January 5, 2019 at 4:45 am #241433
Only one episode in. It’s great, and already looks set to be the bleakest thing on TV until Threads came along.
Any notable Red Dwarf links/influence from Blake’s 7? An IMDb collaborations search only gives minor connections:
– Charles “Queeg” Augins in an episode
– John “Rimmer’s Dad (I)” Abineri in an episode
– David “Not Einstein” Sterne in an episode
– Jim Francis was visual effects designer on VIII and two series of Blake
– Suzanne Jansen was make-up designer on series 1 and a series of Blake
– Various background actors and stuntmen, mainly from Meltdown/TerrorformJanuary 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm #242218
The Space Princess of Series 4’s “Gold” is in the debris field in Psirens, I think, definitely in a VI episode. Something that looks a heck of a lot like Orac too, but definitely isn’t, can be seen in Legion as well.
I’m under the impression, right or wrong, that there are actually a lot more reused props/ships/assorted junk between it and Dwarf, along with other cast offs from BBC sci fi shows, I’d love if someone actually done a thorough search. I’d seen UFO mentioned as something that Blake’s 7 reused stuff from, as amazing as that would be, couldn’t see that myself.
Watched B7 for the first time myself, just before Christmas.., seems I timed it just right as I watched the finale when it would’ve been broadcast on the 21st, just starting on it again actually. Absolutely bloody brilliant series, seems somewhat even more relevant now.
Interesting that, to me, you can see so much of it’s DNA inherited by later shows (Firefly, Babylon 5, even Trek, etc that’s not even mentioning Avon, Zen, or Servalan, all ground breakers for their respective character types) yet, this is where it all originated…January 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm #242228
Thanks! It was a major influence on Farscape, which is why I wanted to watch. Though sometimes it’s just a dysfunctional Star Trek and the last one I saw shamelessly plagiarised the Death Star jailbreak from Star Wars, so the influence worked both ways. I can’t really see how Charles Augins is going to be in this, since black people don’t seem to exist in the canon.January 12, 2019 at 6:10 am #242238
As I remember, Charles Augins doesn’t appear until Series 4 of Blake’s 7. He was also in the movie Revenge Of The Pink Panther, if you’re looking for other things to spot him inJanuary 13, 2019 at 11:38 am #242342
Farscape! Never seen it actually but it’s the one other that I’ve heard specifically mentioned but couldn’t remember.
Duel struck me as a pretty naff Star Trek TOS Arena copy but once it got going it did it’s own thing, it says a lot to the strength of the characters and the actors that even in the worst B7 has to offer (not that I think Duel is bad), there are some fantastic character moments, not going to be specific yet without ruining anything haha. Star Wars was always cited as an influence as they came out within weeks of each other, wait till you get to season 4 and the Wars similarities go through the roof. Watching the extra’s they had the same budget as the previous BBC show they took the time slot of, something like £50 which is both ridiculous but says a lot that it stills look great (..I know., someone’ll shoot me for that)
Lack of “Ethnic diversity” I’d put down to maybe the quiet racism of the Federation? Hadn’t even thought about it till now but the only non white people you see, apart from an oriental officer in one ep, are all rebels or exiles (Dayna being the latter.., you’ll see her soon enough)
Not trying to ruin it for you but while I’d say season 1 is more consistent and realistic season 2 has got some great moments coming up, also possibly the first instance of a story arc for a sci fi show? (Dr Who’s key to time was aired just after I think?)January 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm #242363
I loved episodes 1 & 2 but haven’t been hugely enjoying it since, especially the really bad ones. One of the only things I’d heard about the series in the past is that it has some kind of legendarily grim bloodbath ending, so that’ll keep me going all the way (if it’s even accurate).
I rambled about Farscape on here a while ago – similarities are a stolen ship of escaped prisoners, Federation/Empire style villains and a less sexy Servalan, just that basic premise. It takes about half a season to find its voice and stop being really generic, but by the end of the first year it’s compulsive viewing and one of my favourite shows. I’d say it’s a lot sillier/crazier than Blake’s 7… but then B7 had ‘The Web.’January 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm #242451
>I loved episodes 1 & 2 but haven’t been hugely enjoying it since, especially the really bad ones.
Yeah, I pretty much felt the same when I watched it tbh. I think after episode 4 I just gave up trying to watch it consecutively and just started watching episodes at randomFebruary 24, 2019 at 11:42 pm #244930
wait till you get to season 4 and the Wars similarities go through the roof
4×03 Stardrive. The Force is strong with this one.
February 28, 2019 at 7:18 am #245032
The Space Princess of Series 4’s “Gold” is in the debris field in Psirens, I think
Something that looks a heck of a lot like Orac too, but definitely isn’t, can be seen in Legion as well
Disappointingly has about two lines.
One of the only things I’d heard about the series in the past is that it has some kind of legendarily grim bloodbath ending
Can neither confirm nor deny. I’m just going to lie down in the dark for a few days.February 28, 2019 at 11:10 pm #245069
Never noticed the Space Princess in the asteroid field. The only ship I ever recognised was the Eagle from Space: 1999. Isn’t a Klingon Bird-of-Prey in there as well, somewhere?March 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm #245258
Just making a start on this myself now for the first time thanks to this threadMarch 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm #245259
As soon as it finished, I started thinking of the series very fondly and I’m glad I watched it. It’s really pretty groundbreaking when it’s not just ripping things off. But I’m also glad I voiced my frustration so I can remember that it was quite a slog sometimes!March 2, 2019 at 11:39 pm #245265
I was very impressed with the first episode. Not what I was expecting at all, but also interesting and engaging and kept my attention or the full 50mins
Quite looking forward to continuing with itMarch 2, 2019 at 11:54 pm #245266
I was so impressed by your review quinn that I checked to see if B7 was on Netflix so I could watch it, it isn’t. Back to TNGMarch 3, 2019 at 12:25 am #245268
It’s on YouTube in its entirety, no one’s bothered enough to take it down. Lots of more consistent shows I’d recommended before it really, sci-fi or otherwise, but a historical gap to fill in some time if you can be arsed.March 3, 2019 at 11:55 am #245284
Yeah YouTube was where I watched it. Will get episode two a watch later
Ben, I’d finish Star Trek before tackling something new.March 4, 2019 at 1:43 am #245293
Off-topic, because I didn’t want to make a Stingray Crap thread just for this. Imgur user Klhalls89 posted this image from The Stingray Where Someone’s Kryten:
Character is Meritamis, a Solarstar from the episode ‘The Big Gun’ (1964). Voice and personality not like Kryten.
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