After a researcher named Coser kills his superiors at the Federation's weapons development base, he escapes to a deserted planet with a new secret weapon called IMIPAK. Soon, both the Liberator's crew and Servalan are searching for him.

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After a researcher named Coser kills his superiors at the Federation's weapons development base, he escapes to a deserted planet with a new secret weapon called IMIPAK. Soon, both the Liberator's crew and Servalan are searching for him.

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The chess computer Carnell uses is a Chess Challenger 1 from Fidelity Electronics. At the time the series was made, this was an actual top-of-the-line portable dedicated chess computer. See more »

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The chess game Carnell plays against a lap-top chess computer is not actually checkmate in his favor. First, the opponent can move his Bishop between his King and the attacking Rook. Second, Carnell does not appear to have a King on the board (making the chess position shown impossible). See more »

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Carnell: By now Coser is completely psychotic. It won't strike him as remotely odd that a folk hero he admires so much arrives out of nowhere. And when a second Blake turns up, he probably won't even notice. He's a very sick man. He shouldn't be totally alone as he is. It's awfully bad for his health.
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Abnormally large collars, replacement actors, and brand new eyepatches
10 June 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Do all arrogant beings in BBC sci-fi shows require abnormally huge collars?

"Weapon" is almost intolerably camp. I don't mind the cheapness of Blake's 7 and other older British sci-fi television series, but "Weapon" is just hilarious from start to finish. The sequences with the clone masters, Servalan, and Space Commander Travis (Brian Croucher takes over the role and gets a new costume/eyepatch, but does nothing to improve on the foundations of the character) are ludicrous, displaying a level of stagey-ness that is reminiscent of a cheap neighborhood pantomime and are 'enhanced' by offensively failed attempts at being 'epic' and 'mysterious'.

Sorry, I should be fair. "Weapon" is actually for the most part a halfway decent episode and the scenes with Coser and the other survivor are fairly good... Oh, who am I kidding?! This is an atrocity! There are several fairly rubbish Blake's 7 episodes but many of those are at least somewhat interesting. "Weapon", Chris Boucher's second Blake's 7 script commits the worst crime of all- it's boring. It's very, very boring. Lots of drawn out line deliveries and a paper-thin plot padded to infinity. One of the worst of the series (I'm aware that's an unpopular opinion). There's some good dialogue aboard the Liberator as per usual, and Jenna always looks hot, but other than that...

3/10


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