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July 15th, 2009


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08:53 am - Blakes 7 catch-up #2: Project Avalon and Breakdown
Finishing up, here, so I can start watching new eps!


"Project Avalon"

Adventuresome! I do like hearing more about the resistance outside of Blake's little private "army." :)

When Travis and his mutoids capture the rebels, I kind of expected the rebels to close ranks and not admit which of them was Avalon (since there's no way any of them could expect to survive this). That would have been interesting.

All good rescue plans start with chivying Vila into coming along and breaking locks, yes.

Nice job keeping up the mystery of what exactly they're going to do to Avalon--it could be torture, I had the thought that they might make her into a mutoid, it could be any number of things.

Of course the Federation spends time and resources developing fatal diseases with a suicide gene attached. I...probably shouldn't find it as clever as I do, given how nasty it is.

Wow, Blake, an assault on the detention centre is actually working. I'm kind of shocked, even knowing that Travis is totally letting you in so he can capture you.

So was Chevner in on Travis' plan or not? The Avalon 'bot kills him when he figures her out, but that doesn't rule out his participation (not in this universe).

Avon's reprogramming androids now. Well, I guess he is quite clever with computers; this just means it's more genius-level than I thought. :)

I'm a bit astonished that the real Avalon was still alive at this point.

Travis is kind of Mr. Melodrama, with the swearing to kill Blake if it takes his entire life.



"Breakdown"

An episode with a lot of Gan! Unfortunately, he's not himself. (I know I won't have him for much longer; I may have to start asking for fic recs with Gan in them.) Actually, it amuses me that this is the second time we've had Gan be sort of the damsel in distress (not quite a woobie, because flipping out violently isn't usually the done thing for woobies, but...). *pets him carefully, leaving bindings intact*

I'm intrigued that Avon volunteered one of his bolt-holes when they're considering where they could take Gan for treatment without Federation interference. I'm not sure what to make of it. He's being practical in terms of making a contribution to solving the problem, but he didn't have to, I'm sure. Huh.

Zen doesn't like explaining things, does it? So of course they're going to ignore it and get into trouble. Like a bad parent and inquisitive, confident children.

Watching all the tangled mess of the Federation-sympathizing doctor, Blake's lies, Avon's underhanded truth-telling to the station administrator, Gan's situation, etc, was excellent. I'm impressed. I'm particularly impressed with Blake for coming up with the one threat that might make the surgeon comply: "Fix Gan or I destroy your hands."

Although the ending was quite tragic--BOOM goes the neutral station. Yikes. Dark show is dark. O_o


Onto more episodes!
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From:sallymn
Date:July 15th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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:) I remember hearing some of the cast talking about 'Breakdown', how the director told David Jackson (Gan) that it was going to be his episode, all about him... and he ended up spending most of it flat on his back in the medical section while it became, yet again, All About Avon :)

Blake's "I shall destroy your hands" is one of my favourite lines in the whole series - he's a warm-hearted idealistic hero but we should never forget that he's also cold-bloodedly ruthless (more so, IMO, than Avon ever is) - they all come from a vicious and warped society and even the good guys have their dark side.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 15th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
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he's also cold-bloodedly ruthless (more so, IMO, than Avon ever is)

To quote Lord Peter Wimsey: "The first thing a principle does is kill somebody." I can totally see how Blake would be more ruthless than Avon; he's got more to lose, in a sense, because he's fighting for an ideal.

Poor David Jackson! :) Y'know, I am going to miss Gan when he's gone. I like him.
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From:sallymn
Date:July 17th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
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Oh I do too :) I'll see if I can dig you out some fanfiction recs with Gan...
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From:kerravonsen
Date:July 15th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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All good rescue plans start with chivying Vila into coming along and breaking locks, yes.
(grin) Yep.

the Federation-sympathizing doctor,
I thought that was an interesting twist, yes.

I'm particularly impressed with Blake for coming up with the one threat that might make the surgeon comply: "Fix Gan or I destroy your hands."
Indeed.

And then the way that the surgeon was horrified that he'd used those hands to kill the Station Administrator, too.

Yikes. Dark show is dark.
That it is.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 15th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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And then the way that the surgeon was horrified that he'd used those hands to kill the Station Administrator, too.

That was truly intense, that scene. I hated that doctor, somewhat; for his sympathies, and for refusing to help Gan (limiter or no, I refuse to believe that Gan is violent by nature), and then even more for killing the administrator, whom I rather liked...but even he is overcome with remorse, and to a point where.... Well. People died because Mr. Doctor couldn't get past his own self-horror.

Dark show is really damn dark. *shudders*

(And I love it. *g*)
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From:astrogirl2
Date:July 16th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
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Yikes. Dark show is dark. O_o

Yes. Yes, it is. :)

And I don't have anything specific to say about the rest of this, so I'll just add that I am enjoying seeing your reactions. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 16th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're enjoying it! I feel like I want to keep you all abreast of my viewing, since the only reason I'm actually doing it (besides the wonderful generosity of mistraltoes) is because so many fellow fans talked it up to me.

I'm just giving back, a bit. :)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 17th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
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I enjoy reading your reviews.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 17th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
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Mind you, it's also hysterically funny if you have the right sense of humour. ;-)
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From:sallymn
Date:July 17th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
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Dystopic with a sense of the ridiculous :)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 17th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
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We could pretend to be highbrow and call it absurdism. ;-)

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