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Stockholm Syndrome…

Federation pursuit ships have ambushed the Liberator.

Avon: Battle stations!

Sue: Their ship has a massive design flaw. They have to run across the flight deck to reach all the buttons they need to press. Why can’t Zen or Orac do that automatically? Avon nearly tripped over his own feet turning that force wall thingy on. At least he’s wearing a nice costume this week. It suits his personality, all those different shades of grey…

Me: STOP IT!

The pursuit ships keep coming.

HostageSue: They look like the X-Wings from Star Wars.

Me: No, they don’t.

Avon suggests that they escape through a mass of ionised particles.

Blake: Avon might be right. Tangent one eight. Go for it!

Sue: “Go for it!”? You’d never catch Jean-Luc Picard saying something like that. That’s funny.

The plan seems to work.

Jenna: We’ve outrun them.

Blake: Well done, Jenna.

Sue: Eh? What about Avon? It was his idea.

Vila slopes off for a nice glass of relaxant.

Sue: So Vila’s basically a morphine addict, now.

However, the pursuit ships are still on their tail.

HostageSue: What are Victoria Wood and a young Pat Butcher doing flying that ship? That’s a bit mental.

The pursuit ship’s commander is very pleased with his new detector shield.

Sue: Is he the new Travis?

Me: No, they haven’t recast Travis again. The second eye kinda gives it away.

Sue: I know that. I’m not stupid, you know. But since Travis turned out to be hopeless, have they got another henchman in to take over the role?

Me: It could be Travis’s two-eyed brother for all I know. I’ve never seen this episode before.

The pursuit ships prepare to engage the Liberator.

Commander: Attack in sections, Alpha section leads. Thirteen seconds between waves. Speed, time distort ten.

Sue: Time distort ten? They must be going faster than the speed of light, which means they would have to break the time barrier. That makes sense, I guess.

Sue has been watching the new series of Cosmos. Can you tell?

Avon: Zen, can we withstand an attack of this magnitude?

Zen: No information.

Avon: Thank you, that’s very helpful.

Sue: ASK ORAC!

The Liberator takes one hell of a beating.

HostageSue: So much for them having a shit-hot super-ship. For God’s sake, fight back! Fire a laser or something!

By some miracle, the Liberator manages to evade certain doom.

Commander: I thought we had them for sure.

Sue: Everyone except the script writer thought that, pet. I’m not impressed with Travis’s replacement. He’s just as hopeless as the other two.

Vila wants to know when Avon will fix the damaged detector shield.

Avon: Whenever we stumble across the parts I need.

Sue: They need a Space Halfords, or an intergalactic Quick-Fit. So is this is the plot for this episode, shopping for spare parts? I can’t wait.

Orac receives a message for Blake. It’s from Travis.

Travis: I am sending this from the planet Exbar. I have Ushton’s daughter. Her name is Inga, if you remember. Don’t worry, I won’t harm her. All I ask is come to Exbar and talk.

Travis offers to join forces with Blake.

Sue: Makes perfect sense to me.

Me: You actually trust him? But he’s a psychopath!

HostageSue: I know. He’d fit right in. I don’t trust him, though. He should join forces with Blake, but he won’t.

Travis: The girl is safe if you come to Exbar. Teleport at grid reference B W one three zero. If you do not come, the girl, regretfully, DIES!

Sue: I’m sorry, but his acting was atrocious there. So hammy. Maybe Travis is the sort of person who feels self-conscious when he leaves an answer phone message, so he over-compensates.

Blake and Avon discuss Travis’s motives.

Sue: I want to believe him, but Avon’s right, you’d have to be mad to trust Travis.

Me: Threatening to kill Blake’s cousin if he doesn’t make friends with him probably isn’t the best way to go about forging an alliance, either.

Sue: And why is Jenna drinking a glass of Lenor?

Meanwhile, Servalan is punishing an underling for yet another cock-up.

Servalan: Commander, I’m not interested in your excuses. You will surrender your ship and place yourself under close arrest.

HostageSue: She goes through henchmen like some women go through shoes.

Servalan knocks back a glass of green.

Sue: It’s all that Crème de menthe. She’s not thinking straight.

Servalan has a visitor. She welcomes him a beaming smile.

Sue: Her teeth are green! She should stick to gin.

Me: Do you recognise this guy?

I pause the DVD so Sue can get a good look at Kevin Stoney as Counsellor Joban.

Sue: He looks familiar…

Me: I’ve give you a clue: “Paaaaaacker!”

Sue: Oh yes, he’s very good. Does he become a regular character? That would be excellent.

Joban has some bad news for Servalan.

Joban: Some members of the council are concerned. Many of our citizens now know of Blake’s activities, and those of the renegade Travis.

HostageServalan: But there have been no public spacecasts on either Travis or Blake.

Joban: People talk, Servalan. There’s no way of stopping them.

Sue: Space Twitter is a bitch.

Joban makes a veiled threat: sort Blake and Travis out – or else.

Sue: I could watch these two all day. That was a great scene.

Blake prepares to teleport to Exbar. Avon warns him that he’ll leave him there if he gets into trouble.

Avon: You are still assuming that we will risk our lives for you.

Sue: Did Gan die for nothing? It’s sad, really.

Blake makes contact with his Uncle Ushton. Sue doesn’t recognise John Abineri as Hagar the Horrible, which will annoy Toby Hadoke if he’s reading this.

Sue: The director has a serious foot fetish.

HostageIt’s true. Vere Lorrimer lingers on Ushton’s limping leg for what feels like an eternity.

Sue: Why is it when they visit an alien planet, it always seems to be populated by two or three people. Where is everyone?

Back on the Liberator, Avon wants to teleport to Exbar.

Sue: (as Jenna) Let me finish this level of Candy Crush on my iPad, first.

Avon is down and safe.

Me: What do you think of their new silver spacesuits?

Sue: I’ve seen worse. However, if they stopped making new costumes every week, they could spend some of that money on sets and extras. Just a thought.

Ushton takes Blake to his cosy cave.

Sue: Ooh, that’s a lovely bit of wood. I’d love a table like that.

Travis has employed Crimos to do his dirty work for him.

Blake: Criminal psychopaths.

Sue: Aren’t Blake and his crew criminal psychopaths? Technically, I mean.

Me: It’s all a matter of perspective, I suppose.

Avon arrives on Exbar, but instead of making contact with Blake, he spies on him instead.

Sue: What is Avon playing at? Has he finally had enough, and he’s going to use this opportunity to get rid of Blake once and for all? Is that it?

HostageServalan is en route to Exbar…

Sue: At least she’s travelling First Class.

Servalan is in a hurry to get there.

Servalan: This is an emergency; time distort ten.

Sue: Are their spaceships powered by steam? Because it sounds like they’re boiling a kettle when they distort time.

Vila joins Avon on Exbar. Avon warns him that they can’t trust Blake’s uncle.

Avon: He had a limp. When he went back into the cave he didn’t have a limp.

Sue: It’s the plot that’s limp, love.

Vila is freezing to death.

Sue: Whatever happened to their Millets jackets, the ones with the fluffy hoods? Did the product placement deal expire or something?

Vila: I’m freezing!

Avon: Well, freeze in silence.

Sue: Isn’t that a song by Depeche Mode?

Me: No, Sue, it isn’t.

Blake struggles to reach the top of the mountain.

Sue: This is just like Kilimanjaro, isn’t it, Neil?

Me: If Kilimanjaro was a small hill, yes.

HostageBlake is thrown down the mountain by a man in a gimp mask.

Sue: No, Blake, I am your father!

Me: So, you have a cousin!

Blake is hauled before Travis.

Travis: I am tired of being hunted by Servalan and the Federation.

Sue: It’s only been one episode!

Travis wants the Liberator.

Travis: It is the fastest, most powerful ship in existence.

Sue: I wouldn’t bank on that. They were almost blown up ten minutes ago.

Avon is captured in a large net.

Sue: Oh dear. That’s humiliating. If you have to stick someone in a net, it should be Vila. That way, at least it will be funny.

Travis backhands Blake.

Sue: He’s so over-the-top, it’s unbelievable. How anyone kept a straight face on the set is beyond me.

HostageTravis interrogates Ushton.

Travis: Who is the weakest?

Travis has Blake’s cousin, Inga, tortured so he can extract the information he so desperately needs.

Sue: She’s basically a cut-price Leela, isn’t she.

Ushton finally capitulates.

Ushton: The one they call Vila.

Sue: And Travis couldn’t work that out for himself? It isn’t rocket science!

Vila is interrogated by Travis. He wants to know how the teleport bracelets work.

Travis: All you have to do is talk. Demonstrate. Tell us the word.

Vila: I’m saying nothing.

Travis aims his weaponised hand at Vila’s head.

Travis: For the last time. Tell us the word. The word. The word. THE WORD! THE WORD!

HostageSue: Grease! Grease is the word!

Vila: Teleport!

Sue: Pause the DVD!

Me: Confirmed.

Sue: Are you seriously telling me that they didn’t say the word ‘teleport’ when they were trying to get a teleport bracelet to work? That never crossed their minds? I thought they were supposed to be smart!

Me: They got hung up on the word ‘energise’.

Sue: So what’s next? Travis waterboards Vila so he can find out what the capital of France is? It isn’t rocket science!

A Crimo teleports to the Liberator , taking Jenna by surprise.

Sue: If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s got a really bad case of bed head.

Avon admits to Blake that he told Servalan where Travis was hiding.

Sue: What an idiot. That isn’t like Avon at all. Allan Prior doesn’t know how to write for Avon. That makes no sense at all.

Jenna and Cally overcome the Crimo by teleporting him into space.

Sue: They did that to Brian Blessed, once.

Me: Unless I’m very much mistaken, they just did it to him again. It’s the same effects shot.

Travis is told that Inga has escaped.

Travis: GET HER!

Sue: This has turned into a bloody pantomime. I can’t take him seriously.

Ushton kicks Travis down a small incline.

Sue: Brilliant. Now just shoot him in the head and put him out of his misery.

Ushton goes back for Blake and Avon, but when they return, Travis has gone.

Sue: Un-***ing-believable.

Stuff happens.

HostageSue: The direction is very poor. I can’t follow this sequence at all. It’s a mess.

Blake, Avon and Ushton hurl some boulders at Travis.

Sue: And now it’s turned into The Goodies.

A fight kicks off.

Sue: Remind me, Neil, what do they pay Dudley Simpson for again?

The Crimos keep coming.

Sue: The director is losing light, and I’m losing the will to live.

A Crimo bounces down the mountainside.

Sue: It really is an episode of The Goodies!

Travis is eventually overpowered.

Avon: Why don’t we kill him while we still have the chance.

Blake: No. We’ll leave him for the Federation.

Sue: Oh, for ****’s sake! Not again! YOU IDIOTS!

HostageAll the Crimos are dead.

Sue: The director definitely has a foot fetish. And speaking of boots, I bloody love Avon’s.

Inga turns down Blake’s offer to spend the rest of her life as a wanted terrorist.

Inga: That storage room contains enough food to feed every starving mouth on this planet.

Sue: All three of them. It’s basically two tins of beans.

Inga is so grateful, she kisses Blake on the lips.

Sue: Steady on, Blake. I think that’s incest.

Travis meets up with Servalan.

Servalan: Has Blake gone?

Travis looks up at the Liberator.

Travis: Yes.

HostageSue: The ship looks as if it’s hanging a few inches above his stupid head. The director should have been shot for that.

Jenna appears to be in a mood with Blake.

Sue: Seriously, Blake. Incest?

Cue credits.

The Score:

Sue: I blame the director for cocking that up.

Me: It was a Travisty.

Sue: It started well, but it fell apart as soon as they reached the planet. Avon was completely out of character, the plot was flimsy and tedious, the direction was a joke, and Travis is doing my head in. No, I didn’t enjoy that one very much.

3/10

Before we go, here’s a link to Part One of Kevin Jon Davies’ Making of Blake’s 7 documentary that never made it to DVD. Stephen Greif is in it.

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79 comments

  • April 4, 2014 3:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Glen Allen

    I just spat my glass of water over the laptop laughing at your Goodies clip. Git! 🙂

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    April 4, 2014 3:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Sorry Travis, was there a Terry Christian programme you wanted to watch on the other side?

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    April 4, 2014 3:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gareth M

    This episode has some nice space battles in it. The model work is good.
    That part of it is exciting. The bits that were done by the model / effects units.

    The location work is nice, it looks as grim as Vila makes it sound. It looks cold, grim and awful.
    Inga seems completely inappropriately dressed for such a grim and awful planet.

    Maybe incest is acceptable in the future. Or maybe they’re not close cousins.

    So, Travis knows what the teleport does, enough to give Blake precise coordinates. But he doesn’t know the word to get them to bring them up. He didn’t you know think to use the word ‘teleport’, the word he used in his message to Blake? Maybe everyone in the Federation thinks it’s something like the ‘down and safe’ phrase. ‘Up and ready’ or something like that.

    All of Servalan’s scenes are great and hers with Kevin Stoney show that they could have done a lot more of the politics in space and it would have been engaging.

    Is this the first appearance of the Crimos. So now we have the Mutos and Crimos. Which are both supposedly what the Federation does with their criminals. Turns them into vampires or psychopaths with masks.
    Or if they don’t then they brian wash them and then frame them for worse crimes.
    I wonder what the Federation does with minor petty criminals. Probably just shoots them.

    • April 4, 2014 4:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Alex

      Brian washing has conjured up the image of Brians Blessed and Croucher soaping each other’s chests while never breaking eye contact.

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      April 4, 2014 5:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      They gave the Biggest Low-Budget Space Battle EVARRR to Allan Prior just so they’d never have to top it with another one, and even he couldn’t make the scenario any more one-dimensional. Oh well, at least everyone gets captured in different ways this time.

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      April 4, 2014 11:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      Kellogg’s Crimos, with free mutoid figures in special packs.

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      April 5, 2014 3:00 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      Inga’s father is Blake’s father’s brother. That’s as close as cousins get! However, even today, the attitude towards such relationships/marriages varies considerably across cultures and legal jurisdictions. It would be culturalist to judge.

    • April 6, 2014 1:15 amPosted 2 years ago
      Doc Whom

      Absolutely right about the politics. The scene reminds me of the one in “Seek Locate Destroy” where she’s sparring with Peter Miles and the one in “Trial” where Peter Miles is chatting with the other politico on the way to lunch. I could watch that acting and that dialogue all day.

      It almost works between Avon and Blake but not quite because there’s very little subtext with Blake – it’s all idealistic bluster. The closest the Liberator crew comes to this sort of thing is when Avon and Villa are alone as in “Killer” where they’re chatting about Blake’s bleeding heart.

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      April 7, 2014 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Harriet

      San (see below) is correct; it’s not that Travis needs to find out what the word is, he needs to have Vila shout it into a bracelet as if he means it. If Travis switches on the comms link and says “Hullo, Jenna, could you teleport me now?” she will say “Don’t be silly, Travis, I’m not falling for that one.” But when Vila yells “TELEPORT!” she says “It sounds as though Vila’s in trouble. I’m teleporting him now.”

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      August 12, 2014 3:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Karyl

      Ushton and Blake’s father were brothers, so that makes him and Inga cousins. Nothing removed.

      That part where he kissed her on the lips always grossed me out.

      She’s practically his sister, and he FREAKING KISSES HER ON THE LIPS!

  • April 4, 2014 3:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alex

    Deserved. I always used to defend Doctor Who and Blake’s 7’s shortcomings valiantly when my little brother mocked them savagely, but the polystyrene boulders and comedy crimo with his arms raised united us in utter hysterics. There’s no defending it.

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      April 5, 2014 3:04 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      It’s great comedy though. Travis’s cry of “CRIMOS!” is one of the best of his weird shouty bits, and he gets a few across his episodes. I especially like some of his “GNNNNRRRRG”s!

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    April 4, 2014 3:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vera

    Is it English cultural thing I don’t know about, but why everybody keep saying that it is incest? They are cousins, not siblings. It is legal everywhere and in some cultures even common.

    • April 4, 2014 4:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Gion Cucumber

      It’s under the category of incest in Wikipedia, which also says that it’s illegal in nearly half the US states. It’s legal in England. So probably not an English cultural thing.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incest#Cousin_relationships

      • April 4, 2014 4:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Neil Perryman (Author)

        Sue was surprised when I told her it was legal in England, so there you go.

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        April 5, 2014 8:38 amPosted 2 years ago
        Mr BigEars

        Wikipedia actually says that 24 US states prohibit marriages between first cousins (not second etc.) and it doesn’t mention whether sex itself is illegal (although presumably if marriage is prohibited sex is as well?)

        Just to be even more pedantic 🙂 since when is kissing incest?

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          April 5, 2014 2:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Marcus Sheppard

          It’s not the smartest move, genetically, to breed with cousins — therein lies a dozen stand-up routines about the British royal family. But there’s a phrase “kissing cousins”, isn’t there? I never assumed it was taboo and neither did my uncle/father-in-law…

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          May 24, 2014 12:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Fiona

          Right, that explains the scene in Mean Girls where Karen goes after her hot cousin Seth…and Gretchen tells her, no, he’s your cousin dear. And Karen says, yes, but he’s my first cousin

          And I was confused because I thought first cousin was ok. Not advisable, but legal: didnt the Royals do it literally all the time, hence all the haemophilia?

    • April 6, 2014 1:17 amPosted 2 years ago
      Doc Whom

      In English law it isn’t technically incest. But it still comes under a special legal category known as “eeeeeeeeeeeeew!!!!!”

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        April 7, 2014 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Harriet

        Well, speaking as a fifty-something Englishwoman, it was only about a year ago that I discovered (online, naturally) that some cultures do think first-cousin marriage is incest.

        I was aware that it could throw up medical issues (I heard a documentary a few years ago about this being a problem within the British Pakistani community, which apparently favours marriage within kinship groups).

        But I got through half a century completely unaware of any social taboo.

  • April 4, 2014 3:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gion Cucumber

    Meanwhile, Allan Pryor’s daughter foisted this atrocity onto the world:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVsEJytTP2U

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    April 4, 2014 4:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Could somebody point me in the direction of a nice, amiable non-criminal psychopath please?

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      April 4, 2014 5:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      I’ve met amiable, non-criminal psychopaths in management before now. Not criminal but lacking in the conscience department.

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        April 5, 2014 3:06 amPosted 2 years ago
        Frankymole

        Like 99% of politicians, which is probably what Blakes 7 is lampooning with its Federation…

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          April 5, 2014 2:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Dave Sanders

          Eh, that’s sociopathy, which is a bit different. ‘Psychopath’ implies violence to me, the sort of bloodlust this bunch exhibits (very very badly), hence the bemusement at ‘criminal psychopath’.

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            April 6, 2014 12:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Frankymole

            No, you can have non-violent psychopaths too. Neuroscientist James Fallon has an interesting article about it on the web… he is one.

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            April 6, 2014 11:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Dave Sanders

            Would have been funnier and more explanatory if his name was James Follett.

    • April 6, 2014 1:20 amPosted 2 years ago
      Diddly Dum

      On a comments thread populated by sci-fi fans??? Good luck finding one.

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    April 4, 2014 4:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marky Mark

    That Goodies sequence is just brilliant – thanks, Neil.

    I rather enjoyed this episode, unlike Sue – thought it was one of the best of the series, so far.

    Incidentally, fact fans, the actor playing the nasty Molok also played a nasty Black Guard in the BBC’s ham-fisted adaptation of The Tripods ! Some terrible acting in that, but at least the main character was a nice bit of eye candy !!

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    April 4, 2014 4:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris Allen

    This isn’t quite as bad an episode as I remembered it. The weakest bits are Brian Croucher’s performance (some very strange word emphasis at times) plus the general shambles as Travis’ plan falls apart (that “Goodies” video is very apt).

    I can’t see Travis ever fitting in on the Liberator for long. He hates Blake too much and Avon has always shown much more determination to get rid of Travis than Blake. The slightest step out of line….

    I saw Avon’s silver space suit on a TV/film props site only recently. Thank god I don’t have any spare cash or I’d be knee deep in stuff like that.

    Not sure if it’s a spoiler or not but Jenna always seemed a bit cooler towards Blake from this point on.

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      May 24, 2014 12:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Fiona

      I wondered if Travis on the Liberator could have been a good idea. It would have been super-tense. They’d never have been able to relax at all. Anything that went wrong would have drawn instant suspicion on him, Avon would have glared at him all the time, but they’d have probably ended up teaming up against Blake…

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    April 4, 2014 5:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Richard

    That Goodies sequence is outstanding – thank you for a massive laugh!

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    April 4, 2014 5:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    I once rated this in my top 5 Blakes 7 episodes! This was after watching it in the middle of a marathon 10 episode session, and I was probably approaching a state of hysteria. It probably helped that it was fairly undemanding as well. I think Sue’s score is probably closer to the mark.
    I like the fact that Avon’s cocked up but can’t quite see Avon making this particular cock up.
    I’m not sure what the point of the Crimos is. They are supposed to be psycopaths with a high IQ and I’m sure at one point Blake warns someone “You know what they can do” but what do they do? Just more goons, they just happen to wear wetsuits for no obvious reason. Then I’m not sure what the point of the Mutoids is either, we get all that background information about them in Duel but then all they ever do is pilot spaceships.
    Back to the old “Let’s kill Travis..No I’ve got a better idea” routine which undermines the idea of him being a genuine threat to them, as if this episode hasn’t done enough.
    As for Blake and Inga – legal, but a bit weird isn’t it? Maybe Allan Prior was just trying to be a bit edgy.

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      April 5, 2014 3:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      If Allan Prior really was ‘edgy’, he’d have had the guts to actually try teaming Travis and Blake up and seeing what happens, instead of copping out. As it is, he’s the only writer on the show I’d trust not to do that.

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    April 4, 2014 6:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    It’s a shame they didn’t try at least one episode with Travis joining the Liberator crew – he might as well have stayed with the Federation for all the difference it makes. I guess his animosity towards Blake was too firmly established for them ever to be really convincing as allies.

    I didn’t mind this episode personally, just a fun brainless action-fest. And the Goodies video is hilarious!

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      April 5, 2014 3:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “It’s a shame they didn’t try at least one episode with Travis joining the Liberator crew”

      Perhaps they could have tried an episode where he joined the crew heavily disguised

  • April 4, 2014 6:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    encyclops

    I’m not surprised — this one’s a bit of a turkey.

    Sue: Steady on, Blake. I think that’s incest.

    I suppose it’s a step up from alleged child molestation. Blake’s 7 is full of weird sex dynamics throughout — just wait till season 4.

    Sue: Are you seriously telling me that they didn’t say the word ‘teleport’ when they were trying to get a teleport bracelet to work?

    Yeah, that’s pretty dumb. On the other hand, teleport is really uncommon in the Blake’s 7 universe. Apart from the Liberator, I’m not sure any other ship has it. We’ll discover later that it takes lifetimes to develop it from first principles (naturally enough). So you could maybe stretch to assume another word for it is more common in, say, science fiction or speculative scientific literature (e.g. “transmat”).

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      April 5, 2014 3:36 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      Avon and Blake both claim to have worked on the Federation’s “matter transmission” project, Aquitar. Then again, who came up with the word “teleport”? Must be one of the crew. I don’t think Zen named it for them.

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        April 5, 2014 11:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Chris Allen

        The first person to use the word “teleport” is Blake in episode 3.

        “Could we teleport down to the surface of the planet [Cygnus Alpha] without ever having to land the ship”.

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    April 4, 2014 6:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Amazed Sue still hasn’t cottoned onto this guaranteed formula: Neil’s never seen it = it’s shit. 🙂

    • April 4, 2014 6:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Neil Perryman (Author)

      I must have seen it when it originally went out. But I couldn’t remember a damn thing about it. And it’s not true anyway; Sue hated Trial and I must have seen that one dozens of times.

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        April 5, 2014 3:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Marcus Sheppard

        Being a total pedant here (sorry) but Sue always thinking the ones you haven’t seen are shit doesn’t preclude her thinking other episodes are shit aswell.

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    April 4, 2014 6:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    San

    I thought the point of the “thewordthewordtheworrrrd!” scene was to get VILA to say “teleport”–presumably Jenna and Cally would have had a problem with some stranger. But maybe that’s too clever for this stupid story.

    Avon’s costume in the ship WAS nice, though. Where can I buy a doll? 🙂

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    April 4, 2014 6:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    “Sue: They look like the X-Wings from Star Wars.

    Me: No, they don’t.”

    Definitely held up on X-Strings though. Or maybe Space Strings.

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      April 4, 2014 6:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      No, wait. Star Wires.

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    April 4, 2014 7:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    “Remind me, Neil, what do they pay Dudley Simpson for again?”

    About nine minutes per episode, which I think has already been pointed out.

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    April 4, 2014 9:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katie C

    Maybe Travis thought they had a code word. They could have used one to say Ït’s a trap, teleport into deep space” or “Put the kettle on Jenna”.

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      April 5, 2014 2:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      And he probably enjoyed scaring Vila shitless as well. It’s nowhere near the most illogical thing about this episode. It’s far odder that Ushton puts on a fake limp when he meets Blake

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        April 6, 2014 12:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Frankymole

        The fake limp seems intended to be Ushton’s excuse why he can’t ascend the ridge with Blake and help him to sneak up to Travis’s tower.

        Bit dumb of Ushton to assume Blake didn’t have any backup keeping watch, though.

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    April 4, 2014 10:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Geoff

    I like this episode just as much as any other but it is daft. The comedic elements with the dodgy rocks are as Sue and others pointed out very funny and miles away from the gritty feel of the first few episodes.

    I really wish they had never written Blake and Travis into a definitive scene where Blake could kill Travid unless he was actually going to do it. That they did it more than once was just insulting and undermined the programme in a needless way. The only time it ever worked was in series one and that was only because of Avons knowing smirk and shake of the head when Blake failed to do the deed.

    BTW I love Brian Crouchers Travis, OTT maybe but he’s playing a space solider with one eye and a robot hand. How should he have played it. I like his twitchy OTT and sulky Travis….Cwimos, Fowget the Gurl!

    • April 5, 2014 2:33 amPosted 2 years ago
      Michelle

      This episode had my husband and I lurching around the house for months shouting “CWIMMOS!!” at each other at any given opportunity. Hysterics!

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        April 5, 2014 6:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Geoff

        I’m so glad it’s not just me. I had to wait years til I had someone to share that pleasure with. Not because it took me years to find a partner but because it took years to pursuade her to watch b7 from bringing to end with me.

        I love that Neil and Sue are doing this. So many of us have done something similar or the same but to log and blog it in a warm hearted and entertaining way is something that’d beyond a lot of us, certainly me. I have a happy life but settling down late at night in bed twice a week after a long hard day and reading Neil and Sues exploits is one of the things I look forward to a lot!

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      April 5, 2014 3:38 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      “Leave the girl – it’s the man I want!” Yes, Travis 2 is as camp as the Rani, thank goodness.

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      April 5, 2014 2:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “I really wish they had never written Blake and Travis into a definitive scene where Blake could kill Travid unless he was actually going to do it. That they did it more than once was just insulting and undermined the programme in a needless way.”

      Completely agree, I might have mentioned it myself on more than one occasion! Avon considers Travis a serious enough danger to take the risk of sending a message to Servalan, and yet Blake won’t kill him. Why wouldn’t Avon just ignore Blake and shoot him dead anyway. I can’t imagine Blake would really hold it against him. It’s lazy writing, I’m sure it would have been easy enough for episodes to end with a stand off / Travis escaping / Travis having the upper hand and Blake having to escape (as in Weapon) etc

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        April 6, 2014 12:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Frankymole

        Avon has too much respect for Blake’s view that whilst Travis is chasing them, it isn’t someone else, and that they know they can (easily) beat Travis.

        We’ll have to wait and see whether Avon can continue to stay his hand – after the end of “Trial” you’d think Servalan wouldn’t want to keep using Travis, but as she says “he’s so much better than anything I’ve got left”. So the Federation is pretty badly off for Space Commanders with no competent ones (poor Mr Fibuli wasn’t given much of a chance here, but does show how fascist regimes often waste resources through lack of anger management).

        • April 6, 2014 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
          encyclops

          fascist regimes often waste resources through lack of anger management

          Brilliant!

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    April 5, 2014 1:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amethyst

    The point Travis gets out-witted by a net always reminds me of the Wrong Trousers moment when the Evil Penguin’s Reign of Terror is thwarted by his getting stuck in a milk bottle.

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    April 5, 2014 2:49 amPosted 2 years ago
    Frankymole

    “If you do not come, the girl, regretfully, DIES!” A thousand grammar pedants scream out in agony. (Travis got it wrong – it should be “regrettably” – though I’m sure Inga would be regretful.)

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      April 6, 2014 9:25 amPosted 2 years ago
      John Miller

      The original Travis would never have made such a mistake. Therefore it HAS to be a different character. I loom forward to Paul Cornell or David McIntee writing the books explaining where the original Travis went, what the origin of the second Travis is, making sure to contradict every episode of Blake’s 7 that either Travis is in, and using mostly characters from Series D that the Liberator crew haven’t even met yet reminiscing about Gan.

      On a somewhat more serious note, the sequence:

      “Jenna appears to be in a mood with Blake.

      Sue: Seriously, Blake. Incest?”

      wasn’t how I read it all those years ago. When I was watching it as a younger me, I took Jenna’s look to mean she was jealous. I can remember suggesting to someone that Blake and Jenna may be attracted to each other as more than crewmates/friends, and getting chewed out. I thought Sue may have viewed that scene the same way I did back then, but maybe the constant “NO SHIPPING!” has made her forget about that.

      (I still view some of this stuff as a Blake/Jenna attraction. Sorry, Neil.)

      • April 6, 2014 10:49 amPosted 2 years ago
        Neil Perryman (Author)

        Sue says she knows it’s supposed to be jealousy, but since there’s no chemistry between the two characters, it’s hard to go along with it.

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        April 6, 2014 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
        AST

        ‘Travis’ is actually the name of the gun-arm. The fleshy bits are interchangeable.

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        June 10, 2014 2:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Fiona

        Of course jealousy. What’s the episode where they get that old president? Bounty, right. At the end, the pretty daughter of the president extends an invitation for them all to come and visit some time, but as they are standing in the teleport bay, the girl gives Blake a coy look and says “Bye Blake….” in a cute breathy voice. It’s enough to make Jenna get up and stand in front of Blake, blocking her view. Jenna also gives the girl one of her hard-core Jenna looks, identical to the one she gave Avon when he snubbed her in Spacefall.

        Then Cally says, after they’re gone, “Do you get the feeling she didnt mean all of us?” and Blake is embarrassed and half-yells at them to get back to work.

        Not chemistry exactly, but more a feeling like a couple who have been together for ages and just fit nicely. They are very easy with each other, and Jenna isnt like that with Avon: she’s much more arch with Avon, or rolling her eyes at his snipes. And she’s just cool and matey with Vila and Gan. With Blake..I dunno, like King Claudius and Queen Gertrude!

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      April 6, 2014 11:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      If anyone had been paying attention to the very first episode, then the girl, regretfully, should have been ALREADY DEAD!

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        April 8, 2014 2:07 amPosted 2 years ago
        Frankymole

        Blake’s parents and siblings were killed after being forcibly emigrated, but not his uncle and cousin who were already on a penal colony (he visited as a boy) – goodness knows what she did to belong there, then again I suppose they’d have happily killed babies along with their dads if the “crimes” warranted it, so a fairly “open prison” was almost a luxury! What had Ushton done anyway? Gone outside the Dome? I can’t recall the categories of crimes they mentioned, but I think it was a similar level to the going-outside crime from episode 1.

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          April 8, 2014 1:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Dave Sanders

          Think about it though. Travis knows Blake’s entire history, he also knows well in advance who Ushton and Inga are and targets them specifically. He wouldn’t have got that information except via Federation records, and if one renegade and a bunch of nutters in a poxy persuit ship can find them, there’s no way Federation security wouldn’t have got there first. This is, after all, a dictatorship prepared to waste scandalous amounts of resources just to prove a point, such as (say) letting a dissident family arrive at a frontier world before executing them, instead of dumping them out the airlock the moment they break orbit and just telling you they made it there.

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    April 5, 2014 7:51 amPosted 2 years ago
    solar penguin

    Sue thinks this episode is three times as good as Trial???

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      April 5, 2014 2:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      I wasn’t going to say anything…

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    April 5, 2014 3:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marcus Sheppard

    “If you have to stick someone in a net, it should be Vila. That way, at least it will be funny.”

    When did Sue warm to Vila? An episode or two back there was even some faint praise, I recall. What’s changed?

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    April 5, 2014 11:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    AST

    Thanks for the link to the making of video, Neil. Does anyone know if there are other parts to it? I’ve looked but can’t find them.

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    April 6, 2014 7:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Annie w

    God I hated Inga and although it gave Avon another dimension it didn’t ring true So difficult for script writers to come up with plausible reasons for the Heroes to avoid killing the villains when they have ongoing contracts and the ones they come up with just make Blake look a pompous dork. crimos and rocks one of the high camp moments and why I love the series.

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    April 6, 2014 7:26 amPosted 2 years ago
    Annie w

    Love the green willow song but the performance is horribly like watching your drunk auntie on karioke night. Wrong on so many levels. Bit like Blake kissing the mad cousin whose dressed to show off her assets and to hell with frost bite.

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    April 7, 2014 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Harriet

    As others have said, the best scene in this episode is between Servalan and Joban. I really wish they’d developed the idea of Servalan’s secret drinking habit (did they know about Thatcher’s drinking? I didn’t think that was common knowledge in 1979).

    I wish they’d done a lot more of these political-chat scenes in Blake’s Seven, because they’re nearly all brilliant, though curiously the most politics-heavy episode is generally derided.

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      April 7, 2014 11:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      They certainly knew about Denis’s.

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      April 8, 2014 2:08 amPosted 2 years ago
      Frankymole

      Which is the most politics-heavy one?

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        April 8, 2014 5:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
        Harriet

        Voice from the Past.

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    April 14, 2014 12:46 amPosted 2 years ago
    Robin

    On my fairly recent rewarch of the whole series I couldn’t remember anything about this one. Then I saw Brian Croucher shouting for his crimos and it all came flooding back, suddenly and terribly.

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    May 13, 2014 7:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Fiona

    “Travis waterboards Vila so he can find out the capital of France”…oh dear God, my eyes are pouring, I can’t see to type…
    oh god it’s 3 a.m….how did this happen…I’ll just read one more…

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    July 28, 2014 10:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David

    Do a The Goodies and Wife next. lol

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