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Cygnus Alpha

Blessed be thy name…

Cygnus AlphaSue: Terry Nation again? OK, now I’m worried. I bet he can’t keep it up.

On the penal planet Cygnus Alpha, a woman stares longingly at the night sky.

Sue: Is it Servalan?

Me: No, it isn’t Servalan. Stop jumping the gun.

Meanwhile, the prison ship London is limping bravely on.

Sue: Has Blake really been following this ship for four months? He must really love Vila. And Vila is a dick!

Artix tells Leylan that their remaining prisoners have been drugged up to the eyeballs to keep them docile.

Leylan: All a bit late in the day.

Sue: Understatement of the ****ing century! His annual appraisal is going to be hilarious.

When Leylan files his report, we are treated to a “previously on Blake’s 7″ recap.

Sue: Oh, this is nice of them. How thoughtful.

Leylan: Three prisoners escaped in a spacecraft of unknown origin. Prisoners Blake, Stannis, and Avon. The London is again under authorized control and proceeding to destination. Message ends.

Cygnus AlphaSue: What kind of report was that? He left out all the juicy bits. Like the bit where he was a terrible captain and it was his fault that he couldn’t control his crew. I’d look for another job if I were you, mate.

Meanwhile, on the spacecraft of unknown origin…

Sue: I like the comfy sofas at the front. This ship looks like it was built by DFS. Cream and brown – it doesn’t get more seventies than that.

Blake discovers the ship’s armoury. Or maybe it’s the ship’s hairdressing salon.

Sue: I’m sorry, love, I don’t care what you say, they are definitely curling tongs.

Blake: Ow. That one’s hot.

Sue: Told you.

The guns are hot because they operate with a single function isomorphic response, or as Blake puts it:

Blake: It’ll only let us have one gun each.

Sue: He says as he hands two guns to Jenna. Brilliant.

Avon: I must say, this technology has an organic feel about it.

Sue: Just like Babylon 5. Even the chairs look the same. They give great back support, but I bet they’re not very comfortable, though, especially on long-haul flights. Blake’s 7, Babylon 5. Even the titles are similar.

Me: And all the episodes were written by one person.

Sue looks crestfallen.

Me: I’m joking. Neil Gaiman wrote an episode of Babylon 5.

Cygnus AlphaJenna presses a button on the dashboard and the ship accelerates to a tremendous speed.

Sue: Are you quite sure this is a space ship and not a floating hairdressing salon? They appear to have engaged the blow dryers.

The ship cruises into orbit above Cygnus Alpha.

Sue: Well, it’s definitely got a bit of poke. What’s it like at parallel parking?

Suddenly, a booming voice welcomes the new crew. It’s the ship’s computer.

Zen: Zen. Welcome, Roj Blake.

Sue: It’s Roger. Only his friends call him Roj.

Zen: Please state speed and course.

Sue: A ship that can fly itself. That’s perfect. That’s the best sat-nav ever. This is what you want from a space ship. Who wants to spend four months reading the manual, even if you had four months to read the manual, which this lot had.

The ship is given a name.

Avon: The Liberator?

Jenna: It got that from me. It was something I was thinking.

Sue: It could have been a lot worse; it could have rhymed with liberator.

Cygnus AlphaZen isn’t the most forthcoming computer in the world, and when Blake and Avon enquire about the ship’s teleportation facilities, he’s less than helpful.

Zen: Wisdom must be gathered, it cannot be given.

Sue: It reminds me of that talking computer from that other science fiction thing.

Me: HAL from 2001?

Sue: No. The other one.

Me: TIM from The Tomorrow People?

She’s been watching the reboot; the one where TIM is an overhead projector.

Sue: No, the other one. Red Dwarf. It reminds me of Red Dwarf.

I give up.

The London deposits its prisoners on Cygnus Alpha.

Sue: I don’t get this at all. Why travel for eight months just to dump the prisoners here? Just dump them on the Moon! It must cost a fortune to go to all this trouble. There had better be a good reason for it.

Vila is threatened by a prisoner named Arco, but Gan intervenes with a threat of his own.

Cygnus AlphaSue: Gan enjoys violence. He smiles when he’s thinking about it. What is he in for, again? No, please don’t tell me. I don’t want to know. It’s probably something horrific involving a family pet.

Gan, Vila, Arco, and another prisoner named Selman, discuss their predicament.

Sue: Right. There’s four of them, and they all have lines, so they must be important. Add these four to the two he’s already got and you’ve got Blake’s 6. We’re almost there.

Yes, that’s right. Sue didn’t include Zen. Even though we named a hedgehog after him. And here’s another thing I wasn’t expecting: Sue really hates Vila.

Sue: He’s funny, I suppose. But is he always this much of a dick?

Blake decides to test the Liberator‘s teleport system.

Sue: It’s not as good as Star Trek. It’s more Ready Brek than Star Trek. But it will save them a lot of faffing about. I certainly wouldn’t want to land the Liberator. That would be a massive pain in the arse.

Blake is pursued by monks.

Sue: I think this would have scared me if I’d seen it when I was young. Did this bit scare you, Neil?

Me: I can’t remember this episode at all.

Sue: Well, after the last one, your mum probably put her foot down and you watched Coronation Street instead. Maybe you had one week on, one week off?

Cygnus AlphaAvon tries to teleport Blake back to the ship but fails miserably. Jenna presses the correct button and Blake returns to the Liberator in the nick of time.

Sue: Does the teleport effect have its own theme tune? That’s nice.

Meanwhile, the prisoners on Cygnus are trudging towards a large foreboding structure in the distance.

Gan: What do you think it is?

Vila: The architectural style is early maniac.

Sue: Ha! That was a brilliant line.

Phew. Finally.

Sue: Vila is still a dick, though.

A woman named Kara welcomes the prisoners to Cygnus Alpha. She does this by snogging Gan’s face off.

Sue: Do they all get a snog? That would be my first question.

Me: It’s the best warm-up to a full body cavity search I’ve ever seen.

Avon prepares to send Blake back to the planet’s surface.

Sue: Paul Darrow looks like he should be playing keyboards with Gary Numan’s Tubeway Army. Paul Darrow would have been a great in a New Wave band. He’s got that look.

Me: Eh?

Cygnus AlphaSue: Don’t laugh, but the best gig I’ve been to – and I’ve seen Queen, Led Zep and Genesis – was Gary Numan at Newcastle City Hall in 1979. I’m not joking.

Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, Blake teleports back to Cygnus Alpha with a big bag of bracelets.

Sue: He still hasn’t tested his so-called gun yet. He’s going to look very silly when he fires it and it barely heats up enough to curl his hair. At least Jenna will get some use out of it.

And then we meet Vargas.

Sue: He looks like Brian Blessed.

Vargas: His blessings are upon you. Speak and he will hear you.

Sue: Bloody hell. It is Brian Blessed. That’s mental. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Brian Blessed turns up.

Me: You like Brian Blessed, don’t you?

Sue: What kind of stupid question is that? Now shut up. I want to listen to Brian Blessed.

Vargas is the High Priest of Cygnus Alpha.

Sue: Their god has given them the gift of Trebor mints.

Meanwhile, Avon and Jenna are flirting on the Liberator.

Sue: Is this where the love triangle begins? The sexual tension on that ship must have been unbearable for the last four months.

Blake explores the church of Vargas.

Cygnus AlphaSue: Why is 1970s science fiction always medieval? I know it’s easier to light, but it’s really, really lazy. And boring.

The newly arrived prisoners have all succumbed to the Curse of Cygnus.

Gan: To survive we have to be treated with a drug every day for the rest of our lives. If we leave here, we die.

Sue: It’s a con! Any idiot can see that. Brian Blessed is HAVING A LAUGH!

Gan is in a great deal of pain.

Sue: Judging by his face, and the sound of people groaning behind him, the Curse of Cygnus definitely involves projectile diarrhoea.

Jenna changes into something more comfortable, and less smelly, probably.

Sue: Four months and that’s the best she could do? That doesn’t give me much hope for the rest of the wardrobe.

Avon decides to see if the ship has anything in his size.

Cygnus AlphaJenna: There’s another room you should see while you’re down there. At the far end. You might find it interesting.

Sue: It’s the ship’s sex dungeon.

Vargas captures Blake . He taunts him by breaking his precious teleport bracelets.

Sue: Is this why it’s called Blake’s 7? Because he only has 8 bracelets left?

Vargas is descended from the convicts who were originally sent to the penal colony.

Sue: Cygnus Alpha is basically Australia, but less right-wing.

Vargas tells Blake his life story.

Sue: This is great. Decent actors going at each other in a BBC studio. You can’t take your eyes off them. I’m enjoying this, even if our speakers are buckling when Brian lets rip.

Vargas threatens Blake with torture.

Sue: Oh look, they’ve got a sex dungeon down here as well.

Meanwhile, Avon has hit the jackpot: the Liberator’s jewel cache.

Avon: You could buy anything with this. Anything at all.

Cygnus AlphaSue: You can’t buy justice, Avon.

And then Avon drops his bombshell. He suggests to Jenna that they take off in the ship and leave Blake to it. He’ll only spend all that money on being virtuous. But Sue expected that. What she didn’t expect was Jenna agreeing to Avon’s plan if Blake doesn’t get his skates on.

Sue: The dynamic between the crew is very interesting. You can’t trust any of them.

Blake is tossed into a cell with the rest of the prisoners. Arco attacks him for refusing to cooperate with Vargas.

Sue: Four ****ing months it’s taken him to come here and rescue you. And this is the thanks he gets? I wouldn’t let him into my gang now. He’s blown it.

Gan calms things down and Blake gives the prisoners an ultimatum:

Blake: The choice is very simple. You can either fight or you can die.

Sue: Vila won’t fight. He’s a dick.

Vargas accidentally fires Blake’s curling tongs. It almost brings a supporting wall down.

Cygnus AlphaSue: OK, fair enough. That was pretty good. I’ll give them that. Just don’t stick it in your hair by mistake.

Sue tuts when Blake decides to wait until the last possible moment to save Gan, who is pretending to be sacrificed by Vargas. There is no reason for this, other than it’s a bit more exciting. A huge fight in a medieval castle ensues.

Sue: (singing) Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding trough the glen…

It’s our second prison revolt in as many episodes, but Sue is too busy counting the participants to notice.

Sue: 4…5…6… has he got to 7 yet? I think he has, you know. It’s time to go!

And then something truly shocking happens.

Sue: Vila! Yes!

Vila Restal saved the day. Who’d have thunk it?

Sue: That was really well done. I didn’t expect that because Vila was such a –

Me: Yes, Sue. We know.

Blake escapes from Vargas and his monks. But then he decides to go back for his gun.

Sue: Just leave it! You’ve got a whole rack of them back on the ship! And you’ve only got eight bracelets, so you can only use eight guns, remember!

Cygnus AlphaVargas teleports to the Liberator, which he intends to steal so he can set up an intergalactic cult. Unfortunately for him, he steps back into the teleport area and Blake sends him to an explosive death in the cold vacuum of space.

Sue: Ha! That was brilliant. Very Monty Python. OK, it’s time for a quick head count… Right, I don’t know about you, but I make that Blake’s 4.

Me: What about Zen?

Sue: What about it?

The Score:

Sue: That was all right. It wasn’t as good as the last two episodes, and in normal circumstances I would probably give it a 6. I’m sick of pretend-medieval-sci-fi. It’s so lazy. But Brian Blessed was in it, and if that isn’t worth an extra point, I don’t know what is.

7/10

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    January 10, 2014 2:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    John Miller

    Blake: It’ll only let us have one gun each.

    Sue: He says as he hands two guns to Jenna. Brilliant.

    Haha 🙂

    I was actually curious to know what Sue thought of Zen’s voice. Not the actor, but the fact that it was a given that all computer voices at the time just had to sound like that.

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    January 10, 2014 2:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    Sue: ‘Now shut up. I want to listen to Brian Blessed.’

    Like you get a choice.

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      January 11, 2014 8:57 amPosted 3 years ago
      Derek Handley

      :o) Good point!

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    January 10, 2014 3:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mat Dolphin

    Hi Neil – as a life long B7 fan I’ve managed to recruit one of my sisters as a new viewer this week. She’s only watched 2 episodes so far but she’s loving it and intrigued to find out how the story unfolds. She’s quite forgiving of the effects so far although that might change when she watches The Web or The Harvest of Kairos! Also she does think that the Liberator looks like it’s flying backwards.

  • January 10, 2014 3:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Philip Ayres

    “Sue: Does the teleport effect have its own theme tune? That’s nice.”

    Let’s see if Sue can figure out why the teleport music is missing in a few episodes time!

  • January 10, 2014 4:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Paul Mudie

    Jenna: There’s another room you should see while you’re down there. At the far end. You might find it interesting.

    Sue: It’s the ship’s sex dungeon.

    What is it with Sue and sex dungeons? 😀

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    January 10, 2014 4:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jazza1971

    I am glad that Sue is warming to Vila.

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    January 10, 2014 5:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    If Sue think pretend-medieval-sci-fi is boring *now*, wait till Allan Prior has multiple goes at it. Still don’t get why the B7 Appreciation Society decided to name itself after the most boring episode of anything imaginable ever; is it called Horizon because it’s a one-dimensional straight line in front of your eye level from beginning to end, or because it’s the last thing you focus on in the distance before passing out asleep on the sofa?

  • January 10, 2014 6:00 pmPosted 3 years ago
    John Callaghan

    I second the surprise that anyone should say “shh… I’m trying to hear Brian Blessed”!

    Vila is easily my fave character, although he comes into his own when the makers see what a good thing they’ve got. I hope I’m far enough down the comments that it’s not spoilery to say that later motives established for Vila make his behaviour in the earlier episodes slightly less than consistent.

    And I enjoyed seeing Gary Numan at the Birmingham Hippodrome, so once again Sue is confirmed as a paragon of good judgement. I bet she even likes Vila, eventually.

  • January 10, 2014 6:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
    John Callaghan

    I’d also say that Brian roaring “I will be a GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!”, and then being beamed into space and exploding, is one of the most sublimely odd bits of SF ever. If only they’d committed to a surreal comedy vibe in the direction, then they would have established a high tidemark for camp in the show. From then on, they could have done what they wanted, knowing that whatever they did would look gritty and bleak in comparison.

    Please try and convince Sue that every week a different guest actor is beamed into space and explodes.

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      January 10, 2014 11:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      Or better (and more plausible) than that; that a different guest is beamed into space each week but they reuse the same effect.

      • January 10, 2014 11:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
        John Callaghan

        I would have watched the BLINKING FLIP out of that.

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      January 14, 2014 9:04 amPosted 3 years ago
      Sally M

      I loved that bit too… 🙂

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    January 10, 2014 6:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Harriet

    I don’t know about you, but I make that Blake’s 4.

    Blake, Jenna, Avon, Vila, Gan… oh, hang on, Sue’s excluding Blake from the count? Um… she’ll have to wait another ten episodes, then.

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      January 10, 2014 7:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Blake should be included in the 7. If Blake isn’t his own man by now, whose is he?

      • January 10, 2014 7:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Neil Perryman (Author)

        Sue is expecting eight of them and I don’t think I can talk her out of it.

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          January 10, 2014 7:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          I tend to count anyone who joined the rebellion during the 52 episodes, so – whilst being wary of spoilers for later seasons – the BBC may be able to add a few more 🙂

        • January 10, 2014 8:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
          encyclops

          I wonder if any of the slash writers have decided that the title is actually incomplete without the word “inches”?

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            January 10, 2014 11:39 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Harriet

            I remember someone who had been in the Gents at the same time as Gareth claiming that it was an underestimate.

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          January 10, 2014 11:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Harriet

          I can see further objections to the title being raised come Aftermath.

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            February 21, 2014 10:06 amPosted 3 years ago
            Robert Dick

            >I remember someone who had been in the Gents at the same time as Gareth claiming that it was an underestimate.

            I know who and which Gents. If I recall rightly the gag was “Blakes Eight and a Half” more like. I also know which cast was a bit bemused on having said joke related to them.

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          January 14, 2014 9:04 amPosted 3 years ago
          Sally M

          The maths when you get to Series 3 & 4 will hurt the brain…

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          January 18, 2014 2:03 pmPosted 3 years ago
          wyngatecarpenter

          There are between Orac and Pressure Point

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            January 18, 2014 4:00 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Nick Mays

            Pressure Point: Going… going…. Gan!

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    January 10, 2014 7:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
    The Grouchybeast

    These are such fun!

    I first watched Blakes back in ~1998, when a friend at work lent me the videos because I liked Babylon 5 and she thought I’d enjoy Blakes. I knew literally nothing about it before I started watching. She’d only lend me one video at a time, so I’d watch them when I got home from work, and then if there was an episode I really loved I’d get up early the next day so I could watch it again before I took the video back to exchange. For a couple of months I lived in their weird parallel world where new Blakes 7 was on the TV every night. It was an AWESOME watch.

    • January 11, 2014 1:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Adam Whitehead

      J. Michael Straczynski has often said that BLAKE’S 7 was a huge influence on B5 (along with WHO and THE PRISONER). It’s particularly noticeable in that both shows avoid the ‘overstuffed first episode’ syndrome by introducing the regular cast, premise and locations over the first few episodes rather than jamming it all in at once, not to mention the general story arc idea (even if B7’s was ad hoc and B5’s was – somewhat- preplanned).

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    January 10, 2014 7:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    Neil really should tell Sue that Blake counts as one of Blakes 7, or she’ll never get it to add up! Although either way you still have to count at least one artificial intelligence, which feels a bit like cheating to me. If they remake the show they should definitely start with seven lead human characters, then kill off a few of them early on for shock value.

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      January 10, 2014 7:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      The scripted versions did originally include Selris and Arco (and one other) but the BBC budget wouldn’t stretch to it – it also would’ve spread the action/dialogue even more thinly amongst the leads. A bit like Robin Hood’s merry men, most of whom are unspeaking ciphers (or in Robin of Sherwood, dead).

      David Maloney, the B7 producer, did say in 1979 that they sometimes included “assets” in the count like computers or spaceships – so the Liberator could be one of Blake’s seven “assets” in his rebellion.

      • January 11, 2014 1:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Adam Whitehead

        If you count both the AIs, it is actually seven for most of the series, apart only from the opening episodes when the band is being recruited, and the first five episodes of S2 when there is actually eight. I don’t think you can really count the Liberator because Zen effectively is the Liberator.

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          January 11, 2014 2:51 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          That sounds right. Orac was an unknown quantity at first (predicting the destruction of the Liberator made him seem sinister, as did him having Ensor’s irascible personality), and perhaps he took a while to be counted – inasmuch as /any/ of the Seven are really integrated (their allegiances are stronger towards some of their colleagues than others).

          The constituents of the 7 changed over time, anyway, that’s all we need to know. A bit like the Magnificent Seven. Despite Nation and/or Boucher wanting “The Dirty Dozen in space” the BBC budget did well to stretch to a main cast of five!

        • January 11, 2014 4:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
          John Callaghan

          I’m intrigued – if you don’t count Zen, who’s the seventh for series 1 & 2?

          I like Zen, but much comedy potential was lost by not having him give ship status updates that were more… Zen.

          • January 11, 2014 4:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
            John Callaghan

            Ah, gotcha! I mis-read your comment and now I see what you mean.

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    January 10, 2014 7:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    I’m breaking my own rule here and reading Sue and Neil’s comments before reacquainting myself with this episode since the boxsetaphon of 2007. Can’t say I remember much of this one (not even the presence of Brian ‘bellows’ Blessed, and he’s usually hard to miss). As the end of the introductory trilogy it was probably inevitable that here witnesses the first serious dip in form, and that’s perhaps because Cygnus Alpha doesn’t live up to the hype. Unlike Sue I prefer Blessed in small doses; was an actor ever more off the script than him with perhaps the exception of Tom Baker between 1977 and 1979? I’m thinking in particular of the time Blessed destroyed a door unscripted in The Black Adder.

    The Ready-Brek transporter effect is very Star Trek, but then this was never a series averse to showing its influences on its sleeve. And for 1978 it’s probably as good as anything that vision mixers could achieve.

    I am of course obliged to mention Miwk’s ‘unofficial’ sequel to this in Maximum Power! which the remit of this blog will naturally omit.

  • January 10, 2014 7:34 pmPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    Sue: He’s funny, I suppose. But is he always this much of a dick?

    Even Michael Keating’s kids made fun of Vila, if I remember correctly. “Daddy, you’re stupid!”

    Sue: Don’t laugh, but the best gig I’ve been to – and I’ve seen Queen, Led Zep and Genesis – was Gary Numan at Newcastle City Hall in 1979. I’m not joking.

    I should really go to his upcoming Fillmore show, but it’s so expensive! I wonder if he’s still got it. I don’t know how it could beat the Janelle Monaé show I saw last year.

    Sue: Why is 1970s science fiction always medieval? I know it’s easier to light, but it’s really, really lazy. And boring.

    It kinda sorta makes sense — same general idea as doing outpost planets in “Western” mode (ugh) — but I agree: these are my least favorite B7 episodes. Fortunately they only do it, what, half a dozen times?

    Sue: Four months and that’s the best she could do? That doesn’t give me much hope for the rest of the wardrobe.

    Hang on, Sue! June Hudson is coming to the rescue!

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      January 11, 2014 10:04 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nico

      To be fair, Vila was far from stupid in the first 2 seasons, but Chris Boucher didn’t like the character and wrote him as useless.

      • January 12, 2014 5:05 amPosted 3 years ago
        Iain Coleman

        Vila is useless in City at the Edge of the World?

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          January 14, 2014 9:38 amPosted 3 years ago
          Nico

          Only because Boucher wrote a special episode in which Vila wasn’t, so Keating’s daughter wouldn’t think he was stupid.

          FWIW Vila is my favourite. 🙂

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            January 14, 2014 10:16 amPosted 3 years ago
            Nick Mays

            I think Vila’s an “everyman”. He;s not stupid for sure, he’s couragous when he has to be, but essentialy he’;s an ordinary bloke (albeit a pettyy thief) out of his depth and far from safety.

            I think we’d all like to be as principled and brave as Blake, or as physicaly imposing as Gan or as smart, sarcastic and downright cool as Avon, but most of us, when confronted with life-threatening danger and a bunch of hairy arsed crimninal psycopaths would behave exactly like Vila!

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        February 21, 2014 10:08 amPosted 3 years ago
        Robert Dick

        Chris didn’t like Vila? first I’ve heard.

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    January 10, 2014 7:36 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Frankymole

    But most importantly – what did Sue think of the carpentry on Cygnus Alpha? Some pretty good timberwork despite the lack of trees. The front door of the Early Maniac temple seemed to have come straight out of a Homebase display 🙂

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      January 13, 2014 10:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nick Mays

      The lovely timberwork CAUSED the lack of trees of course! 😉

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    January 10, 2014 8:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rassilon

    Sue: Judging by his face, and the sound of people groaning behind him, the Curse of Cygnus definitely involves projectile diarrhoea. ……..

    ….I’m enjoying this, even if our speakers are buckling when Brian lets rip.

    Mind firmly in the gutter, Sue owes me a new keyboard for that mental image.

    Onto the McCoy & Spock equivalent in B7 only with real snark (that has yet to be seen. I’m eager to see how Sue reacts to their moments & when both of them turn & mutually attack Gan for asking why they simply can’t get along (or was that only in the novelisation).

    Vila is definately not a dick, Avon however is a prize c*** (insert last 3 letters of your own choosing.

    On to Time Squad & Cally.

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      January 11, 2014 8:54 amPosted 3 years ago
      Derek Handley

      Insert three letters of my choosing…

      H-A-P?

      A prize chap. That’s what you meant, right?

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    January 10, 2014 8:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Grant M

    Cygnus Alpha is very well realised considering the budget the programme had: filming at night with dry ice swirling everywhere and thoughtful use of alien-sky backdrops all help to sell it.

    I agree with Sue: “early maniac” to describe the monastery is a brilliant line. Judging by Kara’s immaculate hair and make-up there’s also a salon somewhere about.

    I promise I’m not a shoe fetishist, but couldn’t help noticing Blake’s snazzy Kickers; meanwhile Kara was rocking some killer heels – literally given what we saw of the planet’s surface. She’d have been better off in a pair of Varga’s much more practical Nike Air Force Ones.

    Why does Brian Blessed so often resort to shouting and chomping on the scenery in the stuff he does? I’ve seen him play quiet and sinister – for example in “I, Claudius” – and he was proper scary.

    Loved the interplay between Blake, Avon and Jenna on the Liberator, and again between Avon and Jenna once Blake had teleported off to star in Prison Break in Space. I admit I was rooting for Avon’s point of view. Does that make me a bad person? It does, doesn’t it. Guess it’s time to renew my membership of the Bullingdon Club.

    • January 10, 2014 8:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
      encyclops

      Why does Brian Blessed so often resort to shouting and chomping on the scenery in the stuff he does?

      My guess is that he enjoys it, and as his legend grows, the number of people who dare to talk him out of it dwindles.

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        January 10, 2014 8:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        Good.

        And to be fair, Vargas is written as a ranting nutter. Many religious zealot leaders are.

        Blessed gives him some times of quiet menace and reflection, too. Talking to Kara whilst reading his book and gazing heavenwards, for instance.

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        January 11, 2014 8:53 amPosted 3 years ago
        Derek Handley

        It could also be because once he’d done a few roles where he really got to let go, that’s what he started getting hired for. I’m sure he could’ve been reined in if a director wanted that, but he was probably cast when they wanted someone to just go MAD with the role.

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          February 21, 2014 10:11 amPosted 3 years ago
          Robert Dick

          Indeed JNT specifically asked him for “The Black Adder performance” in Mindwarp.

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        January 13, 2014 10:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Nick Mays

        Brian Blessed replies: “Why? WHY??? BECAUSE I’M A F***ING NATIONAL TREASURE, THAT’S WHY!!!”

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          January 14, 2014 9:37 amPosted 3 years ago
          Mike

          Don’t forget the essential:

          MWAHAHAHAHAH! AHAHAHAH! Gordon’s ALIVE! HAHAAHAH!

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            January 14, 2014 10:17 amPosted 3 years ago
            Nick Mays

            Agreed Mike! And of course – HAWWWWWWWKMEEEEEN ATTAAAAACK!

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      January 10, 2014 10:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Angela Reilly

      I’ve got a suspicion that Vargas is actually Brian Blessed’s ur-shouty OTT role, at least as far as tv is concerned. I’ve actually seen him in a 70s Sweeney episode where he was positively understated in his acting!

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    January 10, 2014 9:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Beth

    Little mistake there Neil – Avon did not beam Vargas out into space, Blake did. Which is much more interesting because Blake is meant to be our hero, much more than Avon.

    I am glad Sue is learning to love Vila. He is a sweetie and I adore him greatly. 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 9:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Limb

    I was wondering if you’d comment on the weird editing at the end when they all (and Vargas) teleport up to the Liberator. I still can’t follow the sequence of events! Vargas seems to approach from a second teleport bay…

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      January 10, 2014 10:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      The Horizon Technical Manual schematics of the Liberator interior do indeed include a second (smaller) “overflow car park” type teleport bay, in the corner opposite the main one which we never see… in reality I guess it’s down to Vere Lorrimer running out of time on the studio day and so having to make do with the shots available, in compiling the edit. I like the overflow bay though, if too many bracelets are in use then the Liberator has to put the bodies somewhere!

    • May 12, 2014 12:00 amPosted 3 years ago
      Elizabeth Lang

      “I was wondering if you’d comment on the weird editing at the end when they all (and Vargas) teleport up to the Liberator. I still can’t follow the sequence of events! Vargas seems to approach from a second teleport bay…”

      That always bothered me too. No explanation, or bad editing?

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    January 10, 2014 9:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    BWT

    Yes, I thought this episode was a bit lesser than the previous two as well, but… well, it is essential filler for a bit of a catch-up, isn’t it? Still worth it for BRIAN BLESSED though.

    Oh, and I LOVE the fact that you’ve got Paul Darrow doing the “Next Time” trailers; it sounds like he’s having an absolute ball doing it too…

    “Adventures with the wife and *Bla-lake!* What about Avon?” 😮

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    January 10, 2014 11:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZDONK. Derderderderderder DERRRRRRRRR.

    Or dadadum dum dadadum dum dadadum dum DUM when we get to series 4.

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    January 11, 2014 8:47 amPosted 3 years ago
    Derek Handley

    Villa was my favorite character as a kid, but now that I’m finally watching these early episodes, I see him in a totally different light. I thought he was a lovable rogue…

    None of the crew are really lovable rogues.

    Great post, as always. You’re both in top form.

    It is interesting how many of the background characters seem like they could end up joining the crew but don’t – in each episode, there are people who we’re sure will join but then get killed or left behind. It certainly keeps one guessing.

    In fairness to Sue, I wouldn’t count Zen either after this episode.

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      January 11, 2014 9:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nico

      Vila *is* a lovable rogue, but the early few eps do show him as a rather a bastard. He lies about his ability to open the door and suggests killing Avon – neither of them consistent with what he’s like later. My theory is that he’s acting both incompetent (deliberately caught while stealing Blake’s watch) and hard as a form of defense so that he’s accepted by the other tough convicts and not blamed for any thefts. It’s the only way it fits with the Vila we get to know.

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      January 13, 2014 4:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Angela Reilly

      I watched B7 as a child and liked Vila ok, so I was surprised that I developed a real visceral loathing of Vila while viewing the early episodes again as an adult. The loathing wore off, but I never really warmed to Vila that much. I do tend to think of him as the most self-centred member of the crew and not just based on the early episodes. However, I certainly wouldn’t wish the character away, because he is pretty entertaining!

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    January 11, 2014 11:46 amPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    I don’t know, first it was Our Lord Pertwee, now Villa.

    Someone should write a Third Doctor/Villa crossover and dedicate it to Sue.

    Maybe make it slash fiction, set in a sex dungeon?

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    January 11, 2014 7:52 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris

    There’s one line I’m surprised Sue didn’t pick up on

    Kara is introducing herself to the prisoners

    “I am the servant of your god. Neil!”

  • January 12, 2014 5:08 amPosted 3 years ago
    Iain Coleman

    This is the episode where my wife realised (much to her delighted pleasure) that David Jackson as Gan has almost exactly the same voice as Matt Berry from The IT Crowd.

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      January 12, 2014 1:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Damien Magee

      I made this exact same observation the other day

  • January 12, 2014 11:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nalini Haynes

    Hilarious! I think I need to start a re-watch now…

  • January 13, 2014 1:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris

    I didn’t occur to me but Sue is right. They wait 4 months before somebody pushes a button or changes their clobber (that they’ve been wearing for 8 months now)!

    Nice to have you back!
    Trying to watch these before I read the posts as I haven’t seen them in years.

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    January 13, 2014 10:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nick Mays

    Thoroughly enjoying your difficult second album Sue and Neil! I used to love Blake’s 7 when I was a teenager, even with its sometimes (okay often) ropey special effects and re-used Dr Who monsters. (That includes Terry ****ing Nation).

    Like Dr Who though, B7 is very much a “time and place” series for me as far as memories go, i.e. series 1 aired when I was in my last year at school, Series 2 when I was a working man etc. etc.

    It’s made me want to get the box set of DVDs and watch them all over again!

    Funnily enough, I was having a loft clearout the other day and found all my issues of the fanzine I used to subscribe to as a member of the B7 fan club The Liberator Popular Front! I might put them up on E-bay unless anyone here is interested… ? 😉

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      January 14, 2014 9:07 amPosted 3 years ago
      John Williams

      Nick – I’m interested. Drop me a line at pjwillATgmail.com.

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        January 14, 2014 3:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Nick Mays

        Will mail you later today John… 😉

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    January 14, 2014 2:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Gareth M

    There must be some sort of hairdressing equipment on board the Liberator, they all had fantastic hair cuts throughout their time in space.

    Zen gets to be oblique for the first time. Future occasions he’ll just switch off.

    I think Sue needs to stop worrying about the name of the series, it’s not as though anyone worries about what ‘Doctor Who’ means.

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      January 14, 2014 3:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nick Mays

      Oh TELL me about it! Back in the day when the series was ongoing – particularly in series 3 when ***** is absent, it was an obssession amongst some TV pundits. Terry Wogan used to endlessly drone on in his quizzical, leprechaun-like way about “Why the bejasus do dey call it Blake’s Seven when dere’s not seven of ’em?”.

      I think Chris Boucher responded wearily to such comments: “Well, you have the Queen’s Household Cavalry but the Queen doesn’t always lead them in person.”

      I think the comment about the “Seven” being assests rather than bodies is as good an explanation as there is for it.

      Funnily enough, I’ve just watched the DVD of the 1965 Season 3 Dr Who (William Hartnell) story ‘The War Machines’ where the Doctor is explicitly referred to as ‘Dr Who’ several times. So nomenclature varies.

      Personally, I’m looking forward to ther new Moffat/Gatiss ‘Sherlock’ spin-off ‘Watson & Wife’… After all, you can’t call it ‘Sherlock’ if he’s not in it, surely? 😉

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        June 2, 2014 5:04 amPosted 3 years ago
        Fiona

        It cant be Blake’s 5 or Blake’s 8 can it. Fairy tales and stuff never work like that. Has to be 7 or 3. Wonder why that is.

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    January 15, 2014 10:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Neil and Lucy

    Lucy’s reaction to this one was in many respects eerily similar to Sue’s including an “Is that Servalan?” when Pamela Salem turned up and a positive response to Vila’s “early maniac” line. She also did not warm to the faux medieval setting: “So Cygnus Alpha is basically like a holiday in Scotland?” She also noted a slight dip in form overall (“too many ideas weren’t properly developed”) and gave it a score of 6.5/10. (I need to talk her out of these indecisive half marks.)

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    January 18, 2014 2:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    I haven’t watched Cygnus Alpha for a few years but I’ve always found it a bit disappointing. I like the basic set up ie cult on planet based around radiation pills, and it has Brian Blessed, but it’s just not as much fun as it should be. It’s a pity Brian Blessed do the full Vultan. Also the fight at the end is rubbish. OK, could have been much better.
    And I’e got to agree with Sue – why are the ruthless Federation expending huge amounts of fuel transporting prisoners to Cygnus Alpha when they could just kill them?

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      January 18, 2014 4:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      The Terran Administration of the time seemed to be trying to whitewash its image a bit – hence conditioning Blake to denounce the rebellion, instead of killing him and making a martyr, and then when that failed, discrediting him. We hear that dissent is growing and planets may leave the Federation, so if things are that close to open rebellion they’d want to be seen as “humane”, if they can get away with it (note their treatment of Lindor, Sarkoff’s planet, later on this season). Servalan’s probably got her own opinion of how oppressive the Federation should be… we’ll see how she gets on!

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        January 20, 2014 11:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        That seems plausible. Its also true that particularly in the early episodes that not all Federation officials are out and out fascist bastards.
        I’m glad you could make some kind of sense of my post seeing as I seem to have missed out half of the words.

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    January 21, 2014 10:50 amPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Outside of what we see its representatives do, doesn’t agressively do much of anything except steadily degenerate until the big shake-up later on. The template is the latter days of Ancient Rome, rather than the Empire in Star Wars.

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    February 9, 2014 3:00 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Alexandra

    I am watching this largely because of you, and so far I don’t regret it, but I don’t know how long I’ll last. The storyline is really, really dark and I’m cool with that. It has my attention. But my feeling thus far is that it’s not quite … there. The dialogue doesn’t feel natural, and it isn’t clever enough where it needs to be. It should be sharper, wittier, with more black humor. The characters’ unknown motives should be more effectively used to create tension. A lot of scenes miss their dramatic mark by inches, not terrible but just a bit “off.”

    Saying the effects and sets are cheesy is stating the obvious, but what’s odd is that some things really work and others really don’t. Some of the set design is really good: the interior of the Liberator is excellent and the claustrophobic design of the first episode is very well done. But then you cut to a set that’s painfully cheap and the contrast is whiplash inducing. Similarly, some of the model shots are actually good and the SFX of the dome is very good indeed. But what’s bad is oh so painfully bad. I cringe every time I see that transport effect. And the ship flying through space makes early Star Trek look a lot better.

    But my biggest problem is with the acting and that is a shock to me given how good the acting on British TV usually is. I don’t think any of the primaries is bad, but they are bland. Brian Blessed blew them off the screen like a hurricane snapping a twig. The only character that really seems to have any depth is Avon, which I believe is largely because Paul Darrow is the only member of the cast with any presence. He isn’t the best actor in terms of pure technique, but he is the only one with charisma and that, I think, is going to prove fatal for me. Gareth Thomas is not a BAD actor at all, but he just doesn’t have “it.” Blake needs to be a charismatic figure. You have to believe he is someone people want to follow. He needed to be an actor with that electric something that rivets you. Some actors have “it” and some don’t. “It” doesn’t always look the same and it doesn’t require a classically handsome face, but I know it when I see it and I don’t see it here.

    One reason Doctor Who works for me consistently, even in less than stellar episodes, is that every actor who has played the Doctor has had “it.” They are radically different actors, some more skilled than others, but they all have presence that makes you want to follow them wherever that blue box is going. I wouldn’t follow Blake to the bar for free beer, not if I had to listen to him talk. Avon … maybe. I’ll keep going at least until the episode directed by Douglas Camfield, which I bet is going to be good.

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      May 23, 2014 4:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Fiona

      I agree with this, in many ways..that Gareth is not a bad actor at all, but doesnt have Darrow’s charisma, and doesnt have that electric something. Its just what I thought. When Avon talks about wealth being the only reality, you believe him. He gives it such force, really inhabits the character. When Blake goes on about the honest men, you dont. You dont feel it. You arent inspired.
      He’s a revolutionary, willing to kill millions. He should be Lenin, or even Hitler, that fire…if he had that, Blake’s 7 could have been incomparable.
      But maybe the lack of money was demoralizing. The sets and all..they were so starved of funds. The show received mean-spirited reviews from critics: I saw a doc about B7 and Gareth for one was clearly hurt by that…and it was unfair.
      I still think the show is wonderful. Even the worst episodes are redeemed by Avon anyway. He really did have it going on.
      I dont think they necessarily needed flashy effects, in fact I think that made the actors work harder often. And I get so deep into it I dont care if the set disintegrates. But when the effects are comical, it must be demoralizing, to think the BBC doesnt take it seriously.
      I like the teleport, though.

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        May 24, 2014 4:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Angela R.

        Well, I think that if Blake 7 had made Blake some kind of super-charismatic hero with everyone falling at his feet, then B7 would be unbearable (and unrealistic). The whole point of the show is that his crew are not dazzled coverts, but follow Blake only semi-willing because the alternatives are worse. This is exactly what makes the show different from cliché! And talking of clichés, the revolutionary as a charismatic figure is very much a cliché.

        I’ve always read that Lenin was not charismatic (nor indeed Stalin) and Hitler is more of a demagogue than a “classic” revolutionary. In some cultures charisma goes down well with the public, but professional revolutionaries can be very distrustful of it. Note the fate of Trotsky! Blake has to be the type to be able to get Avalon et al onside, while dispelling any suspicion that the revolution is a personal vehicle and that after success his allies will be side-lined.

        Amusingly Alexandra’s post caused me to envisage Brian Blessed playing Blake… now there is a horrific thought!

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          June 2, 2014 5:18 amPosted 3 years ago
          Fiona

          Maybe not charismatic in the modern sense, but certainly able to hold a crowd, and to lead. I think Blake’s character is well-written, I just wish Gareth had played it with more gusto.Actually a friend of mine put it down to the non-naturalistic dialogue…and he has a point, I think. For Avon, that really works, because Avon sounds like he has a set of prepared nasty remarks anyway. Snark for any occasion. But not for Blake. If you compare it to any modern show, say The Office, for example, and you can see how unlikely some of Blake’s lines are. Though not when he is talking about Avon…that sounds real enough!

          As for revolution, I was thinking that really, the only leader that came to mind with a bunch of criminals as followers was Ernst Roehm. And his relationship with Hitler could have proved a good seam to mine. I read where Roehm was the only person Hitler ever used the familiar ‘du’ to instead of the formal ‘sie’. (My student asked me what did Hitler say when he was talking to himself). I just so wish that they had really developed the political themes.

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            June 2, 2014 1:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            The diference in the dialogue between Blake’s 7 and The Office, is that The Office is a “mockumentary”, and the dialogue is supposed to sound naturalistic. AS an audience, we ‘buy into’ that sort of dialogue.

            It just wouldn’t work in something like B7 or Dr Who or any major drama series.

            And Ricky Gervais would STILL take the piss out of B7 if he wrote for it! 😉

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            June 2, 2014 4:12 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Fiona

            I dont see why not. Really, I don’t! why does B7 have to sound like it is written for the stage? Especially since the whole idea of the Federation and stuff was so realistic.
            Actually I thought a lot of Spacefall did have a reasonably naturalistic sound, except for Blake’s honest men stuff. But looking back over series one, and two, I am appreciating it more and more and appreciating Blake, and really missing him and Jenna. I am starting to find series 3 kind of crude in comparison. Entertaining, but not like this.

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            June 2, 2014 5:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            Look, comparing Blakes 7 and the Office is as pointelss as comparing Dostoevsky with Jackie Collins.

            B7 is a late 70s/early 80s Sci-Fi drama, written in a very straightforward, stage-ly way. ‘The Office’ is an early 2000s sitcom, an ironic piss-take of workplace documentaries.

            Ricky Gervais is a halfway decent writer and stand up comedian, only a fair actor. That’s all he is in IMO. Martin Freeman (Tim/Dr Watson/Bilbo Baggins) is a much more nuanced, clever and naturalistic actor than Gervais ever will aspire to be.

            You just can’t compare them or expect a cross polination of the two with Ricky I’m-Such-A-Clever-C**t Gervais as showrunner if ever a re-make comes about.

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            June 2, 2014 5:51 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Frankymole

            Blakes Junction 7 (with Martin Freeman as Vila) combined the two quite effectively inmy opinion. The gents’ lavatory encounter with “Avon” and “Blake” was pure Office embarrassment.

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            June 2, 2014 6:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Smile

            There people other than Gervais who’ve written this sort of naturalistic comedy. John Morton, who wrote People Like US, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, who write The Royle Family, ANnie Griffin, who wrote The Book Group. Not that they would necessarily be suitable for any putative B7 revival either, it’s just that it doesn’t have to be only about one writer when discussing this kind of material.

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            June 2, 2014 6:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            Smile: I agree! I’m not the one with a Ricky Gervais fixation! 😀

  • May 11, 2014 11:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Elizabeth Lang

    Blake: It’ll only let us have one gun each.

    Sue: He says as he hands two guns to Jenna. Brilliant.

    Love that comment.

    I share Sue’s feelings about Vila. He may act like a ‘lovable rogue’ but it’s skin deep and that he’s mainly a selfish bastard.

    I like that he seems like a pacifist at first who is squeamish about killing or harming others, that is until Blake gets his hands on him and turns him into a killer who reduces mass murder to a gleeful press of a button.

    In this episode, the few things I like about Vila is that it is one of the few times he steps up and plays the hero, using a knife to kill someone in defence, and being shocked by it afterwards. That shock makes me dislike him less, plus his reaction later when he’s at the door with Blake. Vila is very bothered that one of their group was killed, unlike Blake who doesn’t even bother to acknowledge it and seems to pretend that Vila hasn’t said anything. And for those who like to claim that Blake was too busy thinking about how to escape and keep them all safe, so they didn’t have time to slot his caring in, doesn’t fly because they had time to slot Vila’s empathy in? But not the lead character? And this is not the only time that Blake shows no reaction to a person’s death whereas his crew does.

    EDITED FOR SPOILERS

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      June 3, 2014 8:01 amPosted 3 years ago
      Ruth

      So why did you write a Vila character into your B7 knock-off novel? Because the Avon-insults are so much fun? Is there a Blake avatar too so that you can express your opinion of him there?

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    June 11, 2014 8:04 amPosted 3 years ago
    Fiona

    I think my original point has been lost and not quite sure why its provoking almost hostility and ridicule.
    When on Earth did I say only one writer should be considered?
    Gervais and Merchant are two writers. joking….
    Not comparing the two shows, yes, pointless. I believe that they would be great at a rewrite because:
    They are awesome at character development, intense detail, and realistic interaction that slowly reveals deeper meaning: Neil and Brent himself are the best cases of that.

    Take for example, the famous Brent dance scene…the part before where Neil dances with Tim’s girlfriend Rachel. They are so practiced that you realize they must have been rehearsing a long time. The dance is very close and sexy. Tim didnt know about it. He’s trying to keep an appreciative smile, but he’s unhappy: Dawn sees this and shoots him worried glances when the dance is specially passionate. And after, during the applause, Neil makes a point of going and shaking Tim’s hand, thus defusing anything he may have wanted to say. Tim cant then go “What the fuck are you playing at, pal?” Why has Neil, the nice-but-tough-guy boss, chosen to do this with the prettiest girl in the Office? This is Shakespeare-drama type stuff!
    And David of course is so jealous he can only see Neil is getting a lot of appreciation and so he makes silly faces and says “That looks gay”.
    There’s a lot going on.
    Perhaps writing like this isnt uncommon now, but I dont think there was much like The Office then. I never before bought a DVD set and watched all the way through 3 times.
    Still I dont live in UK now and dont know People Like Us or the Book Club. I do know The Royle Family, I love it, but it isnt The Office by any means. There’s no development like David going from detestable to heroic. Instead, the Royle Family David goes from fairly smart to almost backward, made no sense. And everyone else more-or-less stayed the same.

    Anyway, this is my considered opinion, that if they could be made to take it seriously, they could do a great job and develop ALL the people, not just
    Avon and Blake. And especially the women.

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      June 11, 2014 1:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Smile

      People Like Us predated The Office, as did The Royle Family. The character dynamics in The Office sometimes remind me of Ever Decreasing Circles – not made in the same style, but they revolve around similar emotions – jealousy, insecurity, a mixture of attractive and less attractive qualities.

      Leaving all that aside, Gervais and Merchant’s works arguably follow on from the kind of material Mike Leigh had done before.

      No particular dislike of The Office on my part, it still comes over relatively well these days, but I thought it would be worth broadening the context it was being spoken about in. I wouldn’t really say it was pioneering in any particular sense – it wasn’t really the first of its kind in any respect. Which doesn’t necessarily make it any less good.

      • June 11, 2014 1:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Neil Perryman (Author)

        Why is a Blake’s 7 blog obsessed with The Office all of a sudden?

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          June 11, 2014 1:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Dave Sanders

          I think it’s the passive-aggressive way of saying BORED NOW UPDATE MORE.

          • June 11, 2014 2:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Neil Perryman (Author)

            It isn’t working. It just makes me write slower because I have to catch up with 2002 episodes of The Office so I can follow the threads.

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            June 11, 2014 3:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            Ha! Good one, Centurion! 😉

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          June 11, 2014 2:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Fiona

          lol, it was a throwaway comment I made ages ago about doing a remake and about how wonderful as B7 is it doesnt develop a lot of the characters, and I said (because I love the Office and think its the greatest series ever) that Gervais and Merchant would be ideal to remake it.
          Complete disagreement all round.
          Its taken on a life of its own….enough already, I think. Agree to disagree….

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          June 11, 2014 3:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Anniew

          Peter Tuddenham did base Orac on a fussy bank clerk and Zen on a receptionist or something. Servalan would be a shoo-in for the office vamp and Villa would definitely take a photocopy of his bum given half a chance. Avon the ice cold accountant. Blake the social secretary. Office in space with lazer cannons. Works 4 me

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            June 11, 2014 7:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Frankymole

            Yes. Zen was based on a newsreader, IIRC.

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            June 12, 2014 1:45 amPosted 3 years ago
            Fiona

            Brilliant Annie. But who is the David Brent or Neil boss? Avon agree is the computer or the number guy.
            Wouldn’t Blake be the boss? Taking them into unscheduled meetings. Arranging drinks that turn out to be hardcore quiz nights. “I knew you were lying” says Avon.

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        June 11, 2014 2:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Fiona

        It sounds good, must check it out. DVDs are hellish expensive out here though and stuff like that not going to be pirated. Also Amazon misdelivers….

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        June 11, 2014 2:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Fiona

        I have lived in HK for over 20 years so we get what we get and its nearly all US..ppl got to recommend me stuff from UK or dont see it. Like Skins for example.
        It was funny to come back to UK shortly after seeing the Office, it was pretty new then and find so many people hated it, my sister too, because as they said: it’s my life. My office is really like this.

        And dont Shakespeare plays revolve around unattractive emotions: jealousy, indecision, impulsiveness, insecurity…

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    July 30, 2014 2:28 amPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Priest Vargas believes he’s unkillable,
    Blake’s ship makes more conquests fulfillable.
    But then once he’s onboard,
    He just bellows out “GORD-”
    And gets cut off before the last syllable.

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      July 30, 2014 7:56 amPosted 3 years ago
      Nick

      Dave… It was worth the wait! 😉

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      July 30, 2014 3:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Fiona

      awesome!

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