192 – Blakes 7 – Orac

Series 1 comes to a close with the arrival of Orac, the mystery prize on the planet Aristo.  Will Blake get there before Servalan and Travis?  Will Ben and Eugene talk about the entire first series of Blakes 7 and look to the future?

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  1. Another really interesting discussion.

    I had no idea that season cliffhangers were unusual at this stage. I’m not sure I’m as anti-cliffhanger as Eugene, but I can see it would be mildly irritating if this wasn’t resolved… Although, in Nation’s defence, it is very much tacked-on, rather than being a central part of the storyline. (The season-end cliffhanger that bugged me the most was Red Dwarf VI, it was the first season-end cliffhanger they’d done, and then, because of Craig Charles’ trial, they couldn’t resolve it for years – and when they did, I wished they hadn’t bothered.)

    I’m surprised the BBC was notorious for cancelling shows in 1978. I was listening to one of Toby Hadoke’s excellent Whosround podcasts recently, and his victim was one of those who worked through the Birt-era reforms in the 80s/90s and lamented the way control passed from creatives (e.g. directors and producers) to executives (e.g. managers and controllers) although that would probably affect show content more than renewal/cancellation decisions. But the BBC is not supposed to chase ratings.

    Anyway, on B7 itself, I think you’re spot on about the characterisation of Blake being horribly inconsistent. When we started out, it was all about Blake the Rebel, freedom fighter and scourge of the Federation. But that quickly seemed to vanish, and mostly we’ve had Blake the Fugitive or Blake the Lovable and only ever-so-slightly-roguish Outlaw. As a fugitive leaving Travalan and Service alive is almost understandable – as if it’s just a game between him and them, albeit for mortal stakes. But if he’s truly concerned with bringing down the Federation – and we’re supposed to believe that for hundreds or thousands of people their lives and their freedom could be affected by striking such a blow – well, put it this way: that didn’t come across to me. It didn’t seem a scenario that would affect thousands. It looked like it would affect two slightly eccentrically dressed people on a beach.

    There was a third thing I was going to say, but I’ve now forgotten what it was. Oh well, I’ll come back if I remember.

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