Approaching Cephlon, the Liberator crew witness a spacecraft crash land on the planet. They rescue a man named Ensor, who was trying to get back to his father on Aristo and arrange for the ... See full summary »

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Approaching Cephlon, the Liberator crew witness a spacecraft crash land on the planet. They rescue a man named Ensor, who was trying to get back to his father on Aristo and arrange for the Federation to purchase something called Orac. He forces Blake and Cally to fly him to Aristo, leaving Avon, Jenna, Gan, and Vila stranded on the radiation-scarred surface of Cephlon. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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Early drafts of the episode had Blake and Avon's roles switched round, with Blake leading the party on the planet surface and Avon staying on the ship and pursuing Orac in the next episode, Blakes 7: Orac (1978). Their roles were swapped because it was considered inconceivable to have Avon meekly handing Orac over to Blake. Also, location filming for the previous episode Blakes 7: Bounty (1978) conflicted with this one. See more »

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Cally: Did she really think you were a god?
Kerr Avon: For a while.
Roj Blake: How did it feel?
Kerr Avon: Don't you know?
Roj Blake: Yes... I don't like the responsibility either.
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24 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Liberator crew witnesses an explosion on a passing space ship that then crashes in to the Planet Cephlon . Teleporting down to the surface the injured survivor Ensor is saved by the crew but Jenna is captured by the primitive natives while Ensor tells Blake he is on a mission to deliver life saving drugs to his father and Ensor is in no mood to let the rescue of Jenna slow down his mission

As the debut season of BLAKES 7 draws to a close you're struck by the consistency of it , after all each and every episode is written by Terry Nation and it'd be impossible to imagine an entire series of thirteen episodes of any show being written by one sole writer . The drawback to all this is that there's not a lot of variety on offer and if season one has a major problem it's down to the fact that nearly all the boring average by the number episodes nearly all take place one after the other in the final third of series one

Like a couple of less than stellar episodes from this season Deliverance is not toe curlingly awful it's just rather mundane . During the Christmas period of 1978 BBC one broadcast Deliverence and the following episode Orac as a feature length episode with some of the running time edited out . To be blunt much brevity could be used and both this episode and Orac could easily have been produced together as a very tight streamlined 50 minute episode


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