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 ...
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Michael Crane ...
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Primi Townsend ...
Zee
Julia Vidler ...
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Catherine Chase ...
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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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An Improvement Over The Previous Episode Mainly Down To Michael Sheard
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Finding themselves held at gunpoint Avon and Dayna manage to give a cover story to the Federation death squad on The Liberator but they know their bluff will be quickly uncovered . Meanwhile on the Planet Chenga Vila is rescued by two young women who assure him he will come to no harm and take him to a medical station . What Vila doesn't realise is that the medical station is for transplants where donors are not volunteers

Again you get the feeling Nation is pulling out all the stops not to bring back the Andromedans which leads to a rather implausible concept at the medical centre . Ask yourself how unlikely it is that each and every stranded survivor on Chenga is conveniently a human ? Not one survivor is from the Andromedan fleet ? Servalan ends up on Chenga but no Andromedans do ? It might be churlish to watch a television sci-fi show and complain about something being far fatched but this plot turn seems contrived to say the least . Indeed when watching this episode all those years ago I was expecting the medical technicians to suddenly reveal themselves as Andromedans but this never happens

Meanwhile back on The Liberator Avon and Dayna do their best to stay alive which isn't easy if you've got a Federation death squad as your only company . It's made worse by the fact someone is killing the squad members and you know who's going to get the blame . Actually the episode misses the opportunity to bring an air of much needed suspense and mystery because it's painfully obvious who the killer is even on first transmission

Not to be too harsh on the episode it's better than Aftermath and the highlight of the episode is guest star Michael Sheard as Section Leader Klegg . Sheard is on record as having played Adolph Hitler on stage , television and cinema more times than any other actor so it shouldn't be surprising he's so good as being a cold hearted fascist . Michael Keating as the cowardly Vila has a comic scene where he pretends to be in charge of a band of heavily armed men that could have been painfully embarrassing ( And would probably have been if it'd been that other BBC show at the time that starred Tom Baker ) but is genuinely amusing . New crew member Tarrant makes his full debut in this episode and it's interesting how different he seems in later episodes where he seems to be a totally inconsistent character ranging from angry young man to laid back hipster stoner depending on the writer or director . Here the character of Tarrant is one of the few times where he feels like the writer knows the character


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