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The Long Road

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We are at the end of another week. We are at the beginning of another week. Both of these contradictory statements hold a degree of truth for me. I have always thought of Sunday as being the last day of the week – but, for where I work, Sunday is the first day of the week. And because I like a degree of consistency I tend to mark my time in that way too. And the reason you are getting this short post today is because I ran out of time.

If I can quote a show I love and have it make some as semblance of sense I will.

The other day, when I might otherwise have been blogging, I was prepping for a job interview. I have had the interview now and I think it went well. It is always hard to tell being interviewed is like being on the most awkward date ever. So since I won’t know anything about the job for a little over a week I am trying to put it out of my mind.

Not the best quality but it is hear for the dialogue.

Paul Darrow died on Monday. I know him from Blake’s 7 playing Avon. Avon was a wonderful character and easily my favourite. Here are some of his best bits. Blake’s 7 was a most enjoyable show. It was made on a shoestring budged but had a good cast and some fun stories – following the adventures of a group of criminals as they fight the evil Federation.

Don’t you just love TV theme tunes.

I couldn’t substantiate the quote but I remember one of the creators of Blake’s 7 saying they had the budget for each episode that Star Trek had for its tea break.

So while this is a short post this week I have at least given you a show to watch (or re-watch) and next time the post that is currently in draft will be up. I hope you have a great week ahead.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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Best Sci-Fi Characters of All Time

This will be my last post before Christmas. I don’t want to talk about Christmas.

The other day the BFI uploaded its picks for ‘The Best Sci-Fi Characters of All Time.‘ At the top of the list was The Doctor.  This to me is no great surprise. Doctor Who is probably the most versatile science fiction that exists. You can tell any story you can imagine in that universe.

What did surprise me was that Kerr Avon was number 4. This is not because I don’t like the character but rather because I’ve always thought as Blake’s 7 to be a little obscure.

For Star Trek Mr Spock was the highest ranked at number 10. Spock is certainly the most iconic of all Star Trek characters. For me he was always more interesting a character than Kirk. When watching TOS I always wonder why Spock isn’t in charge.

Babylon 5 was well represented too with: G’Kar, Londo Mollari, Susan Ivanova, Captain John Sheridan, Delenn (twice), Alfred Bester, Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, Lyta Alexander, and Michael Garibaldi.

For Stargate SG-1 we have the whole team with the exception of Cameron Mitchell, which I can understand, and Teal’c which I can’t.

So who would my top ten be? Well I’m going to limit myself to names on their list…

  1. The Doctor
  2. Ambassador G’kar
  3. Captain Benjamin Sisko
  4. Ambassador Spock
  5. Captain Picard
  6. Ambassador Londo Mollari
  7. Brigadier General Jack O’Neill
  8. Ambassador Delenn
  9. Colonel Samantha Carter
  10. Admiral William Adama

There are many others I could mention. I may put together my own list of 100 names.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Best of the Season.

See you on the other side.

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