Series 3 Overview
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.
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.
Sue: 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.
Sue: 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…
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…
Sue: 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?
Sue: 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.