Blakes 7

251 – Blakes 7 – Aftermath

Ben and Eugene look at the Series 3 opener of Blakes 7.

The Federation has been destroyed – or has it?  What will Blake do now?  What other windmills can he charge?

2 thoughts on “251 – Blakes 7 – Aftermath”

  1. After the neural meltdown I had when Avon yells “Fire!” [END CREDITS!] at the close of Season-2, it was a long long wait for Season-3.

    [My Brain during the Interregnum]
    – – – Intergalactic Invasion Fleet!
    – – – Ghastly Aliens!
    – – – Space War!
    – – – The Liberator fighting alongside the Federation!
    – – – Excitement! Desperation! Danger! Suspense!

    Impressionable young me waited and waited and waited for the next season of Blakes7, constantly imagining how the cliff-hanger would resolve. I should have been smart enough to realise that the BBC budget was never going to deliver on the promised intergalactic mayhem, but still I dreamed.

    Finally, Blakes7 returned!

    “Aftermath” – what a : m o n u m e n t a l : anti-climax. My space-battle-of-space-battles consisted of a minute of stock footage of dodgy models bumping into each other and exploding. Bitter bitter disappointment.

    Annoying Tropes-1:
    Zen: Life Support will terminate in 16 seconds … 15 … 14 …

    What exactly is supposed to happen when life support fails? The vast ship appears to retain enough air to keep three people alive for several days. It’s going to take the same time for enough heat to radiate out of the ship to be an issue. Yet death is measured in seconds. I might believe that the failure of some sort of active radiation shielding might place the crew in jeopardy, but there’s no indication of such a system.

    At least it wasn’t the related trope of “Shift power from life support to the shields!”, as though a couple of kilowatts for heating and fans is going to make a difference. Maybe if you classified inertial dampeners as “life support”, but everyone would be a thin film of jam on the walls if you switched those off.

    Annoying Tropes-2:
    Sarrans – how many episodes consist of a tribe of Hagar the Horribles capturing someone and much running around the BBC Quarry ensues to get them back? At least this time it was on the BBC Beach.

    Mellanby – someone should have told the poor blindman that it’s 1980, and the Age of Disco is over.

    The episode’s gem was Avon snogging, then casting aside Servalan.

    On the question of whether Captain Yates has celebrity (or was just a jobbing actor): Captain Yates is just that bloke who gives Sargent Benton orders, but is not the Brigadier. So, “No”.

    1. I will have had the “advantage” of seeing them for the first time on videotape. The time span between Star One and Aftermath being therefore measured in hours if not minutes. I wasn’t subject to extended periods of speculation and wonder about the awesomeness to come; however, I’m quite certain I experienced a certain amount of disappointment while watching Aftermath – partially offset by it being just one big Avon episode.

      The trope of another convenient race of BBC Costume Department Clothes Horses violently attacking all outsiders is an unfortunate hallmark of Terry Nation’s space opera work.

      Although we’ve not mentioned them along the way, Big Finish have done 2 series of full-cast Blakes 7 audio dramas, including a one-off episodes entitled Warship which took place between Star One and Aftermath. I think perhaps the folks at Big Finish thought there was an unacceptable gap between the episodes, also.

      I’ve avoided pointing people at Big Finish because looking at their series of available audio plays might be spoilerful for some people watching along with B7, but most of that concern is gone now. Series 1 of Big Finish’s B7 audio adventures takes place between Trial and Gambit (I think – certainly before Star One). The second series; however, takes place rather later than we currently are in Series 3 of the original program, so beware spoilers there.

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