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Blake's 7: Weapon

It's time to introduce the new Travis. Sadly, despite me dropping many hints as I've gone along, the recast has still happened. I had hoped that this time we could keep the old one, but apparently DVDs don't work that way. I know. I was surprised too.

So, Travis: The Next Generation. He has his fans, but I can't see him as anything other than a shouty irritant. Gone is the subtlety, in favour of a lot of clomping about the place, acting like a sulky teenager. None of this is improved by his first scene. In order to obtain a fabulous new weapon, designed by a rebel, Travis and Servalan have hit upon the obviously foolproof plan of cloning Blake, and using the clone to get the fabulous new weapon for them. Travis, however, takes one look at the clone of Blake, twitches, and then blasts him to kingdom come. Not helpful, Travis. Not encouraging in character terms, either.

As Servalan and Travis plot, the real Blake and his companions are heading in the same direction, which naturally soon leads to everybody shooting at each other. In this case most of the shooting is courtesy of IMIPAK, the rather unfortunately named fabulous weapon of the previous paragraph. The name stands for Induced Molecular Instability Projector and Key, but it really is a terrible thing to call a weapon. It sounds like some sort of specialist storage container. It is quite clever though. A variation on the old binary poison trick, you shoot somebody with a gun, which they don't notice. It causes a molecular instability, and then, whenever you like, you can press a little button on a box, and kill them. Yes, shooting them with a proper gun to begin with might be a more sensible idea, but I guess this way you get an alibi. You also get unlimited potential for sitting around cackling with glee, which is presumably at least part of why Servalan's interested.

A genius, rebel, weapons designer, who has presumably strayed into the Gallifreyan wardrobe in the BBC costumes department. That or he has his sights set on Broadway.

New Travis. For some reason even his eyepatch has turned rubbish.

New Travis has anger issues.

Not that Servalan is particularly bothered. Here she's flirting with a minion. It's a bit like watching a shark flirt with a seal.

IMIPAK. Its genius designer explains how it's used.

Then, fooled by a clone of Blake, he hands it over to Servalan, who for some reason has arrived dressed for a production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

Unsurprisingly, he winds up killed by his own weapon thirty seconds later. So, yet again, a genius who isn't really all that geniusical.

Servalan then waits until Travis's back is turned, and shoots him with the gun. She then gives the bloody thing to him, which is just about the stupidest thing anybody has ever done in space. Needless to say, he waits until her back is turned, and then he shoots her. And then he shoots Blake as well, when he turns up.

Why would Travis, who earlier couldn't look at even a pretend Blake without blasting it, use this gun to shoot the real Blake now? Surely he'd use a proper one?

Anyway, this all leads to a stand off, of sorts. All that Servalan needs to do is press a button, and Blake's a dead man. She has, as usual, forgotten something though.

Namely the genius weapons designer's minion.

Who makes pretty sparks rain down decoratively. She also points out that roughly ninety percent of the people present have been shot with the magic gun, so it would probably be a very good idea if everybody just left the planet, or she might go pressing a few buttons.

Meanwhile, she's decided to set up home with the Blake clone. They'll have the whole planet to themselves, with IMIPAK to protect their spectacularly weird idyll. Best of luck to them. I think I'd rather set up home with Servalan.

How come the clone and the real Blake are wearing exactly the same clothing? That's some damned clever clone work.

A good episode this one, mostly. It's good to see Servalan take a bigger role, and her larger than life personality is really beginning to take shape now. The clothing reaches new heights of silliness (although still far from the heights that it's going to be reaching in episodes to come), but that's not really a complaint. My main issue with the episode is the fact that Servalan really seems to believe that a clone of Blake will cheerfully do her bidding, and that nothing could possibly go wrong there. He's Blake! That's rather like Blake himself in the previous episode, thinking that it's a good idea to form an alliance with the space mafia. Stop and think before putting your plans into action, people. It's starting to look as though all the common sense got left behind in series one.


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Aug. 18th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
I played Travis in the Wobblevision of this. I think I have the sillier outfit.

Aug. 18th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
I like your eyepatch!
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. Did you notice I made it pink to match the dress?

On a side note, that is possibly the only time you will see me wearing pink and frills.
Aug. 19th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
I did notice, yes! I thought it was a nice touch.
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