Blake's 7 - Series 4 details
|Starring:||Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell|
|Directors:||David Sullivan Proudfoot, Mary Ridge|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Blake's 7 - Series 4 - Disc 1
|PG Disc 1|
Blake's 7 - Series 4 - Disc 2
|PG Disc 2|
Blake's 7 - Series 4 - Disc 3
|PG Disc 3|
Blake's 7 - Series 4 - Disc 4
|PG Disc 4|
Blake's 7 - Series 4 - Disc 5
|12 Disc 5|
|Run time:||10 hours 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Apr 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Starting to go around in circlesBy a customer from Bristol , 03 Aug 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I have re-watched all of the Blakes 7 series on DVD recently and have to admit that they are starting to get a bit daft at this point. Avon has started to become a parody of himself, talking in soundbites and cliches. The very sexy Soolin does not appear to do anything at all. Servalan is wandering around a post war Federation hoping that no-one will recognise her even though she used to be Supreme Overlord or something.
Vila is the only one who is still entertaining. The episodes on this disk are fairly mixed, though only one of them is set in the standard deserted quarry. The one with the big robot without a head was plain daft, although the first one about obtaining a photonic drive is fairly entertaining and they finally fire their guns for once. The other episode about creating radiation-proof troopers is very similar to an episode in series one.
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The beginning of the end.By MAXIMILIAN (190 reviews) from BURNHAM , 25 May 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAt the start of Blakes 7 Series 4 The Liberator has been destroyed, and its crew are left stranded on planet Terminal. Avon, Vila, Tarrant and Dayna survive, but the episode begins with the death of Cally. The crew are then rescued by another ship, Scorpio which they then acquire as the series progresses. Scorpio looks very similar to the Imperial Star Destroyer from The Empire Strikes Back has the BBC ripped off George Lucas here?
The ship Scorpio is housed in an underground missile silo with a secret base where Avon and the rest of the crew operate from and hide in. As well as getting a new ship the crew also get a new crew member: Soolin, an attractive blonde who is very good with a gun. Zen, the Liberators onboard computer has also been replaced with another onboard computer on Scorpio named Slave. The rest of the first six episodes feature our gang running away from The Federation, having various run-ins with Servalan and doing some dodgy dealings with some shady characters (the late Roy Kinear pops up in one episode). In the episode Sand, which is similar to David Lynchs film Dune Servalan is stranded on a hostile planet with slimey old Ken Masters from Howards Way. Another episode Assassin runs into Alien territory as the crew lurk around dark corridors on the assassins spaceship.
The last episode on Disc 5 is the best. Blake: with this episode you really get a sense of closure for the whole series. The crew deliberately blow up their underground secret base and missile silo while escaping in Scorpio. Avon has received a tip off that Blake is on planet Gauda Prime a hostile world. Scorpio then comes under attack and is critically damaged so that it crash lands on Gauda Prime (Avon, Soolin and Dayna beam off by teleport) and Tarrant has to crash-land it manually. The Scorpio is totally wrecked on impact (much like The USS Enterprise-E was when it crash-landed in Star Trek: Generations).
Slave, the computer dies and Tarrant is found by Blake, who is now battle-scarred and masquerading as a bounty hunter on Gauda Prime in order to recruit people to join his army of freedom fighters against the Federation. At Blakes base it all comes to a head as Blake and Avon and the rest of the crew are reunited. But due to a misunderstanding, nobody knows anymore who is Federation and who isnt, and it all ends in a shootout, bloodbath, massacre which leaves everybody but Avon dead as the Federation troops close in. Cut to black, more gunfire shots ring out over the end credits and we assume Avon (in a last stand against the Federation) is killed too. End of series.
In closing Blakes 7 wasnt a bad series, it was just poorly made due to BBC budget constraints, over-acted sometimes and with bad special effects, but good for anybody who grew up watching it at the time. After having seen all 4 seasons, I would say Terminal (with its constant, disturbing thumping sound on the planet surface) and the series closer, Blake are the two best episodes. The last series tries to look more like Star Wars in its set design, and planet Gauda Prime sounds too similar to planet Guidi Prime, from Frank Herberts Dune, filmed by David Lynch. But on the whole, not bad.
In the DVD extras you have Paul Darrow and Jacqueline Pearce on voiceover, recalling about the series. This is quite amusing since over 25 years have passed since and they cant remember what episode they are doing the commentary for and they cant remember the name of the director either. Pearce calls everybody Darling. Also, on the extras you have old footage from Pebble Mill and other shows from the BBC archives and interviews with key Blakes 7 crew personnel.
Killing everybody off at the end of the very last episode was a brave move something that has never been done in British television either before or since. Blakes 7 is good for anybody who watched it the first time and has fond memories of the show.
blakes7 blakeBy dragon3476 (11 reviews) from Kent UK , 06 Mar 2011what away to end it all i was expecting a few bangs and surprises but not to end like that waited 20 odd years and that has been a bit of a let down just goes to show tho that i have been trusting no one for years and may be i shoul;d a bit lol oh well ltrs blake avon villa etc thks for the times and an ok si/fi show
Blakes 5By a customer from Birmingham , 02 Dec 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWhilst season 4 of this classic show is not up to the high standards of seasons 1 and 2. The final episode more than makes up for this.
I think the show began to lose its direction with the loss of the Blake character as there was nothing for Avon to bounce off from. It does get annoying after a while that Avon is always right, particularly as Servalan is sidelined in this season also in many respects. Without having the Federation behind her she comes across as a bit pointless.
The final episode however, is groundbreaking - as has been said many times - killing the crew off is a brilliant way to finish the show- no other programme has had the guts to do this quite so starkly in my opinion. But not only that but they turn Blake into a common mercenary at the end - brilliant.
So the season overall is a disappointment, but is almost redeemed by the final episode.
Good hearing you two!By lonewolf (5 reviews) from Welling , 27 Sep 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideStill good for the time it was made, and though they seem to be running out of ideas I still have fond memories of it from when it was shown on telly. Dont anyone dare try to remake it; that would only spoil it!
Still cant understand though how in disc 3 of series 4 Dayna (Josette Simon) and Vila (Michael Keating) could hear a window smash on the planet while their in the middle of a storm and inside the ship!
blakes 7?By a customer from stonehaven scotland , 11 Jun 2007glad blake is out of it avon is a master good series
special effects show their age but add to nostagic look