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29th-Apr-2010 02:16 pm
3rd-May-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
You are far better versed in Blake's 7 then I ever will be. The fact that I hardly ever watch episodes anymore, seems to give me selective memory. I remember now, that in Trial, Blake went to an unstable planet (did he know this before he went down?), where he would not be able to survive.
In the series, Blake was never a character I was very interested in (I never watched the first episode and I believe this was all about him). I saw him more as a likeable leader, who had a difficult time keeping his band of 'outlaws' together. The sparring between him and Avon was what did it for me. I liked the idea of a leader, who constantly has to come up with ways to convince his reluctant soldiers that they should carry out his plans (and in Blake's case this involves shameless, lying, cheating and worse according to you.) Maybe if I watch the series again now I'd probably agree with you.
3rd-May-2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Blake didn't know the planet was dangerous but he definitely planned to use a planet that would make him look pitiful and so he'd be able to say that despicable...I won't feel badly about you if you left me there...what a lying, manipulate bastard.
If you take a look at what the crew was willing to do, they were never reluctant to fight the Federation. They only objected because Blake's plans were usually suicidal. Those were inevitably Avon's objections to Blake, even from the very beginning in Cygnus Alpha. He knew Blake would get them all killed.
When Blake's plans weren't stupidly suicidal (and there were very few that weren't), Avon and the crew didn't tend to complain or resist. I don't see that Blake's efforts was to make a reluctant crew fight. They wanted to fight, but they had limits on what they were willing to sacrifice.
The crew made their limits very clear in PP. They wanted an even chance of surviving. They refused to do anything that they considered a pointless sacrifice. Blake didn't have any limits, he would sacrifice himself and all of them and any number of innocent people to get his way, even if it was just to make a point.
He had no right to force his crew to follow his values as long as they were willing to fight.
Like Avon said to Cally snidely...on Earth it is considered ill-mannered to kill your friends while committing suicide...that is what Avon objected to. Avon never once made any objections to fighting the Federation. All of his objections were against stupid plans that would get them killed.
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