Breakdown (Review)

Breakdown is one of the better examples of the Season One cliche: it’s better than its reputation, but also not as good as it should have been. Since this one deals with some of Blakes 7 more important themes, that’s kind of a shame. Here’s the story they did tell. Gan is manning the bridge…

Blakes 7 – Project Avalon (Review)

Project Avalon is one of those first-season episodes that’re what you might call "pleasantly disappointing." On the one hand, it’s better than you remember, which is always nice. On the other hand, it’s still a Terry Nation standard issue all-plot-no-themes action/adventure thing. And it’s all the worse for that because the plot suffers from "idiot…

Rank(ed) Endings

Vox Day has an article up claiming that Mad Men’s ending is the second-best ending ever – second only to Newheart. I think it might be satire. First, because from what I read Newheart‘s ending took the generally lame "it’s all a dream" route that St. Elsewhere had. (St. Elsewhere famously ended on the suggestion…

Blakes 7 – Seek-Locate-Destroy (Review)

The only interesting thing about Seek-Locate-Destory is its title. There was a lot of seeking, and also some locating, but comparatively little destroying. In some ways, actually, the opposite of destroying. Blake deliberately doesn’t kill Travis, for example, even though he has the opportunity. Blake’s explosive charges fail to do enough damage to cover up…

Blakes 7 – The Web (Review)

The Web is an odd little episode. We haven’t quite settled down into the funk of middle Season One yet, but major characters are already being sidelined. It has a decidedly creepy atmosphere that is seriously undercut by the fact that the special effects need to be at least passable to make it work, and…

Blakes 7 – Time Squad (Review)

Time Squad is a masterpiece of establishing characterization, overlooked as one of the gems of the Blakes 7 canon. It is the episode where the show finally establishes its (not-so-)stable regular lineup of 7 – if you count "that machine" – and moves from the three setup episodes (The Way Back, Space Fall and Cygnus…

Redemption is Clever, but it isn’t Enough

Redemption is one of Blakes 7 more delightfully subversive episodes, and is enjoyable for that reason. Spoilers follow. The butt of the joke here is Prophecy-as-Literary-Device. Series One ended with a bang … literally, as the newly-acquired Orac showed onscreen the “immutable certainty” of a ship that looks very much like Liberator exploding “not far…

Leave Well Alone, Please

Harvesting links for an earlier post, I came across this announcement that Blakes 7 will be revived. Color me skeptical. I’ve been a big supporter of the “re-imagining” of Battlestar Galactica. Granted, I had my doubts about SciFi’s ability to pull it off – what with it being the casting catastrophe network and all. And…