Blake's 7

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Monday 7:15 PM Jan 09, 1979 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Blake is trying to make sense of Orac's prediction when Liberator is suddenly attacked and disabled. The people who built the ship are set on reclaiming her and are willing to kill anyone who stands in their way.

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    Sheila Ruskin

    Sheila Ruskin

    Alta 1

    Guest Star

    Harriet Philpin

    Harriet Philpin

    Alta 2

    Guest Star

    Roy Evans

    Roy Evans


    Guest Star

    Mike Mungarvan

    Mike Mungarvan

    Alta Guard - uncredited

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Mistake: When the crew members are running, a guard tosses a grenade at them. But in the shot just before that, the small explosive charge can be seen already on the floor.

      • During the replay of Orac's prediction, the wires holding the model can be seen as it explodes.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Vila: (to Blake) When you get Zen working, ask him to prescribe something for a headache, will you? I've got this shocking pain right behind the eyes.
        Avon: Have you considered amputation?

      • Blake: (after Avon saves his life) That is one I owe you.
        Avon: Don't worry. At the right time, I will remind you of it.

      • Vila: If it ever comes to a showdown, my money's on Blake. Well, half of it. I'll put the other half on Avon.

      • Vila: Where did those ships come from? Who were they?
        Blake: Yes, and why did they attack? Zen was confident they weren't Federation.
        Vila: So why did they pick on me?
        Avon: I doubt if it was personal, Vila.
        Vila: It felt personal. It always feels personal when someone tries to kill me.

      • Avon: Blake, what I'm doing is vitally concerned with our survival. Are you prepared to take responsibility for what happens if I delay?
        Blake: Don't I always?

      • Blake: Do you think you could forget your superiority complex for a moment and get on with it?
        Avon: All right. But first of all, let us examine the nature of prediction. The human mind is capable of seeing into the short- range future with reasonable accuracy. For example, imagine that you are standing on the edge of a cliff.
        Blake: As long as you're not standing behind me.

      • Avon: It's in the Twelfth Sector. Astral point seven eight one.
        Blake: What? But that's halfway across the galaxy. Now if we make sure that we never go into that area, then the prediction becomes void. I'll tell the others. Uh, how long have you known?
        Avon: Oh, several hours.
        Blake: And you just let the others go on worrying?
        Avon: Well, all they had to do was ask. Perhaps in future, they won't rely on you to provide all the answers.

      • Blake: Orac, why won't you give us the background to that prediction?
        Orac: Because that would invalidate the prediction.
        Blake: And if we knew the future in detail we could change it, and so it wouldn't be the future.
        Orac: Correct. That is the paradox of prediction.

      • Zen: Pursuit ship moving into missile attack.
        Blake: Cally, put her on the screen.
        Cally: There she is.
        Avon: The same ship. The same as Liberator.
        Blake: That's it. It's a sister ship. That's what Orac showed us. It wasn't the Liberator.
        Avon: Sister ship or not, she's coming at us.
        Blake: Well, activate the force wall.
        Zen: Sensors register missile emission.
        Vila: Blake, there is no point in going on, we're finished. At this range we haven't a chance. She can't miss us.
        (On the main screen, the attacking ship explodes)
        Blake: Vila, did you fire?
        Vila: No.
        Blake: Well, what happened?
        Orac: I took the precaution of scrambling their launch system. It pre-detonated their missiles. Had I not done so, my prediction would have been inaccurate.
        Blake: Orac, you are a genius. Next time let us know what you're planning.
        Orac: I am closing down. I have much to do. You have engaged my circuits on your petty affairs for far too long.
        Blake: Thank you, Orac.

    • NOTES (2)

      • From this point on, the voice of Orac is played by Peter Tuddenham, who also plays the voice of Zen. In Orac's first episode, its voice was played by Derek Farr, who also played its creator, Ensor.

      • Liberator's origins are at last revealed. It was built by 'The System' and its original name was Deep Space Vehicle 2.

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