|Reviews for The Golden Age: Reclamation War|
| Archangel2385 chapter 13 . 7/27/2010
This is the chapter I was waiting for, and boy, it did not disappoint . . .
The beginning with Lain & Stella, as well as ridiculously unlikable Mechael was really nice. I was very happy to learn that Lain has more or less been accepted (even by Auel) into Extended society, and it was very ironic learning how Extended society parallels Edenite society in some ways, namely that everyone is close in some way, shape, or form and that while outsiders can be somewhat accepted, as Sting noted way back in ED, they are never truly integrated into Extended society. Still a very pleasing development.
As for Mechael, REALLY don’t like the guy, but I have a feeling he was intended that way. I really, REALLY wish he’d run into Frost sooner. Actually, I wish way more characters, such as the Extendeds, and particularly Stella, would. Not because I necessarily wish them hard (save for Mechael, that is), but because they are all seemingly lacking in that most basic emotion of FEAR. Up to this point, they haven’t had all that much to be scared of, supremely confident in their own abilities & skills, and any meeting with THIS Frost is sure to become a major wake-up call. Basically, I just want to see some people humble, see some people TERRIFIED OUT OF THEIR FREAKIN’ MINDS. After all, that is the level of respect Frost should be given.
Speaking of Frost, all I can do now is breathe a sigh of relief, as I was SURE he’d get ALL the kids really early on in the story. The preceding Cagalli chapter illustrated in gruesome detail that the gloves are OFF, and ANYTHING GOES, so I was fully prepared to accept Frost abducting all the kids now & then “re-making” them in his own image. Naturally, I was elated to see that didn’t happen . . . yet, so I can keep my (perhaps foolish) hope alive that he never will get to them . . . yeah, that does sound like a pretty foolish sentiment, but one can dream.
Oh yeah and the bit about Frost stealing people’s memories was BRILLIANT. He’d already shown us he could do that back when he was awakened, but for some reason I forgot about it and was wonder how the hell he could pull this off when it’s plain as day to EVERYONE that knows Kira that he’s NOT Kira. I think Mwu will be the key, especially if Katie/Yzak return some time soon (just where the hell are they anyway, we’ve seen Ashino, Tamara, Lain, Stella, but no YZAK OR KATIE, blasphemous, lol) and Mwu fills them in on what he saw/experienced. Of course, this revelation appears like it will come entirely too late to prevent Kira’s exodus, but what can you do?
Glad to see Cyprus though outright REFUSING to buy Kira did it. I mean really now, are we to believe that rather than snap shortly after Lacus’ funeral that Kira would just wait till NOW to pull this? Heck, why didn’t his slap on Cagalli escalate to this immediately IF he’d lost his mind? No, I’m glad the Stormhounds are kinda suspicious that something is seriously wrong with this scenario. I just really hope Alkire has the tact to bring Kira in quietly. Doubtful, but again, one can hope . . .
Next chapter promises to be interesting, can’t wait.
| Archangel2385 chapter 12 . 7/27/2010
There is only one word that can describe the devastation wrought . . . (Mortal Combat voice) BRUTALITY.
Lexi really is something else. I always find her “fleshie” interactions to be highly amusing, and even with Frost, it is no exception, though I am a bit stumped as to how you can make a machine feel REAL fear. Granted, Charon DID seem slightly disturbed by Frost’s intentions for the CF children, so there is at least some precedent, but REAL emotion, much less fear . . . will be interesting to see if he pulls it off.
When it comes to the chapter itself, I think the number one problem I have with it is realism. Not realism in terms of what Frost did to Cagalli, in fact, that was everything I expected and more . . . and more . . . AND MORE. I felt ironically like Athrun, trapped in a horrible dream that just . . . wouldn’t . . . END. Every time I THOUGHT he was finally finished and would leave Cagalli alone, he just kept taking it to her. Given all the close calls the CF had against Frost in CC, perhaps it’s merely karma that their luck would run out, but DANG, that was just . . . BRUTAL. And then to end it with rape . . . I mean . . . I’m just . . . at a loss for words, apparently.
But returning to the issue I alluded to earlier, all that Frost did has severely jeopardized Cagalli’s realistic future development as a character. Simply put, THIS should be her breaking point. I’ve already voiced my concern to you about how close you’ve been treading to making Cagalli unbelievable as a human being due to her resilience to mental trauma. Here, I am not voicing concern, here, I am telling you that if she does recover in any measurable way from this incident, I don’t know if I’ll ever accept it. Physical trauma, as long as one is alive, can be dealt with, particularly in a fictional world as advanced as RW, where minds can be stored on disc & dinosaurs can be resurrected from extinction. Mental trauma on the other hand, has a very real limit, and I think in this chapter, you’ve stepped over Cagalli’s line. Prior to this, she already had to deal with the death of BOTH her fathers, an unending Spiffy problem, AND the Noah/Meyrin psychic storm, and despite all of this, she managed a full recovery (in terms of resuming life as a functional human being) . . . if she manages even a HALF recovery from torture of this magnitude, she will no longer be remotely relatable as a human being, but rather seen for the fictional character she is, because any recovery just doesn’t seem realistic in the slightest. I have faith in your writing, and you haven’t stirred wrong yet, but you appear to be barreling toward a cliff and I really want to stop you before you go over the edge here . . .
On a much lighter note (thank GOD you ended the chapter in a more positive fashion), I was elated to see the progress Tamara has made with Ashino. Truth be told, I think I’m now fully behind the Ash/Tam pairing instead of the Ash/Jean pairing, if for no other reason than Tamara just is a much more interesting character than Jean. Perhaps I’ll have to read CC & ED to get a more proper appreciation, but Tamara is just . . . cooler. And I fully believe that if she had met Ashino first, she would have been everything (and more) to him than Jean was. So yeah, here’s hoping this pairing makes it through. Kinda doubtful, seeing as how I could easily see you having Tamara sacrifice herself for either Ashino OR Jean (don’t ask me how, but I have that feeling), but I really hope not. Hell, I REALLY hope Ashino sacrifices himself for or just SHOWS Tamara in some significant way that he really does LOVE (not like) her.
But enough of the dreaming shipper, I liked this chapter, despite what the dire straits it’s left Cagalli’s character in, it was a helluva a solid chapter overall . . .
| Archangel2385 chapter 11 . 7/27/2010
I swear, NO ONE seems to know who they are messing with these days? (shakes head)
As predicted & alluded to, Yggdrasil (along with the Forest Prince & Sai) was behind the Clynatos’ abduction . . . and I really don’t know how I feel about that. I mean, there’s what I “should” feel, and then what I currently feel. On the one hand, what they are doing is one of THE cruelest things you can do, particularly to a fellow Newtype, and Sai, more than anyone else, should understand this, which suggests I should be appalled. But on the other hand, Sai is & has always been, if nothing else, a pragmatist, which normally would upset me, but I can’t be because the BOTTOM LINE is THEY ARE STILL ALIVE, which automatically waters my seed of hope that the Clynatos will be happily united . . . some day. With Kira (and the rest of Clynatos for that matter) be ultra-pissed at Yggdrasil & the Praetorians, sure; Kira might even happily expose Yggdrasil itself to White EDEN if he ever found out, but that’s many chapters away, though his reaction to this news sure will be volcanic to say the least.
Something I’ve been wondering more & more about Sai’s (and Leviathan’s, for that matter) telekinetic powers is, can it be blocked in any way? It would appear on, as I’ve never heard of anyone being able to really shield mental energy that’s become physical. Granted, we haven’t had any real encounters by 2 powerful telekinetics, but I do wonder if it’s possible, because if not, they are easily THE most broken individuals in all of RW, though interestingly enough, so is arguably WEAKER in an MS than outside, because you’d think it’d be harder to directly target another human body telekinetically in the midst of MS combat. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
I also wonder how the Clynatos are being held. For some reason, I’m picturing them being all strapped down, with a drip set up that feeds that a constant stream of Death Stalker venom 24/7 while the Forest Prince sits closely by, resonating with one or more Latent does to ensure the family link is not re-established . . .
As for Durandel, well his outstanding arrogance is principally why I started the review with that statement. I mean really Gil, HAVE YOU NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? It’s VERY easy for “one man” to change freakin’ HISTORY. We’ve seen it happen MULTIPLE times in CC and ED; hell, Gil ASPIRES to be the “one man” to change the course of humanity for generations to come, and he doesn’t have the record Kira does for saving/changing the world. Truly, his arrogance is most satirical, as it truly would be funny, if it just weren’t so . . . STUPID. And I can understand Noah warning Gil, because even if I hate Gil, I’d warn him to. There are simply some things that you shouldn’t even DREAM of doing, and this is most assuredly one of them. Oh well, let Gil learn the hard way, I just hope the hard way isn’t Kira killing Rey or Talia somehow . . . okay, Rey I wouldn’t mind, but Talia, I would be somewhat sad.
It was really nice to see Meyrin again, and especially to know that she’s still going somewhat strong. I was also pleasantly surprised to see her maintaining an above-average level of fitness . . . good . . . that will make the eventual jailbreak all the more exciting. Man-oh-man, when everyone at that F.E.A.R. facility does break out, there will be hell to pay, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the BCPUs took over during the fall of JIHAD. (shivers) Dang, I can’t wait . . .
As for the end, I hope Cagalli & Athrun enjoyed their last little romp in the sheets, because I can’t see them having another happy moment for much of RW.
Also, that whole “space-monster” remark by Allister REALLY irks me. As Black man, I am not, nor can I ever visualize myself being, okay with ANYONE using the N-word, and the same applies with space monster. It is a derogatory & inflammatory term and in my eyes, WILL ALWAYS BE a slur, so I felt some kinda way about its casual use by Allister, and then CAGALLI. And what’s more, the Coordinators present weren’t bothered in the slightest. Yeah, was NOT feeling that scene in the least . . .
Anyway, let the Nightmare on Orb Streets commence . . .
| Archangel2385 chapter 10 . 7/27/2010
You gotta be freakin’ KIDDING? Yes, that is my initial & still most prominent reaction to this chapter . . .
First off, you did a great job capturing the emotion of practically everyone involved, even Hiero, who didn’t even KNOW Lacus like that. That said, it felt like the funeral was kinda lacking, at least the private ceremony. I guess I expected to hear someone make a speech or something, similar to what we got when Vlad & James died. I mean, this is LACUS’S funeral after all. Didn’t really necessarily detract from the chapter, but it did feel kinda odd all the same.
That said, what has got me so ticked off is Cagalli & Orb’s reaction regarding the incident, which is utterly incredulous. Do they HONESTLY expect us to believe that they can build 10 meter Gundams in secret, but can’t sneak ONE squad of Stormhounds out to New EDEN to investigate Rex Lodge? I call utter BULL CRAP. HELLO, New EDEN is not monitored anywhere NEAR well enough for Durandel to notice Kira and even 20 Stormhounds leaving Orb (by underwater, if they are oh-so concerned about stealth), so don’t give me this BS excuse about it can’t be done, because it can.
Furthermore, a WMD was just unleashed on Earth that seemingly targets Edenites and yet they are MORE worried about the passage of a BILL to secure independence. Are they SERIOUS? Again, IF they really believe it wasn’t a natural forest fire, I’d THINK it’d be their responsibility as fellow HUMAN BEINGS to Edenites to also participate or assist in the investigation, however secretly they need to, which again, I KNOW they can do secretly. But instead, they are worried about their independence from Durandel, and while the rest of the world can just BURN. Am I exaggerating slightly, oh yes, even I, as hyped up as I am, can admit that, but it’s the freakin’ PRINCIPAL. Hell, FORGET the freakin’ world, they’d at least owe it to Lacus, Akira, and Aoi to bring their gosh-danged killers to justice, but they refuse to in favor of further a political agenda. Unbelievable, I’ve stuck with Orb through 2 canonical TV series, and over a million words of brilliant fanfiction, but I’m sorry, with this chapter, I’m officially no longer pro-Orb, this is inexcusable, and frankly, as wrong as Kira was, Cagalli is lucky to have gotten off with only a slap, because I really don’t know what I’d do if I were in Kira’s shoes.
On a lighter side, Frost’s reaction to the news was pretty dang hilarious, especially where he’s like, “You couldn’t keep her alive for a few more WEEKS?” I can perfectly picture his outrage, his voice is so clear; it’s almost as comical as when he realizes he’s been resurrected in Kira’s body and he’s talking to (a non-present) Noah going, “What’s WRONG with you?” LOL, sorry, I’m amused by some of the strangest things so time.
What was not so amusing though is what comes next, and I have chills just thinking about it . . . all-in-all, good chapter, wished there was more to the funeral scene and Orb is pissing me off something fierce, but still a good chapter.
| LordRevanMandaloreofZutara chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Upon further reflection, I feel that the Stormhounds should be slapped upside the head. They allowed emotion to cloud their judgment and have irrevocably damaged their working relationship with Kira. Here is what we know.
The year is 85 CE, and the level of sophistication in technology is high. It is not impossible to fake finger prints. Also, there is a substance that can change DNA on a fundamental level, Green EDEN. This makes all DNA evidence found suspect now since one cannot be sure if it has been changed by Green EDEN (there may be ways, I don’t know, still it should make the Stormhounds stop and think really hard), then we have Kira hitting Cagalli. Yes, he hit her, so what? If women want equality then give them equality. But that also means that social rules that grant them special courtesies (not being hit, pulling the doors open for them, etc) should be thrown out too. Cagalli ticked Kira off severely. It is understandable why she did it, but just because one can understand why she did it does not mean one has to agree with her. And Cagalli was actually the one at fault. Kira told her to leave him alone, to respect his personal space. She ignored him. In the process she was backhanded, hardly a malious action considering what Kira’s punches can do. It was an accident, one that Cagalli was at fault for causing. Hitting her does not mean that Kira is going crazy. In fact I think that is one of the sanest things he has ever done. (Go Kira, go Kira, go Kira! Take her down, strip her of her power! Throw her in the dungeon!)
Also, I feel that Alkire and Raine should have given Kira the benefit of the doubt, if they were trying to solve this peacefully. As much as I despise him, Kira has saved Orb’s bacon more times then I can count. I think that counts for something in times like these. You know the whole, don’t bite the hand that feeds you thing. I mean just how ungrateful can these people be? They are his friends and yet they are turning on him like Benedict Arnold turned on us Americans. Where is the loyalty? Where is the family/friendly love? I can only shake my head and the shallowness of their devotion to each other.
And Raine really ticks me off here. Anything taken out of context can be condemning. If I was quoting that Roman emperor who wished all humanity had one neck, but someone else said to another person that I said “I wish humanity had but one neck so I could kill them all with one strike (or however it goes)” then they would make out like I was a wannabe killer, and they would be dead wrong. The fact that she and Alkire reacted so badly to Kira’s words shows how unprofessional they are being right now. Cy should have handled First Contact, not these two bozos. He would have had the decency to hear Kira out and not blame him senselessly for these acts.
I just had a thought. Is Raine being an aggressive feminist here? Because Kira did not punch Cagalli in the jaw, he backhanded her, after he told her not to touch him and to get away from him. Yes, I think that is the problem. Raine is being a feminist and is blaming Kira for what happened without truly thinking. Raine, KIRA DID NOT PUNCH CAGALLI IN THE MOUTH! HE BACKHANDED HER! THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! You look like an idiot right now, for not knowing the truth.
And about Alkire losing patience with Kira (about the time he starts calling him Mr. Yamato), well how well would you take it Alkire? How well would you take being told that you are the prime suspect in your sister’s rape and the assault of your best and oldest friends? Somehow I don’t think you will take it well. Stupid Natural…
(What the heck is wrong with me? Why am I defending Kira Yamato? Am I sick or something?)
| muciope chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Ouch. Gumline. More~
| Grand Zephyrus chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Ok lets see...Durandal and his entire little group needs to die...Frost REALLY needs to die and STAY dead this time...Noah needs to break out somehow and fix all the things hes screwed up. Man its just getting really hard to read this story. I've never seen characters get as messed up as they have in this.
| LordRevanMandaloreofZutara chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
(Sighs) Never mind. gatorfan got that honor... (sighs)
| LordRevanMandaloreofZutara chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
At last, Kira has been arrested, even if it is not for the true crimes he has committed. Ahhh, I cannot wait to see how this pans out.
Part 1: Calm Before the Storm
So we open this chapter to find Kira acting predictably, he is alone in his house, which is growing nastier by the day, doing nothing but drinking beer, acting all agnsty, and conducting a guerrilla war with a USN AI while trying to find the dirt he needs on Durandel to avenge Lacus and the kids’ “death”. How dull. Kira, it has been a month, cry me a river, build a bridge, get over it, and steal a boat already and go over to the Edenites to find out what they discovered at Rex Lodge. My, that man is an idiot. Why wait for Cagalli’s permission to go when your wife and children were burned to death? Show some initiative! Don’t be like the Russians, not stepping an inch outside of their orders! You are an Ultimate Coordinator! USE THE SKILLS YOUR FATHER GAVE YOU!
Part 2: Confrontation
So after the boring first part, we get to the good stuff. Now recently I was watching the Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest Criminals (something, I forgot the number). In one of the clips the police had to cut the criminal’s pants off because he was stuck in a pizzeria’s air shaft. One of the commentators said, “Really, you HAD to cut his pants off?” That is what I feel about Raine and Alkire coming to ask for Kira’s surrender. Really, did they have to be all nice about this? I agree with Skyfall. Raine and Alkire did not do a good job of acting civil toward Kira. I mean, for all his talk of having an “understanding” with Kira, Alkire did a pretty good job of moving things to the “beat the UC down into the ground and kick him mercilessly while he is down so we poor naturals can have a chance of bringing the Übermensch in for questioning/torture”. Which is fine. I always welcome a chance for Kira to get his face shoved into the dirt and a boot pressed on his neck to push him further down into the muck. The problem I have with Alkire is that he is misrepresenting himself. Alkire lied. He should have just said to Cy, “Grey, we are going to go to Serenity Island, lull Kira into a false sense of security, tick him off with our accusations and proof, maybe make him say a few things about our aborted child so we can be legitimately angry at him, then proceed to stomp his whinny, angst self into the mud and delight Asmus in showing how many Untermenschen it takes to pound a Übermensch into the dirt.” If he had simply done that then I would find no fault with him. Since he tried to work things out “peacefully” when he really just wanted to stomp Kira, I will call him on that. Alkire/Raine, YOU TWO ARE LIARS! SHAME ON YOU!
And about the baby, I really don’t see what the problem is. I mean, yes, losing a child is bad, but why does that have to stop Raine and Alkire from having children? They could build one of those Artificial Wombs that Kira was created in (they should have the specs for it, or Orb should be able to create one relatively easily.), they could clone her a new reproductive system, or they could use a surrogate mother with Raine’s egg and Alkire’s sperm. So they really only have themselves to blame for not having any biological children. And while I will admit that Kira’s comment was crossing the line, it is not like he hasn’t experienced a large personal tragedy. He has common ground with them and it shouldn’t be as bad when he messed up. Wow, I can’t believe I actually defended Kira… Amazing.
Part 3: The Fight
This part was incredibly enjoyable. Not only did Kira lose, he also caused a great deal of pain to the Stormhounds while he was at it. And unlike Asmus, I do not think you went overboard here. Kira is a UC, a powerful one at that. He has had over a decade to grow in his Ascended State, and his is a trained Gundam Fighter with decent skills in Hand to Hand combat. He is also empowered with his Seed. So I found the fight both realistic and enjoyable.
One of the best parts was when Kira took the Zapper and electrocuted Alkire through the balls. Ahh, that was a good scene. Alkire is not without crimes, and he too deserves punishment for his role in the Ascendancy of the USN. And for acting mean to Noah when they captured him. I still remember that Alkire. You will pay, oh you will pay for that…
Part 4: Frost
And here at last we have Frost working over Athrun. It was… unsatisfying. Yes, Frost caused Athrun a lot of pain, but all he really did was smack Athrun around a few times and nail him to the wall. Not as bad as it was with Cagalli. Now if you had continued with the drill, that had some potential. That would have really put a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, since I am going to the dentist tomorrow. But you did not. Hopefully next time. Athrun’s crimes are almost as high as that of Kira, Lacus, and Durandel’s. His efforts to stop the AMP cannon shot have killed untold numbers of Edenites while allowing Durandel greater number of troops to command. Aside from the three mentioned above, Athrun has done more to ensure the usherance of a new Dark Age, which is more sinister by the lights of perverted science. His crimes are great, and so should too be his punishment. I look forward to your next chapter. I hope you will show us more of what Frost is doing to Athrun.
And YAY! I am the 200th Reviewer for RW! I am also not leaving a signed review just in case I think of something else.
| gatorfan chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
I knew that meeting wouldn't go well, though I didn't expect it to go that badly. It was sad to hear about Raine and Alkire's tragedy. I'm sure Kira didn't mean to say that, but it opened up a huge can of worms that couldn't be closed.
Poor Athrun. I have no idea how he'll survive the night Frost has planned for him. I'm still stumped as to how Frost will be defeated.
Keep the updates coming.
| Caleb Dykes chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Kira can make it up to Raine later in the story by oh I don't know asking Cyprus for some of Raines blood as he leaves for Garden City so he can have a womb cloned for her and then sent to her as an I'm sorry. I mean underneath it all it's still Kira just with less leanient morals on the battle field. And we all know that he heard her say how dissapioned Lacus would be with him and if nothing else that would force him to act. Plus I fell really bad for Raine and this is just a good excuease to help her. Though I faintly remember Noah saying he could clone Mayren a new woumb if he had to so it should be easy for the Edenites.
P.S. Since u have to be about 30 for the second peburty to happen on it's own is every UC considered 7 or so from a certine standpoint. Because they were reborn 7 years ago it would explain why their aren't any others yet. They still have to grow up and any one who survived the transformation would have at least 30 years left and then some if UCs can live to be 300.
| Byron12 chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Damn kira has finally lost it and he put up a good fight against the stormhounds frost is just a monster damn
| Asmus chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Thoughts about Lilia aside, I can't say I'm really satisfied with this chapter.
Oh, sure, the Athrun and Frost part was very good. And I guess this is the part where the crowd goes "Hat-trick!". I really do feel sorry for Frost's victims, they can't even fall unconscious to escape the horror.
The very last sentence really made me wince. My visits to the dentist will never be the same...
Besides, dental torture is seen as among the most painful and brutal methods of them all.
Furthermore, it looks like Athrun is in much bigger trouble than Cagalli or the kids were. If Frost doesn't call the police, it could take days, even weeks until someone finds Athrun. By then he'll probably be dead. Therefore, either someone, unexpectedly interrupts Frost and manages to call for help, or Frost will do it himself.
Now the part that made me frown. First of all, it was shocking to find out what kind of ghosts Alkire and Raine have in their pasts. Even without the death of their child, it was horrible, throwing in that last bit made me wonder how can they be truly sane after all that.
After that comment I really wished Raine had shot Kira. Alkire is right, there are lines you don't cross.
Lastly, the fight.
Sorry, but I don't buy it. While the hand to hand part was plausible, considering Kira's abilities, the amount of damage and effort it required to take him down was too much for me.
Taking rubber bullets, tasers, sedatives, those metal crosses, Alkire's foot without any real damage is not possible. Yes, he is an Edenite, but the scene made him look more like CC-era Frost.
By all means, his hands should have been useless after those metal crosses, not to mention that piston.
The taser, applied right to the neck, should have done the job.
As for the rubber bullets, they're usually strong enough to crack bones, despite being a non-lethal weapon. Furthermore, they actually do tend to pierce the skin, just not all the way through. They tend to remain half-burrowed or hanging from the skin (if the target has very little or no clothes covering the body).
I know you wanted to make the scene impressive, but I think you went a little overboard.
| OrangeP47 chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
So much darkness this chapter. I love it! Though the conversation with Kira was also... uncomfortable, to say the least. I enjoyed the expanded background bits, even if it was about the darker sections of the characters' past. On the bright side, it was nice to see what his house was like. The fight was interesting. It was good, in a wierd sort of way, like a good-sad type thing. Can't really describe it, but yeah.
As for the second section, I think I figured out why I like Frost. It's how he's so casual about what he does, talking about all these horrible things as if he's ordering fast food. It makes his actions have a quality of normalness that makes them feel alright, yet when one takes a step back to look at them, are anything but right.
| Knightmare Gundam of Ni chapter 14 . 7/26/2010
Hoooo boy...Well, to start off my review on the relatively lighter side, and thankfully, the first part, my thoughts on Kira's confrontation with Alkire and company are two-fold.
On the one hand, I'm rather disappointed that things as they were, broke down so quickly. I'd kinda thought things would be tense, but still work out with Kira indeed going with them...peacefully.
On the other, I found Kira's thought processes during his counter-attack after Raine opening fire rather glee-inducing, almost rapturous after so long of that rather unrealistic mindset of his...and considering all that he'd gone through recently, it is rather realistic for things to turn out this way. Although, even under the circumstances, I don't think Kira would have made that unborn baby faux pas, intentionally or not.