Mark Sheppard really should play Avon in Syfy’s Blake’s 7 reboot

Mark SheppardYes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Syfy is apparently racing ahead at speed Standard by Six with its remake of Blake’s 7, the classic British show about criminals who join a political prisoner to fight an evil space empire. This show will live and die based on the character of Avon, and there’s one actor who’s uniquely qualified to play him.

Avon, of course, is the sarcastic computer expert who is both an indispensible part of Blake’s crew and a huge liability to Blake — likely to betray the rebel leader at any time. In the original BBC version, writers Terry Nation and (more likely) Chris Boucher gave Avon the lion’s share of the insanely quotable dialogue, with a sharp barb for absolutely every occasion. And yet, Avon also shows immense vulnerability, and develops one of the all-time great conflicted love stories with Blake, the man he says he wants to be free of.

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