I HAVE already blogged on how ahead of its time Blake’s Seven was, and the conclusion of the series was no different.
It is incredibly dark, tragic and also open-ended – when the Sopranos did this, it was hailed as genius. So were they all dead? Just injured? Does the Federation win?
Most importantly, given that they were finally reunited, why didn’t Avon hear Blake out?
When I was a kid, I remember the thing that affected me most was when Vila got shot. The cowardly thief with a heart was always my favourite character, and for him to go out as a hero seemed somehow appropriate. I cried back then, and asked my mum and dad again and again if he would be alright.
Watching it again now, the lack of any production values stand out – how could they not? The incredibly cheap silver guns, the scientist almost crashing through the wall and rudimentary firing effects scream ‘done on the cheap’. In terms of the BBC’s 1980s sci-fi output, it was hardly alone.
And yet, the show still carries weight and impact. Despite Paul Darrow’s Avon chanelling William Shatner, his reunion with Blake was excellently played and shocking as it reached its conclusion – together again, but Avon’s misunderstanding leads to him killing Blake.
The people behind the remake for Sky should be made to watch this to see how it should be done. And then add in about £500,000 worth of modern day effects and props.