Former resistance leader Roj Blake witnesses a massacre and is subsequently framed for a series of fictional crimes by the totalitarian Federation.



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Michael Keating ...
Robert James ...
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Michael Halsey ...
Pippa Steel ...
Maja Varon
Alan Butler ...
Margaret John ...
Peter Williams ...
Dr. Havant
Susan Field ...
Rodney Figaro ...
Nigel Lambert ...
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Former rebel leader Roj Blake learns from outlawed protesters led by Bran Foster that he once led a resistance group against the evil intergalactic government The Federation, but he was brainwashed and his memories were erased when he was captured by The Federation. When Blake witnesses the protesters being slaughtered by Federation Guards, Blake is framed for a series of crimes he didn't do and is sentenced to exile on the prison planet Cygnus Alpha. Written by Daniel Williamson

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2 January 1978 (UK)  »

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Great first episode
20 May 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Blakes 7" begins with this episode, "The Way Back", which concentrates on introducing us to the world of the Terran Federation and immediately shows us how corrupt they are as they massacre a group of rebel activists and proceed to frame Roj Blake (the series' namesake, of course) for child molestation. Right from the beginning, "Blakes 7" makes it 100% clear that it is an adult television series that doesn't hold back on content that is controversial at best thematically and would be especially controversial nowadays (Sky has commissioned two scripts for a potential revival already, that should be interesting).

The episode also introduces the rest of the main characters. Maintaining a leisurely but solid pace, "The Way Back" accomplishes a surprising number of introductory purposes while already beginning to develop some of the aesthetic and thematic content that would feature for the remainder of the series.


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