vilakins: (loose cannon)
According to this, I'm Ginka the Beserker, Warlord of the Forbidden Zone.

I like it!

Tell me who you are! :-)
vilakins: (liberator)
Neil Perryman, whose blog Adventures with the Wife in Space followed his wife Sue's reaction to Doctor Who, has started a new blog. This time he's getting Sue to watch Blake's 7 with him.

Adventures with the Wife and Blake is only up to Space Fall, so now's a good time to follow. Their pets are already named after B7 characters, which I'm surprised Sue allowed before she knew their namesakes. :)

Check it out: Sue's comments are so funny and interesting - and the posts look longer than they are because of readers' comments. And the cartoon of them watching (with a B7 cat) is brilliant.

More stuff

3 May 2011 05:01 pm
vilakins: Vila dozing off at the teleport controls (alert)

I remembered a couple of things I was going to post about last time and couldn't think of.

Knitting party
This was at Spotlight on Saturday afternoon so I went along to see what it was. It was a group of people from a young girl who had just learned to older ladies sitting round a table knitting squares for blankets for the children's hospital while being plied with tea, coffee, biscuits, and mini chocolate bars. The conversation was excellent and I completed a sort of camo square with stripes. All yarn was also 20% off so I bought some but totally forgot I'd promised to make my sister a beret so I'll have to buy that at full price. Oh well.
One knitter said that Middlemore Hospital provides the yarn and needles for waiting visitors to use to make squares which I think is a great idea.

Largest Blake's 7 poll ever
This poll covers all forms of B7 (audio and books etc) in which "you can rate not only your favourite episodes, but your favourite audios and comics as well". I couldn't answer for a lot of those but I did vote for the episodes and novels at the top, the two old radio plays, then scrolled down to the title sequence ratings and answered from then on. There's a prize for one random voter. But anyway, have fun and express your opinion of Ben Steed. ;-)

Hit again
This depressed country has not just had earthquakes and floods but also a tornado in north Auckland. Enough already.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (vila simpsons-style)

Posting about The Hobbit (and why, LJ, have comments there collapsed when there are fewer than 50?) reminded me of Peter Jackson's planned Dambusters. So here are two funny Dambusters-related ads for Carling Black Label.
German goal-keeper on a dam
British thwarting of German tourists (who are known for reserving deck chairs with towels)

And now some Martin Freeman links.

Blake's Junction 7, which has him as Vila (in one of Avon's old outfits) is on YouTube!
Part 1
Part 2
Behind the scenes

Check out this clever Sherlock cut-paper art.
Study in Paper #1: Sherlock and John at the door of 221B
Study in Paper #2: Sherlock playing the violin
Study in Paper #3: John in his cabled jersey

vilakins: (blake big)

People have been making posts in praise of Blake, and there's a suggestion that we work our way through the crew after that. I thought I'd go in the order we meet them, so that's Blake, Vila, Jenna, Avon, Gan, Cally, Dayna, Tarrant, and Soolin.

Blake



Blake is an idealistic revolutionary, a good and honest man who genuinely cares for his crew of outcasts and criminals. Yes, he does let the cause run away with him at times (e.g. dealing with the Terra Nostra), but it's a damned good cause and one worth fighting for.

Blake’s liking for his crew is returned by them. He treats Vila with respect for his talents, complimenting him on occasion--and in his hearing--and obviously enjoys his humour, returning Vila’s banter with deadpan wit of his own. I love their interaction in "Seek-Locate-Destroy".

With Blake as leader, there was actually a chance they'd win. There was hope and direction. He might get impatient with people sometimes but to me there's no doubt that he gave a damn for them all.

Although I disagreed with his original plan to destroy Star One, I missed him a lot when he left. Big cause, big sleeves, and big heart.

vilakins: (servalan)

[livejournal.com profile] marah_sarie has made a brilliant animation of Servalan, Travis, Keera, and a trooper having a teenaged day out in a car with milkshakes. :-D They're so contagiously happy; I love it!

vilakins: (mischief)

I wrote this during a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] vandonovan about how well Vila and Avon would fit into the Monty Python universe. So if you know both famdoms, here's...

The Lumberjack, sorry, Rebel Song )

vilakins: (screen)

I've been a bit slack in fandom lately, not writing anything despite the excellent challenges on [livejournal.com profile] b7friday. I'm not sure why, because I still have unwritten stories in my head, but I've been curling up with novels (and often cats) instead. Maybe it's because it's winter. I'd make a resolution to start writing this week, but it's only a couple of days till August and NaArMaMo. Eep.

I floated the idea of a Blake's 7 rewatch community two months ago--and then never got round to doing anything about it, so [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse set one up, [livejournal.com profile] b7rewatch. I am now the mod, and have posted a poll, so if you're interested in a rewatch--or a first-time watch--please go and vote for your preferences. :-)

I'm hoping this will get people back watching and talking about B7, and also attract some new fans. :-)

vilakins: (screen)

Craving WW2 stuff after finishing Enemy at the Gate and reading Enigma, we've been watching a documentary about Bletchley Park, Station X. It's excellent, and I'm enjoying the interviews with people on both sides. After that, we'll see the Derek Jacobi play about Turing, Breaking the Code.

Last night however, we saw the first part of three of The Making of Blake's 7, the documentary series B7E (I think) stopped them adding to the DVDs as extras. It's amazingly good, made in 1999, I think: very informative, and interviewees include Terry Nation (some of these interviews must have been made a lot earlier), Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce, Chris Boucher, Vere Lorimer, Matt Irvin, David Maloney, and several others. I don't think it was ever shown because there's a time counter running in the top left corner, but it's properly edited and, unusually, actually kept Greg watching, it's so interesting. It's well worth seeing. This part covered S1, and the next two S2 and S3. They never made one for S4, but that's no great loss. ;-) For those interested, it's on The Box, like the others.

What else? I went out to dinner (delicious Italian) on Saturday night, I've made Greg a very cool late birthday present scarf, and I'm reading Pompeii by Robert Harris, which is as good as I suspected it would be.

vilakins: (screen)

Craving WW2 stuff after finishing Enemy at the Gate and reading Enigma, we've been watching a documentary about Bletchley Park, Station X. It's excellent, and I'm enjoying the interviews with people on both sides. After that, we'll see the Derek Jacobi play about Turing, Breaking the Code.

Last night however, we saw the first part of three of The Making of Blake's 7, the documentary series B7E (I think) stopped them adding to the DVDs as extras. It's amazingly good, made in 1999, I think: very informative, and interviewees include Terry Nation (some of these interviews must have been made a lot earlier), Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce, Chris Boucher, Vere Lorimer, Matt Irvin, David Maloney, and several others. I don't think it was ever shown because there's a time counter running in the top left corner, but it's properly edited and, unusually, actually kept Greg watching, it's so interesting. It's well worth seeing. This part covered S1, and the next two S2 and S3. They never made one for S4, but that's no great loss. ;-) For those interested, it's on The Box, like the others.

What else? I went out to dinner (delicious Italian) on Saturday night, I've made Greg a very cool late birthday present scarf, and I'm reading Pompeii by Robert Harris, which is as good as I suspected it would be.

vilakins: (writing)

Posting a list of fiction written in the last year seems the thing to do. I didn't use to do it because I wrote so much for [livejournal.com profile] b7friday, but I've been very slack in the last year. (I really must try to write more often this year.)

List of stories )

vilakins: (writing)

Posting a list of fiction written in the last year seems the thing to do. I didn't use to do it because I wrote so much for [livejournal.com profile] b7friday, but I've been very slack in the last year. (I really must try to write more often this year.)

List of stories )

vilakins: (dr who jelly babies)

I finally finished my Doctor Who scarf yesterday with three days to spare (the knit-a-long finshes with the year). It's a modified pattern in which I used Fibonacci numbers, rounding down if they were odd, so all the stripes are 8, 12, 20, or 34 rows. This also made it the length I wanted, just to my knees. I'm enough of a klutz not to want anything more I can trip over.



Two pictures, one of extreme dorkiness )

vilakins: (dr who jelly babies)

I finally finished my Doctor Who scarf yesterday with three days to spare (the knit-a-long finshes with the year). It's a modified pattern in which I used Fibonacci numbers, rounding down if they were odd, so all the stripes are 8, 12, 20, or 34 rows. This also made it the length I wanted, just to my knees. I'm enough of a klutz not to want anything more I can trip over.



Two pictures, one of extreme dorkiness )

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

These two things are unconnected, but I bet tiger cubs would make Vila happy.

Tiger cubs and a happy Vila photo )

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

These two things are unconnected, but I bet tiger cubs would make Vila happy.

Tiger cubs and a happy Vila photo )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (motley crew)

My post on the five worst costumes in Blake's 7 got so many comments, I thought I'd do a discussion post on the best and worst for everyone. It's over on [livejournal.com profile] b7discussion, here.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (motley crew)

My post on the five worst costumes in Blake's 7 got so many comments, I thought I'd do a discussion post on the best and worst for everyone. It's over on [livejournal.com profile] b7discussion, here.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (servalan simpsons-style)

Short and utterly brilliant vid of, well, Servie singing Pink Floyd! Bwahahaha!

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (servalan simpsons-style)

Short and utterly brilliant vid of, well, Servie singing Pink Floyd! Bwahahaha!

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (stand)

Today I went to the mole map clinic where they mapped a few for future comparison and removed two suspicious ones right then and there under local anaesthetic. One was on my left calf and the other on my right shoulder. I have to go back next week to get the stitches out. Even if they're melanomas, they were small enough to be caught in plenty of time. The clinic had these huge glass backlit pictures on the wall depicting an island (possibly The Island of Lost) at sunset, and at midday, and two waterfalls while the changing light behind then made the water look as if it was rippling or falling. I was... a little disconcerted and asked why. The doctor said the office designer said they were soothing to patients. Me, I spent time trying to work out of the patterns were random or not (not).

When I got home, I found I had: a travel umbrella I'd bought on line; the When Vila met Gan audio I ordered from Horizon complete with Michael Keating's signature and a very miserable photo of S4 Vila (I will scan it tomorrow); and a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v on her holiday in France--thank you! :-D I am somewhat nervous about listening to the CD. I've heard it is not just rather crap and that Gan is from Croydon (these two facts possibly connected) but it's not from the B7 universe at all, but the alternate B7E one set 200 years in the future but with contemporary helicopters and police cars. Yes, the same one that will be in the miniseries. Still, it's Michael Keating, so it can't be all bad. Can it?

Then I went out to Mamma Mia with Greg and three others from his work. Meryl Streep as Donna, and her two friends (esp the wonderful Julie Walters) were the best. Pierce Brosnan was a bad choice though; every time he burst into song--looking slightly embarrassed, poor guy--we sniggered. Colin Firth was awkward and sweet; pity there wasn't more of him. For one frightening moment, I thought Egrorian was performing the marriage ceremony. :-P

I am now back home after a very nice fish dinner followed by an amazingly good stem ginger pudding and am going to bed.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (stand)

Today I went to the mole map clinic where they mapped a few for future comparison and removed two suspicious ones right then and there under local anaesthetic. One was on my left calf and the other on my right shoulder. I have to go back next week to get the stitches out. Even if they're melanomas, they were small enough to be caught in plenty of time. The clinic had these huge glass backlit pictures on the wall depicting an island (possibly The Island of Lost) at sunset, and at midday, and two waterfalls while the changing light behind then made the water look as if it was rippling or falling. I was... a little disconcerted and asked why. The doctor said the office designer said they were soothing to patients. Me, I spent time trying to work out of the patterns were random or not (not).

When I got home, I found I had: a travel umbrella I'd bought on line; the When Vila met Gan audio I ordered from Horizon complete with Michael Keating's signature and a very miserable photo of S4 Vila (I will scan it tomorrow); and a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v on her holiday in France--thank you! :-D I am somewhat nervous about listening to the CD. I've heard it is not just rather crap and that Gan is from Croydon (these two facts possibly connected) but it's not from the B7 universe at all, but the alternate B7E one set 200 years in the future but with contemporary helicopters and police cars. Yes, the same one that will be in the miniseries. Still, it's Michael Keating, so it can't be all bad. Can it?

Then I went out to Mamma Mia with Greg and three others from his work. Meryl Streep as Donna, and her two friends (esp the wonderful Julie Walters) were the best. Pierce Brosnan was a bad choice though; every time he burst into song--looking slightly embarrassed, poor guy--we sniggered. Colin Firth was awkward and sweet; pity there wasn't more of him. For one frightening moment, I thought Egrorian was performing the marriage ceremony. :-P

I am now back home after a very nice fish dinner followed by an amazingly good stem ginger pudding and am going to bed.

vilakins: (liberator)

One of my friends is appearing on UK Mastermind with the specialised subject of Blake's 7. Go, her!

When the contender comes back to the black chair for their second round of questions (the general knowledge round), John Humphrys, the question master, likes to have a little chat with them. He will probably want to talk about B7. My friend would like some ideas of what likely questions might be, and some suggestions for answers to them. So far she's thought of:

  1. What was so good about B7?
  2. Wasn't it really cheap and ropey?
  3. Is it relevant today?
  4. What makes it different to other SF shows?
  5. Why has it become a cult?
To clarify her answers, she would like input from other fans, and someone's bound to think of something she hasn't thought of. John Humphrys is a political journalist and that sometimes carries over into his little chats on Mastermind. She would like to be able to defend B7 well, and put forward some good arguments.

So far I've come up with::
  1. The complex and witty characters of moral ambiguity.
  2. The sets and the SFX were, but the plots, characterisation, and dialogue more than make up for that.
  3. The series carries the initial message that we should fight against injustice and oppression, and that sometimes the people on the right side aren't exactly angels, yet ends with the very bleak and cynical message that the fight is a hopeless and doomed one. Do we accept that?
  4. It was the first to use plot arcs and morally ambiguous characters living in a dystopia.
  5. Because the characters are so interesting and snarkily witty, and because we are not told everything we need to know so there's so much room for speculation and discussion.
What do you think?

vilakins: (liberator)

One of my friends is appearing on UK Mastermind with the specialised subject of Blake's 7. Go, her!

When the contender comes back to the black chair for their second round of questions (the general knowledge round), John Humphrys, the question master, likes to have a little chat with them. He will probably want to talk about B7. My friend would like some ideas of what likely questions might be, and some suggestions for answers to them. So far she's thought of:

  1. What was so good about B7?
  2. Wasn't it really cheap and ropey?
  3. Is it relevant today?
  4. What makes it different to other SF shows?
  5. Why has it become a cult?
To clarify her answers, she would like input from other fans, and someone's bound to think of something she hasn't thought of. John Humphrys is a political journalist and that sometimes carries over into his little chats on Mastermind. She would like to be able to defend B7 well, and put forward some good arguments.

So far I've come up with::
  1. The complex and witty characters of moral ambiguity.
  2. The sets and the SFX were, but the plots, characterisation, and dialogue more than make up for that.
  3. The series carries the initial message that we should fight against injustice and oppression, and that sometimes the people on the right side aren't exactly angels, yet ends with the very bleak and cynical message that the fight is a hopeless and doomed one. Do we accept that?
  4. It was the first to use plot arcs and morally ambiguous characters living in a dystopia.
  5. Because the characters are so interesting and snarkily witty, and because we are not told everything we need to know so there's so much room for speculation and discussion.
What do you think?

vilakins: (writing)

I know I'm late (I've been out a lot) but how could I resist? Wordles based on three essays and a story. I rather like the egg shape of the last one.

from my "B7 Overview" essay

from my "B7 Characters" essay

from my "B7 Grading System" essay

from my story "Through the Gate"

vilakins: (writing)

I know I'm late (I've been out a lot) but how could I resist? Wordles based on three essays and a story. I rather like the egg shape of the last one.

from my "B7 Overview" essay

from my "B7 Characters" essay

from my "B7 Grading System" essay

from my story "Through the Gate"

vilakins: Vila looking questioning (eh?)

Can someone in the UK advise me on this? There's a Daily Mail article about Blake's 7 which is using photos of the cast which looked strangely familiar to me--and no wonder. The ones of Michael Keating, Gareth Thomas, and David Jackson have been taken from my Star One convention gallery (Gareth's on the second page) without any acknowledgement or payment, and cropped.

Is this standard practice? Is it legal?

I've left a comment on the page asking for an explanation.

vilakins: Vila looking questioning (eh?)

Can someone in the UK advise me on this? There's a Daily Mail article about Blake's 7 which is using photos of the cast which looked strangely familiar to me--and no wonder. The ones of Michael Keating, Gareth Thomas, and David Jackson have been taken from my Star One convention gallery (Gareth's on the second page) without any acknowledgement or payment, and cropped.

Is this standard practice? Is it legal?

I've left a comment on the page asking for an explanation.

vilakins: (screen)

Since some people have done this and I'd love to see a quality remake, here are my dream cast for a new Blake's 7 made by someone who isn't B7E. The basic characters and universe would be the same, but with better and stunning (in the good way) SFX. Oh and the Liberator has to remain the Liberator; it's the most beautiful spaceship I know.

This took me a while what with being out a lot, thinking up people, and finding photos of them.

Blake - Adrian Lester (Mickey Brick in Hustle), or Philip or Robert Glenister (LoM and Hustle respectively). An older Blake would be interesting.

Vila - Martin Freeman from The Office, the HHGTTG film, and Blake's Junction 7, (as good as anyone not Michael Keating could be) or Alan Tudyk from Firefly (he does likeable and an English accent very well).

Jenna - [livejournal.com profile] executrix mentioned Claudia Black (Farscape and SG1) and that would be awesome. Tara Summers (Katie Lloyd in Boston Legal) would also be wonderful, having, like Claudia Black, a strong and intelligent face. No one would take either of those for granted.

Avon - Dylan Moran from Black Books (if he can do English) or Mark Heap from Green Wing (he already did Avon in Blake's Junction 7)

Gan - Adam Baldwin, Christopher Judge, or Jason Momoa would be great, or hey, let's make Gan a woman and have Magda Szubanski (Furlow in Farscape)! Any of those would make Gan awesome and dangerous and not to be killed off.

Cally - Hmm, that's a difficult onet. Virginia Hey (Zhaan in Farscape) perhaps? Or Tamsin Greig from Black Books and Green Wing--I'm sure she could do alien.

Tarrant - You can't go past Stephen Mangan from Green Wing. And look, here he is with a possible Cally!

Dayna - Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who? I can't think of many who'd be young enough for her, but if she was older in the remake, Nina Sosanya (Teachers and one DW episode) would be wonderful.

Soolin - Tara Summers if she didn't get the part of Jenna? Or Emilie de Ravin (Claire in Lost) who has a Soolinish look, or what about Tania Raymonde (Alex in Lost) who isn't blonde but has another interesting and strong face.

Servalan - Michelle Gomez, also of Green Wing (thanks to toft_froggy) wins hands down due to her character in that series, though I think Morena Baccarin (Inara in Firefly) would be very good.

Travis - Lani Tupu (Crais in Farscape) or yes, Temuera Morrison (Once were Warriors) for some really good suppressed--or not--violence.

vilakins: (screen)

Since some people have done this and I'd love to see a quality remake, here are my dream cast for a new Blake's 7 made by someone who isn't B7E. The basic characters and universe would be the same, but with better and stunning (in the good way) SFX. Oh and the Liberator has to remain the Liberator; it's the most beautiful spaceship I know.

This took me a while what with being out a lot, thinking up people, and finding photos of them.

Blake - Adrian Lester (Mickey Brick in Hustle), or Philip or Robert Glenister (LoM and Hustle respectively). An older Blake would be interesting.

Vila - Martin Freeman from The Office, the HHGTTG film, and Blake's Junction 7, (as good as anyone not Michael Keating could be) or Alan Tudyk from Firefly (he does likeable and an English accent very well).

Jenna - [livejournal.com profile] executrix mentioned Claudia Black (Farscape and SG1) and that would be awesome. Tara Summers (Katie Lloyd in Boston Legal) would also be wonderful, having, like Claudia Black, a strong and intelligent face. No one would take either of those for granted.

Avon - Dylan Moran from Black Books (if he can do English) or Mark Heap from Green Wing (he already did Avon in Blake's Junction 7)

Gan - Adam Baldwin, Christopher Judge, or Jason Momoa would be great, or hey, let's make Gan a woman and have Magda Szubanski (Furlow in Farscape)! Any of those would make Gan awesome and dangerous and not to be killed off.

Cally - Hmm, that's a difficult onet. Virginia Hey (Zhaan in Farscape) perhaps? Or Tamsin Greig from Black Books and Green Wing--I'm sure she could do alien.

Tarrant - You can't go past Stephen Mangan from Green Wing. And look, here he is with a possible Cally!

Dayna - Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who? I can't think of many who'd be young enough for her, but if she was older in the remake, Nina Sosanya (Teachers and one DW episode) would be wonderful.

Soolin - Tara Summers if she didn't get the part of Jenna? Or Emilie de Ravin (Claire in Lost) who has a Soolinish look, or what about Tania Raymonde (Alex in Lost) who isn't blonde but has another interesting and strong face.

Servalan - Michelle Gomez, also of Green Wing (thanks to toft_froggy) wins hands down due to her character in that series, though I think Morena Baccarin (Inara in Firefly) would be very good.

Travis - Lani Tupu (Crais in Farscape) or yes, Temuera Morrison (Once were Warriors) for some really good suppressed--or not--violence.

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