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Blake's 7: The Keeper

So, Blake is still hunting for Star One, because when he sets out to sabotage a super-computer, by golly he's going to sabotage it. Even if it takes him endless years of running from one end of the galaxy to another, being sent from one person who might know to the next. This time he's been sent to the planet Goth, where somebody might possibly maybe have the location hanging around their neck, for some reason. Perhaps.

The planet Goth is full of strange warriors, who seem to think that they're living in the sort of film where Kirk Douglas might have a fight to the death with Tony Curtis. Blake, Jenna and Vila go down for a look around, which does make for a nice change, even if it is beginning to look as though Cally is allergic to the teleport machine. Down on the planet they immediately become embroiled in the court dealings of the local king, his bonkers Seer sister, and his renegade brother. Everybody tries to find somebody with a star map on their necklace, and Servalan sprawls in a corner eating blue grapes all episode, and failing to have any point whatsoever.

Avon attempts to point out to Blake that destroying the Federation super-computer wouldn't be nearly as much fun as taking it over, so that they can rule the galaxy themselves. Blake would far rather destroy it, even though this will mean simultaneously destroying the climate control, agriculture and societies of all of the planets that it governs. Is genocide on a galactic scale more or less of a sin than megalomania? I'm thinking more, so stop being so damned superior, Blake.

Cally has been left behind on the ship yet again, but on the plus side, she's been given some very fancy electronic screens to play with, in a recent refit.

An inhabitant of Goth. Do they dress weird because their planet is called Goth, or is the planet called Goth because they dress weird? Are there gangs of humans leaving the Earth, colonising all the worlds of the galaxy on a pre-determined thematical basis? Should I probably not be wasting my time wondering one way or the other?

Beset by giant men dressed for a heavy metal festival, Vila panics and calls the Liberator for help. It's out of range, however, off skulking in the hope of destroying Travis's ship.

The Liberator, off skulking in the hope of destroying Travis's ship.

And there, indeed, goes Travis's ship.

Bits of Travis's ship float picturesquely across the viewscreen. This is probably the best part of the episode, in actual fact. The only drawback is that Travis wasn't actually on board the ship when it blew up.

The King of Goth. Why the whole planet only has one king, I have no idea. He's only got three men to defend the kingdom, so it's not as if the entire rest of the planet couldn't rise up against him if they felt like it.

The king's fool. Thanks, but I think I'll stick with Timothy Claypole.

Travis demonstrates the latest in mobile phone technology to Servalan. They're here for the same reason everybody else is, attempting to check necklaces for hidden starmaps. Travis, presumably because he just goes off and looks at the necklaces, rather than hanging about in the main hall, getting caught up in other people's plots, finds it quickly and buggers off. Servalan, because she's having a stupid week, decides to trust that he'll tell her what he's found, and lazes around eating even more blue grapes.

A strange, unidentified man languishes in the dungeon. He's clearly relevant to the plot, but Blake and co decide not to bother finding out how just yet. It's much more fun to hang about in the main hall, picking up marriage proposals, and watching the king argue with his batty sister.

The king's batty sister.

And his renegade brother, Rod. Rod has a spectacular glove, but it doesn't help him. He and the king fight, and poor Rod gets spiked. The the batty sister poisons the king. This is all a bit peculiar, but on the plus side, I suppose it does make it a lot easier to check everybody's necklaces. Nobody has a starmap on theirs. Then the batty sister points out that the bloke down in the dungeon is actually the rightful king, everybody else's father. Sadly for everybody who isn't Travis, Travis has already figured this out, and got the starmap. I don't know quite how, other than the obvious fact that he must have nicked Servalan's brain while she was sleeping.

By a remarkable stroke of luck, the jester has the location of Star One programmed into his brain, and is able to pass it across when the old dungeon king speaks the necessary code phrase with his dying breath. And that sort of thing doesn't happen too often, believe me. Blake and co dash back to the ship, and prepare to chase after Travis. Meanwhile, Avon shows off his very impressive boots.

The end. This Star One plot arc is getting a bit dull now. It's nice to have a plot arc, so that it feels as though Blake's attempts at being a revolutionary are actually going somewhere for a change. It's just that it would be nice if it amounted to a little bit more than every episode ending with Blake being given a new destination to go dashing off to. It needs just a little more substance.


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Oct. 23rd, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Keeper is one of my least favouritest episodes, but it is still SO BEAUTIFUL. I love . . . I was going to list basically everything I love about Blake and Avon and Blake/Avon but I won't. But I do.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
They do have a good argument in this one. I just can't buy into the Avon/Blake thing though, probably because I really dislike Blake. I was going to say that B7 is a ship-free zone for me, but it's not because of Tarrant and Dayna. This re-watch has made me like than more than ever. They're awesome together.

Your ship might have more glowering, and long, hard stares, but mine has way more gunfire and explosions.
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