Series Blakes Seven Discussion

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08:42:34 AM Apr 10th 2015
Partly rewrote the description (which dates to before 2011, so I imagine this won't be a problem). Firstly, because it was too long, essentially just a synopsis of the series; and secondly because holy shit spoilers. Ironically the only major fatality that isn't spoiled is the finale. Original here:

At the end of the first series, the Seven beat Servalan to find the supercomputer Orac (originally presented as a Weapon of Mass Destruction but downgraded when it was kept on), which was capable of finding information on almost anything but was also programmed with the personality of its creator, an irascible old man.

The second series saw Blake determined to strike at the heart of the Federation by destroying its central computer — the series had a Story Arc, but often the quest for information about Star One was little more than a MacGuffin. During the quest, Gan was killed and Travis went mad, eventually betraying humanity and allowing the alien Andromedans to attack. The Seven were forced to fight alongside the Federation to stop the invasion. Liberator was heavily damaged in the battle, forcing the crew to abandon ship, meaning some of them were lost (a useful device for the writers to explain away the departure of characters between series).

Despite Gareth Thomas, who played Blake, leaving at the end of the second series, the series retained its title, with Avon now becoming leader of the Seven. Blake was replaced by Del Tarrant (Tarrant), a former Federation officer who'd deserted. Jenna had also gone, being replaced by weapons expert Dayna Mellanby (Dayna). At the end of the season, they appeared to have found Blake again, but had been tricked. Liberator was destroyed and the crew were abandoned on planet Terminal.

This was supposed to be the end of the series (and, indeed, was the last episode written by Nation), but a year later, the BBC brought it back, though without the active involvement of Nation. The crew now had a new ship called the Scorpio and the deceased Cally was replaced by female assassin Soolin.

It's nice reading, but it gives away almost every major twist in the series. For the sake of new viewers (yes, they do exist, stop looking at me like that) I have shortened and envaguened? vagueified? revagued? the whole thing.
08:45:02 AM Apr 7th 2015
Hey all, I made a page for the audios. Two quick questions before I launch the thing:

  1. AudioPlay.Blakes Seven Audio or AudioPlay.Blakes Seven? The first gets its own YMMV, Trivia etc., but it's clunky; the second benefits from the exposure of being listed with Series.Blakes Seven, but it'd have to share subpages or be split. (I lean towards the latter. I know it's a ridiculously small thing, but I worry about stuff like this.)

  2. I'm only up to Vol. 1 of the Liberator Chronicles and am three episodes into the series, so parts of the description may be inaccurate or out of date. Especially looking for backup from anyone who's listened to the Rebellion Reborn 2007 plays. (I've not listened to The Sevenfold Crown either, though I suppose I shall have to at some point. For research. Yes.)

  3. EXAMPLES! As I said, I've a long way go before I catch up, though I'm flinging money at BF as fast as I can.
11:29:07 AM Apr 7th 2015
I would use AudioPlay.Blakes Seven, there.
01:17:41 PM Apr 7th 2015
edited by LongLiveHumour
A'right. Here we go, then :)
02:58:07 AM Feb 26th 2013
The following entry has been moved here since the Natter (if true) makes it clear that it isn't a valid example.

  • Absent Aliens - Whilst there are forms of life that do not originate from Earth, the show is ambiguous about whether all sentient forms of life originally came from there.
    • Not exactly, we encounter a few ambiguously alien species (including Aurons - aka Cally's people who look exactly like humans) and one unambiguously alien species in the Andromedeans (who look nothing like humans). Then there are whoever is living in the Darkling Zone who hates humanity (whoever set off the "B" plot in the story Killer). "Dawn of the Gods" also features a number of aliens (and, surprisingly for Blake's 7, no reuse of costumes from Doctor Who). And the Ultra. And Zil. And the Host. And a whole bunch of others explicitly stated to be aliens.
    Vila: Everyone came from Earth originally. That's a well-known fact.
    Soolin: It's a well-known opinion, actually.
    Tarrant: Most well known facts are.
    • There are a lot of clues that Cally's people, the Aurons, were a lost isolated human colony and only call themselves aliens— maybe to distance them from the Federation.
12:02:56 PM Sep 21st 2011
Biggest downer ending? Isn't that Space Runaway Ideon?
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