Zenith

Blake’s 7. The quintessential British Science Fiction Show, depending who you ask. And now, two regular guys who’ve driven themselves a bit mad watching Doctor Who are here to dedicate themselves to podcasting their way through it. Filled with “laughter”, the barest of surface level analyses, and a total inability to take anything seriously, Zenith is the premiere Blake’s 7 podcast.

Episode 44: Showing People This Episode is Against the Geneva Conventions

But do it anyway.

Hold on to your butts, this is about to get weird. Everyone else seems to hate Animals. Then again, everyone else seems to love Orac. That’s not to say we loved Animals. No far from it. Just. Well just listen for yourself. It’s Animals, written by Allan Prior and aired on October 26, 1981.


Show-notes:


19:54 Creme de menthe recipe.
24:14 Here’s a picture of the Raza from Dark Matter.
29:35 Kevin Stoney was in tons of other stuff. Here’s the full list according to imdb.
38:23 Bla bla bla, Doctor Who podcast, bla bla bla
47:16 Ultraforce is currently owned by Marvel. Ultraforce movie when.
1:06:16 Argy, who discussed Sarcophagus with us, was on our Doctor Who podcast Trust Your Doctor to discuss The Doctor’s Wife.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 43: Black Hair Holder

It’s called a headband. Oops.

This week we move away from a podcast over to our new venture! We’re proud to announce that we’re going to be starting our very own biker gang. The Decorative Vegetable Biker Gang will be staring operation in the next week in the downtown Antarctica. It’s Stardrive, written by Jim Follett and aired on October 19, 1981.


Show-notes:


12:00 This is the millionth time I have linked to this chart, and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.
29:20 The Superconducting Super Collider was America’s answer to the Large Hadron Collider. XXL sized for American sensibilities.
30:58 More about Nasa’s research into an engine similar to Plaxton’s.
43:01 Dark Matter is a tv show that draws a lot from Blake’s 7.
50:18 Barbara Shelley played Sorasta in Planet of Fire.
56:56 Babylon 5 is another show that draws a lot from Blake’s 7.
59:45 It is.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 42: Bleak’s 7

It’s even bleak visually, it’s all brown.

One of the two of us is a dirty, dirty traitor who sold out the podcast. Can you guess which one of us two it is? It’s probably pretty obvious but you know, why not try and guess anyway? It’s Traitor, written by Robert Holmes and aired on October 12, 1981.


Show-notes:


7:01 Killer was the one with the virus, not the one with IMIPAK. Still a great episode.
10:24 Check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast. We’ve been watching Doctor Who in order from the beginning for almost 5 years now.
18:44 I just chucked Chuck onto the list of shows I’m going to watch someday.
47:02 According to the 5 seconds I just spent on Google, “south” in Afrikaans can be either “zuid” or “suid.”
49:59 I’m glad the Crush, Texas incident took place in the 1800s. Makes it more funny for some reason.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 41: Healthy and Holistic

Blake’s 7 is an integral part of a healthy diet!

This week we run through another Ben Steed story. Which means that we’re gonna deal with a lot of sexism and misogyny. And since he actually wrote two good stories before this that means someone somewhere said “maybe we should just let him do whatever the hell he wants” and so we got this. Power. Written by Ben Steed and aired on October 5, 1981.


Show-notes:


9:54 I don’t see the resemblance.
52:01 Follow Sanden_Jurgen on Twitter.
55:10 The episode is A Taste of Armageddon.


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Episode 40: Throttled by Colin Baker Ft. Making Blake’s 7

They’re not good people apparently but I’m a bit concerned actually.

The final season of Blake’s 7 beings, and so too begins the final 13 episodes of Zenith. Bit of a sad thought that, but on the bright side we get joined yet again by Jon, of Making Blakes 7. What better way to start off our farewell tour so to speak? It’s Rescue, written by Chris Boucher and aired on September 28, 1981.

Oh yeah, by the way, Jon sings at about 1:45:00 ish. Just wanted you to make sure you hang on until then. 🙂


Show-notes:


2:11 Jon runs the amazing Making Blake’s 7 twitter account, detailing the production of Blake’s 7 in real time +40 years. And the good news is he’s decided to continue posting for the time being.
6:41 It’s ok that Jon hasn’t seen any of the K9 tv show considering how horrendous they made K9 look. (I think the human character in this screenshot expresses my disgust pretty well.) And I’m not holding my breath that the new series will do any of these characters justice either.
13:43 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 1979 tv series based on a 1974 book. It’s only seven episodes long so it’s now high on my list of old British stuff to watch. Also apparently is has Alec Guiness in it. There’s also a movie version, which came out in 2011.
14:03 Here the title sequences for Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Triffids, When the Boat Comes In (not sure whether this was the series 4 intro that Doug Bird did, or the original series 1-3 intro, but this was all I could find), and Triangle.
1:06:47 Kaldor City is an audio series by Chris Boucher. It ran from 2001 to 2012. It combines a bunch of of concepts (and sometimes actual characters) from Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who.
1:32:47 John Clute is a Canadian writer and theorist who writes a lot about “genre” fiction like horror, science fiction, etc.
1:41:53 If you’ve ever wanted to sing along to the Blake’s 7 theme, here are the lyrics to Distant Star (with bonus lyrics for Dayna’s song from Sarcophagus).


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 39: Spoilers Find a Way

Well, at least Kiyan doesn’t really care about spoilers anyway.

We made it! Almost. We reached the original end of this show. But then, well, it was such a big success so they decided to do another season because I guess why not? Also, if the show is good, why not make more? Although there is an argument to be made to end it when it’s still good. It’s Terminal, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 31, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:46 Making Blake’s 7 is a Twitter account that’s been detailing the production of Blake’s 7 for the past year and a half-ish. It’s going on indefinite hiatus soon, but might be back some day.
17:10 Here are just a few of the weird things slime molds can do.
44:17 Person of Interest isn’t a tv show that ran from 2011-2016.
46:30 This is official apparently. Just wait until we get to Series D.


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Episode 38: Steven Pacey and the Rules of War

Rule 1. We only allow clones of Steven Pacey in our army.

This week we time travel back to Ancient Rome, or we would, if this was Doctor Who. Instead we bring Ancient Rome into the future, because this is Blake’s 7 where everything is in the FUTUREEE. It’s Death-Watch, written by Chris Boucher and aired on March 24, 1980.


Show-notes:


9:55 Well the New York Times seems to think its a problem.
19:34 Why is the Princess Bride such a cult hit? It’s not even that good.
28:04 The Purge is a pretty recent movie franchise that asks the question “What if crime was legal for 24 hours?” It’s really not as interesting as it sounds. We discussed it a couple months ago for our movie trilogy podcast, Triple Play.
50:16 Flight Through Entirety is a Doctor Who podcast that does the same thing our Doctor Who podcast does (watch all of Doctor Who in order), only much better.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 37: Blake’s 7 Version of Drax

Drax the Destroyer obviously, the Marvel one.

Wow kind of weird how many computers we’re starting to get on this show isn’t it? Orac, Ultra, Moloch, Zen. That’s four already right there, two of which were introduced in the last two weeks. Weird. It’s Moloch, written by Ben Steed and aired on March 17, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:43 Moloch looks like a pretty cool bull just hanging out in the desert.
2:35 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a tv show based on a book Douglas Adams wrote like 600 years ago.
3:46 This is a Thing.
21:51 Here’s that listicle.
38:18 Moore’s law, also I quoted it as 5 years but Moore’s law actually indicates it as 2.
47:37 Orwell, I guess named after George Orwell.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 36: Comedy Pyrite

Well it’s like, sort of gold looking right?

This week we dive into a massive… brain? Well that’s just completely disgusting honestly. I mean good god, have you actually seen a brain? It’s horrifying. Legitimately horrifying. It’s Ultraworld, written by Trevor Hoyle and aired on March 10, 1980.


Show-notes:


0:55 The Blake’s 7 books that Paul Darrow wrote are Avon: A Terrible Aspect and the Lucifer series available from Big Finish here.
12:14 Is Ultraworld spikier than Spaceship Earth? You decide, cause I don’t care enough to.
22:18 I think the Freaky Friday we know is the 2003 remake of the original 1976 original. There’s also a 1995 tv movie and the original 1972 novel, so this is a bigger franchise than I thought. It even goes back to 1882 (kind of) with the novel Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers, which has a similar concept.
28:27 Macross is a Japanese animated tv series from 1982. It became one of the seasons of Robotech when they brought it to the US.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 35: All the Cool Kids Have Green Eyes Ft. Argy

Scientific fact that green eyes are cool.

Argy is legitimately the first female guest we’ve had on every single podcast we’ve ever done. That is… quite an achievement, perhaps, but at the same time… I don’t know where this is going honestly. It’s Sarcophagus, written by Tanith Lee and aired on March 3, 1980.


Show-notes:


3:23 It was The Leisure Hive.
22:36 There are a bunch of configurations of complementary colors, but green and orange usually aren’t complementary. Here are some examples.
47:58 We keep mentioning Making Blake’s 7, which is a twitter account that has a ton of behind-the-scenes info and pictures that have never been seen before. John, the guy who runs it, was also on our Harvest of Kairos episode.
1:24:31 This Blue Peter “make” from 1978 tell you how to make a teleport bracelet. The presenter is Lesley Judd.
1:30:14 Josette Simon has had plenty of recent roles in both movies and tv shows.

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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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