343 – Blakes 7 – Blake

This is it.  It’s all over except for the shooting.  Blakes 7 rockets to it’s final, shocking conclusion.

Ben and Eugene pick over the corpse of Blakes 7.

3 thoughts on “343 – Blakes 7 – Blake”

  1. My guess for what Blake was trying to do: trying to find people who would be like “what? How can you turn me in? You’re Blake and you’re an outlaw hero.” Then he would admit that he’s still that guy and it was all a clever plan to try to find people who recognized him and worshipped him.

  2. Not a fantastic episode to end on, but better than most of what we’ve seen in series 3 and 4.

    What happened to the magical Time-Distort 25 photonic drive? Surely that should have been enough to get Scorpio out of a tight scrape with a pair of heavily-armed Roombas?

    Scorpio’s crash was OK at the time, but now looks as though filming was handed over to the local model railroad anoraks. However, the :sound: of Scorpio coming in while the crew stumble around in the forest is great!

    Speaking of sound, the five minutes of wailing klaxons at the very end does an excellent job of taking something which is visually fairly bland and making it genuinely ominous and oppressive. That sound makes my heart sink into my shoes every time.

    Even after all these years, Blake’s plan still doesn’t make any sense. When he tries to explain the bounty-hunter thing, I can’t help but think of Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles: “I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, …”

    Despite having seen this episode six or seven times over the years, I have a persistent false memory that Servalan waltzes in at the end to gloat and explain to Avon that he’s lost.

    Tarrant got everyone killed. Exactly what I always expected from Tarrant. Vila has a brilliant moment of con-artistry to get the gun, which almost saves the day, only to fall dead a moment later. Harsh. Slave gets a nice final moment, but cribs too much from Zen’s finale. Jenna’s story has some closure. Soolin gets some depth. Blake gives flashes of why he’s a leader and also shows us that time has moved on.

    The argument that the crew could have survived because the Federation troops used non-standard weapons appears undermined by there being a equal number of standard rifles in the mix. Vila appeared to cop it from a standard weapon. I still like to imagine that Avon survived.

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    Best episode: Star One.

    Worst Episode: Any random episode from Season 3 or 4. Oh … let’s pick Harvest of Kairos or Sarcophagus or Animals.

    Re-reading the episode synopses, there are quite a number of which sound exciting, even though I’ve recently watched them and was disappointed. I’d be quite happy to start watching series-1 again to maintain my fix. Having now re-watched the whole series with a critical eye has really driven home the idea that Blakes 7 is much much more than the sum of its parts.

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    It’s time to tell the tale of the greatest moment of cognitive dissonance in my life.

    It was a rainy Saturday afternoon. I was a spotty teen, at home, working on a project. I switched on the TV to provide some background noise and keep me company. My viewing choices are … sport … sport … sport … and “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River”, a 1968 Jerry Lewis comedy set in Swinging London.

    The TV burbles in the background whilst I become absorbed in my project … then … something niggles the back of my brain … a voice … I recognise that voice … it’s really familiar … who is it?

    I look up at the TV and my jaw falls open in astonishment as I stare goggle-eyed. On screen is a young Jacqueline Pearce. My brain seizes-up as I try to process the fact that Servalan – Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation – is in a Jerry Lewis movie!

    To this day, I still struggle with the concept. It’s as though this movie (also starring Terry-Thomas!) has leaked through from a parallel universe.

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