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Old July 24 2012, 04:41 AM   #16
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I suspect this will be a true reboot and not a continuation of the old series. And maybe they'll come up with their own version of how to get out of that fmaous cliffhanger.
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Old July 24 2012, 04:53 AM   #17
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Did B7 ever air in America? The fact that there arent even any DVDs available might scare networks.
The Orange County CA. PBS station once aired it. I was watching when we got to the point of some invasion where Blake joined forces with the Federation, if my memory serves the plot correctly. Then there was an extended pledge break and it seemed like the show returned to a new season
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Old July 24 2012, 05:40 AM   #18
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Hmmmm if this were meant for British television, I'd half like to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Blake and David Tennant as Avon.
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Old July 24 2012, 09:59 AM   #19
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I suspect this will be a true reboot and not a continuation of the old series. And maybe they'll come up with their own version of how to get out of that fmaous cliffhanger.
Which one?
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Old July 24 2012, 10:39 AM   #20
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Hmmmm if this were meant for British television, I'd half like to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Blake and David Tennant as Avon.
That would make more sense switched around, but I also think they're both a bit too famous now, especially Cumberbatch given Sherlock/Trek...he may soon be beyond TV.

I'm very unsure about this. No offence is intended but I think Blakes 7 has a very British sensibility and I'm not sure the US could really do it justice (in the same way a British Star Trek or a British Western would likely feel tonally odd) and the tone of B7 is vitally important. Soften it and you end up with something cheesy, harden it and you end up with NuBSG levels of nihalism and frankly I've been depressed enough.

I agree with people who said DS9 or B5 for the tone, I'd throw in Angel as well (and not only cos they have similarly brilliant endings).

The casting has to be spot on as well, in particular Avon, Servalan (if in it) and Vila. It'd be very easy to make Avon an emotionless robot, which'd kinda miss the point as clearly he's very emotional, he just doesn't feel the need to show it. Servalan has to have just the right mix of camp and threat, and the ability to wander alien planets in an evening gown) and Vila needs to stay a weasly coward (most of the time) with occasional flashes of out of the blue heroism.)

But, like Lonemagpie, I'll believe it when I see it...
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Old July 24 2012, 12:03 PM   #21
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I suspect this will be a true reboot and not a continuation of the old series. And maybe they'll come up with their own version of how to get out of that fmaous cliffhanger.
Which one?
Blake of course the season four finale.
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Old July 24 2012, 01:28 PM   #22
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Starkers agree about the British feel, but, if the right blend of darkness and humor, I think it would be OK.

For Servalan, I think I would be perfectly happy with Morena Baccaran reprising her Anna from NuV character, she had the hair, the style and I think that dangerous smoothness would work very well for an updated Servalan
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Old July 24 2012, 01:47 PM   #23
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Too obvious for me but I can see why they'd consider her.
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Old July 24 2012, 02:01 PM   #24
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I always felt sad that Villa didn't get his end away a little more since he was the only one in the crew that seemed to know what sex was... Although if he wasn't always passing out drunk when the girls were looking for someone to scratch their itch?
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Old July 24 2012, 03:42 PM   #25
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Well he definitely got his end away at least once...but then so did Tarrant (with the Supreme Commander no less)
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Old July 24 2012, 03:50 PM   #26
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If you're standing on a planet named after you, it's a safe bet you're going to get lucky.
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Old July 24 2012, 03:53 PM   #27
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Good news.

WETA in Washington DC used to run B7 on Sunday nights.
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Old July 24 2012, 04:50 PM   #28
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I agree with Gotham Central, BBC America is the obvious place for this show, if the point is to keep. British tone. If not, and this is a reboot like BSG or now Fuller's Munsters, meaning all bets are off, the options where it an be sold are wider. Either way, I'll check it out.
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Old July 24 2012, 04:54 PM   #29
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I think this could work. I haven't seen Green Lantern and I wouldn't necessarily say that Campbell is a great director but when he's on form - Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Zorro - he's on form.

At a time, I would have liked to see a sequel to B7 (the Napoleon on Elba idea) but too much time has elapsed for that to really occur. It's not like Doctor Who, where you can just have a new actor inhabit the role - to long-time fans, he's the latest incarnation, to newcomers, he's their Doctor. B7 carries too much baggage and backstory to do that and it hasn't stayed in the public consciousness the way DW did (even though it was actually quite a well-watched peak-time show in the UK in its day).

It's also like the difference between bringing back Star Trek and bringing back Battlestar Galactica - ST was famous enough to allow a sequel/ continuation, BSG simply wasn't; substitute Who for Trek and B7 for BSG. But like BSG, Blake's Seven has a premise which is strong enough to lend itself to a new take on it.

Without wishing to state the obvious, with the right writing, cast and tone, this could be really great. I think it should be something in the vein of nuBSG, perhaps not quite as downbeat as it got near the end.
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Old July 24 2012, 05:00 PM   #30
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Starkers agree about the British feel, but, if the right blend of darkness and humor, I think it would be OK.

For Servalan, I think I would be perfectly happy with Morena Baccaran reprising her Anna from NuV character, she had the hair, the style and I think that dangerous smoothness would work very well for an updated Servalan
I think Dervia Kirwan would make a better Servalan than Morena Baccaran.
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