Blakes 7

158 – Blakes 7 Seek Locate Destroy

Blake meets his ultimate enemy.

Ben and Eugene discuss the advent of Blakes ultimate enemy in Seek-Locate-Destroy!

4 thoughts on “158 – Blakes 7 Seek Locate Destroy”

  1. Quark 2.0! I would agree it could be excused owing to low budget, if they hadn’t wasted all that cash on buying the sofas for The Chatinator…

    Despite the fact I agree with you that this is a very different show from episode 1 and the fact I really liked the bleak faceless corporation (and therefore this is a downgrade) I did find myself quite enjoying this one.

    Maybe it’s because the last few episodes have been so extraordinary awful. But it’s probably got quite a bit to do with how good Jaqueline Pearce was. And the fact that Blake et. al. are actually going up against the Federation again is reassuring. I thought maybe they’d forgotten all about it.

    I’m surprised Blakes 7 is considered grittier than Doctor Who. The first couple of episodes were… but I could easily have believed that any of the subsequent ones were made by the Children’s department if I didn’t know otherwise.

    1. I think it’s safe to say, without getting spoilery, that Blakes 7 was an experiment. The BBC Drama department didn’t know how to make a space opera, their sole source of institutional knowledge is from Doctor Who. The production techniques, FX and designs all draw heavily from the Doctor Who pool, and it clearly shows. Terry Nation had done quite a lot of Doctor Who and it’s just not surprising that you can’t tell the difference. I never really felt that it was obvious the DW was made by the children’s department.

      There’s a fine line between freedom fighter and terrorist. In fact, one could say “one’s man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist” and Blakes 7 will explore that as time goes by. It will always dip in and out of Whoish space opera stories throughout its run. The morality of Blake, Avon – even Vila – will evolve as time and circumstances force them to their destinies.

      One of the things I find quite interesting is that, in modern storytelling, hardly anyone is ever truly black and white evil. This allows that grey area where the “hero” isn’t necessary entirely “right” in his cause. Blake 7 explores that against a backdrop of a villain that really is just completely evil. Can a “good man” win against total evil?

    1. Star Wars and Blakes 7 are about the same age… back then, villains were more black and white. I didn’t notice Star Wars exploring any grey areas of morality, though.

      Give Blakes 7 some time.

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