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londovir- by iamsab

GIP!

Just experimenting. Don't mind me. *g* I'm still sick and stuck in bed, which means a great deal of time staring at my laptop.

On the bright side, though, I'm almost finished with the first season of B7. *g* If anyone out there wants to ask me questions regarding my impressions, go right ahead.
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Sorry to hear that you're sick, but, yes, by all means, tell us your impression of B7! Is it what you were expecting? :)
Where would you like me to start? *g*

I was warned about the production values, but still, I might literally die of laughter if I see one of those surveillance robots again. Fortunately for all concerned, I've never put much stock in the eye candy. *g*

My favorite characters so far are Avon and Vila for wildly divergent reasons. Those two are in a neck-and-neck race for the best one-liner. I've also noticed that the two of them seem to have at least one thing in common: neither seem to have put in with Blake because they're particularly dedicated to the rebellion (at least at this point), but rather because they have no place better to go. Vila, though, has an additional admiration for Blake that Avon doesn't share- a sense of a debt as yet unpaid, perhaps? Or maybe a youthful search for a role model?

Speaking of role models, it's a shame Gan has remained such a nondescript character, because I sense a lot of history between him and Vila- a sort of big brother/little brother bond. I was really struck by how balls-y Vila was when he confronted the neurosurgeon in Breakdown. The softness was gone, period, as soon as his friend and protector was in danger.
but still, I might literally die of laughter if I see one of those surveillance robots again

Oh, god, yes. Ha! Sadly, I don't think that's even the worst special effect in there series, but I'd say it makes the top-five list. :)

Vila, though, has an additional admiration for Blake that Avon doesn't share- a sense of a debt as yet unpaid, perhaps? Or maybe a youthful search for a role model?

I don't think it's either of those things... I think it's more that Vila's had few enough true friends in his life, and senses that Blake, whatever staying with him may mean in terms of personal danger, does genuinely qualify as a friend. Blake also gives him a lot more respect than he gets from any of the others, not that that's necessarily saying a great deal.

it's a shame Gan has remained such a nondescript character, because I sense a lot of history between him and Vila-

It is a shame. Gan's a very likable character, but, alas, he never became an especially interesting one. There is a nice dynamic between him and Vila, though, and they do seem to have been close.

I was really struck by how balls-y Vila was when he confronted the neurosurgeon in Breakdown.

Vila is occasionally capable of really surprising you...
I think it's more that Vila's had few enough true friends in his life, and senses that Blake, whatever staying with him may mean in terms of personal danger, does genuinely qualify as a friend. Blake also gives him a lot more respect than he gets from any of the others, not that that's necessarily saying a great deal.

That makes sense, though I don't yet feel anything particularly for Blake&Vila. I am beginning to become rather enamored of Avon&Vila, however. There is definitely a glimmer of grudging... something there. *g*

No, I agree, there's not any interesting, mmm, intensity in Blake&Vila. Whereas Avon&Vila. Oh, yes. That's a fun relationship. :)
And I know what happens between Avon and Vila later, which, demented as I am, makes me all the more attracted to the relationship.
I might literally die of laughter if I see one of those surveillance robots again.

Ah, Robbie the Robot. He was meant to be used a lot but the cast cracked up so much at the sight of him, his role got drastically chopped. Wait till you see Brian the Spider.

I sense a lot of history between Gan and Vila

Oh, yes, I see them as friends. I think they looked out for each other--Gan protected Vila on the London and Vila's a faster thinker and possibly more perceptive about people than Gan, so I think they're a good team. There's a really nice sense of comradeship between those two in 'Deliverance', and Gan even gets at least two funny lines.

I was really struck by how balls-y Vila was when he confronted the neurosurgeon in Breakdown

As astrogirl2 says, Vila can surprise you. He protests that he's a coward, but when it comes to the crunch, he delivers. He never actually runs away, never leaves anyone in the lurch, and frequently saves or rescues them. He's a lot braver than me. Have you seen 'Bounty' yet? He's frightened, but he grabs a gun and acts anyway.
I've seen all the way through Orac now- 'tis the sole benefit of being sick in bed. And yes, you're right- even with all of his (amusing) grumbling and mumbling and personal threats to Zen in Bounty, he still went off to investigate.

Speaking of Orac, I was giggling uncontrollably when Avon woke Vila up, poor thing. He looked sooo cute standing there in his cotton socks and scowling. "All right, where is he?" "Blake?" "Avon. He woke me up." Hee.
Isn't he adorable? And then he ends up with a wet foot, the poor darling, and all on top of radiation sickness--I love his "What? All of me?"
Hee. And don't forget the concussion from wacking himself in the head with the door. *g* It just wasn't his day, was it? *g*
Well, he wasn't a well Delta. :-)
Hm, whether or not Avon has an elsewhere to go at that point is debatable. IMO, as far as logistics are concerned, he could retire to a hiding hole with riches right until the start of the third season (which is where Servalan becomes personally interested in him, when before he's just been one of Blake's crowd as far as the Federation is concerned). Whether or not Avon would have been capable to quit emotionally is another matter, but then, the glories of season 2 are yet in front of you. (That's when one notices Blake isn't the only obsessive on board any longer.) (Only Avon isn't obsessed with the rebellion.)

Tiny enticing snippet:
Avon: ...I want to be free.
Cally: But you are free now, Avon.
Avon (looking directly at Blake): I want to be free of him.
Alas, I don't get the second season for another full month at least. But the snippet intrigues. Oh, yes. *g*
I used to watch B7 when I was 12 years old, & at that age the special effects (especially the ships and the computers) were just totally cool.

You can imagine what a shock to the system it was to see the series again aged 23. ^_^;;;

May I ask what you think of the characterisation of Jenna?
Jenna doesn't particularly stand out for me, though she was particularly clever in Bounty, using her past to her advantage.

Do we ever see her have a bad hair day? *g*
Do you know how they get out of Orac's liberator-exploding-cliffhanger-prediction-type-thing? If you don't, then how would you have them get out of it? The question is, can you out-silly Terry Nation?
The answer to the first is no, although I obviously know they do get out of it, seeing as there are three more seasons yet. *g* The answer to the second? Hmmm. Er, we could go the Star Trek route and say the explosion throws them into a repeating time loop. Or something. Does that out-silly Terry Nation? *g*
No, Terry Nation is far, far sillier. This could be a good drabble challenge for b7friday...
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