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    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?

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    You're right about Sarcophagus. Terminal was another brilliant one, with one of my strongest memories of TV from my childhood as Zen gets covered in green goo

    I think Avon *would* have killed Villa. Whether he'd stay sane (or relatively sane) afterwards is another matter. I didn't really notice any 'ship's I'm afraid. I liked Avon best when I was little. I first rewatched it in my teens, and liked Tarrant best. How very inexplicable

    As for the end... well I think they all died. But I'm not sure I ought to say that in case any B7 fanfic afficionados are in the vicinity

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    wow, that was a fast answer. yes, avon's insanity or lack of it has always been a fervent fan quesiton. myself, i thought he was trembling on the brink, and went over the edge when cally died (i think she kept him in check)..and was totally bonkers at the end. i also think they all died..and hey, i'm a B7 fanfic writer myself. but a shippy one. it's not obvious ship...a cheek touch, some glances, one kiss....but you know me, i love my ship, and take it whereever i can find it.

    there's rumours it's coming back, but i haven't heard much since the initial announcement

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    I've not seen the series for about 10 years so I don't really remember details, but I thought it was great back then.
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    I don't think they all died at the end.

    That's one of the best ending scenes and it has really stuck to me even though it's been well over 10 years since I've seen that ep.

    Blake back but killed, the rest of the crew dead or near death, only Avon left as the troops close in....fade to black....one single shot...did they kill him?

    BTW....back in 02 or 03 i read a story that Paul Darrow had bought the rights and was gonna revive the series on BBC. Did this really come to pass?
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    well, there was a rumour he had..Avon was going to used as a figurehead for a new bunch of younger rebels, but I haven't heard any more. News of B7 has kind of been overshadowed over here by news of the new Doctor Who.

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    Yeah the official site has some info about the new mini-series.

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    yah....i'm hoping BBCA or PBS pick up the new Who next year.....really looking forward to it.
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    SciFi Channel is in talks with the BBC over Dr. Who.. No one saying if its the old season or the new.
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    I met Paul Darrow yesterday. Mr W and I were looking at a dealers' stall at Collectormania, the chap next to us made a comment about the stuff we were looking at and I turned to see and it was AVON! I couldn't think of anything sensible to say, so I just blurted out that I'd seen him as Macbeth once at the Bristol Hippodrome. He said that that had been a difficult play to do cos the actor playing Macduff was pretty limp with a sword, and kept accidentally losing the fight at the end.

    Okay, not really very Blakes 7-ey, but it made me smile.

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    Never seen this series, but after reading about it have become increasingly interested, where can you watch it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by destinymaker View Post
    Never seen this series, but after reading about it have become increasingly interested, where can you watch it?
    youtube have at least the first episode.

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    Agreed!

    I'd green you both but I've run out of greens

    Blakes 7 is my all time first sci fi love. This is where all the darker, grimmer sci fi began.

    Lots of the episodes are on You Tube starting here.

    Horizon - the Blakes 7 forum is here

    Synopses of episodes, fan fic etc is here

    And there is a Live Journal community here where we have just started a re-watch. And there are links to other B7 LJ stuff there as well.

    As you can see, I'm a bit obsessed.

    Unfortunately not many people on this forum seem to have heard of Blakes 7, let alone want to watch it.

    Just something to bear in mind - Blakes 7 had absolutely no budget for special effects & so what there are look pretty abysmal, but if you can get past that and concentrate on the characters and the stories, then you are in for a real treat.

    Best of luck!

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    Blake's 7 - New Big Finish Audiobooks and Novels in 2012

    http://bigf.eu/news/Blakes-7-New-Aud...ovels-in-2012-

    Blake’s 7 is something our listeners have been asking us to produce for ages, so I'm so pleased that we're finally delivering!'”

    Andrew Mark Sewell, managing director of B7 Enterprises says: “We’ve long been an admirer of the audio dramas produced by Big Finish and are delighted that they will be lending their considerable talents to recapturing the spirit of the classic Blake’s 7 series with a series of new novels and audio plays. Even though thirty years has passed since the original television series ended, we’re sure that these new novels and audio stories will recapture the magic of Terry Nation’s original creation and reignite people’s passion for this seminal show.”

    The audio series will be produced by David Richardson, while Xanna Eve Chown is books editor.

    “I have two loves in science fiction,” says David, “and they are Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. And now I get to produce both on audio! I couldn’t be happier.”

    “The Liberator Chronicles will be a series of exciting, character-driven tales that remain true to the original TV series. We’re aiming for authenticity – recreating the wonder of 1978 all over again!”

    Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles launches in February 2012 and is available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.

    Blake’s 7: The Novels launch in May 2012 and are available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.

    A year-long subscription offer to the Blake's 7 range is also available.


    I'm really excited about this. I guess I may be the only person on this forum who is!

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    What happened to the proposed mini series of blake 7? i thought there was one coming like last year or something doesnt paul darrow own the franchise now?
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    No, this Andrew Mark Sewell guy owns it now. He & Paul Darrow were in talks about a contunuation of the series but that all came to nothing when they had a big falling out. Paul Darrow wanted to go the way that Terry Nation had envisaged but this Sewel chap didn't agree.

    Then Sky expressed an interest and commissioned some scripts but that all came to nothing as well.

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    I would *love* to see a Blake's 7 revival, in any form. I watched it when it was brand new TV way back when, it was the first show my parents and I bonded over. I still rewatch occasionally.

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    I could never get into it when it was airing on UKTV.

    But I would not mind seeing a revival the story had potential. Unfortuantly only thin SKY ever seem to do is commission scripts, it seems they never get around to actually producing anything.

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    I binged through this a year or two ago myself and it was a fantastic series. If there's one series I'd like to see freshed up and remade it would be this one..

    Some fantastic characters for sure. Avon, Blake and Servalan were mine.

    Loved the episode where they thought they were attacking the super secret federation super weapon only for it to turn out to be an empty room Servalan put there specifically as a deliberate honey pot trap.

    The only thing that held the series back was the budget and wonky effects. It's one of the major reasons why I think it could be such an epic remake so long as the soul of the original was preserved while the modern effects were added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blencathra View Post
    No, this Andrew Mark Sewell guy owns it now. He & Paul Darrow were in talks about a contunuation of the series but that all came to nothing when they had a big falling out. Paul Darrow wanted to go the way that Terry Nation had envisaged but this Sewel chap didn't agree.

    Then Sky expressed an interest and commissioned some scripts but that all came to nothing as well.
    That kinda sucks oh well, hey maybe we will get a reboot in a couple of years
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