Blakes 7: Season 2, Episode 10

Voice from the Past (13 Mar. 1979)

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As The Liberator heads to Del 10, The ship changes course and instead heads to a asteroid when Blake receives mind control signal. Where Blake and the crew teleports to the asteroid and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Brian Croucher ...
Freda Knorr ...
Governor Le Grand (as Frieda Knorr)
Richard Bebb ...
Martin Read ...


As The Liberator heads to Del 10, The ship changes course and instead heads to a asteroid when Blake receives mind control signal. Where Blake and the crew teleports to the asteroid and finds Shivan, a resistance leader and Governor Le Grand, and learns they are put on a summit to denounce the Federation and they need The Liberator to transport them to Atlay where the Summit is taking place. Only to learn it is a trap set by Travis who is disguised as Shivan. Written by Daniel Williamson

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It Tries But Doesn't Quite Hit The High Notes
26 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Blake acts strangely and convinces Vila that there's a conspiracy against both of them by the rest of the crew . Vila imprisons the crew and Blake imprisons Vila and takes the ship to an atsteroid base where he meets the person responsible for imprisoning him Van Glynd and a rebel leader Shivan

This had the potential to be a classic episode but never quite manages to pull it off . It is enjoyable for the first half as the crew worry about Blake having a mental breakdown and always Michael Keating is fun to watch as the cowardly indecisive Vila who is easily manipulated by Blake but it's definitely an episode of two halves one half good and one half bad

There's several problems with the second half and that's it's difficult to make a convincing asteroid base on a 1970s BBC budget . The exteriors are very obvious CSO and the interiors are a London conference centre which is a shame since the locations have always been a major strength of this series . The second problem is not having the original actor from the opening episode Robert James as Van Glynd which wouldn't be so problematic on transmission and Richard Brebb does the best he can but if you've seen The Wy Back several times you're painfully aware the role has been recast . Thirdly you'll probably be able to work out the true identity of Shivan before it's revealed on screen and it's revealed to be you know who the idea seems laughable and would never work in reality

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