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Blake's 7 is something that I have just recently discovered via other podcasts.  Namely Doctor Who podcasts that I frequent, which makes sense, for the programs, Doctor Who and Blake's 7, have a kinship.  Both franchises have a key ingredient, a connection if you will...Terry Nation.  Yes, Nation, creator of the Daleks, blessed us with a lovely band of misfits, rebels, outcasts...a motley crew of sorts.  And that is Blake's 7. 

Because I'm open to 70s British television like Doctor Who and Faulty Towers, just to name a few, I was more than ready for the style and pace of the show.  And this first episode, The Way Back, has a pace that I think is appropriate, but I feel many would say was, and forgive me for saying so, slow.

I find The Way Back,  an awesome title by the way, to be quite fascinating, dark, and hopeless.  There is a scene where not a committee, but three - I'm going to say government workers, decided Blake's fate like deciding the fabric of the drapes in the Governor's Mansion.  It was such a diabolical scheme.  The actors were quite nonchalant about...get this...taking kids out of school, implanting them with false memories of Blake assaulting them in order to discredit Blake. 

The show does a great job of displaying how easy it is to destroy someone’s life, especially when one has power over another’s freedom, stability, and reputation. 

In this story, there is a young couple, one being a lawyer, who are committed to making sure this case is handled fairly. The first time I watched this, I actually held out hope for the young defender. Unfortunately, he and his girlfriend, while seeking justice, were actually on a path to their demise.  

Because I have my suspicions about the legal system in the U.S., watching this episode made me quite uncomfortable, in a good television drama kind of way. 

Gareth Roberts as Roj Blake is a treat. He is the perfect protagonist.  A reluctant, but oh what the hell, dreamer/realist hero that really suits the tone of the show. 

Roberts’ acting chops when he displays grief, confusion, or strength are all here. Even if someone is unsure about what they are watching, the gravitas of the late Gareth Roberts is someone a watcher can hold onto and a short period of time. 

That is all I have for now. These blog entries won’t be in depth. Just some of my thoughts as I revisit this wonder we call Blake’s 7. 

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