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 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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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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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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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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Episode 5: I Don’t Want to Know Anything

That’s the truth really, just take all my knowledge away thanks.

We’ve returned to Blake’s 7 again because I think this is actually a thing we’re doing. Basically no going back now, Episode 5 is the point of no return. Before then you can just bail but now we can’t go back. No choice. It’s The Web, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 30, 1978.


Show-notes:


0:33 Michael E. Briant directed The Sea Devils, The Green Death, and Robots of Death among other things. Also worked on Colony in Space, a story that I completely forgot existed. And I still can’t remember anything about it now that I’m reminded of its existence.
2:43 Making Blake’s 7 is a really informative Twitter account, but I just hate how smug they are about everything and how they post stuff like “Want more rare pics of the Liberator? Then make sure this tweet gets a hundred likes, retweet it a billion times, tell all your friends, then wire me $600,000 dollars, thx” Complete B.S.
17:10 Not even Lin Shaye could save Insidious: The Last Key. I don’t think it was as bad as most people are saying, but it still sucked.
17:14 We do this other thing and stuff.
40:50 Triple Play and Trust Your Doctor.


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Episode 4: Step Up Your Terrorism Game

I think we need to reevaluate our jokes.

Terry Nation has, predictably, already run out of ideas. It’s only episode 4! It gets even worse next week, episode 5 he somehow rips off all sorts of nonsense. Man this show went downhill fast. It’s Time Squad, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 23, 1978.


Show-notes:


0:39 Lot of good stuff, including Face of Evil and Shaaaadaaaaaaa.
27:42 According to Wikipedia, a black box is “a device, system, or object which can be viewed in terms of” oh wow I’m already bored.


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Episode 3: Disintegrated by Technobabble

Now we see the true danger of technobabble.

We’re continuing along our journey, although perhaps The Doctor has buggered with the show a bit, both our show and Blake’s 7 itself. It appears we have a bit of a timeline discontinuity that somebody didn’t notice in the production room. It’s Cygnus Alpha, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 16, 1978.


Show-notes:


4:10 Strangely I couldn’t find anything, but here’s this forum thread where some people tried to create a full timeline of Blake’s 7 episodes and audios/other expanded material.
5:53 The more you know. There are actually debates about this, so don’t take this as the only explanation out there.
21:18 Wow, I always thought this was based on Hunchback of Notre Dame. Guess it’s not.

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