From the IMDb, a thread where somebody, quite sensibly, talked about how distressed they were by Breakdown and Gan's sudden outbursts of violence. Specifically, how they'd have liked a nice resolution at the end where Gan apologises to Jenna awkardly - that would have been good, but regrettably TV folk recovered from trauma quite painlessly back then. As it is Breakdown is a cracking episode but falls short of the bucketloads of potential it has.
The conversation, unfortunately, became as predictable to Dilbert to his mother in that episode where she leaves the house and records her entire side of the conversation in advance. Thus, you shouldn't even need to read this quotes, but then I know you're going to..
well Gan is a quite disturbing character- he's a violent deranged psychopath that needed a surgical implant to stop his violent outbursts. In one of a series audio plays (can't remember the exact one) it's revealed his nickname was "cat killer". So yeah he may have seemed the gentle giant, but only because the federation made him such - and they're the bad guys? -slaintemhath (sp? does it matter?)
I thought Gan had the implant put in because he killed one of the Federation's guards who had raped his girlfriend? - DracenWolfe
In The Mark of Kane they say hes some kind of mass murderer or something. I don't really count the audios as cannon though. To me they need to be at least 18mm, armour-piercing with decent ranging shot to qualify. (HAHA, pedanitc joke, that was me. Me being Jared) - sfordcar
Oh, yeah, fucking Olag Gan. Makes me look like a decent bloke, I tell ya! - Adolf Hitler
Word. - Josef Stalin
A mother or so, though, THIS post inspired me to reply..
Gan may be the gentle giant in the series but all indications are that he was a very violent man in his past, not only from the snippits we see in the show but from thae various audio dramas that have come out in the years since. - stormlord-2
The audios, of course, being the work of Alan Stevens who has absolutely no official affiliation with this series but has written a lot of material about the idea of Gan being a violent rapist with no foundation. There is NOTHING in the series to back this up, and you need to assume that the Federation chip somehow gave him an entirely different personality for the idea to work.
(May this slip under the radar of certain Google-happy fanaudio writers...)
And today what did I see but the following dismissive response:
Fans have in the past asked why was Gan given a limiter AND sent into life long exile? Why go to the trouble of giving him a limiter if they were going to exile him anyway?
The only good answer (sic - no spelling error, but seriously who writes that?) is that he was given the limiter first, but then commited another serious crime for which he was then sentenced to exile. And if this is the case, who knows what he was like without the limiter. Perhaps the insanely violent lunatic we see in Breakdown is closer to the original Gan than the calm, peaceful Gan we see in Blakes 7? - ewgf
For some reason this provoked me to write quite a bit, which I felt like preserving here because it sums up my view of the character of Gan quite succinctly ie - the spade who was but a spade.
Why go to the trouble of giving him a limiter if they were going to exile him anyway?
1) Escape from Cygnus Alpha is improbable, but far from impossible. The number of spaceships unaccounted for by the Federation is regularly shown to be very high, and there are groups hostile to the Federation who could have similar ideas to Blake.
2) They probably would like some insurance against a man who has killed armed guards with his bare hands in the past doing the same to the guards on the prison shuttle.
3) The Federation does like to sanitize its fascist regime in the early stories to the public - a policy of implanting limiters in all murderers for the exile would be the kind of detail to make the public think they acted in their interests. (Note Gan was the only one who had killed before, prior to the later retcon involving Avon's life as a gangster)
And if this is the case, who knows what he was like without the limiter.
Well nobody on the show says it was the case, and I doubt the answer would be yourself.
Perhaps the insanely violent lunatic we see in Breakdown is closer to the original Gan than the calm, peaceful Gan we see in Blakes 7?
Uh-huh. Which beggars the question of how the hell he could not be shot down if he was just rampaging like an animal in Federation territory.
Please note the prisoners spend months together, and Vila has a handle on who has committed what crimes, demonstrating that word gets around about these things. And that the prisoners are more wary of Avon than Gan, who Vila, the ultimate coward, becomes quite chummy with.
Also, compare to Roj Blake. The Federation's absolute #1 enemy. They DO work on re-building his personality. Does it work? Erm, not really. They're unable to change his basic outlook on the little people, truth, justice any of the things he truly cares about, none of his passions. They need to rely on subterfuge to mislead Blake into thinking that he IS doing right, and it all comes tumbling down like a house of cards quite easily. Presumably the Federation would have had all their best brain experts on the case... and they failed.
And yet... for some reason when it comes to little ol' Olag Gan the Federation are able to ingeniously re-write every ounce of his personality... and strangely instead of turning this muscle-bound killing machine cum psychopath into an agent on their own side, they transform him into a friendly, amicable, slow-witted, patient gent who is very notably nice to ladies and loyal. BEFORE exiling him, which I believe was part of your argument in the first place.
I don't have to mention Occam's Razor, surely?
Really, the idea of Gan's dark and violent past, chock full of broken bones, rapings, pillagings and felinicide is something that I actually find just as equally dreary as repellant, the end result of sci-fi fans who have become so fixated on the ridiculous assumption that grit = quality. Thus Gan is somehow boring until he becomes like every other psychopathic anti-hero to appear... based on NOTHING but scenes where we're explicity told something's gone wrong and his murder impulses are being actively stimulated. To turn this into the bloke wanted to kill and/or rape everyone on the ship, you need a very sad and pitiful one-track imagination or a wanton and morally bankrupt cynicism that stretches across the entire human race.
So stay away from Blakes 7. Assuming Sky ever gets their act together.