Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 2/11/19 2:24 pm
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The Way Ahead is a reliable, strong celebration of forty years of Blake’s 7, and a strong, loosely linked, two-part story. Mark Wright is given the task of writing the 40th anniversary celebration, and largely delivers with a lore-heavy love letter to the series. His two-part adventure sees the return of Avalon, a character originally played by Julia Vidler, and now played by Olivia Poulet, across two periods of her life, and the expansion on Aquitar, a substance that both Blake and Avon had worked with, and something that was expanded upon in fanfiction in the 90’s. The main story of The Way Ahead is a look at the legacy of Roj Blake, told through three eras. It’s a resoundingly powerful tale, as Wright really gets into what Blake’s legacy is and, most importantly, it’s most enduring character’s place within the story of Blake, Avon. Wright wisely shows three different perspectives throughout the story; the actions that inspire others to join Blake’s cause (Project Aquitar), the consequences when they go to far (Dissent), and the struggles of a man wondering if he did the right thing (the framing device with Avon). It’s a powerful overarching narrative, and one that serves as a fitting celebration of forty years of Blake’s 7. Individually, the stories have their ups and downs; Dissent is the better of the two stories, a powerful tale that gives a lot of insight into the Liberator’s crew members and their morals. Project Aquitar is a promising story, but Wright’s hand-waving to distract from Gareth Thomas’ death instead draws attention to these awkward methods. Throughout the story, Paul Darrow is a shining star; his performance in the second story especially is perhaps one of his finest performances in the role. Both stories are supported by a variety of strong performances; Sally Knyvette and Stephen Greif in the first story, and Olivia Poulet and Jacqueline Pearce help to make the second story all the better. Overall, The Way Ahead is certainly not without faults, but the celebration of forty years of Blake’s 7 is a strong, enjoyable tale anyway. It’s well-acted and has a powerful overarching arc that serves as a fitting celebration of the forty year history of the show.
Project Aquitar (6/10)