Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 4

Dawn of the Gods (28 Jan. 1980)

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The Liberator is drawn off course by an artificial black hole. Orac brings the ship too close in order to study the phenomenon, and, unable to break free, the Liberator is dragged through ... See full summary »

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Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen / Orac (voice)
Sam Dastor ...
The Caliph
Terry Scully ...
Groff
Marcus Powell ...
The Thaarn
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The Liberator is drawn off course by an artificial black hole. Orac brings the ship too close in order to study the phenomenon, and, unable to break free, the Liberator is dragged through into an "impossible" starless black void... or is it? Orac's science is pitted against a legendary figure from Cally's childhood stories. Written by Anonymous

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Vila Restal: Tell us about the Thaarn, Cally.
Cally: It's the oldest story in the Book of Auron.
Vila Restal: Well, let's hear it. I like a good story, meself.
Cally: The story goes back to the mists of time, to the Dawn of the Gods. There were seven gods who discovered the planet Auron, and on it left the first man and woman. A million years went by. The gods returned. They were no older even though a million years had past.
Kerr Avon: Not impossible, if they had a spaceship capable of traveling at near the speed of light.
Cally: I did say it was ...
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Yawn Of The Gods
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The computer Orac over rides Zen's control of The Liberator because of curiosity about a nearby black hole which causes the ship to spiral towards it . The crew are knocked unconscious only to reawaken wondering why they are not dead . How could anyone or anything survive being sucked in to a black hole ?

Dawn Of The Gods is the debut script by science fiction author James Follet for BLAKES 7 . Like Allan Prior it's painfully obvious that Follet doesn't really understand what the show is about and his script could easily be modified to fit in to any science fiction programme you wish to name especially that one featuring the USS Enterprise . There's also some very dodgy science involved such as Avon believing if he sticks on a space suit that'll save him from a black hole . I know Avon gives cynical self preservation a bad name but even he would know this would be the 21st Century equivalent of putting on a tin helmet to protect yourself a nuclear bomb

Like the previous episode the director is Desmond McCarthy who continues to show he's probably the worst director to have worked on the show - at least to this point . . As in the previous episode Dawn Of The Gods there's an air of blatant cheapness running throughout the entire production that is so obvious it becomes distracting to any potential drama . It's also not helped by the rather Dickensian look of the costumes and the rather theatrical acting style of the guest cast in a very duff episode


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