Customer Review

34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first series, 21 July 2004
This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 2 [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
Series two of Blakes Seven arguably topped the first season, becoming even grittier and shocking than the earlier stories. Most shocking at the time was the death of Liberator crew member Gan in the episode "Pressure point". Rarely before did a programme kill off a regular character in such an unexpected fashion. This episode could have been the starting point for the Blakes Seven legend. It would prove to be a groundbreaking move as many more stars of the show would be killed off (even Blake himself!) in future episodes. Every episode is a grim tale of double crosses, disappointment and uneasy alliances, and that`s just the "heroes" of the show!
It is debatable if the overall stories are as cohesive as the first series, as Blakes Seven creator Terry Nation wrote all of series one himself while outside writers (including distinguished Doctor Who ex-script editor Robert Holmes and Blakes Seven script editor Chris Boucher) contributed to series two. The first episode begins where the last ended with Orac`s prediction of the Liberator`s destruction. A thread (albiet non-continuous) developes in "Pressure point" where Blake starts his quest to find "Star one", the secret computer headquarters of the Federation. The rebels go through the rest of the series, continuing their search on-and-off until they reach their destination in the final episode "Star one", which culminates in a space battle with the alien Andromedans and an excellent cliffhanger for series three.
Overall series two is highly enjoyable, looking slighty more expensive than the first and the development of the Orac character, the hunt for "Star one" and the continual decent of Blake into a fanatical rebel, instead of series one`s idealist freedom fighter, all make for good drama with some sparkling scripts. Brian Croucher`s portrayal of Travis is unfortunately dwarfed by Stephen Grief`s definitive characterization from the first series, but all the other regulars effortlessly recreate their original characters. Roll on series three and four.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.7 out of 5 stars (43 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (34)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£49.99 £18.00
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Stevenston, Ayrshire

Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,836