Sparacus hasn't written this tale (thank Christ) but if he had... it wouldn't be the worst B7 idea ever.
For, a while ago - back, in fact, when I had regular employment, a crippling anxiety dissorder and yet to learn the wonder of Donna Noble - I stumbled across "Alternative Series 4", a solo thread on a B7 discussion forum, untouched since 2004. No one replied or reviewed it, and the author (the one called "ORAC") never posted anything else on the forum. Just thirteen episodes, synopsis, a pitch for a Blake's 7 season after Terminal.
Sounding familiar yet?
Though these installments lack anything of Ben Chatham, Adam Rickitt - and indeed, show a kind of imagination Monsieur Goacher would never achieve - they do ring as a kind of "Son of Sparacus" with their baffling pointlessness, confused fanwank and nonsensical endings.
I haven't done a line-by-line deconstruction because... well... it just makes my head hurt, which is why this particular "Season 4 Pitch" is only reproduced installment by installment. It is unaltered in ANY way from how I found it, and anyone willing to try and review it is more than welcome. If you wish to beg me to NOT post the rest, that's entirely understandable. Cause I've read rest the rest of the season...
- Life Source
- Gauda Prime
Look upon the desired reality of "ORAC"... and despair...
Here is my own Alternative Series 4 episode guide...
HOW SERIES 3 ENDED:
Avon, Vila, Cally, Tarrant and Dayna are left stranded on Terminal and watch on the screen as Servalan finally stole The Liberator and disappears into the depths of space.........
EPISODE ONE: RESCUE:
SET 4 MONTHS AFTER THE EVENTS OF TERMINAL
ORAC has been monitoring all space vehicles and sends out an S.O.S as a cargo ship passes Terminal's Orbit.
As the crew go to meet the landed ship a tripwire sets off a huge explosion killing Tarrant and seriously injuring Dayna.
Avon Cally and Vila are shocked to learn that the cargo ship is in fact a high tech rebel base, captained by Avalon, they are welcomed aboard and told of Servalan's further rise in popularity and power.
A fleet of DSV's are already in peliminary construction and Avalon's first aim is to destroy the ship building station - but first she wants to know where Blake is.
Avon explains that it was all a set up by Servalan but Avalon also receieved a message from Blake so say that he was on Terminal and that is why she is there.
ORAC monitors the factory's circuits and discovers that all the new ships are to be fitted with something called A Techyon Funnel - ORAC also explains what the Funnel is capable of doing.
Avon demands that they must make a raid on the factory and destroy the weapons before the ships are ready and armed, Avalon disagrees however and orders the ship out of Orbit only to be confronted by The Liberator which is facing them head on.
The Communication channels are opened and they hear Servalan's voice.
"I hoped that one of you may try to rescue Blake but this really is a surprise. You are now all prisoners of the Federation, surrender immediatly or you will be utterly destroyed"!!!
Orac reports that The Liberator is preparing to fire, Vila suggests that they scramble the weapons but Avon demands that The Liberator is not harmed.
Taking command by pulling a gun Avon surrenders the ship and the rebels - Avalon's troops pull guns but Cally beckons that it's OK and they should trust Avon.
Federation guards are teleported across in force and whilst Avon, Vila, Cally and Avalon are held their troops are killed in a massacre.
Servalan herself teleports aboard and to take control, she orders that the ship's drives are destroyed.
She takes Avon to one side and explains that she is now more powerful than ever and that with the production of the DSV's and of Pylene Fifty - a new drug, the Federation will be invincible, she holds a gun to Avon's head and tells him that very soon he'll wish she had pulled the trigger.
Servalan then demands that she be given Orac otherwise she will kill one crew member at a time...Avon with absolute anger hands over Orac.
Servalan teleports back with Orac whilst the troops fire on all the ships drive systems, they then teleport out and The Liberator leaves.
Back on The Liberator Servalan contacts the ship building factory and demands that all work be stepped up, she tells ORAC to link to the factory's computer and make sure that nothing has been overlooked.
Meanwhile back on the Rebel ship Avalon is furious with Avon and is just about to pull a gun on him when Dayna appears, feeling much better.
Cally and Vila side with Avon, explaining that the Liberator shoudln't have been destroyed, but Avalon argues that Servalan now has The Liberator AND ORAC and can therefore thwart them at every turn.
At the ship building factory Servalan demands that the Techyon Funnel be demonstrated - it is pointed directly at Terminal and the rebel ship, she orders them to fire, both the planet and the ship are completely destroyed!
NEXT EPISODE: SCORPIO
...OK, I know I for one need a stiff drink after that nightmare...