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Series 3 Overview

The Scores

Aftermath: Probably the best episode of Blake’s 7 so far.9/10

Powerplay: Well done, Terry.9/10

Volcano: I’ve seen worse.4/10

Dawn of the Gods: That was dreadful.2/10

The Harvest of Kairos: Irredeemable sexist crap.0/10

City at the Edge of the World: I’ve changed my mind about Vila.9/10

Children of Auron: Michael Troughton wasn’t in it enough.8/10

Rumours of Death: I can’t fault it.10/10

Sarcophagus: Paul Darrow was amazing.9/10

Ultraworld: That was fun.8/10

Moloch: Did we really have to root for a rapist?3/10

Death-Watch: Brilliant.10/10

Terminal: ****ing brilliant.10/10

Nicol has done the maths and Sue gave Series 3 of Blake’s 7 a mean average score of 7/10, which is an improvement on the last series again, so things are still improving.

7 Questions

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

Annie Worrall: Jarvik. Bayban. Vila. Snog. Marry. Shag.

Bayban the ButcherSue: Starting as we mean to go on, I see. It’s not much of a choice, is it? Why isn’t Avon included on that list? Even Tarrant would be preferable to Vila. And I’m sure one of those choices should be ‘Avoid’. Oh God. Very well then, if you insist: I’d snog Jarvik first to get it out of the way (actually, I’d snog him and then I’d call the police), I’d shag Vila (he’s good at it, apparently) and I’d marry Colin Baker.

Me: Colin Baker wasn’t an option. It’s Bayban. Bayban the Butcher. The homicidal maniac.

Sue: I’d still choose him over Vila. Anyway, he’d probably get killed by another homicidal maniac and I could claim on the insurance.

Umeir Khan: Who was your favourite guest star in Series 3 and why?

Sue: It’s got to be Colin Baker, I suppose. No, wait. I’ve changed my mind: Tarrant’s brother.

Me: I don’t think you can class him as a guest star. Not technically.

Sue: I don’t care. He was brilliant. And he ain’t coming back any time soon. Yeah, it’s got to be him.

The Grouchybeast: If Paul Darrow had written a script, what do you think would happen in it?

Sue: He’d find Blake – the real one this time.

Me: Blake’s dead.

AvonSue: Ah, but is he really? We’ve only got Servalan’s word for that. Anyway, Avon would rescue Blake and together they would clear Blake’s name back on Earth by hacking into another big computer (he’s still a convicted child molester, you know). That way, Avon will have paid his dues to Blake, which means he can leave him to his crusade with a clear conscience. Avon then lives happily ever after on a tropical planet with loads of money. Something like that.

Rebecca Carlton: What do you want to see happen in the last season?

Sue: You know what I said a minute ago? That.

Me: You can’t give the same answer to both questions.

Sue: OK, that would the last episode, but before we got there, here’s what I would like to see: Avon and Servalan should get married…

Me: WHAT?

Sue: Servalan isn’t dead. She’ll be back.

Me: That isn’t why I said WHAT? In fact, I’ll say it again: WHAT?

Sue: Servalan should carry Avon’s child and –

Me: Sue, this is Blake’s 7 we’re talking about here, not Knots ****ing Landing!

Sue: OK, right. Let me think about it.

One hour later…

ServalanSue: OK, I’ve thought about it. I want more worthy missions, like them saving Earth, or something important like that. None of this drifting around in space bumping into things nonsense. I want to see Avon and Servalan work together; I want her to redeem herself by saving Avon. Maybe they get stuck on a planet and they have work together to get off. I want less Tarrant and less Cally. What is Tarrant doing there anyway? He has no purpose! Cally should find a quiet place to live; I don’t really care. I’d also like to see Orac and Vila have a big adventure together; they could go to that planet where all the hedonism take place. Oh yeah, and I want more explosions.

Me: Do you think they’ll get a new space ship?

Sue: It’s either that or they’ll have to get space taxis everywhere they go. So yes, they probably will.

Me: Any thoughts on that?

Sue: They’ll get a cloned version of their old ship. It’ll look exactly the same and they’ll call it Liberator 2, or something boring like that. The BBC wouldn’t get rid of all their old models. That would be stupid.

Sarah K: What would Ben Steed (or any of the writers) have to do to get a minus rating?

Sue: They would have to kill Avon.

Chris Orton: Having studied the series carefully like myself (I’ve co-written a book about it you know!) would you agree with me that everything is basically Tarrant’s fault?

Sue: Absolutely not. Look, it’s all Blake’s fault. Or at least it was Blake’s fault. Now it’s Avon’s fault – it’s his fault they haven’t got a space ship any more! After Avon, it’s Vila’s fault. Then Orac, probably. Tarrant’s just a spare part, filling in for Blake. You can’t blame him, really.

Arianne: Are you fan of any specific TV series, Sue? If yes, would you like to do an experiment with Neil where you watch it with him and then share his comments with the net?

New Yankee WorkshopSue: Yes, I’d like Neil to watch every episode of Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop with me. There are only 284 episodes.

Me: It would be a very niche blog, and it would basically consist of me saying, “I can’t do that”, “I can’t do that”, “I’d hurt my fingers doing that” over and over again. It’s never going to happen.

Sue: All the episodes exist…

Me: I don’t care.

Sue: We could always watch the new series of Doctor Who.

Me: There’s more chance of us doing The New Yankee Workshop than there is of us doing the new series of Doctor Who. Or anything else for that matter.

Sue: I’ll buy the domain name later.

Sue decided that the best question was posed by The Grouchybeast. Congratulations, erm, Grouchybeast. we’ll be in touch soon. Thanks to everyone who took part. Even Derrick.

Me: Are you ready for Series 4?

Sue: No, there’s a World Cup semi-final on soon.

Me: Tomorrow, then?

Sue: Yeah, go on then.

We’ll be back with ‘Rescue’ on Friday July 11th, so there’s still plenty of time to catch up with the series if you need to. And if you don’t have enough time to catch up, just stick Terminal on instead. Trust me, it’s fine. Anyway, we are still on course to finish the blog in August. How exciting is that?

Until next time, here’s Part 3 of Kevin Jon Davies’ fabulous Making of Blake’s 7 documentary. There is no Part 4. Sad face.

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    July 8, 2014 8:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    Just one series to go – sniff – and I live in hope you can persuade The Darrow to sit it on an episode.

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    July 8, 2014 8:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anniew

    Worth the wait. I love Sue. And Neil’s not bad either. I have to say though it’s a miracle that you’ve managed to raise such a sane daughter. In what universe could Avon and Servalan be considered suitable parents? Unless of course it needs a little Bayban or Baybanana

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    July 8, 2014 9:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris Allen

    I do like Sue’s ideas for her version of series 4. I hope I’m not giving too much away if I say that things don’t work out quite the way she’s envisaged.

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      July 8, 2014 11:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      Although weirdly one of her ideas almost happens but with one important detail changed (is that a spoiler? That can’t be a spolier)

  • July 8, 2014 9:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Philip Ayres

    I genuinely laughed out loud at one answer !

    And Chris is right: The curly haired idiot is to blame for everything.

    Broadly in agreement with most of Sue’s scores for the season, but I’d mark Sarcophagus, Ultraworld and the dire Deathwatch a LOT lower!

  • July 8, 2014 10:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John Callaghan

    Always entertaining! And I like Sue’s ideas for series 4.

    I’m assuming none of the eps will get the video-voiceover treatment, a la Wife In Space. I suppose it doesn’t suit B7 as well.

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    July 8, 2014 10:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Frankymole

    Blake’s still a convicted child molester, but no-one believes it.

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      July 8, 2014 11:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Tim

      The exact opposite of Jimmy Savile.

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      July 8, 2014 11:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      I imagine all sorts of people have been convicted on all sorts of trumped up charges in the Federation – people probably don’t believe any of it.

  • July 8, 2014 11:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    encyclops

    Neil gets the best line this post:

    “Me: Sue, this is Blake’s 7 we’re talking about here, not Knots ****ing Landing!”

    Great questions, great answers! I’ve never seen the New Yankee Workshop but based on its Wikipedia description it sounds rather soothing — much more emotionally restorative than the traumatic Luther episodes I’ve been catching up on. I don’t think I’d want to write 284 blog posts about it, but then if she chooses the show, I think Sue has to write them up.

    I’m on pins and needles to see what Sue makes of Season 4. But please don’t sweat any delays in the schedule, Neil — like the TV Detector Man, we know how to wait.

  • July 8, 2014 11:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scottieboy

    Genuinely scared at there being no more Neil & Sue commenting on anything. Can we just have a blog about you watching, I don’t know, Holby City once S4 is done?

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    July 8, 2014 11:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rob

    Sue’s eppy scores for season 3 are absolutely spot on. The series certainly peaked during it’s third year as did the ratings though the second half of season 4 gives it a close run.

    Wouldn’t some kind of live feed of Sue’s reactions to the finale be a nice way to end this blog?

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      July 9, 2014 12:58 amPosted 2 years ago
      Chris Allen

      Sounds promising. A live feed or maybe a video blog or even just an unedited audio commentary for episode 52.

      “though the second half of season 4 gives it a close run”

      There are at least 3 episodes that rank amongst the best in the whole run.

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      July 9, 2014 3:34 amPosted 2 years ago
      DPC

      Awesome idea – live reactions…

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    July 9, 2014 1:10 amPosted 2 years ago
    James Armstrong

    When are you going to own up that it’s Sapphire and Steel next

    • July 9, 2014 9:43 amPosted 2 years ago
      John Callaghan

      “The Wife In Space has been assigned!”

      I love S+S to absolute transuranic heavy bits… But my money’s on The Clangers.

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        July 9, 2014 11:47 amPosted 2 years ago
        Frankymole

        For those who donated over £7, there is expcted to be the Kickstarter extras E-book with episodes of this ‘n’ that nominated by the Kickstarter contributors. One of them might even be S&S, I can’t remember! (Just checked, it isn’t on the list, but ep 1 of Children of the Stones is.)

        • July 9, 2014 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Neil Perryman (Author)

          Yes, that’s still happening. We won’t be doing another blog, though. This is it.

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            July 9, 2014 1:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Anniew

            Noooo! No more blogs? Was it something we said?

            Adventures with the Wife in Docklands ( or wherever the Professionals was set) has a nice if slightly ambiguous ring don’t you think?

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            July 9, 2014 8:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Rob

            Real shame about that following the success of this one. I would have loved reading both your views on shows such as ‘UFO’ and ‘Sapphire & Steel’.

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        July 10, 2014 3:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
        John Miller

        The Wife in Ashfordly?

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      July 9, 2014 11:53 amPosted 2 years ago
      GreyAreaUK

      (looks like my original ‘I endorse…’ comment got flagged as spam…ho hum)

      Absolutely agree with this – Sapphire And Steel was a true classic, even if Adventure 5 was a bit…odd.

      • July 9, 2014 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Neil Perryman (Author)

        Sorry, my mistake. The blog has received 12,675 spam messages in the last 6 months (which seems excessive to me) so it’s no surprise that a message slipped through the cracks.

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          July 9, 2014 1:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
          GreyAreaUK

          No worries. In hindsight it -was- a bit ambiguous.

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      July 10, 2014 2:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      Oh yes I loved that. Or, I know, instead of a series, why not just do some different episodes of different things that Sue hasnt seen? Or even if she has…do they have to be sci-fi?
      Trying to remember seventies stuff now. Upstairs Downstairs? Babylon 5 was it? Battlestar Galactica…
      sigh none of them got what Blake’s 7 has…and I don’t just mean Avon.

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    July 9, 2014 2:04 amPosted 2 years ago
    Katie c

    I can see 2 of Sue’s wishes for series 4 granted in the next episode. Very sad to be heading into the depths of series 4 and leaving series 3 behind. Keep reminding Sue to stick with it, it’s worth it. And please can we drag the blog out to last until September at least?

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      July 9, 2014 3:33 amPosted 2 years ago
      DPC

      Series 4 has its ups and downs, but it’s the one season that shows like “Firefly” would use as a springboard to their innovation. And, yep, the second half has some of the show’s best-ever episodes (IMHO)…

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        July 9, 2014 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Rob

        Absolutely agree with the above 🙂 ‘Gold’ is practically a template for ‘Firefly’, ‘Farscape’ did a very similar episode too. We just have to help Sue get through eppy 2 – 4 though the Holmes one has it moments.

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          July 9, 2014 9:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
          DPC

          Heh.

          Actually, a book – “Liberation” (that unauthorized guide to B7) – had much to say about episode 2 of series 4 to try to present it in a different light, which I thought was interesting… And the 4th episode had some great moments. Pity it’s let down by some super-cheesy cheez…

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        July 9, 2014 10:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        One great episode, the odd good one, mostly rubbish – it’ll be a long hard slog!

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          July 10, 2014 12:44 amPosted 2 years ago
          Rob

          Can’t agree with any of that. There are quite a few episodes that I think will be awarded anything from 8 to 10/10 from Sue. I predict that 1, 6, 9, 10, 11 (possibly 12 which i personally love) and of course 13, will all delight and entertain Sue.

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            July 10, 2014 3:35 amPosted 2 years ago
            Frankymole

            Very good choices, Rob. When Soolin takes off, and Vila and Avon start chipping, some total classics result. Series D/season 4 has good claim to some of the best episodes of all. And I hated it in the 80s for being so different – now I love it for its daring to be so.

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            July 10, 2014 11:57 amPosted 2 years ago
            Anniew

            I recently watched a series 4 episode that I’d been avoiding like the plague to find I quite enjoyed it despite a yucky factor i can’t quite get past! Series 4 rocks Sue. Don’t let the naysayers put you off.

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    July 9, 2014 11:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gareth

    Brilliant look at Series 3 and I’ll be really interested to see what Sue thinks of series 4 , sad that there are no more Kevin Davies docs they have been a great watch .

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    July 9, 2014 5:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anniew

    Season 4 Episode 5: Servalan and Avon make babies

    Avon: ‘Cos all of me
    Needs all of you;
    Your homicidal planning,
    Changing rules so fast I’m spinning.
    Together we
    Will have wealth beyond my dreaming,
    Eliminate our rivals,
    The only safety’s winning.
    I’ll give you a-a-all my skills,
    Programme Orac
    Just for you.
    Both love and freedom fighting
    Have proved so disappointing.
    For sex and power
    I have to turn to you.

    I’ve lost Blake and Liberator
    But your donut is much better
    I’m crazy
    but I’ll interface with you.

    Servalan: And all of me
    Needs parts of you.
    I intend to produce offspring,
    As a donor – well you’re pleasing.
    Together we
    Can have fun and frolics breeding,
    No fantasy our limit
    Dirty boy you’re what life’s missing.
    You turn me o-o-o-o-on,
    Playing games
    Until you’ve won.
    Mix my feathers and your leather,
    Making hardcore fun together.
    Lost my power so
    I have to turn to you.

    My babes incinerated
    Liberator gone, cremated
    You’re crazy
    but I’ll make sweet love with you.

    Both: Together we
    Can build a dream.
    Buy ourselves a planet
    Subdue the Natives on it.
    Hand in hand
    We’ll make them bow and serve us,
    Produce the perfect children,
    Teach them how to force obedience.
    Soon they’ll ru-u-u-le
    The Federation
    In our name
    Avon: We’ll be known as Avon-alan
    Servalan: More likely Serval-avon.
    Both: I don’t trust you
    So there’s nothing I can lose.

    Both: Yes all of me
    Chooses all of you.
    Avon: You’re my Satanic alter person.
    Servalan: You’re the salt my meat is missing.
    Both: Let the world take note
    We intend to tread upon it,
    Cause it’s downfall in daft shoes,
    Torment, tyrannise, abuse.
    Soon they’ll r-u-u-ue the day
    We decided we should play,
    Avon: Your jewellery’s fantastic
    Servalan: Your lip liner drives me frantic
    Both: We’re together
    and it’s all the fault of Sue.

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      July 10, 2014 2:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      I think you need to anthologize! But I dont know this one? Is it the guy from Westlife…is it Westlife..Robbie Williams?

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        July 10, 2014 6:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Anniew

        I ripped off John Legend. All of me. Which plays endlessly on the radio when I take the grand kids to school ( my own tastes tending to classical stuff and opera). Maybe I’ll rip off an aria next time – or just give it all a rest!

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          July 11, 2014 6:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Fiona

          I totally love them. I like this one the best, so far…

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      July 10, 2014 2:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      Annie I dont believe it! I asked Sue the same question nearly! But I put it, do a Blake’s 7 F**k Marry Kill!
      Ah….I really wanted to hear the answer!

      So, ok, I wanted to know, because I played this with Dora and we couldnt get it straight. I thought Avon for all of them at first! Fuck, because he’s so pretty. Marry, so nobody else can have him. Kill him after one too many of those comments….
      Avon, can’t live with him, can’t fuck him and kill him and bury him under the patio….
      So on a rethink…the only one I could be totally sure of was Vila for Marry. Definitely that. Vilas make good husbands with the right woman. He’d probably keep a sly adrenalin and soma in the shed, though.

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        July 10, 2014 6:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Anniew

        Definitely fuck Avon ( though I’d probably have to drug him to stand a chance. ) Definitely kill Tarrant. Probably marry Villa because I could control him and off him if I chose. A more difficult version of the game would be Belkov, Egrorian and Pinder. I don’t think I can bear to play it though.

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          July 10, 2014 11:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Katie c

          Yes fuck Avon, but then sadly you’d have to kill him before he killed you. Then marry Tarrant (he’s a sweetheart really!) I wouldn’t marry Vila, I love him but he can be a bit of a sleazebag..

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            July 11, 2014 8:39 amPosted 2 years ago
            Anniew

            But Katie think of all the shiny shiny things Villa could steal for you during a long marriage. If you got fed up with him there’s always the chance to dob him in and then divorce him. Granted Tarrant improves a lot as he ages but could you really stand that hair, those teeth and the boorish attempts to assert himself as well as the sickening sentiment? He’d be difficult to get rid of too – such a tenacious bastard. And everything that happens IS his fault! Anon could kill me anytime (well as long as it was after nookies) as I’d die happy and that’s not a bad way to end it all!

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            July 11, 2014 5:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Fiona

            Haven’t seen Egrorian and Pinder yet.

            Who would the guys choose, I wonder??? They have Jenna Cally and Dayna for main crew..how about Servalan? Servalan, Jenna and Dayna….

          • July 11, 2014 9:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
            encyclops

            I don’t think you could go wrong marrying either Jenna or Dayna — that one’s almost too close to call. I’ll opt for Dayna, if I must choose.

            Obviously you’d have to kill Servalan before she’d kill you. It’s just common sense.

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    July 9, 2014 10:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katy

    excellent idea for the paul darrow penned script (although it doesn’t sound much like what paul darrow would write to me. it sounds like what sue would write, but it’s a good idea anyhow!)

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      July 10, 2014 3:36 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      “Man of Iron”! Gawd ‘elp us. Still, we didn’t get the Pip ‘n’ Jane one either. At least Chris Chibnall never wrote one!

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      July 10, 2014 10:58 amPosted 2 years ago
      Richard Lyth

      Neil should buy Sue the complete works of Paul Darrow as a present once the experiment’s finished. Avon: A Terrible Aspect is only £103.35 on Amazon Uk at the moment, I’m sure she’d love it…

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        July 10, 2014 3:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Ian

        Or ‘Avon: A Terrible Novel’, as I have seen it called.

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    July 10, 2014 11:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    The Grouchybeast

    Woot, thank you! Glad that Sue liked my question!

    I’m also very happy with the overall S3 scores. Sue’s also very right that it isn’t Tarrant’s fault. Although the aimlessness of the S3 crew can be annoying at times, I always find it funny that Avon is so critical of Blake’s leadership, and then turns out to be such a rubbish leader himself when he’s actually put in charge.

    And I really liked Sue’s ideas for S4, too. Pity that she couldn’t have been there to nab Vere Lorrimer’s job at the time.

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    July 11, 2014 1:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    I’ve just started watching the documentary from part one, and seven and a half minutes in I already know the defining moment is going to be Chris Boucher going “Who have I left out? …Gan.”

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      July 11, 2014 6:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      Honestly when I have had a bit of rewatch of series 1 and 2, I like Gan more now…he was an anchoring sort of presence, a solid sort of a thing, and I like the way they complemented each other. TV Tropes called it a 5-Man-Band.

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    July 11, 2014 10:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katie c

    LOL Annie! I’ve just realised Servalan has been playing this game all along, fuck (spoiler) marry Avon (and Orac) and kill the whole bloody lot of them. Sounds about right!

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    July 14, 2014 11:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nick

    Great overall average score from Sue. It chimes with my own memory that Series 3 was far better than Series 1 and 2, apart from a very few total howlers (Yes, Ben Steed, I’m looking at you!).

    Certainly the crew dynamic seemed more believable, although how Tarrant got t be so jumped up and important is beyond me…

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