290 – Blakes 7 – Terminal

Avon is on a mysterious quest with single-minded devotion.  Has he found what he’s long sought or is it a trap?  Will he kill any or all of the others of the Liberator crew to reach his goal?  And whatever happened to Roj Blake?

Join Ben and Eugene as they discuss the rather ominous-sounding episode, Terminal.

7 thoughts on “290 – Blakes 7 – Terminal”

  1. Great discussion of the episode!

    Some thoughts:

    Avon didn’t tell the rest of the crew about his search for Blake because he thought they would charge in too eagerly and/or he was worried that it would make him look weak or dependent on Blake and make him less of a leader in their eyes?

    Avon took a different kind of gun because: it would keep him from being so easily recognized as a member of the liberator crew? It would make whatever he was doing look like something very personal to him and keep the others from prying into it?

    I think it’s ironic that in this search to find Blake, Avon takes a page straight out of Blake’s book by commanding the ship to fly directly through the particle cloud.

    1. Sometimes, when we start a discussion of an episode, I go into it thinking I’ve analyzed it every way from Sunday, and for other episodes… well, it just didn’t occur to me the parallels between this and Blake’s failure at Central Control.

      Nicely bookended for the two of them. Time will tell how Avon comes through his ordeal.

      You make good points about the gun and the secrecy. Could be. Wonderfully ambiguous without harming the story. I like that.

  2. My most enduring memories from the original airing of Blakes 7 are of Avon yelling “FIRE!” at the end of Star One; the final scene of the very last episode; and Zen’s last words in Terminal. More than losing Blake, Jenna, Gan or Travis, it’s the loss of Zen which really hits the feels.

    If the production expected this to be the final episode, it’s curious that Orac doesn’t get a single line of dialogue. He’s brushed aside as he has been throughout the series.

    That was no way to send off the most powerful battleship in the galaxy – not in a desperate suicide run with neutron blasters lighting up the sky – but dissolving into goo from space mange. I wonder whether Terry Nation had any love for his creation, or whether it was just another script in the queue. Story threads get tied up, but there’s no sense of the significance of the moment.

    I’m always kinda disappointed that Tarrant doesn’t have his brains beaten out with a rock by a space monkey.

    My take on Avon’s strange gun was that the script needed him to have it secreted on his person, and that’s something you just can’t do with the standard Liberator firearm.

    If I ignore that this was supposed to be a very final episode, and Zen and the Liberator are thrown away for naught, then it’s actually quite an engaging script. There’s mystery, obsession, desperation, chance, loss, and the villain’s victory is their defeat. Far better than much of what we’ve seen in Series 3.

    It was quite courageous to have Servalan reveal that Blake had been dead for months. The central pillar of the show – that somehow Blake would return and overthrow the Federation – is completely torn away. When I originally saw this, I wasn’t sure whether to trust Servalan’s word or not, but there was a very empty feeling in the pit of my stomach when this episode ended.

  3. One other curiosity in regard to this being a final episode, none of the heores :do: anything, everything :happens: to them. Avon is outwitted by Servalan, Zen fails to find a cure, Cally and Tarrant just tag along behind Avon. Danya plays Space Monopoly. Orac is switched off. Only Vila manages to achieve something, by snatching away Orac. Such a strange choice of plot direction for a series finale.

  4. I thought it a bit interesting that with the end of season episode, written by T. Nation things went back to what the whole season theme should have been…. that of searching for Blake. I’d assume that if Nation were involved all along that we’d have had more of that. I find myself thinking that might have improved things.

    1. It’s an interesting idea!

      After your comment, I went back and looked at the list of Nation episodes… in Series 3, we only had the beginning and the end, so it fits that his hand wasn’t there to handle the story arc.

      But then I looked at series 2… Nation episodes:
      Redemption – setting up the mythos of the series, but unrelated to Star One/Central Control
      Pressure Point – Surprise! Blake is on a quest to destroy Central Control… Nations foray into story arc starts suddenly here without warning.
      Countdown – All the “aftermath” of Gan’s death is dealt with my Boucher and others before this episode gets here, but no other mentions of hunting down Star One until this episode, which is again a “mythos” episode around Avon – and, we’d failed to mention it, the episode that was a test ground from Grant being Blake’s replacement. The quest for Star One starts here.
      The rest of the hunt for Star One AND the series finale are all done by others…

      Certainly it seems Boucher must have had SOME hand in the driving of the story arc in series 2.

      By why did he drop the ball in series 3?

      1. Excellent points…
        I think series 3(C?) does seem to be the most aimless and if they had at least appeared to be searching for Blake more, perhaps it would have had a more “complete” feel to it.
        On the other hand, I think most of us would rather have unrelated episodes that are “good” than a bunch of closely related episodes that are not as enjoyable and don’t stand on their own merit. I believe you had a good podcast on the subject of story arcs and whether too much focus should be put on them… as in Doctor Who’s “Bad Wolf” thing.
        Unfortunately, series 3 (C?) doesn’t have much arc, and also a bunch of episodes that most people don’t consider “good.”

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