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Time for revaluation,
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This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 1 [DVD]  (DVD)It's a cliché of TV's endlessly recycled "I remember 1978" and similar anti-nostalgia shows that Blake's 7 was a typically British cheap production that doesn't stand the test of time.
But a generation after the original release, it's time for a revaluation. Far from being an embarrassment, Blake's 7 is a jewel, embodying the very best of British production values from the golden age of the BBC's output.
I'm watching episode 6: "Seek-Locate-Destroy" as I write this review.
What about the famous shortcomings - the special effects and use of quarries and powerstations to represent alien landscapes? In retrospect, these are nowhere near as bad as they seemed to be seen through the eyes of the 80s and 90s. To be fair, the opening credits are very weak by modern standards. In other episodes some of the space voyages use the same graphic technology, which is disappointing. On the other hand, the more usual 'white spacecraft against a black background' is very powerful indeed. The powerstations and quarries - unless you are watching for them - are a strength rather than a weakness, conjuring up the grimly totalitarian society of the Federation.
The rather sneering attitude to Blake's 7 - including Amazon's own review, which describes the series as 'dated' - says more about shifts in fashion than about the quality of the production. Blake's 7 was a late 70's, early 80's show. In the 90's, it was customary to look on that entire period as being a low point (except for punk). But we now look back on the 90's in rather the same way.
Taking everything together, of all the SF series that I have seen, including American greats Babylon 5 and Star Trek (original, TNG, Voyager, Enterprise and DS9), it is Blake's 7 which best stands the best of time for me, and which seems as fresh and original as it did when I first saw it back in 1978.
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As a DVD to own and cherish, Blake's 7 series I is really something rather special. Every episode is different - an Orwellian nightmare of show trials, a prison break (failed), a sinister religion on a barren world, an 'enemy within' story, a psionics story, espionage-counter-espionage, a murder mystery, a medical emergency, and a desperate race to obtain a super-computer. The final series cliff-hanger is absolutely perfect, and will leave you rushing to get series 2 (unless you already know what happens, and even then...).
It also offers the delightful Blue Peter 'make a teleport bracelet' guide, as well as other goodies.
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Initial post: 13 May 2012 10:43:12 BDT
E. JACKSON says:
Oh my goodness! I remember watching the 'Make a Teleport Bracelet' edition of 'Blue Peter'... and making the bracelet! I've decided to order series 1 - 4 of 'Blakes 7' because I loved the show back in the day... I've considered buying them many times since but have allowed myself to be put off by fears of 'will it be as good as I remember/dated/embarrassingly bad?'... but I recently purchased Gerry Anderson's re-mastered 'UFO' on dvd and, expecting much the same, was pleasantly surprised at just how good it still is. Dated? Yes, perhaps, but the basic story is still sound and the chance to see again a show that I enjoyed in my early teens was one I'm glad I didn't pass up. How will I feel about 'Blakes 7' when I have watched them all these years later? That remains to be seen...
Posted on 9 Apr 2013 19:05:28 BDT
Kelvin J. Dickinson says:
Fully understanding 1970s Blake's 7 means you just had to be there when it first hit our screens. I was, too. Great times. Great review.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 20:18:34 BDT
Martin Turner says:
And now they're remaking it! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-a
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