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Better than the first series,
This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 2 [DVD]  (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.