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Old March 27 2014, 09:14 AM   #226
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C08: RUMOURS OF DEATH

Despite being a fan favourite of the season, I've never warmed to this episode, despite being a Chris Boucher script. Lorna Heilbron is ok as Anna Grant but I guess I expected more. The duo in the surveillance room are painful to watch, Shrinker comes across as Vila's uncle rather than a deadly Federation interrogator and the handful of resistence fighters, while seeming to lose more than they had, take over the residence of the President rather easily, although Servalan has been shown to be over cofident in the past. Unless I missed it, this is the only episode in the series that doesn't feature a special effects shot of the Liberator, and once again the flight deck doesn't appear in this episode either. That said, the second half of the episode is excellent, and any scene with Avon and Servalan is worth the price of admission. Would've loved to have seen a cutaway shot of Cally when Avon tells Anna there was no one else.
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Old March 27 2014, 02:16 PM   #227
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But that's the point about Shrinker, he is just an ordinary person, a weak and cowardly man emboldened by his position, like countless real world examples throughout the years. The Major is ridiculous, I remember on the commentary they're bewildered as to why he's doing an American accent, but I quite like the Section Leader.

I guess for Servalan, and for the Federation in general, the thought of an attack on the President's residence was almost impossible to counternance. I'm not sure what the rebels though they would achive. Given Servalan is an unelected president I'd imagine some clever senior officer would just write her off and assume power themselves. I like that Anna's actions are somewhat ambiguous, though I lean towards her fancying being Supreme Commander herself.

I'm actually a fan of the notion of their being something between Avon and Cally, but I'm not sure the evidence--outside of Sarchophagus-- is conclusive. If only her final word had been Avon not Blake!
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Old March 27 2014, 04:50 PM   #228
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WOW. I LOVED Rumors of Death. It's one of my top 5 episodes. I agree with Starkers about Shrinker. What's so disgusting about him is that he IS ordinary.He likes the power he has, likes to hurt and control people but inside, he's a coward, a small little nobody; he's like every other thug in real life.
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Old March 27 2014, 05:07 PM   #229
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My favourite bit about Shrinker is that he went over to the rebels side for a while!

So many great bits in this episode. I love Avon's easily found transmitter "They won't come while it's still on" I love that Avon's flashbacks of Anna look like memories from his perspectve rather than the ridiculous third person footage you'd normally see. I love the fact that the others are surprised to find they care about Avon, not to mention Vila's embarrassed line. I love Avon's cold fate for Shrinker.

My favourite bit is actually Cally though...

TARRANT He's an animal, Cally.
CALLY Yes, and it's contagious, isn't it?
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Old March 27 2014, 10:09 PM   #230
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I love Major Grenlee. He's just a bloke doing a job. Why shouldn't he be American?
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Old March 27 2014, 11:11 PM   #231
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I love the fact that the others are surprised to find they care about Avon
Although to be fair, Cally would later reveal in Terminal the honest truth - "we can't afford to lose you".
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Old March 27 2014, 11:17 PM   #232
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I'm actually a fan of the notion of their being something between Avon and Cally, but I'm not sure the evidence--outside of Sarcophagus-- is conclusive. If only her final word had been Avon not Blake!
There are 3 eps which hints at a Cally/Avon thing this season, and you have to admit, it must be hard being on a ship like that constantly fighting the Federation you must need some stress relief sometimes. Even despite Avon telling Anna there was no one else I'm sure he could've lied a little.

I mean if you'd been on the Liberator with Jenna around...
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Old March 28 2014, 12:51 AM   #233
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She had such big hair, that it would have seemed like a threesome.
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Old March 28 2014, 04:00 AM   #234
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So did Tarrant.
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Old March 28 2014, 04:35 AM   #235
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Who?
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Old March 28 2014, 05:08 AM   #236
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Oh come on, you're not one of those "series C and D didn't happen" kind of people are you?
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Old March 28 2014, 05:18 AM   #237
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Steven was supposed to be a grizzled veteran... Unless they are taking a page from Enders Game, and there have been 5 year olds at the helms of all those Federation pursuit ships?

It's his shit eating grin I could do with out, and Avon should have spaced him in week 1 of season 2.
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Old March 28 2014, 09:59 AM   #238
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I always liked Tarrant, as a child he seemed more heroic than Avon, and as an adult I like the fact that he's an arrogant git

As a child I was in love with Cally, and whilst I still adore her now, I do now see Jenna's charms.

It is fun to note the different interpretations of watching ths show as a kid and an adult, for example when I first watched Orbit I genuinely didn't think Avon was really contemplating dumping you know who out the nearest airlock!
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Old March 28 2014, 10:56 AM   #239
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I found Tarrant to be something of a Blake clone...

Have been listening to the Audio adventures of Blake 7 'The Early Years' and it's pretty good. Two episodes even feature Benedict Cumberbatch! If they ever get around to reimagining the series I wouldn't mind it they started out like this.
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Old March 28 2014, 11:30 AM   #240
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There is an audio reimaging made by the BBC a few years ago.

Completely different cast, very similar story to the pilot, but with more politics and different fake scientific grounding.

On 11 December 2006 B7 Productions announced that it had recorded a series of 36 five-minute Blake's 7 audio adventures, written by Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt and James Swallow.[63] This featured Derek Riddell as Blake, Colin Salmon as Avon, Daniela Nardini as Servalan, Craig Kelly as Travis, Carrie Dobro as Jenna, Dean Harris as Vila, Owen Aaronovitch as Gan, Michael Praed, Doug Bradley and India Fisher.[64] The new series was broadcast on BBC Radio 7 and repeated in mid-2010 as three hour-long episodes: Rebel (written by Ben Aaronovitch), Traitor (Marc Platt) and Liberator (James Swallow). B7 Productions also produced series of 30-minute prequel audio episodes called Blake's 7: The Early Years, which explored the earlier histories of the central characters.[65]
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