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Liberation - A Complete Guide to Blake's 7

Liberation - A Complete Guide to Blake's 7 [Kindle Edition]

Alan Stevens , Fiona Moore
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Including details and analysis of every episode, examination of key episodes from their genesis to the final version, featuring excerpts from the original drafts of scripts and interviews with people involved in the production, this book is the ideal companion for anyone interested in the show, or in the development of television science fiction during the late seventies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 941 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing; 4.0 edition (27 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read if you like Blake's 7 19 Feb 2012
By Dan P
This is a great read for Blake's 7 fans, consisting of a thorough coverage of the episodes and featuring in-depth analysis of each. There's some great trivia and interesting background to the making of all four series plus various follow-ups.

As the mixed nature of the (non Kindle) book reviews suggest, the literary criticism of the scripts is not to everyone's taste. Of course, any deep analysis of subtext can be given to cod psychology and pretension. And, yes, sometimes the authors are rather selective in the facts they base their analysis on - as subsequent viewing of the episodes reveals. They therefore leap to some rather exaggerated conclusions about character development, whereas more plausible explanations might simply be down to cheesy and hasty scriptwriting. In fact, if the scriptwriters were so clever as to build in all the layers of subtext and character development, why did they keep making all the elementary plot blunders that Liberation's authors so delight in pointing out?

However, don't let this put you off. I'm sure there's more than a little irony at work here, and it's all somehow fitting for a series that had pretensions way above its budget. This was a golden era of British TV sci-fi, with dodgy SFX and actors delivering technobabble as though they were on stage at the RSC. If you take the book's character analysis with a sense of humour, it's fun to read the retelling and explanation of the stories. Blake's 7 was an intelligent, groundbreaking series, and did indeed deal with sophisticated and grown-up themes. The authors are clearly fans, and do a good job of laying out its themes and setting them in context. Meanwhile, they don't hold back in teasing the show's shortcomings with affection and a wry sense of humour.

So if, like me, you're a fan of Blake's 7, this is a great book. It's inspired me to start working through the DVDs again and, as another viewer notes, it lends the characters a different light. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberation 12 Mar 2014
By Chris b
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A fantastic guide to a fantastic series. Recommended. The reviews of the episodes are in depth and insightful. I read it as I watched the series again and the book complemented the viewings very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Blake's 7 fan 30 Mar 2013
By Thomas - Published on
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When it comes to Blake's 7 I will puchase about anything. Sorry impulse buying here. Hope its a good read.
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