 . 1/15
I think I found this story of yours one or two years ago and decided to read it. But somehow I didn't get to it until a few weeks ago. I started from the beginning again and read straight through - as much as it is possible to read a story right through while attending classes and stuff - and finished yesterday in the evening and I'm still floored.
To sum it up: Your story is brilliant.
Reading it was incredible fun. There was tension, despair, sadness, happiness, hope despite everything, more sadness and so much more. Your style of writing is very good, which helps with the reading flow. Also, the overall stylistic setup has been done very well and I liked it a lot: the chapter titles and the subheadings gave me a short notice of where the story was and how much time had passed. There was a certain symmetry in the way you laid out the story - I especially liked the way Skynet sometimes ended the chapters with its inhuman computer logic, checking systems for flaws and establishing new directives ("Terminate John Connor") and how you let it grow ("How do you do it, Connor?") and develop. The time skips were placed well and you gave enough explanations in the next chapter so the long skips did not unbalance the story, and besides, I loved watching the characters develop over time. John and Kate but also Eric and Erica, Carla and Dex and especially Kyle, Sarah Connor Jr. and Robbie. Watching them grow up was amazing.
I've not watched any of the original Terminator movies, only parts of the Sarah Connor Chronicles and Terminator Salvation. Thus, I cannot say which characters were original and which were yours. I got a pretty good idea, but it does not matter so much actually because you did one hell of a job writing them. First, the way you depicted both John and Kate was wonderful. I loved both of them, together, but apart, too. They made a great team. I re-read the first chapter after finishing with the last because I wanted to see how you made them fall in love and get going towards that entity they later are. Even while they fought - what was terrible to watch for me, too - they belonged with each other. And what stunned me again and again was that sometimes you made me dislike John - when he coolly sets up Kyle to fall in love with Sarah Connor Sr. or tells ENrique Lupe was dead in order to get him to fight one last time. And still I cannot help but be amazed by his character, his integrity and his strength. There were others, too - actually, at one or another point every character seemed cruel and brutal to me. I think many authors try to write their main characters in a way everyone will like them but that only pushes aside human flaws that always are there somewhere. My respects for your ability to write a character readers both love and hate at one point or another. Wickham was one of them, too. Kate's difficult choice between her husband and her uncle was drawn out very well. She, too, is an amazing character and you wrote her accordingly. I really liked the role she had as John's Second in Command: always there, always knowing everything about and around the Base, always giving John hints and making him do the right thing, make the right choice. Her name-prompting made me smile in many places. Also, the fact that she was wounded and did not recover completely like so many super-heros do made her very human and very, very lovable. Your characters all were human. I know it is the one thing that has to be stressed in order to differentiate between humans and Terminators, but it could have been stressed in different ways, and less well.
Erica was a character I started to like only later. After Wickham died, specifically. Maybe you wanted it that way? :) And Eric easily was my third-favorite character. He, though, was difficult to read, especially towards the end. I accept that he was devastated to hear about the fact that John only succeeded because he knew what would happen. But why did that make him so desperate to even threaten his best (I don't doubt he regarded John as such as well) friend? Was it because he would have forced John to take different actions had he known, in order to change the past and thus the future? If so, I think he should think about it more closely. Would he have been able to do so?
It was the one thing I kept thinking over after finishing the story. There are three ways to write a time travel story, I think: a) the time travelling changes everything, b) the time travelling changes nothing and c) the time travelling changes everything – and nothing. You chose one option I don’t know whether many writers would chose and I liked the story even more for it. Everything was explained, everything returned to its beginning in the end. Kyle even lies to Sarah Connor in order to have the future play out exactly the way John wants it to. And everything because John is too afraid to try to change something. I don’t think one could fault him for that. Who knows what would happen? Would it be worth the risk, trying to change something for a better outcome – or a worse one? Eric blames him for not trying. John blames himself for not trying. But he tried his best. Can a human being do more than try and can one blame him for doing so? In the end, everyone second-guesses everyone and oneself, no matter what.
I actually thought you would kill him. When it didn’t happen the first time, with the re-programmed 850, I thought Eric would do it. It would have been a sadder ending but I wouldn’t even have been angry about it. John did so much. I hope he’ll have a peaceful live from the end of your story on.
There were so many other characters. Carla and Dex I loved a lot. I was so glad they found each other again. Her disappearances into grief and alcohol were human, too. Good John and Kate could snap her out of it, and her son. Erin Curry was an interesting example of how war influences people. The tunnel rats were, too. I’m still not sure whether I like Berk or not, same with Ginny. Robbie, on the other side, I liked a great lot. Same with Sarah. But of course everyone loves Saint Sarah :) And while I felt for poor Kurt I would have reacted to him no differently than the entire base did. I enjoyed his intermezzos with John and Eric/Erica tremendously! And I also liked the story about Sarah’s first boyfriend, the one John was pretty sure he wasn’t supposed to know about.
So many people died on the way to victory. It was sad to see them leave. Except for half the deaths in the last chapter – Rojas and Ross and the last one whose name I can’t remember, something with E? Good riddance, I say. And my favorite side character was Isobel Saint. I don’t know how much of her was invented and how much was original but she was a wonderful character. I’m glad I got to know her.
I probably already wrote too much here. But your characters and your ideas, specifically, were a pleasure to follow. The different parts of the war – Skynet’s advances, the Cartel Union and its separation, the nuclear war head, the time displacement field, The Alamo, Castle Keep, capturing Terminators and scrubbing them, the Infiltrators and how to deal with them – the story flowed perfectly and was a wonderful read. You often stressed you only had average knowledge on specific chapters. In my opinion, you presented everything clearly and, while perhaps not too scientifically correct (I wouldn’t be able to judge, either), still in a way that made the story and its parts flow into each other perfectly.
I enjoyed reading very, very much! It was a wonderful story. Thank you for your hard work (25 of such long chapters – wow!) and for sharing it here. If you wrote anything more for John, Kate and their folks, I would make sure to be back.
| LilithL2 chapter 24 . 11/20/2013
Thirth time I read this story
you made me laugh, cry, sad, happy and lose many hours of sleep...
I knew how it was going to end, but It didn't matter, you made me love Kate, John, Robbie and Sarah the second with a fervor I never thought possible.
I loved Kate's point of view, it made John and others look in another perspective, more kind...
i loved how you thought not just about the war but after, how Eden was constructed, I cried when Berck sees the first trees... Who would have thought I could cry for some trees..?
I loved Sarah's moments, and when she founds out Kyle is in love with her grandmother, and when she realizes who he is.
i loved the final conversation between Skynet and John... one of the best moments of all the story.
and I loved Kate. Because everybody always thought about her as the General's wife... but she took care of the Dust kids, she fighted John, she was mom to Kyle but most of all, she was the creator of the Nova group... she was a killer because as the Terminator said... she was second in command...
congratulations. really. I can't find any fault... I even cried with John's final speech...
I would liked some more father and son moments (Kyle and John) when he was young... and another chapter were Skynet 3.000 years from now reads how story evolutionated or a chapter were you explain if there was another war and what happened with the Connor's family...
Amazing. Congratulations again.
| julianmarq chapter 20 . 11/10/2013
Hmmm 19 years later John and Kate are barely pushing 40, granted the stress of the war and the radiation might have make them age faster but still...
| julianmarq chapter 19 . 11/9/2013
This chapter was so dark and claustrophobic, I loved it.
Well, loved it except for one thing, I don't know if it is because you dislike the characters or whatever but you seem hellbent on painting Reese as an irredeemable douchebag (and he's already that at this point, for me he's already and perhaps always will be the most unlikable character in your story, in stark contrast with the hero of Terminator I). And then there's Kate, who you are turning into a purity sue.
| julianmarq chapter 17 . 11/8/2013
The debut of the T-1000 was chilling as expected... but it seems unlikely that simple bullets were able to push it back yet upgraded plasma fire doesn't do anything to it...
| julianmarq chapter 16 . 11/8/2013
You committed canon defilement here. Usually I don't mind strays from canon that much, but the conception of Connor and the fact that Kyle Reese loved Sarah and she was his only one is a big part of one of the greatest scifi classics in cinema.
Your story is great though and so I want to see how it ends, but one of its biggest sell points was how you managed to make fit everything with canon and much more smoothly than either SCC or Salvation. I expected a much more interesting twist with Lupe like for her to reply, when Sarah told her she was pregnant, that she and John had never had sex, prompting the discovery of a serious disease.
| julianmarq chapter 13 . 11/7/2013
It was kind of stupid from Connor to have the dogs at the base but not to send dogs along with the units but I suppose this compensates: Connor saving LA before was luck in the human's side, Connor grabbing the idiot ball here is luck on Skynet's side.
| julianmarq chapter 8 . 11/7/2013
Something I forgot to comment on the previous chapter. That diary entry of Kate's I don't know if you made this story one in which John is killed or the arrival of the T-850 and the T-X changed the future once again and John was now at the ready and doesn't let himself killed.
| julianmarq chapter 12 . 11/7/2013
I love this story and I see in this chapter you were already foreshadowing Walters' eventual death. I sure won't like reading that one lol.
| julianmarq chapter 11 . 11/7/2013
It's a little out of left field that they found that many human settlements (as well as working aircraft and the like) bu hey, that's what Bellisario's maxim is for.
| julianmarq chapter 10 . 11/6/2013
Lol loved the small intersection of Skynet wondering how Connor did that among the directives sent, it is after all sentient :P