I was actually really looking forward to seeing this. However, it has been a massive disappointment. It is actually one of the worst things I’ve seen, and most certainly the worst rendering of this story ever, and I include the Tom Cruise version, which was decidedly awful too.
I don’t really understand how they got it so wrong though. I mean, there’s a book. They read the book right? It doesn’t take much to get this right. They left out a load of stuff though. Stuff that was in the actual story, and they put in a load of stuff that wasn’t in the story. I’m not entirely sure why though.
It seems to me that this is a result of a very simple error that can be boiled down into a simple equation.
Original Story + Useless Additions – Cool stuff from the original = Crap Version
Sure, that’s probably an oversimplification, but basically it’s what happened, and it should have been totally avoidable.
As far as I can tell, no one (in their right mind) thought this was any good at all. I’d agree. However, if you’re interested in a far superior version, that is audio only, then you should try the version that Big Finish produced.
Now this is excellent. Really good and really enjoyable. I can thoroughly recommend it.
If you don’t remember Citizen Smith (and you’d need to be of a certain age to do so), then this post is probably not for you. Citizen Smith was a sitcom back in the late 1970’s. It ran for about 3 years and was probably quite good for its time.
A couple of years ago I posted about its return, but it seems that hasn’t happened. I can’t even remember where I heard about it.
The other night I got the DVD out of seasons 1 and 2 and started to watch them. I’d started this before, when I bought the DVDs, but hadn’t got very far. Once again I didn’t get very far. Why? Mainly because it was really awful.
When I say awful, I don’t mean awful by 1970’s standards, I mean by today’s standards, which is of course totally unfair. Judging this show by today’s criteria makes no sense at all. It wasn’t written or performed by those standards and it shouldn’t be watched by those either. That’s hard though. When I watch this I simply can’t help but see it in terms of what is in my opinion good for now.
In reality it was a great show for its day. I can remember enjoying it back then, and the fact that I can’t really enjoy it now shouldn’t damage that memory.
I’d still like to see a reboot of it though. I think that could be fun.
For now, I don’t think I’ll be putting those DVDs back in the player.
It seems amazing that Blake’s 7 is 40 years old now. I can remember being so excited to see each episode when it came on TV every week. I’m still a big fan, and looking forward to hearing the new stories coming from Big Finish.
I watched season one after reading the first book, Leviathan Wakes, which I really enjoyed. The TV series is no way as good as the books, and I think the TV show doesn’t do the best job of making sense of what isn’t a terribly complex story. I’m much more at home with the books now.
Season 2 was ok. Not amazing again, but certainly in keeping with the first season. Apparently season 3 is already being filmed, which is a good thing I believe. I’ll certainly watch it.
I’ve just finished watching what was the final iteration of Star Trek, “Enterprise”. Of course “Enterprise” was set before the original series of Star Trek, but was the last to be made. Having watched it I’ve now started watched the original series from the start as it’s just turned up on netflix. In fact, it isn’t the only Star Trek series that’s arrived on netflix. In fact they’ve now got the original series, TNG, DS9 and Voyager too. So I now have a unique opportunity, I can watch every episode in strict chronological order.
And that’s what I plan to do now. I’ll be going through the lot!
I remember when this show first came out. I was really looking forward to it. I thought it was a great idea, a prequel to the original series, what could be better. But it didn’t hold my attention, and I eventually lost complete interest after only a few episodes.
The other day I noticed that it was on Netflix and I decided to give it another go and see if my original disinterest was well founded. I’ve been watching season one now up to episode 14, and, whilst it’s ok, it’s not brilliant I have to say. I find some of the characters quite annoying, especially the captain, who just doesn’t seem to learn anything or listen to anyone and doesn’t develop at all.
I think I’ll continue with it, but I now understand why it eventually got cancelled. I don’t think that the writing held up against all the other series.