Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
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Orbit 

The Scorpio crew are summoned by renegade Federation scientist Egrorian who wants to unleash vengeance on the Federation. Egrorian wants to trade a powerful weapon in exchange for Orac. But... See full summary »

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Brian Lighthill

Writers:

Robert Holmes, Terry Nation (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Paul Darrow Paul Darrow ... Kerr Avon
Jacqueline Pearce ... Servalan
Michael Keating Michael Keating ... Vila Restal
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ... Del Tarrant
Josette Simon Josette Simon ... Dayna Mellanby
Glynis Barber ... Soolin
Peter Tuddenham Peter Tuddenham ... Orac / Slave (voice)
John Savident ... Egrorian
Larry Noble ... Pinder
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The Scorpio crew are summoned by renegade Federation scientist Egrorian who wants to unleash vengeance on the Federation. Egrorian wants to trade a powerful weapon in exchange for Orac. But Avon and Vila discover Egrorian is working for Servalan in another bid to take Orac, unaware that Avon has given Egrorian a fake duplicate of Orac. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 December 1981 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Avon recounts the official line that Servalan is dead and Egrorian claims to have heard "rumours" she had assumed a new identity, as established in Blake's 7: Traitor (1981). See more »

Goofs

Egrorian initially tells Avon that Pinder was subjected to 1 millionth of a second of Hoffer's Radiation that aged him 50 years in that time. At the end of the episode when Pinder irradiates them both it takes 32 seconds to kill them. See more »

Quotes

Avon: All right. Vila, let's get to the airlock.
Vila: Me?
Avon: Well, who else? After all, you always say you feel safe with me.
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Arguably one of the best TV science-fiction episodes ever made
29 October 2018 | by martin-31650See all my reviews

This is as hard-core science-fiction as you ever find on TV, revolving around an insoluble problem in mechanics, and capping the always simmering tension between Vila and Avon which continued since the second episode of the first series. Avon and Vila were Blake's 7's longest serving duo, Vila appearing in the first episode (and therefore the only character to appear in every episode) and Avon in every episode from the second on. This episode expertly levers the character flaws in the two anti-heroes. I'm struggling to find other TV SF episodes to compare with this. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra, from Star Trek TNG, Blink, from Doctor Who, perhaps the pilot episode from Lexx, but all of these are space-fantasy, not science-fiction in the way that Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke or William Gibson would have written it. When it comes to hard core mechanics, this episode is, to my mind, unbeaten.


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