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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 8:35 am    Post subject: Avon Reply with quote

The Avon we see on the London is very different to the Avon we see in season four, and his transformation is probably one of the most dramatic in the show. This cold, calculating man is staying with Blake for one reason, apparently, and that is he wants the Liberator. He was quite willing to abandon Blake on Cygnus Alpha and, if he didn't still need Jenna to pilot the ship at that point, I am sure he would have killed her to take the Liberator.

He was never interested in Blake's cause, but he did over the course of the first two seasons become interested in Blake. We see them in The Web suddenly working very close together and getting quite friendly - their discussion on the planet over the fate of the decimas being a good example.

How close they became, we can never know for sure, which is probably why it has become a major factor in fan fiction. We do know from Terminal that his feelings for Blake were well beyond the logical when we see how he is willing to risk everything on the off chance of finding him again. That it is he who ends up killing Blake is the ultimate irony.

But it should not have been unexpected. Avon by the fourth season was ranging from being seriously stressed out to bordering on mental illness. He had lost his direction and his purpose, and with it his reliance on logic. None of this is surprising given what he'd been through and made the character more real and dynamic. He was a tortured soul, which is probably why so many fans loved him.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has to be said that Paul Darrow added as much to the character of Avon as Chris Boucher and certainly Terry Nation.

From the cold character on paper Paul added the sly grin, the reflex actions and the stand alone attitude.

Many people say his performance was over the top, and yes, let's be honest sometimes it was. But overall he helped create the best and strongest character in Blake's 7...and just about any other SF show possibly bar the Doctor.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 12:09 am    Post subject: Re: Avon Reply with quote

Steve Rogerson wrote:
The Avon we see on the London is very different to the Avon we see in season four, and his transformation is probably one of the most dramatic in the show. This cold, calculating man is staying with Blake for one reason, apparently, and that is he wants the Liberator. He was quite willing to abandon Blake on Cygnus Alpha and, if he didn't still need Jenna to pilot the ship at that point, I am sure he would have killed her to take the Liberator.

He was never interested in Blake's cause, but he did over the course of the first two seasons become interested in Blake. We see them in The Web suddenly working very close together and getting quite friendly - their discussion on the planet over the fate of the decimas being a good example.

How close they became, we can never know for sure, which is probably why it has become a major factor in fan fiction. We do know from Terminal that his feelings for Blake were well beyond the logical when we see how he is willing to risk everything on the off chance of finding him again. That it is he who ends up killing Blake is the ultimate irony.

But it should not have been unexpected. Avon by the fourth season was ranging from being seriously stressed out to bordering on mental illness. He had lost his direction and his purpose, and with it his reliance on logic. None of this is surprising given what he'd been through and made the character more real and dynamic. He was a tortured soul, which is probably why so many fans loved him.

The only thing I agree on is the tortured soul-last sentence
Avon and Blake were never "Buddies" That is horse manure
and Avon would never have hurt Jenna...As for Avon risking
everything to find Blake:What everything? He had no other
choice and had known for a time Blake was on Gauda Prine.
he was down to his final Ace trying to play it wisely.
When he had the brain washed meeting with imagery Blake
on Terminal the meeting is terse and caustic,not chummy
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The point when Avon risked everything to find Blake was in Terminal, when he still had the Liberator and the Federation was in disarray following the war.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But he didn't risk everything in Terminal.

He was on his own, threatened to kill Tarrant, told them that Liberator would leave orbit if he wasn't back in time and told them that if anyone teleported down he would kill them!

He knew the risks, but he didn't risk anyone's life.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He flew the Liberator through the gloop despite Zen advising him to take a route around it. So he put the Liberator and all of them at risk, a move that ended up costing them the Liberator.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a fair point but both Dyana and Cally agreed:

DAYNA: Well, it doesn't sound too dangerous

Well, we've been through turbulence before.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dayna and Cally said that though before Zen gave this report:

ZEN The consensus of computer systems favour a course deviation to avoid contact. In this environment, it is prudent to treat any unexplained phenomenon as potentially dangerous.

At which point Avon said:

AVON Zen, maintain present course, no deviation. Status one, subcategory Q, no countermand.

Tarrant then objected and Avon pulled a gun on him.

And Cally pointed out that he meant and was going to kill him.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I still don't feel he risked everyone's lives....certainly not on purpose, he made it very clear that he was on his own and had only been with them to get to that particular point.

Fair enough it all went egg shaped, but that's what happens with Episode 13 of Blake's 7!
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is also interesting about this is that he now regards Blake as his personal property. Surely a chance of finding Blake again would be of interest to all the crew, particularly Cally and Vila who knew him. Why keep secret that that was his mission?
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because A) It could have been a trap and B) Blake had "Discovered something" and Avon was a greedy man!
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was a trap, then the sensible thing would have been to tell the others so they could make contingency plans.

The greedy bit didn't really work. The Liberator was full of riches, as we know.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Rogerson wrote:
The greedy bit didn't really work. The Liberator was full of riches, as we know.


Another BIG wasted opportunity for the show in general I'm afraid.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, given Avon's avarice I am surprised we didn't see more of him trying to get his hands on the loot. I mean, he and Vila made a big thing of winning the money in Gambit, you'd have thought they would have been tempted by the wealth just down the corridor.

Even if Blake locked the door, Avon and Vila have both demonstrated that they can pick the locks on the Liberator.
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve I thought it had more to do with the loot
< warts and all >We all know Avon was no Saint!
Then again who was running the show on Terminal?
Servalan strikes again! The dream had to be clouding
Avon's judgement. It was not Avon's reality at that point-
It was Servalan's reality for Avon
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