Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
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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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Chris Boucher, 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
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Space Commander Travis
Jacqueline Pearce ... Supreme Commander Servalan
Kathleen Byron ... Clonemaster Fen
John Bennett ... Coser
Scott Fredericks Scott Fredericks ... Carnell
Candace Glendenning ... Rashel
Graham Simpson Graham Simpson ... Officer
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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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English

Release Date:

23 January 1979 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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IMIPAK stands for "Induced Molecular Instability Projector and Key". 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 »

Quotes

Space Commander Travis: "The weapon guards itself."
Supreme Commander Servalan: [coldly] Thank you, Travis.
Space Commander Travis: I was merely quoting you, Supreme Commander.
Supreme Commander Servalan: [stern] Contact the ship. I have an appointment with a man named Carnell.
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Abnormally large collars, replacement actors, and brand new eyepatches
10 June 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee 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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