The second season was different than the first and, despite that I much like Stephen Grief over Brian Croucher’s interpretation of Travis (hey, that makes me a fan) Series B has it’s strengths:
1. ‘Shadow’ written by Script Editor Chris Boucher. A break from the Terry Nation mold.
2. The emergence of Jaqueline Pearce as a truly bad…gal? She starts down the road of personifiying her bad-a$$ self. And she looks *FINE* doing it!!
3. The story arc that starts with ‘Gambit’ and ends with ‘Star One’
I just like ALL 4 series of this classic. It is one of the unsung heroes of British Sci-Fi
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Unlike in the cosy world of Star Trek where The Federation exerts a benevolent influence on it’s member Planets. The Federation in Blake’s 7 is a total antithesis of the Trek version, by being belligerent and bullying to it’s members, with coercion a daily part of life.
(Like a Negative Universe to Trek’s Positive)
Terry Nation, the shows creator was loosening his reins on the show by this season and making plans to move to Hollywood, thus allowing script editor Chris Boucher (Star Cops creator.) more of an influence on the finished product.
Blake’s 7 was always a show in which the Hero’s lost just as much as they won, and were always,
a band on the run.
Behind the scenes many of the cast members were becoming disaffected with their characters, Gareth Thomas who played Blake left the show at the end of this season to go back into theatre, only to return in the last ever episode.
So Season 2 was certainly a time of change, in front of and behind the Camera’s.
The crew range in personality traits from the Iconoclastic and Brave Blake, to the Perfidious Avon, by way of the Pusillanimous Vila.
The slightly less seen crew members were the telepathic and decorous Cally, the strong giant, man of few words Gan,and the assertive and decorative Jenna.
The two Non-Organic members were the arrogant; “box of tricks” super computer Orac (A perspex box with flashing lights!), and the Liberator’s always calm and serene; “in built” computer Zen.
When the crew weren’t fighting amongst themselves their chief antagonist was Servalan, whom during the course of the series wore some of the most impractical clothes for trudging across barren Alien landscapes ever seen on TV!
I presume that look was deliberate, but I don’t know why, as it certainly wasn’t very practical.
But it is just another facet which only adds to the charm of this show.
I have all four seasons in my collection but tend to watch the first two seasons more.
As I prefer the more bleaker feel to the stories,and the personality clashes between Blake and Avon.
I also preferred the aesthetically pleasing Liberator, to that orange brick Scorpio.(In Series 4)
Series 2, story titles:~
Voice from the past.
Overall opinion a crackingly good Space-opera that the BBC just doesn’t make anymore.
Joss Weadon’s, interesting “Firefly” seem’s to me to be an updated version of Blakes 7.
Original BBC broadcast dates for Season 2:~9/1/79-3/4/79
The series is excellent, and the reviewer who wrote “It’s a scam” simply failed to note that the DVD is clearly labeled “PAL” and “Region 2.” True, it will not play on standard U.S. DVD players — but that’s exactly what the description says. I purchased this set for an academic library that does have a Region-2 DVD player, and the video quality is very good.