LAST EDITED ON 03-31-04 AT 03:10 AM (EST) by Gryphon (admin)
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Alright, just to get the obvious out of the way, I'll say up front, that was good stuff, and I liked it a lot. Hardly a surprise, since there's very, very little that's been written by EPU that I didn't think was good and didn't like a lot. On to the particulars.
One of the reasons I've been really enjoying a lot of these semi-tangental stories is the fact that we get a nice look at some characters we haven't seen before, who aren't caught up in the overall arc of the UF:FI plotline, and some interactions with characters who we do know well that can be new and surprising. Sara's a great character, though I've no idea how close to the source material her character is, and it's fun to see her getting involved with people like Gryphon and the rest of the IPO higher ups. The rest of the CSI crew that we get to see is, well, a pretty classic IPO group of people, so they're interesting, likeable, and fun to watch, but Sara and Gris are probably the characters that are most interesting as characters within the story overall.
Meph's introduction is...wow. The fact that the source of his powers is borrowed from Oni is giving me some serious cognitive dissonance, since he's not a hot girl with purple hair, but it makes perfect sense. His introduction is strange for a UF character, though, in retrospect, it doesn't really strike me as all that odd for him to have a backstory like that. I'm going to be very interested in seeing what his "sentence" for his crimes ends up being, and I'll be very much looking forward to more of him later.
Ah, the Ignatine clerics. I loved the BPGD entry on these guys, and I'm seriously digging on the integration of their source material and the Matrix source material in UF, since the two have a striking amount in common. Melding them together must be an interesting experience for you guys, and I'm expecting it to be a very satisfying thing to read. I liked the source material for them (Equilibrium for those who haven't seen it) a lot more than I expected to, just as a fun kind of thing, and I think they have some serious potential to be very cool characters in UF.
That pretty much covers the high points, liked it lots, and looking forward to seeing more of the CSI crew. An excellent job, as always.
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