Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 2

Powerplay (14 Jan. 1980)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
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Avon and Dayna returns to the Liberator only to find it has been taken over by a Federation death-squad led by Captain Del Tarrant. Vila is rescued from the jungle planet Chenga where he ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)
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Klegg
Doyne Bird ...
Harmon
John Hollis ...
Lom
Michael Crane ...
Mall
Primi Townsend ...
Zee
Julia Vidler ...
Barr
Catherine Chase ...
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Helen Blatch ...
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Avon and Dayna returns to the Liberator only to find it has been taken over by a Federation death-squad led by Captain Del Tarrant. Vila is rescued from the jungle planet Chenga where he finds Cally and Serverlan in a hospital, only to find the hospital in reality is a slaughterhouse, where human organs are stored in banks. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Due to BBC rules at the time, Producer David Maloney could not be given a director credit so there is no director credited on-screen. See more »

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[In The Liberator's teleport section]
Del Tarrant: [to Avon and Dayna:] Summary execution is the usual punishment for boarding a Federation ship without authority. What are you doing on my ship?
Kerr Avon: Your ship?
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Another very strong episode written by Terry Nation
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Although he appears briefly in the final scene of "Aftermath", this is Steven Pacey's first full appearance as Del Tarrant and he makes a very impressive debut. Even though Pacey was only 22 at the time, he projects a wonderful air of authority as Tarrant, helped in part by his deep and rather commanding voice. Tarrant was apparently inspired by the exceptionally brave RAF pilots of World War II and the parallels are many and obvious from the get go: he is extremely self-assured and cool under pressure and his confidence in himself is very well justified. The title comes from the power struggle between Avon, Tarrant and Klegg for control of the Liberator and it is extremely well done. Tarrant's demeanour throughout the episode means that it comes as quite a shock that he was really on Avon's side all the time and was merely playing the role of a Federation captain in another to save both their lives from Klegg, wonderfully played by "Doctor Who" stalwart Michael Sheard, and his death squad.

Paul Darrow once again excels as Avon and is clearly relishing the fact that he is being given even meatier material now that he is the star while Josette Simon continues to impress as Dayna. One of the strengths of this episode is the fact that, in contrast to several Series Two episodes, it gives all of the regular characters as well as Servalan something interesting to do. The forever put upon Vila is "rescued" from Chenga by the Hitechs, personified by the extremely attractive and seemingly pure of heart Barr and Zee, played by Julia Vidler (who previously played Avalon in "Project Avalon") and Primi Townsend, only to discover that he was being taken for organ harvesting. Cally, who nearly meets the same fate, has been picked up a hospital ship where she meets Servalan, last seen hiding from the Sarrans. This episode is an excellent demonstration of Cally's intelligence and strength as she is able to stand up to Servalan and tell her that her former position of power won't do her any good on the hospital ship. However, she's underestimated Servalan, who once again lands on her feet and arranges passage away from what is charming called the Slaughterhouse. An excellent episode with fantastic performances from both the regular and guest casts.


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