Blakes 7

263 – Blakes 7 – The Harvest of Kairos

Often mentioned as one of the worst episodes of Blakes 7, it can’t really be all that bad can it?

Ben and Eugene try to find the bright shiny bits of The Harvest of Kairos.

8 thoughts on “263 – Blakes 7 – The Harvest of Kairos”

  1. I can’t believe you guys think this one worse than the previous. I’d sooner watch this one 3x than watch the last one once.

    I’ll agree there are plot contrivances and character motivations that don’t seem to make a lot of sense, but when I tried watching Dawn of the Gods, I just kept skipping forward, seeing the Caliph guy talking. Eventually I got near the end when that one guy said “no, I’ll stay here (and die) while you guys escape.”

    Things I like about Harvest:
    1. the idea of the Sopron rock
    2. the idea of the planet with a harvest time, and a kind of locust swarm that emerges every so often (it happens on earth too…. but maybe the 15 year cycle was too convenient…a lot of stuff in B7 isn’t going to be perfectly thought out)
    3. the idea of man vs machine, thought and instinct vs computers
    4. The very cheesy spider things. I understand they had the actors inside the costumes backward so that it would move less obviously like a human crawling.
    5. so the lunar module doesn’t make sense in an advanced Sci-Fi sense, but it is just a thing recognizable to a 70s audience as out of date. It’s odd…. but it’s the late 70s and there’s no budget. I don’t mind it.
    6. Jarvik. He’s an over the top, Austin Powers vision of the man of the future, maaaan….. of course he seems misogynistic and sexist. Of course it’s been a long time since he felt the sun on his back, but it’s an example of being human, something Jarvik apparently enjoys… real, fulfilling labor with his hands, not sitting in front of a computer…. drinking real beer (not synthahol) and chumming around with his buddies…. going to topless bars, riding his Harley on rural highways and byways without a helmet…. probably while wearing leather chaps without pants…. who knows? I can laugh a bit at him, but I probably don’t want a kid younger than a teenager seeing this episode, to be honest….

    The big thing i agree on and don’t like….
    all of a sudden Tarrant is the Blake like hero figure? I think they made a mistake in recasting Travis and I’m glad they didn’t try to recast Blake… but it seems like they had a lot of things in scripts that would’ve worked with Blake, and they kind of got left in…

    Oh, and did you guys say that Boucher did this one? I think you’ll find this episode was penned by one Mr. Ben Steed…. possibly with a real pen or graphite writing stick on paper or on a typewriter, but not on a computer…. because he was a real “MAN”, maaaan. 😉

  2. I had been dreading this episode, but something’s changed since I last saw it, as it’s now crossed over into so-bad-it’s-good territory. The cheese, the silly spider-monsters and the ridiculous LEM are now all adding to the fun.

    I greatly enjoyed the over-the-top scenery chewing of Jarvik. He just needed a full ’70s porntache and doormat chest hair to complete the machismo. Every reaction to him from Servalan was pure gold.

    Costumes – Tarrant has thankfully lost his 17th century pirate outfit and is now wearing an uncomfortable-looking quasi-spacesuit. Dana has acquired a boob window. What will the next episode bring?

    I do like the idea of Sopron. It’s a pity they couldn’t have done more with it. Again, Avon is sidelined and wasted.

    What happened to the vault of untold riches on the Liberator? Why the need to turn to space piracy?

    I have this theory that Blakes7 is more than the sum of its parts. Series three is (so far) proving this in spades. I adore the show, but it’s becoming increasingly hard to name episodes worthy of that respect.

    1. I think there are a couple episodes coming up in Season3 (C?) that will be well worth remembering… And I’m not even thinking of the final one.

  3. It’s quite funny. HOK is frequently cited as one of the worst of the worst, but I’ve always held a soft spot for it… until I watched it with an eye towards podcasting about it – then the flaws just overwhelmed me.

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