Blakes 7: Season 4, Episode 1

Rescue (28 Sep. 1981)

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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 ... 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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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 »

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Avon: No good deed goes unpunished.
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A very strong opening episode but less so than "Aftermath"
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In some respects, this was probably one of the most difficult episodes to write as, with the destruction of the Liberator, the apparent death of Servalan and the revelation about Blake's apparent death, there was a major sense of finality to "Terminal". The first hurdle that Chris Boucher had to overcome was Jan Chappell's decision to leave the series. In one of the early scenes, Cally is killed by an explosion in the Terminal underground base. Her death isn't very well handled but I think that it was handled about as well as could have expected, short of having Cally die between Series Three and Series Four and opening with the remaining crew members dealing with her death. Despite this less than stellar start, this episode improves considerably with the introduction of Dorian. Considering that it is strongly based on one of the greatest literary characters of the 19th Century, it comes as no surprise that he is a wonderful character. Dorian, my favourite one-off villain since Provine in "Countdown", is superbly played by Geoffrey Burridge, who sadly died of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 38. It was hard not to think of his tragically short life when Dorian started to talk about being over 200 years old. Instead of a painting, however, this Dorian has a painted Sea Devil to absorb his corruption. Interesting little factoid: Once he's returned to normal, the "Sea Devil" is played by none other than "Strictly Come Dancing" judge Bruno Tonioli! One of the few things that I didn't like about this episode is that Dayna starts snivelling and runs into Tarrant's arms when he and the others come to rescue her when she couldn't fight the "Sea Devil" herself. It's horribly out of character.

This episode sees the introduction of Glynis Barber – who previously played a Mutoid in "Project Avalon" – as Soolin. Even then, Barber was a very good actress and she makes a good first impression but the character isn't very interesting or well fleshed out, something which sadly doesn't change much during the series. I'm afraid to say that Slave and the Scorpio made a far bigger impression on me. I adore how obsequious Slave is, particularly since it's a great contrast to not only Orac's irritability and arrogance but to Zen's unemotional pronouncements. Peter Tuddenham once again gets to show off his voice acting talents. The great ones make it look easy. I also love the design of the Scorpio itself. Its flight deck is very cramped and gritty compared to that of the Liberator and, while the Liberator was the most advanced ship in the galaxy, the Scorpio is a piece of junk which would have been sent to the scrap heap decades earlier if Dorian hadn't retrofitted it.


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