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July 10th, 2009


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08:50 pm - Blakes 7 catchup post #1
I have 8 more episodes to watch, and I realized that I haven't posted reactions of any kind to the past 5. *facepalm* Sorry, guys! I'm going to try and catch up, here, though I haven't time to rewatch them all, so there will be only what I remember.

(If I forget to mention anything truly awesome, remind me and we will squee. *g*)


"Seek-Locate-Destroy"

So much shiny goodness in this one, I tell you. I'll break it down as the random bits occur to me.

--It didn't take very long for Blake to get them all organized into a team that can fight, did it? Part of me is impressed, part of me wishes I'd gotten to see more of that development (by which I mean: more of Avon being unimpressed and suspicious and difficult). Though I imagine there is more of that to come. And watching the teamwork almost makes up for it. *pets them all*

--Vila! I love you! Only a genius could open that kind of lock...so of course you can do it. Exaggerating the odds and then boosting one's rep by doing the job anyway, oh, you make me grin.

--Though to be entirely fair, Vila does seem to be rather a genius at this sort of thing: opening security doors in the blink of an eye when he's scared enough. *beams at him*

--And they're taking a cipher machine. That strikes me as a really good idea.

--Oh, so this is Servalan. She is rather pretty, but needs less makeup or something. I love the casting of such a tiny actress with such great presence, though. Effective.

--I do like that Cally has become enough part of the crew (though it feels like she's still different from them, which I also like) that we see them reacting to her presumed death. Blake, dear, you are very predictable with the leadership guilt, but that's okay, it's part of your charm.

--Nice build-up to Travis' introduction: harsh, men won't serve with after the massacre, etc.

--It completely failed, however, to prepare me for the fact that Travis is HOT. Eye-patch and all. *swoons* He's a calculating, passion-driven brute, and in that sense I don't like him at all; as a character he's quite a grand foil for Blake; and then there are his good looks and just the sheer attractiveness of him. No, I have no explanation. Can pheromones be transmitted via videotape and DVD? Cause that is really my only explanation. *fans self*

--Well, and Travis is no fool. Ordering the forensic examination and all.

--Epic backstory between Travis and Blake is...well, it is kinda epic. *g* And just personal enough that I buy it, particularly with Blake's reaction to Cally's "death" fresh in my mind.

--And Blake is no fool either! \o/ I do like it when the good guys are smart. And the fury in Travis at being tricked, at having his own tactics used against him, at not getting Blake...! Yeah, that was kind of satisfactory, and promises more lovely conflict to come. *anticipates with glee*

--I almost forgot to mention the mutoids! Very interesting execution of a common idea. Chilling, in fact. Slaves, disturbing vampire-robot slaves, sort of.



"Mission to Destiny"

Not so much to say about this one; I didn't like it much. Or, perhaps, didn't find it all that interesting.

--I saw the ending coming, but this is probably because I watch and read a lot of crime fiction. :) It was fun to watch the crew puzzle out what was going on. (Though I facepalmed when they didn't check the box the neurotope was in before actually flying off to deliver it.)

--Watching everybody get sleepy while exploring the ship was pretty amusing, I have to say.

--It was cool to see Cally in action more, here; and to watch Avon putting the pieces together. Nice work!




"Duel"

Another great ep (if faintly cracktastic on the sci-fi side of things).

--Quite curious about the Guardian and the Keeper, early on. And the younger actress is stunning; like a painting or sculpture.

--Travis and his mutoids again! At this point I already knew I'd like this episode. :)

--I found it interesting that Gan is the one who spots Sinofar and Giroc (yes, I looked up how to spell their names).

--I did figure out that whatever was going on with the alien ladies, it was probably going to involve a test of some kind, and would end up having to do with violence in some way. But I enjoyed the mystery of it, trying to unravel what was behind their actions, and if they were telling the truth. Very powerful, clearly, with the psychic force and the transporting people to the surface.

--Blake and Travis dueling! \o/ I was hoping for something like this after "Seek-Locate-Destroy."

--Deeply intrigued by the interactions between Travis and his mutoid girl. The talk (taunting?) about her previous identity, her need for blood and her detached demeanor. Kind of makes me want to write fic about mutoids.

--Blake can't (or chooses not to) kill Travis. Very predictable for an idealistic hero, but at least he has a practical defense for his actions (didn't trust the ladies; better the devil you know than the devil you don't) as well a personal one (he would have enjoyed the killing too much).

But watching Travis speak cruelly to his mutoid (no softening there, even after the fighting together; a terrifically interesting dynamic), and declare that Blake made a fatal mistake.... I don't know. On another show that might be villainous bragging. On this one? I don't know.


Next two tomorrow or Sunday, depending on how busy the weekend gets.
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From:astrogirl2
Date:July 11th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
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(by which I mean: more of Avon being unimpressed and suspicious and difficult). Though I imagine there is more of that to come.

Yeah. It's pretty much what Avon does. :)

I love the casting of such a tiny actress with such great presence, though. Effective.

Yeah, she definitely has... something. Something kind of scary. :)

It completely failed, however, to prepare me for the fact that Travis is HOT. Eye-patch and all. *swoons*

Oh, dear. *laughs* I do agree that he's no fool though. One of the things that I think makes this episode, and Travis himself, work is that the bad guy is allowed to be smart. Which makes Blake look even smarter when he gets the drop on him.

Another great ep (if faintly cracktastic on the sci-fi side of things).

I like it much better than the Star Trek version. :)

I did figure out that whatever was going on with the alien ladies, it was probably going to involve a test of some kind, and would end up having to do with violence in some way.

That much is pretty cliche, but I love the fact that on B7 even the godlike aliens are angsty, violent, and quarrelsome. :) And, yes, Blake's reasons for refusal are much more pragmatic than usual.

Kind of makes me want to write fic about mutoids.

You're not the only one! There was an entire fanzine devoted to mutoids many years ago.
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From:sallymn
Date:July 12th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah. It's pretty much what Avon does. :) And where he didn't onscreen, 25 years of fanfic has made up for it :)

I love the fact that on B7 even the godlike aliens are angsty, violent, and quarrelsome. :) Me too - my dislike for the mystical, all-wise serene sort means I rather adore those few we get like, err, Giroc :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 12th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
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And where he didn't onscreen, 25 years of fanfic has made up for it :)

And believe you me, I am looking forward to the fic. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 12th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
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Truly, I have no idea what makes Travis so attractive. It's beyond my experience; I guess now I know why some people loved Ba'al so much? *g* And yes, it was nice to see a really smart villain, and to see Blake get to be even smarter by contrast.

Haven't seen the Trek version of this, actually (unless "Darmok" counts, but I think that's a very different take, possibly an entirely different trope, so).
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From:astrogirl2
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
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Well, now, Ba'al was hot. In an evil kind of way. :)

The Trek version was "Arena," from back in the original series. It ends with Kirk defeating the enemy and then nobly refusing to kill him, thus impressing the aliens, who let them both go. Which is pretty much the cliche ending, so I sort of love the fact that, while essentially the same thing happens in the B7 version, the reasons for it are much more B7-ish.

And, yeah, I think "Darmok" is a different trope entirely. Although an awesome episode. :)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:July 11th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
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It completely failed, however, to prepare me for the fact that Travis is HOT.
(grin)

Kind of makes me want to write fic about mutoids.
Duel is the best one for interesting mutoids; it teases us with hints, but, alas, we don't find out anything more.

One of the things I like about Duel is that it has its own B7-ish slant on this very much recycled SF cliche. Most versions have the hero being all self-righteous, and the aliens being pompous; here, the only person who is self-righteous is the bad-guy; the others have that touch of enlightened self-interest and cynicism.

Mission to Destiny does have its moments of stupid, but I still liked the mystery, and the snark. It has one of my favourite Avon and Cally interchanges:

CALLY: Remember that Avon and I will be staying. We will regard ourselves as hostages against Blake's return.
AVON: Well thank you Cally, what a clever idea.
CALLY: [telepathically] Blake will return.
AVON: You can bet your life on it, in fact you've just bet both our lives on it.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
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Duel is the best one for interesting mutoids; it teases us with hints, but, alas, we don't find out anything more.

Well, that's disappointing to hear. :(

Most versions have the hero being all self-righteous, and the aliens being pompous; here, the only person who is self-righteous is the bad-guy

Yes yes YES. This. Blake may be an idealist, but he's quite a self-aware one; and it's Travis who won't/can't look into himself enough to make any sort of right value judgment, and therefore comes across as entirely self-righteous. That's exactly it.

Aw, you're right; one of the things that I did like about Mission to Destiny was the Avon-Cally stuff. Actually, all the screentime for Cally, flat-out. She doesn't always get enough, imho. And it is rather fun to watch Avon be somewhat appalled by her...er...selflessness?
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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here, the only person who is self-righteous is the bad-guy

Never thought I'd see you admit that Blake is the bad guy. ;-)
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From:sallymn
Date:July 12th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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Mutoids are a fanfic gift, some of the best stories have been takes on that... they're a brilliantly horrific idea that works perfectly in the inhuman Federaion's political mindset.

I really ought to make a few Travis icons one of these days...

Duel is one of my favourite S1 episodes, for all its faults, and some of the dialogue (Blake & Avon during the battle, the line about 'nuts') shows just how good it's gonna get.

Mission is somewhat silly, but I love Levett (B7 does a really great line in guest characters) and the way Avon is having so much fun playing Sherlock...
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
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Mutoids are a fanfic gift, some of the best stories have been takes on that... they're a brilliantly horrific idea that works perfectly in the inhuman Federaion's political mindset.

Indeed. The same sort of fascinating/disgusting twist that all the stuff we learned in the first episode about the Federation--the mindwiping, computer-dispensed "justice," implanting false memories of abuse in children. It really is all of a piece with a government that could create and use mutoids. (Hmm, we could add the whole "limiter" idea in as well, but it's less obviously a fascist tool.)

Avon would make a lovely private eye. *g* I hope someone out there has written a film noir AU....
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From:kerravonsen
Date:July 13th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
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Avon would make a lovely private eye. *g* I hope someone out there has written a film noir AU....
Not film noir, but you must check out Barbara Paul's "Marian Larch" mysteries. A few books into the series (You Have The Right To Remain Silent) she introduces a supporting character who is very like Avon.
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From:sallymn
Date:July 14th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
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There was a private eye AU I read once but on a mailing list and I don't think it ever got archived - Vila was the PI.

Not a bad idea, though...
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
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I confess to having a soft spot for Mission to Destiny, with all its flaws. Avon is absolutely delicious throughout (if a bit stupid and sexist), and Blake is a right bastard there at the end. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
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I think it's probably the "stupid and sexist" bit that stood out on first viewing. (I usually let that stuff slide, but did a major *headdesk* that no-one thinks it could possibly be the girl. Seriously, you all?)

I can see fans liking it. At the moment, sandwiched between "Seek-Locate-Destroy" and "Duel"? My attention is somewhat diverted. *G*

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