Blake's 7

Season 1 Episode 2

Space Fall

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Aired Monday 7:15 PM Jan 09, 1978 on BBC
8.5
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Space Fall
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The prison transport ship London is well on its way to Cygnus Alpha when it observes two mysterious space fleets fighting each other. While London's crew take evasive action, Blake and his convicts try to seize the ship, but fail. Next, London finds a gigantic mystery ship, drifting without a crew but in good order. Two men try to salvage the prize but die on board. London's officer orders Blake, Jenna and Avon to board the ship and report back. Blake masters the defense system operated by Zen, the ship's computer, and Jenna takes the controls. They call their new ship Liberator. In her, Blake, Avon and Jenna follow London to Cygnus Alpha, where they rescue Gan and Vila.

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  • Full speed ahead!

    8.4
    After a somewhat slow pilot, the show started to get to its correct speed with this episode. (The pilot, I felt, was a bit too deferential to sci-fi or literary classics.) After all, here we finally get to see most of the main characters, whose interaction proved to be central to the success of the show. The anti-hero Avon practically steals every scene he is in, Vila provides humor (although his fumbling is not very realistic) and Jenna some glamour. Whereas Blake was quite clueless in the pilot, he quickly takes command here in such a way that the others accept his authority without knowing much about him. The plot moves along nicely, includes some surprises (i.e. deaths)and does not insult the viewer by having everything explained. I only wish they had done this show without any special effects whatsoever. What could be seen as an adult, studio-based drama, gets a bit silly when you see the primitive effects. The hyperdrive sequence is hilariously bad.moreless
Glyn Owen

Glyn Owen

Leylan

Guest Star

Leslie Schofield

Leslie Schofield

Raiker

Guest Star

Norman Tipton

Norman Tipton

Artix

Guest Star

Harry Fielder

Harry Fielder

Guard - uncredited

Recurring Role

Mike Mungarvan

Mike Mungarvan

Prisoner - uncredited

Recurring Role

Reg Turner

Reg Turner

Prisoner - uncredited

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Vila: Do you think this is a good time for me to tell them I suffer from flight sickness?
      Nova: I don't think they'll be very sympathetic.
      Jenna: I expect they'll find a cure for it, though. A permanent one probably.
      Vila: (alarmed)They amputate your head!

    • Raiker: What's your name?
      Jenna: Jenna Stannis.
      Raiker:Unfortunately, Jenna, there are no special facilities for female prisoners. But if you should find things difficult, I might be able to arrange something more comfortable.
      Jenna: That's very considerate of you.
      Raiker:Why make it hard on yourself?
      Jenna: Why indeed?

    • Blake: Do you know how those door panels work?
      Vila: No, not that type.
      Avon: It's simple enough. All authorised personnel have their palm prints filed in the computer. The blue sensor plate reads the print. If it conforms, the computer opens the door.
      Blake: Neat.
      Avon: Most computer-based functions are.
      Vila: Blake -- Kerr Avon. When it comes to computers, he's the number two man in all the Federated worlds.
      Nova: Who's number one?
      Vila: The guy who caught him.

    • Vila (to Avon): You've got nothing to be ashamed of. D'you know, he came close to stealing five million credits out of the Federation Banking System!
      Blake : What went wrong?
      Avon: I relied on other people.

    • Avon: Don't try and manipulate me, Blake. Blake: Now why should I try and do that? Avon: You need my help. Blake: Only if you can open the doors. Avon: I could open every door, blind all the scanners, knock out the security over-rides and control the computer. Control the computer and you control the ship.

    • Gan: Don't be nervous, Vila. Vila: Nervous? I'm not nervous. Just... poised for action, that's all. Avon: You've got an army of five, Blake. Five and (pointing toward Vila) HIM! Do you still think you can take over the ship?

    • Blake: All right, you go then. Vila: Me? Uh, I'd be glad to, it's just … I've got this problem with confined spaces. There's a medical name for it. Jenna: Cowardice?

    • Gan: (to the guard) Look, we only need the hand. If you want to stay attached to it, do as you're told.

    • Blake: (of Earth) That's where the heart of the Federation is. I intend to see that heart torn out. Avon: I thought you were probably insane. Blake: That' s possible. They butchered my family and my friends. They murdered my past and gave me tranquiilized dreams. Jenna: At least you're still alive. Blake: No, not until free men can think and speak. Not until power is back with the honest man. Avon: Have you ever met an honest man? Jenna: Perhaps. Avon: Listen to me. Wealth is the only reality. And the only way to obtain wealth is to take it away from somebody else. Wake up, Blake! You may not be tranquilized any longer but you're still dreaming.

    • Raiker: You could have won, Blake. All you needed was guts.
      Blake: I'll settle for yours.

    • Avon (to Blake): What a fiasco. You could take over the ship, you said, if I did my bit. Well, I did my bit, and what happened? Your troops bumble around looking for someone to surrender to, and when they've succeeded, you follow suit.

    • Jenna: For a while, I really thought we'd made it. Blake: (sighs) It was my fault. Avon: We know. Blake: I'll try and do better next time. Avon: We had one chance. You wasted it. There won't be a next time. Jenna: In which case, you can die content. Avon (laughs) Content... Jenna: Knowing that you were right.

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