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Old April 11 2013, 08:54 AM   #101
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Re: Blake's 7 given the go ahead by Syfy

Mr. Adventure wrote: View Post
Starkers wrote: View Post
Thats a shame, it's where televised B7 belongs really.

Christopher wrote: View Post
It always puzzles me when people make fun of the clothing in SF shows set in the far future. Clothes from decades or centuries in the past often look ludicrous to our eyes, and ours would surely look ludicrous to people from the past. So I tend to think that if a future-based show's fashions aren't strange-looking to us, then they're doing it wrong.
Yeah that bugs me somewhat, but then it's the hypocricy of people who love period dramas with their strange clothes and curious language, yet can't deal with 2250 with its odd clothing and stange language.

For the record Blakes 7 had some ludicrous outfits at times, but I'd argue that just as often it got things spot on; take the Federation Trooper outfits, brutally simple, and the helmet makes them look both futuristic, and like they could already be in use somewhere in the world right now. I like a lot of the crew's patchwork/Robin Hood stylings as well and I still think the liking I have for women in boots even now is largly based on Cally and Jenna!

Of course the flipside is the plastic clothing of Tynus and co in Killer and the stupid silver jumpsuits in Terminal...
I was being sincere about enjoying the different costumes in the Liberator wardrobe (not to mention Servalan grrrrrrrrr). However, that doesn't prevent me from finding some of them amusing or silly but I genuinely enjoy that. I'll take a crazy costume over no attempt any day. Some of my favorite episodes of shows like Farscape and Doctor Who are when they have alien bazaars or markets filled with crazy creations.
Oh I quite agree, I get slightly annoyed sometimes with Nu Who (esp in the RTD days) not being very adventurous on the costume front on alien planets/the future

Count Zero wrote: View Post
stj wrote: View Post
PS On the clothes issue...the deliberate use of anachronism, the pretense that nothing will ever change, is absurd. You don't have to live very long to know that things do change, even if you don't notice from day to day. The apparent need to pretend (I hope it's a pretense!) ignorance of an inescapable fact of life more and more strikes me as a sure symptom of hack writing.
Not sure who you're addressing here. Most of the stuff the crew wore were clothes from the time, bought in shops and sometimes slightly altered. It was a production with a low budget.

Starkers wrote: View Post
Of course the flipside is the plastic clothing of Tynus and co in Killer and the stupid silver jumpsuits in Terminal...
Aw, I like the silver jump suits.

auntiehill wrote: View Post
The most important thing about Blake's 7 is the Avon/Blake relationship, IMHO, and how Avon actually takes over Blake's position.

Any "new version" will have to work very hard to get that right, from the dialogue, the delivery, the nuisance of that bizarre hatred/admiration/loyalty/suspicion relationship.
That video contains some serious spoilers at the end, though. Those who haven't seen the show, yet, and have managed to stay spoiler-free should avoid it.
Otherwise, it's a great video and I agree with you about the importance of that relationship for the show. My favourite Avon moment is where one after the other transports down to a planet (I forget which episode it is) to look for those who've done so before without returning. Avon refuses, saying, "I'm not expendable, I'm not stupid and I'm not going!" until he's the last one left, finally in possession of the Liberator, and decides to go anyway.

I have a t-shirt with that quote on's a picture of me wearing it with a couple of intergalactic fugitives (I can provide the link the to firm that does them if people want but they do sell through Amazon too)

WillsBabe wrote: View Post
Speaking of clothes, here's Servalan, played by Jackie Pearce. For my money, nobody is going to be able to replace her.

What a gal!
You have to love her, and fear her obviously
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