Review Blake: Episode 52

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  1. Doctor Omega

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    Your thoughts on this episode....

    Orac has pinpointed Blake's location and reveals to Avon and the crew of Scorpio that he is on the lawless planet Gauda Prime, where Blake has given up fighting against the Federation and is now a bounty hunter. But the crew of the Scorpio suspect Blake has betrayed them and has sold out to the Federation.







    Your way back to.....

    THE WAY BACK

    https://www.imdforums.com/threads/your-fight-against-the-federation-starts-here.3309/



    Back to the previous episode....

    WARLORD

    https://www.imdforums.com/threads/warlord-episode-51.3502/
     
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    The episode that cemented the legend.

    I really don't think Blake's 7 would be what it is, in people's minds, without this piece of the puzzle.

    But. sad to say, to my mind, the whole 52 episode saga has been, ultimately, for nothing.

    Who actually benefited from Blake and his rebellion?

    Not many.

    All of Blake's plans had ineffectual or short lived results. Let's steal a cypher machine! Oh, look, they've changed the code now. And lots of people died. Good people. Allies.

    Even after an alien fleet - not Blake - destroyed Star One, the Federation merely regrouped and came back with Pylene 50. The drugged citizens of Warlord, being in an even worse state than in Episode 1!

    Also, Avon and his crew have been gradually dehumanised by their experiences. They enter the Gauda Prime base, killing unarmed people such as Klyn. Yes, I know that that guy was having a tussle with Tarrant, but did they need to kill him? Why not wound him, then ask questions?

    ,Then one final, horrible misunderstanding between Blake and Avon. Blake brings it on himself because he now finds it "difficult to trust", just as Avon does. His games are, indeed, stupid as Deva says. And he shows himself to be a crap judge of character, as he cannot see through Arlen's masquerade.

    One nice touch on the audio commentary is when Chris Boucher points out that the final filmed moment of Blake's 7 ever was the line "It's getting light. Shall we go?"

    As a kid I denied that this could be finale. Surely in a year, or two years, or three years, the Beeb would see sense and make that fifth season that would put everything right. Blake wouldn't be dead and he and Avon would be friends again and the crew would get another ship and they would overthrow the Federation and Servalan would lose.

    I thought that this massacre on Gauda Prime was the wrong ending.

    But now I am happy that that never happened. I now feel that this ending of this murderous bunch that had once been sincere freedom fighters, was entirely appropriate. They had come to live by the gun and were now dying by the gun. It was poetic justice.

    I am also glad that fans never got hold of it. at any point, to continue the saga on television, with badly written, smart arse scripts. Although they tried to recast and remake it on audio, which was about as effective as Gan in a karate tournament. Utter rubbish.

    All attempts to revive it post Gauda Prime have failed.

    Even Big Finish have wisely kept their audios set before this finale.

    Only one surviving man has had the right to say what happened next and he did so in his trilogy of novels, based on what he discussed with Terry Nation.

    So, if one must see what happened next, I would recommend the Lucifer Trilogy by Paul Darrow. No franchise building in these books though. It is very much a conclusion.

    And those three books, should one even choose to read them, should, I think, be the final word on Blake's 7.

    No revival can ever, in my opinion, match the original.

    A classic show and a television legend.
     
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    So Blake's7 ends up as Avon's irrelevant 5, this is not a criticism at all , but a logical outcome of a slowly inwardly looking bunch of desperados running out of places to hide.
    On Countdown Cordor said "thank goodness you've arrived Blake" no one is saying now" Avon and Tarrant hooray you're here"
    A tawdry end to our heroes, The Federation wins, life goes on, Blake's rebellion a footnote in history. Which is brilliant!! No other show has the protagonists utterly defeated with a leader gone off his rocker. Blake was an interestingly reborn character here, but fatally flawed, he just was not cautious enough and thought himself invincible, he didn't question Arlen who penetrated rather easily his security measures.
    The final misunderstanding between Tarrant Blake and Avon was easily avoidable, BLAKE YOU PR**K give Avon some space don't surge forward arms outstretched, take a deep breath and give the guy a chance to think and DON'T SAY " Yes I was waiting for YOU" when Avon thinks you're a bounty hunter.
    Oh well.....the end.
    I've enjoyed doing this review; UFO, Star Cops, Randall and Hopkirk Sandbaggers I'd enjoy them too. I think if I did Sandbaggers I'd be on.my own then!
     
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    Yes, I have enjoyed this too. I am thinking Star Cops next, but will have to dig out my dvd's.

    Thanks for sharing the journey!

    Stay tuned! :emoji_alien:
     
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    I thought this episode was great, sad but great! You really didn't want it to end the way it did but if it hadn't then it wouldn't have had that impact! Blake returns at last and confronts Avon, his friend/enemy for the final time! Was it really a set-up, the ending by Blake's people to see if Avon could be trusted or were they really Federation troopers?
    A friend of mine always claimed that Servalan turned up in the final episode and smiled as her men shot Avon, it took me years to convince him otherwise!
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