Big Finish In Review: Blake’s 7 – Caged

Synopsis: Roj Blake and the President of the Terran Federation stand face to face. Two men with polar opposite political views, meeting for the first and last time. The...

caged

Synopsis: Roj Blake and the President of the Terran Federation stand face to face.

Two men with polar opposite political views, meeting for the first and last time.

The long crusade is at an end. And Blake stands to lose everything that matters in his life…

Review: Written By: Mark Wright & Cavan Scott and directed by Ken Bentley ‘Caged’ picks the story up from where last months ‘Cold Fury’ left off.

Thanks to the betrayal of Villa. Blake, Avon, Jenna and Cally find themselves once again Federation prisoners under the thumb of Travis who has fulfilled his dreams of capturing Blake and the Liberator.

Travis takes our group to a space station, which has been specifically designed to hold Blake and his crew prisoner.

Brian Croucher has some wonderful moments in this story and much like in ‘Cold Fury’. He always seems to be at his best when interrogating prisoners, but he meets his match this time in Avon who is once more portrayed beautifully by Paul Darrow.

The stand out though has to be Michael Keating as Villa who totally had me convinced that he has become full on Federation lackey. So convincing that when he reveals its all bluff to Avon you find yourself wondering if he is trying a double bluff just to get Avon to talk.

The few scenes in which Blake and Avon are together continue to illustrate the differences between the two characters. Blake being headstrong, obsessive and impetious whereas Avon is cold, pragmatic and measured in every thing that he does.

Jenna and Cally once again threaten to break a few limbs and I have to say I found myself vying for them when they went up against the Federation President, who was once more beautifully portrayed as the snake that he is by Hugh Fraser.

In fact the confrontation between the President and Blake is worth the price of admission alone.

This being the last episode of the season. Seeds are already being sawn for future adventures as our group go off in search of Star One, which is all thanks to some intel obtained by Orac.

Once more Big Finish deliver a fantastic production of ‘Blake’s 7,’ which only reminds me of everything that I loved about the classic series when it aired on BBC1 during the cold winters of the late 70s and early 80s.

Every cast member got their moment and there was no time to breath as the plot raced along.

I’m giving this full marks and highly recommend folks to give this series a try.

Cast: Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Brian Croucher (Travis), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Hugh Fraser (The President)

 

Score 5/5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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