Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 10

Ultraworld (10 Mar. 1980)

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The Liberator detects a mysterious spiky metal globe floating in space. Avon deduces that it is an artificial planet, but can't raise any communication. Then Cally disappears - apparently ... See full summary »

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Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen / Orac (voice)
Peter Richards ...
Ultra 1
Stephen Jenn ...
Ultra 2
Ian Barritt ...
Ultra 3
Ronald Govey ...
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The Liberator detects a mysterious spiky metal globe floating in space. Avon deduces that it is an artificial planet, but can't raise any communication. Then Cally disappears - apparently abducted inside the "planet". As well as affecting minds, this "Ultraworld" turns out to be capable of stealing them - and using the zombified bodies of space travelers to trap others. But the crew must ultimately face the menace that rules from the center of the Ultraworld... Written by frank-270

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Vila: Knock, knock.
Orac: Who's there?
Vila: Atch.
Orac: Atch who?
Vila: Sorry, I didn't know you had a cold.
Orac: A cold what?
Vila: No, not a cold what. Just a cold. You know, cold, chill.
Orac: I am not subject to colds and chills. Some trace deposits on my anodizers perhaps, but I am quite capable of dealing with that myself.
Vila: [giving up] Forget it. Go back to sleep.
Orac: Is this another riddle?
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27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Picking up unusual readings The Liberator is drawn to an artificial planet which Cally teleports to . Avon , Dayna and Tarrant teleport after her only to find that the planet is in fact a giant computer system that now holds them prisoner and wants to wipe their minds and turn them in to menial slaves

Impressed with the synopsis ? Neither am I and nor was I impressed with the episode itself . We see yet another episode from a debut writer this time Trevor Hoyle who like nearly everyone else who writes their first episode for BLAKES 7 gives the impression that it probably started out as as a rejected script for STAR TREK or SPACE 1999 and he's just changed the names of the characters in to Avon , Cally etc . That said you are struck how this episode could have easily slotted in to season two with Blake and Jenna functioning as Tarrant and Dayna . One strongly suspects that this started off as a season two story and got moved to the following year

Regardless of when it got commissioned it's still pulp SF of the most mediocre order and it's not helped by the fact this weeks villain is called The Ultra which conjures up the images of images of European football hooligans or sanitary towels


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