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"Upward Mobility"
 
   Well, this was a welcome story, quite enjoyable.

The entire Perth adventure was entertaining. Be it Geoff proving he still defaults to business, or Gryph and Sara still running around, trying to figure out what they're doing... just fun.

>"Will you be needing the supplemental insurance?" asked MATT as he proffered a
>clipboard and pen.
>"I wish I could say no," Gryphon replied, taking both, "but experience suggests
>otherwise."

*Snickers*

>"... 'Science porn'."
>"That's what a friend of mine calls it. It's... you know, TV shows about
>science, but the production values are pretty much like porn." As he explained
>this, he found the Science Channel, which seemed to be showing some program
>about the structure of stars, complete with somewhat cheesy background music
>and a droning, soporific narrator. "Aha! See? Science porn."

I've found that shows like that are even more fun when it's either old and out of date, or they didn't spend that money on fact checking. ("What'd he just say?")

The DocWagon Pelican just made me pause and smile (It's the little side details that get the most pointless enjoyment out of me), but the followup part with Nick in the operating room was both interesting and odd, especially when Cameron showed up. Honestly, Detanism didn't occur to me, given I assumed it would be the sort of thing that'd be tracked. (Of course, I forgot that no one knows the real identity of Misatos dad.)

... You gave Horratio a Citymaster. So freaking appropriate.

>"Sorry I'm late," she added. "I had to keep it below 15,000 miles an hour. Wrong shoes."

And you know Sara'd say that in the most casual, matter of fact voice, no matter what the reactions. Probably too distracted to think about it :P

The Grissom-Sara chat was interesting, partly because of the path they're taking on the show, and partly because I'm reminded that, once again, I really have trouble following Gils mind on occasion.

>Caine reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled out a pair of
>dataglasses, unfolding them. He regarded them thoughtfully for a moment
>before glancing sidelong at Gryphon again.
>Then, slipping the glasses on, he remarked, "Sometimes rules change, Benjamin."

And cue the Miami theme music!

Well, it's nice to know that being Dantrovian doesn't stop Greg from suffering the 'Deer in Headlights' moment. :lol

... And THAT'S the mistake Gryph made. I'd forgotten a similar thing happened to her in the show. And it ties nicely into the Sara arc and the potential for changes in the Crime Lab, explaining (at least a part of) Grissoms mood.

I find it amusing that Nick was seemingly more upset about waking up healed, rather then the fact he was shot. The faked death part was amusing, mostly for Nicks reactions again.

Geoffs little hunt was brilliant, proving he certainly hasn't gone soft at all.

House and Wilson, out on the Rim, probably staying one step ahead of the EA, doing weird medicine in strange places, House insulting a lot of people along the way... dear GOD that's an amusing mental image.

And then things get action based, with the other Black Widow that... well, lets ignore her comics, and focus on Geoff being badass and outclassing her, not to mention a ticked off Redhead later on.

The moment I saw the Kelto, it all started coming together, possibly because I'm planning on replaying KOTOR soon. Kind of petty of the fish guy, but he's proven to be something of an idiot in the past. Then along came the lab angle that really makes things interesting.

And of course, the new Experts of Justice toy. BRIGHEST DAY looks very interesting.

Great story, can't wait for the next episode!

Matrix Dragon, J. Random Nutter


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1. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >The Grissom-Sara chat was interesting, partly because of the path
>they're taking on the show, and partly because I'm reminded that, once
>again, I really have trouble following Gils mind on occasion.

I did a double take at this one as well, if only because I'm familiar with the current seasons and had a brief "Wait, wha?" moment.

>>Caine reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled out a pair of
>>dataglasses, unfolding them. He regarded them thoughtfully for a moment
>>before glancing sidelong at Gryphon again.
>>Then, slipping the glasses on, he remarked, "Sometimes rules change, Benjamin."
>
>And cue the Miami theme music!

It's hilarious when I had to just toss in that "wait one beat, glasses" mental image to that scene.


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4. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   Around the studio, such moments involving Mr. Caine are inevitably followed by one or more Suspects going "YYYYEEEEEEAAAAAH! *TWAAAAAANNG*".

I blame a friend of mine for linking us to a montage of David Caruso's Finest Moments in the series. A seven-minute montage. Of every deployment of the Sunglasses of Justice. (You can find it on YouTube with relatively little effort. It is too damn early for me to remember DCForum code.)

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6. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >Around the studio, such moments involving Mr. Caine are inevitably
>followed by one or more Suspects going "YYYYEEEEEEAAAAAH!
>*TWAAAAAANNG*".

It doesn't help that "Won't Get Fooled Again" is my favorite Who song, and that that happens to be my favorite bit of it. Especially in the version from Live Aid. Daltrey really leans on that puppy.

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17. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   This dinner... is DELICIOUS.


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   I really, really enjoyed this. I would've opened up a post and type in on-the-fly reactions, but I was too busy having *fun* reading.

Lesse what I can still remeber.

        Perth, the city nobody's ever heard of.

It's almost like it didn't *exist* until last month or so. (I really don't mean to poke fun at the authors, I just have a great love of meta and this little Lampshade Hanging amuses me greatly.)

        "Hey, Geoff.  Know anything about Perth?" Gryphon asked.
Gryphon let him list off various crime-connected gun dealers,
places where a person could sell goods that did not, strictly speaking,
belong to him, and so forth for a minute or so before interrupting.
"Geoff. GEOFF." He grinned as the agent trailed off and gave
him a questioning look. "I'm taking a woman to dinner, not looking to
score a rack of BTLs and a black market plasmacaster."
Geoff blinked as if that possibility hadn't occurred to him.

This conversation amused me greatly.

        "You've got the galaxy's most dangerous game making your
restaurant reservations now?"
Gryphon shrugged. "Eh, he answered the phone."

As did this.

 Then he turned to face her, his expression
grave, and said, "You should know that... if there ever -was- one...
this isn't a good time for me to lose you."
Sara blinked, baffled. "-Lose- me?"
Grissom nodded. "To Benjamin."

Awkward word choice, Mr. Grissom.

        "Why wasn't I considered for Ecklie's job?" Catherine demanded.
Gryphon blinked, his face taking on the look of a man who -knew-
he was forgetting -something-.
"Did you -want- Ecklie's job?" he asked.

Ah, okay, *that's* what you meant. I had absolutely no clue about this.

        Instead he said, "Four years ago, I lost a CSI on my shift
because of an improperly cleared crime scene. This incident is
uncomfortably reminiscent of that one. "
He and Geoff sat looking at each other for a few seconds,
pondering all that. Then, at almost the same moment, realization
sparked in both of their minds.
Geoff said it first: "Who would know the details of that case
from four years ago?"

The Plot Thickens! *giddy*

       "Oh, did no one tell you?  You're dead!" Robbins declared,
beaming.
Nick blinked. "-What?-"

Another highly entertainging sequence.

       "Cameron.  This is... uh, Greg.  Listen, Wilson and I are out on
the Rim. It's -great- here. You need to come out. They'll let you go
to waste in that damn hamster ball. There's real medicine to be done
out here, and, uh... I... I miss... working with - what the hell was
that? Oh, shit, Wilson, gimme a quarter. WILSON! WILL YOU WAKE UP AND
GIMME A QUARTER, THE PHONE'S -"

I am running out of ways to indicate that I was amused by a particular conversation. If you forgive the Internet meme reference, this chapter is Made Of Win.

        "What you got for us, big boy?" Catherine said.
"This is where Nick's shooter was staying. She's gone now, but
GUN!"

Gah! Unexpected shift into action! Well done.

        "That looked unpleasantly fascinating," Grissom commented.

I like this turn of phrase. It's good and it fits the character well.

        The redhead - "Natalia", apparently - snorted derisively.  "And
I suppose," she said sarcastically, "you intend to turn her with your
charm and make an upstanding agent of justice out of her."
Gryphon shrugged and replied placidly, "It worked on you."

He's got a point there.

        "I... wouldn't worry too much about that, actually," said
Gryphon.
(Downstairs in Interrogation A, Jackie Chan yawned, then offered
the sullenly glowering prisoner a cheerful smile, which was not
returned.)

I can just see the little "meanwhile, downstairs" and "meanwhile, upstairs" wooshes at the ends of the parenthesis.

        Catherine gazed thoughtfully into the green glow for a few
moments, then looked away from it and met Gryphon's eyes, her own
faintly incredulous.
"And you want -me- to be one of your... 'instant Experts'?"
Gryphon smiled. "I want you to have the opportunity... if you
want it... to be the -first-."

Our first major explanation of BRIGHTEST DAY, and... the important part is ofscreen. Fitting, cinematically, but so very tantalising.

The green glow raises the obvious question - was Skuld inspired by the unique interaction between Wakaba's Lens and her sorcerous power?

       "I have to remove myself from this investigation," Grissom said.
"As director of the lab, I'm looking at a major conflict of interest if
it turns out someone who works here is involved. I want you to take
over."

Ooooh... The Plot Thickens Again.


What else can I say? There wasn't a single sequence that I didn't enjoy, not a singly line that felt out of place. A brilliant second act leading up to what promises to be a *very* enjoyable finale, and I can only hope the muse holds long enough for that to actually get *written*. (I am slightly worried by previous experience with Fulcrum of Fate, which also brought much Win And Gold and even a Fangirl Freakout moment, before tapering off mysteriously before actual resolution.)

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3. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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>Our first major explanation of BRIGHTEST DAY, and... the important
>part is ofscreen. Fitting, cinematically, but so very tantalising.
>
>The green glow raises the obvious question - was Skuld inspired by the
>unique interaction between Wakaba's Lens and her sorcerous power?

I rather think it more likely she's seen what her son's done with gaolith and is using it herself. =)


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5. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   LAST EDITED ON Nov-21-07 AT 11:31 AM (EST)
 
[Meh, freakin' pre tags.]

>Perth, the city nobody's ever heard of.
>
>It's almost like it didn't *exist* until last month or so. (I really
>don't mean to poke fun at the authors, I just have a great love of
>meta and this little Lampshade Hanging amuses me greatly.)

Heh. The idea for Perth is actually a couple of years old - that's how long the "That... that's Perth over there" sequence has existed - but I didn't want to mention it anywhere else until I got the chance to release that part. :)

>"You've got the galaxy's most dangerous game making your
>restaurant reservations now?"

RL-Geoff enjoyed that label quite a bit.

>Awkward word choice, Mr. Grissom.

Making awkward word choices when dealing with sensitive personal issues is something of a métier for Dr. Grissom, alas. We keep wanting to send him to a class or something, but he's too busy...

>The redhead - "Natalia", apparently - snorted derisively. "And
>I suppose," she said sarcastically, "you intend to turn her with your
>charm and make an upstanding agent of justice out of her."

>
>He's got a point there.

Indeed, though he's stretching the truth slightly to make it. It wasn't his charm that turned Natalia, technically, it was Tony Stark's. But, as Conan's biographer said, that's a story for another time.

>The green glow raises the obvious question - was Skuld inspired by the
>unique interaction between Wakaba's Lens and her sorcerous power?

Among other things. We'll get into this more later.

>can only hope the muse holds long enough for that to actually get
>*written*. (I am slightly worried by previous experience with
>Fulcrum of Fate, which also brought much Win And Gold and even
>a Fangirl Freakout moment, before tapering off mysteriously before
>actual resolution.)

Fulcrum isn't dead, it's just sleeping. That's less likely to happen to this CSI arc, not least because if I have to, I can do "Outward Trajectory" all myself, whereas Fulcrum is dependent on more muses than merely my own.

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7. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >Fulcrum isn't dead, it's just sleeping. That's less likely to
>happen to this CSI arc, not least because if I have to, I can
>do "Outward Trajectory" all myself, whereas Fulcrum is
>dependent on more muses than merely my own.

To add to this, some of us are heading out on winter vacation shortly; we've been pushing to lock down a great deal of this CSI:NA arc before we head home for Thanksgiving, so I don't expect any major trouble getting "Outward Trajectory" out the door in a reasonably timely fashion.

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9. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   LAST EDITED ON Nov-21-07 AT 12:57 PM (EST)
 
(Speculation deleted)

Innnteresting. Do continue on.

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12. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >[Meh, freakin' pre tags.]

Sorry 'bout that, what should I use for quoting? 'tt', as in this post?

>>Perth, the city nobody's ever heard of.
>>
>
>Heh. The idea for Perth is actually a couple of years old - that's
>how long the "That... that's Perth over there" sequence has
>existed - but I didn't want to mention it anywhere else until I got
>the chance to release that part. :)

In that case, congratulations on your patience! It helped make the joke.

>Fulcrum isn't dead, it's just sleeping.

I'm willing to wait out the strange aeons until it's finished.

>That's less likely to happen to this CSI arc,

That's certainly a relief. Looking forward to the conclusion, then.

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13. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>[Meh, freakin' pre tags.]
>
>Sorry 'bout that, what should I use for quoting? 'tt', as in this
>post?

They work fine in original posts (though you should use both pre and tt to force the fixed-pitch font, 'cause DCF is dumb); it's quoting them back that breaks (because of the way the forum handles putting the >s on quoteback). It's not a huge problem, just kind of awkward.

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   After reading this chapter I can't help but wonder if the Ladies Romanova are related.

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10. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >After reading this chapter I can't help but wonder if the Ladies
>Romanova are related.

If so, it's at a fairly considerable remove. Natalia (born around 2270) is from Novaya Rodina (the same colony as Maria Tachibana), and her family had been there for several generations; Nene's parents came directly to New Japan from Earth in the early 2200s. If they're related at all, they represent two quite divergent branches of the Romanov line (and belong to different generations).

Natalia can, however, trace her particular line back to Tatiana Romanova, who achieved a certain level of infamy as a KGB operative on Earth during the 20th-century Cold War. In espionage circles she is best known for her rather spectacular defection to the West in 1964, which left a trail of bodies scattered all across Europe, left SMERSH crippled for nearly a decade, and earned her the original nickname "the Black Widow". The Neo-Soviet spymasters of the Red Room thought they could do a better job, loyalty-wise, with Tatiana's descendent. They appear to have been wrong. Perhaps the code name really is cursed - but then, a Bolshevik should know better than to expect loyalty to a Marxist-Stalinist state from a Romanov...

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15. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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>Natalia can, however, trace her particular line back to Tatiana
>Romanova, who achieved a certain level of infamy as a KGB operative on
>Earth during the 20th-century Cold War. In espionage circles she is
>best known for her rather spectacular defection to the West in 1964,
>which left a trail of bodies scattered all across Europe, left SMERSH
>crippled for nearly a decade, and earned her the original nickname
>"the Black Widow". The Neo-Soviet spymasters of the Red Room thought
>they could do a better job, loyalty-wise, with Tatiana's descendent.
>They appear to have been wrong. Perhaps the code name really is
>cursed - but then, a Bolshevik should know better than to expect
>loyalty to a Marxist-Stalinist state from a Romanov...
>
Interesting. Is this 20th-century Tatiana Romanova the same one who had a romantic encounter with one James Bond? (There's at least one website that does make that connection, but I don't know if it's so in the UFverse.)

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   >Interesting. Is this 20th-century Tatiana Romanova the same one who
>had a romantic encounter with one James Bond?

Her defection was assisted by an MI6 agent with whom she was linked in various rumors thereafter, but his name is lost to history. (It probably wasn't James Bond, since James Bond is a Royal Salusian Secret Intelligence Service operative in the 25th century.)

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   *blinks* ...that's a reason he can't be a 20th century British intelligence agent? I mean, this is James Bond, and this is Undocumented Features. :)


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   > The car (actually an Arnage Type C) didn't so much sit in its
>parking space as crouch there, as if lying in wait. It was big and

The Carnage does not park. It waits.

>"A Bentley Carnage," he
>said, pronouncing it in the French manner.

>It had a hood like the deck
>of an aircraft carrier

...It's also the only one who gets to say "One more time!"

>A rich but gentle green light
>shone from beyond the doorway, tinting the small lab with a glow
>reminiscent of sunlight through leafy trees.

<deedee>oooOOOooo.</deedee>

...will there be a LOUDEST DIN side-project for non-sighted species? :)

My immediate guess as to the hirer was Ecklie. But on further musing, his reaction to learning Sara was at ground zero seems unfaked...

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   >
>My immediate guess as to the hirer was Ecklie. But on further musing,
>his reaction to learning Sara was at ground zero seems unfaked...

Yeah, I don't think that Ecklie is actively malicious, just kinda stupid about some things, and kind of a dick. There's a big remove from that to hiring people to kill the people you don't like...

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18. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   H'mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Come to think on it, I don't believe we've met all the people who man the CSI day shift yet. I've just got a weird hunch about it...

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Begin mnemonic memory upload...
... Complete.

"I need you to explain to Officer Careless over there why, when
we clear a room for CSI, we -look in the closet-," Brass growled. "If I
try to explain it right now, my version might involve his -face- going
through a -door-."

<singsong>Somebody's in troooou-buullll.</singsong> :)

Grissom looked up at the front of the building. "The initial
call said the scene was on the fourth floor," he said.

Eh, watch out for that first step, Doc. It's a doozy!

"I'm calling in -everybody-," Grissom said flatly.

Hoo boy. This is gonna be both interesting -and- a looong night!

It also, mused Benjamin "Gryphon" Hutchins as he flew his
Valkyrie flat-out cross-country toward that city, had the interesting
distinction of having had nothing to do with him. He hadn't planned it,
hadn't had a hand in its design or construction, and but rarely visited
it. As such, he had only a vague idea where anything was in town.

Now that is an interesting distinction. But not something that I wasn't expecting to happen sooner or later. After all, there had to be other cities in the sphere as well, given how much real estate space you got.

"Ooh," said Gryphon. "I like it."

That's what everyone says when they see a Bentley. ;)

"Will you be needing the supplemental insurance?" asked MATT as
he proffered a clipboard and pen.
"I wish I could say no," Gryphon replied, taking both, "but
experience suggests otherwise."

Heh-heh-heh-heh. I'm willing to bet that, just becuase he took out that insurance, that it will be one of the few rentals in UF that does not get trashed.

"What are you looking for?"
"Science porn."
Sara looked skeptical. "... 'Science porn'."
"That's what a friend of mine calls it. It's... you know, TV
shows about science, but the production values are pretty much like
porn." As he explained this, he found the Science Channel, which seemed
to be showing some program about the structure of stars, complete with
somewhat cheesy background music and a droning, soporific narrator.
"Aha! See? Science porn."

*Snrrrt!*

"What the hell is -that-?" Greg wondered.
"Ares Citymaster," Catherine replied. "Urban riot-control
vehicle. Very big in the Corporate Sector."
"Not only that," said Grissom with interest, "that's the model
they make exclusively for the Zardon Justice Department."

Okay... Now why the heck would they need something that heavy-duty?

"Ah. Well, if you do, let us know," Greg said. "'Scuse me, I
gotta go find Grissom. Gonna be a long night."

Didn't I just say that a few minutes ago? ;)

Gryphon gave a snort of wry laughter. "Horatio. Did I, or did
I not, give you everything you asked for to get you in this job? I even
approved that... -thing- you brought with you for use as your official
vehicle, despite the fact that it doesn't match any of the others used
by CSI. I can't tell you what the sight of the divisional parking deck
does to my inner obsessive-compulsive now."

Ah. That explains the monster truck.

"No problem, though I don't know how you can call that thing a
car."
"A truck has an open bed. Can't help it, I'm old-fashioned."

Heh-heh-heh.

"Do you have any idea," she asked, "why Nick would fail to
indicate a significant medical condition in his IPO employee medical
history?"
Warrick blinked. "Pardon?"
"I'm violating the spirit, if not the letter, of doctor-patient
confidentiality just asking that much," Cameron admitted. "If you don't
already know what I'm talking about... forget it."
"... Okay."

Curiouser and curiouser...

"Why wasn't I considered for Ecklie's job?" Catherine demanded.

And this would be the personnel management oversight the Chief made. I have to admit, though, that this was pretty subtle for me. I had no idea that Catherine had been in there for that long.

"Well, Mr. Stokes," she said. "You've had a narrow escape."
"Yeah," he replied, his voice low and hoarse, throat dried by
the oxygen-rich mix he was breathing through his nasal cannule. "Lucky
me... "
"Oh, it was a little more than just luck," Cameron said. "Look,
it's not my job to ask why there's nothing in your IPO medical history
about your Detianism, that's between you and HR."

WHAAAAAAT?

Geoff said it first: "Who would know the details of that case
from four years ago?"

Cue the dramatic music!

Natalia sighed. "Fine. Have it your way - but if she's really
a graduate of the Red Room, you endanger anyone you have guarding her."
"I... wouldn't worry too much about that, actually," said
Gryphon.
(Downstairs in Interrogation A, Jackie Chan yawned, then offered
the sullenly glowering prisoner a cheerful smile, which was not
returned.)

This made me laugh my gleefully demented laugh. Thank you.

"For a few years now, Skuld's been working on some special
equipment projects. One of them was originally envisioned as the next
generation of the Lens, but the project's grown in scope a bit since
then." With a slightly rueful chuckle, he added, "These things often
do."
<snip>

Catherine looked at the source of the light, trying to make some
sense of what she was seeing, then asked, "... What is it?"
"It's sort of... " Gryphon trailed off, then tried again.
"Well, we designed the Space Force's next-generation warships so that
non-traditional personnel could operate them, and this is sort of the
same idea for Special Assignment-level agents. We wanted something that
could make a normal person the equivalent of an Expert of Justice
without requiring the years of training, invasive augmentive procedures,
or both that are normally required. It'll still take a very -special-
sort of agent to make it work, and that's by design, but all the
qualifications are mental and ethical, not physical or paranormal.
"It's taken Skuld fifteen years to develop the basic principles,
though she's only been authorized to work on the actual hardware in
earnest since May." He gestured into the vault. "This is the
prototype. Still incomplete, but you get the basic idea. It'll be
ready for field testing in another four or five months."

No shit! The Green Lantern Corps? 8-O

"So... wait. You're saying this fish guy's accomplice is
someone with access to the evidence lockers?" said Brass. "That doesn't
make any sense."
"I think it does, Jim," Grissom replied with a troubled
expression. "Too -much- sense." He turned to Sara. "Do the access
logs show who removed the money from lockup?"
Sara shook her head. "Whoever it was wasn't clumsy enough to
check it out by name. My guess is that they went in with a legitimate,
or at least legitimate-looking, request and grabbed the money on the way
out. It was in a duffel bag. Would've been easy, if whoever did it had
the brass. So to speak."
Brass snorted. "Yeah, I never -heard- that one before."
"It gets even better," Greg chipped in as he emerged from the
layout room. "There was a lot more than 30 grand in that duffel bag. I
should know, I logged it myself. -And-, our fish guy is supposed to
have swiped 150 pounds of this kolto stuff?" Warrick nodded. "Well,
there was only a hundred pounds of it in those ammo cans."
"Which means Kelshar and his theoretical accomplice have enough
left to hire at least one more hitter if they want," said Brass.
"The game's still on," Sara agreed.

Ho boy. Bad. Big bad. Way very bad things getting ready to happen.

"... Anybody want to guess what -that- was about?" Greg
wondered.

Your guess is as good as mine, Greg.

Pimped Horatio's Ride
Janice Barlow

Hey Ard? Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that you would love to be a Five Inch Gun Technician? ;)


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38. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >Hey Ard? Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that you would love to
>be a Five Inch Gun Technician? ;)

Heh. My father, as far as I know, was not a gun tech during his service on the USS Albany lo those many years ago. However, it may well be genetic.

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   I'm still enjoying this in a way I've never been able to enjoy the CSI shows.

A Torre da Carne -- without babelfishing, that sounds like it means (or, at least, is intended to mean) "A Flood of Meat," which is such an accurate description of a churrascaria that I almost laughed out loud. I went to one for my birthday last year, ate until I could barely move, and still didn't come close to sampling everything they serve. This particular restaurant was very inexpensive as such places go (I paid a total of about $75 for two people, including tax and tip), and the salad bar alone was worth it (two words: veal carpaccio), but as my wife and I don't eat as much as we used to (for various reasons), we don't know if we can ever eat our money's worth again.

If Gryphon and Sara didn't have atypical physiologies, I'd wonder how they would expect to get up to anything physical after that kind of meal.

Also, really really dug the Bentley. Even if I am someday somehow staggeringly wealthy, I doubt I'll ever lay out for one, but I do like the cars.

Also, Catherine Willows as a GL? That's... it's not that it's at all unusual for UF, but it's a mental image my brain refuses to render. I just can't conjure up a satisfying image of Marg Helgenberger with such a look. Suppose I'll have to wait to see the next episode.

And I assume the reference to losing a CSI four years prior is an allusion to a UF version of the events of the original show's first story arc?

At least you came up with a reason for Horatio Caine's glasses thing. The only time I've seen any of him was when my father watched the crossover that started CSI: Miami and bits and pieces of the show when it's been on the TV at the break room at my workplace, and my impression of his entire catalogue of mannerisms is this:

Stand with hands on hips.
Remove one hand from hip to move sunglasses from face to pocket to punctuate a line of dialogue.
Immediately return hand to hip.
Make the only eye contact for the entire conversation, then return to gazing into space or at wall or something.
Remove hand from hip to replace glasses on face.
Immediately return hand to hip.

Anyway, I'll be around to read the third one when it shows up.

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21. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >A Torre da Carne -- without babelfishing, that sounds like it
>means (or, at least, is intended to mean) "A Flood of Meat,"

"The Tower of Meat", actually. Though yours is good too (in Portuguese that'd be "Uma Inundação da Carne").

>If Gryphon and Sara didn't have atypical physiologies, I'd wonder how
>they would expect to get up to anything physical after that kind of
>meal.

Well, in G's case, at least, he was expecting no such thing. Anyway, just because you can eat until you fall over at a churrascaria doesn't mean you have to. :)

>Also, Catherine Willows as a GL? That's... it's not that it's at all
>unusual for UF, but it's a mental image my brain refuses to render. I
>just can't conjure up a satisfying image of Marg Helgenberger with
>such a look.

One doubts the uniform, if the division even has one, will look like that. However, keep in mind that Catherine's agreed to nothing, as far as we know, and that she has several months to consider it.

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26. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   LAST EDITED ON Nov-22-07 AT 04:33 PM (EST)
 
>>A Torre da Carne -- without babelfishing, that sounds like it
>>means (or, at least, is intended to mean) "A Flood of Meat,"
>
>"The Tower of Meat", actually. Though yours is good too (in
>Portuguese that'd be "Uma Inundação da Carne").

Oh, yes, of course. How silly of me -- "torre" wouldn't be a cognate with "torrent" (as I had tagged it in my head for some reason) and I knew that "a" is a definite article in Portuguese, even though I don't speak the language at all. I blame sleep deprivation and recent stress (that is largely resolved, thankfully).

But, yes, "tower" is a good description, given the skewers said meat is usually served on. (... and now I find myself thinking of the grass-fed beef they served at Leblon... good thing I just finished eating an hour ago, or desire for it would be driving me crazy...) And A Torre da Carne sounds (slightly) more plausible as a restaurant name than the other one (though I doubt anyone running a churrascaria would have enough self-effacing irony to actually do it; they usually cater to a putatively upscale crowd that seems to lack the right kind of humor).

>Well, in G's case, at least, he was expecting no such thing.

I would've thought four hundred years or so would give him a bit more confidence in that respect; just a few years of relationship and marriage have done wonders for me :).

> Anyway,
>just because you can eat until you fall over at a
>churrascaria doesn't mean you have to. :)

Technically, I suppose, but to me that's a bit like going to Singapore and not having chicken rice (okay, I did that, but at the time I was still eating vegetarian), or going to New York City and not having pizza and/or food from a street vendor or Jewish deli while you're there :). There are other analogies I'm sure I could come up with that aren't related to food, but between Thanksgiving dinner and the above I don't have any coming to mind.

My wife looked over my shoulder as I was typing this -- she loves food and is going into the culinary program at a local community-tech (that is actually one of only a handful in NC accredited by the American Culinary Federation), and knows what being a professional chef involves and still wants to do it -- and couldn't bear discussion of it. Too much turkey today :).

>One doubts the uniform, if the division even has one, will look like
>that. However, keep in mind that Catherine's agreed to nothing, as
>far as we know, and that she has several months to consider it.

I arrived at both of those conclusions on my own after I posted this. Still, when my fatigued brain first realized what this "next-generation Lens" thing was (which, just as an indication of how tired I am, didn't happen instantly, but in post-reading digestion), the first interpretation it brought forth was an attempt to render Catherine in an outfit like Katma Tui's. Which prompted the above-described brain breakage :) -- it's not an unpleasant image, just an implausibly unlikely one (I know Catherine in canon put herself through school as an ecdysiast, but her show-era sensibilities seem rather violently at odds with such a display).

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27. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >And A Torre da Carne sounds (slightly) more plausible as a
>restaurant name than the other one (though I doubt anyone running a
>churrascaria would have enough self-effacing irony to actually do it;
>they usually cater to a putatively upscale crowd that seems to lack
>the right kind of humor).

Well, y'know, it's Perth. They're a little weird over there...

>>Well, in G's case, at least, he was expecting no such thing.
>
>I would've thought four hundred years or so would give him a bit more
>confidence in that respect

Under normal circumstances, probably, but, if he's still not readily able to discern Sara's intentions, he at least knows her well enough by now to know that it irritates her when people make assumptions. :)

>I know Catherine in canon put
>herself through school as an ecdysiast, but her show-era sensibilities
>seem rather violently at odds with such a display.

Well, one assumes her current job has a different dress code, at least unofficially. Police organizations do tend to like their agents to present a tidy and professional appearance to the public, assuming those agents aren't undercover as drug dealers.

But yeah, she's a little more on her dignity nowadays. And there's Lindsey to set an example for. God knows she wouldn't want her little girl getting the idea that it's okay to dress like that in public. :)

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31. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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>>I know Catherine in canon put
>>herself through school as an ecdysiast, but her show-era sensibilities
>>seem rather violently at odds with such a display.
>
>Well, one assumes her current job has a different dress code, at least
>unofficially. Police organizations do tend to like their agents to
>present a tidy and professional appearance to the public, assuming
>those agents aren't undercover as drug dealers.
>
>But yeah, she's a little more on her dignity nowadays. And there's
>Lindsey to set an example for. God knows she wouldn't want her little
>girl getting the idea that it's okay to dress like that in public. :)
>
Actually, I think it's more likely that Lindsey would moan, "Oh, _Mom_...", in total embarrassment, on seeing her mother in such a getup, particularly if she showed up at DSM in said getup.

I don't see it as an issue, though. Sara does well with her day-to-day wardrobe as it is, though she would do even better, henceforth, to pack a spare pair of suitable shoes for when she has to put on emergency bursts of speed (>15K MPH).

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32. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >Sara does well with her day-to-day
>wardrobe as it is, though she would do even better, henceforth, to
>pack a spare pair of suitable shoes for when she has to put on
>emergency bursts of speed (>15K MPH).

Live and learn, live and learn. Especially if you're a scientist.

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   > "I need you to explain to Officer Careless over there why, when
> we clear a room for CSI, we -look in the closet-," Brass growled. "If I
> try to explain it right now, my version might involve his -face- going
> through a -door-."

And worse, depending on how close to cannon G is staying, this isnt even the first time something like this has happened to someone on the night shift! Thank goodness Brass has the anger management skills to know when to tag out to a third party.

> "I took a shot at the guy, but
> either I didn't hit him or he was wearing body armor. He went out the
> window."
> Grissom looked up at the front of the building. "The initial
> call said the scene was on the fourth floor," he said.

URK. and given that there isnt someone mangled on the sidewalk, we're talking one of three possibilites. Human in peak condition, metahuman, or some sort of jump/flight gear.

> Perth, the city nobody's ever heard of.

Now, be fair G. This is the first time there was even an authorial NEED for another city on the psudo-continent. How could we have heard of it if it kinda didnt exist cause there wasnt a need for it yet?

> And that meant he needed a connection. A -fixer-.

I always knew Kei broke him! <play Rimshot.mp3>

> "Know anything about Perth?"
> "The one in Australia?"
> "No, the one on the far side of Avalon County."

Prior to this, this would have been sarcasm, though. :P

> "Oh. Uh, no, not so much."
> "Know anyone who -does-?"
> Vision shrugged. "It's the undiscovered country out there.
> Depew's still in the office, you want to try him?"

Huh. And here I thought that being a net.denizen ala Eve Vision could find info on anything at... well, the speed of computer thought. Yet more proof that V is a Clueless construct who is more a person who's body is electronic rather than meat.

> "Geoff. GEOFF." He grinned as the agent trailed off and gave
> him a questioning look. "I'm taking a woman to dinner, not looking to
> score a rack of BTLs and a black market plasmacaster."
> Geoff blinked as if that possibility hadn't occurred to him.
> "Oh. Uh. No idea. I'd usually just grab a Fodor's if I needed
> something like that."

And its nice to see Geoff is still... well.. Geoff! There is also the old saw about the more things changing, too.

> How about... uh... " A slow, evil smile
> spread across his face. "... churrascaria," he said, pronouncing the
> word with relish.

What, no Ketchup? no, thats mud on my face. I was thinking of a Cuban thingy I saw featured on an episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," not brazillian bbq.

> "Major Boothroyd wanted me to test some pistols for him, then
> write a report," Geoff explained. "He says I document things well. I
> figure my sacrifice saves everyone else the trouble."

Yup. Some things still stay the same. At least Q gets the info he needs without having to harrass one of the less paperwork inclined SA types.

> "A Bentley Carnage," he said, pronouncing it in the French manner.

Fit for a Don, no less!

> The car (actually an Arnage Type C) didn't so much sit in its
> parking space as crouch there, as if lying in wait.

Heh. Even with this clarification I still get visions of a certain segment of Disney Afternoons.

> As for the bundle of pink roses on the passenger seat, Gryphon
> supposed they hadn't actually come with the car. Who knew Geoff had a
> romantic side?

No, just the same attention to details that makes him such a good agent, form filler outer and general straight arrow.

> "Will you be needing the supplemental insurance?" asked MATT as
> he proffered a clipboard and pen.
> "I wish I could say no," Gryphon replied, taking both, "but
> experience suggests otherwise."

Indeed it does. I forget how many different vehicles G has had trashed on screen... although its not like he's a walking disaster area either. Its just experiance has shown that like any other member of the IPO, he doesnt have to go looking for trouble, it finds him all on its own!

> "You should be a detective," she remarked.
> "I've done that," he observed. "The hours were terrible."

During the exile, I assume...

> "You've got the galaxy's most dangerous game making your
> restaurant reservations now?"

HUH??? How did Geoff become the galaxy's most dangerous game? Is there a HHGG or BPGD entry I missed or something?

> "Er... no... that would've been presumptuous," he replied.
> She shook her head in disbelief. "Are you for real?"

Nope. He's Memorex. Actually, those are the sort of genteel contradictions that makes UF-G UF-G. And in a way its probobly at least part of his quirky charm, too.

> "Not really," Gryphon replied casually. "I told the guy at the
> front desk I'm an entomologist named Grissom."

and so, even in UF Sara winds up sleeping with Grissom... in a way.

> <Yeah, Gil,> he replied. <What's up?>
> <Have you seen Sara recently?> Grissom asked.
> <... Is this a trick question?> Gryphon wondered.

And why am I listed as checked into the Hotel Marconi when I'm processing a scene in New Avalon?? Looks like I spoke too soon about the sleeping part though.

> <... What are you doing in Perth?>

Impersonating You, actually. :P

> "Push two units whole and page the Special Trauma on-call. This just
> became a case for the ninth floor."

Aha. So thats a difference between the two types. Blaster burns are regular type, sponantious regeneration in a non detian or surviving the 'unsurvivable' is special. Or having a black market milspec implant you didnt know about... or...

> "Ares Citymaster," Catherine replied. "Urban riot-control
> vehicle. Very big in the Corporate Sector."
> "Not only that," said Grissom with interest, "that's the model
> they make exclusively for the Zardon Justice Department."

Now WHY is Horatio driving a Citymaster? Other than just continuing the general trend of the crime labs having BIG honking black vehicles?

> "Define 'normal'," said Geoff after a moment's consideration.

Not a honorary Valkire, not possesed of powers beyond those of normal men... you know, the girl next door. Umm, ok, given the residents of G's street, the girl a block or two over.

> Greg gave her a look. "Catherine, how long was blood my sole
> livelihood? I know I'm new to field work, but I think I can tell it
> apart from a waffle topping."

Its not fair to call it his SOLE livelyhood. But close enough. And its begining to look rather like someone is hunting CSIs. and out of season, too, the bounder!

> That brought Sara to her feet, interesting tool marks forgotten.
> "ExCUSE me?" she blurted, eyes flashing in the reflected light from his
> handlamp. "One, that's not really any of your business, and two, to
> lose me you'd have to have -had- me at some point, which, -what?-"

Umm, he's about to point out that he means loosing you as a night shift criminalist, despite my jokes earlier about UF-G using Grissom's name. Silly.

> "Can we proceed on the basis that everyone knows I'm bad at this?"

Sure Griss. Note to self, Grissom is the rather shy, not very people person of seasons 1-3, not the at least able to manage personnell effectively version seen as of the end of season 7.

> For several years Caine had headed up the crime scene investigation unit
> of the Royal Alderaan Police, Headquarters Division, a lab with the
> responsibility for an area nearly the size of the old United States on
> Earth, and he'd made quite a name for himself in that volatile posting.

Bwaa? Ok, clearly Alderaan is not the totaly peacenik 'ship all our weapons off into deep space' version from the source. Even with the Jedi based there; not that it matters where their HQ is as far as people getting on each others nerves to the point of shooting each other.

> And since a blaster would be a little redundant to a Kryptonian,
> she thought, as would, oh, -landing-, that probably means augmentation...

Ah, darn I forgot cyberware in my list above about how the shoot could have got out

> It's not in any of the travel brochures, but
> Aldera is a major smuggling hub. Glitterstim, BTLs, you name it.
> We had stuff blowing up -all- the time."

Ah. Nice of you to include the explaination of how this Alderaan is different. In addtion to not having been blown up by the AT&T, of course.

> Trace evidence was familiar. It was tangible. He hadn't failed
> to read a departmental email introducing it.

Heh. like I said... the more things change. Although its nice to see even being Dantrovian doesnt make Greg totally unflappable. Its those little things that keeps us connected to the source despite the changes.

> "Why wasn't I considered for Ecklie's job?" Catherine demanded.
> Gryphon blinked, his face taking on the look of a man who -knew-
> he was forgetting -something-.

Ah. THATs the personell error you were talking about. And it didnt occur to me because I've always thought of Cath as part of Gill's shift without allowing for upward mobility...

> "Look, it's not my job to ask why there's nothing in your IPO medical history
> about your Detianism, that's between you and HR. However, as your -doctor-,
> I have to admit it would have been -somewhat- helpful to know in advance."

Okay... Nick's a Detian. You do realise that this now leaves only Catherine as the only person on the nightshift wihtout some sort of 'upgrade'?

> "Yeah." Sara frowned. "... I -hate- that."

Which, if you think about it, also explains why she brought the whole night shift in on her secret as well as asking for their heklp in studying it.

> He and Geoff sat looking at each other for a few seconds,
> pondering all that. Then, at almost the same moment, realization
> sparked in both of their minds.
> Geoff said it first: "Who would know the details of that case
> from four years ago?"

IOW... maybe it WASNT what it appeared like back then?

> "Why not?"
> "Oh, did no one tell you? You're dead!" Robbins declared,
> beaming.
> Nick blinked. "-What?-"

Could be worse, Nick. At least this way the guy doesnt come back gunning for you with something like that.... Oh gods, what was that stuff they tried to use on Kei? Come to think of it, I dont think being Detian will save you if someone does a highlander on you either...

> Robbins shook his head. "Nope. The hospital needs this bed for
> someone who's actually sick," he said with a mischievous smile. "But
> we've made other arrangements.

Comming from Robbins, I almost expect they've set up a cot for him in the Mourge... If only as a joke.

> Geoff shook his head. "No. But I've heard on the grapevine
> that one of their other outfits is missing an agent."

Well, at least we know that they're MISSING an agent, not that he's turned his skills to the free agent market due to being 'downsized'... then again...

> "You should be aware that this is -not- part of the standard
> patient services package at Boyce Memorial," said Dr. Cameron as she
> wheeled Nick into her apartment.

Heh. Not even with the plus coverage from Doc Wagon? Aww... Still, recalling what the cost of even a basic DW contract was per month in books, thats one heck of a nice perk for working for the IPO.

> The first floor was home to a redheaded woman with a bionic eye and
> a quite large handgun;

Janice Barlow, though Nick has yet to meet her paramor, Neil...

> on 2 was a startlingly tall Salusian guy who looked like a weightlifter
> or something.

Have we met this gent on camera and I've forgotten him, or is he just J Random IPO staffer Corwin has rented to?

> It was, Geoff reflected, a classic spot for a rendevous of
> spies. Say what you would about the Neo-Soviet Ministry for State
> Security, its officers respected their roots.

IOW, the sort of place a SMART spy would never use because its too damn obvious. Of course, given that we're talking about the Resident, he can indulge himself occasionally.

> "I had heard that you had turned cop and gone soft, Hellbringer."

Hellbringer, eh? Well, we KNEW he was darn good even before he left Big Fire, and that he'd only have gotten better under the tutalage of the Brotherhood before he left on his self appointed quest.

> "Cameron. This is... uh, Greg. Listen, Wilson and I are out on
> the Rim. It's -great- here. You need to come out. They'll let you go
> to waste in that damn hamster ball.

Greg... hmm, given what the others have said about her source, and his general sarcastic tone, this could only be...

> "You worked for Gregory House? -The- Gregory House?"

From the message, it sounds like he too was able to get out from under the thumb of the EA... More power to him!

> "You do that. If you give me any trouble, there are some -very
> painful tests- you might need before you can go back to work,"

Proof of why one should always be nice to the person who keeps you healthy, eh?

> "This is where Nick's shooter was staying. She's gone now, but GUN!"

Threw me for a second there, but that last line is delivered in the "There's a GUN, get down" tone of voice known to everyone who's watched a movie with the Secret Service, or Cops... right?

> HELL'S KITCHEN 03:14 AM

Into DareDevils turf. Will the man without Fear show up as well?? keep reading to find out!

> A tall blonde Novaya Rodinskaya, she had been one of
> the MGB's finest agents, even so far as to having been given the Red
> Room's most coveted female agent codename - Black Widow - after the
> first one turned traitor.

Hmm. Maybe the Red Room should reconsider naming their top female agents that then...

> <You might as well have left your -pants- at that crime scene.>

Pants, or Panties? or is this one of those terms that doent really have a gender specific?

> Grissom nodded. "Kolto exports are very strictly controlled by
> the government of Manaan, Warrick. Get a spectral analysis of this
> sample, find out which processing facility it came from, and then see if
> they've had any go missing lately." He smiled darkly. "For once, the
> Selkath authorities will be happy to cooperate."

Selkath? Now WHY do I suddenly have the feeling this is related to the illegal Nick PNG'd?

> "You can't break her, Natalia," Gryphon's voice rejoined,
> sounding patient. "She's not paid for yet."

HA! Ah, and the answer to just where Natalia went when she left the service of the Rodina. Though to be honest for some reason I thought she'd gone free agent like her successor did. That'll larn me for making assumptions, wont it?

> Gryphon shrugged and replied placidly, "It worked on you."

DOH!

> (Downstairs in Interrogation A, Jackie Chan yawned, then offered
> the sullenly glowering prisoner a cheerful smile, which was not
> returned.)

Heh. Man, Everyone is getting to get into the act this episode! Must be sweeps week!

Hmm. Remember when I noted that Cath was the only person who didnt have some sort of upgrade? And the DNA sample...

> Catherine Willows had never been in the maze of subbasement labs
> and test facilities that made up the IPO's equipment research and
> development department before.

Also known as the Temple of Skuld... NOT... though it probobly is the home of Cardinal...

> "I think it does, Jim," Grissom replied with a troubled
> expression. "Too -much- sense."

Sense with a capitol ECH-ly...

> "I have to remove myself from this investigation," Grissom said.
> "As director of the lab, I'm looking at a major conflict of interest if
> it turns out someone who works here is involved. I want you to take over."

Or rather, worked there...

Of course, after reading other folks comments I'm struck by the similarities in our trains of thought. And that there are places where I was wrong. Especially about Perth...


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23. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >> on 2 was a startlingly tall Salusian guy who looked like a weightlifter
>> or something.
>
>Have we met this gent on camera and I've forgotten him, or is he just
>J Random IPO staffer Corwin has rented to?

I'm thinkin' Master Chief, myself. John Spartan is described elsewhere as being both Salusian and large.

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24. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>> on 2 was a startlingly tall Salusian guy who looked like a weightlifter
>>> or something.
>>
>>Have we met this gent on camera and I've forgotten him, or is he just
>>J Random IPO staffer Corwin has rented to?
>
>I'm thinkin' Master Chief, myself. John Spartan is described elsewhere
>as being both Salusian and large.

The "tall Salusian guy" most likely to be living in Corwin's building is Domon Kasshu.

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25. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   Nope - remember, Domon's on the shortish side - only 5'10" if I remember right. Plus, Domon's training is all martial arts and agility. Being a beefcake wouldn't help him much.

Given that we know Ard's renting from him, and probably helped Sir John do househunting, I expect that's him.

Besides, remember how much problems UF-Ard had with her gun collection and landladies? I suspect that the Chief's ideas about "Home defense" would probably make him a pretty poor renter in your run of the mill apartment.

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29. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   Or the kind of guy you stick in the unit right next to the front door to "discourage" trespassers and burglars. If I had to take a guess, though, I think you're right that it's the Master Chief.


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30. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >I suspect that the Chief's ideas about "Home defense"
>would probably make him a pretty poor renter in your run of the mill
>apartment.

"Run of the mill apartment"? I believe the World Wide Building is where Corwin lived for a while--and he liked it so much he bought the building. So I don't think this landlord will have much of a problem with armed tenants. :)

Besides, it is described as an "IPO safehouse," afer all.

(5-foot-10 is "on the shortish side"? Guess that makes me a dwarf at 5-9... :) )

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33. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >"Run of the mill apartment"? I believe the World Wide Building is where Corwin >lived for a while--and he liked it so much he bought the building. So I don't >think this landlord will have much of a problem with armed tenants.


Yeeees. Hence why I said that's part of the reason why he lives there.

I realize I didn't grow up speaking English all the time, but am I really that hard to understand?

(And yes, 5'10 is on the shortish side when someone's described as "Really tall!" :D)

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35. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >"Run of the mill apartment"? I believe the World Wide Building is
>where Corwin lived for a while--and he liked it so much he bought the
>building. So I don't think this landlord will have much of a problem
>with armed tenants. :)
>
>Besides, it is described as an "IPO safehouse," afer all.
>
>(5-foot-10 is "on the shortish side"? Guess that makes me a dwarf at
>5-9... :) )

It depends on the species... I seem to recall that Salusians average closer to six foot, six two?. Either way, the guy is clearly taller than Nick is, and Nick IS over six foot, so its probobly not Domon.

and you are correct about Corwin having bought the building out of his share of the prize money from Valiants various pirate swatting, play tourbus for the Band summer voyages. Now that you mention it, it would make sense for the tall bloke to be John Spartan; after all Corwin originally rented to Janice because her old landlord freaked about having a getter powered weapon in her apartment. Renting to the Master Chief would just be more of the same... Although it wouldnt surprise me if Domon also rented there, as clearly the WWB would have fast access to ACROSS headquarters.


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34. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >> "Major Boothroyd wanted me to test some pistols for him, then
>> write a report," Geoff explained. "He says I document things well. I
>> figure my sacrifice saves everyone else the trouble."
>
>Yup. Some things still stay the same. At least Q gets the info he
>needs without having to harrass one of the less paperwork inclined SA
>types.

One of the benefits of having someone who is, shall we say, anal-retentively detail-oriented around is that the documentation and paperwork are done exactingly, and Maj. Boothroyd can appreciate attention to detail.

(The fact that UF-me can tell, after holding a gun with a full clip and then empty, how many bullets are in a chamber as one of his lesser tricks is a big help, too.)

>> As for the bundle of pink roses on the passenger seat, Gryphon
>> supposed they hadn't actually come with the car. Who knew Geoff had a
>> romantic side?
>
>No, just the same attention to details that makes him such a good
>agent, form filler outer and general straight arrow.

Straight-arrow? He's actually in trouble here. He's not supposed to go haring off on his own like that.

>> "You've got the galaxy's most dangerous game making your
>> restaurant reservations now?"
>
>HUH??? How did Geoff become the galaxy's most dangerous game? Is
>there a HHGG or BPGD entry I missed or something?

Go look up the story 'The Most Dangerous Game'. It'll enlighten you (also a pretty good read, and you'll see how it's the genesis for a lot of other fictional character backgrounds).

>> It was, Geoff reflected, a classic spot for a rendevous of
>> spies. Say what you would about the Neo-Soviet Ministry for State
>> Security, its officers respected their roots.
>
>IOW, the sort of place a SMART spy would never use because its too
>damn obvious. Of course, given that we're talking about the Resident,
>he can indulge himself occasionally.

One of the nice things about New Avalon is that you can have 50's noir moments like that and people don't bother you.

>> "I had heard that you had turned cop and gone soft, Hellbringer."
>
>Hellbringer, eh? Well, we KNEW he was darn good even before he left
>Big Fire, and that he'd only have gotten better under the tutalage of
>the Brotherhood before he left on his self appointed quest.

There's a story behind that codename, and I really need to get cracking on it.

>> "This is where Nick's shooter was staying. She's gone now, but GUN!"
>
>Threw me for a second there, but that last line is delivered in the
>"There's a GUN, get down" tone of voice known to everyone who's
>watched a movie with the Secret Service, or Cops... right?

Right, as you should guess from where he swept her legs out from under her to keep her skull from developing at least one spare aperture.


>> <You might as well have left your -pants- at that crime scene.>
>
>Pants, or Panties? or is this one of those terms that doent really
>have a gender specific?

Rule Three: Make It Look Easy. Or in other words, the speaker is exaggerating that she left enough behind that if she'd done the job, taken off her pants and left them there (with all the evidence implied), it wouldn't have made a damn bit of difference as to identifying her.

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36. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>No, just the same attention to details that makes him such a good
>>agent, form filler outer and general straight arrow.
>
>Straight-arrow? He's actually in trouble here. He's not supposed to
>go haring off on his own like that.
>
Haring off on his own how? He's still seated at his desk, and clearly followed through on the train of thought of "G's going to Perth, not on business. Ergo, it just might be a date. People give flowers to their dates. Ergo, it probobly would be a nice touch if I make sure the chief has flowers to give said date. Like I said, Attention to Details... its what makes a superior writer/investigator/Assasin.

>>> "You've got the galaxy's most dangerous game making your
>>> restaurant reservations now?"
>>
>>HUH??? How did Geoff become the galaxy's most dangerous game? Is
>>there a HHGG or BPGD entry I missed or something?
>
D'OH. I was thinking of Game in terms of something you play, not what you hunt.

>>Pants, or Panties? or is this one of those terms that doent really
>>have a gender specific?
>
>Rule Three: Make It Look Easy. Or in other words, the speaker is
>exaggerating that she left enough behind that if she'd done the job,
>taken off her pants and left them there (with all the evidence
>implied), it wouldn't have made a damn bit of difference as to
>identifying her.

Hence my quip... for some reason I felt saying she might as well have left a used pair of underware at the scene was more... well, it certainly would have been more derogitory anyway.


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37. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>>No, just the same attention to details that makes him such a good
>>>agent, form filler outer and general straight arrow.
>>
>>Straight-arrow? He's actually in trouble here. He's not supposed to
>>go haring off on his own like that.
>>
>Haring off on his own how? He's still seated at his desk, and clearly
>followed through on the train of thought of "G's going to Perth, not
>on business. Ergo, it just might be a date. People give flowers to
>their dates. Ergo, it probobly would be a nice touch if I make sure
>the chief has flowers to give said date. Like I said, Attention to
>Details... its what makes a superior writer/investigator/Assasin.
>

I'd guess that if somebody asked him about the roses, he'd say something about how a dozen roses is a nice "punt" choice for a date, neither too much nor too little, and it keeps the date from paying too much attention to you, useful when you're infiltrating a secure location by going on a date with an unsuspecting person.

Standard Big Fire training.

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41. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>> "Major Boothroyd wanted me to test some pistols for him, then
>>> write a report," Geoff explained. "He says I document things well. I
>>> figure my sacrifice saves everyone else the trouble."
>>
>>Yup. Some things still stay the same. At least Q gets the info he
>>needs without having to harrass one of the less paperwork inclined SA
>>types.
>
>One of the benefits of having someone who is, shall we say,
>anal-retentively detail-oriented around is that the documentation and
>paperwork are done exactingly, and Maj. Boothroyd can appreciate
>attention to detail.
>
>(The fact that UF-me can tell, after holding a gun with a full clip
>and then empty, how many bullets are in a chamber as one of his lesser
>tricks is a big help, too.)

That and I'm sure that UFGeoff has giant piles of fun doing it, as well.
Or, at least as close to giant piles of fun as he can get.

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39. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>"... 'Science porn'."

That's a... unique term. Appropriate once explained but it threw me for a sec.

>The Grissom-Sara chat was interesting, partly because of the path
>they're taking on the show, and partly because I'm reminded that, once
>again, I really have trouble following Gils mind on occasion.

   It's funny, but I had no trouble following Gil's thought process on that one. Sara's reaction acutally spurpised me.

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40. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>>"... 'Science porn'."
>
> That's a... unique term.

I picked it up from our own Chad Collier (and G picked it up from the one in UF, who is due for a very funny cameo on CSI:NA one of these days).

>   It's funny, but I had no trouble following
>Gil's thought process on that one. Sara's reaction acutally spurpised
>me.

He caught her at a bad time: It happened that her mind was already slightly occupied with matters relating to what it sounded like he was talking about, as opposed to what he was actually talking about, so you might say she was predisposed to misinterpret what he was saying.

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   This beeped and flickered for a moment, then demanded a spoken
keyphrase. (Somewhat to Catherine's confusion, this proved to be
"Hello, my name is Werner Brandes.")

*chuckles* I'm amused with myself to pick up a reference to the fun movie 'Sneakers'. Bonus points to whoever got me wanting to watch that movie again. Thanks!!

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43. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >This beeped and flickered for a moment, then demanded a spoken
>keyphrase. (Somewhat to Catherine's confusion, this proved to be
>"Hello, my name is Werner Brandes.")

>
>*chuckles* I'm amused with myself to pick up a reference to the fun
>movie 'Sneakers'. Bonus points to whoever got me wanting to watch
>that movie again. Thanks!!
>
>ShaithisXL (the movie geek)


Somehow, I suspect that 25th-century voice recognition locks have a bit better pattern-recognition software and can tell a cut-and-paste recording from the real thing, though... :)

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   >"Will you be needing the supplemental insurance?" asked MATT as he proffered a
>clipboard and pen.
>"I wish I could say no," Gryphon replied, taking both, "but experience suggests
>otherwise."

I read this and immediately thought of Q's scene from Tomorrow Never Dies:

Q: "If you just sign here Mr Bond. It's the insurance damage waiver for your beautiful new car. Will you need collision coverage?"
James Bond: "Yes"
Q: "Fire?"
James Bond: "Probably"
Q: "Property destruction?"
James Bond: "Definitely"
Q: "Personal injury?"
James Bond: "I hope not, but accidents do happen"
Q: "They frequently do with you"
James Bond: "Well, that takes care of the normal wear-and-tear. Is there any other protection I need?"
Q: "Only from me 007, unless you bring that car back in pristine order."

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   Is there a phrase, similar to coitus interruptus, but applicable to reading instead?

Because, damn, that's what I'm feelin' now.

Beautiful work, Gryph; I'm going to be keyed up and excited for a long while now. It was non-stop entertaining from the start -- I just skipped lunch (unintentionally) at work to read this instead -- and I'm going to drive myself nuts trying to figure out what comes next.

I hate cliffhangers, in the kid-at-Christmas, oh-god-I-can't-wait-any-more sense. This is the most perfect type, too; not a case of "please hold while I come up with more", comes when you're least expecting it, sets everything up and leaves you with stuff to chew on... gah!

Pardon me, I'm going to go sit down and twitch for a while.

--sofaspud
--buzzed


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46. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   Gryph, you sneaky so an so...

Look who was hiding in the credits! (though only those of you over... oh... 35 or so will probobly 'get it' even if the series was around in syndication for quite a few years as well. Usually on channel 5 in the Los Angeles area.

John Gage
Dixie McCall, RN

Should I assume DeSoto is like, somewhere around there, he just didnt get any lines?


Of COURSE you wernt expecting it!
No One expects the FANNISH INQUISITION!
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47. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >Should I assume DeSoto is like, somewhere around there, he just didnt
>get any lines?

Yeah, he's the other member of that DocWagon crew, so he was right there, he just didn't say anything. Gage was the one reporting to Dr. Stone.

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48. "RE: Upward Mobility"
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   >>Should I assume DeSoto is like, somewhere around there, he just didnt
>>get any lines?
>
>Yeah, he's the other member of that DocWagon crew, so he was right
>there, he just didn't say anything. Gage was the one reporting to Dr.
>Stone.
>
>--G.
>-><-
>Benjamin D. Hutchins, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & Forum Admin
>Eyrie Productions, Unlimited http://www.eyrie-productions.com/

*gets it seconds before going google-diving*

Heh. :)

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Croaker
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"When in doubt, shoot something. Preferably the enemy."


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