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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    Blake's7 without Paul Darrow and Jackie Pierce just isn't Blake's 7. They might as well make a totally new show with a simular feel. And as for holding up the DVD's shame on them. They may have bought Terry Nation's name but they can't stop the poor man spinning in his grave.

    On the subject of logo's the B7 a rebellion reborn's logo it total knickers. What is it meant to be? It looks like a badly drawn Christmas Holly bent into the shape of one of the weapons the Predator throws about.

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  • Bonehead
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    Yeah, I wasn't exactly overjoyed to see the 'B7E A Rebellion Reborn' logo on the back of my boxset. (even if it is tiny)

    What those jokers were trying to do with the new series is criminal. After the battering they got from fans on their website, they seem to have not been around much at the moment. One can only hope, they are re-thinking their plans for the series.

    At the very least, try to reconsile with Paul Darrow. And not abandon so much from the original series that the fans want to see.

    We live in hope.

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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    Not exactly, the Daleks are still owned by Terry Nation's estate, they made alot of money out of the BBC by granting permission for their use in the new Dr Who Project.
    Terry Nation's estate sold the name 'Blake's 7' to a company trying to make a new series. And it is they that were behind the delays surronding Season One, Region Two.
    They may behind the delayed release of Season2 here and Season 1 region 1

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  • Andrew_Swallow
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    Or put it another way. The same people who made problems for the darleks probably made problems for Blake's 7.

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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    Region 2 Season 1 was delayed greatly by the team trying to revive the show. BBC had the rights to the actual programs but the revival team had bought the name from Terry Nations estate and were putting demands that the BBC advertised their endeavor on the boxed set. We have been waiting for Season 2 for an age too. I suspect they have been holding out for yet more money or perks since finding out the amount they paid Terry Nation's estate for the use of the Daleks in the new Dr Who show.

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  • colonyearth
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    Yes it did. During the days when Dr. Who aired on PBS as it's main money maker, Blake's 7 often times aired along side it.

    Sadly, no more.

    I'm sure they will eventually get it to R1, but god only knows when that will be.

    CE

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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    I have no knowlege.

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  • Dr Maturin
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    Originally posted by Shr'eshhhhhh
    I fear Blake's Seven is yet to hop over to region one. Which is a real shame because you are missing out on some of the most inventively written and peformed characters/dialogue ever to bless the small screen.
    I have simular problems getting Region 2 dvd's here.
    I shall definatly be getting a region free dvd player when I move.
    Did the show ever air over here? I know it's on VHS, but at a high price and two eps per tape.

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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    I fear Blake's Seven is yet to hop over to region one. Which is a real shame because you are missing out on some of the most inventively written and peformed characters/dialogue ever to bless the small screen.
    I have simular problems getting Region 2 dvd's here.
    I shall definatly be getting a region free dvd player when I move.

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  • Dr Maturin
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    I looked at some pics of this show and I like the cheesiness. Is this show out in R1? I couldn't find it at amazon.

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  • DGTWoodward
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    Originally posted by RCmodeler
    Unfortunately, I found Blake's 7 to be boring. The first 5 or 6 episodes I really enjoyed, because each ended with a "cliffhanger", but after that the series did lots of stand-alones. It felt directionless & the stand-alones were very poor quality.

    I'll probably never watch it again.
    Hello RCM,

    Well, what can I say that has not already been said within these pages? All I can say is, give it another chance. Yes the FX were terrible (Though this was the 70s BBC so they did the best they could, and actually it was one of the shows that B5's Ron Thornton proudly has on his CV!), yes as there were alot of characters to get to know so their setting up took perhaps a few more episodes that you may think necessary...but give it a chance! Try one more time and this time stick with it. Pretty soon you will get to see the emotional dynamic between Blake and Avon, Avon and Vila, Avon and Cally, Blake and Jenna, Avon and Servalan, Blake and Travis. The character interactions are the driving force of the show. The fact that there are space battles and high speed chases going on all around them is almost incidental. PLEASE GIVE IT ANOTHER CHANCE.

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  • Shr'eshhhhhh
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    It was also the first show of it's kind that killed off main crew members and trashed the princible environments namely The Liberator and Scorpio. Something that Trek copied in Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock and Generations. B5 didn't do that until the last episode. (Ultinate timelines aside)

    You really didn't know who would survive an episode. And the last episode was surely the most unexpected conclusion to any show ever (Ok The Prisoner beats it but you know what I mean.)

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  • Bonehead
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    Unfortunately, I found Blake's 7 to be boring. The first 5 or 6 episodes I really enjoyed, because each ended with a "cliffhanger", but after that the series did lots of stand-alones. It felt directionless & the stand-alones were very poor quality.
    Well, I'm a great believer in everyone having their own opinion. I must pick up on a couple of points, however.

    I've never heard the word 'boring' associated with Blake's 7. Bear in mind it was the late 70's and most of the ideas and stories were completely original. Nowadays, these ideas have been re-used and re-hashed countless times in modern sci-fi (with modern resources and budgets) So to go back and watch the show for the first time now, would probably not do it justice.

    But this is the appeal of the show. The fact that it was made on a shoe-string budget, with no special effects, made it completely character driven. This gave it a unique feel to a sci-fi show and is the complete opposite to modern shows. For me, this is what I watch it for. An episode 'you' might call boring, I would watch to enjoy the great dialogue between characters or the wonderfull performances from the likes of Paul Darrow or Jacqueline Pearce.

    As for the style of the show, this was the first show I can remember that actually 'did' carry on stories and ideas from one episode to the next. Back then, shows were always stand alone episodes (like Star Trek) Blake's 7 was one of the first to break the mold. This is why Jms lists it as one of his favourite shows and constantly refers to writer/creator Terry Nation. (in fact without Blake's 7, I doubt Babylon 5 would be written in the style of a novel that we have all come to love)

    As for cliffhangers.... well there are more in the four short seasons of Blake's 7 than I've seen in most modern shows, and they get much better than the ones in the first five episodes. But I'd say that in later seasons, the best ones were used as end of season cliffhangers. (The pick of the bunch being episodes like 'Star one' 'Terminal' and 'Blake')

    To finish, if you have only watched season one then you have missed out. I wont go on and on, because if you dont like it, so be it. But I cant help thinking what most of us would say to someone who had only watched season one of Babylon 5 and decided it was not very good.

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  • jal
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    I'll probably never watch it again.
    i`m sure you`ll manage to live through it, one man`s Babyon 5 is another man`s Andromeda.

    always liked Blake`s 7 myself.

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  • RCmodeler
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    Unfortunately, I found Blake's 7 to be boring. The first 5 or 6 episodes I really enjoyed, because each ended with a "cliffhanger", but after that the series did lots of stand-alones. It felt directionless & the stand-alones were very poor quality.

    I'll probably never watch it again.

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