Blakes 7: Season 3, Episode 3

Volcano (21 Jan. 1980)

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The Liberator is lured to Obsidian, a volcanic planet of strategic value, which is linked to rumours of Blake's whereabouts. Dayna has a potential ally among the pacifist population: its ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen / Orac (voice)
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Hower
Malcolm Bullivant ...
Bershar
Ben Howard ...
Mori
Alan Bowerman ...
Battle Fleet Commander
Judy Matheson ...
Russell Denton ...
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The Liberator is lured to Obsidian, a volcanic planet of strategic value, which is linked to rumours of Blake's whereabouts. Dayna has a potential ally among the pacifist population: its ruler, an old acquaintance of her father named Hower. Tarrant and Dayna teleport down in an attempt to enlist recruits to their rebellion, and establish a base from which to complete the destruction of the Federation and defeat Servalan. However Servalan has enlisted a traitor. Written by frank-270

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Early drafts of this episode featured Blake and Jenna in the place of Tarrant and Dayna. See more »

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Cally's teleport bracelet falls off as she's being dragged into the teleport area. See more »

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Tarrant: I don't have much faith in Zen, or anything else on the Liberator.
Dayna: Then why didn't you stay up there and leave this mission to me?
Tarrant: I don't trust anyone except my self. That's why I'm still alive. Which way?
Dayna: Zen's groundplot said due north. And don't look so warlike.
Tarrant: Coming from you that's almost funny.
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Just not very good
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

After a string of five very good to excellent episodes, I suppose that we were due a dud and here it is. It started off promising but went down hill fast, I'm afraid. Allan Prior is not the series' best regarded writer but I enjoyed all of his stories prior to this one. It's not a particularly bad story but it is a very dull one. The Pyroans are reminiscent of the Dulcians from the "Doctor Who" story "The Dominators", another uninteresting race of pacifists. Michael Gough plays their leader Hower with nobility and quite dignity and saves the character from being irredeemably boring but I'd have liked to have seen him in a better role in a more exciting episode. Newcomers Steven Pacey and Josette Simon are once again very good and do the best that they can with the weak material, as do the other regulars (all of whom again get something to do, even if isn't terribly interesting) and Jacqueline Pearce.

Speaking of Servalan, her characterisation seems a bit odd as she seems surprisingly willing to leave the Liberator to its own devices, at least for a while. While she has always been pragmatic, it doesn't seem terribly consistent with her determination to rebuild her powerbase, as demonstrated repeatedly in the previous two episodes. Malcolm Bullivant, who plays Hower's treacherous son Bershar, is the weak link in the cast and Servalan's minions are rather forgettable. Still, as I said, there are nice performances as well as some good lines near the beginning.


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