Blake’s 7: Weapon

May 24, 2015 in Blake's 7, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest Blog by Hevy782

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Unsurprisingly, the episode titled Weapon focuses on a weapon and the Federation’s attempt to gain control of it. Once again written by script editor Chris Boucher, Weapon is directed by another new face called George Spenton-Foster who went on to dirrect three more episodes, all of which from series two. The episode also features the return of Servalan and Travis but there’s something different this time. Travis is played by an entirely different actor in this episode and all subsequent ones after the original actor, Stephen Grief, declined the offer to appear in the second series and went on to pursue other roles. The recast of Travis was Brian Croucher who had previously appeared in another Chris Boucher penned production, The Robots of Death from Doctor Who. Recasting is never ideal as the new actor almost always ends up in the shadow of the old one and from what I’ve seen of Croucher so far I do ultimately prefer Grief although maybe that will change after I see more of Croucher in the role but at the moment I just find his portrayal a little to over the top. But what about the episode itself? Was that too over the top like the previous one? Let’s take a look and find out.

The episode begins with a paranoid Federation defector called Coser on the run with a slave he liberated called Rashel and a weapon of his own design called IMIPAK. It marks a person with a point of unstable matter which can then be activated at any time in order to kill said person. Servalan wants IMIPAK and together with Travis she uses a clone of Blake to trick Coser into giving the weapon to her. The real Blake and his crew are also in search of Coser but are to late as Servalan uses Coser’s own weapon to kill him. Upon their arrival Travis marks Blake, Avon and Gan using IMIPAK and they are then forced to retreat out of it’s range before Servalan activates it. The clone of Blake, together with Rashel, then steals the weapon and uses it on Servalan and Travis, forcing them to retreat also. Blake and his crew are now safe and IMIPAK is safely out of the Federation’s hands.

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For the most part Weapon is a very villain-centric episode with our heroes pretty much taking a back seat this time around as far as the plot is concerned. This time Travis and Servalan are in the pilots seat and are the ones who are driving the plot forward. Speaking of, there isn’t a whole lot of plot in this one which is a welcome relief after the overstuffed Shadow. Instead, it’s more of a character based episode and does very well on that front but not in the way that you’d expect. Instead of expanding on the main characters it builds up the guest characters and makes them all feel very real and well rounded which is something to be commended considering the fairly short running time. Carnell is easily the best and most enjoyable of these supporting characters, I’d even go so far as to say that I wish he could have been a recurring character as he was just that good and he certainly had the potential. A psycho-strategist would be a useful character for Servalan to have around and Scott Fredericks is just so good in the role. He’s also very funny and that last line had me in stitches, the delivery was just perfect. More one-off character as well written as him would be very welcome.

Coser and Rashel are our other two supporting characters who have a rather interesting dynamic for the short while that it (or more accurately Coser) lasts. He may be upset when she calls him her master but he still very much treats her like a slave despite the fact that he freed her. You could just call that inconsistent writing but I think it’s much more than that and as such it makes Coser a quite well layered character. Rashel might not be as well developed a character but she’s probably the more likeable and ultimately gets a happy ending after everything. The episode isn’t perfect however as the whole cloning sub-plot of the story feels a bit out of nowhere and takes a while to link into to the main plot so for that while you’re just left wondering what it was all about. The scenes with the Clonemasters are also quite weird and they just feel a bit too much like pantomime. They ultimately just don’t fit in with the style of Blake’s 7 and I’m not sure whether to blame the writer or the director for this. I also feel that a clone of Blake had a lot of potential that was rather wasted here, even if we would’ve ended up with a bit of a cliché storyline. Bringing up back full circle to the idea of this being a villain centric episode, Servalan is wonderful in this and it’s nice to have Jacqueline Pearce back. She’s an absolutely wonderful villain and she overshadows Travis even more now that he’s been recast. The only villain who could really rival her was Carnell whose time on the show was all too brief but I digress.

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Rounding off this episode, it’s a definite step up from Chris Boucher’s first effort and where it mainly excels is in the wonderful supporting characters. Because of this I’m giving it an eight-out-of-ten despite the plot being a bit weak. Next up is another episode which continues the recent trend of single word titles and it’s called Horizon but until then be sure to sound off your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.

Farscape : Prayer

May 20, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

Aeryn is being held captive aboard a Scarran freighter captained by Jenek, who’s determined to find out if Aeryn’s carrying Crichton’s child. To discover the location of the Scarran base where Aeryn is being taken, Crichton and Scorpius travel through a wormhole to a mixed-up “unrealized reality” version of Moya. As the others wait for their return, pursuing Peacekeepers draw closer.

Synopsis

Aeryn is finally forced to admit that her child is Crichton’s but she puts up a good fight.

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Meanwhile Scorpius provides the ruthlessness necessary to find out where Katratzi is and just as well because once Jenek gets the information he’s looking for that’s exactly where he’s taking Aeryn.

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Blake’s 7: Shadow

May 17, 2015 in Blake's 7, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest Blog by Hevy782

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What a mess that was. Now I usually don’t show my hand this soon in these reviews but I just needed to get that out of my system as soon as possible. Now Blake’s 7 has a format of approximately fifty minutes per episode and there is only so much a writer can do in that time. Chris Boucher however tries to do far more than that in the time available to enough with enough ideas to fills half a series worth of episodes. Now since I’ve brought up Chris Boucher I might as well mention the fact that he’s the first to write for Blake’s 7 who’s not the series’ creator Terry Nation. That’s not to say he hasn’t been involved though as he was script editor for the entirety of the series’ run. His debut episode as a writer is directed by Jonathan Wright Miller who is an entirely new face but unfortunately one that won’t be around for long having only this episode and the fourth episode of the second series, Horizon. Admittedly he has his work cut out for him and it’s easy to see that while he’s not a bad director this episode was a challenge he was just not cut out for. Now the episode has two main plots which I will explain into in a minute but one thing that was really poor about them was that they had no business being in the same episode. There was so little connecting the two and they are so different that it feels like the episode doesn’t know what it’s trying to be. It doesn’t know which plot to focus on which leads to both being extremely underdeveloped and one of them is so unusual that it doesn’t feel like Blake’s 7 at all.

Space City is a retched hive of scum and villainy and it’s also where the episode begins as Blake arrives there looking to use the Terra Nostra, a notorious criminal organisation, in his crusade against the Federation. After negotiations fail Blake opts for plan B and sets the Liberator on a course Zondar, the source of a highly addictive and lethal drug known as shadow. Orac meanwhile is possessed by an alien entity from another dimension which targets Cally. Blake, Jenna and Avon teleport down the planet and find that the Terra Nostra are actually run by the president of the Federation who is controlling both sides of the law in order to achieve total control. Cally soon follows them down and encounters the telepathic moondisks of the planet which help her to defeat the entity controlling Orac. With the shadow refinery destroyed and the mystery of Orac solved the crew of the Liberator leave the system pursued by seven Federation ships with the unsettling thought that they could be all the good guys left in the galaxy.

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Now I’m not going to be too negative about this episode as it actually does quite a few things well and one of those is the character themselves. It’s odd to think that Chris Boucher is doing a better job with Terry Nation’s characters than Terry Nation himself was. Take Cally for example. Her telepathic abilities were all but forgotten by Terry Nation after her first few episodes but here they are crucial to the story (well one half of it at least) and not only that but Cally is also shown as a very strong and intelligent character when threatening Space City. Gan is also given some good stuff to do at last as he stands up to Blake who is quite possibly beginning to go a bit too far in his crusade for peace. This was something that began to build up a bit in the previous episode and it will hopefully continue to do so as the series go on before finally coming to ahead at some point as while there is doubt within the ranks in this episode it doesn’t really go anywhere as of yet which is probably a good thing given how much stuff’s going on already. Nevertheless it’s nice seeing the often neglected Gan getting something interesting to do for a change. The same cannot be said for Jenna though who is largely forgettable in this episode and the only thing that saves Avon from the same fate is his usual wit. Then we have Vila who becomes a bit of a caricature of himself in this episode and ends up being either hilarious or just simply annoying at times which has become a growing problem for him recently.

The episode is also surprisingly adult at times with it’s handling of drugs and it’s rather physiological direction with the Orac plot line. The drug addict character of Hanna in this was kind of an interesting one although one that if feel just helped to overcrowd the story even more and didn’t really do much at all other than show the ruthlessness of the Terra Nostra. Shadow itself was also a nice idea but it could’ve done with a bit more focus seeing as the episode’s named after it. Seeing a trend yet? To be perfectly honest I think that the way to fix this episode’s problem of not having enough would be to take the Orac plot line out completely. Not that I dislike that plot line but it’s just that I feel it deserves an episode of it’s own for it to be good. The idea of an alien entity from another direction is also quite a strange one for Blake’s 7 and doesn’t exactly fit in with the tone of the series that’s been laid out so far and certainly doesn’t fit in with the tone of this episode. As a one off oddity on it’s own it might have but as the other half of this episode it just doesn’t.

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To sum up, this episode is full of loads of half-baked ideas and it ultimately just feels like a mess. But at least it’s a mess that does a good job with most of it’s characters. For that reason I’m giving this strange piece of television a four-out-of-ten but I would like to stress that it is not my least favourite episode so far, although it isn’t that far off. Chris Boucher returns to write the next episode and I hope it’s an improve on his first effort. Next week we’ll be looking at Travis’s and Servalan’s return in Weapon but until then be sure to sound off your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.

Farscape : A Constellation of Doubt

May 13, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

Having overheard Ahkna, the Scarran Minister of War, mention the secret Scarran base known as Katratzi, Sikozu is sure this is where the Scarrans intend to take their captive, Aeryn Sun. Though Moya’s data banks have no record of Katratzi, Crichton’s sure he’s heard the word “Katratzi” somewhere before, if only he could remember where. Unable to sleep, Crichton pores over a documentary intercepted from Earth that examines the visit by “aliens” – Moya’s crew – and discovers that the documentary just might hold the key to locating Katratzi – and Aeryn.

Synopsis

The documentary is not desperately flattering.

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Obviously some of the crew freak out the people of Earth more than others.

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and Chiana causes trouble everywhere she goes.

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The sheriff from the episode Kansas is now barking mad poor thing.

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In the end Crichton realises where he heard the name Katratzi, it was in one of the unrealised realities. So he goes to ask Scorpius for his help, offering him a deal, Aeryn for wormholes.

Blake’s 7: Redemption

May 9, 2015 in Blake's 7, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest Blog by Hevy782

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After the dramatic cliffhanger at the end of Orac Blake’s 7 returns for a second series to resolve Orac’s prediction about the destruction of the Liberator. At first I expected it to be a season long arc with the prediction hanging over the characters heads for quite a while but surprisingly it was completely resolved here in the first episode. Although it should be noted that the audience at the time would’ve been waiting nine months to find out what happened and probably wouldn’t want to of waited any longer than that and that’s fair enough. Behind the scenes wise very little had changed. David Maloney was still in the producer’s chair and Chris Boucher was still serving as script editor. Even the writer and the director of Orac are back with Terry Nation and Vere Lorrimer returning for Redemption. Although there wass one big change behind the scenes and that was that Terry Nation role was diminishing. Not only was he writing less episodes but he was also only being consulted on general storylines and ideas. Another change, albeit not a big one, was that Peter Tuddenham took over as the voice of Orac after the production team became aware that the original actor Derek Farr was unavailable. It was a change that was easy to get away with as it was a voice that the audience had only heard in one episode broadcast nine months earlier.

The episode picks up just hours after the last one left off with the crew of the Liberator trying to understand Orac’s prediction. Avon comes up with the answer by pointing out the stars in the background, noting that that constellation can only be seen from one place in the universe and if they avoid that sector then Orac’s prediction will never come true. With that mystery solved they quickly discover that they have more immediate concerns when the Liberator falls under attack from two unknown alien ships. Following the attack control of the Liberator is lost and Blake soon realises that the creators of the Liberators are taking back what’s theirs. Following the mysterious disappearances of Gan, Avon and Cally, Blake orders Orac to regain control of the Liberator but just after he does this the bridge is invaded. They are then taken aboard a space station where Avon and Jenna are imprisoned and Blake is taken for questioning. During questioning Blake learns that the creator of the Liberator is a super computer known as the System which enslaved its creators and took over its universe of origin. From the comfort of his cell Avon recognises the star constellation outside as the one from Orac’s prediction and realises that even if they escape the space station they are doomed to be destroyed. Despite this an escape attempt is launched and Avon, Jenna, Gan, Cally and Vila begin to fight their way through the space station towards the Liberator. Meanwhile, a malfuction in the system (brought about by Orac) gives Blake an opportunity to escape and they all meet back up again aboard the Liberator. They take off and are then pursued by a sister ship of exactly the same design. The ship then explores due to Orac’s interference with the System, fulfilling his prediction. With the Liberator and it’s crew now safe Blake orders Zen to take them to Earth sector, claiming that they have unfinished business there.

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It’s not hard to see that this is the start of a new series as the budget has been refreshed and thanks to this the visuals have returned to what they were at the start of series one. The fall in production values over the course of each series was a common problem for shows back then, especially when they had a budget at small as Blake’s 7′s to begin with. Now one would be forgiven for thinking that the production team blew at least half that budget on this first episode but the massive sets you see of the space station interior aren’t actually sets. It was actually all shot on location at what I believe is a nuclear power station. Additionally, the main casts costumes have all been given a significant upgrade (which is a little odd when you consider the events of this episode take place only hours after the previous one) and some of the changes are interesting to say the least. Avon now looks like he’s wearing some sort of biker jacket (which I think suits him) while Gan is wearing a massively impractical overcoat. Blake is probably wearing the strangest thing although the colours work quite well and I’m not sure what to think of Cally’s dress. Jenna and Vila are wearing the most simplistic clothes and it works out very well for them, especially Jenna with her costume matching her character very nicely. But the biggest costume problem in this episode is the costumes of the Alta’s who wear one very dull shade of blue and have random pieces of clear plastic stuck to them. This doesn’t exactly fit with the idea that they come from a highly advanced civilisation. On a more impressive note the model shots for this story are great and the model for the space station is particularly good. It’s also nice how the models all have similar elements to them which makes sense given that they were all built by the same civilisation. It’s also provides a nice bit of foreshadowing before it is actually revealed that the ships belong to the people who built the Liberator.

Now that we’ve had our little talk about the visuals let’s move on to the episode’s plot. And as plots go it’s quite a good one, nothing too breathtaking but definitely nothing bad. The balance of plot between the characters is fairly good although Blake and Avon (and maybe Jenna) are definitely in the forefront here. Gan gets a decent action scene which means that Cally is the one who gets the least to do here which I can live with given that she has been in the forefront of quite a few previous episodes and I’m sure will be again in some future ones. Then we have the Alta’s who are rather bland character and while they are meant to be emotionless it does unfortunately end up making them rather dull. And that isn’t helped by the fact that, as previously mentioned, their look is also rather dull. It’s also even more disappointing to think that these are the people who built the Liberator and I always preferred that plot point as one that remained a mystery, like the Doctor’s real name in Doctor Who. It’s something that will always be disappointing no matter what it ends up being and this just proves that point. I personally imagined the creators of the Liberator to be a bit more disembodied and mystical as opposed to the rather bland sci-fi idea that is presented here but anyway, I digress.

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In conclusion, I feel like my review of this episode is much more negative than how I actually feel about this episode. While it’s not as good of a series premiere as The Way Back was I’m still giving it a nine-out-of-ten for it’s sheer energy and excitement, especially in it’s second half. The epic scale of the location filming really helps to give the episode the hugeness that it needs and it ultimately leaves me very much excited for what’s to come. Speaking of, next up is the first episode not to be written by Terry Nation and it’s called Shadow but until then be sure to sound off your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.

Farscape : Bringing Home the Beacon

May 6, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

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While purchasing a camouflage device for Moya, Aeryn and Sikozu witness the nearby landing of a Peacekeeper squad led by Grayza and Braca. Chiana and Noranti choose to undergo genetic manipulation to elude the searching Peacekeepers. Aeryn and Sikozu spy on Grayza who has convened a secret meeting with Scarran emissaries. Aware that the meeting could have catastrophic consequences, Aeryn decides to assassinate Grayza.

Synopsis

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The girls are doing well until Grayza and War Minister Ahkna arrive.

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Braca isn’t all that bright if he didn’t recognise Chiana. Yes she’s changed colour, but other than that she looks pretty much the same.

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It turns out that the Scarrans are much smarter than Grayza has given them credit for.

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The upshot off all this is Grayza and Aeryn in the hands of the Scarrans but only Moya’s crew know that. The Peacekeepers have a fake Grayza spying on them and at any time the Scarrans might find out that they don’t really have Wormhole weapons and then all out war will break out.

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Farscape : Mental as Anything

April 29, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

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Scorpius takes Crichton, D’Argo and Rygel into an advanced training camp where students learn mental discipline. D’Argo is confronted with the arrival of Macton, the Peacekeeper who murdered D’Argo’s wife, Lo’Laan, then framed him for the crime. When Scorpius forces Crichton into torturous anti-Scarran training, D’Argo must face the demons from his past… alone.

Synopsis

In which Crichton is tortured for no apparent reason. Yes, I know Scorpius says it’s ‘anti-Scarran training’ but I don’t see that at all.

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And we discover that D’Argo was indeed innocent of his wife’s murder and her brother did do it. Also D’Argo is better at controlling his temper than he used to be.

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While all this is going on the girls are off somewhere else looking for a part for Moya but that’s the subject of the next episode.

Farscape : Twice Shy

April 22, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

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Chiana purchases Talikaa, an abused slave girl from a passing Trading Ship. When the crew starts acting strangely and Talikaa goes missing, they realize she may not be as innocent as she first seemed. The crew tracks down the Trading Ship only to find its occupants have succumbed to a painful death, the result of neural harvesting by an alien arachnid. When it is revealed that the arachnid is Talikaa’s true form, Moya’s crew must hunt down Talikaa before they suffer the same fate.

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Talikaa first hightens the crew’s prime characteristics and then harvests them taking Crichton’s optimism, Aeryn’s self control, Rygel’s greed, D’Argo’s anger and Chiana’s sex drive.

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She’s sure an ugly thing in her natural form.

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and the way her victims die is nasty

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but the crew figure out that something is wrong fairly quickly and find out what they’re dealing with.

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Luckily Noranti is too old to be of interest and Sikozu is immune. They allow Talikaa to harvest Scorpius and then Sikozu and a weakened Crichton follow her to her nest.

Main points of interest, Crichton and Aeryn finally get back together, Scorpius has definitely got a thing for Sikozu, oh and not for the first time the crew end up eating the monster of the week. Spider stew anyone?

The Seven Faces of Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

April 18, 2015 in Dr Who, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest Blog by Hevy782

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So here we are at last at the end of our journey through the classic series. Last week we looked at the turmoil that was the Sixth Doctor’s era and now we take a look at the aftermath of that. Sylvester McCoy’s first year as the Doctor wasn’t exactly what one would describe as universally praised and the show was very much still trying to rediscover itself at that point. In the following two year however it knew what it was and took the Doctor in a much darker direction than he’d ever been in before, portraying him as clownish and silly on the outside but dark and manipulative on the inside. Unfortunately, tough scheduling and a poor reputation meant that not many tuned in to watch this new Doctor as thus he only lasted three years. The precise reason as to why the show was cancelled at the end of the eighties is unclear but during the wilderness years that followed the fandom was kept alive by novels, audio dramas, comics and a one off TV movie before the programme’s eventual return and reinvention with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper by his side as Rose. Anyway, the story I have chosen to represent these final years of the original series is Remembrance of the Daleks which was written by Ben Aaronovitch, directed by Andrew Morgan and featured Sophie Aldred as fan favourite companion Ace. I thought it was a fitting choice as the story has a strong feeling of coming full circle which is quite poet as this final review also brings us full circle by looking at another Dalek story. It also shows just how manipulative the Doctor can be and you can find out why that is in the synopsis that follows.

It all begins in nineteen-sixties London where the Doctor has some old business to attend to. Back in his first incarnation the Doctor left something behind and has now returned to put it to good use. That something is the Hand of Omega and he’s not the only one who’s after it. Two factions of Daleks have also arrived to claim the Hand of Omega and the two quickly start a civil war in the heart of London. The Renegade Daleks, the original Daleks who obey the Dalek Supreme, eventually capture the Hand of Omega but the Doctor is able to manipulate events so that it instead ends up in the clutches of the Imperial Daleks, the new race of Daleks who obey their creator Davros. It is then revealed that the Hand of Omega is actually a device used by ancient Time Lords to customise stars and that Davros plans to use it to turn Skaro’s sun into a source of unimaginable power. The Doctor tricks Darvos into activating the Hand of Omega which then turns Skaro’s sun into a supernova, destroying Skaro in the process. The Hand of Omega then returns and wipes out the remaining Daleks on Earth. With the Daleks seemingly completely wiped out, the Doctor and Ace move on to their next adventure.

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Now I’m going to start off by saying that I absolutely love this story and it’s one of my favourite Dalek stories of all time. I mean it’s a Dalek civil war and what’s not to love about that. This means that the second half of the story especially is very action heavy and there are loads of great actions scenes done with some very real and very large explosions. Some may argue that the classic series was all wobbly sets and poor effects but this story proves otherwise. Some of the effects are still very much of their time such as the Hand of Omega but that doesn’t mean they’re as bad as a lot of people make them out to be. While they’re by no means perfect they still work quite well. Probably the most breathtaking moment is the landing of the Dalek Shuttle in the school playground which was actually lowered by a crane which means it is very much real and it looks much better for it. But this story isn’t all flash and no substance, there is very much a plot behind there too and it’s a strong one at that. It added some mystery to the Doctor’s character that hadn’t been there for quite a while and also linked back into the shows history in a way which didn’t feel irritatingly forced. The pacing is also very well constructed as well and builds up over time rather than either being constant or all over the place. This means that when you get into the second half while it is most definitely quicker it’s not necessarily noticeably so because it has sped up over time. There are also some nice little slow moments which aren’t necessarily crucial to the plot but just compliment the piece as a whole and give it an element of humanity. My favourite scene is one of those moments which is the Doctor having some tea in the cafe. The conversation he has with the cafe worker is very well written and the cafe worker himself is really well characterised despite the fact that he does not actually play any role in the overall storyline whatsoever. It’s nothing much but I personally love it.

And with that said it now seems like the perfect time to move on to characters and there are quite a few to talk about here. Ace is going to be our first port of call as she is one of the most (if not the most) well developed companion in all of Doctor Who and she is played wonderfully by Sophie Aldred. It’s only her second story and she’s already settled in very well and has a wonderful dynamic with her co-star Sylvester McCoy that continued to grow following this. She’s very much a fun loving kid in this story and is yet to mature like she would in the stories that followed but that is far from a bad thing as something called character development and both sides of the character are likeable. In this we get to see her beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat which is something no other companion can claim to have done and overall she is just a joy to watch. Next up we have the Seventh Doctor himself and this is the first instance where we get to see his much more dark and manipulative side. Sylvester McCoy does a very good job portraying this side of the Doctor but there is still a fun side to the character so there is a sense of balance as well. Then we move on to the supporting characters such as Group Captain Gilmore, Rachael Jensen and Allison. These three are wonderful together and serve as a bit of a call back to the Third Doctor’s era as there’s the military leader, the scientific advisor and the assistant and so the dynamic is pleasantly familiar while the characters themselves are very unique. Another supporting character is Mike Smith who is very much there to provide an interesting subplot for Ace and while all that is nice it does feel a bit rushed in the first half but that’s made up for by the wonderful scene where Ace finds out he’s a traitor. Although after that he begins to feel a bit superfluous to the plot although at the same time I feel that getting rid of him there would’ve felt too sudden and messy. And finally there’s Davros who is kept hidden right up until the end which provides a nice little surprise when you’re least expecting it (although admittedly it is a little easy to predict) and it’s also good that he’s kept out of proceedings up until then to allow the Daleks themselves to dominate their own story for once as a lot of Dalek stories before this focused a little too much on Davros but thankfully this one is a nice change of pace. However, some could argue that it may be a step too far in the other direction.

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In conclusion, Remembrance of the Daleks is undoubtedly a ten-out-of-ten because it has the right balance of basically everything that’s important in a Doctor Who story. It’s one that comes highly recommend by me and I think that it provided a fitting end to this blog series that I thoroughly enjoyed writing and I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed reading. Now we continue the long wait for series nine which looks to be shaping up quite well but until then be sure to sound off your thoughts on the story in the comments below.

Farscape : Terra Firma

April 15, 2015 in Farscape by Firebird

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The crew returns to Moya – in orbit around modern-day Earth – to find Jack and a contingent of Earth dignitaries waiting for them. The aliens are introduced to an amazed and apprehensive public, but soon find life in the public eye difficult. As Crichton tries to readjust to life on Earth, his relationships become strained, especially with Aeryn. Meanwhile, a monstrous assassin sent by Grayza hunts for Crichton, and will stop at nothing to accomplish its mission.

Synopsis

Aeryn takes Jack on a tour of the solar system …

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Chiana shops …

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Rygel (surprise surprise) eats, Noranti is weird …

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and on the other side of the wormhole Sikozu gets cozy with Scorpius

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but the core of the story is Crichton. His relationships with his father and Aeryn and his growing realisation that he just doesn’t fit in on Earth any longer. By the time Grayza’s assassin attacks he’s already decided that they should all leave. The people of Earth know there are aliens out there now and need to get their act together.