Tuesday, March 11, 2014

B7 Re-Watch: Season 1 Roundup

Series Overview:
Originally running from 1978-1981 the show was pitched as a combination Dirty Dozen/Robin Hood in space. It featured the eponymous Blake and his motley crew of criminals as they fought against the despotic Federation. 

The Ship:

Liberator is a large, extremely advanced alien warship. The crew lucks into its possession and it becomes their most capable weapon in their war for freedom. 

Zen is the main computer of the Liberator. He is extremely knowledgable but prone to refusing to aid the rebels when they least expect it. 

The Crew:

A political dissident who is framed with heinous crimes and deported to Cygnus Alpha. 

Computer genius and highly functioning sociopath. He clashed constantly with Blake. 

Smuggler and expert pilot she often serves as the voice of reason. 

A telepathic alien she was the final survivor of a resistance cell. Rescued by the crew she becomes a crucial member. 

Thief. Lock pick. Coward. 

A gentle giant who is restrained from acting violently by his limiter. 

Genius computer. Complete tool. 

The Villains:

The Federation

Supreme Commander of the space force. 

Space Commander. Psychopath. 

The story thus far:
Framed for crimes he didn't commit Blake is deported to the penal colony Cygnus Alpha. En route he and his not so merry band escape aboard the Liberator. Waging a guerrilla war against the vast and Totalitarian Federation they continually match wits against Servelan and Travis. Along the way they find new tools such Orac. The show garnered a reputation for handling relatively dark subject matter. The final scene of the first season showed Orac predicting the destruction of the Liberator. 

Best to Worst:
1. Seek-Locate-Destroy
2. The Way Back
3. Cygnus Alpha
4. Orac
5. Mission to Destiny
6. Space Fall
7. Duel
8. Project Avalon
9. Bounty
10. Deliverance
11. Time Squad
12. Breakdown 
13. The Web 

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