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Old March 13 2014, 01:54 AM   #181
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A10 Breakdown - Many shows (especially at the time), would've fixed Gan and removed the Limiter. So sad in Hindsight, And for this all to work as an arc, all the way through his character development, is pretty impressive for the time.

I can't think of any other earlier/grittier SciFi Series, I have seen. I'd hate to see a remake go too far towards NuBSG or S1 of SGU. Of course it would need to be gritty, and dark, but, I'd hope they would keep the show "Fun", with the quips, instead of being all dark and depressing, all the time with characters you can't find any enjoyment in.
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Old March 13 2014, 02:22 AM   #182
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This is very true!

I'm not even sure Avon trusts Avon...
Nah, Avon knows he can trust Avon, since he's Avon.

But, he also knows, if he wasn't Avon, he sure as Hell wouldn't trust Avon

Just started watching Episode A09 right now.

Nothing major to discuss.

Though it was interesting that Gan healed Jenna's wounds with the little Skin healer thing (beginning of The Web or end of the previous episode) and then On Planet, in The Web Blake is so astounded the inhabitants there could heal a wound so easily? Apparently Gan hadn't shared the Healing thingy with Blake yet, LOL.
That's because the 'healer pad' first appeared in ep4, which was a replacement for an earlier ep4 script that wasn't working, but was written between eps 9 and 10. The Limiter wasn't invented till this point either, hence Gan sometimes acting as if he could kill ( even tho he doesn't) in earlier scripts.
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Old March 13 2014, 02:35 AM   #183
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diankra wrote: View Post
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This is very true!

I'm not even sure Avon trusts Avon...
Nah, Avon knows he can trust Avon, since he's Avon.

But, he also knows, if he wasn't Avon, he sure as Hell wouldn't trust Avon

Just started watching Episode A09 right now.

Nothing major to discuss.

Though it was interesting that Gan healed Jenna's wounds with the little Skin healer thing (beginning of The Web or end of the previous episode) and then On Planet, in The Web Blake is so astounded the inhabitants there could heal a wound so easily? Apparently Gan hadn't shared the Healing thingy with Blake yet, LOL.
That's because the 'healer pad' first appeared in ep4, which was a replacement for an earlier ep4 script that wasn't working, but was written between eps 9 and 10. The Limiter wasn't invented till this point either, hence Gan sometimes acting as if he could kill ( even tho he doesn't) in earlier scripts.
Oh really? I guess I always just retconned it in my head that he was just talking big
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Old March 13 2014, 04:19 AM   #184
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The Limiter wasn't invented till this point either, hence Gan sometimes acting as if he could kill ( even tho he doesn't) in earlier scripts.
It's bizarre that Gan was given a gun that doesn't have a stun setting, especially since he couldn't really use it.
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Old March 14 2014, 02:25 AM   #185
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B10: VOICE FROM THE PAST

Rich in continuity from the past two seasons; Blake's trial and the character of Van Glynd from the very first episode - recast unfortunately (The Way Back), Orac's anti-telepathy programming (Shadow), Servalan's chance for Orac (Orac). With Servaland lurkig in the shadows you just know the whole thing will go tits up, but - on the first watch at least - I didn't pick Travis hiding under the bandages. Despite being in control of the Liberator, Travis does teleport down to take out Blake personally; it does show how his character is bent on revenge, rather than allowing Blake to die by someone else's hand. That said, the final ten minutes are excellent.
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Old March 14 2014, 02:52 AM   #186
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B11: GAMBIT

Despite being a fan favourite, I've never liked this episode. The story is slow, the girls - despite being allowed off the ship this time - once again get very little to do, the costumes are too over the top for my taste and the mass-shifting Orac is a silly concept. Aubrey Woods does a great turn as the camp Krantor. Some interesting past actors appear in this episode; Michael Halsey appeared as Tel Varon in The Way Back while perenial BBC favourite Deep Roy once played a Decimas in The Web.
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Old March 14 2014, 04:05 AM   #187
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B11: GAMBIT

Despite being a fan favourite, I've never liked this episode. The story is slow, the girls - despite being allowed off the ship this time - once again get very little to do, the costumes are too over the top for my taste and the mass-shifting Orac is a silly concept. Aubrey Woods does a great turn as the camp Krantor. Some interesting past actors appear in this episode; Michael Halsey appeared as Tel Varon in The Way Back while perenial BBC favourite Deep Roy once played a Decimas in The Web.
This probably has more actors who've appeared in B7 and Doctor Who than either other ep

Paul Darrow - The Silurans/Timelash
Michael Keating - The Sunmakers
Jaqueline Pearce - The Two Doctors
Dennis Carey - Shada
Deep Roy - Talons of Weng-Chiang
Aubrey Woods - Day Of The Daleks
Brian Croucher - Robots Of Death
John Lesson - Various eps (voice of K9)
Paul Grist - Claws Of Axos
Peter Tuddenham (various)
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Old March 14 2014, 10:07 AM   #188
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For some reason I've never been a big fan of Voice From The Past, maybe I'll give it another rewatch based on your comments. I think it's just painfully obvious that Blake's under some kind of mind control, and Travis under all those bandages is a trifle silly.

Gambit, on the other hand, I love to bits, which is odd because it's truly terrible in so many ways! Cally and Jenna do at least get to go down to the planet, yet they're not permitted to take guns, wear long floaty dresses and have a catfight (on the up side Knyvette and Chappell seem to be having a ball).

It's deliciously camp fun that's so far over the top it almost reaches orbit, and I just love the Avon/Vila/Orac stuff. The "Live" chess in The Wedding of River Song was so a call back to this.
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Old March 15 2014, 01:49 AM   #189
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B12: THE KEEPER

An Allan Prior script that actually fires, though there are some criticisms. Travis (and apparently Servalan) manages to get to Goth first despite the Liberator being the faster ship. The medieval feel of the episode drags but the story remains interesting. Jenna plays her role well, though guest star Bruce Purchase (here channeling Brian Blessed as Gola) is the reason why Jenna would leave at the end of the season; he convinced Sally Kynvette to return to university and study Chaucer. It's not a great loss; the strong willed character of Series A has been thoroughly wasted this season. Sadly, Dayna would suffer the same fate between Series C and D. Otherwise, Vila plays the fool perfectly, Cally again is confined to the ship, and the final scene sets up the season finale well.

One other thing I liked was the very small continuity nod about Blake telling Avon the Federation shouldn't know they're at Goth "unless someone told them", referring to Prior's previous script (Hostage) when Avon told Servalan where Travis - and they - were.
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Old March 15 2014, 02:10 AM   #190
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One thing: does anyone know what Vila says at the end of the episode?

Just after the fool says where the location is, Vila says "The eleventh sector, that must be ??????????".

I have NEVER been able to understand him.
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Old March 15 2014, 02:17 AM   #191
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BLAKE He said "A fool knows everything and nothing." [louder] A fool knows everything and nothing.
FOOL [In a mechanical monotone, his eyes rolling] The location of Star One is at grid reference C-one-seven-three-two-zero in the Eleventh Sector.
VILA Eleventh Sector? That must be in the middle of nowhere.
BLAKE Shut up.
FOOL The location of Star One is at grid reference C-one-seven- three-two-zero in the Eleventh Sector.
BLAKE Lurgen must have planted it in his brain.
VILA A man with a sense of humour.
BLAKE A fool knows everything and nothing.
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Old March 15 2014, 05:16 AM   #192
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Old March 17 2014, 08:25 AM   #193
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B13: STAR ONE

Chris Boucher tears the universe apart in what fans arguably describe as the best episode of the show, and he doesn't hold back. The crew arrive as the alien invasion is about to begin. Despite being left on the ship, Vila and Jenna have their chance to shine, as do the others on the surface. My only main gripe is Jenna oh-so-obviously reading the cue cards for some of her lines, which is very odd. Travis goes out with a bang; you can almost see the satisfaction of Brian Croucher as he finally gets to shoot Blake. His death after a long stint is a satisfactory one, as his character has really run it's course. Blake and Avon's final scene together is a good one, showing how much Blake believes in his crew, despite Avon declaring earlier in the episode how much he hates him. Servalan spends much of her time brooding in her space station but the almost bloodless coup and making herself President is brilliantly handled. And then the cliffhanger. No mystical prediction from Orac this time, here we have the Liberator going up against it's biggest challenge yet, and even though we never see the full extent of the battle (that would seriously drain the BBC of it's entire yearly budget) it's a great way to end the show.

Blake's demoralising is no more - the 'brains but no heart' is now in charge...
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Old March 17 2014, 08:39 AM   #194
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The battle was done in audio.

Full cast.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/...d-download-815
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Old March 17 2014, 09:27 AM   #195
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C01: AFTERMATH

The new series kicks off with a new title sequence and it's basic but effective. The episode opens with just about every single piece of stock FX explosions ever seen, and they do a good job in hiding the fact the flight deck set isn't used at all this week. Nation's script is brilliant, with Paul Darrow soaking up every scene he's in. Servalan plays the seductive villain to maximum effect. Dayna has a great introduction, showcasing her vicious and emotional sides. Tarrant is limited to a single line at the end of the episode but it provides for an effective cliffhanger. Vila and Cally are reduced to cameos at the start of the episode but the series needed an episode like this to get the new characters into the mix. Lauren is a blah character, only there to give the episode a decent body count. The Federation is in tatters after the intergalactic war tears the fleet up, as Avon says "it's hard to have a military dictatorship without the military". Only poor editing lets the ending down; Dayna had several seconds to shoot Servalan, instead stood there for ages waiting for the teleport to take her. Otherwise a good start to the third year.
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