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Old April 23 2013, 08:10 AM   #16
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Re: Rewatching Blake's 7

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Avon and the technician fighting in the computer room in the Space Fall section. A few seconds were trimmed because Avon, when being choked, ear-slaps the tech (or the other way around), which has since been revised as an R18-type rating. They sliced it out to keep the lower rating for the DVD release.
This footage was sliced for the episodic VHS, but it is definitely back in the DVD release. At least in region 2.
Sorry, typo, meant to say VHS.
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Old April 23 2013, 12:20 PM   #17
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I was watching a table read of the final unfilmed episode of the Middleman at Comicon tonight (Youtube baby.) and part of the drama was set at the Kerr-Avon Labs where from many evil geniuses were trying to take over the world! Middleman loved to throw around 70s British iconography almost as much as Leverage.
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Old April 23 2013, 04:46 PM   #18
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It would be great if this series got remastered via the way TOS was with new SFX. you get a slight hint of that with the updated pre-intro sfx vids on the DVD. I like the one for Season 2 where they show the 2 attack ships firing on The Liberator as it enters the Starworld base from 'Redemption'. know if they could only re-master the costumes.. lol
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Old April 24 2013, 02:00 AM   #19
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I enjoyed The Web. Monster episodes are cool.
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Old April 29 2013, 04:36 PM   #20
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I just got finished with Volcano, Nice to see Alfred from the 90's batman movies
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Old May 2 2013, 02:20 AM   #21
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Ok, just joined the rewatch, not entirely because ois thrad, but it's nice to be able to join the discussion...
The Way Back: Still a great one-off SF play even without any connection to a follow-up series.
Space Fall: Better than I'd remembered - a lot harsher than something I loved first time out as a 9 year old, but had thought since was a bit of a fall off from the toughness of the first episode.
Cygnus Alpha: SOme over-acting, but still very good thoughtful harsh SF.
Time Squad: Ok, I'd remembered this as the first serious let down. I guess it still is, but still a lot better than I'd recall from my last watch - the alien feel to the Saurian Major is very effective, and there's stil amajor grittines to it all.
The Web: Again... the alien planet is both silly and surreal, and the morality play aspect is very effective.

And FX-wise... I quite like the cartoon space shots.. they work in an expressionist sort of way. What makes them odd is that there's also some excellent genuine model work, so the two approaches clash...

And on the model work... it has to be said, it's been done without any thru-thinking of how big the ships are supposed to be.
Just work out how big the London must be given the size of the transfer tube (which we see in model work and live action), and also that it supposedly supports 30 to 50 people for eight months on the trip to Cygnus Alpha, and up to 20 on the trip back, without supply.
Then work out from that how big Liberator must be as a result.
Then work out how big the Starburst-class pursuits ships must be on the basis of the shot of Liberator ramming one in Duel.
And then try to work out how squadrons of pursuit ships can dock at Space Command given how tiny it must be considering the size of the windows we see on the 'wheel station' model...

You could never have had a Blake-tech forum on the Blakebbs!
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Old May 2 2013, 04:29 AM   #22
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Cygnus Alpha: SOme over-acting, but still very good thoughtful harsh SF.
BRIAN BLESSED DOES NOT OVER ACT!!

He's just a bit loud is all.



(I might actually have chance to watch another couple tonight)
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Old May 2 2013, 09:43 AM   #23
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A bit loud?

And yeah I think the size of the Liberator/other ships is very variable in Blakes 7
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Old May 2 2013, 10:39 AM   #24
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A07 MISSION TO DESTINY

Quite an enjoyable episode. A classic 70s whodunnit with cool scheming by Avon. The guest cast are well portioned, the story holds it's own, the only let down it Avon is forced to write the murderer's name on a bit of paper rather than tell the others about it.

A08 DUEL

Douglas Camfield's only contribution to the series is a tight episode, with a space battle no less and the first appearance of the Federation Pursuit Ships and mutoids. Stephen Grief gives Travis a lot of depth in this episode, which is in contract to the performance of Brian Croucher in the same role in series B. The only downside is the ramming scene, which is filled with typical 70s BBC effects.
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Old May 3 2013, 01:12 AM   #25
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A thought which came to mind at the Tavern tonight, chatting with Tat Wood... isn't it convenient that the London was ready to head for Cygnus Alpha with a full load of prisoners just as Blake was convicted?
Could it be that some of the prisoners on the London got sentenced to deportation (rather than execution or shorter prison sentences) because the judgement machine had been 'told' to ensure there was a full shipload of prisoners ready to launch ASAP?
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Old May 3 2013, 09:01 AM   #26
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Well alternatively it could just be that the Federation were deporting so many citizens they had transport ships leaving daily!

Also we don't know how long Vila, Jenna and (Ar)co were waiting?

There is another judicial option open to the Federation of course, and I've often toyed with doing a fanfic set before The Way Back where Jenna almost ends up being sent off to Mutoid camp...

I really like Mission to Destiny, it's a great story for both Avon and Cally, although not sure you'd get away these days with a TV character saying he quite enjoyed hitting a woman! The only daft thing about the episode is how obvious the radio thingymajig is under the mattress

Duel is also very good, even if it just feel a trifle more Star Trek than many B7 eps it doesn't have a Star Trek ending, unlike Kirk and the Gorn Blake and Travis aren't friends at the end. The planet (initially) is very errie and Sinofa and Giroc are quite tragic figures.
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Old May 3 2013, 02:04 PM   #27
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Just watched the episode with Colin Baker in it. He was a delight to watch as the crazy Bayben.
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Old May 3 2013, 02:19 PM   #28
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He is a hoot as Bayban, I like him much better in B7 than I ever did as Doctor Who!

Vila probably the only Blakes 7 character to categorically have got his end away, although one imagines Servalan did get Tarrant's sympathy
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Old May 3 2013, 03:18 PM   #29
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Well alternatively it could just be that the Federation were deporting so many citizens they had transport ships leaving daily!
Doesn't quite fit with Cygnus Alpha, where the arrival of 'New Souls' is treated as a rare event. So either there's an entirely separate colony elsewhere on the planet, away from Vargas's control, or there's more prison planets and the next flight just happened to be going to Cygnus Alpha rather than Beta or Delta, or deportation flights are a rarity.

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There is another judicial option open to the Federation of course, and I've often toyed with doing a fanfic set before The Way Back where Jenna almost ends up being sent off to Mutoid camp...
In Weapon, the slave girl says that 'a disobedient slave can be sent for Mutoid modification'. While script editing the fan audio The Mark of Kane, I suggested that, as Travis mentions that the family of an officer who deserts become slaves, then the wife of the surgeon who Servalan sets up to take the blame for her scheme in Deliverance/Orac, who Travis feels guilty about because he'd saved Travis's life, might then be disobedient enough to be converted, and eventually assigned to Travis's crew as a cruel joke on Servalan's part...
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To be honest, Jenna was a pretty blank character IMO. She was not very outspoken and rarely smiled. There are just not a lot of memorable performances with her.
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