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Bloody Blake: S1E2 - Spacefall 
23rd-Feb-2010 12:47 pm
Fair Warning: Those who know me, know to ignore this if you don't want to read a thoroughly negative interpretation of Blake. Which is what I did with all the major characters before I started writing and why I came to hate and detest Blake. Because he did not ring true the more I studied him.

I plan to go through all the episodes and analyze Blake's actions and words. If you don't like it, don't read. Don't come whining to me about how my views don't agree with your views. Well, yours don't agree with mine.

I welcome intelligent debate. I revel in it. People who know me, know that I will defend my views vigorously and with copious facts. And I am very well aware that most of these characters are ambiguous and there are both positive and negatives for all of them. This was done deliberately so that we can all read them the way we want to.

But if you think there is only one right way to interpret a character, and it's a "sin" to not like a character that you personally like, well, last time I checked, this was still a free society and I'm pretty sure that I can enjoy a show without liking every character on it.

The Sins of Blake

1)  Endangers the life of a total stranger on no proof.
   a) he stresses in front of everyone that Avon is the only person who can help the crew murder them all.  Why exactly? They already knew Avon was a top computer specialist. Avon was very honest and open about that.  Did Blake think they all had short term memory and he had to remind them? Or was it because he wanted to point out that, hey here is a baseless gossip about the crew murdering us all and look, this is the only person on the ship who could help them do it. Nudge. Nudge.
   b) he blithely and callously declares that he knows Avon, whom he just met, has already thought of murdering them all. Obviously Blake has the magical gift of telepathy or a little bird told him.
   c) when Jenna and Vila, who didn't suspect Avon before but do now solely because of Blake's baseless insinuations, suggest murdering Avon, Blake doesn't try to stop Vila the gossip from saying it

2) Blake cares far more about his own life and his goals and is more than willing to sacrifice others in order to keep himself safe or to meet those goals.
  a) Blake takes the sole gun and leaves the others completely defenceless. It never even occurs to him to consider giving the gun to anyone else. His life is more important to him than anyone else's life. As a result, 7 prisoners got slaughtered because Blake sent them off unarmed against an armed and wary crew.
  b) After the ship is holed and foam seals the tunnels, they have proof that anyone caught inside will be killed. Which is exactly what happens to Nova later. Blake knowinglly sends Avon into the tunnels even though the situation is still dangerous. And when Vila suggests they should wait until it's safer, Blake yells at him and refuses to stop, under the excuse that this is their best chance. He wasn't about to give up his chance of escaping just because Avon might get killed.
 c) When Blake half-heartedly considers going after Avon when there seems to be a delay, he accepts Vila's lame excuse that they need him to lead the prisoners and they should risk someone else. Hmm, this is suspicious, after what he just did to Avon and Vila, is it that likely that Blake would let anyone stop him from doing anything he really wanted to? And the reason Blake 'supposedly accepts'' is obviously a lie because Blake doesn't lead the prisoners at all, does he? The first thing he does when the doors open is send the defenceless prisoners off by themselves and then go off after Avon with a gun. Yes, I'm sure Blake had to risk someone else going through the tunnels because he had to stay behind to lead the prisoners. How, by telepathy? Carrier pigeons?

3) Next is his thoroughly dispicable behavior towards Avon. Not only does he endanger the life of a total stranger on no proof. In a ship full of criminals no less, he tries to dominate Avon right from the beginning and acts very hostilely towards him even though Avon hasn't done anything to Blake except talk to him fairly inoffensively and offer information that Blake needed.

4) Blake is a failure as a leader and always was, but he's so arrogant he thinks he should continue being leader. The man has no shame.
 - Blake's failures so far...he got his own rebel group slaughtered and because of his defeat, the entire rebel movement suffers a great blow
  - his take over of the ship is an unmitigated disaster; the plan itself is ludicrous and results in 11 prisoners being killed
  - but even after this, Blake is still considering himself as leader and trying again instead of maybe asking someone else to lead, maybe someone who won't be such a failure?

5) Where Blake reveals himself to be either a moron, or a malicious bastard.
 - Well, I don't know about you, but my first thought when I meet an intelligent man who has an opportunity to murder everyone in order to save his life, is that he must also be a murderer. Who cares if he's only in here for fraud. Fraud. Smaud. Hey that has an 'm' in it, and that rhymes with murder. Sooo. Avon must be a murder. Whee! Yeah, that makes just as much sense as Blake does. Hey, here's a thought, Blake is both a moron and a malicious bastard.
 - Oh, yes. I can declare on one hand that Avon was smart and it wouldn't have taken him long to realize the plan to help the crew murder them all was stupid. And with the other hand, I can also assume that the plan Avon is referring to must be this stupid plan.

Uh...Blake, you're a moron and you have a memory like a sieve. Avon already told you what his plan was. It is his idea to use the computers to control the ship, not like your lame plan to go through the ship unarmed and get your own people killed after only using the computers to open the doors and to disable the cameras.

Do you ever use your brain, Blake? Because that is the plan Avon is referring to. It's only logical since Avon just stated it only a minute ago. But noooo. You have to assume he's thinking about this stupid plan, which you yourself know that even if Avon had thought of it, he would have realized early on (not 4 months later!) that it was too stupid to continue thinking about. Do you even listen to yourself, Blake?

Avon must have realized Blake was an idiot by now and lost all respect for him. But he needed him in order to get to the computers. Just like Blake needed Avon in order for his plan to work, though Blake arrogantly acts like he is the one who is offering freedom to Avon and Avon is the needy one. Yeah, right. Avon got you pegged from the beginning for the arrogant moron you were. And he told you so to your face when he remarked snidely about your arrogant assumptions about your own importance.

The one good thing Blake did was, after watching the 2nd prisoner being executed in cold blood, he gives up and will not sacrifice any more prisoners.

Sounds good and moral, but hang on a second here. This man has just acted in a completely self-serving way so far. Risking other people in order to keep himself safe and to risk others just so he could have a chance. Did he have a change of heart and all of a sudden show a little conscience? Or did Blake realize that the crew wasn't about to give up to them and so it was pointless continuing? Because really so far, acting morally or with concern or consideration for others, has not been at the top of his priorities.
Avon Angry
23rd-Feb-2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
You really do hate Blake, don't you? Interesting take on the character.

but even after this, Blake is still considering himself as leader and trying again instead of maybe asking someone else to lead, maybe someone who won't be such a failure

Maybe Blake's problem is not so much the fact that he considers himself to be the leader, but he's the only one who actually wants to fight the baddies, while none of the others seem to care about what the corrupt Federation is doing. Blake leads, because he needs to organize the resistance. If Avon or anybody else had taken charge, then their aims would have been quite different (especially in the course of the series).

And also this: wasn't it Avon especially, who objected to giving up the computer controlroom? Wasn't Blake angry with him for the ease with which Avon was willing to sacrifice innocent prisoners just to save his own skin?
23rd-Feb-2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
You really do hate Blake, don't you?
How could you tell? ;)

but he's the only one who actually wants to fight the baddies
Actually I'm not sure of that. I think they all were in their own ways. Just not Blake's way of going around blowing people up.

And also this: wasn't it Avon especially, who objected to giving up the computer controlroom? Wasn't Blake angry with him for the ease with which Avon was willing to sacrifice innocent prisoners just to save his own skin?

Yes, I am the first to say that Avon was no saint either. But IMO he was far better than Blake ever was. My point here is that after all the self-serving behavior Blake has shown up to now, willing to sacrifice Avon and the prisoners just to keep himself safe and to have a chance to take over the ship even if he got all of them killed, it makes me highly suspicious about his motivations in the control room.

All of a sudden Blake loudly proclaims his morality after being so self-serving? I don't believe it. It is inconsistent with his character so far.

Was it because Blake really didn't want to sacrifice the innocent prisoners to save himself or because he realized that Riker wasn't about to give up no matter what and it was pointless to sacrifice more prisoners?

And one thing to point out, even though Avon was willing to sacrifice the prisoners, not to save his own life, but because he felt it was their only chance to take over the ship, (Which is exactly the same logic Blake used earlier when he was willing to sacrifice Avon because he refused to give up his chance to take over the ship) Avon actually listens and opens the doors thereby saving the prisoners.

Blake under the same circumstance, when Vila suggested they wait until it was safer, Blake yelled at him and refused to listen because his chance to escape was far more important to him than Avon's life.

For me, one seemingly good act doesn't erase the fact that he mainly acted self-servingly in the other instances.

Edited at 2010-02-23 06:45 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2010 01:05 am (UTC)
As a matter of curiosity, why?

By the way if you can't reconcile key points of behaviour, then maybe the analysis needs more work.
24th-Feb-2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Why which? Why does one act good act not erase the other self-serving things he does? Because that is the filter by which people seem to look at Avon. Avon did far more good than bad but he is tarred by a few things. Blake commits mass murder just to prove he was right but he's still a good hero because of all the good things he does. Well, it's time Blake got the same unfair treatment that Avon always gets. And all the bad things Blake does should tar him.

I have no problems reconciling anything. There is nothing wrong with my analysis. My theory about Blake fits in all circumstances.

I believe Blake is a deeply flawed individual who was far more self-serving than he was good. But he did occasionally have good impulses, though even then, it is usually tainted by the bad he does to achieve it. I believe that covers everything he does, at least for me ;)

This is after all a personal interpretation. I'm sure if there were 10 people, there would be 11 different interpretations. I am presenting mine here with corroborating evidence I use to form my theories and interpretations. I state that right in my first sentence before going into my analysis.

What I was pointing out here is that given that Blake had been acting so self-servingly so far that I am suspicious as to his motivations in the computer room. I think there is a lot of room to consider that he was only acting because he realized his goal was not being served and the Captain was never going to give up the ship to him, and not because he was morally deciding that he didn't want to sacrifice more prisoners.

Avon made the wrong decision. But what saved him was that he listened when someone told him not to do it.

Blake does not have that to save him when he made his wrong decision to sacrifice Avon through the tunnels even though Avon might die just because Blake doesn't want to sacrifice his chance to escape. Because Blake did not listen to Vila when Vila objected and suggested they delay until it was safer.

Edited at 2010-02-24 03:24 am (UTC)
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