Review Blake's 7 (1978-81)

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Which Was the Best Season of Blake's 7 in Your Opinion?

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  1. Doctor Omega

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    With VIla in charge though, they would never have attacked Control..

    They would never have gone to Terminal.....

    They would never have gone to Gauda Prime.


    Blake and Avon were just reckless and, ultimately, self destructive idiots in comparison.


    Admittedly, four seasons of Vila running away and not bothering the Federation at all might not have garnered the same cult following, but think how many lives could have been saved. :emoji_alien:
     
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  2. ant-mac

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    Whilst you make some interesting points, I still feel compelled to ask...

    Do you want the short answer or the long one?
     
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  3. Gavin

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    In regard to this particular question I'd definitely go with the long one.
     
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  4. Doctor Omega

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    Did anyone else read "Afterlife"?

    If so, what did you think?


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    Unfortunately, yes. I read it about 30 years ago - or more...
    Not much.

    A computer called Cora? A spaceship called Blake's 7?

    Absolute rubbish.

    And what was the point of bringing Tarrant back for 10 pages, just to kill him off - again?
     
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  6. Doctor Omega

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    Because there wasn't much around at the time, I have to be honest and admit that I thought it was okay at the time, but only because I didn't know better.

    The Tarrant cameo was, as you say, pointless. And, like the fourth series, there was an unimaginitive "let's replace everything that we have lost" mentality.

    New ship, new computer, new crew member and so on....

    There was, of course, supposed to be a sequel, also by Attwood, called State of Mind, that was quietly cancelled.

    It was emblazoned as "The Authentic Sequel" so I swallowed that and thought... "Oh well, this is it!"


    Of course, it was anything but, yet ironically I would prefer the duff romp that this is to Paul Darrow's egocentric trilogy of recent years, where it is clear that Darrow thinks that his is the only character that people gave a damn about and seems loathe to even reference - even in passing - any of the other heroes of the show.


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    Funnily enough, quite recently I found Tony Attwood's following comments on the review page at Amazon.....


    How did we get here
    By Mr. A. L. Attwood on 9 Jun. 2005


    I'm moved to write this to try and clarify a couple of points that related to the writing of Afterlife.

    The book came about when it became clear that there was not likely to be a 5th series of Blake's at least for another couple of years, because of contractual arguments which by and large had nothing to do with the series, but were happening off stage.

    Having written The Programme Guide to the series I was asked to write a book which could be turned into four episodes.

    My instructions were to work with Avon and Vila and to keep within the format - but not to introduce anything that would cause too much confusion if the 5th series were made.

    As the novel developed I suggested that we could consider doing 2 novels - the second being State of Mind, which would resolve the issues in Afterlife - which are left hanging reading for the next events.

    This idea was welcomed, but then those contractual arguments got in the way.

    A lot of hardcore fans didn't like Afterlife - criticising both what I did with the characters, and what happened in the storyline, but to balance that (and to keep me feeling moderately happy) there was a lot of nice stuff from people who just watched the show but never subscribed to the fanzines etc.

    If you enjoyed Afterlife - I'm glad you did. If not - well, sorry.

    I thought it worked ok, but we all have our own style.
     
  7. Doctor Omega

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    I want one!!!!!


     
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    You can have that one.

    I want a full size version.
     
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  9. Doctor Omega

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    Before Big Finish, there was........



     
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    And there was an audio sequel to the final episode......


     

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