Series 2 Overview
Redemption: That was disappointing. – 4/10
Shadow: A step in the right direction. – 6/10
Weapon: Insanely camp. – 8/10
Horizon: Boring. – 3/10
Pressure Point: Probably the best episode yet. – 9/10
Trial: I hated this episode. – 1/10
Killer: Avon was front and centre, which is exactly where I like him. – 8/10
Hostage: Travis is doing my head in. – 3/10
Countdown: Terry definitely writes the best episodes of Blake’s 7. – 8/10
Voice from the Past: I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in ages. – 6/10
Gambit: That was mental. – 5/10
The Keeper: It was all right, I suppose. – 4/10
Star One: I’m not having that. Put the next episode on! – 8/10
Nicol has done the maths and Series 2 of Blake’s 7 comes out with a mean average score of 6/10 (when you round it up), which is an improvement on the last series, so things are definitely getting better.
And now, without any further ado, here are the best seven questions asked by you, our readers:
Katie C: Can you tell us who your favourite characters in Blake’s 7 are, from best to worst, and why?
Sue: Well, Avon’s number one.
Me: Really? I’m shocked. I think we all know why. So who’s number two?
Sue: The rest of them.
Me: Come on, Sue, play the game.
She gives it some serious thought while I make a cup of tea.
Sue: OK, I’ll put Blake second; he’s completely mad but at least he’s trying to get things done. I’d put Jenna third: she’s a bit bland, Cally fourth: bland, then Vila: stupid –
Sue: And then Gan: dead and bland. I’d put Orac at the bottom. He’s completely useless.
Me: What about Zen?
Sue: Oh, I forgot about him. I’d probably put Zen third, behind Blake. He’s got more personality than the rest of them put together.
Paula: If they actually get round to the remake they’ve been threatening for years, it’s likely they would add a love interest somewhere, so, as Sue is keen for everyone to get it on, which couple does she think would end up as the modern love story?
Sue: Blake and Jenna.
Me: Not a bizarre Blake, Jenna and Avon love triangle?
Sue: No, Avon is asexual. And he belongs to me.
Chris Allen: If you had discovered the location of Star One, would you: [a] Blow it up (Blake’s plan) [b] Use it to rule the Federation (Avon’s suggestion) [c] Use it to corner the market in tropical fruit?
Sue: I wouldn’t bother with Star One at all. I’d leave it well alone; it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I’d concentrate on clearing my name as a convicted child molester. That would be my number one priority. Everything else could wait.
Ann Worrall: If you had to live on one of the worlds Blake has visited, which one would you choose?
Sue: Oh God. They’re all shit holes, aren’t they? Earth, probably.
Me: Earth is a bit of a shit hole as well, just in case you’d forgotten.
Sue: Oh, I don’t know. That weird place with all the gambling.
Me: Space City or Freedom City?
Sue: Yeah, that’ll do.
Gareth: I sort of love Blake’s 7 more than Doctor Who cause it feels more real and sexier, like a glamour soap. What are your thoughts on that?
Sue: Gareth, I think you’re mad.
Me: Don’t you think Blake’s 7 is a bit like Dallas in space?
Sue: It isn’t even Knots Landing in space. The theme music reminds me of Dynasty a bit, and Servalan could be played by Joan Collins, but apart from that, no, not really. Am I missing something?
Drew Simchik: Supposing Sue had Orac at her disposal in real life, what would she use him for?
Todd Beilby: What direction would you take the series, if you were in charge?
Sue: That’s easy. Blake’s had his chance and he’s blown it, so Avon should definitely be in charge of the ship now. Blake will just have to lump it.
Me: And what should Avon do next?
Sue: Kill Servalan.
Me: What about the alien invasion?
Sue: Oh, I expect them to sort that out in the first five minutes of the next episode.
Me: Anything else?
Sue: Yes, I’d probably kill Vila.
Sue: I’ve tried to like him, I really have, but I don’t. He’s all right when he’s a punching bag for Avon, but his corny jokes are getting on my nerves. I’m not that keen on him. Sorry. Please stop looking at me like that.
Sue decided that the best question was posed by Chris. Congratulations, Chris, we’ll be in touch soon. Thanks to everyone who took part. Except for Liberator X. There was no need for that.
Me: Are you ready for Series 3?
Sue: Do I have a choice?
Me: Not really.
Sue: I’m joking. I’m enjoying Blake’s 7. Some of the episodes are a bit naff, but it’s hardly ever boring. As long as they don’t kill Avon, I’ll be fine. (pause) They don’t kill Avon, do they?
We’ll be back tomorrow with the first episode of Series 3.
Warning: Glen’s trailers may include spoilers for the next episode.
Before we go, here’s Part 2 of Kevin Jon Davies’ fabulous Making of Blake’s 7 documentary. Warning: the final five minutes includes a MASSIVE SPOILER for Series 3. Switch it off early if you’re new to the series.