|Reviews for Armed and Dangerous|
| TheEverHummingGirl chapter 4 . 7/8/2013
I really enjoyed this story. It was well written and very touching. I could easily imagine all this happening in TCW. Great job!
I would recommend reading Karen Traviss's Clone Wars books. The first one follows the events of the movie but with more detail. And the second, No Prisoners, is about Rex and Ahsoka on a mission to rescue and undercover agent. Thought I'd suggest those since you seem to like Rex and Ahsoka.
| Guest chapter 4 . 6/11/2013
Wow, the conversation between Fives and Rex kinda matches my feeling in the Army now. Back to promoting the butt-kissers (to put it politely) and the PT studs. Kicking those who were good enough for war, but not good enough for peacetime, sometimes in dirty ways. It really sucks.
| xUltimateBladzex chapter 1 . 3/14/2013
I love this story its honestly my THIRD favorite story on this website
| Aim chapter 4 . 3/12/2013
I love reading your stories ... I just hate when they are short. Loved it though :)
| Queen chapter 4 . 3/11/2013
This was such a wonderful vignette. The fallout from Ahsoka's departure is going to be resonating a long time, and focusing on the men she's leaving behind - not just Anakin, but the rest of the 501st - shows a really poignant part of her departure.
The season 5 finale really was Ahsoka's Umbara, as you put it here. Her leaders failed her, and she was left alone. Having Rex discuss this with Fives makes so much sense as well - they both are doubting their place in the war, especially after Umbara, and aren't afraid to talk about what's going on around them, how the GAR is deteriorating.
I love how you drew out the difference between Rex and Ahsoka as well, in why one left and the other stayed. Rex isn't alone. Not yet. Not until the clone troopers become stormtroopers, at least. The GAR, the 501st, Torrent - they are his family, his brothers, and even if the leadership is failing them, they have his back and he knows they're there - and that he needs to be there for them. That's a very powerful reason to stay.
The discussion on who is rising through the ranks is also an interesting aspect. Appo is going to have to rise pretty fast to go from sergeant to Commander by the time ROTS rolls around, and we seem to be coming up on it. I keep wondering if we're going to see a pregnant Padme one of these days. I do wonder about promotions though - with Ahsoka's departure, will Rex be promoted to Commander Rex? Or will we get a story involving Appo being promoted instead...?
Love the final image here, of Rex looking out over the marshal yard and barrack, with the white armored clone troopers marching below. They're still clone troopers, but that sort of image is so reminiscent of the scenes we get in the OT, of stormtroopers massing. Very eerie and reinforces the dark feeling of this piece.
Wonderful work. :)
| Eregnar chapter 4 . 3/8/2013
Get out Rex. Take your best men, and get out while you still can.
This was a rather painful chapter to read. It did a great job capturing the emotions. I just hope is doesn't drag me down too much...
| Jade-Max chapter 4 . 3/8/2013
Well, you already know I think you hit the nail on the head with this piece when it comes to foreshadowing, but I'm actually going to touch on a little of everything. I just want to say, 'security' factors and precautions really lend to the illicit and treasonous feel of their discussion.
Just sayin' ;)
To start with, the opening of this piece is powerful, if predictable, with Rex reflecting on the fact that Ahsoka has left of her own accord.
The things that stick out about it most for me are the fact he's so distracted, he doesn't even recognize the buzzing of his own comlink; tries to fall into the familiar patterns of his day and can't; his recollection of the embrace he shared with Ahsoka; the fact he feels 'robbed' [that's huge] and the small messages he's memorized for her favorite brothers.
Side note; it makes me curious if she made him memorize one for Fives...
Fives bursting in is exactly how I would picture his reaction upon hearing the news. That he doesn't press Rex when Rex admits to being 'off his game' is a nice touch as it leads into Fives realizing Ahsoka left of her own accord.
Fives is well aware that Ahsoka and Rex are close and probably can guess what he's feeling - especially after losing Echo. Part of Fives [subconsciously I think] is probably comparing the situations since Rex was visibly closer to the Padawan than any brother. They've both lost the closest people to them and, as such, it feels like Fives is acknowledging that - but envious. If Echo had chosen to 'walk away', I have no doubt Fives would have gone with him.
But I digress ;)
Fives asking if she came to say goodbye, I feel, is really a nod to what he knows Rex must be feeling. Almost as if asking if his vod is okay and the body language you've chosen to use fascinates me. I will forever see that bloody ARC playing with a forelock now. It's endearing - right before he proceeds to talk about eviscerating the Jedi Council lol!
The empathy and understand between brothers is fascinating to read with the give and take that happens through their discussion. Rex being off and Fives drawing him out; Fives getting upset and Rex calming him down; Rex being stoically accepting and Fives challenging him.
It all fits so well with the dynamic, both of them understanding what the other is feeling, linked in ways that only shared experiences can - which inevitably leads back to Umbara and the inspired comparison between what Fives and Rex went through on Umbara and what Ahsoka has just been through.
I love, love, -love- that Fives challenges Rex on why he didn't go with Ahsoka - and Rex's answer, once he's able to give it, makes perfect sense in character. [His slip up about children is intriguing and makes me wonder 1) why Fives didn't call him on it and 2) just what he's thinking]
The GAR is his family; his brothers are what drive him to do what he does and are now his only reason for staying. Protecting them as best he can and working a broken system is only going to last so long though and Fives is right in saying that not only should Rex be turning down promotions left right and centre, but that the status quo they're living in can't last forever.
The general ominous feel is only enhanced by the scene they're watching, lending it a very Empire-esq feel that is just so out of place with Fives and Rex as characters.
Fives is very astute and the foreshadowing you use is effective; knowing that the time isn't right yet; that he'll see Ahsoka again [I sure hope so!]; that the time is coming when Rex will have to make the right choice for himself and no for his men or anyone else, just him... he's as selfless as they get, sacrificing himself for the greater good, but *sighs* at some point that becomes too much and he'll have to make his own choices.
Gonna be a tough decision for Rex, I think. I like that you have Fives, whom Rex respects and listens to, be the one to point this out. Fives, I have no doubt, will do what's right too.
And excellent, powerful piece that really makes one admire just how much thought you've put into it and how well you understand these characters.
Bravo, my friend; bravo!
| laloga chapter 4 . 3/8/2013
Very nice! Great way to cap off the mini-series. :)
Loved the camaraderie between Rex and Fives; Umbara really brought them closer together, so this conversation about (eventual) desertion feels like a natural extension of the talk they had at the end of that arc.
*...Rex's eyes idly followed each man's impeccable footstep, stepping to a familiar rhythm that was as drilled into his being as that of his own heartbeat.* Awesome image and sentiment. :) This is *so* very Rex.
Great job with Rex's assertion that he's where he needs to be, right now. I definitely feel that it would take a *lot* for Rex to willingly desert the GAR, and agree that even a moment like this, with someone he's so close to leaving, would not be enough to make him follow. It's been made very clear to us through the course of the show that Rex's highest duty is to his brothers, and you illustrated that wonderfully here.
"Men like Sergeant Appo and Commander Wolffe are the ones that are climbing the ranks, not you and me." Hmm...not *quite* accurate, since Fives has been promoted to ARC trooper pretty recently, (within a year or so, I imagine? Hard timelines are tough to nail down in TCW, though), and Wolffe has been a commander since Season One, at least as long as Rex has been a captain, I imagine.
Good point about Appo, though. I imagine he'll have to rise through the ranks pretty quickly if he's to be a commander by RotS. (Hopefully we'll get to see that on-screen at some point - but I'm not holding my breath. :P) I also liked the mention of Rex turning down promotions in order to remain a captain; I feel that's very much within his character to want to stay where he thinks he can do the most good, and stay close to Anakin and the men he's come to know so well. A commander, I think, has to be a little more removed from his men, simply because he has so many of them to be responsible for, and has to - by necessity - take a more "big picture" approach. :)
Awesome piece! :D
| LadyZelthePen chapter 4 . 3/6/2013
Wow! I just... I have no words. I love the comparison of Umbara with what Ahsoka has just gone through; masterfully played, my friend. I could really see Rex and Fives having this conversation, and I think you hit quite a few good points. Things are changing, and we all know it's coming close to the end.
I really enjoyed this. I would say more, but... Wow.
| admiraljoshhar chapter 4 . 3/5/2013
I absolutely loved this story, especially the final chapter. It really frustrates me that nobody, not even Padme, pointed out the obvious fact you had Rex notice right off the bat- that Ahsoka NEVER KILLED ANY CLONES! That fact alone should have been a huge bit of evidence in her favor! But at least Rex's only line i know of besides the titular "armed and dangerous" was in support of Ahsoka.
I really love how you develop Rex and Fives' characters with this conversation- how they begin to notice the fall of the Republic around them- which is certainly in character for them as early batch "independant thinking clones, considering all of their experience in the war. I can only hope that the show's writers do as well in noting the likely development that they'll disagree with Order 66.
I also enjoyed your use of Mandalorian terms in appropriate areas. They're not as Mando as the commandos but they've clearly been influenced by the culture of their template.
Here's hoping the writers find a way to keep the characters we know and love alive through episode three!
On that note, once again this was a very well writen professional quality story and I look forward to reading many more!
| DoubleEO chapter 4 . 3/5/2013
This is good! :). You're right, it was Ahsoka's "Umbara". I wonder if we'll ever find out the fate of Ahsoka and Rex.
| Kelana-ti chapter 4 . 3/4/2013
Oh my goodness! I freaking love this chapter! Rex and Fives talking of treason. :D But we can't forget Jesse and Kix!
Yeah, I can just feel Order 66 on the horizon. I don't care what the director of CW says (that he'll keep making seasons as long as people watch it) As far as I'm concerned, Order 66 happens next season.
Have you read the Republic Commando series? This chapter felt very much like those books. Clan Skirata would like Rex, Fives, and Ahsoka.
Oh, and plural di'kut is di'kute. P: just so you know...
| LongLiveTheClones chapter 4 . 3/4/2013
Wow! Loved this! Great final piece for the finale. So much heavy emotions going on here and the finale was so ripe for emotional underpinnings.
Fives was the perfect one to come in and have this discussion with Rex. This was Ahsoka's Umbara. Amazing analogy! Asking Rex why he didn't leave was such a powerful moment, and now the seed has been planted in Rex's head that it is not a question of whether he can leave, but when. Brilliant Fives, just brilliant. Loved the whole scene. I can see both Rex and Fives leaving now.
| impoeia chapter 3 . 3/3/2013
I think you really cut down to the essence of this arc in this fic. This is not just about truth and justice, but about ideas and ideology; the things we value, with which we define ourselves, by which others define us and to which we stand. Rex and Wolffe represent two very different ideologies in this case. Rex may support and believe in the system, but his experiences have led him to be able to question the ideologies he was fed on Kamino and to see them as less then perfect. He has grown to value experience and to let experience govern his faith in the things he believes in; such as Ahsoka's honor, her inability to hurt clones, her innocence and good nature in general.
Wolffe on the other hand, is a man whose ideology is very much rooted in the system and in the laws that govern it. He is very steadfast in this belief, just like Rex is in his and that, at the bottom of it, is the source of almost every conflict. Neither man is willing to back off from what they believe in and that is sad, but I like how you made it clear that Wolffe's stance on things is not necessarily bad. In simpler times, that is what would make him a good citizen, but it makes it hard for him to see things from a different point of view. It's not impossible to shake him, and you showed that, but it is hard. But then, Rex is not really different.
This is the heart of the argument when it comes to conflict, whose opinion, whose take on the truth is the right one and I love how you made this into this miniature scene between two men who are supposed to be identical, but who are so very different. It shows that you can never just group people into one category; whether they are clones or Jedi.
And as usual, this entire story was well written and just so interesting. Loved the different point of view on events.
| Jade-Max chapter 3 . 2/27/2013
The set up at the beginning of this chapter is what makes it for me. Rex reflecting on the fact he's helpless to help her and why; carefully weighing his choices and struggling to give her what comfort he can by just the hand on her shoulder all the while feeling every discomfort of hers almost like it's his own.
That whole beginning really sets the scene.
Wolffe's being Wolffe and I'm not surprised he can't understand Rex's defense of Ahsoka. I mean, as Rex points out, Wolffe has no experience with Ahsoka and, as a direct result, doesn't -know- her. He doesn't know the kind of person she is; he doesn't know just how far she'll go and to what lengths to save the troopers.
His ingenious idea to ask about casualties is exactly the kind of thing that I'd expect from Rex. His faith in Ahsoka isn't exactly shaken here, but he certainly reaffirms it by getting the story from the Commander.
*snicker* Rex giving Wolffe hell was hilarious though and by far my favorite lines of the piece: "From your report, I take it you owe her your life. That's typical for Commander Tano, I can assure you." Removing his hand from Ahsoka's shoulder for a second, Rex extended it towards his fellow officer. "Welcome to the club."" - Rex, you're a scamp :p
I find it hilarious that he brings this to Wolffe's attention and, as a result, basically under cuts his objections. Rex then, after leaving the Commander reeling, does what he really wants. He offers Ahsoka what support he can.
Risky move on his part, but I think worth it. For all the Generals are focused on bringing her in, Anakin's touch to Ahsoka's hand after they stun her really showed [to me any way] his desire to do more; to hold her maybe. If he were to turn and find Rex offering that buffer - and a show of support - I don't know that Anakin would say anything or do anything. Ahsoka has few enough friends in that gunship; honestly, I think he'd be happy to know Ahsoka's got someone else in her corner.
So, that said, Rex's 'gamble' isn't so much a gamble in my eyes when it comes to the Jedi. Wolffe on the other hand... with him still reeling and going over Rex's comments, it's a risky move here because this could come back on Rex later.
Not the point of the piece though ;)
It's rather sweet and touching having him offer Ahsoka a buffer from the elements, using his body as a shield and really giving her the only protection he can in those moments. You handle his moments between them very well; his faith in her, the belief that she'll pull through and everything... it's very poignant - speaking even.
I like how this is you having Rex 'saying goodbye' - a very powerful moment and a great way to end this little trio of ficlets... for the moment. Honestly, I hope to see more; these are great!