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April 18th, 2008


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08:16 pm - Blake's 7: "Cygnus Alpha"
Wheeee! I brought in the mail when I got home this evening, and amongst the bills was a CD-sized box from mistraltoes, containing the next 4 episodes of Blake's 7 for me! Thank you thank you thank you! *dances*


Wow, so, the first story arc takes 3 episodes to more-or-less conclude, I see. I shall be intrigued to see how long it takes before Blake wants to start "fighting," and what Avon does in an attempt to derail that idea.

Speaking of Avon, I think I'm beginning to see his appeal. He really can snark quite nicely, although sometimes his comments are rather unsettling (loved Jenna's response to Avon telling her that he has to get rid of Blake first, and then she's next on his list: "I would find that reassuring if I weren't so sure you meant it"). I think I kind of like how amoral and sneaky he is; I can tell that there are fireworks waiting to happen between him and Blake, and that should be fun.

After Jenna showed up modeling her new outfit, and Avon went off to investigate, I totally expected him to show up in new clothes as well. But hey, massive wealth in the form of jewels trumps clothing anytime.

Blake is a very persistent man. When he first teleported down onto Cygnus Alpha, I had a shivery moment, imagining what it must feel like to actually walk on the surface of the planet that he had so narrowly escaped. And yet he goes back. And endures torture, and the rantings of the crazy priest-man, and saves his people. (Well...Gan and Vila, anyway.)

Vila: *watching woman walk away* "I say God has good taste in servants." Oh, Vila. *facepalm*

I've noticed in myself a warm affection for Gan. Not entirely sure why, but that slow smile and general good nature are kind of compelling. Also, he looks like he would give great hugs.

Zen is annoying, but in a good way: he annoys Avon, which amuses me endlessly.


Because I'm tired, this review isn't long, but feel free to comment, and we can discuss! :-)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 19th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
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Speaking of Avon, I think I'm beginning to see his appeal. He really can snark quite nicely, although sometimes his comments are rather unsettling

Yes, he is one of the Masters of Snark.

Blake is a very persistent man.

Looking at Blake's determination in that episode, he's admirable.

Oh, Vila. *facepalm*
(grin) Yep.

I've noticed in myself a warm affection for Gan.
Gan is good, yes. The "general good nature" keeps going, and is a rare and precious thing in that universe.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 19th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Again re: Avon: I think I'm in a better position to appreciate him right now, given that I've spent the past season of Supernatural defending the plot usefulness and general amusement value of a recurring character who is a totally self-absorbed amoral thief. *g*

Looking at Blake's determination in that episode, he's admirable.

Yeah, I have some serious admiration for that man.

I know Gan won't be around forever. Please tell me I at least get a whole season of him?
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 19th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Please tell me I at least get a whole season of him?

Yes. But don't forget B7 seasons are only 13 episodes.
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From:rj_anderson
Date:April 19th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
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Jenna's outfits are seriously one of my favorite parts of this show. I can usually count on her to look fabulous even when all the other costumes in the show are eye-poppingly terrible.

And yes, Gan is entirely deserving of warm affection -- he's just that kind of guy. I still have no idea why the priestess randomly decided to kiss him, but I was amused.

Avon's snark just gets better and better. I honestly wasn't sure at first if I didn't like Blake better than him, but now there's no question (though Blake still has his good moments).
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 19th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Jenna's outfits are seriously one of my favorite parts of this show.

LOL. What I want to know is, whoever built the Liberator--were they human? Cause the clothes sure seem made-for-humans. *g*

And yes, Gan is entirely deserving of warm affection -- he's just that kind of guy. I still have no idea why the priestess randomly decided to kiss him, but I was amused.

Yeah, I was like, "Good taste in guys, priestess! *I'd* kiss Gan!" You know who Gan reminds me of? Chris Cwej. Less with the looking-like-Apollo thing, but I have a similar love for both.

Hmmm, Blake is still beating Avon in my personal likability scale.
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 26th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I can tell that there are fireworks waiting to happen between him and Blake, and that should be fun.

Many people think that's the funnest part of the show, really. :)

Also, yay for the Gan love! The guy doesn't get all that much, but he deserves some. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 27th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
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I can tell that there are fireworks waiting to happen between him and Blake, and that should be fun.

Many people think that's the funnest part of the show, really. :)


Not like that! *g* Although, yeah, after this ep (well, okay, actually after a certain scene in The Web which made me chuckle at Avon) I have to assume that a majority of fic (both gen and slash) focuses on the Blake-Avon relationship. Am I right? Cause dang, there's interesting potential there.

Gan's a sweetheart. Seems like he may be a rare breed in this 'verse, so I'm going to love him as long as I have him. :-)

Edited at 2008-04-27 03:12 am (UTC)
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From:sallymn
Date:April 27th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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I have to assume that a majority of fic (both gen and slash) focuses on the Blake-Avon relationship. :) Ya think?

Luckily there's a massive variety - something for absolutely every taste and every character large and small - but yes, the Avon-Blake relationship is the biggest fanfic obsession, followed by Avon-Vila (which will make wonderful sense as you watch a few more episodes).
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 27th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
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Avon-Vila, huh? I get the impression that Avon doesn't notice Vila much, at this point. But I'll be watching. :-)
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 27th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
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LOL! I didn't mean like that, either, although now that you mention it, it is also true like that, yes. In fact, you're quite right, there is a ton of Avon/Blake slashfic, as well as gen focusing on the two of them. More than a ton, really. I think the technical term is "a shitload." Some of it is really good and has a lot of character insight, because that potential is definitely there. Some of it, of course, is, um... not good. :) (My own take on it is that that particular twisted, sparky relationship is equally interesting whether one regards it as slashy or gen. Which is something I quite like, actually.)

Seems like he may be a rare breed in this 'verse, so I'm going to love him as long as I have him. :-)

Oh, yes. Guys like Gan do not live long in the B7verse, sadly, and should indeed be cherished while they do. :)


Edited at 2008-04-27 03:46 am (UTC)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 27th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
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In fact, you're quite right, there is a ton of Avon/Blake slashfic, as well as gen focusing on the two of them. More than a ton, really. I think the technical term is "a shitload."

LOL. I kind of thought that might be the case. I'll have to ask my B7 peeps for some good recs eventually; not interested in slash (although, weirdly, I get a feeling that I might find Avon/Blake less unbelievable a pairing than most slash pairings--maybe because Avon seems to be a class-A manipulator, and there would be a strong non-'romantic' dynamic in play), but I would very much like to read whatever gen is out there.
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 27th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
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The non-romantic dynamic is a definite draw for me, although it's also a reason why a lot of A/B fic irritates me (enough so that I eventually pretty much burned out on it as a pairing): fans often can't quite resist that urge to make it romantic. *rolls eyes*

Right off the bat, I'll recommend anything by Suzan Lovett, and most especially her "The Road to Hell," although I'm not sure how findable her stuff is on the 'net. It's gen of the sort that really explores the emotional dynamics without sacrificing plot. You definitely want to see more of the series before you read it, though.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 27th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
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*makes a note of Suzan Lovett's name*

Yeah, I don't plan to be reading fic for a while (no time right now, anyway!), but hey, always good to start getting an idea of what's out there.

The non-romantic dynamic is a definite draw for me, although it's also a reason why a lot of A/B fic irritates me (enough so that I eventually pretty much burned out on it as a pairing): fans often can't quite resist that urge to make it romantic.

*headdesk* Of course they do.

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