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Real name: Charl
Member Since: 06/12/01
Membership Status: Administrator

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Reviews by Charl
Cyclonus flies over a darkened Cybertron.

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

Series: Decepticon Leaders
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 280 - Hits: 1021
Complete?: Yes - Published: 03/07/00 - Last Updated: 03/07/00
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 25/05/08 Title: Chapter 1: Night Patrol

Truly beautiful and evocative.

An ancient archive file, belonging to Predacon spymaster Thinpipe, is discovered and played.

Rated: G
Categories: Crossovers > The Goon Show, Generation One, Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Comedy
Location: Library

Series: Tales of the Intermezzo
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2008 - Hits: 922
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/05/08 - Last Updated: 01/05/08
Reviewer: Charl Signed
Date: 11/05/08 Title: Chapter 1: Goons

That was charming. I laughed out loud when I read the name 'Bluebomber'. Love the Goons. :-)

Starfire, a young Decepticon war orphan recently handed over to relatives in Crystal City, tries to give Elita One some advice on leadership and ends up making a deal with the Devil...

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: MUSH Log
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3614 - Hits: 576
Complete?: Yes - Published: 22/12/01 - Last Updated: 22/12/01
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star half star
Date: 24/12/01 Title: Chapter 1: The Color Pink

I hate pink too!

A long awaited resolution to the climax in Revelations, as the Maximals try to recover in the wake of Black Storm's break down and Rhinox struggles to save her. *Part Two now up.*

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 9623 - Hits: 651
Complete?: Yes - Published: 22/02/04 - Last Updated: 22/02/04
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 30/12/01 Title: Chapter 1: Recovery

Excellent stuff! I'm sorry to hear that this is the last we'll be hearing of Black Storm, both the character and the author!

Waspy takes the day off...

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Comedy
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1932 - Hits: 1258
Complete?: Yes - Published: 31/12/01 - Last Updated: 31/12/01
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star half star
Date: 31/12/01 Title: Chapter 1: Waspinator's Day Off

Ouch! I feel sorry for poor old Waspy! ;-)

Rodimus Prime takes over after Optimus's death, and learns a few things about his predecessor.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2797 - Hits: 1569
Complete?: Yes - Published: 03/01/02 - Last Updated: 03/01/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 03/01/02 Title: Chapter 1: Changing of the Guard

Fantastic submission! Phantom makes her characters seem so alive! You almost feel that you're in Optimus Prime's old room, looking over his things.

What was not shown in the BotCon 2001 comic, but gives the plot a completely different direction.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 909 - Hits: 1193
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/06/02 - Last Updated: 01/06/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 07/06/02 Title: Chapter 1: Beyond The Obvious

A good response to the Botcon comic!

Won't he ever learn? Starscream in a familiar situation. To the tune of "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes. This one practically wrote itself!

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Song Parody
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 167 - Hits: 794
Complete?: Yes - Published: 16/06/02 - Last Updated: 16/06/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 16/06/02 Title: Chapter 1: Megatron

This song parody had me LOL! It's perfect! I can just see Starscream singing this!

featured story Bluestreak witnesses something that bothers him enough to keep his own nightmares at bay.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 6108 - Hits: 4029
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/07/02 - Last Updated: 01/07/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 20/12/02 Title: Chapter 1: Though I Walk Through The Shadow

A very well-written psychological viewpoint of the war. Good stuff! :-)

A Quintesson trap sends Strafe, Lightspeed, Cyclonus and Scourge into Cybertron's distant history. And if there aren't any Decepticons around to harbor Cyclonus until he can return... well, he'll just have to convert someone!

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Romance and Adventure
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 11025 - Hits: 1380
Complete?: Yes - Published: 12/07/02 - Last Updated: 12/07/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 12/07/02 Title: Chapter 1: Seeing Past the Sigil

What a great fanfic! Great characterizations, great use of Beta (now there's a character that didn't get enough air time) and the fact that I didn't have to fix a single spelling mistake is certainly a plus for this admin! Wish all the submissions were like this one! ;-)

The year is 2044. A faction of Decepticons has been living in isolation on a distant world since Megatron took power, but they're about to be suddenly thrust into the modern era. And their leader has a plan to conquer it...

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 28127 - Hits: 1620
Complete?: Yes - Published: 21/07/02 - Last Updated: 21/07/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 21/07/02 Title: Chapter 1: The Key to the Destroyer

Awesome series and it's getting better!

Short and sweet fic about the birth of a Decepticon. It is also possible to read this fic from a normalverse point of view.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 445 - Hits: 1681
Complete?: Yes - Published: 09/08/02 - Last Updated: 09/08/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 09/08/02 Title: Chapter 1: Born of Light

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but the last line of this submission came as a surprise. I didn't guess who the speakers were. But the moment I read the last line, I realised I should have. After all, there's only one telepathic Decepticon dad! Great work, Kevona!

This ballad is an original tune written in the style of the old-time folk songs and ballads from the Appalachian Mountains of the South Eastern United States. This song was written in a passion to keep old-time and roots music alive- with a modern t

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 230 - Hits: 617
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/09/02 - Last Updated: 14/09/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 14/09/02 Title: Chapter 1: The Ballad Of The Silver Soldier

You've written music for this? I'd love to hear it! :-)

Response to the "Wheelie's Revenge" fic challenge on the Allspark a while back. We were challenged to write a serious fic about Wheelie... This little fifteen-minute fright was my answer... May continue as a real fic if the bug bites me. ^.~

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 219 - Hits: 1716
Complete?: Yes - Published: 06/10/02 - Last Updated: 06/10/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/10/02 Title: Chapter 1: Cackle

It's been 5 minutes and I'm still laughing because of this fanfic. Excellent! I just *knew* Wheelie was EVIL! :-)

Whoops! The Autobots get a message from Gandalf to pack up and leave, as their volcano is cursed. TF/LOTR Crossover.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One, Crossovers > Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genre: Comedy
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2541 - Hits: 2194
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/01/03 - Last Updated: 01/01/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 19/12/02 Title: Chapter 1: It's Not Mt. St. Hilary, It's Mt. Doom!

That was the funniest fanfic I've read all year! I particularly loved the way it sank into utter madness - the banana chucking elves, Megatron's turd obsession. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel *hint* *hint*! Will the Matrix get thrown into Mt Doom instead of the One Ring? Will Gollum show up and replace Wheelie? Will Gandalf replace his horse with a 4 wheel drive? These questions must be answered! :-)

When kidnapped by a powerful alien vessel, Soundwave must figure out how to keep himself and his warriors alive and alert Charr of the grave threat.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One, Crossovers > Star Trek
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 14977 - Hits: 4762
Complete?: Yes - Published: 20/12/02 - Last Updated: 20/12/02
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 20/12/02 Title: Chapter 1: Soundwave vs The Borg

Creepily enjoyable. The Borg have always given me the shivers, particularly the calm way they walk towards their victims and adapt to their victim's weapons. I got the shivers again when the whole lot of them turned and started walking towards Soundwave. Good work! :-)

Following the death of Optimus Prime, Elita-One reflects on her life and makes a disturbing epiphany about the nature of relationship with the Autobot leader and society in general. Warning: Not a fluffy love story.

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 2987 - Hits: 1041
Complete?: Yes - Published: 29/01/03 - Last Updated: 29/01/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 29/01/03 Title: Chapter 1: Dolly Doesn't Want to Play

This fanfic truly destroys the concept of the ‘girly, fluffy Autobot femme’ and points a finger at the way real life society treats women as well. Don’t miss this fanfic!

Sure, Blurr can be a pain, but have you ever wondered what life must be like for him?

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 537 - Hits: 1122
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/02/03 - Last Updated: 14/02/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star half star
Date: 14/02/03 Title: Chapter 1: In the Land of Turtles

A very interesting look at the world from Blurr's point of view. I never thought before how isolating Blurr's speed would be. Not to mention the fact that he must be permanently bored, waiting around for mechs to finish their sentences! ;-)

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Rated:
Categories: Orphan
Characters: None
Genre: None
Location: None

Series: Untitled series, Daria, Ionia , Aurora, Anna, ASWS, Aurora
Chapters: 0
Wordcount: 0 - Hits: 0
Complete?: No - Published: 31/12/69 - Last Updated: 31/12/69
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 28/02/03 Title: None

That's the best 'origin of Shockwave' fanfic that I've read!

In the wake of great change, Carly finds an unlikely kindred spirit. (Set after "The Rebirth.")

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 3071 - Hits: 1722
Complete?: Yes - Published: 20/04/03 - Last Updated: 20/04/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 20/04/03 Title: Chapter 1: For All the Days Left Long Behind

Who asked Carly’s permission to transform Daniel into a Headmaster? No one. This fanfic shows Carly’s reaction to Daniel’s transformation and it’s traumatic and very well written.

I think if there was ever an art-film made about the Transformers, this might be it. It will be pretty short. Optimus Prime is focused upon.

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

Series: N/A
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 741 - Hits: 605
Complete?: Yes - Published: 07/07/03 - Last Updated: 07/07/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star
Date: 07/07/03 Title: Chapter 1: We're The Machine

I wonder what event made Optimus reflect in that way? Perhaps the sequel will tell? :-)

Generation One Universe, the series begins again in this newly written story arc. The Nemesis pursues The Ark in a desperate attempt to stop them from looking for new energy sources. As the Autobots blast off from their homeworld they witness the horribl

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

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 4362 - Hits: 462
Complete?: Yes - Published: 22/12/03 - Last Updated: 22/12/03
Reviewer: Charl Signed half star
Date: 22/12/03 Title: Chapter 1: The Transformers Blast Off From Cybertron

Unintentional joke line of the year, “They lean into one another and kiss passionately, an odd thing for a robot to do, seeing how there is no stimulation in that area of their face.” Hello? Why are they doing it then?

Quite frankly I couldn’t bear this story and I’m still wondering why I validated it. It combines absurd contradictions about female Transformers and Transformers sex like the one above, with frankly misogynistic attitudes towards women and Prime is portrayed as a condescending idiot.

The contradictions start the moment female Transformers are mentioned. In the same paragraph the author says, “Sexual preference wasn't really in the nature of transformers, since they don't copulate or produce children on the biological nature” and “Optimus Prime and Elita One were destined lovers”.

Paragraph after paragraph follow where Optimus and Elita kiss and talk mushy to each other while the author insists that they’re not really being sexual, despite appearances to the contrary. It felt like being caught in a warped nature program.

[Nature Program Narrator]

And now we see the Autobot couple mating again, although they’re really not mating because Transformers don’t have sex.

[/Nature Program Narrator]

It’s fair enough to believe that Transformers are asexual but why have them talk mushy, kiss passionately and stare lovingly into each others’ optics while denying all the time that they’re being sexual? It would have been better to leave those parts out and simply show Elita and Optimus as friends.

Now we get to the condescension part, where Optimus dismisses Elita (a being equally as powerful as him) and she answers with gooey submission. Yes, that scene is similar to the one in the cartoon but it’s clear the author hasn’t read a lot of fanfic or he’d be familiar with what female fans think of this scene (here’s a hint, read “Decisions” by Fiona Walker on this site). The author doesn’t question Optimus’s attitude in the least, which is worrying because the cartoon is over 20 years old. Attitudes towards women in society have changed enormously in that time but the author is stuck in a time warp!

The author’s attitude timewarp is further exemplified by the descriptions (unquestioned by him) of female Transformers being built as slave sex bots, being ‘useless’, being ‘burden on society and a danger to Cybertronian life’. The final line, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’, rings hollow thanks to Elita’s submissive reaction to Optimus Prime’s condescension later on.

In a word, this fanfic is horrid. :-(

I go temporarily insane as I contemplate a Japanese Beast Machines export, or at least the resulting accompanying manga. "He is Magmatron. Now he makes his appearance ... and Magmatron laughs the laugh that will be heard again."

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Machines
Characters: None
Genre: Comedy
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 1142 - Hits: 587
Complete?: Yes - Published: 31/01/04 - Last Updated: 31/01/04
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 31/01/04 Title: Chapter 1: Dinobot Otaku Rumba!

Am laughing loudly out. Goodly tale! We readed in loudness, the laughter am forcible.

An essay about terrorism and the Cybertronian political climate during the time of the Beast Wars by Predacon Terrorist Dreadwave.

Rated: G
Categories: Beast Wars
Characters: None
Genre: Essay
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 975 - Hits: 819
Complete?: Yes - Published: 10/03/04 - Last Updated: 10/03/04
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 10/03/04 Title: Chapter 1: TERRORISM: Why it exists & how we can solve it

An excellent and thought provoking look at the reasons behind terrorism. Sometimes it takes a work of fiction (can you say Uncle Tom's Cabin? ;-) to cut through all the biases and hatred and show the injustice experienced by certain groups of people. I know I'll keep this fanfic in mind next time I watch the evening news.

...There really is no explanation for this.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Song Parody
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 882 - Hits: 1954
Complete?: Yes - Published: 01/09/04 - Last Updated: 01/09/04
Reviewer: Charl Signed star star star star star
Date: 01/09/04 Title: Chapter 1: Fembot Got Rack!

Funny stuff! :-) Only one thing:

Wheeljack: I wanna take you out and *BOOM* double up *BOOM BOOM*

Heh, should that be Warpath saying that? He's the guy who says, "*BOOM*."