History Series / BlakesSeven

19th Feb '18 7:12:43 PM darkchiefy
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* GreekLetterRanks: The Federation's social classes are "alphas", "betas", "gammas", and "epsilons".
19th Feb '18 9:26:16 AM RedScharlach
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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Just because they're rebels doesn't stop the crew of the Liberator checking things out from sheer boredom or curiosity, usually [[OnlySaneMan against the advice of Avon]]. In "Sacrophagus" they investigate a mysterious alien craft whose inhabitant nearly takes over the ship, [[AesopAmnesia only to have the exact same thing happen in the next episode!]] Then Avon becomes captain and starts acting much the same way (see "The Harvest of Kairos").

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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Just because they're rebels doesn't stop the crew of the Liberator checking things out from sheer boredom or curiosity, usually [[OnlySaneMan against the advice of Avon]]. Then Avon becomes captain and starts acting much the same way (see "The Harvest of Kairos"). In "Sacrophagus" "Sarcophagus" they investigate a mysterious alien craft whose inhabitant nearly takes over the ship, [[AesopAmnesia only to have the exact same thing happen in the next episode!]] Then Avon becomes captain and starts acting much the same way (see "The Harvest of Kairos").



** The episode "Games" has the MacGuffin protected by lethal {{Booby Trap}}s which include a flight simulator and a QuickDraw game that killed the players if they didn't win. Fortunately [[AcePilot Tarrant]] and [[TheGunslinger Soolin]] [[PlotTailoredToTheParty just happen to be]] on the BoardingParty.

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** The episode "Games" has the MacGuffin protected by lethal {{Booby Trap}}s which include a flight simulator and a QuickDraw game that killed kills the players if they didn't don't win. Fortunately [[AcePilot Tarrant]] and [[TheGunslinger Soolin]] [[PlotTailoredToTheParty just happen to be]] on the BoardingParty.



* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Xenon Base, used by the crew of Scorpia.

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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Xenon Base, used by the crew of Scorpia.''Scorpio''.



** The Federation has the ability to make RidiculouslyHumanRobots, but they are only used for a couple of {{Evil Plan}}s. We see no sign of a general use [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data-style android]] despite (or more likely because) RobotsAreJustBetter. The episode "Headhunter" implies that such androids would depose humanity, so presumably the Federation has similar concerns.

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** The Federation has the ability to make RidiculouslyHumanRobots, but they are only used for a couple of {{Evil Plan}}s. We see no sign of a general use [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data-style android]] despite (or more likely because) RobotsAreJustBetter. The episode "Headhunter" implies that such androids would could depose humanity, so presumably the Federation has similar concerns.



** In "Bounty", a former planetary ruler has decorated his BigFancyHouse with artifacts from Earth's 20th Century, including a gas mask, cutlery, and clothes irons displayed in glass cabinets like {{Priceless Ming Vase}}s. He thinks this era was a [[NostalgiaFilter more civilized age]] and proudly shows off his authentic twentieth-century residence (actually a [[FutureImperfect 19th century folly]]).

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** In "Bounty", a former planetary ruler has decorated his BigFancyHouse with artifacts from Earth's 20th Century, century, including a gas mask, cutlery, and clothes irons displayed in glass cabinets like {{Priceless Ming Vase}}s. He thinks this era was a [[NostalgiaFilter more civilized age]] and proudly shows off his authentic twentieth-century 20th-century residence (actually a [[FutureImperfect 19th century 19th-century folly]]).



* FriendlyEnemy: Avon and Vila have this sort of relationship. On a personal level, they despise one another. On a professional level, they have tremendous respect for each others skills (Avon as a computer expert, Vila as a master thief).

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* FriendlyEnemy: Avon and Vila have this sort of relationship. On a personal level, they despise one another. On a professional level, they have tremendous respect for each others other's skills (Avon as a computer expert, Vila as a master thief).



* HellBentForLeather: Worn by both heroes and villains, notably Avon and Travis. An S&M shop made the outfits as they had the most experience in working with leather (there's a cute anecdote about the shopworkers frantically hiding the porn and the nipple clamps when Michael Keating (Vila) turned up for a fitting with his little daughter in tow).

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* HellBentForLeather: Worn by both heroes and villains, notably Avon and Travis. An S&M shop made the outfits as they had the most experience in working with leather (there's leather: there's a cute anecdote about the shopworkers frantically hiding the porn and the nipple clamps when Michael Keating (Vila) turned up for a fitting with his little daughter in tow).tow.



* SleazyPolitician abound, as this is a CrapsackWorld. Servalan is the most prominent example.
* SpaceClothes: A classic example; pulpy and elaborate, with lots of weird Elizabethan touches.

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* SleazyPolitician abound, SleazyPolitician: In abundance, as this is a CrapsackWorld. Servalan is the most prominent example.
* SpaceClothes: A classic example; pulpy and elaborate, with lots of metallic fabrics and weird Elizabethan touches.
19th Feb '18 7:41:42 AM RedScharlach
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* FasterThanLightTravel; Time-Distort and Hyperdrives (which may or may not be the same thing) are used by the Federation; the ''Liberator'' uses a different, more exotic propulsion. In Season C, ''Scorpio'' is fitted with super-fast experimental Photonic Drive. All of these propulsion methods are limited to travel within the Milky Way Galaxy. The alien invaders from Andromeda, however, have an unspecified "intergalactic drive."

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* FasterThanLightTravel; Time-Distort and Hyperdrives (which may or may not be the same thing) are used by the Federation; the ''Liberator'' uses a different, more exotic propulsion. In Season C, D, ''Scorpio'' is fitted with super-fast experimental Photonic Drive. All of these propulsion methods are limited to travel within the Milky Way Galaxy. The alien invaders from Andromeda, however, have an unspecified "intergalactic drive."



* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: The cult on Cygnus Alpha's fake medicine, plus the various tricks pulled by TheGovernment back on Earth to keep people in line, from fake memories to tranquilizers in the water or food. The Federation also turns out to have a hand in the production of Shadow, a dangerous narcotic. In Season C, the Federation develops a pacifying drug that enables them to quickly reconquer the empire they just lost, and there's a story arc involving the attempt to develop a countermeasure.

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* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: The cult on Cygnus Alpha's fake medicine, plus the various tricks pulled by TheGovernment back on Earth to keep people in line, from fake memories to tranquilizers in the water or food. The Federation also turns out to have a hand in the production of Shadow, a dangerous narcotic. In Season C, D, the Federation develops a pacifying drug that enables them to quickly reconquer the empire they just lost, and there's a story arc involving the attempt to develop a countermeasure.



* LimitedWardrobe: In Season C, when they're in reduced circumstances, the cast wears the same clothes episode after episode; it's not a perfect example, because they do change once or twice, but it's pretty striking after three seasons of lavishly UnlimitedWardrobe.

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* LimitedWardrobe: In Season C, D, when they're in reduced circumstances, the cast wears the same clothes episode after episode; it's not a perfect example, because they do change once or twice, but it's pretty striking after three seasons of lavishly UnlimitedWardrobe.
17th Feb '18 2:14:39 AM JackG
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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The stage is set in the first episode when Blake is warned that forged documents have been left in his room that implicate him, in case he's thinking of denouncing the dissident meeting to the authorities. By the end of Season B, the previously idealistic Blake is willing to create mass destruction by destroying the MasterComputer that controls the Federation, throwing thousands of worlds into famine and chaos.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The [[EstablishingSeriesMoment stage is set in the first episode episode]] when Blake is warned that forged documents have been left in his room that implicate him, in case he's thinking of denouncing the dissident meeting to the authorities. By the end of Season B, the previously idealistic Blake is willing to create mass destruction by destroying the MasterComputer that controls the Federation, throwing thousands of worlds into famine and chaos.
10th Feb '18 9:20:56 PM JackG
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10th Feb '18 9:17:09 PM JackG
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* KangarooCourt: Blake's trial is decided ahead of time, since he was framed. However, he didn't help his case by refusing to even offer a defense, [[NonSequitur because he was innocent]].

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* KangarooCourt: KangarooCourt:
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Blake's trial is decided ahead of time, since he was framed. However, he didn't help his case by refusing to even offer a defense, [[NonSequitur because he was innocent]].
** Servalan decides to remove Travis [[YouKnowTooMuch so he can't be a witness against her]], so she stacks the deck at his court-martial by selecting a HangingJudge so he will be sure to get the death penalty. In this case however Travis really is guilty of what he's accused of.
6th Feb '18 4:35:42 AM JackG
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* TheSyndicate: The Terra Nostra ([[TheMafia Cosa Nostra]] InSpace) whose main revenue is the illegal drug Shadow. [[spoiler:TheReveal is that the drug is being harvested on a planet controlled by the President of the Federation, and Terra Nostra is just another means of controlling the populace, this time via its criminal underbelly.]]

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* TheSyndicate: The Terra Nostra ([[TheMafia Cosa Nostra]] InSpace) whose main revenue is the illegal drug Shadow. Our anti-heroes attempt (unsuccessfully) to [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilised buy their help in their struggle]] against the Terran Federation. [[spoiler:TheReveal is that the drug Shadow is being harvested on a planet directly controlled by the President of the Federation, and Terra Nostra is just another means of controlling the populace, this time via its criminal underbelly.]]
3rd Feb '18 9:03:12 AM RedScharlach
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* CanonWelding - Creator/ChrisBoucher's spin-off works have suggested that the show takes place in the same time period and spatial area as his popular ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots Of Death]]". It could have happened earlier and with a much higher profile, as Creator/TomBaker and some of the actors from ''Blake's'' wanted to do a crossover story, and Terry Nation originally wanted [[spoiler: the alien invasion at the end of S2 to be the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho'']]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Which would have been]] ''awesome''.

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* CanonWelding - Creator/ChrisBoucher's spin-off works have suggested that the show takes place in the same time period and spatial area as his popular ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots Of Death]]". It could have happened earlier and with a much higher profile, as Creator/TomBaker and some of the actors from ''Blake's'' wanted to do a crossover story, and Terry Nation originally wanted [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the alien invasion at the end of S2 to be the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho'']]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Which would have been]] ''awesome''.



* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: Although not a contemporary example, the Liberator works the same way. Its technology is so far in advance of anything the Federation has that capturing the Liberator (and later Orac) is often regarded as more important that killing Blake and his rebels.

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* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: Although not a contemporary example, the Liberator works the same way. Its technology is so far in advance of anything the Federation has that capturing the Liberator (and later Orac) is often regarded as more important that than killing Blake and his rebels.



* MarriedToTheJob: Servalan, who states that "power became [her] lover" when her boyfriend left her. It has to be said that the rebel's work-life balance is also terrible.

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* MarriedToTheJob: Servalan, who states that "power became [her] lover" when her boyfriend left her. It has to be said that the rebel's rebels' work-life balance is also terrible.



** In "Duel", Travis exhalts that the other Federation patrols have pushed the Liberator into this galaxy. One assumes he meant solar system.

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** In "Duel", Travis exhalts explains that the other Federation patrols have pushed the Liberator into this galaxy. One assumes he meant solar system.



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: If there is an occasion that the crew of the Liberator do something together without [[WorldOfSnark snarking at each other]], we are never show it. On the other hand, they do quite genuinely look out for each other, though Avon likes to pretend he doesn't.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: If there is an occasion that the crew of the Liberator do something together without [[WorldOfSnark snarking at each other]], we are never show shown it. On the other hand, they do quite genuinely look out for each other, though Avon likes to pretend he doesn't.
27th Jan '18 7:14:33 PM JackG
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* MineralMacGuffin: TheCaper episodes usually involved stealing a stash of GreenRocks.

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* MineralMacGuffin: TheCaper episodes usually involved stealing a stash of GreenRocks.valuable [[GreenRocks colored crystals]].
25th Jan '18 7:31:17 PM JackG
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: The series opens with a [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou panning security camera]] and CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker, while drugged and docile citizens walk zombielike through white-painted corridors to the [[MoodDissonance cheerful sound of muzak]]. Roj Blake lives a sheltered life, living in a DomedCity as an Alpha Grade before he's forcibly dragged back into his past.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: The series opens with a [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou panning security camera]] and CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker, while [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement drugged and docile citizens citizens]] walk zombielike through [[LightIsNotGood white-painted corridors corridors]] to the [[MoodDissonance cheerful sound of muzak]]. Roj Blake lives a sheltered life, living existence in a DomedCity as an Alpha Grade Grade, before he's forcibly dragged back into his past.
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