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Old April 8 2013, 04:07 PM   #16
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Re: Blake's 7 given the go ahead by Syfy

I'm 90 percent excited and 10% scared. No wait I'm 90% scared and 10% excited.
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Old April 8 2013, 04:10 PM   #17
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I'm 90 percent excited and 10% scared. No wait I'm 90% scared and 10% excited.
I think that about sums my reaction up too!
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Old April 8 2013, 05:01 PM   #18
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Cancelled after 5 years(100th episode/syndication money sweet spot)
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Old April 8 2013, 05:03 PM   #19
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Getting people to watch Blake's 7 in the states is going to be an uphill battle since the average Sci-Fi fan would probably see it as a Firefly rip-off (ignoring the fact that the original show has been around for decades prior).
I suspect that those who know about Firefly will largely also know about Blakes 7. Anyway, in order to survive, the show will have to rely on more than name recognition and those who know of the original show. Indeed, it'll have to attract more viewers than Firefly did.
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Old April 8 2013, 05:05 PM   #20
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Getting people to watch Blake's 7 in the states is going to be an uphill battle since the average Sci-Fi fan would probably see it as a Firefly rip-off (ignoring the fact that the original show has been around for decades prior).
I suspect that those who know about Firefly will largely also know about Blakes 7. Anyway, in order to survive, the show will have to rely on more than name recognition and those who know of the original show. Indeed, it'll have to attract more viewers than Firefly did.
A show on Syfy is never going to attract more viewers than Firefly did. Difference being Firefly was a Fox show.
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Old April 8 2013, 05:10 PM   #21
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I hope it succeeds, regardless of whether it's any good or I like it. We need more space opera on TV and the main hold-up is the lack of any current successful example the networks or cable can point to and say, "we need something like that."

Firefly averaged 5M viewers but that's on broadcast. Basic cable's expectations are lower. (Come to think of it, 5M on broadcast sounds pretty good the way things have been going lately.)

I think the main difference between B7 and Firefly is that Blake was actively trying to lead a rebellion against the state, while Mal had already lost his rebellion and was just trying to avoid entanglements with the state.
I was expecting the other shoe to drop if Firefly had continued, and Mal's political instincts to be re-awakened. Seems like a waste of his backstory otherwise.

I have this hunch that an overtly political anti-government show might take off if someone has the guts to put it out there. I don't see SyFy as being the network that will do it, but stranger things have happened.
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Old April 8 2013, 05:20 PM   #22
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I'm cautiously optimistic on this project, whoever they get to replace Paul Darrow as Avon (assuming this version has an Avon) is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Getting people to watch Blake's 7 in the states is going to be an uphill battle since the average Sci-Fi fan would probably see it as a Firefly rip-off (ignoring the fact that the original show has been around for decades prior).
Well I always said Firefly was a Blakes7 rip off so I may have beaten some of them to the punch.

However given that it is SyFy remaking a British Cult Classic I have low hopes. Especially after AMC's "Prisoner in name only".
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Old April 8 2013, 05:23 PM   #23
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Tough roles to fill will be Avon and Servalan.
I could see Alex Kingston as Servalan, but who could be Avon.
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Old April 8 2013, 05:25 PM   #24
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The other thing is: "Blake - who is mourning the loss of his dead wife Rachel". Apparently, modern lead characters need to be traumatized wrecks. And the trauma has to be personal. Branded a child molester?! Nah, that's not close to the heart at all. Hunted by the government as Enemy of the State?! How unrelatable is that. No, let's have him lose his wife. Yeah, that worked so well on John Carter, so let's do it again.
Well, I stumbled over that detail, too, but if you think about it it actually was part of the original set-up of the show, as well, in some way. In the first episode, Blake learns that the tapes he's been receiving from his family are fake and that they're all dead (I hope I'm remembering this correctly). Also, Blake should have been pretty traumatised in the original show, too. After all, the government messed with his mind and memories, all his friends and family are dead and he's on the run from a totalitarian regime. It just never played a role in the original show because at the time such things were hardly ever portrayed in any realistic way.


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Hmm, part of me is excited, but a larger part of me is saying uh-oh...

I'll give it a go, but I think my expectations will be pretty low...
That's my take on it, as well. I'm a bit more optimistic but the probability that it will suck is pretty high. The original show is also an incredibly hard act to follow.


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I always thought it amusing to postulate that Blakes rebellion actually helped Servalan and those like her make the Federation much worse? (Of course the Andromedan invasion probably had more to do with that.)
In the end, Blakes 7 is a tragic tale of a failed revolution. All those sacrifices, all those ethical compromises and they don't even manage to kill Servalan. To me, that's why this show is so great, because it's so life-like in that aspect and doesn't sugar-coat things.
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Old April 8 2013, 06:01 PM   #25
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That SyFy is giving it a shot is as exciting as anything. Unlike BSG B7 did not start as a cleaned up US family time show so a hard turn to the extra darkside is not necessary. The premise has the hope that Andromeda once had
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Old April 8 2013, 06:01 PM   #26
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Oooh - howzabout Marena Baccarin as Servilan!
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Old April 8 2013, 06:27 PM   #27
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In the end, Blakes 7 is a tragic tale of a failed revolution. All those sacrifices, all those ethical compromises and they don't even manage to kill Servalan. To me, that's why this show is so great, because it's so life-like in that aspect and doesn't sugar-coat things.
But Jaquelin Pearce was pissed off at not being in the final episode.

Which raises a point - in this day an age would we see and ending akin to "Blake' does modern television make it more likely

Also wonder want it means to for current B7 related projects, Big Finish is doing the Liberator Chronicles audios and well as new novels.

Not sure what the status of the re-imaged audio drama is.
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Old April 8 2013, 06:47 PM   #28
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I'm 90 percent excited and 10% scared. No wait I'm 90% scared and 10% excited.
I think that about sums my reaction up too!
Me, three.
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Old April 8 2013, 07:01 PM   #29
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I'd prefer that HBO were at helm rather than SyFy, but what will be will be. I expect Blake in the new version is framed for his wife's murder. I hope the actor cast as Kerr Avon will be British at least. Isn't Morena Baccarin still busy on Homeland?
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Old April 8 2013, 08:02 PM   #30
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I'm 90 percent excited and 10% scared. No wait I'm 90% scared and 10% excited.
I think that about sums my reaction up too!
Me, three.
Me 4, I love B7 but it on SyFy does scares me a bit. IT should be re-made by the BBC, IMO, but that ship has sailed. I hope the crew behind this knows how to handle it.
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