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Seek - Locate - Destroy

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Seek - Locate - DestroyForget what the opening voice-over says, according to Sue, this episode begins on the planet ICI.

Sue: This gave Ridley Scott the idea to film Blade Runner in Middlesbrough.

Before I can argue with her, a security robot trundles into view. Sue pulls a face at it.

Me: It could have been a lot worse, it could have been Metal Mickey.

Sue: It could have been a lot better, it could have been Dusty Bin.

The security robot opens fire on some electrical wiring which is flapping harmlessly in the wind.

Sue: Are you sure it’s a good idea to fire a weapon like that in a chemical plant? What does the robot do when it sees a crisp packet? Go nuclear?

Blake contacts the Liberator.

Blake: I’m down and safe.

Sue: Blake always goes down first. If Blake was really in charge, he’d make Gan go down first. I think Blake has a death wish.

The Liberator‘s crew prepares to join Blake on Centero.

Sue: They’re wearing colour-coordinated Millets anoraks. That’s nice.

Me: I’d like an anorak like that. I don’t think the outfits have dated that much.

Sue: That’s why I don’t let you buy your own clothes, Neil.

Vila teleports to Blake’s location.

Seek - Locate - DestroySue: It must be really difficult to infiltrate a secret base when the teleport effect has its own theme music. Don’t tell me the robot didn’t hear those trumpets.

Vila doesn’t really want to participate in this mission.

Sue: Vila is basically the Ian Beale of Blake’s 7. I know I’m supposed to empathise with him, but I just want to punch him in the face.

The security robot returns for another sweep, just as Vila attempts to break into a TOP SECURITY area.

Blake: Vila, take cover!

Sue: Where? Behind this ****ing ladder?

Vila eventually hacks his way into the compound.

Sue: Does this scene really warrant the Love Theme from Blake’s 7? Are Vila and Blake an item? That would make sense, actually.

Vila and Blake disable two Federation guards using the ancient martial art known as ‘panto’. Meanwhile, Avon, Cally and Gan, armed to the teeth with explosives, prepare to teleport down to the planet.

Avon: A fraction out and you could put us down in the middle of the security barracks.

Jenna: Don’t tempt me.

Sue: There isn’t a lot of love in Blake’s 7. It’s one big bitch-fest. And what does Blake carry around in those little bum bags on his belt? Extra strong mints? And why are they running around this place anyway? Have we missed an episode? What are they trying to do? How is this going to clear Blake’s name?

Me: This is basically what they do now: they land on Federation planets and they blow stuff up.

Seek - Locate - DestroySue: Oh, so they’re terrorists?

Me: Terrorists or freedom fighters, it’s up to you. Remember what was going on in 1978 when the BBC made Blake’s 7.

Sue: Oh right. I see. So Blake is a militant trade unionist.

Me: I’m talking about the IRA.

Sue: Only if the IRA were Welsh. So what does the shit robot represent?

Me: The weak pound.

Blake’s crew steal a Federation cipher machine.

Sue: So this is what Blake does now – he breaks into secret bases and he nicks stuff. Is it supposed to be Ocean’s 7 in Space?

Cally is assaulted by a Federation trooper with an enormous moustache.

Sue: What a terrible fight. What Blake’s 7 really needs right now is Stuart Fell.

Cally loses her bracelet before she can teleport back to the Liberator with the rest of the gang. Sue doesn’t understand why Cally’s bracelet doesn’t teleport back to the ship without her, but she’s silly like that.

Sue: I don’t believe this. They haven’t noticed that Cally is missing yet. They hate each other so much, they don’t realise that they’ve lost a crew member. That really is shocking.

Me: She wasn’t even wearing the red anorak.

Blake takes charge of the situation.

Sue: Why is Blake the boss? Did they ever vote on that? I don’t understand why Avon isn’t the leader; I know who I’d rather follow. I like Blake – he means well – but he’s a bit suicidal.

Seek - Locate - DestroyMeanwhile, on a space station somewhere…

Sue: Is it Servalan?

Me: Yes, love. Yes, it is.

Sue: She’s gorgeous and she isn’t wearing a bra.

Supreme Commander Servalan discusses Blake’s crusade with two men named Bercol and Rontane. The latter is played by Peter Miles.

Sue: He’s a bad guy. He’s always the bad guy. He was in Doctor Who and he was definitely the bad guy.

Me: Thank you. That’s what I wanted to know.

Servalan: I am aware of the danger should Blake become a legend. But let us keep this matter in its correct perspective.

Sue: She talks like Margaret Thatcher. Is that who Servalan is supposed to represent, a sexy Margaret Thatcher?

Me: Servalan isn’t in charge of the Federation, she’s in charge of the Federation’s security services.

Sue: Oh, so she’s a sexy M.

Servalan promises to put her best man on the job.

Rontane: May we know the officer’s name?

Servalan: Yes, you may. Space Commander Travis.

Sue: I was wondering when he was going to show up. Is this why you convinced our Kenny to call his dog Travis, because Travis chases the cats?

Seek - Locate - DestroyIt’s true. I did suggest that Sue’s younger brother name his dog Travis, and I didn’t mention Blake’s 7 once. I told him to name the dog after Travis Perkins, the building suppliers. Like that was less sad somehow.

Sue: So, if Servalan is a sexy M, Travis must be a sexy James Bond. Actually, that doesn’t work, does it. Maybe he’s a really ugly James Bond. Anyway, I like her big chair, even if it is a bit mucky round the back.

Blake and his crew have buggered off, speed standard by six, leaving Cally to her fate.

Sue: Unbelievable. Captain Kirk would never leave Scotty or Spock behind like that. And not only that, we’re back to Blake’s bloody 5 again. What a disaster.

Jenna gives Blake a hard time for feeling guilty about Cally’s death.

Sue: She never liked Cally anyway, in the sense that she liked her even less than the other people she doesn’t really like on this ship. It’s a bit bleak, this.

Servalan’s space station reminds Sue of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, if 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s special effects were made by Blue Peter, that is.

Sue: You can actually see a coat hanger sticking out of the top. Unbelievable.

A Federation officer named Rai questions Servalan’s decision to employ Travis.

Servalan: Travis is an advocate of total war. He carries out his orders with meticulous thoroughness.

Sue: They are really bigging Travis up. If he turns out to be completely useless after all this hype, I won’t be happy.

Seek - Locate - DestroyTravis finally makes his big entrance, and yes, he really is an ugly James Bond.

Sue: It’s Darth Vader meets the Phantom of the Opera meets the Borg.

Travis is given his marching orders: he must search for, find and kill Blake.

Sue: It’s For Your Eye Only.

Meanwhile, on the Liberator, Avon has used the cipher machine they stole on Centero to hack into the Federation’s battle computers. The crew will have to take it in turns to monitor the transmissions, because asking your large supercomputer to do it for you would be fruitless. And then Avon intercepts a transmission that mentions Space Commander Travis.

Blake: Travis! I thought he was dead. I was sure I’d killed him.

Sue: What a brilliant line. Terry just knocked it out of the park. It’s a huge coincidence, but I’m going to go with it.

After a quick Martini, Travis begins his investigations on Centero. He can’t understand why Blake led Federation personnel out of the cipher room before he blew it up.

Technician: I suppose they thought it was safer with us out of the way.

Travis: No. No. There’s something missing. I’m missing something.

Sue: Yes, an eye.

Seek - Locate - DestroyThe technician receives a report that something has been found under the rubble. He acknowledges this news by holding a communicator up to his throat.

Sue: Do the technicians on the ICI planet have throat cancer? Is the power plant radioactive or something?

Travis, who Sue believes is dressed as an evil, kinky Superman, extracts Cally from the rubble and reports back to Servalan.

Sue: His peripheral vision must be terrible. Why didn’t they give him a bigger hole? I’ve seen pin-hole cameras with bigger holes than that.

To compensate for this, Travis shows off his massive ring.

Sue: I bet that catches when he does up his flies.

It turns out that Blake and Travis have previous.

Sue: That was nicely done, the way they cut between Blake and Travis like that. They are really trying to build this up, even though this rivalry has turned up completely out of the blue. Sherlock needs Moriarty, the Doctor needs the Master, and Blake needs this guy. Yes, we get it. But would it have killed them to mention his name in the first episode? During Blake’s trial, perhaps? Story arc, my arse!

Blake tells his crew about his quarrel with Travis during a coffee break on the Liberator.

Seek - Locate - DestroySue: Did Blake shoot him in the eye? I want to see the flashback where Blake shoots him in the eye.

Back in the good old days, when Blake was public enemy number one, Travis ambushed and killed many of Blake’s friends.

Blake: Travis was already there. He’d been hiding in that basement for more than two days.

Sue: Flashback, please.

Blake: I saw Travis. And I fired. I saw him fall. I was sure I’d killed him.

Sue: We may as well be watching Jackanory.

Cally is placed in the hands of the Federation’s Interrogation Division.

Sue: If she’s was a proper telepath, she might be able to do something useful here. But she’s just a glorified ventriloquist at the end of the day.

Blake decides to return to Centero to save Cally, even though it’s obviously a trap.

Blake: Zen, immediate course change. Direct route to Centero speed standard by six.

Sue: Why not make it standard by seven? If you really cared about Cally, you’d go speed standard by eight!

Zen: Liberator is turning onto new course heading, now.

Sue: Even the computer hates them. There’s no respect. Blake needs to take everyone on a team building weekend after this.

Seek - Locate - DestroyTravis lies in wait on Centero, and aside from pointing out some horrendous and completely unnecessary chromakey, Sue soaks up the details of the trap that has been set for Blake.

Travis: Which leaves just one chance factor: exactly where they’ll teleport down. The odds are against them being able to zero in on the interrogation room.

Sue: He’s a little on the camp side but still very intense. I’m not sure about him yet.

Travis taunts Cally and then he incapacitates her so she can’t cry out to Blake when he arrives.

Travis: Now this won’t hurt.

It definitely hurts.

Sue: Cally will use her ventriloquism to guide Blake in. She’s finally found a use for her naff superpower.

Travis stalks the security compound with a stern look on his face.

Sue: Travis is thinking to himself: we need better architects. Our planets are complete shit holes.

Seek - Locate - DestroyWhen Travis returns to the interrogation room, Cally has already been freed by Blake.

Blake: I got here first.

Sue: They should have monitored the room for trumpets.

Cally turns the tables on Travis.

Sue: Tell him it won’t hurt and then poke his other eye out.

Blake decides to let Travis live.

Sue: Big mistake. Shoot his other hand off at least!

Sue gasps when Blake shoots off Travis’s robotic hand instead. And then Blake and Cally teleport away seconds before some Federation troops arrive.

Travis: Don’t stand there, you idiots! Launch the interceptors!

Sue: Travis sounds like he’s about to burst into tears. He’s a big baby.

Back on the Liberator, Blake fondles Travis’s tiny gun.

Seek - Locate - DestroySue: Well, you know what they say…

The episode concludes with Travis vowing to hunt Blake down.

Sue: Given what I’ve seen so far, I won’t be holding my breath.

Cue credits.

Sue: Hang on a minute. How did Blake get through all those security measures? Did Cally do something clever, and I missed it, or did they do the one thing that Travis said they definitely couldn’t do? I’m confused.

Me: Blake arrived there before they put Cally in the interrogation room. He hid there. You know, like Travis did to him in the flashback we never saw.

Sue: Well that wasn’t very clear. Hang on. So Blake was in the room the whole time Travis was in there with Cally? Travis needs to get that eye seen to. He can’t see shit.

The Score:

Sue: Well, that was better than the last one. Still not very good, though. It was just one big set up because they forgot to do it earlier. But at least it’s going somewhere. I think. But it needs to start bucking its ideas up. Oh, and Avon did sod all again.

5/10

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    January 21, 2014 12:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    Sue: So what does the shit robot represent?

    Me: The weak pound.

    Even thought we’re only 6 episodes in you’re going to be hard pressed to top that.

    This was the first episode of Blake’s 7 I ever missed. I ended up seeing Star Wars (again) instead. Happy days.

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    January 21, 2014 12:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mat Dolphin

    Surely this one deserves at least a seven! Five seems a bit mean.

    • January 21, 2014 12:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Neil Perryman (Author)

      She was clawing her way back up from a one. I think that played a part. She almost went for a six but her heart wasn’t in it.

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        January 22, 2014 8:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        There’s Camfield on the horizon (but not on Horizon)… chin up! 🙂

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    January 21, 2014 12:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    Blake: Vila, take cover!

    Sue: Where? Behind this ****ing ladder?

    That’s a *space* ladder.

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      January 21, 2014 1:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      Put the space ladder back with the space heater when you’re done with it.

      I forget which reviews blog said this but they put it best, ages ago; “When Vila goes to the Liberator toilet, does he do a space poo?”

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        January 22, 2014 8:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        I’ll be retiring beneath my space blanket… oh hang on they need that for Avon’s bacofoil costume.

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    January 21, 2014 12:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ian Salsbury

    I’m disappointed Sue didn’t recognise the shit robot from it’s Doctor Who appearance (well, in truth, I’d have been astonished if she had!). I have an enormous nostalgic fondness for B7, the theme music alone transports me back to childhood. Often wondered what I’d make of it if coming to it fresh in adulthood…I guess Sue is answering this for me!

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      January 22, 2014 8:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      What Dr Who appearance?

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        January 24, 2014 11:51 amPosted 3 years ago
        Robert Dick

        I was wondering which DW appearance as well.

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    January 21, 2014 12:32 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    Coming back to this after all these years, it really was a revelation how extraordinarily beautiful Jacqueline Pearce was. A shame the role went seriously panto in later seasons.

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      January 22, 2014 8:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Never mind, we have Jackie’s roles in Man in a Suitcase and The Avengers to enjoy… she should’ve been a huge star in the 60s. Yes, extraordinarily beautiful is the word. She still is!

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        January 24, 2014 11:51 amPosted 3 years ago
        Robert Dick

        > Never mind, we have Jackie’s roles in Man in a Suitcase and The Avengers to enjoy…

        Oooh. Never ever Jackie. She HATES being called Jackie. (None of her co-stars seem to have ever picked up on this.)

        She called me a slag once.

        Marvellous wonderful woman.

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          January 24, 2014 5:04 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          But Robert, if she calls you a slag then you *are* a slag 🙂 Did you ask her round to give some corrective therapy?

    • January 23, 2014 10:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Philip Ayres

      “Oh No It Didn’t!”

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    January 21, 2014 12:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Moogthedog

    I don’t think Blake hid in the interrogation room for -all- that time… He teleported back to the surface before they’d set up the scanners, and then stealthed his way back into the building assuming that everyone would be busy with the cleanup, or watching the skies.

    I think Sue’s fairly spot on so far… (I can only watch Web when I’m drunk), but there are definitely some fun times ahead…

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    January 21, 2014 12:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Wans Ghromar

    Sue is getting funnier… too many laugh out loud lines to list this week. Though “They should have monitored the room for trumpets” is a particular corker.

    I spent two years in Middlesbrough for art college. Apparently, you’re not supposed to have children for ten years after leaving Middlesbrough because of the pollution from the ICI Blade Runner plant.

    Yay! Robots Of Death next week!

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    January 21, 2014 1:09 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Harriet

    Sherlock does not need Moriarty (that’s Moriarty’s vanity).

    Actually, I’m serious about this. In real life, if you’re flying round the galaxy (I am aware that this is an odd start to a sentence), you don’t bump into the same people all the time. With Travis, there’s an excuse; he’s got a specific mission to seek-locate-destroy Blake. But Servalan – much as I adore her, one of the biggest flaws of the later seasons is that she spends too much time traipsing round after one group of rebels when she should be doing her proper job.

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      January 21, 2014 1:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Harriet

      Thinking about it, Rontane is about right. He’s one of my favourite characters, and I’d have liked to see him three times, but twice was plausible, and it’s better to be left wanting more than to be thinking “Oh, not that boring idiot again” (see: Moriarty, every bloody time).

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        January 22, 2014 8:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        We get to see Kevin Stoney in a similar role to Peter Miles. Sadly he never returned in that role… or did he? There’s a nice ambiguity about his final appearance…. fun to come.

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    January 21, 2014 1:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    You can take the Neil out of Nyder but you can’t take the Nyder out of Neil.

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    January 21, 2014 1:47 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Tune in next week for The Shoebox Of Death.

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    January 21, 2014 3:03 pmPosted 3 years ago
    The Grouchybeast

    > Blake needs to take everyone on a team building weekend after this.

    Funnily enough, in only two episodes time…

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    January 21, 2014 3:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Gareth M

    “she’s just a glorified ventriloquist at the end of the day.”
    Sue’s summarised Cally’s character pretty accurately.

    “There isn’t a lot of love in Blake’s 7”
    Even when there is love in Blake’s 7 it’s violent and dangerous, and usually not very nice.

    This is a good introduction episode for Travis. The whole investigation on Centero is good, it shows he’s possibly competent.

    A flashback is how a modern show would have told this story. But just having Blake tell it is good in its own way.

    The cracks are showing a little bit in this story also, where in they (well Nation really) isn’t sure how to use all these characters he’s suddenly got.

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      January 21, 2014 8:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      ‘Even when there is love in Blake’s 7 it’s violent and dangerous, and usually not very nice.’

      Especially when Ben Steed writes it.

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    January 21, 2014 7:04 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    I thought this was a definite step up from the last few episodes. Opening mid-mission without endless scenes of them sitting around talking about it beforehand is a great way to start, and the heist mission gives most of the team a good way to show off their skills. The ending also works well, focussing on Travis setting his trap for Blake before revealing that Blake was there all along. It’s basically Hustle in Space, or Ocean’s 7 as Sue said, maybe a bit unsophisticated but definitely the right direction for the show to be heading in.

    Stephen Greif is excellent as Travis, genuinely intense and threatening – it’s a shame he wasn’t in it more. And Jacqueline Pearce is impressively cool and calculating, not nearly as over-the-top as I remember her being later on. Cally’s still useless though – possessed by an alien one week, kidnapped and used as bait the next. The world “liability” springs to mind…

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      January 22, 2014 8:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Yes, the mid-mission start is good (Trevor Hoyle uses it well for the start of the second novel – particularly Cally’s “tightly-laced combat boots”) – maybe a hint of Bouche rin that, as he was the master of the mise-en-scene, as we’ll see in a couple of seasons’ time with “Rumours…”)

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    January 21, 2014 7:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rob

    Me: Terrorists or freedom fighters, it’s up to you. Remember what was going on in 1978 when the BBC made Blake’s 7.

    Sue: Oh right. I see. So Blake is a militant trade unionist.

    Brilliant 🙂

  • January 21, 2014 8:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    Blake aways goes down first. If Blake was really in charge, he’d make Gan go down first.

    And now the slash begi…oh, hang on, I’m early.

    Maybe he’s a really ugly James Bond.

    He’ll get prettier later, but there’s a trade-off.

    Are Vila and Blake an item?

    Oh, right, there we are…”And now the slash begins!”

    They are really bigging Travis up. If he turns out to be completely useless after all this hype, I won’t be happy.

    I’m sure that would never happen.

    It’s For Your Eye Only.

    Line of the (half-)week!

    Blake: Travis! I thought he was dead. I was sure I’d killed him.

    Sue: What a brilliant line. Terry just knocked it out of the park. It’s a huge coincidence, but I’m going to go with it.

    I quite agree. That line and what follows are big highlights of Season 1 in my book; even though I feel the feud gets old quickly, the way it’s handled here is surprisingly compelling.

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      January 21, 2014 8:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      No, you’re late. Robert Holmes was writing it in 1979.

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        January 22, 2014 8:22 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        Plus we’ve already had Sue shipping Vila and Blake in this entry.

        • January 23, 2014 5:39 amPosted 3 years ago
          encyclops

          …yes, that was my (apparently completely unsuccessful) joke.

  • January 21, 2014 9:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Doc Whom

    Nyder’s “mm-hm I’m sure you’re right” to Servalan has to be the finest moment of “snide and silky villain” acting in TV history.

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      January 22, 2014 8:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      It’s a shame Peter Miles was deployed so early. If he’d have been Professor Ensor, and consequently Orac, it would have been amazing – Orac’s put-downs would have been lethal.

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    January 21, 2014 11:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Geoff

    “Thankyou, that’s what I wanted to know” great show hopping line!

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    January 22, 2014 11:16 amPosted 3 years ago
    Red Cardinal

    “Vila and Blake disable two Federation guards using the ancient martial art known as ‘panto’. ”

    Simply hilarious! 🙂

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    January 22, 2014 4:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sam

    Sue: So Blake is a militant trade unionist.

    Why has Sue not already been snapped up by The News Quiz?? And then she goes and tops it with “It’s For Your Eye Only.”

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    January 22, 2014 6:34 pmPosted 3 years ago
    hperson

    Chin up Sue, from here until the end of series 2 (with a coupla blips) you’re in the B7zeit.

    And if you feel you are losing the will to live, zone out of the sexism, the effects and the plot gaps and just stare at Avon – one of the best sf characters ever written and looks like a Roman Emperor to boot.

    I first saw this show at age 6 in 1981 and even then I knew he was hot.

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    January 22, 2014 8:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Frankymole

    In Terry Nations’ original script for episode 1, entitle “Cygnus Alpha”, Cral Travis was indeed in the Dev Tarrant role and we would’ve got to see Blake shoot him.

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    January 22, 2014 10:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    I’m going to stick out my neck and say that Seek-Locate-Destroy is where Blake’s 7 proper actually starts: Blake & co. perform their first get in/get out terrorist raid and Servalan (and to a lesser extent Travis) take their bow. The camp factor just went up to 11.

    A few downsides: the completely ridiculous plot device of no one noticing Cally never returned to the ship, the waste of the sinister Peter Miles and the painfully dull Blake story-time (was Nation playing catch-up with himself?)

    But what made this one so enjoyable was Blake getting a nemesis and the Federation (finally!) getting a face. Onanistic teenagers would never see straight again.

    ‘I am your death, Blake.’ At least Stephen Greif has found the level.

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    January 22, 2014 11:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mark P

    Sue: They are really bigging Travis up. If he turns out to be completely RECAST after all this hype, I won’t be happy.

    Waiting for the Stephen Greif to Brian Croucher revelation.

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      January 23, 2014 10:44 amPosted 3 years ago
      BWT

      Yes, I’m just waiting for that too. Cringe.

      Anyway, nevermind that, I’m waiting with trepidation for her reaction to Gan’s pacifier going on the blink and him getting all OTT enraged for no apparent reason. Even back in the day I recall that being a bit odd…

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        January 23, 2014 6:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        I didn’t, because Julian Glover’s character explained it 🙂

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    January 23, 2014 11:21 amPosted 3 years ago
    Snout Spout

    Sue’s so funny, is she like this all the time or does she just bring her A-Game for the blog?

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    January 23, 2014 2:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    54,124 posters are waiting to read Sue going BOOOOOOOO at the denoumant to the next episode.

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      January 23, 2014 2:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Rob

      I’m really looking forward to Sue’s reaction to that and particularly if it effects her thoughts towards Avon in anyway. That ending makes up for one of Nation’s worse scripts.

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    January 23, 2014 8:53 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    Hi Neil,

    Any chance that after this (assuming Sue hasn’t used you as part of a lovely new patio) you’d consider going through Space 1999? Lovely woodwork, lots of ‘Oooh she’s famous’ moments and it isn’t cheap.

    Tragically, AS EVERYONE KNOWS, they only made one series.

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    January 26, 2014 3:46 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    Pretty good episode, although I’ve always found the pacing a bit annoying – ie 20 minutes of action followed by a lot of talk and then a blink-and-you-miss it ending. Grief as Travis is good though and Jaqeline Pierce is pretty good as well, nowhere near as irritating as she later became.
    It doesn’t make any sense that Blake doesn’t kill Travis though when he’s quite happy to blow up bog standard Federation troopers without a second thought. A bit of a cop out – I’m sure if Blake gets another chance to kill Travis he’ll do it ….won’t he…?

    “Vila and Blake disable two Federation guards using the ancient martial art known as ‘panto’. ”
    Painfully true. I have a pet theory that this was the original version of the “Hello – I’m a spy” scene in Genesis Of The Daleks, but Robert Holmes decided it would be more believable and funnier if it was cut down to one line. I like the way that the guards stand there gormlessly looking at each other then back at Vila. These huge galactic empires always seem to have lots of guards that are pretty useless and just part of some vast job creation scheme (if you visit Beijing you get a similar impression)

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      January 27, 2014 12:37 amPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      If it wasn’t Travis pursuing him, it’d be someone else. And as Blake said, “I know I can beat him”. You get the same with Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne. Later events show that Blake was probably right…

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        January 27, 2014 9:34 pmPosted 3 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        I think that explanation may be offered in the very next episode? It still doesn’t ring true to me though, Travis may be predicatble but he’s also ruthless and won’t give up, not to mention that Blake probably has more reason to want to kill Travis than he has to kill anyone else. It’s a bit lazy and unsatisfying from a dramatic point of view as well. It also undermines Travis as a threat and if it’s about Blake being humane towards his enemies that doesn’t fit in very well with a lot of the other things he does.
        Anyway that’s enough for now, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more opportunities to rant about this particular pet hate.

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          January 28, 2014 12:49 amPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          Tackling it from another angle then, and presuming Blake (having very nearly lost in Duel – at least twice, in space and on Amersat) is being disingenuous when he gives the “I know I can beat him” reason… perhaps Blake feels that as long as Travis is following him around and tying up Federation resources (like the new Starburst ships) and probably causing rumblings of discontent at the continuing expense and failure of the campaign (Peter Miles’s point) then perhaps his continuing tussle with Travis is a bit like the POW escape plans in WWII, a constant irritant that helps to distract the enemy from more damaging actions closer to home (Travis is a noted inflicter of massacres, so Blake may be happy to keep him on a chase rather than victimising the likes of Avalon or Kasabi).

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            January 29, 2014 8:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
            wyngatecarpenter

            I commend your commitment to finding plausible explanations for Blake’s inconsistent behaviour but I can’t help thinking it’s lazy writing on the part of Nation.

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            January 29, 2014 11:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
            Frankymole

            Maybe, but I can’t believe Boucher would’ve let him get away with it…

  • February 5, 2014 7:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Robin

    ‘The Weak Pound’ made me LOL on the Transpennine Express.

  • May 12, 2014 1:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Elizabeth Lang

    Sue: Why not make it standard by seven? If you really cared about Cally, you’d go speed standard by eight!

    > There are some things about the Blake which always made him very questionable to me and made me doubt if he was really that good a person.

    Such as, was he really interested in saving Cally or was he just making a good show of it?

    Not to mention. Did you notice that the robbery and the purpose behind it was a failure from beginning to end and not just because they lost Cally?

    The whole point was to steal the cypher machine. Yet Blake, in his dubious intelligence, decides to double explode the very room where the cypher machine is. No other place in that facility does he show that much interest in, but the cypher room he wants to destroy totally. To hide the fact they stole it, but er…doesn’t it also tell anyone with half a brain that Blake had special interest in this room and why would that be pray tell?

    So Travis smells a rat and figures out what happened and that they took the cypher machine and he immediately has fake messages sent, luring Blake into a trap.

    As I said, a complete c— up as a plan.

    Plus. One of the few advantages they have is that the Federation doesn’t know about the teleport. Yet, Blake makes no effort to keep that a secret in the way he uses it. In fact, the way he uses makes it very clear the only way he could get in and out is because he has a teleport.

    On the surface it seems clever that he used the teleport to rescue Cally, except that now they’ve lost a major advantage.

    And the way he acts at the end in the teleport room. Sheesh. He’s very possessive and he has a big smile on his lips when he exhibits Cally as his crowning achievement.

    Love the bit where Avon is speechless when he sees her and stares, and stares…they really need a room…together.

    But in the end, did Blake do it because he cared about Cally? I guess that’s up to the audience to decide but I found it very odd how Blake behaved in this scene.

    After he glows smug about saving Cally and then sending Avon and Vila off. He just turns around and leaves her standing there.

    Blake doesn’t bother asking how she is or if she needs some help or someone to talk to because of the torture, (we are never shown a scene that indicates that he does), which you might think he would do considering he experienced torture himself under the Federation.

    Note that Cally barely moves from the teleport room. She has to call Blake back just to talk to him and thank him. Why would she just be standing there while everyone else leaves? A caring person might possibly wonder if she needs some help? Not our Blake. He just turns around and leaves and when she asks why he helped her, his response is because he doesn’t want to lose any more friends. Which sounds nice, except, it also sounds like he’s doing it for himself.

    Plus that little conversation he has with Jenna where he seems all bothered with how young Cally is, how innocent she is compared to them, and how guilty he feels about that. Yet that is the only time we hear those words from Blake. He never brings it up again with Cally after she comes back, or ever. So, was Blake really serious about caring or how bad he felt, or was it just an ‘act’ to convince Jenna that he cared.

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