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Blake's 7 - Series 3 [DVD] [1980]
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on 31 July 2006
The third series of Blakes 7 reaches to an area where many SCI FI enthusiasts won't reach. We are now dealing with a product that many people won't see being content with the classic series 1 and 2. In series 3 the fast pace of the early series is only present in some episodes. Things take a different turn here. The major characters of Blake and Jenna are no longer here and that has quite an effect on the feel of the new series. Avon is now in command of the Liberator and I expected him to dictate a strategy of wealth creation rather than Blake's moral crusade. This is not what happens and if anything the new character of Tarrant appears a more forceful leader. The new characters are worthy replacements and fit in well. Rather than attacking the Federation they defend the Liberator from Servalan trying to capture it. Curiosity drives them quite regularly into the trouble that is a hallmark of Blakes 7. The early episodes are in the same style as the second series. The episodes I liked were: Aftermath, Powerplay, Dawn of Gods, City at the edge of the world, Rumours of death, Sarcophagus, Moloch, Deathwatch and Terminus. Volcano, Children of Auron, Ultraworld were also reasonable. The only episode I disliked was Harvest of Kairos. Although I liked most of this episode its ending still jars. If you watch this you will be asked in the last 15 minutes to believe the most incredible series of events. The writer unfortunately gets a little carried away and this seems like something from `The A Team' rather than Blakes 7. The episode I most liked was Sarcophagus and I can't decide whether this or City at the edge of the world is the jewel in the crown of the third series. Sarcophagus is of completely different form to the usual assault on a centre. It is actually a little sinister but also beautifully written with imaginative singing and music. It really is an unforgettable episode and adds much to the series despite being very unusual. There is still the large source of imaginative ideas from cloning starships, space plagues, superbly advanced races, black holes etc. that we have come to expect from Blakes 7. I think more could have been made of criminal activity under Avon's lead and perhaps more made of the space war although this would be expensive. This series contrasts with the first two which have a strong direction, here things are much more loose but I don't dislike this. It is quite plausible that events could unfold in this manner. I noticed this for the first time in the episode Volcano which is early on in the series, it seems a bit aimless and you wonder why Tarrant and Dayna are there. The acting and characterisation are as usual first class. The comical Vila is there with a goldfish bowl on his head trying to avoid the space plague in Children of Auron and losing the teleport co-ordinates at a critical moment in Rumours of death, he remains a star character in Blakes 7. Tarrant evolves as a hard man who clashes regularly with Avon. The darkness is still there in the chilling Powerplay and Sarcophagus as well as the inevitable corruption and violence. All in all this third series does not quite manage the seamless quality of series 1 and series 2. It is still good however and for the enthusiast of Blakes 7 it is an essential item.
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on 11 March 2014
Apart from the basic FX at least the series has largely good acting and entertaining scripts.
The series really needs some belated post-production work to make it near perfect, by say double negative or framestore cfc, as in the way classic star trek was enhanced some years ago.
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on 5 November 2017
As good as I remembered it! Really enjoying seeing them all over again.
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on 16 October 2017
Great old sci fi series, good stories bad effects and sets what more do you want
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on 8 March 2017
A birthday gift was well received
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on 6 March 2008
The third season of Blake's 7 sees Paul Darrow's Avon take over as the main focus of the show, Gareth Thomas' Blake having left at the end of the previous season. Personally, I think this is the best of the show's four seasons, as the show had been a little narrow minded in it's scope. With Blake gone, there is less of a sense of purpose in the crew, and therefore a much greater variety in the types of stories with several very imaginative sci-fi stories, the most unusual being the rather weird Sarcophagus. Avon really comes into his own here, and Paul Darrow steals the show with his memorable performance. New characters Dayna and Tarrant are also very welcome and are played by some very capable actors, Jacqueline Pearce has a whale of a time in this season featuring more prominantly than ever and giving a highly entertainingly villainous performance, there's a fresh feel to the stories and the variety of styles, from the humourous City at the Edge of the World to the gritty and downbeat Rumours of Death, the surreal Sarcophagus and the sinister and catastrophic Terminal, mean this series never feels repetetive. The only poor episodes are Dawn of the Gods which feels like a rejected Star Trek script and the horrendously sexist Moloch, which feature the silliest looking alien ever seen. Overall, Season 3 of Blake's 7 is a terrific piece of space opera with a wonderful array of episodes and ends on a fantastic cliffhanger. Highly recommended.
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on 25 April 2011
brilliant, arrived ahead of time.
only problem is the case and internal writing and part of the menu is in flemish or dutch
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VINE VOICEon 31 May 2005
After the first two series of "Blakes seven" being about blakes attempts to destroy the Federation, this series took a slightly different direction. Gareth Thomas, who played Blake, had left the series. The production team made a brave decision to continue with Avon, a far less idealistic character (played to perfection by Paul Darrow), in charge of The Liberator. After the excellent interweaving plots of Series two, Series three is made up of individual stories with little or no link to each other. In fact, almost all the stories revolve around Servalan trying to capture The Liberator.
There are some great episodes, the best perhaps being "City at the edge of the world", which features then future "Doctor Who" Colin Baker as the baddie and a rare lead role for Vila, "Blakes seven"`s great unsung character, portayed by the wonderful Michael Keating. Other contenders for best episode are "Volcano", "Harvest of Kairos" "Death watch" and "Terminal" (which features the series only appearance of Blake and the unforgetable moment when Servalan finally gets her chance to command The Liberator). There are one or two which aren`t quite as good ("Dawn of the gods", where the "god" is a bald dwarf, "Ultraworld", with it`s Sci-Fi B-movie giant brain and "Children of Auron" which has a space plague that gives the afflicted lots of horrible facial scabs) but nothing really bad. New crewmembers Tarrant and Dayna are worthy replacements for Blake and Jenna although a baddie in the calibre of Series one and two`s Travis is lacking.
The special features are again missing the "Making of "Blakes seven"" documentary, which is disappointing as the BBC`s "Doctor Who" DVDs are always packed with that kind of thing. Hopefully the Easter Eggs won`t be as hard to find as the Series two DVD either. However, the bad karma surrounding the releases doesn`t stretch to the programmes themselves as the sound and picture quality are fantastic and is presented as good as it will ever be.
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on 23 February 2008
You'd have thought the absence of the main title character was going to spoil the show. But no the series continues with the excellent acting and scripts as before. Dayna is beautiful and Tarrant is a good foil to Avon. Vila is as funny as ever, Peter Tuddenham gives excellent voices and characterisation to Orac and Zen. Servalan is as glam and bitchy as ever, one of the first television actresses I remember having a thing for....sigh. The only minus is the absence of lovely Sally Knyvette as Jenna. But a small quibble. One of the best space/sci fi series ever made consistently good. Well overdue a comeback!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 6 October 2014
A five disc dvd box set containing all thirteen episodes of the third season of the classic BBC science fiction show Blake's seven.

The five discs are in a fold out carboard and plastic container, which fits into a cardboard slipcase.

All episodes run for fifty minutes [approx.]. There's three to each of the first four discs. The fifth has one episode, and various extras.

It's a season you can't review without very mild spoilers. But people probably know them all anyway...

In the wake of the season ending cliffhanger from the last episode of season two, the first two episodes detail what happened next. Then end with a new status quo. Blake and Jenna are gone, the actors having wanted to move on. In come Dayna [Josette Simon] young weapons designer with a real grudge against Servalan. And Tarrant [Stephen Pacey] a somewhat rogueish ex Federation man.

Avon takes command. Gone are the great anti federation quests of Blake's time. Now the crew are out to survive. And steer clear of Servalan.

Both new characters are very well acted, although Tarrant doesn't have as much to him as Dayna does.

As with season two, you get writers who were clearly veteran bbc scripters with little knowledge of science fiction, and you get writers who were clearly very good at the latter. Which means there's a run of slightly average episodes after the opening two parter. A point at which the ratings dropped, and which led to the bbc deciding to end it after three years. But then comes Vila's finest hour in 'city at the edge of the world.' An episode with an excellent guest turn from Colin Baker. From then on, the ratings went up and the season gets strong. Most notably the excellent and very well directed 'Rumours of Death' which sheds light on Avon's past, and the superb bit of genuine science fiction 'Sarcophagus'.

The season finale 'Terminal' was meant to end the show. And ends in a way that did just that. But it wasn't the end. The BBC had a change of heart...

It's a looser structured season than before. It does have weaker episodes. But it does have great ones. So it's still worth five stars.

Extras are again slightly patchy but not without merit:

Commentaries on three episodes from various cast and crew members.

Stuart's stunts.
Sheelagh's make up memories.

Two excellent twelve minute long interviews, with the stunt coordinator and a make up lady.

Blake's Bloops. A moderately amusing two minute long outtake reel.

Nationwide: look north. A four minute long location feature on the second episode of season two. Filmed and presented in a rather dry 1970's manner.

Introducing Tarrant.
Introducing Dayna.

Three minutes worth of clips for each of the new characters.

Casting Tarrant. Twelve minutes worth of Stephen Pacey's auditions for the part, plus the scenes he read as they were then shot for actual episodes, and a short anecdote about his casting. All of which make for an interesting extra.

There's also a trailer for season four. Which gives away the ending to that. So be careful if you don't already know what that is.
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