Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Blake's 7

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Transmitted:Jan 1978 - Dec 1981
Country of origin:UK
Genre:Space opera, Ensemble cast, underdogs
Starring:Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Sally Knyvette, Jan Chappell, David Jackson, Peter Tuddenham, Jacqueline Pearce, Stephen Greif, Brian Croucher
No. of seasons:4

The BBC's first (and only?) real attempt at a space opera, this was conceived on the back of the popularity of such things as Battlestar Galactica (original series) in the States on TV, as well as the universal popularity of Star Wars on the big screen.
Following the travails of a small group of escaped convicts, wanted by a totalitarian regime for trial and summary execution, this has real scope. Yes, the budget is small, and yes, the effects are ropey to say the least, but there is real ambition here.
The interplay between the main characters, particularly Avon and Blake to begin with, but building to include Blake and Travis as well as Travis and Servalan, is first rate.
There's complexity and real dynamics.
A quality show that suffers today due to the production standards, but if you can see through that you are in for a treat.

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