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Were end of episode resets necessary?
Spaceship Dispatcher
trevor travis wrote:

As much as I love this episode, the ending is a bit forced. A re-set button is required - Servie can't end the episode on the Libby.

I just popped onto the Harvest of Kairos rewatch thread to see some posts from the rewatch, and this one by TT made me think. My answer would be: why not?

Blake's 7 pioneered story arcs and used them often, so why not switch things around? The crew could regain the ship an episode or two later when Servalan tries to use it to capture them, maybe because Zen does not cooperate and only Avon is perceived as capable of unlocking the controls, and her plans fall to pieces. That's just an example, I'm sure there are better ways a temporary reversal of fortunes could have been worked. It's not like Blake's 7 is was sold to other countries in random packages of episodes, as was the case with The Avengers and the ITC shows distributed by Lew Grade. It was a semi-serialised format, so why the need for a reset at the end of the episode?
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. I bet that means something. It sounds great.

Blake's 7: Trojan Horse (s4 fanfic) - Blake's 7: Through the Needle's Eye (s2 fanfic)

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trevor travis
Actually, not every episode does have an end-of-episode reset... B7 very much has an arc which moves on from episode-to-episode e.g. Cally arrives, they gain a cipher machine, Orac is acquired, Gan dies, there's the search for Star One, etc.

But an ongoing story caused problems within a series made on a budget within restricted time, and several abandoned scripts in Season B caused a further headache in maintaining a story arc, hence the decision of Maloney, Nation and Boucher to reduce much of the arc from Season C and leave a series of standalone episodes (barring episodes 1, 2 and 13).

Therefore Kairos needed an end-of-episode re-set. It should be pointed out there is still a loose trilogy of episodes from COA to Sarcophagus.
 
JustBrad
Yes, B7 pioneered story arcs, but as far as airing the episodes, it was still an age of One And Done. The home video recorder was in the prototype stage in 1981 and prohibitively expensive. Viewers couldn't go online to catch up. Reruns were rare. Today HBO or BBC might show a new episode twice a week, but was the BBC doing that in 1979? Studios feared that too much change in one episode would ruin the series for anyone who missed it, or even part of it.

Long story arcs really came of age in the mid to late 80's, when the home video recorder became a reality. I don't think that's a coincidence.
 
trevor travis
Season C also had a partial repeat in the summer of 1981 (8 out of 13 episodes) to lead into Series D in the Autumn. That would have been much trickier given a long-season arc.

As it was, Sarcophagus didn't make complete sense without COA (the discussion about Cally's loss of Auron!). COA should have been part of the repeat rather than Ultraworld.
 
markab2
Wasn't Season D repeated as well on BBC2? I can vaguely remember seeing episodes twice in the early 80s.
 
trevor travis
markab2 wrote:

Wasn't Season D repeated as well on BBC2? I can vaguely remember seeing episodes twice in the early 80s.


BBC1 on Saturday evenings during the Summer of 1983. Only season to get a full repeat.
 
markab2
Yes! And Blue Peter did the Season D teleport bracelet at the same time.
 
briggsy1
The season D repeat was a sop to fans demanding a new series.
 
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