Blake 7 Flies Again With Bond Director At The Helm
By Alex Cranz
Somewhere in 1994 or 1995 PBS started airing the entirety of Blake 7 after the sci-fi power hours of Red Dwarf and Doctor Who. I’d religiously watch the first two but Blake 7 was too dark and serious for this pre-teen to handle.
Not my sister! Four years older than me she recorded every episode on VHS and would watch them all the time and write about them in her journal which I would then steal and do dramatic readings of with my little brother…she’ll just be learning that factoid now. So, uh, sorry for being a terrible sister?
Anyways Blake 7 was like British Star Trek made out with Farscape and all the crazy aliens and muppets died and all that was left was a group of bad ass criminals riding around in a ship have adventures and being dark anti-heroes.
The show as way ahead of its time on the anti-hero front and on the serial storytelling front. It wasn’t quite as episodic as most television of the era and because of this it had a huge following of fans. Also because of this it never really saw a resurgence in the general population like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who.
But now Martin Campbell, the guy who gave us an excellent Bond reboot and a not so excellent Green Lantern film, has been tapped to direct a new adaptation of it for potential US TV affiliates. That’s right, it’s getting the BSG treatment.
Are you freaking out right now? Mildly interested? Still bummed about the pretty dang famous finale of the original show?