Marooned on the artificial planet Terminal, Avon, Vila, Dayna and Tarrant finds their only hope of rescue is the space freighter Scorpio commanded by Dorian and his associate, Soolin, the ... See full summary »



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Marooned on the artificial planet Terminal, Avon, Vila, Dayna and Tarrant finds their only hope of rescue is the space freighter Scorpio commanded by Dorian and his associate, Soolin, the blonde gunfighter from the lawless planet Gauda Prime. Written by Daniel Williamson

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28 September 1981 (UK)  »

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Jan Chappell had become dissatisfied with the role of Cally and refused to reprise her role. She did, however, agree to a voiceover cameo. See more »


Kerr Avon: It's going to be no help to them if we walk into something hungry on the way back.
Dayna Mellanby: I don't intend to walk into anything.
Kerr Avon: Don't be stupid.
Dayna Mellanby: Get out of my way, Avon.
[calls over her shoulder as she moves off]
Dayna Mellanby: I'll see you at the base!
Kerr Avon: [watches her go] I doubt it.
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Awful opening to the fourth series
1 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

After watching with great enjoyment the flawed yet brilliant Series 3 finale 'Terminal', I was eagerly looking forward to beginning the fourth and final series of Blakes 7. Needless to say, the Series 4 premiere DID NOT live up to its predecessor. Okay, I get it. 'Terminal' was a finale, so naturally the writers worked harder on it than other episodes and was always going to be a good one (mostly due to Gareth Thomas's long awaited return as Blake, even if it was very brief) and obviously hard to top. But still, they did a horrible job of this one. 'Rescue' is probably my least favourite episode of Blakes 7 yet, despite having seen some rather questionable episodes in the past ('Moloch' comes to mind). The new music and opening titles are simply awful. When the intro was changed at the beginning of Series 3, I was frustrated, but this is actually much worse. However, the music/intro problem is nothing compared to Cally's death. I would have thought that they might have learnt a lesson or two after Blake & Jenna's exits from the show and actually given Cally a proper send off, unlike the aforementioned. But no, the writers couldn't even manage that. Instead, the hatch blows up in the first minute of the episode and we learn that Cally is dead. It's possibly the most anticlimactic character departure I've ever seen (yes, worse than Nick Cutter in 'Primeval'). If they wanted Cally out of the show, why didn't they just kill her off at the end of Series 3 and actually make something out of it? Two new characters are introduced in this episode; Dorian and Soolin. Unlike the latter, Dorian actually seems reasonably interesting. But by the end of the episode, he's dead and we're left with Soolin, who I presume is going to become Cally's replacement. Also, most of the episode is actually rather boring, and none of the actors really stand out as having given any exceptional performances. The only positive thing about 'Rescue' that I could find was some funny scenes involving Villa. When all else fails, at least he's still around to provide the audience with some humour. He's the only reason I've decided not to give this episode 1 out of 10. If I'm being honest, it's actually put me off watching Blakes 7 for the moment. I'll try to give the next episode a go at some point, but for now I think I'll give the series a rest and just hope it gets better than this, otherwise I'm finished with Blakes 7. The only remaining thing I can think of to say is "Bring back Gareth Thomas!". The show really was a lot better when it's title character was still around.

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