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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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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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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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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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Episode 34: My Day is Ruined and My Disappointment is Immeasurable

The only thing that could possibly improve my mood is watching Blake’s 7.

We are quickly moving towards the end of this podcast. Can you believe it? Zenith will end at some point, it will actually be the first of our podcasts to end. Brilliant! Wait, no. Also, did you know, the title of this story and the quote in it are from Mark Twain? “The reports of my death was an exaggeration.” Which often gets misquoted as “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” It’s Rumors of Death, written by Chris Boucher and aired on February 25, 1980.


Show-notes:


12:44 Something tells me he’s the senate.
14:27 Not the new, good Ocean’s 11. The old, bad one.
16:38 I know you want to wash down these creme de menthe frosting brownies with a nice swig of amarula.
58:04 NASA first became NASA in 1958.
58:27 Example of a P-59.
58:45 BAM. It’s called a “gothic delta.” Thank me later for that juicy bit of info.
59:54 Launching the Pilot does review pilots and first episodes. Here’s their Podbean page.


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Episode 33: The After Aftermath

Basically every episode after aftermath is the after aftermath.

I cut out a 40 second argument about the introduction this week, can you believe we actually argued about how to introduce the show this week? Ok it wasn’t really an argument, more of a humorous discussion. But anyway, it’s Children of Auron, written by Roger Parkes and aired on February 19, 1980.


Show-notes:


9:41 Ginkgo biloba is a plant from east Asia that has been used to improve memory. Dunno if it actually works though.
12:02 Yzma is the villain from the Emperor’s New Groove, a documentary about llamas.
22:34 It was Star Trek v: The Final Frontier
23:47 Check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast.
47:56 NASA was officially founded as NASA in 1958.
48:46 You can google Blake’s 7 scripts and find them. I did. Here’s the script for Dawn of the Gods. It’s spelled “herculanium.”


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Episode 32: When Does Murder Become Genocide?

Pretty much right about now I think.

Have any of our listeners watched City at the Edge of Forever? I’m actually curious to know, I’m sure we have at least a few Star Trek fans in the audience, there has to be at least one. I’m sure of it. Come on. Just send us an email. It’s City at the Edge of the World, written by Chris Boucher, and aired on February 11, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:59 City at the Edge of Forever is Star Trek episode. Never watched it or any episode of Star Trek actually but some of the imagery from the wiki page looks pretty cool.
4:18 Top Gear isn’t a tv show, it just means the topmost gear on any shelf. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a tv show. If they do, they’re lying.
18:27 Check out Trust Your Doctor if you like Doctor Who. Please.
19:30 Both the White Guardian and the Black Guardian were played by the same two actors in all their appearances on the tv show. Cyril Luckham played the White Guardian and Valentine Dyall played the Black Guardian.
30:34 Here you go. Knock yourself out. Didn’t even bother to read this article. Welcome to Zenith episode notes.
35:49 Josette Simon was born in November 1960, so she was actually only 19 when this aired, and probably 18 when it was made.


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Episode 31: Curly Straws in Blake’s 7 Ft. Making Blake’s 7

Yes, here is, the man, the myth, the legend. Making Blake’s 7.

Here’s a fun fact for you all, Jon is the first person who has actually asked US to be on the podcast. Weird right? Usually we’re the one’s begging everyone else to come on the podcast, because really who wants to listen to Dylan and Kiyan for 52 episodes straight without some sort of other voice in there? So that’s exciting. It’s The Harvest of Kairos, written by Ben Steed and aired on February 4, 1980.


Show-notes:


Before you do anything else,check out Making Blake’s 7 on Twitter.

1:28 Jon also runs Who FX, another awesome Twitter account. He’s been on Radio Free Skaro before. You know, the one Doctor Who podcast that everyone who listens to Doctor Who podcasts listens to.
12L37 Emmerdale a.k.a. Emmerdale Farm a.k.a. The Show Formerly Known as Emmerdale a.k.a. The Show Formerly Known as Emmerdale Farm is a long-running show that has over 8000 episodes.
16:52 Seeing Jacqueline Pearce with long hair on the cover of From Byfleet to Bush is surreal.
24:58 Marzipan is a dessert item and ingredient made out of almond and sugar.
26:05 Couldn’t find the video anywhere. All I could find was people talking about it in forums and blogs.
35:28 Trust Your Doctor is our “critically acclaimed” Doctor Who podcast.
38:14 Never heard of Shirley Bassey before, but apparently she’s a singer/performer person.
40:48 Miwk Publishing already has one Blake’s 7 guide, which luckily is now back down to £10.00 from £499.99, but is still sold out. They also have a new one supposedly coming out this year called Space Opera: Blakes’s 7 – A Tragedy in Four Acts.


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Episode 30: Cosplay Imposters

Next comic-con I’ll cosplay as Roj Blake, I think.

This week we commit sacrilege! I mean, turns out gods are real, we totally just like, ragged all over them, and then they just came on down and struck us down so we regret to inform you that the podcast will no longer be continuing. We’re dead. It’s Dawn of the Gods, written by James Follet and aired on January 28, 1980.


Show-notes:


11:47 More about Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
15:26 Couldn’t find any Blake’s 7 playing cards, but I did find these Blake’s 7 greeting cards.
19:53 Blake’s 7 in Character is pretty much the best Blake’s 7 podcast.
1:06:00 Here is a link to Sgt. Draino’s picture of Space Monopoly.
1:10:28 Making Blake’s 7 is the best Blake’s 7 Twitter account. It documents the making of Blake’s 7 in “real time” but 40 years later.


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Episode 29: Injecting Horse Tranquilizer and Speed

Probably a dangerous combination. I think.

This week we approach a dangerous natural object that honestly we have no business being anywhere even on the same planet with. It’s a massive, world ending volcano. Although to be fair I guess Yellowstone exists. It’s Volcano, written by Alan Prior and aired on January 19, 1980.


Show-notes:


14:09 Here’s the rest of Michael Gough’s filmography.
16:42 More about Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy.
17:05 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a book by Ken Kesey.
17:28 Check out Triple Play, our movie trilogy podcast.
26:15 Ghostbusters was never good.

 


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