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Old May 9 2014, 10:05 PM   #316
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^ yes those are quite amusing

I think you have a point about how smart he is, there's also the "You talk to computers, you understand computers." the tone markedly changing between the two halves of the sentence.
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Old May 9 2014, 11:22 PM   #317
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A couple of other things I'll say about Traitor:
- The Federation officer with the eye patch. Seriously, if you're wanting to bring back a Federation officer with an eye patch, do it properly.
- The studio scenes in this story are the worst for the entire series. The exterior scenes shot in the flooded quarry during daylight hours on film is very harsh cutting to the studio scenes shot on video which were either filmed or graded to appear at night or at the very least twilight.
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Old May 9 2014, 11:27 PM   #318
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I'm very much looking forward to your review of the next two episodes; one is my guilty pleasure (even though its rubbish) the other is my least favourite B7 ep of all time!
Of the remaining 10 eps, I've only seen Headhunter, Assassin (purchased VHS), Orbit, Warlord and Blake (recorded off the tv in 1987 and kept for ages) in recent years. The rest I last saw in the 90s on tv repeats, and one episode (Sand) I've not seen since I first watched the series in 1985! So should be an interesting rewatch.

Yes I know Animals is the Spock's Brain of Blake's 7 so it should be good to review it. Providing it's not boring I can sit through it - the only episodes I've had to skip through are Death Watch and Traitor so far.
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Old May 10 2014, 03:58 AM   #319
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Ah.. out of those 10 you've seen 3 ok and 2 greats, missing 3 greats and 2 !@!@!@!! was thats! IMHO.
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Old May 14 2014, 08:47 AM   #320
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Ah.. out of those 10 you've seen 3 ok and 2 greats, missing 3 greats and 2 !@!@!@!! was thats! IMHO.
I'd like to know which you think is which
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Old May 14 2014, 09:10 AM   #321
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Well, despite it being considered very poor, Headhunter is a favourite of mine. Yes it's a silly runaround and the robot is iffy but I love it.

But I'll save my review for when I actually get chance to see it.
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Old May 18 2014, 09:48 PM   #322
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D04: STARDRIVE

It's amazing how much of this episode is pure filler. Scenes drag out longer than they need to be, reusing almost the entire landing sequence again is just time wasting. The space rats are hardly the baddest villain they've ever had. The space rat's leader sits there eating what looks like a cucumber; better not mess with him! Scorpio records footage at 10,000 frames per second. Plaxton is good if not a little limited. Why the Federation just seem to ignore the space rats after loosing a squadron of pursuit ships is a little silly, although the Federation aren't really part of the big picture (for the series) anymore. Avon shows his dark side but gets the crew to safety, and Scorpio can now travel much faster than it could before.

Right... the big one is next.
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Old May 18 2014, 10:49 PM   #323
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D05: ANIMALS

Woohoo! Allan Prior's final script for the series is a doozy and has certainly polarized fandom. A leftover script that would've been Cally's swansong, Dayna picks up the storyline. If this has been the Dayna of Series C the story might've been more interesting, but this is Series D, and Dayna is a very different character. Not to mention Peter Byrne (Justin) was 53 and Josette Simon was 21 when they episode was made does make for a dodgy relationship - especially when you consider this romance was kindled years ago when Dayna was a little girl...

Prior's usual plot point of injecting Servalan where she isn't needed stands out like a sore thumb; the mystery of why Scorpio is hanging around a planet hosting an experiment dated back to the galactic war isn't really enough to bring the former president into the episode. The animals themselves don't feature that much but why the mutations turn them into Jim Henson's Muppets is beyond me. Servalan's female guards are stylish but I was hoping for Mutoids. Nice to see Kevin Stoney in a brief cameo as well. Scorpio is really getting the shit kicked out of it this season, and it surprised me they left Vila on the ship instead of Tarrant. The final shoot out is poorly choreographed, with people running in from all angles.

Yeah, pretty bad. Nothing about the episode is true Blake's 7, though Dayna spells out the season arc of trying to collect scientists to help fight the Federation, although - as is the case for the past three episodes now - they all end up dead at the end of the story.
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Old May 18 2014, 10:57 PM   #324
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Don't ask me why, but I LOVE Stardrive!

Re the final shootout in Animals, did you notice Avon nearly fall arse over tit as he runs in?
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Old May 18 2014, 11:38 PM   #325
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D06: HEADHUNTER

This has always been one of my favourites. Yes the robot looks like a drunken pantomine horse (yeah, I stole that from the Den of Geek review) but that's the worst of it. The crew all get stuff to do this week, keeping the show 99% confined to Scorpio and the base gives the show an air of tension missing this season. Mary Ridge again proves her worth as the show's best director (although she did do Animals...). Soolin is actually given something to do for the first time this season, and her banter with Orac is great. Lynda Bellingham is always good to see, though her role is fairly limited this episode. Slave rebelling is fun to watch, as is Avon's constipated expressions trying to put the robot's head back on. One thing I will mention is a small thing; the base having a different coloured teleport effect (blue) to that of Scorpio (green), though in 'Power' the effect was red.

Great stuff.
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D06: HEADHUNTER

This has always been one of my favourites. Yes the robot looks like a drunken pantomine horse (yeah, I stole that from the Den of Geek review) but that's the worst of it. The crew all get stuff to do this week, keeping the show 99% confined to Scorpio and the base gives the show an air of tension missing this season. Mary Ridge again proves her worth as the show's best director (although she did do Animals...). Soolin is actually given something to do for the first time this season, and her banter with Orac is great. Lynda Bellingham is always good to see, though her role is fairly limited this episode. Slave rebelling is fun to watch, as is Avon's constipated expressions trying to put the robot's head back on. One thing I will mention is a small thing; the base having a different coloured teleport effect (blue) to that of Scorpio (green), though in 'Power' the effect was red.

Great stuff.
I liked the little tete e tęte between Avon and Orac at the end.

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Old May 19 2014, 02:31 AM   #327
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D07: ASSASSIN

The influence of Star Wars is becoming greater and greater with more wipes in this episode than any other. Servalan's appearance is gratitious at best. The role of Nebrox is bizarre, and bringing him along is against Avon's beliefs, though like Lynda Bellingham last episode he appears here only to up the meagre body count. Piri is really annoying but it's a great cover. Tarrant and Soolin's argument is the highlight, and it's great when Soolin is given decent dialogue, which sadly this season is very little. Dayna whines like a little school girl when she once again fails to kill Servalan, the crab model is pathetic and the faux-Cancer looks like Tarrant and David Hasselhoff's love child.
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Old May 19 2014, 09:27 AM   #328
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D08: GAMES

A basic story with a lot of running around but with very cool direction. The fate of the Federation guard falling into the compactor, or the worker running out of the mine on fire, are pretty effective. Though Avon plays all his scenes on Scorpio over the top, his banter with Orac is great. Soolin gets to play the gunslinger, Tarrant gets to play the pilot, etc etc. The story drops off towards the end, as does Servalan who once again seems forced into the story - although it's great to see her with honest-to-god Federation troopers again! Vila does a great job this episode though, and this is the only episode Scorpio fires its weapons.
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Old May 19 2014, 10:15 AM   #329
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D09: SAND

Not seen this since 1985 so was good to catch up. Tanith Lee is a great writer and it's shame she only wrote two episodes (this and Series C's Sarcophagus). The episode is tight and well written, with some great performances by Pierce and Pacey. It doesn't happen on screen but clearly they both had nookie...

Good continuity references to both Sarcophagus and Terminal, and it's nice to see Vila pinning over Cally again. The only major let down is the very poor studio set with the oh-so-fake backdrop. The starry background was supposed to enforce the fact that Virn has no daylight, and yet ten minutes in one character says "it's getting dark...". Orac's unrequited love scene is also a highlight.
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D10: GOLD

First things first - Steven Pacey playing the drugged up passenger is the best part of this episode. Pacey clearly loves it and you can see him almost breaking into laughter with every successive line. Now the episode itself; Vila gets considerably less to do in this episode, though the argument is he doesn't trust Keeler, and rightly so. Keeler himself is a great guest star, played by the always fun to watch Roy Kinneer. The story doesn't really have the pacing to hold the episode, but it's fun to watch, especially seeing a lot of action, backstabbing and one liners. Orac almost laughs at the end when he reveals how bad things just got for the crew. I remember in the 80s seeing this episode listed as the final one, so I recorded it on an old Beta tape, and watched until I wore a hole in it. It would be about 18 months before the final three episodes would air.

For some reason they shoehorn Servalan into this story (did Pierce have a minimum appearance fee?). Sad but this is the last time Servalan meets any of the Seven face to face.
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