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April 28th, 2008


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10:25 pm - I'm going to need a Blake's 7 icon at some point....
...'cause I've got a couple more reviews for you all. :-)


“Time Squad”

Not a huge fan of this episode, possibly because the idea of finding a cryo-ship centuries after its launch is such an overused idea. When the episode was made, it was probably fresher, but watching it now, it’s not even a particularly interesting rendition of the trope. Trek handled this plot a lot better in “Space Seed.”

I continue to love the technological details, the old school sci-fi feel. When Blake and Jenna teleport into the cryo-ship, and it’s barely big enough to hold them, it’s kind of obvious that Blake’s comment about “more luck than judgment” is the plain truth. It’s amazing they didn’t get meshed into the cryo-capsules somehow. I love the cramped feeling of the ship, and it was fun to watch the crew work through the mental puzzle of what it’s for and where it came from. Blake seems to enjoy such things; it’s amazing that he still has some of his sense of wonder, after all he’s been through. (Though I can see why he might cling to such a personality trait: that individual ability to perceive and marvel would seem a triumph in itself.)

So this is Cally! She’s tough. That exterior plays like a battle-hardened soldier, not just a resistance fighter. Tough on herself, too; her failure makes her an outcast, so she just moves on. Wow. She’s not as conventionally pretty as Jenna, but there’s a tense energy to her that I like. (Is it just me, or does Gareth Thomas have great chemistry with both actresses?)

I was startled at how matter-of-factly the whole telepath thing was dropped in. It didn’t seem that anyone had heard of the Aurons (sp?), nor had met any actual telepaths, but Blake and Avon just sort of rolled with it. Vila, bless him, was the only one to get all inquisitive about the possibility of mind-reading.

You know, Jenna’s pretty tough, too. It was nice to see her winning in a hand-to-hand fight with the cryo-guy. (Where did these strong female characters come from, in the same era as Trek? *is impressed*)

Although I have to say: I can handle the not-great special effects, but I really wish the hand-to-hand fighting was better choreographed. No realism at all; I’ve seen a lot on stage that’s much more convincing. This goes for all eps I’ve seen so far. Does it ever get better?

Poor Gan. This was not his episode for having fun! I like the revelation about the limiter he’s been fitted with (although I’m trying to recall if that came up at all in the second episode, on the ship), which makes his good-natured confidence in his physical build a total sham; as long as people think he’s dangerous, it’s all good. But they’d better never find out he can’t actually deliver on that promise.

This show sometimes gets confusing, though. I couldn’t figure out at any point how much of Gan’s incapacitation was due to his limiter kicking in (clearly some of it, from the dialogue), and how much to being generally knocked around by cryo-guy.



“The Web”

Let me get my gripe out of the way, because other than that I enjoyed this episode: It’s quite a coincidence that an Auron would be close to the planet where the outcasts have their home base, right at the time they were sending out their signal to try and snare some help.

(Also, the Forsaken--um, that's what I'm calling them, since I don't remember what Cally calls them--claim to have been able to control Cally because she’s an Auron, but they didn’t seem to have much difficulty using Jenna’s mouth when they wanted to.)

I really enjoyed the weirdness of this story. The webs in the trees and in space, the aliens rising up against their creators, the servants of the Forsaken, all the hints of the technology and cold, condescending mindset that produced it--I found it very convincing, and it put me on edge in a rather delightful way.

Mind you, I was disturbed, too. Dark show, this, as Blake and Avon stand there and watch the slave race beat the bodies of the servants to dust and splintered bone. Blake, at least, looked just as unsettled as I felt.

(Speaking of dark: Cally’s burned hand. Decent makeup job, combined with the fiery flash during her sabotage work, made me cringe.)

Blake is not a very good negotiator.

Vila showing off his new outfit to Cally was adorable. Too bad she was possessed at the time. *g*

Speaking of Vila, he’s such a little boy there at the weapons controls. Hee. Bet he’s played a lot of video games, or whatever the equivalent would be in the B7verse.

Favorite scene: Blake tries to disarm the bomb that Cally set, Avon tries to warn him to watch what he’s doing, Blake fails to do so, and Avon knocks him out of harm’s way. Fairly typical scene for this genre, but given that it’s Blake and Avon, their reactions kind of cracked me up. Blake’s all “Avon has a heart after all!” and grinning at the proof he sees of something beneath Avon’s self-serving façade. And Avon is like, “whoa, buddy, it was just instinct, that’s ALL,” and is kind of offended that Blake would think that he could ever intend to save Blake’s life. *snerk* I adore these characters, especially when they get to play off each other.

(Yes, okay, all you Avon-lovers. I’m not one of you yet, but he’s no longer just annoying me. Now I’m interested.)


I think I need to watch "Seek-Locate-Destroy" again, before I post about it. Because it was awesome, and also because I'm a little disturbed at how hot I find Space Commander Travis. O_o
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 29th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
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Yes, you should have B7 icons! Everyone should have B7 icons!

When the episode was made, it was probably fresher,

Not much, I don't think. :)

So this is Cally!

This is one side of Cally, anyway, and by far the most interesting side.

It didn’t seem that anyone had heard of the Aurons (sp?), nor had met any actual telepaths, but Blake and Avon just sort of rolled with it.

I think the Aurons, or at least the fact that telepaths exists somewhere in the universe, are sort of generally known about, so it's not an "OMG, you're what?, no way!!" kind of shocking to them. But, as you'll see later in the series, the Aurons (or Auronar, both seem to be acceptable) are pretty reclusive, so it's not surprising none of them has met one before. But, you know, if you're a hardened rebel in a tough dystopian universe, you've got to be cool about things like that, I guess. :)

(Where did these strong female characters come from, in the same era as Trek? *is impressed*)

Well, it was post-Trek, or at least post-TOS. And, sadly, it wasn't always consistent about keeping its portrayal of the women that strong. But when it did strong women well, it did them very strong, and very well.

No realism at all; I’ve seen a lot on stage that’s much more convincing. This goes for all eps I’ve seen so far. Does it ever get better?

Um... No. Sorry. :)

I like the revelation about the limiter he’s been fitted with (although I’m trying to recall if that came up at all in the second episode, on the ship),

IIRC, this is the first time we hear about it.

This show sometimes gets confusing, though.

We like to think of it as "leaving lots of room for varying fannish interpretations." :)

Dark show, this,

Oh, yeah. That scene's kind of archetypal of the show's darkness, really. (Ooh, and an excuse to use this little-employed icon!)

Blake is not a very good negotiator.

He has his moments. This... is not one of them. :)

Favorite scene: Blake tries to disarm the bomb that Cally set, Avon tries to warn him to watch what he’s doing, Blake fails to do so, and Avon knocks him out of harm’s way.

Yes, that is a favorite scene of many people. And a beautiful little microcosm of their relationship, really. :)

(Yes, okay, all you Avon-lovers. I’m not one of you yet, but he’s no longer just annoying me. Now I’m interested.)

He grows on you. Like an entertainingly snarky fungus. :)

and also because I'm a little disturbed at how hot I find Space Commander Travis. O_o

Oh, no, not another one... :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 30th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
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Yes, you should have B7 icons!

Make me one? *puppy-dog eyes* No, kidding, but I'll have to find one somewhere, cause I cannot make visual artsy things to save my life.

This is one side of Cally, anyway, and by far the most interesting side.

Hmmm. You're making me nervous for later. Oh well. I'll enjoy tough!Cally while she's here, and see what I make of her other sides when they appear.

I think the Aurons, or at least the fact that telepaths exists somewhere in the universe, are sort of generally known about

That makes sense. Although now I'm wondering more than before about the educational gap between Blake & Avon, and Vila--they seem to be from rather different strata of society, and either Vila knows less (about some things) or he's just not as leery of admitting that he doesn't know things.

No realism at all; I’ve seen a lot on stage that’s much more convincing. This goes for all eps I’ve seen so far. Does it ever get better?

Um... No. Sorry. :)


Dang. Guessed I'd better start getting used to it, then.

(Where did these strong female characters come from, in the same era as Trek? *is impressed*)

Well, it was post-Trek, or at least post-TOS. And, sadly, it wasn't always consistent about keeping its portrayal of the women that strong.


D'oh. I keep forgetting when exactly this show was airing, and misplacing it earlier. And while lack of consistency is sad, hey, at least they got it right some of the time! :-)

We like to think of it as "leaving lots of room for varying fannish interpretations." :)

In that case, there must be a LOT of good fic. Yes? *g*

Yes, that is a favorite scene of many people. And a beautiful little microcosm of their relationship, really.

Somehow, I am not surprised. I watched that scene, and snickered, and then wondered exactly how high it ranks in terms of Most-Talked-About Scene in the fandom. Cause--yeah. That's Blake&Avon, right there.

He grows on you. Like an entertainingly snarky fungus

Yes, it is kind of like that!

and also because I'm a little disturbed at how hot I find Space Commander Travis. O_o

Oh, no, not another one... :)


LOL! I can't be original in all my reactions; I'm a straight female with eyes. The man is strikingly good-looking, eyepatch and all. I'm just recognizing facts.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 30th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
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Make me one? *puppy-dog eyes* No, kidding, but I'll have to find one somewhere, cause I cannot make visual artsy things to save my life.

http://community.livejournal.com/ka_iconage/tag/b7

Also b7icons is a good place to look, though I think it depends on the particular posts whether said icons are free to snurch.

In that case, there must be a LOT of good fic. Yes?

Yes, but being a pre-'net fandom, most if it is in fanzines.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 1st, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
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Ooo! Thank you for links! I just spent half an hour browsing through b7icons, and still haven't picked out any to use.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:May 1st, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
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8-)
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 30th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Make me one? *puppy-dog eyes* No, kidding, but I'll have to find one somewhere, cause I cannot make visual artsy things to save my life.

I would happily do so, actually, except for the fact that I suffer from the same affliction, and have to steal all my icons from other people, too. :)

they seem to be from rather different strata of society, and either Vila knows less (about some things) or he's just not as leery of admitting that he doesn't know things.

They are canonically from different social strata -- well, more or less canonically; the specifics, like most specifics in B7, are subject to debate. I'd definitely stress that "about some things" there, though. It's a mistake to underestimate Vila. :)

D'oh. I keep forgetting when exactly this show was airing, and misplacing it earlier. And while lack of consistency is sad, hey, at least they got it right some of the time! :-)

It ran from 1978 to 1981, so it started up nearly a decade after TOS went off the air (but ended well before TNG). I see it as Britain's dsytopian reply to Star Trek, really.

In that case, there must be a LOT of good fic. Yes? *g*

There is, indeed, although kerravonsen's right about the zines. It can be a lot harder to find the B7 fic you're looking for on the net that it is for most fandoms.

I watched that scene, and snickered, and then wondered exactly how high it ranks in terms of Most-Talked-About Scene in the fandom.

It's definitely up there. :)

Edited at 2008-04-30 04:36 pm (UTC)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 29th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
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I tried to leave a comment, but it got eaten, and I can't remember what I said.

Yes, Cally is good. She gets wimpified later, because some of the writers didn't know how or want to write strong women, but she still managed to be awesome upon occassion. 8-)

And I'm glad Avon is no longer annoying you. 8-)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 30th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
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I'm sad that your comment got eaten! :-(

Re: Avon: well, he's still annoying me, but now I don't mind his annoying traits as much, because now I want to know what makes him tick. (I'm still of the opinion that he really is just as self-centered and amoral as he projects, but even that is intriguing, especially when he's having to work with an idealist like Blake. That's just all kinds of layered, awesome character work waiting to happen.)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 30th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
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I'm still of the opinion that he really is just as self-centered and amoral as he projects

My opinion is that yes, he's self-centred and amoral, but not quite as much as he projects. It's a defence mechanism: he wants people to think that he's bad and tough and unpredictable, so that they don't rely on him.
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From:sallymn
Date:May 1st, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
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I'm still of the opinion that he really is just as self-centered and amoral as he projects... me, I think he wants to be and most of the time has no trouble acting that way - he really doesn't give a damn about most of the human race. But in the odd cases where he does care... and he's (unwillingly) started to here {happy sigh} I do like complicated heroes.
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From:sallymn
Date:May 1st, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
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Check b7icons, you'll probably find just the thing you want there :) I also have some for the taking of by anyone who'd like them here, but there are some wonderful ones by other people in that comm.

The main thing I love about Time Squad is the very first Flight Deck Fight (and splendid it is too) and the way that - after all that trying to tell Blake and Jenna he wanted shot of them, Avon tries to hard to save them... he's really tense there :)

Edited at 2008-05-01 11:16 am (UTC)

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