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Blake's 7: Horizon

Why does this episode begin with pictures of Vila and Jenna floating in space? It's like they've died, and are being given a tribute. It's incredibly random. The crew are all terribly tired and stressed out from their difficult lifestyle, but I'm not sure how we get from there to two of them floating about, superimposed against the galaxy. That's not what usually happens when you're tired.

Buzzing about on the edge of Federation space, the gang think that they should be able to relax for a bit, when suddenly a Federation cruiser appears on the scanners, heading for a nearby planet. Blake's curiosity is stirred, so he goes down for a look at the planet, taking Jenna with him. They promptly get captured by the Federation, so this isn't their best day ever - although on the plus side they manage to find the first person we've met so far in the whole of space who isn't white. They find themselves sentenced to work in the local mines, which sadly soon leads to shirtlessness (not on Jenna's part). A quick bit of stirring, and we have our first properly successful bit of actual political rebel work. One planet down, an entire galaxy to go. At this rate it'll only take a few thousand years to topple the Federation. Maybe there's time for a holiday after all.


Floaty heads in space. Your guess is as good as mine.


Following a Federation cruise ship, the Liberator approaches a secret planet, protected by a magnetic field. The field has an unfortunate effect on the crew.


Blake and Jenna zap down to the surface, and are promptly scrobbled.


The planet is a Federation dominion, nominally ruled over by a local, Ro. Whilst it's nice to finally get a face on the show that isn't white, I'm not wildly happy about the circumstances. It's basically a 'natives being civilised by colonisation' storyline. So the first people on the show who aren't white, and they're running around in a jungle, and being referred to as savages? That's not the best bit of casting ever, is it.


Blake and Jenna are interrogated.


Gan and Vila follow them down to the planet, to find out why they've disappeared.


Shortly afterward, when Gan and Vila also lose touch, Cally follows suit. This leaves Avon alone.


Blake has already managed to sow a few seeds of doubt about the Federation in Ro's mind. Now Cally goes further, by somehow managing to read the truth of his father's death in the mind of one of the Federation people present. How? It's already been established that she can't read minds. It's as though she's randomly acquired an extra power for an episode. Anyway, she manages to water Blake's little seedlings, and help them to grow. Sorry. Too much gardening analogy?


Avon ponders whether to make off on his own, or see what's happened to the others. Should he stay or should he go? He recruits Orac to let him know. If he goes there will be trouble, if he stays it will be double. Actually this is still 1978, so that song hasn't been written yet. Sorry. Between them they figure out that Avon can gallivant forever in the Liberator, with no need for anybody else, just as long as he's careful. Or he can go down to the planet, risking capture or death, in an attempt to get Blake and the others back.


He chooses the latter.


And with a neat bit of being better than everybody, he saves the day.


And will be regretting his actions for the rest of forever.

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elenopa
Aug. 19th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
As someone who loves Avon, you so have to see 'Man of Iron'.
swordznsorcery
Aug. 20th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I don't think I've heard of that. The IMDb suggests that it's a Polish film about a man who works in a factory...?!
elenopa
Aug. 20th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
It's an unfilmed script written by Paul Darrow.

It is hilarious and performed at every Redemption convention. Last time I played an unspeaking robot. Maybe next time I will get some lines to say.
swordznsorcery
Aug. 21st, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Ah ha, I see! I don't know if that's something that I want to hunt out, given how bad his B7 book was. ;)

Actually, he's written another, I see:

http://scifibulletin.com/2012/08/09/paul-darrow-writes-new-blakes-7-avon-novel/

Oh dear...
tinx_r
Aug. 19th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
And with a neat bit of being better than everybody in a silver sheet... :)
swordznsorcery
Aug. 20th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Yes, quite. :D Avon, wrapped in foil for extra freshness.
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