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Deliverance

The weekend they didn’t play golf…

DeliveranceThis episode’s title causes some concern.

Sue: I hope nobody gets raped.

Me: I hope Dudley knows how to play the banjo.

A space ship is heading for the planet Cephlon.

Sue: We’ve definitely seen that space ship before. Am I supposed to remember that? Ooh, that was a nice camera move into the cockpit. Very ambitious.

Meanwhile, on a space station somewhere…

Sue: And this is Servalan’s space station. Do I get a prize for knowing that?

Servalan is eight minutes behind schedule, but she couldn’t care less.

Sue: Shouldn’t the stars in that window be moving if the space station is revolving? How hard would it be to set up a roller with some stars on it. Come on, pull your bloody finger out.

Sue gets her first good look at the space ship’s pilot, Ensor Junior.

Sue: Oh yes, he was in EastEnders. It’s Fat Pat’s husband, Ray.

Me: Roy, actually. Or Tony Caunter to his friends.

Sue: His co-pilot looks like Prince Joffrey. I’d better keep my eye on him, just in case.

DeliveranceThe ship is caught in Cephlon’s gravity well and Ensor struggles to maintain control.

Sue: The director is really trying here. There’s a sense of urgency that’s been missing from some of the other episodes. It’s not Douglas Camfield, but it’s close.

Just when Ensor believes that the worst is over, an explosion tears through his ship.

Sue: Aww, they went through all that rigmarole for nothing. Exciting, though.

This crew of the Liberator witness this catastrophe first-hand.

Avon: She’s entering the atmosphere. Beginning to burn up.

Sue: Avon has changed back into his sensible clothes, thank God. I thought he’d gone permanently insane.

Two escape capsules jettison from the stricken ship.

Sue: Are the capsules made by Samsonite? Have they diversified into this sort of thing in the future?

Servalan is extremely pleased with herself when she’s informed about Ensor’s “accident”.

Sue: She’s gorgeous. I bet Servalan had a huge gay and lesbian following.

Me: Straight men fancied her too, you know.

DeliveranceAvon prepares to teleport down to the surface of Cephlon.

Sue: It’s oven-ready Avon. But at least he’s getting involved in the action for a change, so I shouldn’t complain. I bet Avon had a big gay following as well.

Me: Yes, and straight men fancied him too.

I think I’ve said too much.

Avon, Gan, Jenna and Vila teleport to the surface of Cephlon to find the escape capsules.

Sue: Imagine how slow Blake’s 7 would be if they couldn’t teleport anywhere. Actually, that doesn’t bear thinking about. It’s not exactly racing along as it is.

When Sue spots one of the planet’s hirsute natives, she pulls out her virtual banjo.

Sue: Dinga ding ding ding ding ding ding ding.

The Federation space surgeon named Maryatt didn’t survive the journey, but Ensor did. Just about.

Avon: There’s nothing we can do for him here. We must get him up to the Liberator.

Vila: Will he live through the teleport stress?

Sue: Why don’t they just teleport the capsule back to the Liberator?

Me: Because you can’t wrap a bracelet around that capsule.

Sue: But what if they daisy-chained lots of bracelets together? Would that work?

DeliveranceMe: It’s a nice idea, but they’ve only got four bracelets left.

This week’s alien planet is covered in a light dusting of snow.

Sue: Do they ever go anywhere sunny in Blake’s 7? It’s a very cold universe so far.

Me: It’s probably a metaphor for something. Or they filmed this in the winter. You choose.

The planet’s natives appear to be restless.

Sue: They had better not make Avon squeal like a pig, that’s all I’m saying.

Jenna retrieves Maryatt’s ID from the wreckage.

Sue: I like Jenna, but she’s a boring character. She never seems to do anything, even when she’s actually doing stuff, she doesn’t really seem to do anything. Does that make sense? She’s just there. Terry can’t write for women. Actually, he can’t write for men, but you know what I mean.

Speaking of women who have nothing to do, Cally is chilling out on the Liberator with her Space Walkman.

Sue: Cally’s listening to Big Band Swing. There’s hope for her yet.

Avon, Gan and Vila teleport back to the Liberator with a badly injured Ensor. It takes a while for them to notice that they’ve left Jenna behind.

Sue: That’s the second time they’ve done that. How can they fail to notice when one of the seven are missing? I know that Jenna is a kitten fart in a parka, but that is ridiculous. It’s like that time you stranded all those students in Whitby because you couldn’t count them back onto a bus. It’s unprofessional at the end of the day.

The natives have knocked Jenna out.

Sue: Why are the Neanderthals searching her pockets? What are they looking for? Extra-strong mints? Her credit card? What?

DeliveranceWhile Ensor recovers in the Liberator‘s medical bay, Blake and Cally search through his possessions.

Cally: What are those?

Sue: They’re contact lenses in a jumbo-sized matchbox, obviously.

Cally and Blake examine Maryatt’s ID.

Cally: According to his ID he was a Space Surgeon in the Federation Medical Corps. He’s got a double-A security clearance! He’s got a pass for any area in Space Command!

Sue: If Roy is working for the Federation, they should let him die.

Me: That’s a bit harsh.

Sue: There’s a war on. Blake needs to toughen up.

Ensor: Tell him… Federation have agreed… all terms. Will pay… one… hundred million credits for… Orac.

Sue: Right. I know that Orac is the last of the seven because you named a hedgehog after him, so this is quite exciting now.

Me: What are you expecting Orac to be like?

Sue: I think Orac will be the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter, and the Federation will hire him to kill Blake, because Travis isn’t up to the job, and it’s going to cost them a fortune. But Orac will betray them and he’ll join Blake’s crew. There, that’s what I think will happen. What do I win if I’m right?

DeliveranceAvon, Gan and Avon teleport back to Cephlon to search for Jenna.

Me: Oh, that reminds me – Jenna is pregnant.

Sue: Oh no, what’s Gan done now.

Me: No, the cat is pregnant. Nicol’s been doing some research and Jenna is showing all the signs.

Sue: That means Blake is the father. That doesn’t feel right.

We think Jenna will give birth in the middle of Series 2, so stay tuned for that, and feel free to suggest names for the litter while you’re waiting.

Meanwhile, in Blake’s 7, Ensor has recovered enough strength to take Cally hostage.

Sue: You ungrateful sod. After everything she’s done for you. I knew they should have left him to die. The IRA would have kneecapped him by now.

Ensor instructs Blake to break orbit.

Ensor: Do it!

DeliveranceSue: It’s like that time he got really angry and told Pat that her earrings were shit. He’s quite a good actor, actually.

Back on Cephlon, Vila laments the fact that the Liberator has buggered off without them again. To be fair, it is becoming a habit.

Avon: That’s largely academic at the moment. Let’s hope they’re back on station when we find Jenna.

Sue: Paul Darrow’s monotone is incredible. His delivery of those lines should be ridiculous, but somehow it’s electrifying.

And then Travis turns up.

Sue: Things must be serious if old leather pants is involved. Servalan fancies Travis so much, she –

Me: STOP IT!

Travis’s handling of the Blake affair has resulted in a demotion for the former Space Commander.

Sue: He probably has to deal with space traffic these days. It’s a bit of a come down.

Servalan lets Travis into her latest wicked scheme.

Servalan: Ensor showed me plans of his father’s creation – Orac. It is a brilliant achievement. There is nothing else like it in the universe.

DeliveranceSue: Hmm. It sounds to me that Orac could be a robot. Like Data in Star Trek, or a Cylon in Battlestar. That could be interesting. And is Servalan drinking crème de menthe?

Servalan kicks back on her couch.

Sue: She’s like Don Draper, lying on a sofa, drinking on the job in the middle of the afternoon, plotting and scheming. It’s Mad Ma’am.

Servalan: It occurred to me that if Ensor didn’t get back in time, then in a very little while his father would die. So I took the precaution of placing a small explosive device in his ship.

Sue: What a bitch! She’s actually getting off on this. She’s definitely tipsy.

Servalan and Travis make a pact to claim Orac for themselves.

Sue: It’s like that time Michael Moon and Janine Butcher got together. Pure evil.

But even Travis has second thoughts when he learns that the space surgeon Servalan sent to their death was responsible for replacing Travis’s bionic space eye.

Sue: I knew Travis had a heart, deep down inside. He’s not all bad, you know. I know exactly how this will end: Travis will change his mind, he’ll save Blake’s life – killing Servalan in the process – and then he’ll join the crew. That’s what I would do if I was writing this.

The indigenous cavemen attack our heroes with a ferocity that borders on the comical.

Sue: This is a bit lame. It’s very Monty Python, don’t you think?

Me: They’re being stoned to death by the Time Bandits.

DeliveranceOur heroes find their way into an underground bunker, where a woman in blue dress bows down before Avon. Her name is Meegat and she has been expecting him.

Avon: Are you alone here?

Meegat: Yes, Lord. Everything is as it was written. One waits.

Sue: And now it’s turned into The Life of Brian.

Jenna has been taken prisoner by the natives.

Sue: Jenna has been kidnapped by Ronnie Wood. It’s not good, this. She’ll probably sprain her ankle, next.

Avon shows incredible self-restraint for a man who is being worshipped as a god.

Sue: Captain Kirk would have shagged her by now.

Me: Are you disappointed or relieved?

Sue: As long as he doesn’t punch her in the face, I’m happy.

The underground bunker houses the controls for a rocket that contains the race banks of Meegat’s people.

Sue: So it’s a giant sperm bank in space. Right…

Sadly, Jenna doesn’t get a look-in while this is going on.

Sue: Avon has been sidetracked by a beautiful woman, and now he couldn’t care less about the other beautiful woman he’s lost. Unbelievable.

Avon prepares to launch the rocket.

DeliveranceSue: Has Avon actually checked that Jenna isn’t trapped in that rocket? I know she isn’t, but he doesn’t know that, and she could have wandered in there by mistake. You know what this lot are like.

Avon decides to continue his search for Jenna.

Sue: Hallelujah!

Meanwhile, back on the Liberator, Ensor is losing the will to live.

Ensor: I’ve put the energizer onto automatic. If I let it go, it will spring back and the gun will fire. If I pass out, the gun will fire by itself. Now you make certain that I don’t go to sleep.

Sue: I’d stop talking if I were you, Blake; that’s bound to send him off. Ask Zen to pipe some Big Band Swing through the ship. That will keep him awake.

Avon and Meegat have a very special relationship.

Sue: They’re holding hands! Aww, that’s sweet. Although you could argue that Avon is taking advantage of someone who is obviously not quite right in the head. It’s a tricky one.

Gan warns Avon that he can’t get involved in Jenna’s rescue.

Gan: If it comes to killing, remember my limiter implant.

Sue: WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, GAN?

Even Vila gets stuck in while Gan looks meekly on.

Sue: Gan is the biggest member of the crew, and yet he can’t do shit. They should ditch him the first chance they get. Just drop him off at a space circus. They’ll look after him.

Gan only gets involved when all the hard work has been done and Jenna is safe.

Sue: He’s giving these two cavemen a big drunken bear hug. “I really, really, really love you, mate!”

Limiter or not, the natives are easily overcome.

Sue: They’re so useless, I bet they couldn’t even make a pig squeal like a pig.

DeliveranceGan finally makes it back to the bunker.

Sue: I thought he was going to bang his head on the door on his way in. That may have helped him, actually. It could have dislodged the chip in his head that makes him such a waste of ****ing space.

Back on the Liberator, Ensor drops dead. But before he shuffles off this mortal coil, he makes his last, and somewhat curious request.

Ensor: The microcells… get to father…

Sue: **** you, mate! Blake should sell those cells to the highest bidder, and then he should dance on his bloke’s father’s grave, because he’s a **** and Blake is a terrorist. So there.

Blake: Zen, direct route for the planet Cephlon. Maximum speed.

Sue: What is maximum speed? Have we ever established that? I feel like I should know, but I don’t and it’s driving me mad.

Avon prepares to launch the rocket. According to Jenna, Avon is about to become a legend.

Sue: Don’t be daft. Avon was a legend long before he landed on this shit hole.

The rocket is launched, and then Avon instructs Zen to scan for suitable planets for it to land on.

Sue: Don’t you think he should have done that before he launched the rocket into space? For all he knew, he could have been firing it into a black hole.

Meegat is nowhere to be seen.

DeliveranceSue: Where the hell is she? They didn’t even say goodbye. What a load of rubbish. TERRY, YOU ****!

Blake asks Avon what it was like to be a god.

Avon: Don’t you know?

Blake: Yes. I don’t like the responsibility, either.

Avon smiles.

Sue: I wouldn’t be too sure about that, Blake. I think Avon loved it. I’d watch my back if I were you.

Cue credits.

The Score:

Sue: That was pretty good, then it was awful, and then it was quite good again, and then it was just irritating. Basically anything that involved the cavemen was rubbish, and anything that involved Avon and Travis was all right. I didn’t understand the plot with the rocket at all. It felt as if the episode was a set-up for something else, and Terry was treading water. I’m looking forward to meeting Orac, though. I hope he’s dishy.

5/10

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    February 14, 2014 5:03 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    ‘It’s like that time you stranded all those students in Whitby because you couldn’t count them back onto a bus. It’s unprofessional at the end of the day.’

    Sue really has a way of giving an insight into embarrassing chunks of your life that you’d probably not share with a whole bunch of strangers.

    But do feel free to share an embarrassing chunk of your life with a whole bunch of strangers.

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    February 14, 2014 5:13 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Harriet

    Shouldn’t the stars in that window be moving if the space station is revolving? How hard would it be to set up a roller with some stars on it.

    I had a theory on this. They found out that the view of moving stars made Space Commanders spacesick, so it’s not a window, it’s a projection of the view of a single sector.

    I bet Servalan had a huge gay and lesbian following.

    Straight men fancied her too, you know.

    I bet Avon had a big gay following as well.

    Yes, and straight men fancied him too.

    This is my favourite exchange in the project to date. All debts are paid.

    Oddly enough, a friend of mine wrote a story in which Orac turned out to be Jenna’s lovechild. I’ve forgotten who the father was.

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      February 14, 2014 8:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Ah yes, I think I’ve read that (was it by Og?). The delivery makes ones eyes water.

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        February 14, 2014 9:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Harriet

        I dimly remember trying to sell him an alternative plotline, but the only bit he took me up on was that Ensor the Younger was called Trevor.

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    February 14, 2014 5:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Madame Hardy

    Is Jenna’s V-shaped collar the worst costume (not counting monster outfits) so far, or do you have another contender?

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    February 14, 2014 6:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jess Patton

    Sue: I bet Avon had a big gay following as well.

    Me: Yes, and straight men fancied him too.

    I just spat my tea on the carpet reading that. I should also add that straight women quite fancy Avon to. But I digress.

    Neil, are you actually going to point out the entire series was written by Terry Nation, or are you going to just see if Sue notices. Because I suspect you may get another cushion in the face come next week.

    If we’re continuing the Blake’s 7 themed kitten names, may I suggest Dayna and Soolin. If not; Oswin, Xander and Kirk are my recommendations.

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    February 14, 2014 6:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nick Mays

    Sue: WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, GAN?

    Not many episodes now Sue… hang on in there…

    Briilliant, sparky dialogue, great humour and a genuine sense of togetherness.

    NOT Terrry’s script alas – Sue and Neil.

  • February 14, 2014 6:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    I was baffled by one of the comments last week about C-plots, but then I realized I’d been confusing “Deliverance” with “Redemption.” I like “Redemption,” but I can take or leave “Deliverance,” except in parts. Really any episode containing the phrase “MAXIMUM SPEED” can’t be all bad.

    This is another great entry about another middling episode. The next one is where the show really catches fire and, for my money, flags very rarely over the next three years.

    And Orac? He’s the dishiest. I wanted him when I was a kid and I still do.

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      February 14, 2014 8:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Even if he’s a bald dwarf according to Tarrant’s description… probably very virile, therefore!

  • February 14, 2014 8:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jason

    Wouldn’t you know it, I was perusing Paul Darrow’s Wikipedia page, and there was a massive Blake’s 7 spoiler right on the page that had nothing to do with his character. This is my first time watching the show, and I’ve only just finished the first series. And even though I stumbled upon that spoiler, I thought taking a peek at the Wiki entry for Blake’s 7 might clear it up… oh man, the spoilers. The whole cast section should be hidden in spoilers…

    Very angry right now.

    • February 14, 2014 11:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
      encyclops

      I sympathize, but maybe it will reassure you to know that I recently rewatched the whole series myself knowing all the spoilers and I still quite enjoyed it. It’s a bit (a bit…) like a Shakespearean tragedy: even when you know what’s coming, it can still grab you by the throat.

      Unless you’re talking about the only spoiler I see on Darrow’s page, in which case it probably wouldn’t have grabbed you at all. For the rest of it you can only blame yourself. 🙂

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        February 15, 2014 12:42 amPosted 3 years ago
        triturus

        I persuaded my wife to watch all 4 seasons without spoilers a couple of years ago. When we got to the end, I felt like such a bastard. I think she thought I’d been deliberately leading her into a trap.

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      February 17, 2014 1:18 amPosted 3 years ago
      Lauren

      I did the exact same thing with Paul Darrow’s page when I watched it for the first time. I think I know what spoiler you’re talking about, and I was so devastated.

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      March 5, 2014 12:57 amPosted 3 years ago
      Graeme

      Don’t you just hate that? I’m glad I saw Blakes 7 before the days of wiki.

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    February 14, 2014 8:56 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rob

    Having had a long Mad Men session last night, this line made me chuckle:

    ‘She’s like Don Draper, lying on a sofa, drinking on the job in the middle of the afternoon, plotting and scheming. It’s Mad Ma’am.’

    🙂

    Another fair rating for a so-so episode which is saved by some of the dialogue and performances. It all gets much, much better from ‘Orac’ onwards.

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    February 14, 2014 8:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Roger

    I don’t know about Orac being dishy. I always found him a bit rough round the edges…..

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      March 5, 2014 1:00 amPosted 3 years ago
      Graeme

      …and very transparent and square….

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    February 14, 2014 9:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    M.Lawrenson

    “Terry can’t write for women. Actually, he can’t write for men, but you know what I mean.”

    Terry can’t write for toffee.

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      February 14, 2014 11:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Oh I don’t know. Some of “The Persuaders!” isn’t bad.

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      February 14, 2014 11:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Nick Mays

      Of course he can’t! He dead now…

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      February 16, 2014 12:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Jess Patton

      He can when he puts the effort in, annoyingly enough. Unfortunately, Terry bothering to put the effort in is about as rare as abominable snowman sightings.

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    February 14, 2014 9:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    Having just finished a marathon watch of Breaking Bad (yes, I managed to miss the whole thing deity everyone telling me what a class piece of drama it was. Still, that’s what box sets and non-existent social lives are for) I’m finding it difficult to reacclimatise to TV so pedestrian that it comes with its own zebra crossing. Deliverance isn’t BAD, though the cod pseudo-religious aspect is as well-researched as much of Terry Nation’s other toe-dips into satire (see also totalitarianism, oligarchies and people called ‘Tarrant’) and the cavemen are one step down from The Tribe of Gum.

    Given that ‘forgetting’ members of the crew after teleporting back to the ship is becoming pathological it does beg the question as to what happens when the Liberator operates it’s six-monthly fire drill? Do they all just hang around the bridge in lieu of creating a real-life situation? Or does Basil Fawlty suggest they should all just burn?

    And Avon finally gets the adulation he (and let’s face it, the rational viewer) deserves. This would be an even blander show without him.

    And no, I’m not going to be the one to dampen Sue’s hopes about Orac being Michael Buble.

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      February 15, 2014 1:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Rob

      A bit daft to compare modern TV to a BBC multi-video camera series with zero budget? ‘Blake’s 7’ should only really be compared to other drama that the BBC and ITV were producing at the same time and it holds up particularly well to what Dr Who was struggling to knock out in the late 70’s.

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        February 15, 2014 3:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
        John Miller

        Yes, that Graham Williams Era Doctor Who is truly awful, isn’t it?

        How anyone can watch stuff like The Ribos Operation, City of Death, and The Sun Makers is truly beyond me.

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        February 15, 2014 4:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Sean Alexander

        That comment was meant with a heavy dose of tongue/cheek interfacing. But then the story-telling, characterisation, emotional wallop and shocks per episode would outdo most dramas today, including Blakes 7 if it ever did get its long-threatened reboot.

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      February 15, 2014 9:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “Given that ‘forgetting’ members of the crew after teleporting back to the ship is becoming pathological it does beg the question as to what happens when the Liberator operates it’s six-monthly fire drill?”

      Maybe that’s it, Jenna couldn’t be arsed to sign herself out in the fire register when she teleported down to Cephlon. Her own fault really.

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    February 14, 2014 9:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    May I suggest that Jenna’s litter is called ‘Children of Auron’? I always thought cats had telepathic conversations with one another.

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    February 14, 2014 9:34 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    “I think Orac will be the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter, and the Federation will hire him to kill Blake, because Travis isn’t up to the job, and it’s going to cost them a fortune. But Orac will betray them and he’ll join Blake’s crew.”

    That sounds like an episode I’d watch. Is Chris Boucher still available?

    “Blake should sell those cells to the highest bidder, and then he should dance on his bloke’s father’s grave, because he’s a **** and Blake is a terrorist.”

    Wow. Even Gauda Prime Blake would have balked at that.

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    February 14, 2014 10:04 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Robin

    I’ve never managed to maintain my attention all the way through the death throes of season one. It utterly fizzles out into incomprehensible tedium. Then again, we are talking about Blake’s 7.

    Your cat news begs a question, namely concerning neutering Blake. How’s that for a metaphor? Additionally, when it comes to new cat names surely you need to look no further than the B7 work of the great Bob Holmes, Gambit particularly. Docholi, Cevedic, Toise, The Klute. Alternatively actor names are fairly promising in themselves: Croucher, Greif, Pacey…

    Incidentally (and feel free not to publish this) I’m pretty sure I saw Sue at work today. I’ll parp out a startlingly loud rendition of Dudley’s theme tune across the lobby next time.

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      February 15, 2014 7:07 amPosted 3 years ago
      solar penguin

      If you’re going for real-life names, she could have one called Camfield.

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    February 14, 2014 10:47 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ian

    Sues’ comment about dropping Gan off at a space circus …….GENIUS FUNNY!!!!!!!!
    The first book is brilliant and thoroughly recommended but Sue deserves at least two chapters next time (I do hope for a sequel as “Adventures…” was one of the best books I read last year).

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    February 15, 2014 11:17 amPosted 3 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    I can’t help wondering why Avon didn’t take advantage of Meegat. If this was Star Trek, Kirk would have kissed her at the very least. If it had been Blake he would have been put off by her being clearly mentally unhinged, but surely Avon wouldn’t have had such moral compunctions. Or maybe he just prefers women to be a bit more of a challenge?

    Incidentally, Meegat used to be married to Ian McShane. Tune in next time for another installment of Blakes 7 Guest Stars And The Famous People They’ve Slept With! (There might be a book in this…)

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      February 15, 2014 5:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Harriet

      Incidentally, Meegat used to be married to Ian McShane

      Crikey, I didn’t know that! But then I only found out a couple of weeks ago that Josette Simon used to be married to tenor Mark Padmore.

      I did have a phase of reporting deaths of spouses of B7 guest stars to the Lysator mailing list, but I wasn’t very thorough.

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      February 15, 2014 9:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “I can’t help wondering why Avon didn’t take advantage of Meegat.”

      Playing the long game. If he managed to get the rocket lauched he could potentially populate a whole planet of Avon-worshippers an come back and take advantage later.

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      March 5, 2014 1:08 amPosted 3 years ago
      Graeme

      ‘Or maybe he just prefers women to be a bit more of a challenge?’

      Maybe that’s explains why Avon said he enjoyed decking Sara.
      Different types of challenges requiring different responses, and the satisfaction of success.

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    February 15, 2014 9:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    “Terry can’t write for women. Actually, he can’t write for men, but you know what I mean.”

    Pretty much nailed Terry! Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever read about Blake’s 7 is that the BBC agreed to commission it on the condition that Terry Nation wrote the whole of the first series. Why on earth would they set this as a condition? The results at this stage in the series speak for themselves. Perhaps Terry misheard and the condition was that he didn’t write all the episodes, or perhaps even that he didn’t write any of them.

    Sue’s opening comments reminded me of when me and some mates were having a marathon B7 watching session many years ago. I announced that I was sticking Deliverance on and my dad who was hovering i the background briefly sounded iterested, thinking I meant the film. I think he would have preferred the “Squeal like a pig” scene to yet another bloody Blakes 7 episode. (Great film though, much better than this)

    I’d never realised that Ensor Jnr was Roy from Eastenders until now. The Ensor sub-plot is probably the best, the “Lord Avon” section is briefly amusing, but basically it’s 3 sub-plots none of which are strong enough to carry an episode themselves.

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    February 17, 2014 1:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    The Grouchybeast

    > Me: Yes, and straight men fancied him too.
    >
    > I think I’ve said too much.

    Hee!

    > It’s unprofessional at the end of the day.

    To be fair, they aren’t professionals. Well, except Blake, but he’s had the rebel leader part of his brain erased by the Federation, so I suppose he ought to be given a pass.

    > Sue: As long as he doesn’t punch her in the face, I’m happy.

    As with most characters in Blakes 7, if you start with very low expectations, you’ll have a better chance of not being disappointed. (Warranty is void if episode is written by Ben Steed.)

    > 5/10

    Aww. Deliverance is a definite 10/10. Although now I come to think about it, at the end of the day all Blakes 7 episodes are a 10/10 for me, so probably I’m not the most impartial judge.

  • February 18, 2014 4:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Hefra Ame

    Servalan and Marc Almond were pretty interchangeable in my head at the time.

    • February 18, 2014 4:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Hefra Ame

      And then I read Sue’s commentary for Orac and she says the exact same thing! I’m glad it’s not just me.

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    February 21, 2014 11:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    BWT

    Enjoyed the commentary on this one. Loved the speculation on which character had the biggest LGBT following.

    I am reliably informed that Jenna also had a large straight following.

    And I’d be rather keen to see a teleport bracelet daisy chain being used for larger objects…

    And, yes, Avon was always a legend. Even before Blakes 7.

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      February 22, 2014 6:58 amPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      I thought, before Blakes 7, Avon was A Terrible Aspect?

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    March 5, 2014 12:18 amPosted 3 years ago
    Graeme

    ‘Sue: Why don’t they just teleport the capsule back to the Liberator?

    Me: Because you can’t wrap a bracelet around that capsule.

    Sue: But what if they daisy-chained lots of bracelets together? Would that work?’

    And, sue is complaining the series isn’t racing along?

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    March 5, 2014 12:26 amPosted 3 years ago
    Graeme

    ‘Sue: I like Jenna, but she’s a boring character. She never seems to do anything, even when she’s actually doing stuff, she doesn’t really seem to do anything. Does that make sense? She’s just there. Terry can’t write for women. Actually, he can’t write for men, but you know what I mean.’

    In reality people come together in all sorts of circumstances. They don’t necessarily have custom-fit duties. Some are ‘just there.’ In this case, it’s a band of criminals. So, in that regard, this does make some sense. Besides, I don’t call piloting an advanced alien space craft, and training the other, ‘doing nothing’. Jenna added a lot to the series.

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    March 5, 2014 12:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Graeme

    ‘Sue: I think Orac will be the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter, and the Federation will hire him to kill Blake, because Travis isn’t up to the job, and it’s going to cost them a fortune. But Orac will betray them and he’ll join Blake’s crew. There, that’s what I think will happen. What do I win if I’m right?’

    The question is: What will the series loose if she’s wrong?

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    March 5, 2014 12:43 amPosted 3 years ago
    Graeme

    ‘Sue: Jenna has been kidnapped by Ronnie Wood.’

    Actually, it’s Pat Gorman. The actor who often plays characters that say nothing, and appear very briefly because they usually get bumped off!

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    May 10, 2014 5:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fiona

    “Straight men fancied him too”.

    I knew it!

    I always figured Paul Darrow’s good looks would be a handicap to him, especially in movies. Guys would see he was playing the lead and say: “No, let’s go and watch, erm, anything else, instead”.
    Just in case. Wouldn’t want to have to pretend to look for distractions every time he came on screen. Wouldn’t want disturbing questions bothering all the way through.

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    May 10, 2014 5:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fiona

    Sally Knyvette got very fed up with what happened to her Jenna character. She started out a glamorous space smuggler and then became “a sort of housewife on the Liberator”. It did get sexist like that, the girls operating the teleport while the guys had the fun, yet at the start, it was generally Avon who stayed behind.

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    June 9, 2014 2:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anniew

    For some reason I never read Sue’s reactions to Deliverance or the subsequent comments until an hour ago.
    They have brought a little bit of joy to an otherwise wasted ( work wise) and disappointingly Sarcophagus free Monday. And I don’t mean ‘wasted ‘ in any good way. I mean in the ‘if I’d pulled a sickie and stayed asleep all day it would have made zero difference to the Universe because I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING! NADA! ‘ way. So thank you all for the good cheer!

    PS. Isn’t it strange that a character who shows zero interest in sex ( apart from the occasional dalliance with Zen’s couplings) should inspire so many hot fantasies among the straight and gay?

    Mmmmm fantasies!

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      June 9, 2014 3:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      No! That’s what makes him so special. So different from Avon 2.
      I love the way this Avon is so untouchable. Can’t think of any other like this. A man with heart-stopping looks…and no women in his bed.
      Sex is lots and lots of fun. But you know, it’s so messy and the idea of Avon 1 in the undignified positions and all the sweat, etc, ick.
      Now, Avon 2, like you said, battered and barmy, that’s more feasible.
      But this one, honestly, I cannot think of anyone that looks like that. He didnt even seem to realize it! I saw some interview or read it, where he talked about how he wanted to let his hair get all bouncy and bouffant..dont think he was kidding either. It looked so good in that geeky asymmetric cut. Men never know what suits them!
      And I have accomplished nothing either.

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      June 9, 2014 4:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Nick

      “PS. Isn’t it strange that a character who shows zero interest in sex ( apart from the occasional dalliance with Zen’s couplings) should inspire so many hot fantasies among the straight and gay? ”

      Squeak, pigguh, squeak! Yeeee-haawwww! 😉

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        June 9, 2014 5:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Fiona

        Nick, you animal….now I really can’t sleep!

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          June 9, 2014 7:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Nick

          Shoot! Is that banjos ah kin hear?

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