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Soolin (Character)
from "Blakes 7" (1978)

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"Blakes 7: Blake (#4.13)" (1981)
Avon: [about the Rebellion's new figurehead] He is strongly identified with rebels, you see, and very popular with rabbles. They will follow him, and he will fight to the last drop of *their* blood. Idealism is a wonderful thing. All you really need is someone rational to put it to proper use.
Avon: Someone like you.
Tarrant: So where do we find this useable idealist?
Avon: According to Orac, he is on a frontier planet called Gauda Prime.
Soolin: Gauda Prime?
Avon: You know it?
Soolin: Yes, I know it. It's a bad place to be. No self-respecting idealist would be found dead there.
Avon: I imagine that is what HE is trying to avoid: being found dead anywhere.
Tarrant: Look, are you going to stop playing games and tell us who it is, Avon?
[Vila realizes who Avon is talking about]
Vila: It's Blake, isn't it? You think you've found Blake.
[Avon smiles]

Vila: [about the cabin they found] The state the roof's in, it's the same as spending a night in the open.
Dayna: Well, if you'd prefer the trees, feel free to go. Don't let us stop you.
Vila: I'd prefer a city, but I'd accept a town. In fact, I'd settle for some indication that we weren't the only people left alive in this miserable tree sanctuary.
Dayna: Look, why don't you go and collect some firewood, hm?
Vila: Because it's dark out there.
Soolin: Surely you're not afraid of the dark.
Vila: Only when it's unilluminated.

[after a group of aircraft passed over]
Vila: So who do you think they were, Soolin?
Soolin: I've no idea, Vila. But one thing I do know: if you want to survive on this planet you have to assume that everyone is out to get you.
Vila: I always assume that wherever I go.
Soolin: The difference is, on Gauda Prime you'll be right!

Soolin: [about Zukan] You needed a figurehead. He was it. Or am I wrong?
Avon: You are right. But then figureheads aren't too difficult to come by. Any idiot can be one.
Dayna: [laughs] On your feet, Vila. This could be your big moment.
Avon: Any idiot within reason, that is.


"Blakes 7: Headhunter (#4.6)" (1981)
[Orac is possessed by an evil android]
Orac: Join us, Soolin. We can fulfill your every desire.
Soolin: [turning Orac off] You wouldn't know where to start.

[Vila is hiding from the android in a closet when Soolin finds him]
Soolin: Is this a private game or can anyone play?
Vila Restal: [coming out of the closet] We've been looking for you.
Soolin: In there?

[Scorpio's life support has failed, leaving Tarrant and Vila stranded]
Kerr Avon: [to Orac] Situation.
Orac: Total systems failure.
Dayna Mellanby: They'll be dying up there!
Kerr Avon: Not yet!
Soolin: They won't have long.
Kerr Avon: They have oxygen units and suits.
Dayna Mellanby: In the dark? Under those conditions?
Kerr Avon: Orac?
Orac: They must be left there!
Kerr Avon: To die?
Orac: There is no option. To reopen teleport contact could expose the base to undefined systems influence.
[pause]
Kerr Avon: Oh, you'll have to do better than that, Orac, if you expect me to *kill* them.

Soolin: Well, Orac?
Orac: Prospects terminal.
Soolin: Terminal?
Orac: The survival of organic humanoid life is improbable.
Soolin: Are you talking about Vila and Tarrant?
Orac: All organic humanoid life throughout the galaxy is at hazard.
Soolin: Let's stick to medicine, Orac. Leave the philosophy for later.


"Blakes 7: Games (#4.8)" (1981)
Kerr Avon: [into communicator] Dayna, we're down safe in Orbiter and proceeding.
Gambit, Orac: [in unison] Countdown twelve minutes, twenty seconds, and running.
Vila Restal: What does that mean?
Kerr Avon: I imagine that if we're not out of here by the time it hits zero, we might regret it.
[Soolin presses the button to reveal the screen and start the game. She picks up the electronic pistol]
Gambit, Orac: Control system feedback is through the weapon. The game adjusts to meet, and on the last shot, exceed the proficiency of the players.
Soolin: You have to outshoot yourself.
Del Tarrant: Stupid game.
Soolin: Not really. Finally a game worth playing.

Orac: A computer must, by definition, be logical. But it can also mirror the logic of its creator.
Soolin: You mean it's an extension of his mind.
Orac: [testily] No, that is *not* what I mean.
Soolin: His personality, then.
Orac: [more considerate] A better definition, but still not quite accurate.
Kerr Avon: Would it know how the booby traps on the orbiter are programmed?
Orac: As yet, I don't have enough data to answer that question.
Kerr Avon: [growing impatient] *If* it knew, could you extract the information from it?
[Orac doesn't respond immediately. Avon gives Orac a whack out of pique]
Kerr Avon: Come on! That's a simple enough question.
Orac: There might be problems.
Kerr Avon: Why? You have extracted information from Federation computers before now. This is just a hodgepodge of three or four of them. You have already said that it is inferior to you.
Orac: The difficulty is not technical. It's more one of, uh, attitude.
Kerr Avon: Ah. You mean the *logic* of its creator.
Orac: Exactly. Let me remind you of ancient Earth mythology: the Delphic Oracle would answer questions truthfully without giving a true answer.
Kerr Avon: So what we need is not the right answer, but the right question.
Soolin: And in circumstances where any mistake would prove fatal?

Orac, Gambit: [in unison] The orbiter is preprogrammed. Flight power depends on the distance and intensity of each star the feldon panels are locked into. The successful completion of a game continues the sequence. To regain control, you must complete the coded sequence of star sources.
Vila Restal: What about the feldon crystals?
Kerr Avon: Gambit?
Orac, Gambit: This game will reveal the entrance.
Soolin: All we have to do is lock on to the right star.
Orac: It is possible that we've just received the right answer to the wrong question.


"Blakes 7: Stardrive (#4.4)" (1981)
Vila Restal: [drunkenly] Hurray!
Soolin: Out of the mouths of drunks.
Vila Restal: [sober] Drunk? Who's drunk?
Dayna Mellanby: You are.
Vila Restal: [indicating wine carafe] Show me how to get drunk on plain water and I won't waste time.
Dayna Mellanby: Well, then why pretend?
Vila Restal: Because, my lovely Dayna, and Soolin, no one ever tells someone who's drunk to volunteer.
Soolin, Dayna Mellanby: [laugh]
Vila Restal: I don't like to work in main drive chambers! Especially main drive chambers that are separated from space by one of Slave's force walls.

Del Tarrant: [into communicator] We're in the main drive chamber. It's gonna take about an hour.
Soolin: [on communicator] Right. We'll stand watch.
Del Tarrant: See if you can sober up Vila.
Soolin: We'll try.


"Blakes 7: Assassin (#4.7)" (1981)
Vila: You're going to shoot an unarmed prisoner?
Soolin: When did you get religion?

Del Tarrant: [accusingly] You enjoyed that, didn't you?
Soolin: There are two classic ways of dealing with an hysterical woman; you didn't really expect me to kiss her, did you?


"Blakes 7: Orbit (#4.11)" (1981)
Avon: [discussing Egrorian] Said to have been a genius. Scientists are still trying to understand the Egrorian theory of parallel matter.
Soolin: What happened to him?
Vila: He disappeared, along with a few million credits from the Space Research Institute.
Soolin: So he's a criminal.
Vila: Aren't we all? Except he pulled off a big one. Which is why he's NOT sitting on Malodar.
Avon: It is a good hideaway.
Vila: Hideaway? Avon, if I got my hands on that kind of money, I'd have gone somewhere I could enjoy it. What is the point of having money if you have to exist on a hole like that!
Avon: You are forgetting, there is a big difference between you and Egrorian: HE has a brain!
Vila: Oh yeah? Well if you had one it might have occurred to you this could be a Federation trap!
Avon: Well of course it's occurred to me. Why do you think I'm sending Tarrant?


"Blakes 7: Sand (#4.9)" (1981)
Kerr Avon: Orac, teleport.
Orac: Teleport? I am not programmed. Three squared to the principal.
Dayna Mellanby: Oh, no.
Orac: I love you.
Vila Restal: Orac!
Orac: My emotions are deeper than the seas of space. One times one is only possible in the ultra-dimensional.
Kerr Avon: Turn Orac off.
Orac: [breathily] I love you.
Kerr Avon: [offended] *Off*!
Orac: We will be lovers for a little while, or maybe for a long while, who knows?
Soolin: I do.
[Soolin pulls Orac's key]
Vila Restal: What a thought.


"Blakes 7: Animals (#4.5)" (1981)
Vila: Why do I get all the dirty jobs?
Soolin: Typecasting?


"Blakes 7: Traitor (#4.3)" (1981)
Soolin: [about Vila] Doesn't have much time for Tarrant does he?
Avon: Ah well. Tarrant is brave, young, handsome...
[chuckling]
Avon: There are three good reasons for anyone not to like him.