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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Mutoid: Long range sensors are registering a slight volcanic tremor from the planet Obsidian.
Servalan: That's all right, it's normal.
Commander Mori: You're quite sure about that, I suppose?
Servalan: [annoyed] Of course I'm sure. I'm going there, aren't I?
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Left Me Cold
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Needing a base in which to continue their war against the weakened and depleted Federation the crew of The Liberator teleport to Obsidian , a planet full of pacifists who refuse to help the crew and also refuse to protect them from a Fedration pursuit party hot on their heels

Another episode from Allan Prior and another example of what's wrong with his contributions to the show . BLAKES 7 receives the constant criticism that it's a very cheap British rip off that's continually trying - and failing - to emulate STAR TREK and STAR WARS . Nothing could be further from the truth . Tery Nation , Chris Boucher and David Maloney have crafted a gritty pessimistic idiosyncratic drama . However you can understand the criticism of the episodes that aren't written by Nation or Boucher . Very often you do have a rather generic space opera that with some revision could easily be slotted in to any action adventure series set in outer space and Volcano is a good example of this

If Prior's script is substandard it's less than matched by director Desmond McCarthy who is possibly the worst director to have ever worked on the show and several scenes stick out in their level of ineptitude . McCarthy could claim he doesn't have the budget to realise some scenes in an effective manner such as the death of Mori which has to be seen to be believed ( That's not a compliment ) but we have a confusing scene where a couple of Obsidians give the impression they're jaunting in and out of another dimension and that's got nothing to do with a lack of budget

That said even with these flaws - and their big ones - Volcano still manages to find a semblance of the programme's unique ethos . The average life span of a guest character in BLAKES 7 is just under 45 minutes and the viewer sees a downbeat nihilistic ending to this one of he lesser episodes . You wan't happy life affirming feel good television ? Try EASTENDERS instead

There's also a nod to the internal continuity of the series by having the Intergalatic war with Andromeda being mentioned but after this episode it's like the war had never happened and the Federation become all powerful again and what would be obvious running threads across the season such as the Federation trying to rebuild a lost empire and The Liberator crew searching for Blake are never really touched upon


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