Dave Probert and Ian Wilson watch Blake's 7 from the beginning, giving their thoughts on each episode from their perspective as long-term fan and newcomer, respectively.
Shake and Blake - Episode 30
Having watched every episode and discussed the show in full, how can Ian and Dave bring their episode count up to 30? By discussing two Blake's 7 radio plays from the 1990s, of course. In "The Sevenfold Crown," the Scorpio race to beat Servalan to a crown that will give the wearer phenomenal cosmic power. In "The Syndeton Experiment," Avon's attempt to bring the fight to the Federation leads the crew to a mad scientist and his army of three-legged purple robots. They also discuss why the word "hyperdrive" makes Dave so annoyed, try to picture how a wolf-snake would work, and announce their next podcasting project.
Shake and Blake - Episode 29
Their journey has ended, so it's time for Dave and Ian to sit down and take stock of everything they have seen and shared over the last couple of years in an epic-length overview. They go through Blake's 7's best and worst episodes, discuss what the writers brought to the show, choose their favorite guest characters, and Statistician Ian returns for a roundup of grand totals for the bracelet and Who counts. Join them on this trip down memory lane, complete with a new jingle.
Shake and Blake - Episode 28
After two years and 27 episodes, Ian and Dave finally reach the very last episode of Blake's 7. In "Blake," the Scorpio crew have destroyed Xenon base and are on the run. In a last-ditch attempt to try and establish a united resistance against the Federation, Avon takes the Scorpio to the lawless planet Gauda Prime where he believes he will find the only person who can be their figurehead: Roj Blake. They also look back at the highs and lows of series four, discuss why Blake is terrible at explaining himself, and why Slave is the most meta character in the whole show.
Shake and Blake - Episode 27
Dave and Ian enter the final phase of Blake's 7 before the series finale. In "Orbit," Avon is offered the ultimate weapon in exchange for ORAC. While Avon is unwilling to part with the ultimate computer, he is willing to dispose of Vila, when he becomes the only thing between Avon and escape. In "Warlord," Avon tries to rally leaders from non-Federation territories into a united resistance force. The only things standing in his way are the machinations of Servalan and Tarrant's libido. Dr. Stuart sends Dave a small essay to read, they decide that no good can come from Tarrant's penis, and revel in the adventures of Rafiki Stardust and the electric goblets.
Shake and Blake - Episode 26
Ian and Dave return with a mixed bag of Blake's 7 this month. In "Sand," the Scorpio crew and Servalan travel to a planet which might contain a valuable new resource. The resource turns out to be sentient sand with a rudimentary knowledge of basic farming techniques. Can the crew overpower evil sand? Why are we even asking that question? In "Gold," an old acquaintance of Avon's asks for help to steal a fortune in gold from a luxurious cruise ship, but who is really pulling the strings? They also discuss Tarrant acting stoned, the actor Peter Craze, Dave gets to channel Marvin Gaye again, and who in their right mind would think that an episode where the villain is some sand was a good idea?
Shake and Blake - Episode 25
Dave and Ian have recovered from the festive season and are back with two more episodes of Blake's 7 to discuss. In "Assassin," the Scorpio crew discover that Servalan is trying to hire the notorious assassin Cancer to kill them, so they decide to try and get to Servalan first. In "Games," the crew try to steal a valuable mineral supply from under the nose of the game-obsessed Belkov and a bored-looking Servalan. They also discuss deadly geometry sets, classic light gun games, get sidetracked by nostalgia, and, apropos of nothing, verbally abuse Ian's brother.
Fun and Informative.
Dave and Ian look back on the Sci-Fi series, Blake 7. Like Dr. Who, its themes often stretched past its budget. Your hosts discuss each episode, praising the good bits and poking good-hearted fun at the bad. This is a fun podcast and a welcome addition for any fan of classic sci-fi television.