Category Archives: 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 15: Luke Skywalker Cosplay

Everyone in my family has the force or something I don’t remember the quote anymore.

Finally Terry gave up on writing stories for Blake’s 7. Only took him 14 damn episodes to finally hand the reigns over to someone else. Although arguably the reigns didn’t go very far, just like, one seat to the right. To Christ Boucher. It’s Shadow, written by Chris Boucher and aired on January 16, 1979.


Show-notes:


14:10 Logan’s Run was a novel at first, then it was adapted into a movie and a tv series that came out a year before Blake’s 7.
16:24 Blake’s 7 in Character is a new Blake’s 7 podcast.
17:53 Dark Matter is a tv series.
26:10 Vaster than Empires and More Slow is a story by Ursula Le Guin.
52:10 Benny’s 7.
53:34 Space Fall is another new Blake’s 7 podcast.
54:54 Not going to bother looking up which podcast actually said this, but Shake and Blake is probably the first Blake’s 7 podcast ever.


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

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Episode 14: Blake’s on a Plane

I’m tired of this monday to… wait I’ve used this before.

This week we move from Series A into Series B, which means we’re past a quarter way now. This are going to get pretty different around here, we’ve finally gotta Terry Nation out of the writer’s chair, just not yet. No, first we have to wipe out all possibility of backstory for the Liberator. It’s Redemption, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 9, 1979.


Show-notes:


13:21 What does God need with a starship? Heck if I know.
32:11 Another Star Trek thing, the Borg are cyborgs I guess. Possibly kind of like the Voord from Doctor Who. The more detailed Big Finish Voord I mean. Not the guys in wetsuits Voord from Key of Marinus.
40:40 Mostly Made Up Doctor Who Episode Guide is one of the best Doctor Who podcasts ever. Too bad I had to unsubscribe since they thought 42 was just ok.
44:48 If you somehow don’t know, Radio Free Skaro is probably the most popular/famous Doctor Who podcast out there.
44:57 Here’s the Suzan Farmer “tribute” thing.
45:41 Check out Triple Play, a podcast where we discuss movie trilogies.
47:07 Also check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast.

Other Blake’s 7 podcasts to check out:
Space Fall
Down and Safe
Blake’s 7 in Character
Shake and Blake


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

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Episode 13: Absolutely No Information That Could Be of Any Value At All

That’s what you came here for, and we delivered.

This week we’re finishing up the first series of Blake’s 7. Can you believe that that means we’re a quarter of the way through the entire show already? That’s really concerning, where did the time go? It’s Orac, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 27, 1978.


Show-notes:


2:54 The Captain’s Log is a log cut from a 2500 year-old Californian redwood.
7:02 They all sound different.
13:47 Check out our Doctor Who podcast Trust Your Doctor. Please. It needs listenership.
25:41 Yeah Paul Greengrass directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum and put a ton of shaky cam in them. The Bourne TV movie is still good by the way.


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Episode 12: Spherical Things With Cool Colors

And that was how we discovered that Blake was actually Willy Wonka.

Look, I really really need to deliver this item to that planet over there to save my race. Wait you mean you’ve done this before? 5 weeks ago? With Destiny? It’s Deliverance, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 20, 1978.


Show-notes:


4:00 Making Blake‘s 7’s twitter account is (I think) done with its production journal, but they documented a bunch of rare stuff about Blake’s 7.
10:50 Just read Gan‘s intro on the Blake’s 7 wiki. Merciless.
24:32 Trust Your Doctor is out Doctor Who podcast. Check it out.
48:04 Our other podcast Triple Play is about movie trilogies and junk. It’s really good(?) so check it out. Probably the epitome of podcasting.
48:48 Here’s Down and Safe. And here’s Space Fall on twitter since it looks like they don’t have their own site.
54:24 Mostly Made-up Doctor Who Episode Guide is one of the best Doctor Who podcasts in existence. Check it out.


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

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Episode 11: 20th Century Earthaphile

Would we be considered 21st Century Earthaphiles?

This is a pretty controversial episode, so let me brace you our controversial opinion now: leopard skin is the new leather. Wait. Hang on. Let me think about that one for a second, I’m not entirely certain that actually makes sense. It’s Bounty, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 13, 1978.


Show-notes:


15:14 Lindt, not to be confused with lint.
20:47 This tank chase sequence in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Check out our movie trilogy podcast Triple Play, where we recently covered Indiana Jones.
21:09 This scene from Children of Men is actually pretty intense.
26:34 T.P. McKenna’s filmography.
28:55 Carinthia West played Lizaveta in the 1979 Crime and Punishment mini series. This version also has John Hurt playing Raskalnikov.
36:05 Paddy Kingsland and Pete Howell did the music for Meglos.
42:35 Here are all the alert colors on Star Trek.

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

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Episode 10: Unlimited Cosmic Gan

As opposed to a limited cosmic Gan?

Gan is the focus of this week’s episode. Get ready, because that basically means for the next 13 he probably won’t even get a speaking line. That’s how it goes, there’s 13 episodes in a season, one focusing on each crew member (that makes 7 if you include Zen) plus then like 5 more for Avon (for obvious reasons) plus an extra for Blake. It’s Breakdown, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 6th, 1978.


Show-notes:


0:52 Before this Vere Lorrimer directed Cygnus Alpha and Seek, Loacate, Destroy
1:00 Making Blake’s 7 is a twitter account about the making of Blake’s 7.
3:14 Check out our world famous and highly renowned Doctor Who podcast, Trust Your Doctor.
13:42 The X-29 was a plane NASA made in the 80s. Looks pretty cool I guess.
28:57 Here’s Julian Glover’s filmography.
32:53 Benedict Cumberbatch is the world’s greatest surgeon … until a freak accident with a renegade blender shreds his hands into a million pieces.
33:33 This trailer really makes me not want to watch Thor Ragnarok.
34:01 Black Panther could be one of the highest grossing superhero movies ever, or even the highest by the time it’s through in theaters.
46:26 Turns out we should have been saying Keating cause Michael Keaton is actually the other famous actor guy. Guess we got them mixed up.


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

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Episode 9: The New Mutoids

And that’s how we got the newest hit superhero movie.

Why would anyone in their right mind name their secret government project after the person who is absolutely key to the project working? It’s supposed to be a secret project. Maybe I’m reading too deep into this. It’s Project Avalon, written by Terry Nation, and aired on February 27, 2018.


Show-notes:


1:20 Trust Your Doctor is our other podcast. Check it out and stuff.
3:28 The New Mutants looks terrible like basically every superhero movie.
19:04 Our newest episode of Trust Your Doctor is on Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks.
28:51 Occam’s razor states that the simplest shaving solution is always the best. Guess I’ll start shaving dry with just a straight razor now.
31:36 I don’t think you want to watch this Big Bang Theory without a laugh track video. I did. Now I see it in my nightmares.
46:33 Space Fall is another recent Blake’s 7 podcast. They know a lot more than us so check them out. They don’t have a website as far as I can tell so here’s their twitter. Down & Safe is probably the first Blake’s 7 podcast ever. They’re pretty irregular.

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

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Episode 8: Pride and Prejudice and Blake’s 7

The best Jane Austen rewrite is the one that features Kerr Avon.

This episode is pretty beloved. Not this episode of Blake’s 7, this episode of Zenith. It’s basically all down hill from here is what I’m saying. It’s Duel, written by Terry Nation and aired on February 20, 1978.


Show-notes:


0:40 Check out our long-running, award-winning, Doctor Who podcast Trust Your Doctor, which has been called a groundbreaking landmark in the Doctor Who podcasting world and hailed by millions as the greatest audio experience of the 21st century.
6:43 Eureka Seven is a Japanese animated series and one of my favorite tv series of all time. It’s heavily inspired by Blake’s 7.
20:44 War has changed.
25:22 I’ve never seen Darmok, but that alien looks pretty dumb. Just saying.
26:18 Martian Odyssey is a short story. Tweel for president.
26:40 The Martian is a 2015 comedy movie starring Matt Damon.
27:37 Check out our movie trilogy podcast Triple Play, which has been called a monumental achievement in the podcasting genre and gained internationally-recognized status as the official podcast of all 195 countries.
28:07 The Diamond Lens was actually written in 1858, but it’s still pretty insane and good.
32:04 This song from The Life of David Gale is used in a bunch of movie trailers.
32:42 Johan Johansson. RIP in pieces. Also, it’s called Sun’s Gone Dim.
43:05 Couldn’t find one for Crime and Punishment, but there’s always Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer.


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

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Episode 7: Agatha Christie in Space

I think I might have used this as a title before…

I think Terry Nation is out of ideas. Just flat out, like, I’m sure he just kind of read the back of his orange juice in the morning and tore the label off to give to Chris Boucher. It’s Mission to Destiny, written by Terry Nation, and aired on February 13, 1978.


Show-notes:


1:33 I wonder how bad this 2017 version is. Then again I wonder how bad the original is.
3:04 Guerrilla I guess. Not exactly but oh well.
11:52 It’s his last name. His first name is Olag, which I would make me think twice, double take, and spit out my drink.
13:18 Children of the Stones has Gareth Thomas playing a geologist who moves to a rural village when weird things start happening. It;s pretty good and only 7 episodes, so just watch it. Try this version edited together into a 2 and half hour movie, cause the original series feels like a chopped up movie anyway.
33:41 Not that I can find. Perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to break into the adding laugh tracks to shows without laugh tracks field.
34:08 Fresh Off the Boat is an example of a garbage American sitcom. Surprisingly based off of a book.
34:17 Oh god.

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

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Episode 6: Medieval Chic

Here rests medieval fashion, taken from us too soon.

We’ve caught up to Kiyan’s prescreening of Blake’s 7. Basically he watched up to this point before we even started the show, because… well… actually I don’t really know. Why not? It’s Seek, Locate, Destroy, written by Terry Nation and aired on February 6, 1978.


Show-notes:


1:33 Just looked this up and realized it stars Havok from X-men.
2:55 Check out Down and Safe podcast. Don’t really know anything about them since I’ve only listened to like 20 minutes of them in total. They are taking forever to watch the show thought.


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

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