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Worst set ever?
dragonq
Freshly inspired by that seminal episode, The Web, I thought I would start a thread to discover which episodes have the worst sets ever. My vote goes to the forest with streamers in the Web, but there's plenty of other options. So cast your votes, ladies and gentlemen.
 
Joe Dredd
I actually thought the forest in The Web was pretty imaginative, especially considering what the budget must've been. I'll have to think about this but my first thought is Gambit with at least one location that was just "stand in front of these curtains". Deathwatch does the same but hey, they're glittery purple curtains and I'm too busy watching Avon and Servalan.
 
Travisina
Joe Dredd wrote:

I actually thought the forest in The Web was pretty imaginative, especially considering what the budget must've been. I'll have to think about this but my first thought is Gambit with at least one location that was just "stand in front of these curtains". Deathwatch does the same but hey, they're glittery purple curtains and I'm too busy watching Avon and Servalan.

But the curtains (glittery and otherwise) were a great idea - this was designer Ken Ledsham creating sets on a BBC budget of tuppence halfpenny out of bits of string and tinsel - not to mention airline meal trays sprayed black for Assassin and white for Gold. Inventive and effective.
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Spaceship Dispatcher
Absolutely; the set designers and location scouts did such a brilliant job on the show that I only have praise and admiration for their work.
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. I bet that means something. It sounds great.

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littlesue
The 'Angel Hair' in the Web stayed around in that forest for ages, by all accounts.
As for the worst set.....I cannot think of a single one. These guys were working on a budget. The Libby set had to be taken down so that Top of the Pops could be recorded!!
Considering the very limited amount of money they had to play with, they did okay.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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meegat39
Voice from the past planet surface.
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
trevor travis
The surface in the Web is creepy and effective - one of the stories biggest plus points.
 
trevor travis
meegat39 wrote:

Voice from the past planet surface.


Second that Grin
 
rojkerr1
third that
 
littlesue
trevor travis wrote:

meegat39 wrote:

Voice from the past planet surface.


Second that Grin


Maybe so. I'm not an expert on Effects; Chromo key and Blue screen etc. and I think the same technique as used in VFTP was also used in Warlord when Avon and Soolin were pictured on the surface of Betafarl. But within the limitations of time, money and technology, what these guys created was magical to me. By today's standards they may appear laughable, but I still love every bit of footage ever created by the genius SFX department.
The Champions, created 10 years earlier, were often seen wandering around snow covered sound stages, sandy deserts, lush tropical islands with foliage bashing against the front of their cabin cruiser...and I loved that show, complete with the same stock footage on the back screen projection for Rome, Hong Kong, London as well as all the other posh locations they visited! To Trap a Rat is one of my faves because they ACTUALLY went to a proper Zoo! Although I did have fun explaining what 1/6 was to Grandson! (12 and half pence if I recall!)
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
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dragonq
I knew I'd be stirring controversy here. Aren't I naughty.
 
dragonq
I bet you wouldn't be allowed to leave streamers in the forest these days. Maybe they spent all their money on the Decimas.
 
dragonq
All jokes aside, I think B7 was always at its best when it tried to do realistic and more political stuff, and that with a few notable exceptions the more fanciful it became the more difficult it was to believe in. I think it's interesting that the diehard fans remember the gritty stuff, whereas the average viewer seems to recall bad special effects, sets and costumes.
 
exterminator
The production team did some really clever stuff to stretch the budget, especially in the first series. In "The Way Back", all those tall white pillars were used to create several different areas, and in "Mission To Destiny", a lot of the Ortega's interior was the London set, painted green and yellow!
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"There it is!"
 
rojkerr1
The Champions is my fave ITC show., I have Sharrons headscarf from the Search!
 
rojkerr1
To Trap a Rat broke the budget, the director never worked for the show again !
 
littlesue
rojkerr1 wrote:

To Trap a Rat broke the budget, the director never worked for the show again !


Wasn't it Sam Wanamaker?
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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littlesue
dragonq wrote:

All jokes aside, I think B7 was always at its best when it tried to do realistic and more political stuff, and that with a few notable exceptions the more fanciful it became the more difficult it was to believe in. I think it's interesting that the diehard fans remember the gritty stuff, whereas the average viewer seems to recall bad special effects, sets and costumes.


And I'm afraid the BBC is guilty of being an average viewer!
Since 1978...whenever B7 was mentioned on the Beeb, they would show a clip and it was usually a shot of the Decimas from the Web in full Warcry...cue hysterical laughter from any audience. An example of this is in Mr D's appearance on Noel Edmund's Telly Years 1978...The audience laughed their collective heads off at that shot.
Even on Pointless, when they played the theme, the picture used was of Tarrant and the Spider from Harvest.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
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rojkerr1
yes Sue, he was very rapidly replaced and they had to do some very cheap stories like the Interrogation, which is my fave story and possibly the best ITC story ever!
 
littlesue
rojkerr1 wrote:

yes Sue, he was very rapidly replaced and they had to do some very cheap stories like the Interrogation, which is my fave story and possibly the best ITC story ever!


The superb Colin Blakely stole the show! An amazing episode with a small set, with flash backs etc. Stuart Damon and Colin were firing on all cylinders for that one.
I love Happening.
The only episode that jars with me is 'Get Me Out oh Here' where, for some reason, Philip Madoc's voice was dubbed!
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
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