Blakes 7: Season 1, Episode 8

Duel (20 Feb. 1978)

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On a world destroyed by warfare, two powerful aliens force Blake and Travis to fight each other to the death so their ships will survive.

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Sally Knyvette ...
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
David Jackson ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
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Sinofar
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Patsy Smart ...
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Blake and the crew of the Liberator are pursued by a group of Pursuit ships commanded by Travis. But Blake and Travis find themselves on a barren planet and are chosen to fight each other in combat by two alien women, who interfere in Blake and Travis's space fight. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Sinofar: Our powers grew out of a thousand years of war, out of hate, and fear, and the will to survive.
Giroc: [on Liberator's screen] We built destruction, weapons that your peoples have not yet dreamed of. Every passing year brought new ways to kill, and throughout the centuries the war raged across our planet.
Sinofar: [on planet] With each generation there were fewer of us. The dead vastly outnumbered the living. There was not victory for either side.
Roj Blake: How did it end?
Giroc: How? Another development of another weapon. We ...
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A captivating Duel
24 May 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Space Commander Travis tracks The Liberator to an uncharted planet where Blake, Jenna, and Gan are exploring the surface and the ruins of ancient civilization present there. As Travis closes in for attack, the trio make their way back to the ship but with the energy reserves low Blake decides to face his enemy rather than attempt an escape. A powerful anti-war being Sinofar cripples the ship, however, and forces Blake and Jenna to enter a duel with Travis and his pilot, a duel meant to show them the meaning of death.

"Duel" is Blake's 7's imaginative and triumphant take on an old science fiction concept and quite possibly inspired by the same Fredric Brown short story which inspired Star Trek's "Arena". The planet is exceptionally well-realized and the atmosphere the episode creates is palpable, thanks in no small part to the music and the direction from Douglas Camfield. What makes this episode so successful is its emphasis on character, it plays with big concepts but doesn't reduce them to pulp sci-fi, maintaining the sort of character-driven quality that makes Blake's 7 such a distinctive and special series.

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