Keiller, an "old friend" of Avon, proposes an ingenious heist to make off with a huge Federation gold shipment. All it requires is the Scorpio, the Space Princess pleasure cruiser, an infiltration mission, and for nothing to go wrong.

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Paul Darrow ...
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Keiller, an "old friend" of Avon, proposes an ingenious heist to make off with a huge Federation gold shipment. All it requires is the Scorpio, the Space Princess pleasure cruiser, an infiltration mission, and for nothing to go wrong.

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Blakes 7 Does A Heist Thriller . A Very Good One Too
31 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Keiller a former associate of Avon contacts him and informs him that a secret transportation of gold to the Federation is taking place from the Planet Zerok . The gold is being carried on the space liner Space Princess and if Avon helps Keiller steal the gold he and his crew can have a share of the profits

Like several other episodes from this season Gold is written by someone whose first contribution to the show is their last one . This is probably down to the fact the programme ended this year and several of the writers would have been invited back . Certainly Colin Davis has written an episode more enjoyable than many of the subpar ones that cluttered up the previous season even though it's a blatant heist thriller that one wouldn't have thought suited to the show but works very well

Quite often BLAKES 7 works best when its written as black comedy especially when guest characters are concerned . This episode sees Roy Kinnear a household name in British television from the 1970s and a renowned comedy actor playing a larger than life villain with a slightly sleazy edge

As stated in previous reviews BLAKES 7 is very much a product of its time with a hard edged cynicism running through the show but in this episode we see something approaching a future nod to rave culture as the tranquilised passengers give the impression they're all loved up on ecstasy and is summed up by Tarrant's line " I'm having such a wonderful time " . Then we get back to the cruel cynicism when during the escape by the Scorpio crew a security finds himself trapped in an airlock about to be sucked in to outer space


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