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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Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow
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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)
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 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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Los siete de Blake  »

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Avon was called "The Kiss of Death". Because every woman that Avon kisses in the series (Excluding Servalan) ends up being killed off and killed by Avon. See more »

Quotes

[about Blake]
Dr. Havant: Can't he be eliminated?
Alta Morag: No, he's a symbol of opposition to the Administration.
Dr. Havant: So?
Ven Glynd: We've done cross-sectional psych readings, which show that a high percentage of people, particularly the younger ones, believe that Blake's trial was a showpiece, that his statements were rigged.
Alta Morag: His death could be used by the dissidents. They need a hero. Alive or dead, Blake could be it.
Dr. Havant: Difficult. I suppose my department could infect him, some rapidly terminal disease. Would his natural death help...
Ven Glynd:
Alta Morag:
Dr. Havant:
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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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Edited into Blakes 7: Duel (1978) See more »

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Wonderfully cheesy!
26 February 2004 | by (Malvern, England) – See all my reviews

This is quite simply the coolest sci-fi series of all time. It is easy to laugh at the sets and effects in these days of CGI, but it was good entertaining fun when it came out. Gareth Thomas played the Blake of the title, who whizzed round the universe with his crew of outlaws, trying to avoid the Federation. The leader of the Federation, Servalan, was a strong, scary woman who thought nothing of stabbing her allies in the back. In contrast to series such as Doctor Who, the female cast members werent just "screamers" - they all had their own specific and useful skills, such as Cally (Jan Chappell) who had psychic powers and Jenna (Sally Knyvette), an expert pilot. Watching it now brings back many memories, but it does stand up even now. Inspired!


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