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This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
Blake's 7 has to be one of the best science fiction TV series produced in any country. It was created to be the anti-Star Trek, with Trek's idyllic Federation mutated into an oppressive dictatorship. Even the famous delta logo has been inverted in this dark version of the future.
Series 1 has an odd start, as we are introduced to ex-resistance fighter Roj Blake (the unusual names are a delight in this series), who has had his mind wiped and turned into the model citizen. Having been pulled back into the resistance, and caught again, the series begins to change tone as Blake meets Jenna Stanis (a smuggler), Olag Gan (a murderer), Vila Restel (a thief), and Kerr Avon (who tried to de-fraud the banking system).
Finding themselves in control of a powerful alien spacecraft (I won't go into how - see for yourselves!) called the Liberator, the new crew set off to strike back at the Federation. With the additions of Cally, and computer Orac in later episodes, the crew is complete - Blake's 7.
What sets this series apart is not so much the storylines (which aren't the most inspired ever), but some wonderful scripting (particularly for cynical Avon and cowardly Vila), interplay between the main characters, and a willingness to remain true to its dark character. The heroes don't always win, and in the end, we realise they can't ever defeat the evil Federation.
The only trouble is, when you've got this, you'll need to set course for Series 2, standard by ten...