Reviews for Dodging the Lightning
Guest chapter 8 . 4/24
Thank you! This episode was in my opinion he most heart breaking next to 100. I could never get past the adoptive parents choice to allow Sarah to die (we know they knew full well why Morgan and Elle were there and they kept Riley hidden purely to avoid having to give him up!) I don't know how they felt no guilt or shame every time they looked at Riley, knowing he should be with his mother and that they held the key to her freedom this whole time.
I don't get how Hotch (a parent) could tell them to walk away. (It wasn't Gideon's call!) and I am so glad you wrote this! Now I can just pretend she didn't die :p
Child of Dreams chapter 8 . 9/9/2016
I absolutely love it!
CMCity chapter 8 . 5/14/2013
Thank you for finishing the story. I'm glad I got to see what you had in mind for Sarah Jane. Now that I understand your drive behind the story, it is easier to accept this version. I even like it!
If you want to bring back more people from the dead, I know that many Reid fans would love a rewrite of Zugzwang, so that he could save Maeve. There's also Haley who did not deserve to die in 100. It would be nice if Jack never lost his mother. Don't bring back Foyet, though, please. ;-)
CMCity chapter 7 . 8/18/2012
I find the premises of your story very interesting as I, too, felt like they had no right to let an innocent person commit suicide via legal system. However, I don't agree that Morgan and Greenway didn't know what was going on. The parents thanked them for leaving and they knew why. I also don't believe they would have dared to make a promise that the boy would never find out anything. They could not promise that since they knew the parents would at least have had to testify that Byron was not their biological child and that they guarantee the toothbrush was Byron's and not tempered with. And then there's the press. It was impossible to keep it from the boy.
The episode works only because they ran out of time to fix things for Sarah Jane. They knew they could not protect the boy unless a lot of people agreed to look elsewhere during the retrial. Impossible. It would have been more ethical for us to watch the team come up with Riley's identity AFTER his mom' execution, but then there would not have been the teary goodbye scene with the martyred woman. For TV drama, they had to do it this way.
It may seem callous that the team let her die, but someone who works in the system sees a lot of injustice every day and they know the toll on a woman who's been in prison for twelve years and has been blaming herself for looking the other way when her husband was busy in his workshop all this time. She wanted her death to be redemptive, to have meaning. Without it, living had no value for her. I think that's what Gideon understood and allowed. It was all done out of love, if you can believe that.
I don't know how you will end the story. I'm glad you did not let Byron swallow the lies, but the boy will not ever be the same again once he knows who his father is. Meeting his mother can't fix it.
Gemini-Victoria chapter 5 . 6/23/2012
i just re-watched this episode and no where in there is there any mention that Hotch said they had the wrong boy. in fact they were forced to leave because she had been executed and it was too late to do anything.

G-V