Blakes 7: Season 2, Episode 9

Countdown (6 Mar. 1979)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
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Del Grant
Paul Shelley ...
Major Provine
James Kerry ...
Cauder
Lindy Alexander ...
Ralli
Robert Arnold ...
Sergeant Selson
Geoffrey Snell ...
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Nigel Gregory ...
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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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Vila Restal: I've done it! I think I've done it. I've isolated the identification sensors. It's straight combination now. Watch this: it should open like a dream.
[the safe opens with an explosion]
Roj Blake: [Coughs] More like a nightmare.
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A Good Episode That Points To The Future
26 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Having heard rumours that a certain Space Major Provine knows the new location of the Federation Control Bleke orders The Liberator to the Planet Albion only to to find that a revolution by the population has overthrown the Federation led by mercenary Del Grant . However Blake still needs to find Provine and Grant has a reason for hating Avon

On the surface this seems like a relatively disposable episode and would have done on its initial broadcast but that's not the full story . It does tie in to the season's running thread that The Liberator crew are trying to find the location of the Terran Federation's main control centre - destroy that and the Federation is defeated but the episode also foreshadows the season three Avon=centric episode Rumours Of Death

On its own merits it's a relatively good episode even though it doesn't really aspire to being a classic but is far better than many of the more mundane episodes that Terry Nation wrote for the opening season . It's strong on character especially the space mercenary Del Grant and Space Major Provine who is portrayed as intelligent , calculating and ruthless , almost like a Federation version of Avon . Terry Nation receives a lot of uninformed criticism that'she's merely a journeyman hack type of writer but this is entirely erroneous and can write effective drama when he tries


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