The Liberator heads to the Federation controlled planet Albian, where Blake and the crew are in search of Federation officer Space Major Provine whom they believe can lead them to the ... See full summary »

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The Liberator heads to the Federation controlled planet Albian, where Blake and the crew are in search of Federation officer Space Major Provine whom they believe can lead them to the location of Central Control. Only to learn The Federation has buried a radioactive bomb on the planet which wipe out all life on Albian. As Blake and the crew helps a band of rebels find the bomb. Avon meets up with enemy Del Grant, brother of Avon's former lover Anna and tries to disarm the bomb and puts aside his differences with Grant. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Neither Zen nor Orac appears in this episode, although Orac is mentioned, making it the only episode after Blake's 7: Space Fall (1978) for which Peter Tuddenham was not required. See more »

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Major Provine tells the Sergeant to wait 4 minutes until they are at the rocket bay and then start the countdown to destroy the planet. But if the countdown is over an hour, why wait and risk the control room being over-run, which it is. See more »

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Del Grant: We've just taken another step towards oblivion.
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An excellent episode with some of the best character work in the series' history.
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The beauty of Avon's characterisation is this episode is that it is so simple yet so effective in that the audience learns that he once cared about someone other than himself. Paul Darrow gives a wonderful performance. The radiation bomb is a great plot device to create tension and the fact that it kills millions but leaves buildings and technology untouched is perfectly in keeping with the Federation's tactics. Tom Chadbon is very good as Del Grant - it's a shame that he never returned - while Paul Shelley is even better as Space Major Provine. Although he has less screen time than many villains on the series, Provine is perhaps my favourite one-off villain. After Andrew Robertson in "Hostage", Shelley is the second guest star that I wish had been cast as the second Travis instead of Brian Croucher. The best episode of Series Two so far and one of my three favourites overall, the others being "Seek-Locate- Destroy" and "Project Avalon".

My only real criticism is that "Countdown" is the third consecutive episode in which Jenna and Cally are sidelined. At least they attempt to justify it somewhat by having Blake, Avon and Vila putting their distinctive skills to work while on Albion. This episode is also interesting in that I think that it's the only episode after the first two in which Peter Tuddenham doesn't supply any voices.


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