vilakins: (own goal)

This is it, the infamous final episode of Blake's 7. So in one sense only, yay, this is the last review post, and the end of the rewatch. :-)

So lay in a course and let's get the dignified hell out of here! )

vilakins: (tarrant ace)

This is a fairly typical season 4 episode: bleak and without hope. It's not even that entertaining unless you count Avon's underwear-less attire on Betafarl, and Zukan and Zeeona's hairstyles.

Avon's idea of diplomacy is like breaking someone's leg, then saying 'Lean on me'. )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (purple angst)

Ah yes, the episode that inspired so many fics (with or without red fur) and gets at least a mention in most PGPs. It's very OTT (and OOC) but entertaining enough though it's a strange mix of humour, cruelty, and betrayal.

It's just we don't get offered galaxies every day of the week.  )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (vila really)

This isn't that bad for a season 4 episode though it lacks the usual B7 witty dialogue.

I've got a criminal record, you see. - Hasn't everybody? )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dear in the headlights)

This is a lot better than Tanith Lee's other episode, Sarcophagus, but I still don't like it much.

His pulse is very weak. - Well, that should go very nicely with the rest of him. )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (genius)

This is my favourite season 4 episode despite the crap science and the confused end. It's a return to the clever Vila that Nation created, the plot is fun, and everyone's dialogue sparkles.

Oh nothing much, I've been shot at, trodden on, nearly captured twice and now I think they're trying to blow me up. A fairly average day, you know. )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (soolin quick draw)

This is a lot better than the last few episodes (which is not at all difficult) and more fun too, except for Piri who is as annoying as Justin.

I would prefer my slave to address me as 'mistress' )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (slave)

I don't much like this episode, but I will say that it's a good one for Orac. The little plastic rat actually behaves quite well in this.

We can fulfil your every desire )

vilakins: (dayna wild)

This episode is the only one I fast-forwarded the first time I watched it. I have therefore never seen it all and have no intention of changing that. The only interesting thing in it is poor Vila being bullied into cleaning the glycolene tanks and condescendingly offered a drink in consolation.

It's pretty foul by the look of it )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (Default)

At least Servalan isn't in this one. Actually there are some good parts to this ep, like Vila's intelligence and knowledgeability, Dayna's improvising, and the complete lack of a tinkly bit at the end. I could have done without the Space Rats though.

By the time the oxygen runs out, we'll be bored as well as dead. )

vilakins: (mini vila)

This isn't a favourite, but then neither is this season. I'm not impressed with the noncon joke either, Robert Holmes. Haven't we had enough of that from Steed? It does give a good look at the Federation though; very imperialist "give 'em cold steel, they don't like it up 'em". /Dad's Army

Tarrant has about as much subtlety as a Tarsian warg-strangler. )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dayna don't make me)

As this is more misogynist crap from the dickhead Steed, you don't get a proper review. There are very few good things about this episode and they are: Gunn Sar's embroidery, the running joke about his head count, Vila's scene with Pella, and the crew acquiring a teleport and Soolin. These are however not enough to make me watch this sexist shit except for the Vila and Pella scene because it's neither.

Perhaps academy was the wrong word )

vilakins: (drinking)

Due to popular demand (well, 15 of you, which very much surprised me) I shall continue with these reviews.

Stealing's quicker )

vilakins: (tarrant ace)

I like this episode, and that Star Trek is canonical in the B7 universe.

'Space, the final frontier', as it was once called. )

vilakins: (lark)

There will be no review of this episode as it's more offensive sexist poison from dickhead Ben Steed. Vila looks good in Federation black and learns to sing a convict song, and Avon eats an apple and meets a plucked chicken, but that is NOT ENOUGH to counteract the rape jokes and woman-hating serial killer, probably regarded by B Stard as a sympathetic character like his Jarvik was supposed to be. [stab]

vilakins: (beta delta)

Not one of my favourite episodes, but it's given rise to some interesting bodyswap stories and possibly a few "aliens made me do it" ones.

Ignore him. That's what passes for wit on board our ship. )

vilakins: (cally mindful)

I don't like this episode though I know others do. It's more fantasy than SF and therefore doesn't fit with the rest of B7. Also? The opening scene is interminable and enough to make me give up right there. But yay for the fast-forward button.

My experience of aliens hasn't exactly been warming. )

vilakins: (cheers)

I'm tired but have to post tonight, so I don't know whether this episode, the ep that launched a thousand fanfics, is going to get its full due.

I only drink to be sociable. Cheers, Orac. )

vilakins: Vila in a space helmet (safe)

And now for an episode with bigger holes than a quarry. (These reviews are going to be shorter and less structured since I don't think many people read them, and I'll stop at the end of this season.)

There are plenty more like her on Auron, apparently. )

vilakins: (hero)

Or as Greg always calls this episode, Vila Gets Laid. It's a Boucher one, but written because Michael Keating demanded an episode in which Vila wasn't stupid.

I don't believe in suicide. It stunts your growth. )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dayna don't make me)

A couple of years ago I was doing reviews of Blake's 7 episodes in a failed attempt to revive a moribund mailing list. I kept going here, but stalled when I hit Harvest of Kairos because I couldn't bring myself to watch it. I loathe its writer Ben Steed and would, to misquote Servalan, like to castrate him with a blunt spork.

However we're up to this piece of sexist dreck in the B7 rewatch community, so I fortified myself with two plain Girl Guide biscuits and a cup of tea to settle my stomach and forced myself to watch it. It doesn't rate a review. It gets a commentary like the appalling Voice From the Past did.

Just buy one planet at a time )



And now a couple of links for you.
Jarvik does his nut (a cover from a 50s SF magazine)
Job Satisfaction, a ficlet I wrote about why Jarvik chose the construction grades

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (tab)
Not with a whimper, but a bang!

Yes, I'm way behind. Is anyone still interested in these reviews?

And the second prize for the most gratuitous and lame use of not very special ordinary effects goes to Volcano for the running Pyroans. WTH? The first time I saw this, I thought they had limited teleport. What was that about?

If that's winning, I'll take losing every time. )
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (tab)
Not with a whimper, but a bang!

Yes, I'm way behind. Is anyone still interested in these reviews?

And the second prize for the most gratuitous and lame use of not very special ordinary effects goes to Volcano for the running Pyroans. WTH? The first time I saw this, I thought they had limited teleport. What was that about?

If that's winning, I'll take losing every time. )
vilakins: (tarrant ace)

Twists and turns and Tarrant!

When Blake's 7 was rerun here in 2001, it was on six nights a week, so when Del Tarrant was introduced, Dev Tarrant was still very clear in my memory. I therefore promptly assumed them to be relatives (which I'm sure they are with only a letter's difference) and Del to be a Federation plant. A few incidents seemed to confirm this, but by the end of season 3 I had to admit that I was wrong and Tarrant was just what he seemed: a deserter and rebel with a strong sense of honour.

According to the book Liberation however, it seems that I was right and Tarrant was indeed intended to be a plant, but the writers changed their minds.

Maybe he was cleaning it and it went off. )

vilakins: (tarrant ace)

Twists and turns and Tarrant!

When Blake's 7 was rerun here in 2001, it was on six nights a week, so when Del Tarrant was introduced, Dev Tarrant was still very clear in my memory. I therefore promptly assumed them to be relatives (which I'm sure they are with only a letter's difference) and Del to be a Federation plant. A few incidents seemed to confirm this, but by the end of season 3 I had to admit that I was wrong and Tarrant was just what he seemed: a deserter and rebel with a strong sense of honour.

According to the book Liberation however, it seems that I was right and Tarrant was indeed intended to be a plant, but the writers changed their minds.

Maybe he was cleaning it and it went off. )

vilakins: (dayna wild)

Sun, sand, sea, and savages (not all of them Sarrans)!

For some reason, this is one of the few episodes I can remember seeing as a kid, probably because of the sweeping beach scenes which are such a change from the usual interior or quarry. This may be why Bounty is another one I remember.

How does it feel to have made history? )

vilakins: (dayna wild)

Sun, sand, sea, and savages (not all of them Sarrans)!

For some reason, this is one of the few episodes I can remember seeing as a kid, probably because of the sweeping beach scenes which are such a change from the usual interior or quarry. This may be why Bounty is another one I remember.

How does it feel to have made history? )

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