Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 13

Terminal (31 Mar. 1980)

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The Liberator heads to the artificial planet Terminal when Avon receives instructions from Blake. Avon goes to the surface and finds Blake is connected to a life support capsule. But Avon ... See full summary »

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The Liberator heads to the artificial planet Terminal when Avon receives instructions from Blake. Avon goes to the surface and finds Blake is connected to a life support capsule. But Avon learns it is a trap set by Servalan, who lured the crew to Terminal, so she can take control of The Liberator. But the Liberator faces destruction, as the ship is seriously damaged by particle fluids in space. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Del Tarrant: How do we approve of something we don't know about?
Kerr Avon: You could try trusting me.
[They glare at each other for a moment]
Del Tarrant: All right, Avon, we'll try trusting you. Just don't expect us to make a habit of it.
Kerr Avon: I don't.
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Terry Nation's Finale Is Slightly Flawed But Still Greatly Appreciated
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Avon is starting to act mysterious and sets The Liberator on course to Terminal an artificial planet created by Earth scientists before the Federation era . Warning on pain of death that his companions are not to follow the increasingly erratic Avon teleports down to Terminal

This is series creator Terry Nation's final script contribution to the show and indeed his final contribution to British television . Once a household name in Britian and relocated to Hollywood in the hope of becoming a Beverly Hills bigwig only to contribute a Television movie and a handful of television episodes . Regardless of his quixotic plan of becoming a Welsh born Jerry Bruckheimer it can never be overstated that his contribution to British television has been immense . He brought us the Daleks which instantly assured DOCTOR WHO of immortality and created SURVIVORS which was remade by the BBC a few years ago

Terminal was originally to be the episode that killed the show off permanently . It would have been a great episode to finish on seeing both the death of The Liberator and of Servalan but would also seemed very inconclusive as Avon and company are stranded on Terminal having gained a small victory against their nemesis . It'd be too much of a temptation for a production team to resurrect the show under these circumstances and temptation proved too much and script editor Chris Boucher and new producer Vere Lorimar brought the show back 18 months later . The first the regular cast knew about the resurrection was in March 1980 when the BBC continuity announcer said BLAKES 7 would be back next year during the end credits of this episode on its original broadcast

What's interesting about this finale from Nation is how he reuses a shocking plot turn of his own from an obscure source . Terminal has been built by scientists to find out the mysteries of evolution and the planet is infested with Links which are a violent simian species . " Terrible to think that's what we are descended from states Cally but as Servalan explains it is not what what man evolved from but what man will become . This ties in with a short story Nation wrote for the Radio Times DOCTOR WHO tenth anniversary special publication where the humanoid inhabitants of the Planet Skaro accelerates evolution and eventually evolve in to the Dalek race . It is very fitting that the last script Terry Nation wrote for British television was a BLAKES 7 episode featuring a plot twist that he originally wrote featuring the Daleks . It's what Nation will deservedly be remembered for


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