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Real name: Crystine Decepticon
Member Since: 18/06/07
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Reviews by Crystine
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Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Starscream (G1,G2,BW,MW,RM)
Genre: Essay
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1120 - Hits: 850
Complete?: Yes - Published: 11/09/00 - Last Updated: 11/09/00
Reviewer: Crystine Signed
Date: 13/03/17 Title: Chapter 1: The Real Heroes Of The Story

My response to this essay can be found here.

Thundercracker defects to the Autobots but only finds disillusionment. (Now with new material by the author).

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 20863 - Hits: 3515
Complete?: Yes - Published: 17/04/03 - Last Updated: 17/04/03
Reviewer: Crystine Signed
Date: 10/03/17 Title: Chapter 1: Coming Clean

There's no doubt that you are able to evoke emotion with your writing. However, I was disappointed because, with such captivating writing skills, I couldn't deny the observation that your characterizations, particularly for pretty much all the Decepticons, other than TC, were unjustifiably over-the-top and unrealistic, reduced to two-dimensional plot devices for the sole purpose of giving TC a reason for defecting.

I could probably write a 10,000 word thesis on this subject. The essay itself isn't that long, but I believe I have put forward strong factual evidence to support my claims.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Essay
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3109 - Hits: 1134
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/06/02 - Last Updated: 06/06/02
Reviewer: Crystine Signed half star
Date: 13/03/17 Title: Chapter 1: The Lack Of Strategic Diversity: Why The Decepticons Can Never Win

This essay appears to be heavily biased towards the Autobots. You claim that "The Decepticons have very little in the way of strategic diversity, rather, their ranks are simply filled with soldiers, the majority of whom although are very powerful, excellent warriors, are not highly intelligent, many of them have doubts as to the war, the Decepticon cause, and their places in it." Yet an in-depth study of the Decepticons reveals quite the opposite, in fact; many are multi-skilled and quite adaptable in their own right, with a strong sense of purpose and belonging, but that would be a topic for another essay entirely. This is just one of the many blatant assumptions about the Decepticons presented in this essay with no solid evidence or examples to back them up. Even the outlined list of Autobots are the most pacifistic individuals one finds within their ranks; so they are less war-like... how does this help the argument that the Decepticons can never win because of their apparant lack of "strategic diversity", whch is what your main argument is based on? You'll have to do better than that.

This first installation of the Tragic Kingdom Trilogy, is about a unique Quintesson experiment which was inspired by loopholes in dialogue or just scenery that was suggestive, but never explained. An Obscure Mission follows G1's Dweller In The Depth

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 35923 - Hits: 1383
Complete?: Yes - Published: 25/01/03 - Last Updated: 25/01/03
Reviewer: Crystine Signed
Date: 11/04/17 Title: Chapter 1: An Obscure Mission

I spent time reading this so I thought I should leave my thoughts on it. It's got a good variety of emotion, action and back story, but ultimately falls short on delivery. It gets confusing at times, and it is hard to understand the reasons for some of the characters' interactions and attitudes toward the heroine. Speaking of which, my biggest issue with this story lies with Primary herself. She is a highly idealized character with very unrealistic abilities who not only elicits an uncanny admiration and respect from most (if not all) of the other characters, regardless of faction, rank or ability, but she also, essentially, saves the day (many times). Unfortunately she is the quintessential Mary Sue, and I really cannot stand Mary Sues as they always ruin what would otherwise have been a decent story.

Bluestreak and Thundercracker meet under less than ideal circumstances. Will there be a meeting of the minds?

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 4560 - Hits: 952
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/03/04 - Last Updated: 04/10/04
Reviewer: Crystine Signed star star star star star
Date: 10/03/17 Title: Chapter 1: Thunderstruck

This was an enjoyable read and one of the best Thundercracker fics of all time, in my opinion. In such a short story, you managed to convey his personality and essence perfectly, without the need to over-state it or convolute it. TC's forgiveness and Bluestreak's wanting to reciprocate in kind was, for me, the best part of this ficlet. The reactions from the rest of the Autobots were also a nice touch and, all in all, it was nicely realistic throughout. Rating of 10.

Tiring of the endless practical jokes and Skywarp's lazy ways, Starscream and Megatron plan a little surprise of their own Skywarp.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Comedy
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 11111 - Hits: 693
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/11/04 - Last Updated: 06/11/04
Reviewer: Crystine Signed star star star star star
Date: 05/03/17 Title: Chapter 1: Skywarp Gets His

Love this very funny story!