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Series 2 Overview

The Scores

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.

Sue: Marginally.

7 Questions

And now, without any further ado, here are the best seven questions asked by you, our readers:

Avon, spittingKatie 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 –

Me: WHAT?

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.

Blake and JennaPaula: 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.

ServalanGareth: 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?

Sue: Spotify.

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.

Poor VilaMe: Anything else?

Sue: Yes, I’d probably kill Vila.

Me: WHAT?

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.

Zen: Confirmed.

Next Time:

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.

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    April 30, 2014 11:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gareth

    Loving this reading Sue’s thought’s on the series , for me season 2 is probably my favorite.

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    April 30, 2014 12:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    AST

    I think Sue’s on to something re. Orac and Spotify but I’d get him to sing all the songs a cappella.

    • April 30, 2014 5:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
      encyclops

      You took the words right out of my tarrial cells.

  • April 30, 2014 5:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    encyclops

    Sue certainly had some crazy answers to Todd’s question. Can you imagine?

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    April 30, 2014 9:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris Allen

    “If you had to live on one of the worlds Blake has visited, which one would you choose?”

    I’d have gone for “paradise planet” Del 10, but I don’t think they ever actually got there. Well, you’d expect that in Blake’s 7.

    That planet President Sarkoff was on looked pretty decent. That would be OK I guess, as long as I had an iPod with me (I’m not into vinyl).

    To be honest I would have have trouble answering my own question. Maybe Star One is better off just being left alone.

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    April 30, 2014 11:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    The best season for me. There’s more of a storyline than other seasons even if it’s inconsistent in places and some great episodes – Pressure Point, Trial, Killer, Countdown, Gambit, The Keeper (just me then?), and Star One, plus episodes such as Shadow that are a bit messy but have some good ideas.
    Blakes 7 is never the same again.

    Interesting question as to which planet you’d want to visit. Definitely Goth, I’d grow a beard, shout “Huzzah!” or something , usurp whoever is tribal chief (doesn’t seem too difficult) and send the Fool into his Star One co-ordinates trance if whenever I was bored.

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    May 1, 2014 1:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amethyst

    I think Sue might like the Season 3 opener. The ladies start to form a queue for you-know-who!

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    May 1, 2014 2:05 amPosted 2 years ago
    Katie C

    I think she’ll love season 3, maybe not episode 6. Poor Vila, why would anyone want to kill him, he’s harmless…

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    May 1, 2014 1:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Robin

    The attempts at developing romantic subtexts between the crew are astonishingly coy, confined solely to some wan chuckling between Blake and Jenna – and one smile between Avon and Cally. Probably a good idea though – a Darrow sex scene doesn’t really bear thinking about.

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      May 1, 2014 7:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Ann Worrall

      Hmmm. Well now. I could handle thinking about one of those.

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        May 1, 2014 9:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        Avon – A Terrible Aspect by noted author Paul Darrow is the book for you

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          May 2, 2014 5:10 amPosted 2 years ago
          Ann Worrall

          I sense a certain irony given the reviews I’ve read but I’ll give it a go. I quite enjoyed Lucifer so A Terrible Aspect could easily become another of my guilty little secrets!!

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            May 3, 2014 12:28 amPosted 2 years ago
            Frankymole

            A Terrible Aspect is actually a decent Jacobean revenge tragedy, disguised as a very good pulp Western, disguised as Terry Nation story… exactly what you’d expect given Darrow and Nations predilections!

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        May 2, 2014 12:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Robin Brown

        Ha. A Darrow sex scene might just break acting. Either that or it would drive all who saw it to insanity – like the core of a black whole or some other hoary sci-fi cliche. I just don’t think the world could ever be prepared for it. And just imagine a Darrow / Pearce sex scene! Good God.

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          May 16, 2014 7:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Fiona

          Would certainly drive me over the edge. In Drake’s Venture, Paul Darrow as Thomas Doughty is arrested and strapped to the mast by Drake…just far far too much.
          That whole story seems to be Avon and Blake all over again and yet its actually true. Fascinating story and I didnt know any of it and I had a lot of respect for Francis Drake til I read this. I need that movie!!
          Plus, in his 20s, Darrow played Bassanio in Merchant of Venice…and that must have been devastating. Leading on poor adoring Antonio, fleecing him of his money…

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            May 17, 2014 1:20 amPosted 2 years ago
            Frankymole

            Drake was a privateer but often out for himself – didn’t he raze Panama to add to his personal fortune (or maybe Cartagena – or both). Avon would’ve been proud of the amoral nest-lining pirate.

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            May 18, 2014 9:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Anniew

            The drakes venture film is a devastating watch which left me reeling. It put pays to the claim that Paul Darrow can’t act. I googled it and easily found a private seller. But it is the most depressing and cynical film you can imagine with only Doughtie’s magnificent acceptance of his fate making it bearable.

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    May 2, 2014 7:44 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ann Worrall

    Come to think of it Annie a terrible aspect would make a great user-name!

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    May 2, 2014 4:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann Worrall

    I see Sue has no truck with a Blake/ Avon pairing or even a Blake Villa Avon love triangle. Blakes 7 fan fic is awash with eye wateringly graphic descriptions of Avon as the grateful recipient of Blake’s huge endowment. Now that would be scenery chewing. There’s quite a few stories pairing Jenna and Cally too. I see him as a ladies’ man and a pretty good kisser too. And sorry Sue but he is MINE.

    • May 2, 2014 7:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
      encyclops

      Really? I would have figured Blake for the bottom.

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      May 16, 2014 7:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      i read some of those and who can blame Paul Darrow for his shock..”Why is Gareth always raping me?” Eye-watering was exactly what I thought. Still, the human erotic imagination is amazing. Bigfoot porn? Dinosaur porn?

      And no. Avon belongs to me. I’ll fight you for him.

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    May 3, 2014 12:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann Worrall

    Naughty

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    May 4, 2014 5:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    I dunno about Orac and Spotify, more like ‘spotty performance’ in Sue’s opinion. 🙂

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    May 16, 2014 7:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fiona

    Sue is always mentioning Blake is a convicted child molester…is this the Operation Yewtree thing or is it just the way things are in the UK now? because Blake wouldnt need to clear his name! Everyone has forgotten it. It’s the 70s…nobody cared.

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