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29th-Apr-2010 02:16 pm
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Twin Souls
3rd-May-2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
And you know what, Blake's manipulation didn't work. Other than for Cally, the crew did not want him back. They were even ready to dump him with nothing rather than take him back. They didn't even bother to do the one thing he thought they would if they cared about him, ask questions and wonder about Blake. Only Cally was doing that. The others didn't even bother. They were that pissed off at him. They did not want him back. It was only by a fluke of chance, talking about Gan, that they accidentally triggered the message that Blake left.

Even then, Avon still didn't want Blake back. He was convinced that it was all a manipulation, esp after watching the message and he was right. The others are so easily led, they missed all of the transparent manipulation in that message and how Blake so easily turned and made them all feel guilty. If they listened to that message carefully, they'll realize Blake recognized he failed and he was wrong, but the only thing it appears that he really feels bad about was that he picked the wrong target and he was duped by the Federation. He feels no remorse at all for what he personally did to them all, he felt he was justified, and the target made it justified except he was wrong about the target. This man was never their friend. They were all never more than useful tools for him. Something Avon recognized in some of the things he said.

The crew never wanted Blake back, he manipulated them into wanting him back. That is different.

Blake is a master deceiver, his ability to manipulate and bully them into doing what he wanted is the same as putting a gun to their heads and forcing them.

We know this is how the writers viewed this kind of ability because of what they have Avon say in S3 to Cally, when Tarrant pressures Vila to go with him. Avon regrets letting Tarrant do that to Vila. Cally thinks Vila is an adult and he has the freedom to make his own decisions, which it what it appears like on the surface. But Avon points out, Vila didn't feel he had a choice. He felt pressured that he had to do it and that he didn't have a choice, not because he wanted to. That shows us that the writers view this kind of ability to 'persuade' as tantamount to putting a gun to someone's head and forcing them. The person is so pressured, they don't feel like they have a choice. And how is it that Avon of all people would have this kind of understanding or empathy for Vila? Because that is the exact effect Blake had on Avon, and explains perfectly why Avon is so livid and venomous in Star One when he needs to be free of Blake. Cally again expresses a similar view as she did with Vila, Avon is free. Avon points out he is not free of HIM. Avon basically felt like a prisoner, because of what Blake did to him. We only have to look at Horizon and what Blake said to Jenna about arranging odds so that Avon would never feel he had the right conditions to leave. Blake recognizes Avon wants to leave and would in a heartbeat if he had the right conditions. Avon, like he says to himself in The Web, is not there willingly.

And we know the crew didn't really want Blake back at all except he made himself sound so pitiful, because of their attitudes towards him after this episode. Jenna, the one who loves him, says some very nasty things about Blake, and she increasingly sounds like Avon. They are all so pissed off at him that they will not lift a finger to help him even though they know he is walking into a trap in Hostage and Travis has his relatives. Avon is a good man. He doesn't want Blake back either but he doesn't want to see him dead.

If Blake didn't make himself seem so pitiful, they would have left him. Unfortunately once they brought him back, he took up leadership again. He never gave them any choice about that.

3rd-May-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
And his 'admission' makes PP even worse because it is very clear, just as it was when he was trying to 'persuade' Gan after finding Kasabi's group had been slaughtered, that he knew very well the level of danger was beyond what the crew was willing to accept, when he made that promise to them. He knew but he didn't bother to tell them. The whole promise was a sham when he made it and he knew it, and the way he is able to act so reasonable and nice the whole time he was making that fake 'promise' makes him very much like a psychopath.
3rd-May-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I was pleased when they had that conversation between Blake and Deva at the end and the nature of choice came up again.

Blake says Deva does have a choice. Deva says he doesn't.

And you get the distinct impression that the only reason he is still following Blake is because of a promise he made, before he realized the kind of man Blake was, and if he felt he had any choice at all, he'd be dumping Blake so fast, it would make your head spin.

And I love how the writers show us that Deva is as scathing about Blake as Avon is. Accusing Blake of doing stupid things that will get people killed.
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