Not too long ago I wrote a movie review of the 1987 movie about Steve Biko’s death and Donald Wood’s efforts surrounding it: Cry Freedom. It is a good movie if you get the chance to view it. One of the characters in it is Dr. Ramphele played by Josette Simon.
She really looked familiar to me so I did some googling and found a few references to her other acting efforts. One of them stands out: Dayna Mellanby on Blake’s 7, a BBC SF series from the late 70’s and early 80’s. There are quite a few fan sites for Blake’s 7 for those who are interested. One site has this: "Dayna claimed that she preferred 'the ancient weapons - the spear, the sword, the knife', but showed no aversion to using modern firepower." Dayna’s role seems to have been an interesting one, which definitely qualifies her as both an armed babe and a space babe as well.
I’ve never lived in England and so I know I didn’t see the show on the BBC. I don’t have any certain memories of ever watching it, but it surely seems oddly familiar to me, more than merely in its major plot features.
IMDB has a short plot summary for the series which was carried on the BBC for several years, here’s a portion: “In the third century of the second calendar, a corrupt galactic federation, with Earth at its center, drugs its billions of citizens into placid submission. A rebel named Roj Blake, who once tried to organize a resistance group to overthrow this regime, was caught and divested of his memories. But Blake's revolutionary spirit is revived when he witnesses a mass slaughter by police that is covered up by the federation officials. He escapes exile on board a prison spaceship and, together with a lovable band of outlaws, takes over a vacant alien space cruiser of awesome drive capability.”
It sounds as though Firefly/Serenity may not have been the first “anti-Star Trek,” even if one doesn’t count Babylon 5 which has many anti-Star Trek elements too.
Posted by Tom Ender who is very eager to see the Serenity movie