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Blake's 7

Season 1 Episode 8

Duel

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Aired Monday 7:15 PM Feb 20, 1978 on BBC
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Duel
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Travis lures Blake into a trap. Liberator, with its power failing, is surrounded by three pursuit ships. Faced with defeat, Liberator is preparing to ram Travis's command ship, but the god-like Sinofar intervenes. Sinofar has her own ideas about warfare and she pits Blake and Travis against each other in a duel to the death on the surface of her planet.moreless

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    Isla Blair

    Isla Blair

    Sinofar

    Guest Star

    Patsy Smart

    Patsy Smart

    Giroc

    Guest Star

    Carol Royle

    Carol Royle

    Mutoid

    Guest Star

    Christopher Holmes

    Christopher Holmes

    Mutoid - uncredited

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Equipment Visible: When Vila asks Avon if he ever cared for anyone besides himself, an equipment shadow moves over the wall behind him.

      • Plot Hole: Gan asks what Sinofar looked like. But he glimpsed both women while they were on the planet.

      • Mistake: Travis claims the other pursuit ships have forced Liberator into "this galaxy". But he should say 'star system' or 'planetary system', as intergalactic travel is not possible in the series.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Avon: It's just a machine, Blake.
        Vila: And he should know.
        Gan: Well, Avon is the expert.
        Vila: That's not what I meant.
        Avon: No, he was calling me a machine, but since he undoubtedly defines himself as a human being, I shall choose to accept that as more of a compliment than anything else.

      • Blake: Vila, try and stay alert.
        Vila: Of course I will. How can you doubt me?
        Blake: It isn't easy, but somehow I manage it.

      • Avon: Logic says we're dead!
        Blake: Logic has never explained what dead means.

      • Blake: Right. Hang on everyone. This is going to be rough.
        Vila: I don't mind rough. It's fatal I'm not too keen on.

      • Blake: Have you got any better ideas?
        Avon: As a matter of fact, no I haven't.
        Blake: Does that mean you agree?
        Avon: Do I have a choice?
        Blake: Yes.
        Avon: Then I agree.

      • Travis: You will lift this force field!
        Sinofar: There are things you must understand first.
        Travis: You do realize that any hostile act against me will be regarded as a hostile act against the Federation
        Giroc: laughs
        Travis: Have you any idea of the risk you're running?
        Giroc: laughs
        Blake: They don't seem very impressed, Travis. Why don't you try stamping your foot?

      • Sinofar: There is another matter: a lesson you must learn about death.
        Blake: I think we both know enough about that already.
        Sinofar: You both know how to kill. But here you must take a life. There will be no machines to make the act unreal. You must touch the life you take.

      • Vila: Have you thought of another plan?
        Avon: Yes, I'm going to get some sleep.
        Vila: How can you sleep with all this happening?
        Avon: With all what happening? Blake is sitting up in a tree. Travis is sitting up in another tree. Unless they're planning to throw nuts at one another, I don't see much of a fight developing before it gets light.
        Gan: You're never involved, are you Avon? 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. (Leaves)
        Vila: Was that an insult or did I miss something?
        Cally: You missed something.

      • Blake: Another reason why I didn't kill Travis. I would have enjoyed it.
        Sinofar: Perhaps there was nothing for you to learn.

      • Travis: Tell me, what happens to a mutoid that's dismissed from service?"
        Mutoid: We exist only to serve.
        Travis: Oh? Then you'll probably cease to exist.

    • NOTES (1)

      • The plot of the episode bears a striking resemblance to the 1967 Star Trek episode Arena. In both cases, a space battle is interrupted by an omnipotent power, the captains are given primitive weapons and forced to fight hand-to-hand on the surface of a planet while the crew watch and the hero spares the villain at the end.

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