Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 29th Dec 2006 21:45 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Half of our readers are away in this holiday season, so traffic and news items are considerably down comparatively to normal weekdays. Why don't we have some Holiday Fun (TM) with a poll? Our friends at Slashdot put a poll up asking about your favorite sci-fi TV series, but they forgot two very important entries as their readers mentioned quickly afterwards: the most famous TV series of the '90s "The X-Files", and the already cult classic "Firefly". So we thought we recreate the same poll, but with these options in play, just so we see what our (mostly geek) readership likes the most. Even if we only have ~1/10 of Slashdot's traffic we can still have some fun with it!
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Blake's 7
by Splinter on Fri 29th Dec 2006 21:55 UTC
Splinter
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2005-07-13

I am currently re-watching the great series, Blake's 7, from the creator of the Daleks.

The costumes have dated and the "special" effects are not so special, but the story following a small band of freedom fighters in there quest to destroy the evil federation.

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RE: Blake's 7
by Dave_K on Sat 30th Dec 2006 00:29 in reply to "Blake's 7"
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2005-11-16

Blake's 7 was brilliant.

Most of the special effects look terrible today, but they did the best they could with a tiny BBC budget (smaller than Doctor Who from what I've heard). Plus there was plenty of unintentional comedy to be had from the incredibly fake monsters and sets that fell apart around the actors.

Of course it's the plot and characters that matter, and Blake's 7 more than made up for it's budget deficiencies with memorable characters and excellent writing. A group of rebels fighting to free the galaxy from an evil dictatorship may seem a bit unoriginal after Star Wars, but Blake's 7 was a genuinely different take on the idea.

It was much darker than most other science fiction series around at the time, with flawed and believable characters rather than the heroes of Buck Rogers and Star Trek. The writers weren't afraid to kill off the protagonists or have them turn tale and run when the going got tough. There was plenty of (usually black) comedy, especially between characters like Vila and Avon, who didn't really share Blake's heroic ambition to free the galaxy from tyranny.

Farscape's probably the nearest thing to Blake's 7, although I remember JM Straczynski mentioning that its darkness and use of story arcs was a big influence on Babylon 5.

Any science fiction fan who hasn't seen it should definitely track it down, as long as Dr Who quality special effects don't put you off.

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