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I feel much better now that I've written my own personal Blake rant.… 
26th-Sep-2009 02:15 pm
I feel much better now that I've written my own personal Blake rant. That let off a lot of steam, anger and frustration. Won't be posting it as I know this is not the audience for it but for my own personal satisfaction, I will put this little bit.

EDIT: alright, I did add my analysis of Spacefall.


Just finished watching Spacefall, Cygnus Alpha and Time Squad and I honestly cannot come to the conclusion that:

a) Blake is a really good man who treats people well
b) Blake is smart
c) Blake knows Avon or was in any way good to him or even remotely his friend
d) Blake is a good leader
f) Blake is a successful leader
g) Blake knows what he's doing
h) Blake trusts people
i) Blake is an honest man
j) Blake is a fair man who shares with others, listens to others and treats everyone with equality and respect
k) Blake is the moral centre of the show
l) Blake puts other people's welfare above himself and his plans

Sorry, IMO most of what Blake does doesn't point to that. It does on the rare and very visible occasions but most of the time he is not. The moment his will is refused, his true nature shows.

For those who bother to read this, remember this is my own personal opinion. Everyone has their own and on this forum, I'm fairly certain most people don't agree with me, which is fine. It's why I decided not to participate on the B7 Rewatch community. Don't want to spoil other people's fun by having a different perspective that's not generally accepted. I'll also do separate versions of the illustrated cartoons from now on so that people here would find them more enjoyable who actually like Blake.

The most important thing is that we love B7. That's why we're all here. We're not all required to love or hate any of the characters in the exact same way that other people do. We are all entitled to our own opinions. I will be posting my analysis on another board where people will find it interesting and enjoyable.

Spacefall

Much is made of Avon in the computer room, unwilling to open up the door and risking the lives of the prisoners in order for them to have a chance to take over the ship.

Blake did far worse but for some reason, no one seems to notice. Maybe because he does it with such heroic flair that no one seems to realize that he has made the exact same ruthless decisions twice.

1) When they discover that the ship has been holed during the shock waves, they all realize that someone trapped inside the wall will die. Vila is worried and suggests they delay. Blake's reaction? He raises his voice at Vila and refuses to stop. Why? Because it is their best chance to take over the ship. So basically, he is going to risk killing Avon just so he will have a chance to take over the ship. Avon was extremely lucky to survive, unlike Nova later.
2) Blake knows the ship is under great danger and the ship's crew is busy trying to save all of them, yet he deliberately choses this time to take over the ship? He's willing to risk the ship and everyone in it just because its a good opportunity?
3) In the computer room, Captain Leyland tells Blake that something big is approaching and that the London is running blind and they could all be in grave danger. Blake is more than willing to risk the entire ship again, just to force the crew to give up to him.

Compare Avon's actions.
1) Avon may have been willing to risk the prisoners but when Blake yells at Avon to open the door, he does. Unlike Blake, who refused to stop his plans even though Avon might be killed.
2) Avon was taking the exact same chances Blake had already taken. None of them knew that Raiker was serious and would kill the prisoners. It could have been a bluff and Avon was willing to call it, just like Blake was willing to endanger the entire ship to call Leyland's bluff.

Blake shows some very self-serving behavior in Spacefall.
1) It takes very little to convince Blake that he should not take the risk to go through the wall panels after Avon. So Nova goes instead and gets killed. Note though, the reason that supposedly convinces Blake is that he should stay back to lead the prisoners. What's to note? Blake doesn't do that, does he? The moment the doors open, Blake goes after Avon in the computer room, and leaves the prisoners to wander around the ship leaderless. So was Blake really convinced to not go through the far more dangerous tunnels because he thought he had to lead the prisoners? The evidence doesn't suggest it because that is not what his actions show. Or was it a pretext so that he wouldn't have to risk his life in the tunnels where there would be no chance if the ship is holed again? Because it was much safer to go through the corridors armed?
2) Blake took the single gun to protect himself. Doesn't even consider the other prisoners' safety or that they might need a deterrent from getting killed too. Seven of them got killed going through the corridors because they were unarmed. Of course, Blake running into armed opposition with his own gun, survived.

Now Blake does one good thing in all this. He gives up rather than risk Raiker executing the prisoners. But given the other self-serving, callous things he has already done, it makes me wonder why all of a sudden he actually cares more about the prisoners than his plan to take over the ship. A glimmer of conscience perhaps? Because it is completely inconsistent with his behavior so far.

Blake exhibits dominating, bullying and hostile behavior towards Avon from very near the beginning. Just studying the two conversations makes me conclude that.

Conversation #1
Blake comes in and asks about the door panels. Avon is helpful and answers his question. Avon shows interest in Blake's interest and engages in social interaction.

So far, Avon has shown not once bit of hostility, negativity, snark, or arrogance. He's actually trying to be social and helpful.

But this all changes once Vila mentions the rumour about the crew dumping the prisoners. One thing to note about all of this as background, Blake places himself over Avon the entire time of this conversation, either standing over him with his arms spread in classic dominating posture, talking while standing behind Avon or sitting on the table in front of Avon so that Avon can't avoid him. All of this even though there is a free chair next to Avon. But Blake never sits down until after Avon leaves the table, and he deliberately sits in place of Avon, in the seat he has just vacated. This is clearly dominating behavior.

Back to the conversation. Avon so far has been fairly sociable and shown interest in talking to Blake. It is obvious Avon is very interested in allying himself with people who might want to take over the ship or at least escape.

What does Blake do? He deliberately makes it clear to everyone that Avon is the only one on the ship who would be able to help the crew to space them all by changing the running logs. This is clearly a hostile act and designed to make the others consider Avon a threat. And this is exactly what it does. Neither Vila nor Jenna had any negative inklings that Avon might be a danger until Blake mentions this. And as if making them all suspicious of Avon is not enough damage, Blake very deliberately stabs Avon in the back after Avon leaves the table, by telling them all that Avon had already thought about murdering them all.

So, to recap, Blake knows virtually nothing about Avon except what Vila has told him and that Avon was trying to be helpful earlier. So Blake has just callously endangered a complete stranger's life, on no evidence at all. Can you imagine Avon's life for the next four months? I wouldn't want to be in Avon's place when Blake makes a non-aggressive person like Vila suggest they should murder him.

Yes, Blake's a hero alright. And a good and nice person. Not.

And note that never once in the entire episode did the writer give us any proof that Avon was going to help the crew space the prisoners nor that he was even thinking of it. Not a single scene or a snippet of dialogue showing Avon doing it, discussing it with anyone or approaching the crew. They definitely had time to do the scenes. They spent lots of superfluous time on the crew and Raiker in the transport tube. If they really intended Avon to be that kind of person, they would have given us clear evidence of it.

Conversation #2

Blake knows he needs Avon's help. So he goes and approaches Avon. And his idea of asking someone for help is to manipulate them. Okay, when I go to ask someone for help, manipulating them is not my idea of a friendly thing to do. And this is exactly the way Avon takes it. He spots this hostile act immediately, calls Blake on it and tells him to back off. Avon doesn't want to be manipulated in order to help.

If Blake was a good man at all or had any intention of a friendly relationship with Avon, he would have listened. Instead of stopping, Blake very deliberately repeats the manipulation but this time it is a very blatant attempt. He's basically conveying his dominance over Avon by saying, you don't like being manipulated? Well I am going to manipulate you again. This is an extremely hostile act. It's like someone slapping me, I tell them to stop and the person not only doesn't stop, he punches me. Not very friendly, is it? Not the action of a good man.

And how exactly is this a smart thing to do? I believe the idea was to get Avon to help. But instead, this hostile act first makes Avon show how limited he thinks Blake's plan is and then he proceeds to become very resistant to the next few things Blake says. Good going Blake. You really know Avon. You made him hostile. If that was your plan, then brilliant.

IMO, Blake doesn't have the slightest clue how to motivate Avon. All he has is the abilities of a bully. IMO, if Blake had stopped manipulating Avon when he asked, Avon would have gladly helped. He had already shown a propensity to be helpful in the earlier conversation, before people started acting hostile towards him.

Blake comes across as having limited and short-sighted intelligence.

First of all is his ludicrous plan, but I'll get to that later, under, the first of Blake's many disastrous failures.

Blake's second conversation with Avon is ludicrous on Blake's part. Avon has been resistant to everything Blake says because of Blake's hostile attempt at manipulation.

Then Avon says he already has a plan.
Blake assumes this is the plan to help the crew dump the prisoners.
Then Blake seemingly shows cleverness by saying, it wouldn't have taken Avon that long to figure out it was a stupid plan.

Now hang on a minute and lets think about this. Like many of Blake's statements, it sounds good on the surface, but if you think about what he's really saying, you scratch your head and say, huh? WTF?

What's wrong with what Blake says?

First, he assumes Avon is talking about the dumping plan.
Then he concludes that Avon is smart and it wouldn't have taken him long to realize it was a stupid plan.
Do you see the problem in logic?
Um, if you know Avon is that smart and it wouldn't have taken him that long, uh, why in blazes would you even guess that this is the plan that Avon is thinking of 4 months later when you just said the he wouldn't? Duh?

Brains anyone? Cause I don't see much evidence of it here.

Next is the first of Blake's disastrous plans that gets his own people killed.

Ok. The scanners have been disabled. The doors have been disabled. This alerts the crew so they're primed for trouble and prowling the corridors, fully armed, expecting trouble from the prisoners.

Who thinks it's a good idea to send the prisoners, en masse, stumbling around trying to locate the armoury through corridors where its very hard to hide a large group? Any prisoner caught in the corridors would be considered to be rebelling and dangerous. Anyone think that's a good plan on anyone's part?

Well the prisoners, all 7 of them who died in the corridors, definitely don't think that.

The first of Blake's many disastrous plans that not only do not meet his objectives but gets his own people killed and captured.

Another evidence of short-sighted and limited intelligence? Avon gives Blake a much better idea. Control the computers and you can control the ship. This is Avon's idea. Blake's is for Avon to open the doors and disable the scanners and he and the prisoners will do the rest, meaning using unarmed prisoners to try to subdue fully armed crew.

Even after Avon agrees to help, Blake still doesn't twig that Avon has the better plan. It's not until Avon doesn't come back for a while that Blake even begins to think about using Avon's idea. But then, he abandons his own limited idea, sending the prisoners to their deaths while he goes to the computer room.

There is also another thing Blake tends to do that he first does here. He apes Avon's ideas as if they were his own and never once acknowledging that it was Avon's idea first.

Blake is highly arrogant.

The most obvious is how Blake takes over and starts giving orders as if the ship is his and he can tell Avon and Jenna what to do and where the ship is to go, without even asking. He never asks, he just takes. It's no wonder Avon later in Cygnus identifies that Blake will take everything and use it for his cause, regardless of what they want to do with it. Blake does not share nor is he fair.

In the second conversation, Blake acts like he's the one who is offering Avon safety. Avon calls Blake on his arrogance right away. He knows Blake is full of himself and he has nothing without Avon's help. It is Blake who is coming, cap in hand, to ask Avon for his help but he has the gall to act arrogant to Avon.

Grem_Stunned
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27th-Sep-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be surprising. He used Dirty Dozen and Magnificent 7 too as inspirations.
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