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Empty chairs…

Nicol accidentally joined us for this one.

Nicol: Oh dear, it’s a Terry Nation.

Sue: Actually, that’s a very good omen, Nic.

PowerplayNicol: What have you done to my mother, Neil?

The Liberator has been hijacked by Federation troopers. They are led by Captain Del Tarrant and Section leader Klegg.

Sue: With a name like that, I hate him already.

Sue is too old to remember Michael Sheard as Maurice Bronson from Grange Hill (and Nicol is too young), but she fails to recognise him from his many appearances in Doctor Who, too, which is a bit of shame. Anyway, Avon provides the Federation with a fake name and Tarrant admits that he’s having trouble flying the ship.

Tarrant: Our guess is that before Blake and his crew abandoned ship, the computer was instructed only to respond to recognised voice prints.

Sue: He’s a bit posh. I like him, though. He reminds me of a younger, thinner Michael Ball.

Sue and Nicol can’t Klegg seriously.

Sue: Is he supposed to be South African?

Me: Cockney, I think.

Nicol: He’s way over the top. The way he slapped his arm as he brought his gun up just then: ridiculous.

PowerplayTarrant cracks Avon over the head – which is bad enough – but when he does the same thing to Dayna – guess what? That’s right: Sue doesn’t like it. Even Nicol gasped. Actually, I think she was reading an interview with Alan Pardew on her mobile phone at the time.

Sue: Michael Ball can **** right off.

Avon and Dayna are carried off to a cell as the Liberator intercepts an emergency transmission.

Vila: It’s very lonely where I am, wherever it is. I’m cold and I’m miserable and I’m hurt and I’m hungry.

Sue: You forgot “And I’m pathetic”. Cos you are.

Vila has landed on an alien planet. Alone and afraid, he tries to convince the natives that he commands a huge army. A friendly native named Lom isn’t convinced.

Lom: You do not need to explain to me about communicators; I am quite familiar with them.

Sue: Ha! That was very clever. Hey, it’s really good, this. I wasn’t expecting that at all.

Vila has broken his arm, but Lom can fix it.

Vila: I’m not very good with pain. It’s not that I’m a coward or anything. It’s just that I have a very low pain threshold. Hardly a threshold at all, actually.

Nicol: That sounds like you, Neil.

PowerplaySue: You use that line every time you visit the dentists or the doctors. I knew that Vila reminded me of somebody.

Me: But you hate Vila.

Sue: I know. Troubling, isn’t it?

Dayna apologises to Avon for not saving his arse earlier.

Sue: Avon should be the one apologising. He made a right pig’s ear of that escape attempt.

Avon flirts with Dayna as he picks the lock to their cell.

Sue: There’s definitely some sexual chemistry between these two.

Me: Like that’s ever stopped you before.

Sue: They make a good team. Dayna should become a full-time member of the crew.

When Avon and Dayna escape from their cell, they find a Federation trooper with a knife sticking out of his back.

Avon: That’s a difficult way to commit suicide.

Sue and Nicol roar with laughter.

Avon and Dayna hide in one of the Liberator‘s access ducts.

PowerplaySue: It’s the ship’s darkroom. And I’m talking about photography here, not the other sort of darkroom. Although knowing this programme, it’s probably got one of those as well.

Nicol: What are you talking about, mother?

Sue: Ask your Uncle Gary.

Elsewhere, on another spaceship…

Nicol: Oh look, it’s the Yellow Submarine, if the Yellow Submarine was orange. It’s the Orange Submarine.

It’s a hospital ship and Cally is one of its patients.

Sue: Is Cally a welder now?

The nurses are dressed in green and blue uniforms.

Sue: Maybe they were going to chromakey them in later.

Nicol: They remind me of the Umpa Lumpas.

The hospital ship touches down on a planet so it can pick up another survivor from the recent war.

Nicol: That was a terrible special effect.

Sue: Compared to what we usually have to put up with, Nicol, that looked like something out of Star Wars.

The survivor is none other than –

PowerplaySue: OH NO! Not again! How the hell did she get there? Of all the ships that could have picked her up, it had to be the one with Cally on it. Terry ****ing Nation!

Nicol: But I thought –

Sue: Oh, it’s complicated, Nicol.

Servalan: If you would be good enough to tell your captain I would like to see him. I have a great deal to do and very little time.

Sue: She isn’t even poorly!

Lom warns Vila about the hunters who roam the planet Chenga.

Lom: They live to the north. They come to the forests to search for us.

Vila: Yes, but why?

Sue: It’s a shame that the actor who plays Vila can’t act.

Me: You must be joking.

Sue: I bet he never acted again after this.

Me: He’s the vicar in EastEnders!

PowerplayNicol: Oh yeah, so he is.

Sue: That isn’t even a part-time job. It’s a part-part-part-time job at best.

Don’t listen to her, Michael. You are bloody brilliant and my wife is insane.

Sue: Oh look, it’s the Mysterons!

Meanwhile, back in the Liberator‘s access ducts…

Sue: I bet it stinks of fixer in there.

A Federation trooper named Harmon thinks he’s found Avon and Dayna.

Sue: He looked straight down the camera lens as he walked off the set. The acting from some of the bad guys is a bit dodgy this week.

She’s right, you know:

Another Federation corpse is found in an access shaft.

Sue: Something weird is going on here. Why couldn’t Terry write episodes of Doctor Who as good as this? Did he have more time or was he just paid more?

The lights in the forest aren’t the Mysterons, after all. They belong to the hunters.

Sue: These so-called hunters aren’t very stealthy, are they. They should try creeping up on people with their flashlights switched off. You can see them coming a mile away.

Vila follows Lom and his friend Mall (aka Geoff Capes) to safety, but he soon gets lost.

Sue: Vila, you numpty bar!

PowerplayVila runs into two hi-techs, or if you’re Sue:

Sue: One half of ABBA.

Nicol: Why do their guns look like giant mice?

Sue: Oh dear, this is a bit silly.

Back on the hospital ship, Cally is trying to contact Vila with her mind.

Nicol: What’s that all about?

Me: Cally is telepathic. Well, sort of. She can send thoughts but she can’t receive them.

When the hi-techs set Vila’s broken arm, Cally feels his pain.

Nicol: Are you sure about that?

Sue: It depends on who’s writing the episode. I don’t think anybody knows for sure. She’s definitely good at yoga, though.

Servalan spots Cally hiding beneath her welding mask.

Servalan: What a delightful coincidence.

Sue: You should know, you’re the Queen of Coincidence.

PowerplayServalan is determined to get the Federation back under control.

Sue: Send her home to her spinning house. She shouldn’t be running around the galaxy like this. It’s demeaning.

Avon has a theory about the murderer who’s currently roaming the Liberator.

Avon: There’s someone else on this ship that neither they nor we know about.

Sue: Is it Travis?

Me: Travis is dead.

Sue: I don’t believe you. (pause) Is it Blake?

Me: Wait and see.

Nicol: Alan Pardew hasn’t got a clue.

Me: I thought you were going to watch this with us, Nicol?

Nicol: I don’t know who any of these people are. How you expect me to follow it?

Sue: We don’t know who they are, either. And this is a really good episode. You’re missing out.

PowerplayAvon is still tracking down his crew.

Avon: Have you anything on Blake’s whereabouts?

Zen: His last voice transmission reported that he is safe and well and en route for the planet Epheron.

Sue: I like the fact that Avon’s got something to do. Getting the old gang back together gives him a purpose in life. It’s a bit risky for them to let their leading man disappear for a couple of episodes, but I understand what the producer is trying to do.

The planet Chenga looks nice.

Sue: The location reminds me of High Force.

Me: It’s filmed in a gorge in Harrogate. It’s just down the road. We could drive down there tomorrow and re-stage scenes from the episode if you like.

Sue: Let’s not.

Vila has definitely fallen for the hi-techs’ charms.

Sue: Vila is so gullible. He’d agree to anything if he was surrounded by beautiful women. You’d be exactly the same, Neil. Actually, I think you are Vila.

Me: I’ll take that as a compliment.

Sue: Don’t.

PowerplayHarmon catches Avon sneaking about on the Liberator.

Harmon: Stand! Face that wall! Put your hands against it!

Nicol: GET IN THE BACK OF THE VAN!

Tarrant says he recognised Avon as soon as he clapped eyes on him.

Tarrant: An innocent stranger wouldn’t question who was in command.

Avon: A stupid lapse of concentration on my part.

Tarrant: I imagine you’ve been under considerable stress.

Avon: I had hoped for a more inspiring epitaph.

Me: I think that’s my favourite line in Blake’s 7 so far.

Sue: Avon always gets the best lines. It must be written into his contract or something.

Avon accuses Harmon of being the murderous traitor. Tarrant shoots his own man in the back, and then he a confession to make.

Tarrant: He didn’t kill those men.

PowerplaySue and Tarrant: I did.

Sue: I knew it!

Me: No you didn’t.

It appears that the medical facilities on Chenga have been funded with corporate sponsorship.

Sue: At least Mercedes-Benz are still going in this messed-up version of the future.

The hi-techs escort Vila to the nearest Chenga Walk-in Centre.

Sue: Just as Vila is about to get his end away, he’ll teleport back to the ship. Just you wait and see.

Nicol: There’s something very sinister about this. It’s too good to be true.

Vila bids the hi-techs farewell.

Nicol: Has Vila pooed himself?

PowerplayMe: Quite possibly.

The hi-techs smile knowingly at each other as Vila disappears from view.

Sue: Thank God he’s gone. He stank!

Nicol: They fixed his arm but they couldn’t do anything about his explosive diarrhoea.

Cally is admitted to the hospital on Chenga.

Sue: This isn’t sinister at all. Vila and Cally have really landed on their feet. I wasn’t expecting this.

Nicol tuts loudly. Is it Sue or Pardew who provokes her ire? Again, I’m not entirely sure.

Tarrant confesses everything to Avon.

Sue: Hang on a minute… Is Tarrant joining the crew? Blake won’t like that. You won’t be able to tell them apart from the back.

Tarrant opens up to Avon about his shady past.

Tarrant: I had no choice but to bluff it out and pretend I was Federation. The man I got the uniform from outranked Klegg and I trained as a Federation Space Captain so it wasn’t too difficult.

PowerplayTarrant doesn’t realise that one of Klegg’s men is eavesdropping outside.

Nicol: So these metal doors are equipped with hi-tech locks but they aren’t sound-proofed. Right.

Klegg takes Dayna hostage. If Avon doesn’t come out alone and unarmed, Dayna will die horribly.

Klegg: You’ve got five minutes.

Sue: That’s very generous of him. He should have given them five seconds. Now they’ve got plenty of time to come up with a plan, you idiot.

Back on Chenga, Vila and Cally are awaiting treatment.

Sue: Are they supposed to be chilling out in an aviary? What is that noise?

Servalan uses the clinic’s visiting hour to spill the episode’s beans.

PowerplayServalan: Unofficially the staff call this place the slaughterhouse. It’s an organ bank.

Sue: They made a film about this, once.

Me: Yes, it was called Coma and it was released a year before they made this episode.

Sue: Naughty Terry.

Back on the Liberator, Avon is about to sell Tarrant out to Klegg.

Sue: Avon won’t do it. Never in a million years.

Thirty seconds later:

Sue: No way! Avon sold him out!

And ten seconds after that:

Sue: Oh, thank God for that. Avon had me worried there for a second.

PowerplayAvon and Tarrant take a back seat while Dayna breaks Klegg’s neck.

Sue: You know, I’m not sure how I feel about that. She’s a strong, assertive character – and I love that – but that was a bit vicious. Still, that’s what they do in Blake’s 7; I should be used to it by now.

Vila and Cally are teleported back to the Liberator in the nick of time. Avon makes the introductions.

Avon: That one’s Cally. I’ll introduce her more formally when she wakes up. This one is Vila. I should really introduce him now, he’s at his best when he’s unconscious.

Sue: Brilliant. I love it.

The episode concludes on the Liberator‘s flight deck.

Sue: Blake’s back! Oh, sorry, he isn’t. It’s just Tarrant from behind.

Tarrant and Dayna’s voice prints are added to Zen’s databank.

PowerplaySue: Are they full-time members of the crew now?

Me: Looks like it.

Sue: It’s going to be awfully crowded on that ship when Blake and Jenna get back.

Cue credits.

The Score:

Sue: I really enjoyed that. It was exciting, surprising, nicely directed, and the script was great. Well done, Terry. The stuff in the hospital was really creepy and grim, and even if the idea wasn’t anything new, they did it quite well. It’s almost a 10/10 for me but I’ll have to knock at least one mark off because Vila was in it a lot, and Servalan is getting on my tits. Why was she in that episode? I don’t get it.

9/10

Nicol raised an eyebrow and sighed. Alan bloody Pardew. Probably.

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    May 5, 2014 7:59 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    We will avenge the annihilation of our crewmates with the death of the arch-traitor, the rebel spy, BRONSON!

    Oh come on, it’s a Terry Nation script, somebody else must have been thinking that. 🙂

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      May 6, 2014 10:34 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Dave Sanders

      And if it had been Michael Wisher instead of Michael Keating, then Sue would have been in-SANE, Davros. 🙂

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    May 5, 2014 8:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    Don’t feel too bad Sue, I never copped to Micheal Sheard either.

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    May 5, 2014 9:35 pmPosted 3 years ago
    AST

    I think I read once that Our Tel didn’t like the way Vila was being played either. Perhaps the extra-vitriol in Avon’s put-downs are the writer’s way of releasing his pent-up feelings?

    Regardless I think Vila, and Michael Keating, are great.

  • May 5, 2014 10:01 pmPosted 3 years ago
    encyclops

    Two 9/10s in a row and both richly deserved in my opinion. Tarrant’s a twat, of course — if Blake’s 7 were the X-Men movie franchise, he’d be Cyclops — but I quite like him in this episode, ruthless and extremely dangerous.

    Dayna is of course extremely dangerous herself. Anyone, male or female, would be a fool not to crack her over the head on the slightest expectation of being attacked by her.

    Servalan classes up any joint. I much prefer her swanning about the galaxy than stuck behind a desk.

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      May 5, 2014 10:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
      wyngatecarpenter

      “I quite like him in this episode, ruthless and extremely dangerous.”

      He’s presented as an equal to Avon in this episode, it’s a pity this isn’t really followed through.

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    May 5, 2014 10:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    wyngatecarpenter

    Quite like this episode although nowhere near 9/10. The Tarrant storyline is the best part, it’s quite tense and has Nation writing to his strengths. The Vila storyline is quite good as well, and it’s unusual for Nation to do black comedy.
    I actually agree with Sue about Servalan though. Why is she swanning about the galaxy in silly dresses? She should get back to Space Command.

    • May 6, 2014 12:53 amPosted 3 years ago
      encyclops

      Well, give her time. If you’d just survived an apocalyptic space battle, you’d want to relax in a spa for a while too. If you were Servalan.

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        May 7, 2014 6:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
        wyngatecarpenter

        OK, but I expect to see her back behind her desk next episode sending the minions off to do her dirty work.

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    May 6, 2014 12:15 amPosted 3 years ago
    Frankymole

    “Don’t listen to her, Michael. You are bloody brilliant and my wife is insane.”

    I’ve no worthwhile opinion on Sue’s sanity or lack of same, but there’s good stuff to come with Vila that I hope will change her mind. If not – she’s insane!

    If nothing else, Sue must realise Vila is the perfect foil for Avon and recipient of his quips. Without Vila, Avon wouldn’t be half the man he is/was/would/willan be! (Thank you Douglas Adams for the timey wimey tense formations.)

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    May 6, 2014 12:26 amPosted 3 years ago
    Frankymole

    Sue: “It’s going to be awfully crowded on that ship when Blake and Jenna get back.”

    Blake’s… seven?

  • May 6, 2014 11:22 amPosted 3 years ago
    Philip Ayres

    another fab episode!

    I first saw these on the Aftermath compilation and thought they were great!

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    May 6, 2014 12:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris Allen

    “Vila is so gullible”

    You have to wonder how Villa ever survived down among the Delta grades.

    Another good episode, although I tend to prefer the stuff happening on the Liberator. Tarrant I have to say has grown on me over the years. In fact I quite like him.

    There, I’ve said it.

    “He’s presented as an equal to Avon in this episode, it’s a pity this isn’t really followed through.”

    Absolutely.

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    May 6, 2014 12:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    James Campbell Andrew

    I’m loving these. Absolutely loving them. My favourite line from ‘Powerplay’ is probably with the dead guard with the knife in his back:”Perhaps he was cleaning it and it went off”.

    I’m really keen to read Sue’s reaction to the S3 episodes that could be summed up as ‘The One About Cally’, ‘The One About Villa’, and ‘The One Where Everything Changes’.

    (trying to avoid spoilers by not actually mentioning episode names)

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    May 6, 2014 12:50 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Rob

    Me: It’s filmed in a gorge in Harrogate. It’s just down the road. We could drive down there tomorrow and re-stage scenes from the episode if you like.

    Sue: Let’s not.

    Brilliant 🙂 I’m up for re-staging this eppy (if there is a local chippy nearby that does spam fritters).

    Loving the fact that Sue’s opinion of great B7 is (mostly) matching mine. There are some real gems coming up.

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    May 6, 2014 1:27 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sean Alexander

    After Aftermath this is largely filler – but no worse for that – and a chance for the show to (partially) reboot itself. As always, Avon gets all the lines and personally I have no problem with either Steven Pacey or Tarrant (though the presence of another permed male on the ship makes it look as though they are replacing Blake or something…).

    The B-plot is okay, but again two episodes of Vila and Cally being separated from the ship suggests that, by now, finding enough plot for a six or seven person crew is starting to cause problems for the writers (and not just Nation). Though I really like the way Avon immediately entrusts the Liberator to Tarrant and Dayna (though to be fair they have spent the last one or two episodes earning their stripes).

    So, the team’s back together…and with the Federation supposedly on its knees it’s interesting to see where things go next. Though the absence of Blake is starting to feel a bit Mulder in Season 8 of The X Files…

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    May 6, 2014 5:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Dave Sanders

    How many Dereks did Terry Nation know as a kid?

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    May 6, 2014 5:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    John Miller

    Some people have claimed that certain historical figures like Charlemagne could be the ancestor of most Europeans.

    Hundreds of years from now, more than half of humankind will be descended from Chris Tarrant.

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    May 6, 2014 6:20 pmPosted 3 years ago
    San

    Wasn’t there a totally different “Del Tarrant” character in series 1 or 2? Plus that other “Del” in Countdown. Clearly a baby names catalogue would be a handy reference to have around.

    Well, number me among those who never warmed up to “The Twat”. The character’s neither here nor there, it’s the performance I can’t stand. It’s like he’s perpetually grinning at some private joke, giving off a “what the eff am I doing here?” vibe. On occasion it syncs with the given story, but most of the time he ruins the mood for me. And that flat, monotonous delivery… Buuut, anyway, on to better stuff: love Dayna, wish she’d been given better lines, but as we all know, those were all kept for Avon… who continues to be mysteriously compelling…

    It’s nice to see Cally’s and Vila’s camaraderie for a moment, a touch of warmth in a very cold crew and atmosphere generally. If they are a “gang”, they are so only technically, you never feel they have truly bonded in friendship. Which in itself makes Blake’s 7 so oddly different from the usual “buddy” shows, so a strength of sorts.

    Yes, Servalan’s appearances are often too convenient, but who cares, she puts a fizz in everything. As for her outfits, does anyone care to imagine what the show would be if they had put her and kept her in camo, like it was suggested at first? It doesn’t bear thinking about!

    Moar Servalan! Moar glamour! Less Twat! hurr hurr hurr hurr

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      May 6, 2014 8:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Frankymole

      Dev (not Del) Tarrant was the traitor in Bran Foster’s organisation in the first episode.

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        May 7, 2014 2:08 amPosted 3 years ago
        San

        Oh, that of course is COMPLETELY different. 🙂

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          May 8, 2014 5:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Robin Brown

          There are multiple Tarrants in Terry Nation’s work. There’s even a tribute Tarrant in a Big Finish play that involves the Daleks. And, weirdly enough, someone called Tarrant wrote TFN’s obit in one of the broadsheets.

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            May 20, 2014 9:03 amPosted 3 years ago
            Katie C

            Tarrant is (almost) contained in his name (Terry Nation). Maybe he just liked it:)

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            May 20, 2014 9:33 amPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            Maybe because it sounds a bit like “Terry”?

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            May 20, 2014 9:38 amPosted 3 years ago
            Nick

            Oops! Your comment came up as I made mine Katie!

            Terry Nation though – what a clever wordsmith! “Rebec”, “Tarrant” and the best of all, “Orac”.

            Did he live in the West Country at the time he wrote B7? I only ask because the county boundary canges hapened in 1974 and “Avon” came into being…

            Or maybe Mrs Nation just liked Avon products?

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      May 7, 2014 1:03 pmPosted 3 years ago
      mike

      To be fair to TFN, I know a lot of people with the same first names, several (unrelated) people with the same surnames, and two people (totally unrelated) who share both.

      Maybe it’s more realism than simple lack of imagination….

      ..and I realised how daft that sounded even before I’d finished typing it….

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        May 8, 2014 5:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Nick

        I think Terry Nation simply believed that the TV audience were too lazy and thick to remember the same names being re-used over andover again… ditto storylines…

        It seemed to work with the production treams on B7 and Dr Who…

        Discuss.

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          May 9, 2014 1:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Frankymole

          Barry Letts reckons he spotted a duplicate (or triplicate) storyline and requested ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ instead. Nation’s most infamous duplication was a Saint episode that used a script he’d done for The Baron (or vice versa) with only the names changed – unfortunately he was rumbled when both episodes were shown back-to-back on US TV. I don’t think he dared duplicate anything after that!

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            May 9, 2014 7:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
            triturus

            Did he really manage get paid twice for the same script? That’s hilarious. Hats off to him 🙂

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          May 12, 2014 10:00 amPosted 3 years ago
          mike

          That, and, to be fair, these are jobbing writers chucking out scripts for shows that were never meant to be watched a second time.

          Who in their right minds would remember the names of secondary characters from an episode three years earlier…? So why waste valuable seconds and brain cells thinking up new names when the last one worked so well…..?

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          May 22, 2014 3:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
          Fiona

          Avon’s name from Avon products?
          Of course it is! It’s because he is such a Pretty Peach….

          (You really have to be a 70s kid to get that one, I think….)

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    May 6, 2014 6:48 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Gareth M

    I think Sue has liked these past episodes because it gives each character stuff to do.
    Terry isn’t trying to write an episode of 50 minutes and give every character something to do.
    Plus at least this episode has a goal in mind.
    And plenty of Avon.
    I am still hoping Sue warms to Vila.
    The spaceship landing to pick up Servalan was actually quite good. It looked like a spaceship landing on a planet.
    I’m looking forward to great ratings for the the coming episodes.

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    May 6, 2014 6:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Richard Lyth

    Two excellent episodes in a row – season 3 is already miles better than the first two! And from what I remember, it only gets better from here on.

    Servalan was definitely unnecessary this week – I guess it makes better drama to have her interact with the regulars rather than stay on her base, but it’s starting to get ridiculous. And I would have liked them to have a scene at the end where the new crew all talk about what they’re actually going to do from now on, but maybe they’re saving that for the next episode.

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    May 6, 2014 6:58 pmPosted 3 years ago
    AnnieW

    Bloody hell. Bring on the apocalypse. Now.

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    May 6, 2014 10:23 pmPosted 3 years ago
    AnnieW

    My last post was in in response to the suggestion that the future of mankind is not the links but the Tarrants

  • May 6, 2014 11:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mat Dolphin

    Powerplay is probably one of my top five episodes. Love the atmosphere and Michael Sheard is great. The hospital ship always reminded me of a weebles areoplane, but who cares – I think they shot it quite well.

    An early one that I watched a lot on the edited BBC videos. Was nice to see it unedited when they released the episodes properly in the early 90s.

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    May 7, 2014 11:10 amPosted 3 years ago
    Robert Dick

    “Sue: Is he supposed to be South African?

    Me: Cockney, I think.”

    Sue’s right.

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    May 7, 2014 12:08 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Robert Dick

    Tarrant is a twat. He’s *supposed* to be a twat. Everyone is aware he’s a twat. He’s an braggard, a cocky bully – that is an interesting character to add in Blake’s absence.

    • May 7, 2014 8:41 pmPosted 3 years ago
      encyclops

      Totally agreed. I actually quite like him most of the time, just not in the same way I like the other characters.

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      May 7, 2014 10:36 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Anniew

      But he talks too much!

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    May 7, 2014 8:25 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mark Taylor

    Another great episode. Both this and Aftermath would be in my top 10 B7 episodes.
    Season 3’s quality can only be maintained in the next episode, right?

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    May 8, 2014 1:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Marky Mark

    Enjoyed this episode – I rather liked the denouement to the new crew at the end, and that fabulous final line of Avon’s.

    Incidentally, my cousin with whom we spent last weekend, told me that they had met Steven Pacey (Tarrant, aka “the twat”) on a train, and that he was charming !!

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      May 8, 2014 2:45 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Robert Dick

      Steven is indeed charming. I’ve met him a couple of times at conventions and he’s lovely. He remembers almost nothing about B7 but knows people want him to be there and that he’ll enjoy himself (and get paid to do it).

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    May 8, 2014 5:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nick

    Sue: You use that line every time you visit the dentists or the doctors. I knew that Vila reminded me of somebody.

    Me: But you hate Vila.

    Sue: I know. Troubling, isn’t it?

    Class!!! 🙂

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    May 19, 2014 8:42 amPosted 3 years ago
    Fiona

    Dayna is only half Avon’s age. It’s amazing to think Avon is about 40 in this, really. How does he keep so slim?

    Sigh…and with that I have to go to work because I am hellish late.

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      May 19, 2014 10:29 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Smile

      Darrow would have been a few months past his 38th birthday when this was recorded, I think.

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        August 21, 2014 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
        David

        Nope, he was 39 when they recorded it, approaching 40 when broadcasted.

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    May 19, 2014 8:30 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Fiona

    I haven’t even finished this episode yet. It’s too scary and tense. It’s utterly brilliant, there isn’t a dodgy moment in it. Its all action and after the filler that was Horizon and Gambit and that one with the yoga, this is magnificent.

    As for Avon:

    Dayna “Avon, why do you keep everything to yourself? why so secretive?”

    Avon: “Perhaps I’m shy”.

    That has got to be Avon’s finest hour so far.

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    May 19, 2014 9:11 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Fiona

    Its not vicious Dayna breaking the guy’s neck. Would it be vicious if Avon or Tarrant had done it? I love Dayna to bits. He wanted his neck breaking. He was going to slowly kill her. I love a female character who isnt afraid to kill.
    I used to know a soldier who told me his unarmed combat teacher put together a course for self-defence for women…he had a wife and two daughters and really cared…and he abandoned it in despair because he said, you cannot make the women be nasty, they have totally internalized the idea that girls should be nice, they shouldnt be vicious, they shouldn’t break the necks of the man who was going to kill them by inches. He said, women have long nails, five knives on the end of their fingers: drive them into the bastards eyes, enjoy it, ram them home…he tried to inspire them…it was no use. They giggled and squealed and made eeky noises and worse, said they couldnt do that to their attacker because they felt sorry for him.

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      May 20, 2014 11:47 amPosted 3 years ago
      Robert Dick

      >He wanted his neck breaking.

      I don’t remember him expressing an opinion.

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        May 22, 2014 3:18 pmPosted 3 years ago
        Fiona

        Ok…it’s like Justice In Texas…supposedly, when a homicide is reported to a Texas Sheriff, the first thing they ask is: “Did he NEED killing?”

        And this guy needed his neck breaking! By Dayna, not by the guys!
        Love how Avon and Tarrant stand by coolly assessing her performance, arms folded, and I just adore that they didnt even take one step to help her, because she is far too cool to need it.

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          August 21, 2014 8:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
          David

          You got to admit the scene of Dayna killing Klegg is ridiculous. Worst death ever in Blake’s 7.

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            August 22, 2014 4:34 amPosted 2 years ago
            Fiona

            I dont remotely admit any such thing! I think it’s one of the very best. Her face is perfect, so calm.
            It’s also completely perfect how, after letting her get on with it, because Dayna doesnt need any man’s help (not unless she’s being attacked by giant ants, that is…I wondered if that was the writer’s way of being funny, that the deadly and fearless Dayna is, like any lesser woman, afraid of creepy-crawlies) Avon and
            Tarrant assist her to rise, like gentlemen should.
            Such a waste to then try and turn Tarrant into Blake

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