The Blake's 7 Q-study
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This study used a technique called Q-methodology to explore the different ways in which Blake's 7 fans expressed their likes and dislikes, and the different understandings of the programme and what constitutes 'good' and 'bad' B7 which underpin these.
Fans from Blake's 7 mailing lists and elsewhere were invited to rank the complete set of 52 episodes on a scale of +5 to –5, and were also asked to provide comments explaining their high & low ratings. A total of 29 responses were received. Responses were found to cluster into five different patterns, or accounts, each of which represents a different way of enjoying the show.
The Five Accounts
- Highly ranked: 'Aftermath', 'Rumours of Death', 'Sarcophagus', 'Orbit', 'Blake'
- Poorly ranked: 'The Web', 'Animals', 'Cygnus Alpha', 'Volcano', 'Stardrive'
If You Were the Only Boy in the World...
[T]his account, in common with [Beautiful Suffering], places primacy on strong characterization across the cast. 'Character moments' are also enjoyed, across all characters. However, a great deal of emphasis is placed on Blake and, more particularly, on the Blake/Avon relationship, which is seen as pivotal to the series.
- Highly ranked: 'The Way Back', 'Rumours of Death', 'Pressure Point', 'Star One', 'Terminal'
- Poorly ranked: 'Animals', 'Stardrive'
A Little Bit of Politics
[E]pisodes are seen primarily as self-contained units, and rewarded for being good or bad on their own terms, with much less emphasis on any over-arching continuity. Criteria include plot, dialogue & performances, with plots which deal with the politics of the series being favoured.
- Highly ranked: 'Rumours of Death', 'Blake', 'Gambit', 'Games', 'Gold'
- Poorly ranked: 'Ultraworld', 'Animals', 'The Web', 'Dawn of the Gods', 'Headhunter'
[V]iews B7 as a continous narrative, in which particular episodes play an essential part in constructing. Consistency of the B7 universe is paramount, and the 'real' B7 is made up of seasons 1 and 2. Episodes which violate this internal narrative are strongly criticized and even completely dismissed.
- Highly ranked: 'The Way Back', 'Star One', 'Mission to Destiny', 'City at the Edge of the World', 'Blake'
- Poorly ranked: 'Sarcophagus', 'Ultraworld', 'Voice from the Past', 'Power', 'Headhunter'
Carry on Up the Rebels!
[H]ugely enjoys aspects of B7 which are funny and camp, although there is also considerable enjoyment of the more poignant moments of the series. ... [E]njoys B7 on as many levels as it can possibly manage.
- Highly ranked: 'Bounty', 'Sarcophagus', 'Aftermath', 'City at the Edge of the World', 'Sand'
- Poorly ranked: none stated
- Lysator: Volume 98 : Issue 118: Research (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study: Account 1 - Beautiful Suffering (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study: Account 2 - If You Were the Only Boy in the World... (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study: Account 3 - A Little Bit of Politics (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study: Account 4 - Universal Constancy (accessed 24 September 2015)
- The Blake's 7 Q-study: Account 5 - Carry on Up the Rebels! (accessed 24 September 2015)