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Servalan's flip-flop character
Craig
Just finished watching "Sand". I want to comment on Servalan's character. We know that she's a ruthless killer, apparently with no concern for human life. She's strong, dominant, and easily towers over the men around her. But in a few episodes, and Sand is one of them, she seems very easy to turn into a startled little pussy cat. The scene I'm thinking of is in the base with Tarrant when the food machine makes a loud beep (at about 28 mins in). She panics and her face shows immense fear. She was like that too in "Ensor" when one of the (truly unbelievable) Phibians touch her.

Just seems very incongruous to me.

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Edited by Craig on 16 November 2018 13:45:20
 
JustBrad
I think you're observations are correct, but I also think there is a perfectly In Character explanation.

As a high ranking Federation official, Servalan dares not show any form of weakness. Like most of her cronies she has had a lifetime's training in concealing her 'weaker' human emotions, affection, uncertainty, and especially fear.

As you note, she lets her guard down only twice. In Orac, I think her facade really did fail her. In Sand, displaying these emotions also helped to put Tarrant off his guard, which gave Servalan an advantage.
 
Joe Dredd
I think the other important point to remember is that the sand is actively exerting its influence. Servalan’s enhanced vulnerability and Tarrant’s overly protective behaviour are all caused by the sand, as are Vila’s pitiful displays on the flight deck. There is no way Servalan would have got Tarrant’s ‘sympathy’ if the sand wasn’t trying to get them to mate with the sole purpose of increasing the food supply. None of these is normal behaviour for any of them (though of course the sand is amplifying existing traits to some degree).
 
Travisina
What Joe said.

Funnily enough, I was just thinking along those lines, but hadn't got round to posting it!

Now, if only there was some explanation for Kerril's mid-episode change from tough gunfighter to girly girly scared of cobwebs...
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Tyce

Now, if only there was some explanation for Kerril's mid-episode change from tough gunfighter to girly girly scared of cobwebs...

Oh that's easy....she saw our wonderfully brave and sexy hero, Villa!! And instantly turned to marshmallow. ;-)
Edited by Tyce on 17 November 2018 02:19:03
 
Mrs_Underhill
Joe Dredd wrote:
None of these is normal behaviour for any of them (though of course the sand is amplifying existing traits to some degree).

Yes, exactly!
And it's emphasized in the last scene which was meant to be ambiguous: Servalan crying over Don Keller and mooning over Tarrant and breaking the glass cube, and then we see sand all over her desk. So we were left to wonder: was it sand or were those her real emotions.

But there was something in what Brad said too. Servalan listened to the whole spectacle with Tarrant and Piri and she learned that Tarrant was vulnerable to damsel in distress act, so she might have acted up on that too.
 
winnie-l
Mrs_Underhill wrote: Servalan listened to the whole spectacle with Tarrant and Piri and she learned that Tarrant was vulnerable to damsel in distress act, so she might have acted up on that too.
That's a *really* good point.

Although "might have acted upon that" maybe could be "would, as a matter of strategy, have acted upon that"

Because one core of Servalan is SCHEMING - always

(IMHO!)
 
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