Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
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Duel 

On a world destroyed by warfare, two powerful aliens force Blake and Travis to fight each other to the death so their ships will survive.

Director:

Douglas Camfield

Writers:

Terry Nation, Terry Nation (creator)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gareth Thomas ... Roj Blake
Sally Knyvette ... Jenna Stannis
Paul Darrow Paul Darrow ... Kerr Avon
Jan Chappell Jan Chappell ... Cally
Michael Keating Michael Keating ... Vila Restal
David Jackson David Jackson ... Olag Gan
Peter Tuddenham Peter Tuddenham ... Zen (voice)
Stephen Greif ... Space Commander Travis
Isla Blair ... Sinofar
Patsy Smart ... Giroc
Carol Royle ... Mutoid
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Storyline

Blake and the crew of the Liberator are pursued by a group of Pursuit ships commanded by Travis. But Blake and Travis find themselves on a barren planet and are chosen to fight each other in combat by two alien women, who interfere in Blake and Travis's space fight. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1978 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode has similarities to Star Trek: Arena (1967) which itself is a credited and paid for adaptation of the short story "Arena" by Fredric Brown. See more »

Quotes

Gan: You're never involved, are you Avon? Have you ever cared for anyone?
Vila: ...Except yourself?
Avon: I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care. Or indeed why it should be necessary to prove it - *at all*.
[exits]
Vila: Was that an insult, or did I just miss something?
Cally: You missed something!
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Edited from Blake's 7 (1978) See more »

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A captivating Duel
24 May 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

Space Commander Travis tracks The Liberator to an uncharted planet where Blake, Jenna, and Gan are exploring the surface and the ruins of ancient civilization present there. As Travis closes in for attack, the trio make their way back to the ship but with the energy reserves low Blake decides to face his enemy rather than attempt an escape. A powerful anti-war being Sinofar cripples the ship, however, and forces Blake and Jenna to enter a duel with Travis and his pilot, a duel meant to show them the meaning of death.

"Duel" is Blake's 7's imaginative and triumphant take on an old science fiction concept and quite possibly inspired by the same Fredric Brown short story which inspired Star Trek's "Arena". The planet is exceptionally well-realized and the atmosphere the episode creates is palpable, thanks in no small part to the music and the direction from Douglas Camfield. What makes this episode so successful is its emphasis on character, it plays with big concepts but doesn't reduce them to pulp sci-fi, maintaining the sort of character-driven quality that makes Blake's 7 such a distinctive and special series.

10/10


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