Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 7

Children of Auron (18 Feb. 1980)

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Serverlan has unleashed a plague on Cally's home planet Auron. Avon and the Liberator crew travel to Auron to aid Cally's people to fight the plague, when Cally receives a telepathic ... See full summary »

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Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)
Sarah Atkinson ...
Franton
Rio Fanning ...
Captain Deral
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Ginka
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
C. A. One
Beth Harris ...
C. A. Two
Jack McKenzie ...
Patar
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Pilot Four-Zero
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Serverlan has unleashed a plague on Cally's home planet Auron. Avon and the Liberator crew travel to Auron to aid Cally's people to fight the plague, when Cally receives a telepathic message from her people summoning her to Auron to help. But Serverlan has lured the Liberator crew into a trap and is using Aurons advanced cloning technology to create clones in her image. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Another very strong episode
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The revelation that the younger generation of Auronar (those aged about 30 or under) are all clones is a bit of a retcon as previous episodes implied - though I can't remember if it was ever directly stated - that, in spite of the superficial resemblance, they were not human. However, that's only a minor detail in this thoroughly entertaining episode in which Jan Chappell, the series' most underrated performer, gets another chance to shine. Given that she's been so much good material in Series Three, I'm surprised that she decided not to return for Series Four. On the other hand, given how much she was sidelined in Series Two, I wouldn't have been surprised if, like Sally Knyvette, she had decided to leave then. She excels not only as Cally but as her twin sister Zelda. Of course, being clones, they aren't twins in the conventional sense but I got the impression from their relationship that they were raised together. Cally mentioned her parents in "The Harvest of Kairos" and at first I thought that this was another retcon but she would have to have been raised by someone in the normal way, especially since cloning is a fairly recent phenomenon on Auron.

In this episode, Deral and the first non-Caucasian Federation officer Ginka, the most memorable of Servalan's many one-off lackeys, vie with each other in the hopes of gaining the new President's approval. Both Rio Fanning and Ric Young deliver great performances and, while necessary for the plot, it was a shame that they had to die. I've always love it when there's a power struggle among the villains. Among the rest of the guest cast, Ronald Leigh-Hunt stands out as the well intentioned but misguided CA One and it was nice to see Michael Troughton pop up as Pilot Four Zero, who has the dubious distinction of being Patient Zero. Servalan's reaction to the deaths of her clones is fascinating as, in spite of the fact that she doomed hundreds of millions to a painful death, she still exhibits a maternal instinct, one of the few examples of any finer feeling on Servalan's part. All of the regular characters get something to do in this episode, though Dayna still hasn't returned to the heights of "Aftermath" and "Powerplay". As in the previous episode "City at the Edge of the World", Tarrant shows his softer side when he supports Cally in her request to travel to Auron and help her people. This episode ends with a big laugh when Avon asks Tarrant, Vila and Dayna if they would want to stay with Franton and Patar on the new Auron colony and raise 5,000 children. I like to imagine the three of them laughing like mad for about a minute and then feeling terrible among themselves for doing so since Servalan has just committed genocide!


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