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Posted: June 17th, 2019, 9:49pm Report to Moderator

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From the Light to the Sheyd by Not Kosher - An airline hijacker underestimates just how serious his hostages are about keeping holy the Sabbath. - Short, Horror

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Posted: June 18th, 2019, 12:00am Report to Moderator
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No sh*t, there I was....

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I had to read at least one entry before going to bed and...who's the lucky one!

OMG! You came up with this in 72 hours? Nice work! You shoe-horned in the hand sanitizer but it counts in my books. Great story, good character development and pretty decent (maybe a little cheezy) dialog. Very good writing. All in all, a great start for round three. Great job, writer!
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Posted: June 18th, 2019, 5:15am Report to Moderator

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Hmm, the use of the sanitizer was quite ingenious, shoehorned, and a tad silly as well.

An ambitious idea with moments of humour that tickled my funny bone.
When horns start appearing in stories/scripts I turn off a bit, but hey that's just me. I wasn't really feeling the horror but that's like I said cause this ain't the type of horror to scare me or enthrall me.

A big effort.

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Posted: June 18th, 2019, 9:14am Report to Moderator
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This one was interesting . It would have read better for me if  you named the tech guy. I know you don’t have long to setup only being allowed 5 pages. I would have liked to see the tech guy hook into the plane. Maybe he goes into the bathroom unlocks a small panel and plugs in a cable. Something like that.  One sec he was sitting, then poof he’s hacked the plane.

I take naming of the “Tech Bro” back. A high jacker isn’t going to introduce himself . My fault for not thinking that thru.  

I like Kaleb. Older people are harder to scare. They’ve done had life throw everything at them. So tech bro ,like he said ,was an ”inconvenience.”  He was my so called relatable character that tied the story together nicely .

The winged monster was a nice surprise. Washing the blood off with hand sanitizer was unique .

The flight attendant forgetting to restart CPR lol.

You know how to weave plot and story pretty well.  When I found out she was pregnant. That was a nice payoff out of a tragic situation .

Well done ...

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Hey writer.. This was really interesting and clever writing. Loved the set-up. Though horror part didn't work as it should, but may be it's just me. Very well done though.
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I really liked the mythology on display here, but...

Tech-Bro, urgh, can’t he have a name?

His reasoning for the hijacking is ridiculous... he’s going to get hired as a hacker after this demo, no he’ll be in jail sewing mailbags. TBH wasn’t sure if this was meant to be funny?

These can both fixed.though...

Not aware of the Sheyd before, will be reading up later, thanks for the education.

Sanitiser... a little shoe horned but okay by me.

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"Tech-Bro" - ?  That's a pretty irritating name.

The setup here is once again ludicrous...completely unrealistic and unbelievable.  So many reasons why, but I'm not going to waste my time gong into detail.

Is this supposed to be a comedy?  The dialogue is cringe worthy.

Passages not remotely broken up correctly, which makes this read very difficult.

HA!  I keep reading, "the Flight Attendant", as if there's only 1 on this Boeing 777, which appears to be flying a long distance.  So completely fake...c'mon...really?

"Hezekiah kicks off the Air Marshall, who returns. He throws off others one at a time, but they return as well." -     Man, oh man, this reads like a combination of a pisser and a young child's writing.

The End.  Well, it's memorable, that's for sure.  It's whacky, goofy, and way, WAY to big a premise for 5 pages.  The hand sanitizer is shoehorned in at the very end.

Nothing works for me at all here.
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Posted: June 18th, 2019, 7:57pm Report to Moderator
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Hi writer,

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looks at a TECH-BRO

A tech-bro? Reading on...

Okay I get it, surely you could have come up with something better than tech-bro.

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life signs,

vital signs

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Kaleb knees Tech-Bro in the balls. Tech-Bro crumples.

I really dislike that name and it is starting to affect the read for me.

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Yeah, the Flying Spaghetti
Monster’s going to be all mad at me
if I keep you flying after dark.

This guy sounds like a complete idiot, someone not capable of doing what he's doing.

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My order guards the secret of the
Sheydim. They were to be companions
to Man, but were unfinished when
the Sixth Day ended.
Wow, you hit your head really hard.
We support the Sheydim who wish to
live among Men in peace. Hunt down
those who do not.
Hezekiah buries his head under his arms, whimpering quietly,
comforted by the Jewish Woman GURIT (1 next to him.
As I said, the Sheydim were
unfinished. A Sheyd needs the order
of the holy laws. Without that
firmest of guidance, he is lost.

Mass exposition, it really needs to be done well to be pulled off, for me this wasn't one of those times.

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Miss, put the watch on your wrist.
Okay, but I can’t log into it.
She fastens the strap, but the countdown continues.
His password is zero six six six,
perhaps a very stupid joke.

This is so convenient to the story.

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She “forgets” to resume the CPR.

Her real motivations would only be known if you show us or tell us. This is some really awkward writing.

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Tentatively, a Passenger mom with a diaper bag offers a small
bottle of hand sanitizer. Ester checks for the Kosher symbol,
accepts the bottle, and other moms come forward.

I almost forgot all about the sanitizer. It's there though.

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Still in the window seat, Gurit’s cries of pain end. She
straightens up, enters the aisle. She’s five months pregnant.
Not all.

Sorry but that ending was really cringe worthy.

Lots of moving parts that don’t feel like they sit too well together.

Some of the dialogue, while trying to sound 'proper' just comes off robotic.

Criteria met for me. Won’t do too well in the other categories.

All the best.

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Posted: June 19th, 2019, 11:00am Report to Moderator
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This had promise, but kind of fell apart for me.

I was intrigued when they confront the Tech-Bro right at the start of his plan. Had me leaning forward. It was an interesting twist on what I was picturing... seemingly peaceful people with a violent purpose... I liked the feel of that.

But, when the horns/wings came out, you totally lost me. Now, I realize you were chasing horror for the challenge. But, I'd like to see the version of this where it's just normal people acting in a completely unexpected way.

In the end, I enjoyed the first couple of pages, but not the last.

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Posted: June 19th, 2019, 3:53pm Report to Moderator
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Marks for the criteria being met, so good there.

This had a good start to it, nice setup. This type of suspense has been achieved with good effect in films like Red Eye, e.g.  But it started going downhill for me with the dialogue between “Tech Bro” (which, while descriptive, seems very out of place here) and Kaleb. I thought it was going to rebound as the transfiguration occurred, but that part fell a bit flat for me.  My issue with the dialogue is that it’s mainly expository— that is, it explains things to the reader through the dialogue rather than showing us what’s happening.

I think with a bit of rewriting and a longer script to work with, you might have the nucleus of a pretty decent story.

Best of luck,

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Posted: June 20th, 2019, 8:46am Report to Moderator
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Sorry to say, I didn't like it.

There was no horror for me.

Tech-Bro is a horrible character name.

I've no idea what a Sheyd is.  If I was on my PC I'd be googling this and the other strange words.

The story of this Tech-Bro taking over the plane and ending with the shining light of a baby due in a few months didn't work for me.  Made no sense TBH.

This was really a test to see if I'd reach the end.

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Posted: June 20th, 2019, 10:38am Report to Moderator
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Light on the horror.

Started okay - then started to fizzle for me.

Lose the tech bro.  This is main character. Give him a name.

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Excellent story. Tech-Bro’s motivation for the hijacking—to be regarded as the best black-hat hacker, however, tells me he’s not too bright. I’m sure there’s a department in an agency not to be mentioned that specializes in deleting any black-hat hacker that can’t be co-opted. And Tech-Bro doesn’t strike me as co-optible. Kaleb comes off as very cool guy, as ready with a witticism as with a knee to the stones.
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Posted: June 21st, 2019, 7:16am Report to Moderator
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Hello writer

"a TECH-BRO" made me think it was a thing, rather than just a strange character name. A google search for Tech-bro tells me it is, although I still don't fully understand lol - he still needs a name though.

" The Flight Attendant backs away toward the rear of the plane." - lol i just had images of him/her slowly walking backwards, whistling in a "nothing to do with me" sort of way.

These Jewish characters are interesting - Kaleb, very calm in the face of this situation - Ester, again calm enough, and clever enough, to check the faces of the passengers to look for an accomplice - they are like some kind of secret agents - I hope we get to know more about them.

"(gagging)" - I don't think this is the right word, that's more for choking - unless Kaleb kneed him in the balls so hard they entered his throat and made him gag, I would use 'gasping' - or nothing at all really, it's not needed - any actor worth his salt knows the character has just had his bits squashed and would act accordingly.

I'm afraid that my uneducated self does not know a lot about Judaism - so I'm off to google, back in a mo...

...OK, Sheyd is demon in Hebrew - these Jews seem to be some kind of demon hunters/educators - support the demons that live amongst them peacefully, kill the rest. I think I'm up to speed lol

What I have an issue with so far is this...

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You know, I could go to any country
unfriendly to the U.S. Seems to be
more of those every week. But just
for that, we�re going to Syria
where it will be Friday... night.
No! I beg of you!

First, I still don't know what the relevance is of it being Friday night when they get to Syria, or why it has upset the Jewish demon hunters - but mostly, I don't understand how Tech-bro does know that it will upset them... he just confused them with Amish people so how does he now suddenly understand Jewish demonology?... either that or I am missing something obvious lol

There was this tidbit...

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Not at all. I apologize for the
delays, but we should reach Athens
with plenty of time to get to your
hotel before sunset.

But that is for the audience - Even if Tech-Bro overheard the attendant say this, it's a big jump to then think they would be upset if it was night time - I really hope I am making sense lol

Wow - didn't see that coming. I love it lol - great imagery of the beast and the people trying to subdue him - visually I would really like this.

Some clever story points in here too, the use of the sanitizer, the laptop and watch and how to disarm it, the knowledge of Jewish demonology - all good, it was unique and well, puts my entry to absolute shame lol

It's not without issues though - some for me were:
- Tech-bro knowing that night time would upset the Jews
- Hezekiah, I guess I am suppose to feel something for him and his impending doom at the end, but the revelation he has a child - problem is, I've spent so much time with Kaleb and not Hezekiah, it is Kaleb's fate that I am most interested in.
- Tension, I don't have a lot at the end - I didn't sense the characters (other than Tech-Bro who I don't care about) were in danger, they subdued the demon, Kaleb knew the password and quickly had the idea for the wrist watch - I guess the 5 page limit was a problem for that.

But wow, writer - Cleverly written, interesting and unique story, interesting characters - all in 72 hours... I'm jealous



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Posted: June 21st, 2019, 6:24pm Report to Moderator
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Kaleb's action seems strangely unshocked.

Passengers don't chuckle when they're life is in danger.

Decent work on the prose.
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