Blake's 7

Season 4 Episode 13

Blake

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Aired Monday 7:15 PM Dec 21, 1981 on BBC
9.4
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Orac traces Blake's trail to the planet Gauda Prime, and Avon and the crew travel there in search of him, leaving the destroyed Xenon base behind. As Scorpio approaches Gauda Prime it is attacked and crash lands on the planet's surface. The crew find Blake, but it seems as if he has sold out to the Federation, and Avon kills him. The rest of the crew are then caught by Federation guards in a hail of gunfire.

Avon stands over Blake's body with a gun in his hand, and with the guards all around him. He looks into camera, lifts his gun and smiles sadly. Gun fire is heard as the credits roll.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The end is upon us

    10
    You can not win against the Federation. Like trying to kill a tank with a flyswatter. But you can, as Blake did, inspire others to rise above the enemy and become better by helping each other to overcome. Even though in the end you die, at least you die with a clear concience and a pure heart. Perhaps Avon was doing Blake a favor, because he knew the Federation was on his heels. Who knows. What will the future hold for you and we? Unlike the world of Blake's 7 we cannot fly to another world and hole up in a bunker, though we can dig holes here on earth. We must be like Blake and go out into the world recruiting new believers everywhere we can.moreless
  • Avon and his reluctant followers track down Blake on Gauda Prime.

    10
    A brilliant episode, penned by Chris Boucher. It encapsulates the themes of trust and betrayal, so prominent in all of Blake's 7, and culminates in a bloodbath, very apt for the tone of the series. We finally get some characterisation for Soolin, and an embittered, older Blake comes to the fore. Gareth Thomas has commented that this was the way he wanted to portray Blake all along; with bitterness, world-weariness and yet still holding on to a scrap of humanity, a belief in people, still wanting to take over the Federation by any means possible. This idealism, honourable as it is, leads to his and the others' eventual downfall. A brilliantly scripted and character-heavy episode. Grimy, realistic, painful and above all, unforgettable conclusion to a fantastic series.moreless
David Collings

David Collings

Deva

Guest Star

Peter Gates-Fleming

Peter Gates-Fleming

Federation Trooper - uncredited

Guest Star

Terry Forestal

Terry Forestal

Technician - uncredited

Guest Star

James Muir

James Muir

Federation Trooper - uncredited

Recurring Role

Mike Mungarvan

Mike Mungarvan

Federation Trooper - uncredited

Recurring Role

Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman

Trooper - uncredited

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tarrant: Look, there's nothing you can do. You're not a good enough pilot.
      Avon: I can see that.
      Tarrant: So get the hell out of here, will you? There's no point in both of us dying.

    • Orac: Everything has an effect on everything else around it. It is not easy to trace one line through the pattern of infinity, but in this case, I have. Blake is on Gauda Prime.
      Tarrant: How long have you known?
      Avon: (smiles) Long enough.
      Dayna: Before Zukan?
      Avon: Oh, yes. And the answer to your next question is, yes, I would have left Blake where he was and said nothing if things had gone according to plan.
      Tarrant: Oh, I must try and work that into the conversation when we meet him.

    • (Blake and Arlen enter - Arlen armed, Blake not.)
      Tarrant: Is it him?
      Vila: It's him.
      Tarrant: He sold us, Avon. All of us. Even you.
      Avon: Is it true?
      Blake: Avon, it's me, Blake.
      Avon: Stand still! Have you betrayed us? Have you betrayed me?
      Blake: Tarrant doesn't understand.
      Avon: Neither do I, Blake.
      Blake: I set all this up.
      Avon: Yes.
      Blake: Avon, I was waiting for YOU. (Avon shoots Blake three times. Blake collapses, grabbing Avon's arms.)
      Blake: Avon... (Falls at Avon's feet.)
      Deva: (running in) Blake! They've found us! The base is under... Arlen, what happened?
      Arlen: HE happened. (He shoots Deva, who collapses) Be so kind as to drop your guns, all of you.
      (Three guns hit the floor, but not Avon's.) You and this nest of rebels are now prisoners of the Federation. Your friend Blake said he couldn't tell any more who was Federation and who wasn't. He was right. He couldn't.
      Tarrant: You're a Federation agent?
      Arlen: I'm a Federation officer.
      Vila: Oh, now, look, I've never been against the Federation! I mean, I've only ever been along for the ride. I'm not even armed. You can't kill me. I'm completely harmless and armless.
      (Dayna reaches for a gun, Arlen shoots her, she falls. Vila hits Arlen and she falls. Vila picks up Arlen's gun.
      Vila: Sorry (he is shot in the back by a trooper, Soolin shoots a trooper and is shot, Tarrant shoots another trooper and heads towards Avon.)
      Tarrant: Avon! (He is shot by a trooper. More troopers enter and form a circle around Avon. He looks down at Blake and then raises his gun, smiling. Credits roll and more shots are heard.)

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In his book A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7, John Kenneth Muir comments on the ending of this episode:, "When Avon smiles at the conclusion of Blake, he is amused because he is the butt of a cosmic joke. Avon, the one who trusts nobody, will die because he should have trusted Blake. . . . Avon's last act is completely heroic and idealistic. He protects Blake's body from the storm troopers, and realizes that Blake's way was the only way. He learns that the only way to win is with ideals, honor and ideas, not with rationality and cold logic. With a last smile, Avon does the only stupid but noble act of his life. Surrounded, he brings up his gun. . . A lone character learns, adapts, and changes for the better in a single, explosive moment."

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