27.12.09

BLAKES 7 - WHAT THE HELL WAS IT?

BLAKES 7 WAS ENVISAGED AS A SORT OF COWBOYS VS. INDIANS IN SPACE, BLAKES 7 WAS BROADCAST ON BBC1 FROM 1978-1981, 4 SERIES OF 13 EPISODES EACH. BLAKE WAS THE SHOWS LEADING CHARACTER - A POLITICAL PRISONER FROM A PLANET EARTH IN THE FAR FUTURE, RAN BY THE TYRANNICAL 'TERRAN FEDERATION'. BLAKE AND HIS 6 FOLLOWERS (PICTURED FROM LEFT: GAN, AVON, CALLY, BLAKE, JENNA, VILLA AND ZEN, THE SPACESHIP COMPUTER) WERE A VIGILANTE GROUP (FREEDOM FIGHTERS OR TERRORISTS?) WHO WERE A BIT LIKE ROBIN HOOD, TRING TO FREE THE SUBJUGATED MASSES.

EVERY SEASON ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER, AND THE ORIGINAL LINE UP CHANGED QUITE A BIT. BLAKE LEFT THE SHOW AFTER SERIES TWO, BUT POPPED UP AGAIN FOR THE FINAL EPISODES OF BOTH SERIES 3 AND 4. THE SHOW CULMINATED IN PROBABLY THE BEST ENDING EVER FOR A TELEVISION SERIES - WITH EVERY GOOD GUY LEFT IN THE GANG BEING ROUND UP AND MASSACRED, ALL LOVINGLY SHOWN IN SLOW MOTION, JUST TO HAMMER HOME THE POINT THAT THEY WERE DEAD AND THIS SERIES WASN'T COMING BACK. EVER.

SO, I LOVE BLAKES 7 (BUT NOT AS MUCH AS I LOVE DOCTOR WHO) AND I'M GOING TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE ITS DESIGN WORK.

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