Blake’s Story (6.3)

Big Finish Blake’s 7 Series

This is by far the most interesting story of this set as we get to listen to Blake tell his tale of wandering the galaxy after the Liberator is lost. He is a wanderer, finding rebel groups and trying to start again with always the Federation on his heels. His first rescuer is his first betrayer, too. He is philosophical throughout, telling Avon his story and his new purpose in life over a camp fire on a world, which turns out to be the one Jenna was leading him to. The ending… Wow. It really is a sad, sad tale when it comes right down to it. Blake believes in the fight against the Federation but he is lost after so long at battle. Not bitter, just lost.

The story is the best of the series VI stories by far. But it seems to be not philosophical enough. I imagine Blake has thought a lot about what he’s doing, both the how and why. But without a ship and a crew to command, what was that philosophy and how does it help him now? He just doesn’t seem to know anymore. Perhaps that makes it a superb tale of a rebel lost in a war or someone who just doesn’t have a focus anymore. But the Federation is still out there and we know, especially from the evil she displays in Three, that Servilan is more powerful than ever. But what will he do next? What can he do?

Gareth Thomas (Blake) and Paul Darrow (Avon)

writers: Mark Wright and Cavan Scott

director: Ken Bentley

Release: October 2013

Laura Vilensky 2019