Blakes 7: Season 1, Episode 3

Cygnus Alpha (16 Jan. 1978)

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Blake, Avon and Jenna follows the prison transport ship "London" to the Federation prison planet "Cygnus Alpha" where Blake teleports to the surface to free the prisoners. But the planet's ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Norman Tipton ...
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Peter Childs ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)


Blake, Avon and Jenna follows the prison transport ship "London" to the Federation prison planet "Cygnus Alpha" where Blake teleports to the surface to free the prisoners. But the planet's supreme ruler Vargas wants to take over "The Liberator" in his goal for total power and conquest of the galaxy. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Although the line-up of the "seven" changed considerably over the show's four seasons, the original characters envisioned by creator Terry Nation for the seven were: Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Olag Gan, Jenna Stannis, Brell Klein, Tone Selman and Arco Trent (with Blake as their leader). They would all have joined Blake on the "Liberator" after their escape from the penal colony on Cygnus Alpha. However, subsequent rewrites, and budgetary restrictions, saw the characters of Klein, Selman and Arco being dropped (although Selman and Arco made short-lived appearences in the 3rd episode, "Cygnus Alpha") and replaced with Cally, Zen and later Orac (both computers, voiced by the same actor to reduce expenses). See more »


Vila: [looking around Cygnus Alpha] This is nice, isn't it. What a miserable hole. If we all complained do you think they'd give us a refund.
Arco: Shut up.
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Cygnus Alpha
21 May 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

One of the more underrated episodes of the series in my opinion features Blake, Avon, and Jenna following the prison transport ship London to Cygnus Alpha in the alien ship from the last episode. Upon arriving on Cygnus Alpha to free the prisoners they discover that Vargas, the supreme leader of the planet, wishes to take over The Liberator as part of a planned conquest of the galaxy.

This underrated episode of Blake's 7 maintains a leisurely but not boring pace and features several interesting locations including the first alien planet on Blake's 7, Cygnus Alpha, which is well-designed considering the budget and has a great, dark atmosphere enhanced by the typically good Dudley Simpson score.


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