I have just discovered that one of the best sci-fi series ever is set to return...
I remember watching Blake's 7 as a kid, and I loved it. About a year or so ago, I even rented the entire series from our local video store (which conveniently has lots of cult stuff) and watched it all again.
Once you get over the low-budget sets and special effects, the story line and characters become engrossing. The series was conceived by writer Terry Nation, who also penned some excellent Dr Who episodes. The story was a dark one, with ambiguous and flawed characters and engaging stories.
The story follows Blake, a rebel with a cause, who is fighting for freedom against the corrupt Federation. Blake recruits a motley crew of criminals and outlaws, and tries to overthrow the Federation which controls the galaxy.
Kerr Avon, played magnificently by Paul Darrow, was easily the favourite character. Despite Blake (Gareth Thomas) being the principal character, Avon ended up stealing the show and leading the rebel group to the end of the series, while Blake receded into the shadows. As with most of the crew, Avon was a flawed character. Selfish, stubborn and wily, he was still unmistakeably likeable. And it was ultimately the depth and essentially human aspects of the characters that gave the show its great appeal.
And now, the story is set to return, 30 years after the dramatic finale of the original. And Avon will be back...
If you haven't already seen the show, I urge you to go and rent the videos. Never mind the special effects (which, for its day, were still quite good) and sink your teeth into brilliant characters and a great story.