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Today's topic is best use of a hoary old trope.



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I didn't consider this scene to be using the trope I have in mind until I had an argument with my boyfriend about it. Now I'm convinced that not only does it use this trope, it does it excellently.

I said it was interesting that Avon had no choice but to do what he did. He said it wasn't interesting, it was annoying. "There was nothing he could do" is an extremely tired trope, he said, used to make the anti-hero and his or her world gritty without making him/her culpable. After some discussion, we decided that we were both kind of right (yay XD). It was a tired trope, but B7 was doing something interesting with it. Usually, "there was nothing he could do" is about the hero or anti-hero's exacting standards for him or herself--everyone tells him or her "oh, you couldn't have saved your men!" And yet he or she still suffers for the mistake, feeling grief, guilt, etc.

In B7, though, Avon is just a colossal dick about it. It's a moment that erodes just a bit more of his humanity. You could even argue that it helps him do what he does in Orbit. We see that even as we normally tell a character that he or she shouldn't feel that guilt, we expect it. Or if not guilt, at least grief. Avon refuses both, and that's unusual. Even more unusual is the fact that it never comes up again.

"Who?" indeed.




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