Blakes 7: Season 1, Episode 4

Time Squad (23 Jan. 1978)

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Blake picks up an unidentified space projectile en route to an attack on Saurian Major, accidentally allowing three dangerous aliens aboard the Liberator.



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Episode cast overview:
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
David Jackson ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)
Tony Smart ...
Mark McBride ...
Frank Henson ...


En route for the Federation planet Saurian Major, the Liberator encounters a small craft drifting in space, and the crew bring it aboard against Zen's advice. Later, Blake, Avon and Vila teleport down to attack the Federation communications complex on Saurian Major, leaving Jenna and Gan to watch the three cyrogenically-frozen passengers found aboard the vehicle. As Blake's team and a telepath named Cally try to infiltrate the base, the three aliens come out of hibernation. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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(#1.4) was influenced by "Star Trek" Space Seed (#1.22). See more »


Roj Blake: They've built a vast transceiver complex there. All Federation signals and navigation controls are beamed into Saurian Major, boosted and redirected. It's a vital nerve center in the Federation space control system. Destroy that, and you blind, deafen and silence them. That's what we're going to do.
Kerr Avon: A blow for freedom.
Olag Gan: Yes, our freedom. For a clever man you're not very bright. Deaf, dumb and blind how are they going to catch us?
Kerr Avon: I'm sure Blake will manage it somehow.
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24 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Time Squad" is a pretty strong episode in Blake's 7's run, setting up what resembles more of a format for the series' episodes, while still maintaining the sense of dramatic uncertainty that has distinguished the episodes so far. That continued real sense of danger and unreliability - - from the crew itself towards each other and Blake, from Zen, and from the mysterious capsule in distress, is the best quality of this episode. The character of Cally is given an interesting, brief introduction that piques the curiosity about future development.

There's a double plot here, though, one about the mysterious capsule and one about Blake's attempt to blow up a Federation communications centre. The running time doesn't allow them both enough time to develop, and the terrorist escapade consequently seems more perfunctory than it ought to. Such a dangerous and potentially crippling strike ought to have a fairly huge impact, but it ends up seeming like a subplot.

There are some interesting developments for Gan, but David Jackson didn't impress me with his acting here as much as the rest of the cast; his implant-induced conflictedness about killing came across as a bit forced in performance. It's only second episode for the teleport, but already there have been three dangerous situations created by problems bringing people back over it; it makes one wonder if that will become a stock situation.

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