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4.0 out of 5 stars A break of format, 24 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 3 (Blake's 7) (Audio CD)
For those of you who never read up on what the next release is about, you might be a little surprised that this 3 CD set (like the first two Liberator Chronicles) is all one story entitled The Armageddon Storm.

It is performed by Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating and Tom Chadbon. Tom had played the character Del Grant in the season 2 story Countdown. He was the brother of Avon's former love, Anna Grant. In the series 3 story Rumours of Death, Avon learns the truth of Anna Grant. The Armageddon Storm is set after these events. The Del Grant character is surprisingly welcome here, so much so that you have to reflect that he was only in one story and not part of the crew, but none-the-less a perfect character for the B7 world.

The television series evolved dramatically over the years, with changes in crew, production team and a heavy sway away from Terry Nation who wrote all of series 1. Is The Armageddon Storm a typical series 3 story? Well the answer is that there is not really a typical story in the first place. But what is very atypical here is that one story has become 180 minutes in length and therefore almost all comparisons go out the window. It also is marginally reminiscent of the television series Boomtown and plenty more, whereby the episode one timeline is repeated for episode two but from the experiences of different characters. This is actually fine. Episode one develops more into an Avon and Del story with episode two more for Cally and Vila; cleverly allowing both characters to develop traits that are seen briefly elsewhere in series 3. Any weakness in story development is that we know that most of episode three is a search and might seem a waste of a 60 minute audio, but it reveals plenty of good sci-fi ideas to round up the "story-arc" and has some nice character interactions and resolutions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blake's 7 is really back!!, 24 Nov 2013
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Sharon Woodward "DGTW1" (A land where the Laserdiscs roam free!) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 3 (Blake's 7) (Audio CD)
I am a huge fan of B7 and have been since I was a child in the late 70's. I came along at just the right time as I was watching BATMAN, Star Trek, Lost In Space, Thunderbirds, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Stingray, The Adventures Of SUPERMAN and films like The Day The Earth Stood Still, War Of The Worlds, Them, the Universal Classic Horrors and This Island Earth on the TV.

And Blake's 7. A stand out show that has inspired many shows after it, including the masterly BABYLON 5. B7 just grabbed me from the start and did not let go. It was a BBC show show so it had no brilliant special effects, but more than made up for ti in the story telling. Anyone that labelled it a 'cheap rip-off of Star Trek' in reviews clearly did not watch it. Robin Hood/The Dirty Dozen in space was far more accurate and engaging. Such was the strength of the series and original the story telling, that main characters died or left the centre of the show with no real loss to the programme. The after four years, it ended.

Now it has returned in audio play format, using members of the original cast. Now just for clarity, this is not the series of reboot, full audio dramatisations that have been made starring the likes of Colin Salmon, Carrie Dobro and Benedict Cumberbatch, these are one or two members of the original cast reading in a performance reading, but with sound FX and engaging dramatisation.

This third release is called The Armageddon Storm and comes in three parts, one per disc. This one is particularly good as it uses 4 original cast members across the three installments. They are Paul Darrow as Kerr Avon, Michael Keating as Vila Restal, Jan Chappell as Cally and Tom Chadbon as the returning character of Del Grant, from the original episode "Countdown"

I shall not give the story away so that it is all a great surprise, but there is some great interaction between Avon and Del about their past.

A great addition to the B7 universe.
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