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  • Actors: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fabulous Films
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CLQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two more adventures from the Terry Nation sci-fi series. In 'The Keeper', Blake tries to obtain the key to Star One from a tribal chief on the planet Goth. However, Travis has beaten him to it. 'Star One' sees Blake at last launch his attack on the Federation's headquarters, unaware that an alien fleet is poised to invade.

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One thing Blake's 7, the BBC's low budget space opera that ran for four series in the interstellar slipstream of Star Wars, could always be counted on to deliver were memorable cliff-hanging finales. Terminal was the 13th and last episode of the third series (1981-2), where Blake had been replaced by Tarrant (played by Steven Pacey) and Jenna by Dayna (Josette Simon). It was originally planned as the very last episode of all, going-out with a bang by destroying the heroes' starship, the Liberator--a device later used for the climaxes of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek: Generations. When a fourth season was unexpectedly commissioned it opened with Rescue, featuring the shock death of one major character and the first appearance of a new ship, the Scorpio. It also marked the debut of Glynis Barber's sexy new heroine, Soolin, the creation of Script Editor Chris Boucher, who had introduced the even more sexy and popular Leela (Louise Jameson) in Dr Who in the story "The Face of Evil". If the fourth season of Blake's 7 was ultimately to demonstrate a show spectacularly collapsing into self-parody, it certainly began in promisingly eventful fashion. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Roj Blake, a model citizen of the Federation, is approached by a rebel group who claim he was once their leader, before being captured and brain-washed. He is extremely skeptical until events rapidly escalate into the massacre of all the rebels and proof of corruption at the highest levels.
Captured and put through a show trial, he is put on a prison transport to the penal Colony of Cygnus Alpha.
In "Space Fall", Blake arranges a mutiny on board the transport, which nearly succeeds, but is overcome by Blake's idealism (he is not willing to sacrifice any of his new followers, even though they are convicts).
He and two of his followers gain a second chance when the transport encounters a seemingly abandoned ship of strange and advanced design. After several of the crew are lost trying to explore this (and claim it as salvage) they decide to use the prisoners, who manage to take control of this new ship and escape in it.
OK, so the models, sets and special effects are poor by todays standards (although the use of real industrial sites with cosmetic alterations is better than the contemparies of Doctor Who and the original Star Trek series), the costumes are painfully 70s style, some of the science was rather shaky even 30 years ago, and the continuity is dodgy (how come Blake is restrained in his seat, but manages to swap with the bloke behind him between episodes?).
What holds Blake's Seven together is the characters and the plots: within minutes you stop sneering at the shortcomings of the production (although they remain amusing) and are caught up in the story.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Few television series have been quite so sorely missed as Blake's 7. These are the final two episodes of the BBC's Sci-Fi series which gripped the nation from 1978 until 1981. Conceived as a 'Robin Hood in space', what the show lacked in big budget special effects it more than made up for tense, character-driven drama and gritty plotlines which left plenty of loose-ends for our heroes to get entangled in. Take 'Warlord' for example: When curly-haired heart-throb Tarrant falls for the orange-mulleted Zeeona, daughter of the Warlord Zukan, you just know that this story isn't going to have a happy ending.
But these events are eclipsed by the final episode 'Blake'. Just as at the end of series three, Avon believes he has found the missing Blake and takes the crew to lawless planet of Gauda Prime to seek him out, but of course, once again, nothing is quite as it seems. The intriguing thing about this episode is that it was written on the assumption that the BBC would comission another series, so it is difficult to take this epsiode's dramatic developments and spectacular finale at face value. There are as many theories about what was really going on in this final episode as there are Blake's 7 fans, and that's no small number. This enduring mystery is surely one of the main reasons that this remarkable series continues to be so appealing 20 years on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Summersgill on 15 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The final season of Blake's 7 has been on the sharp end of a lot of criticism over the years - some people even claimed that Paul Darrow (Avon) had started hamming it up - but this tape contains arguably his best performance ever. The episode is "Orbit" - but will Avon will do ANYTHING to survive...even if it means killing his compariot - Vila?
Having been double-crossed in a complex deal to exchange the computer Orac for a secret weapon of unimaginable power, Avon and Vila find themselves trapped aboard a sabotaged shuttlecraft that they soon realise is incapable of achieving orbit. The shuttle is too heavy - and there is not enough fuel. In desperation, they begin stripping away components - but the information they have indicates that they are still 70 kilos overweight. After an impassioned plea by Avon "what weighs 70 kilos!?" - Orac informs him that Vila, weighs 73...
The other episode on this tape is "Gold" - featuring a rather jolly Roy Kinnear as chief purser of a vessel carrying rather a lot of the stuff - and the crew of Scorpio decide to play pirate and acquire the loot for themselves. Purely in the interests of annoying the Federation, of course!
Two excellent episodes - buy this tape.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P S EAST on 26 Oct. 2003
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Dodgy sets, ham acting, costumes that look like "Dr Who" cast offs. Its all true. However, this was still the best Sci Fi the BBC ever made.
Why ? In a word, the characters. Over the four series they progress from carboard cut outs through to people who's background and motivations you actually start to care about. Even 20 years years after the final season ended, Blakes 7 still has conventions, and theres a thriving trade in memorabillia.
The basic plot is simple. Set in an Orwellian future, the oppressive Federation controls its citizens on many worlds with a mixture of drugs and brute force. Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas) is a resistance leader who by a stroke of luck gets his hands on an Alien spacecraft far more powerful than anything the federation has to offer. He and his band of other fugitives race around the Galaxy trying to damage the Federation any way they can.
Whilst some episodes are one-offs, many of them interweave into the main storyline, which develops over 4 series.
Delights are too many to mention. The wonderfully camp but incompetent villain Travis, all black leather and eye patch. The superbly cunning Federation Supreme Commander Servalan (a dominant female figure at a time when other series heroines were mostly confined to screaming and being rescued), Glynis Barber running around in a silver jumpsuit (in series 4), and of course the role-model of choice for a generation of teenage boys in 1978 (myself included), Kerr Avon (Paul Darrow).
Would it be an exageration to say that Avons influence was seen in the 1980s as a whole generation turned their back on flares and idealism, and went into the City to make money any way they could ? Well, probably. That notwithstanding, Avon is by far the most interesting and well developed character in the whole series.
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