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I've been going through with someone, doing a trial of all of Blake's… 
28th-Apr-2010 12:34 pm
I've been going through with someone, doing a trial of all of Blake's actions, going through episode by episode, line by line and analyzing the inconsistencies in his behavior and that of his 'speech' to his actions, and I can't believe that I think even less of him now than when I started. And I agree when someone pointed out that we needed Blake at least for a few episodes because the contrast really shows how much better Avon actually was compared to him.

And for those who think the Blake icon shows a wonderful man...my title for it is, "Smile of a Smug Cold-Blooded Murderer"


Blake is really an arrogant, devious, lying, moronic, back-stabbing mass murdering machiavellian fanatic who struts around like he's god, who uses and discards people like disposable objects, who would stab anyone in the back if he could meet his goals faster or cause enough damage to the Federation, who destroyed the morality of his crew with his ends-justifies-the-means arrogance and whose 'goodness' is so thin that you only have to scratch the surface for the illusion to disappear and you see the self-obsessed man underneath.

I relish any story that portrays Avon and Blake the way they truly were in the series and not the distorted cartoonish, caricatures that ignore most of what they say and do. And it gives me a chuckle when people claim characters are OOC when the behavior displayed is taken directly from the series. They must mean OOC with their own personal fanon, which I would whole-heartedly, proudly and very happily agree. Mine is too, but at least I have the honesty to recognize it, though I think that my personal one incorporates much more of a range of their complete personalities, though I do distort Blake's negative traits more...because there are so many of them....

The man was a complete failure from TWB to the final end, which even he realized. Very little of what he did or planned actually worked and the few things he achieved were usually by an incredible stroke of luck despite his lack of anything remotely resembling intelligent thought. And it's such joke because he's not even aware of how ludicrous his logic is.

He has no coherent plan and goes around randomly committing random acts of destruction and mass murder and acting on whims, and other than for the single search for Star One, which takes him an awful looong time and has to stretch out many episodes, there is no coordination in what he does.

We know Avon had very specific and coherent plans, we are told this very clearly in Animals and it matches perfectly with what he tried to do since the end of Ultraworld.

The rest of the time they barely escaped with their lives, and without meeting his goals. How many times did he get at least one or more of his people captured, when it wasn't even a trap? Not much of a leader.

And he was clearly an insane megalomaniac who had almost nothing (the beginnings of an army consisting of Deva, Klynn, a technician, a Federation spy and maybe two janitors and no weapons that we can see other than Blake's and Arlen's personal one, even when the base is under attack...plus a so-called base where he can't even use his own name, makes it a very 'beginnings' indeed) by the final episode when Avon put him out of his misery.

I just read a perfect poem that describes Blake. It's not as negative as I would like but it's good enough.

Demon!

You steal away
everything,
a selfish Robin Hood
merciless!
You take from everyone
give to no one,
and laugh at our
mortality.
You dance with
gods - playfully -
as we watch everyone;
family,
friends,
strangers,
ourselves...
slowly die
one by one.

Egotistical,
useless,
controlling...

Your hands keep moving
as ours slowly grow still.


By Forgotten Anomaly


And it made me very happy and I cheered when Avon killed Blake at the end, and put the gun to his head to blow it off, and wished he had done it much earlier in S1.

Blake finally reaped what he sewed. That's what happens when you repeatedly screw your friends and force them to do what they don't want to under the arrogance that everything you do is right and any despicable behavior is justified as long as you think it is.
Smile of a Smug Cold-Blooded Murderer
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29th-Apr-2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Blake finally reaped what he sewed
Which means of course he stitched himself up?

Actually I tend to view Blake in the light of the phrase "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

It would be nice to think of him as insane, but he wasn't.

Yes he did manipulate people, but with all the skill of a barbarian wielding a club.

He had a sort of reverse Midas Touch, which was relatively harmless when he was just pootling about, but when he went after Star One it, became a disaster waiting to happen.

But he never meant it that way. He did care about the others,whether you believe that or not. It just didn't stop him from doing what he felt he needed to do.
29th-Apr-2010 12:39 am (UTC)
But he never meant it that way. He did care about the others,whether you believe that or not. It just didn't stop him from doing what he felt he needed to do.

I used to think that he cared, just not that much compared to achieving his goals. But too many things he does shows me that his 'caring' is highly suspect. The moment someone is either of no use to him, refuses to do what he wants, or doesn't scratch his itch of fighting against tyranny, he abandons them and treats them with contempt. Someone who claims to care as he does and acts like it on the surface...only to have it disappear the moment it doesn't meet his needs, makes me really wonder if he really cared about others or himself.

If he cared at all, it as a very superficial caring that meant very little to him, even to the point that even fulfilling his whims was much more important to him than taking care of friends who are falling apart around him due to his negligence or even at the end where indulging his whims is far more important to him than his actions causing people to be killed.

I don't think the writers included that line in Weapon by accident...the one where Avon teaches Cally about friendship and says that friends don't do this to each other, and...tada...that is exactly what Blake does to them all constantly.

Yes, I am being nice by calling Blake insane because the only other alternative for me is to call him evil.

But, of course...it's all a matter of interpretation.
29th-Apr-2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree with you, completely. Since I believe in the purity of the intention, I believe his aims were good. I'm sorry that others see this as evil--I think they are wrong. I love Blake, faults and all, and I truly believe Avon loves him while hating him at the same time.
29th-Apr-2010 05:45 am (UTC)
We're all entitled to differences of opinions. :D

I guess we see things differently. I don't believe Avon ever loved Blake that much. He certainly hated him, detested him, thought he was brainless and increasingly hated him. I believe his actions to help and save Blake were just a result of Avon's normal character and did not reflect any real special feelings for him. Avon did that for pretty much anyone, even total strangers. Unless he really loved complete strangers, then no, I don't think Avon helping Blake or saving his life, even at risk to himself, indicated any real particular love for him.

I think Avon couldn't stand Blake and couldn't wait to rid himself of Blake. He considered the man a burden, just like his attitude shows in Terminal. And if Blake had been at Terminal and Avon had saved him, I highly doubt if Avon would have stuck around afterwards. I also believe that the only reason Avon used the warlords at the end, instead of the more logical and safer choice of going to the rebels, was because he was doing his best to make sure he would never even accidentally run into Blake again.

Unfortunately the plan failed because of Servalan and Avon, who wasn't by any means destitute and still had a great deal on his side, decided to use Blake as a tool just as Blake had used him.

I highly doubt that Avon would have let Blake be leader again. And this Avon was a different man, a stronger one who was no longer as susceptible to Blake's bullying ways. Either Blake did what Avon wanted or Avon would have walked out.

Blake completely misjudged Avon, treating him like a flunky like he always did, refusing to answer his questions and thinking he could just order Avon around. But this Avon was no longer subject to that kind of treatment. Blake will answer Avon's questions to Avon's satisfaction, or Avon will kill this backstabbing bastard who had once again betrayed him.

And I guess we are different in the way we view intentions. For me intentions don't excuse you from acts of mass murder just because you feel what you're doing is right, or acting like an ass. Every terrorist out there feels they're doing the right thing. Doesn't stop making them terrorist mass murderers. It might make you deluded that what you're doing is justified, but for me, it doesn't make you a good man. Put your money where your mouth is...because just having one is a lie for me.

If a man shoots my children and then turns around and tells me that he had good intentions and he meant well and it had to be done, sorry, I am going to smash his face in. I don't care if he has a mountain full of good intentions. Good intentions don't make you good. It is what you do with them that make you good. Because the proof is in the pudding. And the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but it still leads to hell. Why? Because the person with those intentions still deserves to go to hell.

And sorry, but I don't think Blake's intentions were very pure. I did once think he had some good intentions but the more I study him and compare what he says, his attitudes, the way he treats people, and what he does, I really doubt that his intentions were ever that good.

He always sounded like he was, but his actions show that his stated intentions were lies. What he said and what he tried to do, were usually direct opposites. And like Avon, I believe the actions, not empty words. I think Blake was very good at fooling people into thinking he had good intentions but then he'd turn around and show the exact opposite in his actions.

But then, these are my interpretations of Blake and Avon ;) I know you love Blake and you love the Avon and Blake relationship.

Unfortunately Blake ranged from boring me or making he hate him, depending on the scene. I found no real relationship between Avon and Blake except a negative one and any scene with Blake in it, even if Avon is present, is enough to make me fast forward or wish Avon would just kill him now, unless I'm doing research and have to force myself to watch scenes with Blake in it.
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