I looked for a thread for this, but none appeared, so here I am starting one for what is one of my top two sci-fi shows of all time.
Ok, so the effects weren't that good, sometimes. But the characters were dark and complex, and the writing bordered on brilliant, Tanith Lee's two scripts, for example. Sarcophagus stayed with me for years. (that's right. B& was the first to use the idea of a consciousness that jumped from body to body and could be revived with a sarcophagus). The characters weren't clear good or evil. There was a classic moment where Blake had to persuade a former king to return to power...but the man was only interested in staying safe, surrounded by his possessions. he was a nice old man. Blake tried to talk him round. When the king refused...Blake started to smash his precious possessions, one by one. The king was heart broken. It was a chilling moment. Blake, after all, was our hero.
Avon was the one everyone remembers. Dark, brooding, mysterious, brilliant. But my favourite was Cally. Equally as mysterious. An alien with bizarre powers, but also a fighter and a warrior. And the only person who seemed able to reach Avon, to get closer to him. (Yep, there was my very first ship).
Years later, after i had watched that devastating final episode (and if you haven't seen it, ....it's a brilliant way to end such a dark series. And people have argued for years about who's shots you can hear over the closing credits), i forgot most of it for years. It stayed in my memory only as a childhood obsession.
But...then it was repeated on UK Gold..and it struck me...it really was brilliant. And this became the first series I bought all the videos for. It became the first I wrote fanfic, and the first I researched online.
If you've never seen it..well, I recommend three from the three series. Rumours of Death, Children of Auron and Sarchophagus. Brilliant writing. Complex characterisation. Dark and morally ambigous plots. Well worth a look.
So tell me..did you watch this? What was your favourite season? Your favourite character? Do you think Avon would have killed Vila in Gold? Were Avon and Cally a 'ship (it was obvious Blake and Jenna were). Who died at the end?