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BountyThe episode begins with Cally evading Federation troops in a rattlesnake-infested forest (or maybe that’s Dudley).

Sue: The Federation are in this one. Good. Blake might blow something up.

Blake approaches Cally’s location, his trusty red picnic box by his side.

Cally: (telepathically): Guards. Don’t speak or make a sound.

Blake: I’d forgotten how useful telepathy is.

Sue: So had Terry Nation.

A vintage car speeds down a country lane.

Sue: Is that Bessie? Have Blake’s 7 borrowed Bessie and given her a paint job? They can’t do that, can they?

Me: You said Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who should share their resources. Well, here you go.

Sue: At least Jon Pertwee isn’t driving it. In fact, I think this lot are on their way to a sci-fi convention dressed as the third Doctor, Jo Grant, and some extra off Blake’s 7.

BountyShe’s wrong. It’s President Sarkoff.

Sue: Is he the president of a motoring club?

Blake and Cally follow that car.

Sue: That bloody cooler box again. Give me strength. Do they have to keep their bracelets below room temperature or something?

The Federation troops are on high alert. Sue thinks the perspex on their helmets should turn a subtle shade of red to reflect this fact, and she’s disappointed when they don’t.

Sue: At least we’re back on Earth again. I expected them to make a big deal out of that, but Blake has just waltzed straight back home.

Me: This isn’t Earth. At least I don’t think it is.

Sue: But there’s an antique car, a medieval castle, and, well, it looks like England on a miserable wet afternoon in November.

Me: It’s definitely an alien planet. They just confirmed it.

Sue: Couldn’t they tint the sky or paint in an extra moon or something? That’s lazy.

BountyPresident Sarkoff is played by the one and only TP McKenna.

Sue: He’s famous.

Me: If you tell me his name, I’ll give you a foot rub.

Sue: Julian Assange.

Meanwhile, on the Liberator…

Sue: What the **** is Avon wearing? Oh no, that won’t do at all. He’s got a massive silver arrow pointing at his cock.

At least Avon has made an effort.

Sue: I’m sure Gan hasn’t changed since we started this. I bet he stinks. And I bet everyone is too afraid to tell him that he stinks, just in case he goes mental and tries to kill them all again.

An unidentified ship is heading towards the Liberator.

Avon: If it turns out to be hostile, we’ll do a part orbit and lose it.

Sue: I’m sorry, but I can’t take him seriously when he’s dressed like that. He looks like he should be dangling off a trapeze.

BountyAvon: As a matter of fact, I don’t like the look of it either.

Sue: Did he just catch sight of himself in a reflective surface?

The unidentified ship is broadcasting a distress signal so Gan offers to teleport over there to investigate. If it turns out to be a trap, the crew have his permission to blow him to pieces.

Sue: Gan’s head needs seeing to again. It’s becoming a bit of a theme.

Back on the planet, Blake removes some rope from his cooler box. There’s no room left in the box for anything else, which makes Sue roar with laugher.

Sue: Un-****ing-believable.

Gan has teleported to the mysterious ship, and Avon instructs Vila to prepare to fire on it, just in case.

Sue: Seriously, though, what the **** is Avon wearing?

Gan assures the crew that everything is fine.

Sue: That isn’t Gan. He’s even more wooden than usual.

Vila tries to warn Avon but it’s too late.

BountyVila: It’s not Gan! Avon? Jenna? Answer me, one of you. I shall come out in a rash.

Sue laughs. Yes, she’s finally coming round to Vila, who is furious when he realises that he’ll have to investigate the incursion personally.

Sue: That’s what you look like when I ask you to empty the bins.

Sue isn’t impressed with the interior of Sarkoff’s castle.

Sue: Dear oh dear, what kind of restoration job is that? You can’t paint a castle silver! Kevin McCloud would go mental if he saw that. What happened to the natural brick work? I’m appalled.

Me: It’s a space castle. Space castles are silver.

President Sarkoff owns an impressive collection of vinyl records.

Sue: It’s all gone a bit weird now.

Doesn’t stop her from singing along to Tommy Steele, though.

Sue: They should have played something a bit more contemporary.

Me: Like what?

BountySue: Some disco.

Sarkoff owns the finest private collection of 20th Century Earth objects anywhere in the galaxy.

Sue: It’s basically Kiwi Alan’s second-hand shop down the road, but painted silver. I’ve told him to keep an eye out for any missing episodes by the way. No news yet, but I’ll keep you informed.

Now that he’s taken his hat off, Sarkoff reminds Sue of somebody else.

Sue: He isn’t Julian Assange, he’s Liberace.

Me: He’s a wonderful actor and it’s a travesty that you can’t tell me what his name is.

Sue: He’s very good. Far too good for this nonsense.

Cally climbs the castle wall.

Sue: The wooden panelling on the windows is driving me mad. It looks so cheap. I’m surprised they got planning permission for that.

The Federation troops saunter past Cally without a second look.

BountySue: The Federation are completely hopeless. The only reason this bloke knows what’s going on is because he’s the only one with enough common sense to push his helmet up.

Blake wants to take the exiled president back to his people, so he can unite them against the Federation.

Sue: This happened a lot in the 1970s: exiled revolutionaries hanging around foreign countries, biding their time. This is Terry Nation trying to be topical.

Sarkoff’s assistant, Tyce, doesn’t have any time for the president’s self-pity.

Tyce: He ran away and hid. Here on this empty, nameless planet which the Federation so generously provided.

Sue: Terry couldn’t even be bothered to come up with a name for the planet. That’s how spent he is.

Blake convinces Sarkoff to leave his self-imposed exile behind.

Blake: We captured a Federation cipher machine. Now before they changed the code, we picked up a lot of information. Our computers have been unravelling it ever since.

Me: See, there is a story arc. Terry knows what he’s doing.

Sue: How much have you had to drink, Neil? Again?

BountyTyce has a soft spot for Sarkoff.

Tyce: He was a very special man. Brilliant and proud.

Sue: Is he her sugar daddy, because their relationship is a bit weird if you ask me. Is it just the two of them stuck in this castle? No wonder he doesn’t want to leave.

It’s a moot point anyway, because the Liberator isn’t responding to Blake’s calls.

Sue: They’re off having a much better adventure than he is. It wouldn’t be difficult.

Sarkoff contemplates his fate.

Sue: His taste in music isn’t very inspiring. He should have put some Donna Summer on.

Let’s see if she’s right: (alternate link via YouTube)

A massive improvement, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Sue: This is tedious. I’m sick of this guy moaning and feeling sorry for himself. If anyone should be feeling sorry for themselves it’s me for watching this rubbish.

Sarkoff: I should have realised that Tyce wouldn’t stay with me. Not now.

Sue: They are definitely shagging. On his antique electric blanket, surrounded by his antique teddy bears and his antique Goblin Teasmaid.

Me: Don’t forget his antique cock.

Sarkoff really doesn’t want to leave. We know this for a fact because HE KEEPS TELLING US.

Sarkoff: Where else would I go? This is all I have left.

BountySue: He can’t bear to part with his collection of glass ashtrays. Just think, if they still had that cooler box with them, they could save a couple of carriage clocks at the very least.

Blake destroys Sarkoff’s priceless Donna Summer 12-inch, and then he threatens to destroy Sarkoff’s precious butterfly collection as well.

Sue: Don’t worry, Blake wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even if it was already dead.

Sarkoff decides that enough is enough and he agrees to leave; it’s only taken Blake twenty-five minutes to convince him.

Sue: I don’t get it. If he loved those butterflies so much, why didn’t he take them with him? It’s not as if they need feeding.

Tyce cranks Bessie into life.

Sue: This is ****ing weird. Doctor Who could get away with this kind of madness, but in Blake’s 7 it sticks out like a sore thumb. I keep expecting the Autons to jump out of the bushes.

Bessie races away from the castle.

Me: Put your helmet on, we’ll be reaching speeds of three!

Blake begs the Liberator to teleport them to safety, but nobody’s home. However, as the car approaches a Federation checkpoint, the teleport finally kicks into life and Bessie explodes. Honest.

BountySue: They crashed the car with a sound effect. Is that because they weren’t allowed to blow Bessie up for real? That’s a shame. I would have enjoyed that.

The Liberator is seemingly deserted.

Sue: So who let them on board?

Me: **** knows, I’m drunk.

Blake: Where are they, Zen?

Zen: Please specify question more precisely.

Sue: Zen is such a dick. I don’t know how they put up with him. I bet he runs on Windows.

Blake finds Jenna in the teleport area, and she has some devastating news:

Jenna: They’re all dead.

Sue: Eh? What? No!

But it’s only a ruse and Blake is gassed by a mysterious assailant.

Sue: Is Avon doing that to Blake? Is this the mutiny he’s been planning? Is he finally going ahead with it? At least he had the decency to change his clothes first.

But it isn’t Avon, because Avon has been taken prisoner as well. And not only that – Jenna is now working for the enemy!

Sue: Why didn’t we watch that episode instead? They’ve been up to all sorts of exciting stuff while we had to watch an old man DJ-ing for half an hour.

The crew have been seized by the Amagons. Or as Sue so eloquently puts it:

BountySue: Space Sheiks.

Their leader, Tarvin, flirts with his new ally, Jenna.

Sue: Could there be less sexual chemistry between these two? What’s this episode called again?

Me: ‘Bounty’.

Sue: They should have called it ‘Turkish Delight’ instead.

Tarvin is a money-grabbing misogynist.

Sue: This isn’t racist at all. Absolutely not.

Zen: Information: Federation ships are now within scanner range.

Sue: Zen gives more information to the bad guys than he does to Blake. Whose side is he on anyway?

Jenna shows her true colours when she overpowers an Amagon. Sue is neither surprised nor impressed.

Sue: It’s as if two pantomimes have accidentally double-booked the same stage, and now the casts of Robin Hood and Aladdin have to fight it out to see who gets to put their show on. It’s insane.

BountyMeanwhile, Vila is trying – and failing – to extricate the crew from the explosive collars that have been placed around their necks.

Vila: I told you I couldn’t do it.

Avon: I believed you all along.

Sue: Ha! That was brilliant. Avon makes even the stupidest episode worthwhile.

Jenna overpowers her second Amagon of the day.

Sue: Right in the space nuts. Nice.

Gan wants to rip Tarvin’s head off.

Sue: Can Gan murder people again? You know, since his operation. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I wouldn’t leave my bedroom door unlocked if I was Jenna, that’s for sure.

Blake and his crew escape from their prison by throwing a disabled collar at an Amagon. He is killed instantly by an explosion of bright twinkly stars.

Sue: If you rub that collar really, really hard, you get three wishes.

Jenna takes down her third Amagon. Sue lets out a half-hearted cheer as she checks her watch.

BountyOn the Liberator‘s flight deck, Tyce tries to take control of the situation.

Sue: (singing) And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know…

Unfortunately, she fails miserably and Tarvin threatens to blow her head off.

Tyce: Shoot him, father. You owe it to me.

Sue: EH? WHAT? So now they tell us that she’s his daughter. Why did they take so long? Why make it look like they were involved in some sort of sordid sex thing? ****ing hell, Terry!

Me: And that’s why you shouldn’t ship. I did try to warn you.

Sarkoff shoots the nasty, greedy, selfish, sexist space Arab in the nuts, and all’s well that ends well.

Sue: Nope. Not even remotely racist.

The episode concludes with Sarkoff and Tyce teleporting back to their home planet Lindor, which Terry named after a chocolate bar he was eating while he wrote this.

Sue: Another two bracelets they’ll never see again. It was hardly worth the effort.

Me: He’s ousted two days later for committing incest, and the planet is plunged into chaos.

Cue credits.

The Score:

Sue: That was a bit weird. And not in a good way. At least it had something to do with the Federation, so it gets a few marks for that, but it didn’t do anything for me. It wasn’t serious or exciting enough for me to care about anyone, and the panto villains turned the whole thing into an uncomfortable farce at the end. And I hate it when Avon disappears for twenty minutes like that. It’s crazy.

3/10

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69 comments

  • February 11, 2014 6:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    Shame, I seem to remember liking this one. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the texture created by showing what’s happened to past political figures and the artifacts of Earth, and Blake actually doing something that seems related to revolution, and so on. It’s the kind of episode you’re less likely to see on some other science fiction show, unlike, say, “Duel” or “Breakdown.” Or maybe it’s just Tyce.

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      February 11, 2014 8:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
      solar penguin

      Yeah, there’s some interesting texture or atmosphere behind the Sarkoff storyline. But Terry Nation doesn’t know what to do with it and instead just throws it away for a silly runaround with racist stereotypes in space!

      Maybe if Sarkoff had someone else as well as Tyce, to give another view on the debate and add a bit of dynamics and tension. So once Blake told them about the Federation plans to re-install Sarkoff as a puppet ruler, this other advisor would be in favour of it, since at least it’s guaranteed way to return to some kind of political prominence without the risks of a revolution. Just a thought.

      • February 12, 2014 1:41 amPosted 3 years ago
        encyclops

        I wonder how much to blame Terry ****in’ Nation for the stereotypes, and how much the director? I’m happy to throw Terry under the bus but I get the sense he didn’t really write to that level of detail. Racism would have required more effort to be expended.

        Anyway, I think the lame B-plot is less about not knowing what to do with Sarkoff and more about trying to juggle so many main characters and get your money’s worth out of the Liberator sets. And what else can you do on the Liberator except (a) fly through space vortices, (b) be attacked by pursuit ships, or (c) be boarded by pirates?

        This is why I can’t wait for “Gambit.” Now THAT’S a B-plot.

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          February 13, 2014 11:10 pmPosted 3 years ago
          wyngatecarpenter

          Don’t think you can blame Tel, there’s nothing in the dialogue to suggest the smugglers were vaguely Arabic. I guess he’s no more responsible for their style of dress than he was for the way the Daleks looked.

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          February 13, 2014 11:12 pmPosted 3 years ago
          wyngatecarpenter

          “This is why I can’t wait for “Gambit.” Now THAT’S a B-plot.”

          Yes but first we have to get through Deliverance with it’s three C-plots

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      February 11, 2014 8:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “Or maybe it’s just Tyce.”

      It’s definitely just Tyce

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        February 12, 2014 6:51 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Richard Lyth

        I looked up the actress who played Tyce to see if she went on to play Sylvia in Hi-de-Hi (she didn’t). Turns out she spent the last few decades hanging out with the likes of Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Helen Mirren, and she’s exhibited candid photographs she took of them. No idea if the exhibitions included any she may have taken on the Blakes 7 set, but I suspect not somehow…

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          February 13, 2014 2:31 amPosted 3 years ago
          Harriet

          The only other thing I remember seeing Carinthia West in was Crime and Punishment, where she was being murdered by John Hurt. And her best friend was played by Yolande Palfrey (Veron Kasabi).

          Christ, I didn’t know that Yolande Palfrey was dead. She was only a few years older than me.

          Anyway, Carinthia West. I love her, because she’s so odd-looking. I’m amused to hear that she actually knew Mick Jagger, because I paired Tyce with a character who’s obsessed with the Stones.

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    February 11, 2014 7:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    solar penguin

    “Closing date: Monday February 18th.”

    February 18th won’t be a Monday until 2019, so we’ve got plenty of time to prepare our questions…

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    February 11, 2014 8:21 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Ian

    If something totally bizarre occurred and Blakes’ 7 was still called Blakes’ 7 but Avon became the main character as Blake wasn’t in it any more (parallel universe type scenario conundrum) would Sue enjoy the show more ?

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      February 12, 2014 2:40 amPosted 3 years ago
      Jane

      That’s a stupid idea. That would be, like, Avon’s 7 — well, Avon’s 6.

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        February 12, 2014 2:41 amPosted 3 years ago
        Jane

        Sorry, “Avons 6”.

  • February 11, 2014 8:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jason

    I thought it was weird that Terry Nation effectively took the plots of two different episodes and shoved them into one. You can’t even call the Tarvin-half of the episode a subplot; this story just changes gears right in the middle, and it’s awkward.

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      February 11, 2014 9:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      Good authority has it that Chris Boucher wrote most of this one from Terry’s customary back-of-a-fag-packet storyline. If I had Chris Boucher’s job by this point, I’d want to pad out twenty five minutes playing records as well.

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        February 12, 2014 12:39 amPosted 3 years ago
        Frankymole

        Doesn’t explain why Boucher went his hog-wild with his first couple of (credited) solo efforts though!

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          February 12, 2014 12:09 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Dave Sanders

          Because he got to think up his own (better) synopses for them?

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            February 13, 2014 1:14 amPosted 3 years ago
            Frankymole

            But they’re such dreadful mish-mashes! He doesn’t ge the hang of things until his third or fourth script. And the unbridgeable distance between the two non-integrating plots in “Shadow” puts those in “Bounty” into the, er, shade.

          • February 13, 2014 1:26 amPosted 3 years ago
            encyclops

            “Shadow” is awesome, Frankymole. If I didn’t know better I’d start to suspect you might be a Federation agent. 😉

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    February 11, 2014 8:43 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    “Blake: I’d forgotten how useful telepathy is.

    Sue: So had Terry Nation.”

    Harsh but true.

    This is one of the episodes I had a definite memory of from bitd – I could remember an episode where Blake was in a sort of Antiques Roadshow in space. I couldn’t remember anything else, not even the smugglers. A pretty dull episode as Series 1 chugs listlessly towards it’s climax. Jenna got given something different to do this time, that’s about all you can say.

    It always bugs me as someone who did A Level history years back that Blakes 7 seems determined to endorse the “great men” theory of history, ie Sarkoff being the only person who can unite the people of Lindor against the Federation. Even if you buy the “great men” theory, how is that possible? He’s not exactly Mandela is he? Possibly I’m expecting too much from a 50 minute sci-fi adventure from 1978 though, not least from one written by Terry Nation.

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      February 12, 2014 12:41 amPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Mandela’s a perfect example of the “right place at the right time” men of history, he couldn’t do much alone and presumably his wife will be quietly forgotten by history…

      Maybe Blake believed in the “right place at the right time” men theory – I bet he has a picture of Che Guevara on the wall in his cabin.

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        February 15, 2014 9:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        It may have been the right time but it’s stretching credibilty to suggest that Sarkoff could have been the right man.

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          February 15, 2014 9:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          I’d say it’s stretching credibility more to say he’s a great man. He’s right in that he’s the one who knows the Auron emissary. And by persuading him to resume his role, Blake has found the ‘right’ way, at least in this case, to get a planet’s people to throw off their fatalism and lethargy, which the Federation relies upon. But I don’t think Sarkoff has anything else to offer than the affection of his people – nevertheless a useful, perhaps tide-turning, tool in a small act of revolution.

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    February 11, 2014 8:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    Basically TP McKenna is playing Richmond from ‘Callan’. Except he’s dressed for a Doctor Who convention. And yes, he’s usually above this sort of thing (though see 1988/89 and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy for further slips of judgment).

    Other than that this is a bizarre episode. It’s almost as though el Tel gets bored after 25 minutes and decides to write another script (after Breakdown and Julian Glover’s delayed entrance this would appear to be becoming a meme).

    And I’m amazed no one has mentioned Tyce’s enormous mouth. I’ve heard of chewing the scenery but she almost swallows the set!

    Plaudits too to Omar Sharif for being this week’s guest star.

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      February 12, 2014 12:45 amPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Some other TP McKenna misfires: The Bill, Casualty, The Avengers “Trojan Horse”, Thriller, and arguably one of the weakest episode of Kneale’s “Beasts”… but yes, usually he’s a mark of quality and anyway he pretty much lifts even dodgy productions.

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        February 12, 2014 9:15 amPosted 3 years ago
        solar penguin

        To be fair, Lady Killer was one of the better episodes of Thriller, especially with Robert Powell was in it as well. Hardly a misfire.

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          February 13, 2014 1:17 amPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          About five times as long as it needed to be, like most of that series. About the only one that fitted its length was the blind-school assassin one with Bill Marlowe, Alun Armstrong and Denis Waterman… but we’re OT…

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        March 4, 2014 8:01 amPosted 3 years ago
        Graeme

        One of his good roles was Blobel in all-star cast Holocaust 1978.

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    February 11, 2014 8:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mikhaila

    The Donna Summer redub is absolute comedy genius.

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      February 12, 2014 12:13 amPosted 3 years ago
      Richard Baker

      It’s funny – but Love To Love You Baby (orgasmic groans and all) would have been *spectacular*

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    February 11, 2014 9:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mike

    President Sarkoff is definitely Richard Dawkins.

    Sue is dead right about the Space Sheikhs (nope can’t be arsed to scroll up and find their names) being costumed by the people who did the Turkish Delight adverts with the skimpily clad girl and the man with an enormous chopper.

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    February 11, 2014 9:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Katy

    I admit, I always feel sad when Sue doesn’t like the episode (even ‘The Web’, which is legitimately bad), but I think ‘Bounty’ is particularly A+ amazing. Yes, it is about three stories wedged into one and perhaps strangely paced…… but not in a confused episode 1 ending type of way. The two storylines (1 – Blake and Sarkoff, 2- Liberator crew and fake distress call) meet in a showdown that is not only about the crew believing Jenna’s treachery but also about Sarkoff rising from his defeat to be someone who can take action, and who is worth believing in again.

    There’s some cracking dialogue in this one (because Chris Boucher re-wrote it more than usual), and one of my favourite bits is this:

    SARKOFF So it really means that much to you?
    TYCE Aren’t I President Sarkoff’s daughter? Perhaps I just sounded as though I meant it.
    SARKOFF Then perhaps I’d better sound as though I mean to be President Sarkoff

    But there’s so much that’s good! What about this (and I know the Amagons are racist, but a) I think the costumes look great! and b) this bit is so good):

    SARKOFF You’d sell your grandmother, wouldn’t you?
    TARVIN I did. She was going to sell me, I got in first.

    JUST SOME OF THE GREAT DIALOGUE IN THIS EPISODE.

    And I love Blake breaking all of Sarkoff’s stuff (knowing how to make him crack – and it’s the same interestingly dark Blake instinct that we see in ‘Breakdown’ with him threatening to break a surgeon’s hands), and I love how much weight and sadness TP McKenna brings to the part!

    Obviously in some ways, the only way you can tell if an episode is good or not is whether people like it, and Sue doesn’t like it (3/10!!) – the thing is, I do agree with many of her criticisms – Avon’s outfit… the Amagons’ outfits, that weird Tyce=daughter reveal Why is that a surprise? What did they think we would assume if not daughter (because it is supposed to be a reveal.) That he just had a sexy chauffeur? (She’s a fun character, though.) BUT – I also think this episode is ultimately brilliant.

    And I love the bit where Avon and the others can’t fathom the idea of Gan being willing to investigate some people needing help, even though it might cause his own death. And Gan’s like – well, obviously. Because they are in trouble? And we’re the heroes?

    Anyway – glad she’s warming up to Vila! That was also saddening.

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      March 4, 2014 7:56 amPosted 3 years ago
      Graeme

      I think the Amagons really added something to the story. And I love their dark char-deny blue costumes!

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    February 11, 2014 9:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    I’m calling it now; the tagline for the next episode will be ‘make that three’.

    I thought that was the Brig’s car from Mawdryn Undead rather than Bessie, since they did exactly the same thing with it using exactly the same off-screen sound effect. Honest mistake.

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    February 11, 2014 9:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    BWT

    “The Federation troops are on high alert. Sue thinks the perspex on their helmets should turn a subtle shade of red to reflect this fact, and she’s disappointed when they don’t.”

    Brilliant idea! Just like the policeman with the flashing light and siren on his head in “Jamie and the Magic Torch”…

    And, by the way, what is wrong with what Avon (?e?v(?)n) wears? It’s lot better than the toga that Gan ends up wearing…

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      February 11, 2014 9:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
      BWT

      Sue: “Seriously, though, what the **** is Avon wearing?”

      I always thought he was copying Ace Frehley from KISS…

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    February 11, 2014 10:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    If Terry was sticking to his usual naming conventions, every location would be called Planet Shitehawk.

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    February 11, 2014 10:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    BWT

    HANG ON… I want Avon – I mean, Paul Darrow – doing ALL of the “Next Week…” thingies from now on. He’s brilliant.

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      May 13, 2014 3:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      Wait wait wait…this isn’t actually Paul Darrow is it?? I mean it totally sounds like him, but it isn’t is it?
      Be kind. I am the one who believed they took the word ‘gullible’ out of the dictionary.

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    February 12, 2014 12:33 amPosted 3 years ago
    Rob

    Fans generally bemoan Season 4 but overall, I honestly think it’s a lot more consistent than the rather dreary Season 1. I watched this one late last night in preparation for this glorious blog and during the eppy, I kept thinking ‘Sue will definitively hate this one’. I also think that ‘Deliverance’ will barely scrape above 3/10 but that Sue might enjoy the last few seconds of ‘Orac after a barren run of stories.

    I can however assure Sue that there are more gems to come in Season 2 🙂

    • February 12, 2014 3:12 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Yug Tay

      Season 4 has some clunkers, but they’re colourful clunkers. My problem with Season 1 is that it has a tendency to be so drab and samey – Uncle Tel with his usual depth of plotting and characterisation.

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      February 12, 2014 3:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Sooty

      Oh, I don’t know. There’s some corking dialogue when “Lord” Avon’s acolyte turns up.

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      March 4, 2014 8:17 amPosted 3 years ago
      Graeme

      S4 was let down mostly by cheesy characters, like Keiler (Gold). ‘Rescue’ and ‘Blake’ were the only highlights.
      What I like most about S1 is the most of the (human) characters – love them or hate them – are more true-to-life.

      According to IMDB.com it was a surprise to the cast that there was even going to BE 4th season.
      Some of the cast were probably thinking: “Gee! In one fell swoop we loose Zen, Blake (again, sort of), Servalan, as well as the best spaceship in Sci-Fi! Can the series ever be the same again? What are they going to with it, now? What are we really do here?”
      And, apparently, Gareth Thomas would only come back in the end as long as Blake actually dies.

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    February 12, 2014 1:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    “This is Terry Nation trying to be topical.”

    According to an interview he did in Starbust he was thinking of the situation in 1976 when the Syrians sent a peace-keeping force into Lebanon.

    “I guarantee that 99.9% of people in the world who see that show won’t see any political significance at all. Though, God knows, I’ve got to get all those people to relate to some truth, some honour or some dignity somewhere. It is not just people tearing around in spaceships, although that may appear to be what it is.”

    So Sue is one of the 0.1% according to our Terry.

    Personally I quite like all the Sarkoff stuff in the episode (especially if Tyce is on screen, mmmmmm…..) but not “Sheiks in Space”.

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    February 12, 2014 6:53 amPosted 3 years ago
    Nico

    Just wait for season 4, Sue! I’m looking forward to her reaction to the Space Rats. Oy.

  • February 12, 2014 12:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Yug Tay

    That’s not actually Bessie, though, is it? They look completely different.

    The biggest laugh today was “Right in the space nuts. Nice.”, and the idea that it’s productions of Robin Hood and Aladdin accidentally colliding.

  • February 12, 2014 12:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Yug Tay

    Paul & Glen’s next time trailers continue to be a delight too.

  • February 12, 2014 3:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Paul Mudie

    “Sue: What the **** is Avon wearing? Oh no, that won’t do at all. He’s got a massive silver arrow pointing at his cock.”

    Bwahaha! I look forward to Sue’s future comments on Avon’s increasingly preposterous outfits, especially when he enters his S&M phase. 🙂

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      February 13, 2014 8:12 amPosted 3 years ago
      Sally M

      The Demented Dentist outfit is only a few eps away… 🙂

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        February 15, 2014 12:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Carolan

        …Not to mention the thigh high boots!

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    February 13, 2014 5:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Harriet

    There’s a brilliant bit of set-dressing in Sarkoff’s Folly – it’s never mentioned, but you can see that his 20th-century collection includes reassembled fragments of Graham Sutherland’s portrait of Winston Churchill, which was destroyed by Clementine Churchill because her husband hated it.

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      February 14, 2014 8:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      That’s amazing! I never noticed. I think a photograph of the painting survives, doesn’t it?

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    February 15, 2014 4:12 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mycroft Badger

    More stereotype than racist.

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      February 15, 2014 7:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      By the time of “Killer” we get gingerism.

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    March 4, 2014 7:48 amPosted 3 years ago
    Graeme

    Sue seems to be so distracted by Avon’s costume, she made no mention of one of Avon’s most sledgehammer comebacks in the whole series…

    Vila : ‘I’m entitled to my opinion.’ (This line is so typical and pathetic, even for Vila)

    Avon: ‘It’s the assumption that we are entitled to it as well that is irritating.”

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      May 13, 2014 3:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      Best part of that though is where Avon continues: ‘I don’t like the look of it either” and Vila says “He agrees with me! It makes it all worthwhile…”

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    May 13, 2014 3:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fiona

    I noticed that about the teleport bracelets. This is a priceless technology: Avon was going to sell it down the river, but they hand them out to everyone. Whenever a visitor needs sending home, nobody ever goes with them to collect the bracelets.
    The “Making Of…” thing said that the actors also kept going off with them. They’d break for lunch and forget to take them off and finally there were none left and they to make some out of cardboard a la Blue Peter. That’s how strapped for cash they were.
    How does Vila accept Avon bossing him around the way he does in this episode? It’s outrageous. And just because he manages to open the door, that doesn’t put Vila’s achievement of getting the explosive collar off in the shade.

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    June 8, 2014 1:52 amPosted 2 years ago
    Supersynths

    Hi. Could someone please explain why the Amagons are supposed to be racist without biting my head off or resorting to sarcasm. Thanks.

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      June 8, 2014 7:50 amPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      I dont see why its racist. They are meant to be living on the edge smuggler-trader-pirate type guys…I dont see why its wrong that they look like they are running the caravan trade on the Silk Road.

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        June 8, 2014 10:11 amPosted 2 years ago
        Supersynths

        I just imagined that it was the standard uniform of their group to distinguish them from other smugglers, in the same way that people who work for McDonald’s wear a uniform to distinguish them from people who work for KFC.

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      June 8, 2014 11:09 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anniew

      Racial stereotyping: pirates are Armenian not Western European. Good guys =white. Bad = Asian.

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        June 8, 2014 3:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Fiona

        but plenty bad white guys on B7. Cant always show POC as good…that would be racist. This particular bunch are pirates, dont see any problem with it.

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          June 8, 2014 4:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Supersynths

          Exactly. So Travis and Servalan are white and bad, so that must be racist as well? PEOPLE are good or bad, skin colour is irrelevant. Why is it that you get a character that is seen to be bad and isn’t white and it’s automatically racial stereotyping but not the other way around? That never makes any sense to me.

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            June 8, 2014 5:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Smile

            That’s a rather meaningless comparison, when Servalan and Travis are white characters in a programme where almost the entire cast, including usually the guest characters, are also white, so there’s no differentiation in their case.

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    June 8, 2014 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Supersynths

    The point I was trying to make was that it seems to be fine for a white character to have villainous tendencies, but as soon as a non white character shows them then it becomes racial stereotyping. Why is that? The fact that the rest of the cast is predominantly white shouldn’t matter. Characters, regardless of skin colour, are usually good or evil in most stories.

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      June 8, 2014 11:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anniew

      It wouldn’t if the show was genuinely mixed race with heroic characters who are Asian/Armenian etc. but if the only depiction of these races is as the baddies then that’s racial stereotyping.

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        June 9, 2014 3:17 amPosted 2 years ago
        Supersynths

        I take your point, but would also argue that within the history of the programme there are more positive non white characters than negative ones. Both Dana and her father are heroic characters on the side of good, and the culturally diverse characters that unite against the federation in ‘Warlord,’ are also on the side of good.

        To me, the Amagons were just the ‘bad guys,’ of this episode in the same way as Travis and Servalan are the ‘bad guys,’ of other episodes and therefore there is no need to label them as racist stereotypes.

        I totally accept that there will be differing opinions on this however 🙂

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    July 28, 2014 3:45 amPosted 2 years ago
    David

    They get teleported onto the ship and nobody is at the controls. Did Zen teleport them? PLOT HOLE anybody?

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