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* Tarrant is brave, young, handsome - there are three good reasons for anyone not to like him. * to quote Avon.
But he's also intelligent and a skilled pilot. He can behave arrogant and impulsive now and then.
A renegade Federation officer.
 
OneSparePart
A man of contrasts:
intelligent but thick
Great pilot, lousy lander
Kind but nasty (see Vila)
Bad taste in women.....ah.....
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Travisina

OneSparePart wrote:

A man of contrasts:
intelligent but thick
Great pilot, lousy lander
Kind but nasty (see Vila)
Bad taste in women.....ah.....

I think one of Steven Pacey's complaints was the inconsistent way the character was written. But I think that makes him more real, more human.
Clever people can behave very stupidly.
When he learned to fly, he skipped the lessons on how to land. Was he off sick, or chasing a pretty woman?
As a Vila fan, I find Tarrant's bullying objectionable. Yet I can see how he would find Vila irritating.
Bad taste in women - well, so did Avon, tbh.
There is no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
Brad

OneSparePart wrote:

A man of contrasts:

Great pilot, lousy lander


Whenever I watch Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and hear this exchange, I think of Tarrant:

Henry Jones (Sean Connery): I didn't know you could fly a plane!
Indiana (Harrison Ford): Fly, yes. Land, no.
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Moon Disc

Travisina wrote:


As a Vila fan, I find Tarrant's bullying objectionable. Yet I can see how he would find Vila irritating.


And yet, Tarrant was the only one to volunteer to get Vila's body when they thought he was dead in Dawn of the Gods. I always thought that said a lot about him. I liked him a lot more after that.

The bullying of Vila is pretty low and inexcusable. Tarrant usually has a reason, which is no excuse, but at least it's not just for laughs. Compare that with Dayna who snipes at Vila for the fun of it. By S3, Cally is really the only one who is kind to Vila. No wonder he got upset when Soolin brought her up in Sand.
 
Brad

Travisina wrote:


I think one of Steven Pacey's complaints was the inconsistent way the character was written. But I think that makes him more real, more human.


And is it really that inconsistent? Tarrant was gallant, but he was also a product of an Alpha Grade Federation upbringing and education. Is Tarrant being gallant one episode, and a bully the next, any more inconsistent than Avon:

Headhunter: Oh, you'll have to do better than that, Orac, if you expect me to kill them.
Orbit: Vila, I know you're here, come out.

Inconsistent writing, perhaps, but perhaps these inconsistencies are also inherent in the Federation Class system.
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