Blakes 7 (1978–1981)

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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

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Edited from the first four episodes of the cult 1978 BBC TV series set in the far future where freedom fighter Roj Blake, framed by the all-powerful but corrupt Galactic Federation which ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Michael Keating ...
 Vila Restal (52 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Darrow ...
 Kerr Avon (51 episodes, 1978-1981)
Peter Tuddenham ...
 Zen / ... (49 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jan Chappell ...
 Cally / ... (37 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jacqueline Pearce ...
 Servalan / ... (29 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Roj Blake (28 episodes, 1978-1981)
Sally Knyvette ...
 Jenna Stannis (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven Pacey ...
 Del Tarrant / ... (26 episodes, 1980-1981)
Josette Simon ...
 Dayna Mellanby (26 episodes, 1980-1981)
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In the third century of the second calendar, a corrupt galactic federation, with Earth at its center, drugs its billions of citizens into placid submission. A rebel named Roj Blake, who once tried to organize a resistance group to overthrow this regime, was caught and divested of his memories. But Blake's revolutionary spirit is revived when he witnesses a mass slaughter by police that is covered up by the federation officials. He escapes exile on board a prison spaceship and, together with a lovable band of outlaws, takes over a vacant alien space cruiser of awesome drive capability. Naming their new ship as "The Liberator", Blake and his group travel the Milky Way to seek any opportunity to undermine the evil federation. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Gareth Thomas revealed in The Cult of...: Blake's 7 (2006) that he became disillusioned with some aspects of the series, in particular what he regarded as its move away from science fiction and into science fantasy. When he asked if he could direct a couple of episodes and this was refused by the BBC, he decided to leave. See more »

Quotes

[Blake is under treatment after witnessing a massacre]
Dr. Havant: Reality is a dangerous concept. Each one of us interprets it in a slightly different way. Every sense impression is filtered by the brain and altered, sometimes just a little, sometimes completely, to fit our individual model of what the world is about. If that model should be challenged...
Roj Blake: [chanting over and over to himself] I am *not* insane. I am *not* insane...
Dr. Havant: No. You must put that thought completely out of your mind. You've had a shock.
Roj Blake: [...]
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER! The final episode ends with a lone Avon, surrounded by Federation soldiers, holding a blaster-type rifle and smiling a devious smile. The program then cuts to the end titles VISUALLY, but several "shots" are heard over the credits before the theme music starts. See more »

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A 'cult' series worthy of its status amongst aficionados
29 July 2007 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Despite the somewhat clunky special effects and plastic sets and costumes this series has always had a devoted following. Its plot lines, its witty and sharp dialogue, and the development of the characters seems to make you want more; and for 52 episodes 'more' is what we get. Splendid performances by all the major participants, this series has all the qualities you might wish for in a good book. You just have to keep 'turning the page'. For my money this is more fun than the old "Doctor Who" series (although the new Doctor Who series is another matter - fabulous!) The BBC, it seems to me, has always been lucky in having good writers for Sci-Fi. Right from Nigel Kneale (Quatermass, 1953 onwards) to Terry Nation and others. Great fun and completely addictive.


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