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Blake's 7: Deliverance

An episode that starts with Servalan looking smug is always promising from the offset. Not that she does a great deal to begin with. Meanwhile, a little spaceship gets explodified, and the Liberator crew dash to the rescue of its inhabitants, who have crashed on a planet inhabited by cavemen. I'm not sure why they're cavemen. The people on the shuttle talk of them having regressed to a primitive state due to a war, and Zen suggests mutation caused by radiation, but I'm not sure that either is a scientifically valid method of creating cavemen.

So, off go the Liberator crew, in search of missing spacemen, only to end up losing Jenna in the process. Blake seems to hold Avon personally responsible for that, although he might just be feeling guilty about not having noticed that she didn't come back aboard with everybody else. This lot are awfully good at not noticing when each other are missing. Anyway, as Avon and assorted others go back to look for Jenna, the Liberator gets hijacked by one of the spacemen they've just rescued. He's frantic about messages concerning something or someone called Orac. Orac! An entire series out the way before Blake's 6 even nearly approaches becoming Blake's 7. That's not the best titling ever.

Elsewhere, Servalan and Travis are plotting again. This mostly involves smirking and growling. They're intending to get hold of Orac, and they're being utterly fabulous about it. Servalan has been pretty low key up until now, but she's finally beginning to show her true colours, being spectacularly ruthless. Even Travis is taken aback. He's great here too. So far we've mostly seen his nutso, totally-obsessed-with-Blake side, but here we're seeing the man beneath. I wish we'd got more of this incarnation of Travis. Watching the subtle, barely-suppressed-anger-simmering-beneath-the-surface version, it pains me to think that in a few episode's time I'll be stuck with the loud, shouty clown instead.

A very nice space station model, inside which Servalan is currently lurking.

A space ship explodes. Servalan, observing sneakily, smirks smugly to herself on her space station. Sorry. I think the 's' key got stuck for a moment there.

The team set off on a rescue mission. Avon, naturally enough, is far too sensible to wear a naff anorak.


How can you fail to notice that Jenna is missing?! She's blonde and dressed in maroon. It's not like she doesn't stand out alongside that lot.

A rescued spaceman hijacks the Liberator to protect his father and Orac.

Down on the planet, Avon is hailed as a god by one of the less cavemanny locals. See, this is the sort of thing that happens when you dress in shiny silver clothing.

Servalan and Travis plot and plan. Or Servalan does, while Travis simmers. Either way, it's one of my favourite scenes in the whole series so far.

Avon rescues Jenna. This involves Gan hurling vast numbers of cavemen in every direction; so presumably his limiter doesn't prevent him from being violent towards evolutionary throwbacks. That thing has some remarkably clever programming.

Only half an episode really, as the story gets continued next time, although there's no actual "End Of Part One". I suppose it's half stand alone, in that the adventure with the spacemen, and Jenna being kidnapped by cavemen, is all neatly wrapped up. Other bits are not resolved, and now we're off to find out about Orac, as are Servalan and Travis. Everything's set for a nice collision in the final episode of series one - when, at last, Blake's 6 becomes Blake's 7.

Sorry, that's kind of a spoiler, isn't it. You never know. Maybe this time Orac won't be coming along.


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Aug. 13th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
So funny with the 'S' key getting stuck!! Servalan kind of looks like and reminds me of 'Ursa' in Superman II. lol
Aug. 14th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I had never thought of that comparison before, but you're right. They're quite similar in a lot of ways.
Aug. 15th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
"Not that she does a lot..." Oh, come on! Looking smug is Servalan's raison d'etre!
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Blake's? Seven?
An entire series out the way before Blake's 6 even nearly approaches becoming Blake's 7.

I first saw it on PBS where I caught it by accident, starting somewhere mid-Season 3. It took me a while to figure out either the "Blake" or the "7" part of the title.

I fell in love with the show anyway, even watching it intermittently, with poor reception, and missing a bunch of episodes, so I guess it didn't matter too much.
Aug. 17th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Blake's? Seven?
It's quite impressive how many people saw it on PBS, and still remember it fondly even after years being unable to see it. It really should get an R1 DVD release. Seems only fair.
Aug. 18th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: Blake's? Seven?
I have seen it since, thanks to a friend loaning me her tapes, but now I'm in a bind: I don't want to buy VHS, not now, and I really have very little use for R2 DVDs, so...

There are actually a couple of episodes I have yet to watch.
Aug. 18th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Blake's? Seven?
It's the sort of thing that Shout! might consider releasing. They've put out several shows that wouldn't otherwise have been released, and have continued others that the usual distributors gave up on due to lower than hoped for sales. They take suggestions: http://www.shoutfactory.com/faq.aspx#q3
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