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Reviewer: LadyNiko (Signed)
07 Mar 2007 5:58 am
hehe - poor John, he's certainly got his work cut out for him keeping the city safe when the whole science team knows Elizabeth's password. As for Rodney, I'm glad that Sheppard has decided to take him in hand & convince him about the art of misdirection.

Author's Response: They are such... civilians... in the beginning. No doubt by the end of the first year of dealing with the Genii everyone will be sufficiently paranoid.
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Reviewer: anonymouse (Anonymous)
06 Apr 2006 6:07 am
Thanks for the response. I just didn't think that Sheppard would resort to anything so physical since he knew McKay had been tortured. I don't think making McKay afraid again is, or was, Sheppard's style, especially to someone not military. We'll just have to disagree on this point. I agree that McKay knows he needs to do something about caving in so quickly. But who thought that an astrophysicist was going to need instruction on how to handle a torture situation?

Author's Response: There are different interpretations about Sheppard would and would not do. That is what fanfic is all about. Obviously I wrote this long before season four, but since then more people have seen Sheppard as morally ambiguous.
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Reviewer: Krysalys (Signed)
05 Apr 2006 7:36 am
*snort* Well, at least John didnt' further damage Rodney's wound, hrm? *chuckle* That last line was too funny, hon. ;) ----}-@

Author's Response: Thank you. No, Rodney was over-reacting. If he was genuinely hurting his response would have been far different.
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Reviewer: anonymouse (Anonymous)
05 Apr 2006 7:19 am
Your dialogue is very good. Holding McKay's arm behind his back is a little harsh on Sheppard's part. I just don't see Sheppard doing that, especially since he jumped on McKay without warning. --Thank you for coming up with something other than "deer in the headlights". That phrase has been way overused in fics, especially since it's usually in reference to McKay.

Author's Response: Thank you. I don't recall... what phrase did I use, other than "deer in headlights"? *checks* Ah. "Doe-eyed vulnerable stare." Si. As far as John's characterisation here, you're correct that in season two, no, he would not have. In season one however, their situation was a lot worse. They were surrounded by enemies, the Wraith bearing down on them, cut off from Earth. McKay had not proved himself to John yet, not entirely. And John did not have McKay's confidence yet either, so he couldn't just *tell* Rodney things -- Rodney wouldn't listen to "just another military jock." Right after the Storm John was particularly intense and willing to use any means necessary. He hadn't learned yet that 'any means' often backfired. He really wasn't hurting Rodney. Remember that at this point Rodney is not yet used to physical threat. So a physical approach is an especially effective means to get his attention. What John did was generate fear, putting Rodney under pressure to teach him to think this way *while* under pressure. Rodney's smart enough to figure out that's what John was doing, but his panic-response to physical threat along with not quite knowing John that well yet -- and being impressed with John killing 60 men -- took over regardless. John did two things: he showed Rodney how to think under that kind of pressure, and showed Rodney that he was vulnerable to a panic-response even when he knew John wasn't a threat. That's why Rodney cooperated. He could John's point. Icarus
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