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Blake's 7 - Series 4 [DVD]
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Intergalatic adventure with an interplanetary resistance group battling for survival against a totalitarian super-power. Roaming a universe of boundless space and restrictive discipline, freedom-fighter Blake, with the crew of the spaceship Liberator, is locked in combat with the all-powerful forces of the Federation.
Containing all thirteen episodes from the fourth series:
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People find fault with this series for a number of reasons, some well-founded but others are just misconceived.
Paul Darrow's over-acting? He's been doing it in every series and if he didn't then Avon simply wouldn't be himself. The character of Avon continues to develop and change in this last series, which is one of the reasons this is such a great show. Forever a cold-hearted pragmatist, Avon finds himself adopting a leadership role in Series 4 which he never really wanted but nevertheless feels compelled to take - what else is he going to do? Criticism has been levelled at Series 3 (in a great review on DVD times, I think? anyway) on the grounds that in the absence of Blake, the remaining crew just wander about relatively aimlessly and Avon, not a natural leader, is left without a real agenda. But I thought that was exactly the point and why series 3 is so interesting - Avon is forced into situations and associations for which he never planned and you get to see him struggle to find a purpose in the absence of Blake's 'simple-minded certainties'. After being so badly swindled in TERMINAL, it is clear that Avon is now hell bent on striking back in whatever way he can. So most episodes in Series 4 develop along the lines of Avon seeking to enlist the aid of various experts and specialists to get him the weapons/capabilities needed to fight the resurgent Federation - and finding himself double-crossed every step of the way.Read more ›
Series four could be the best of the lot. Episode for episode, the stories are all very strong and there is a loose theme of Blake`s crew rebuilding after the destruction of the Liberator and trying to find allies in the fight against the Federation. In particular the episodes "Headhunter", "Assasin", "Gold" and "Blake" aren`t just amongst the best of "Blakes Seven", but within the whole sci-fi genre as a whole and stand up to repeated viewing. The whole series was always dark but this is darker still, with even the "good guys" killing without remorse and plenty of double crossing in the plots. My only complaint, although a small one, is the voice of Slave. I can`t stand the quasi-Dickens humbleness, especially after the excellent voice of the emotionless Zen. I don`t mind anything else, even the early 80`s Toyah wigs which crop up a few times or the hideous mole on Egrorion`s face in "Orbit".
No review of this series would be complete without mentioning the ending. Although the trailer included on the Series Three DVD pretty much gives it away, I won`t. If you`ve seen it, you know about it and if you haven`t, I don`t want to spoil it.Read more ›
At the time of broadcast, this series held the UK gripped to its seats -- more than one person in every five in the whole of Britain watched the final episode. During the '90s, though, it suffered an unfair reputation as being low-budget space opera that did not compare with American offerings such as Star Trek the Next Generation and Babylon 5. Both of these series were milestones in television science-fiction, and millions of viewers enjoyed them and continue to enjoy them. However, Blake's 7 was actually _better_ than either of them in terms of its script and acting, with vastly more memorable dialogue. Naturally, the earlier Blake's 7 had weaker visuals than either of the later series -- just as these now compare unfavourably with more recent offerings such as Voyager, Lexx and Farscape. But this is the inevitable fate of all television SF - to be visually superseded by the next generation of effects.
I recently rewatched this boxed set, and, as an experiment, asked a 23 year old who had grown up with all the assumptions of the '90s to watch it with me. From a sceptical beginning, he was absolutely astonished by how good it was.
First, the visuals are nowhere near as bad they are reputed to be. The modelling of the ship Scorpio was excellent, and the use of real-world landscapes for most of the action means there are few visual gaffes. There are some issues with the special effects and the space backgrounds, but these are short sequences and don't distract greatly from the overall effect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it is so bad it is good i have enjoyed reliving my childhood the ending is as sad as i rememberPublished 8 months ago by princess akiri
The final series of the Blake adventure. With much of the cast gone and the ship scrapped there was not much left of the original cult series left even the gorgeus and sexy,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Blade
I have just taken delivery of this set, along with the first three series too. I haven't watched any of them yet, so can't comment on the technical aspects of the discs such as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Winchester
Don't get excited, I'm not about to say it's better than or even as good as 1-3 but just that dismissing it or suggesting it's not proper Blake's 7 is frankly nonsense. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bob Marlowe