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The Most Underrated Television Show Of All Time,
This review is from: Blake's 7: The Complete Collection (Exclusive To Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] (DVD)
Of all the tv shows i've ever seen, Blake's 7 absolutely undoubtedly would be in my top 3. So why haven't so many people even heard of it? And how come alot of people who did see bits of it originally think today in hindsight that it was just rubbish?
Well Blake's 7 has a sad reputation of being a "geeky sci-fi" and full of wobbly cardboard sets which look ridiculous. I've so far found that the people that think this have never actually seen it themselves or only caught glimpses of it 30 years ago. The fact is, is that Blake's 7 isn't really a sci-fi; if you say sci-fi is what star trek or babylon is. Blake's 7 deals with morality, friendship, betrayal, love, vengeance, pride, death, regret and all of the biggest, greatest themes you could imagine. It is primarily about people.
I had heard frequently the claim aboout Blake's 7 being full of poor production values and terrible sets, much like some people attribute to certain Doctor Who episodes (featuring the same corridor over and over). But i was wildly suprised by the reality of the matter! The sets in Blake's 7 are huge, complicated, and extremely interesting; because the series features so much planet or spaceship hopping it is essential each location is entirely unique in the series - which is extremely refreshing.
However it must be noted that, like Doctor Who, Blake's 7 DOES feature alot of disused quarries; but these tend to become less frequent as the series get's deeper.
Blake's 7 logo is a sort of reverses startrek one, and this is incredibly true to the series. Whereas Star Trek is episodic, fairly light, good vs evil- Blake's 7 is the reverse.
It's one long story with very little time missing between each individual espisode. It's a seriously dark series, full of metaphor, anguish, character arcs, continuity, hidden pasts, multi dimensional characters,noone is ever completely good, and the possibility of it actually happening some day.
The situation of the series is that some time in the future, Earth is run by the Federation - a totally authoritve totalitarian government; who also control most of the galaxy - employing any and all methods necessary to keep it that way.It starts with Blake, an idealistic man who once long ago tried to lead a rebellion is (probably) framed with numerous child amolestation charges, and sentenced to a prison planet; he and a few escape the ship and from that point on they spend the rest of the series promoting their cause, finding new people to join them, running from the federation and simultaneosly attempting to destroy it.
However it soon becomes apparent that every crew member has their own motives...
Among people who have seen and loved Blake's 7 it is loved for it's incredibly well written dialogue, extremely well acted, brilliant on-going characterisation and interesting storylines. I personally hate the sci-fi genre, i often find it pretentious, dull and shallow; but Blake's 7 will always stand among my favourite television shows with the likes of I Claudius and Twin Peaks, it's unlike anything you'll have ever seen; the only disappointment i had with it was that theres only 52 episodes, but the ending (widely considered the greatest finale to a television series ever) more than makes up for the lack of more episodes!
A definite MUST BUY! 10/10
(as for the dvd itself, the special features sadly aren't particularly extensive, however their is an interesting interview with Paul Darrow, and i'm not sure what the previous reviewer was talking about, the picture quality has definately been improved and i would even say it was faultless)
(Also i apologise for the rambling and cryptic nature of this review! I just loved it so much; and yet at the same time don't want to spoil any of the story for you; trust me if you haven't seen it before, it's worth buying for that alone!)