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Blake's 7: Redemption

When the crew tests out Orac’s predictive abilities, they are surprised to learn he predicts the Liberator’s impending destruction at an exact star location. Although, the crew is nonplused about this, the events of Orac’s prediction begin to unfold, even as the crew tries to prevent it.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: B1
Airdate: Tuesday January 09th, 1979

Director: Vere Lorrimer
Writer: Terry Nation

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Jan 09, 1979
NL (VARA) Jun 05, 1982
France Jun 18, 1982

Guest Stars
Harriet PhilpinHarriet Philpin
As Alta Two
Roy EvansRoy Evans
As Slave
Sheila RuskinSheila Ruskin
As Alta One

Mike MungarvanMike Mungarvan
As Alta Guard
Fred HaggertyFred Haggerty
As Alta Guard
Les WhiteLes White
As Alta Guard
Main Cast
Gareth ThomasGareth Thomas
As Roj Blake
Paul DarrowPaul Darrow
As Kerr Avon
Michael KeatingMichael Keating
As Vila Restal
Jan ChappellJan Chappell
As Cally
Sally KnyvetteSally Knyvette
As Jenna Stannis
Peter TuddenhamPeter Tuddenham
voiced Zen
Episode Notes
It is learned that the Liberator’s designation is DSV-2. Presumably meaning Deep Space Vessel number 2.

Redemption, in this case, has the meaning of redeeming one’s property, as opposed to one being freed from the consequences of sin.

Episode Quotes
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.

Blake: How long have you been there?
Avon: I was here when you came in.
Blake: Why didn't you speak?
Avon: I had nothing in particular to say. Besides, you looked as if you were planning something you didn't want the rest of us to know about.

Blake: Do you think you could forget your superiority complex for a moment and get on with it?
Avon: Alright.

Blake: How long have you known?
Avon: Oh, several hours.
Blake: And you just let the others go on working.
Avon: Well, all they had to do was ask. Perhaps in the future, they won't rely on you to provide all the answers.

Avon: I doubt it was personal, Vila.
Vila: It felt personal. It always feels personal when someone tried to kill me.

Avon: Is that all? What shall I do with the other hand?
Blake: I'll let you know.

Vila: I've got this shocking pain right behind the eyes.
Avon: Have you considered amputation?

Avon: Blake's regard for our safety is inspiring.

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.

Blake: That is one I owe you.
Avon: Don't worry. At the right time, I will remind you of it.

Blake: There are dozens of ways the ship could destroy us. Cut off the air supply, drop the temperature so we'd freeze to death.
Vila: Stop putting ideas into its head!!
Blake: No, I don't think it wants to kill us.
Avon: Well, not yet, anyway. It's saving us for something.
Vila: Dinner?

Avon: If they're going to kill us, let us at least make it difficult for them.

Blake: It's nice to know that computers can have their bad days too.

(Avon and Jenna are locked in a cell)
Jenna: Perhaps we could chew our way out.

Orac: I am shutting down. I have much to do and I have engaged my circuits on your petty affairs for too long.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTerry Nation
ProducerDavid Maloney
Production DesignerSally Hulke
MusicDudley Simpson
Costume DesignerJune Hudson
Make-upMarianne Ford (1)
Production AssistantGeoffrey Manton
OtherSheila S. Tomlinson (Film Editing (Eps 15, 1978-1981))  |  Sam Upton (Film Editing (Eps 4, 1978-1981))  |  Ian Sansam (Sound Recordist (Eps 9, 1979-1980))  |  Brian Clemett (Studio Lighting (Eps 23, 1978-1980))
Stunt CoordinatorFrank Maher
Production ManagementSheelagh Rees
Sound EditorClive Gifford  |  Richard Yeoman-Clark
Special EffectsMitch Mitchell (1)  |  Mat Irvine  |  Peter Pegrum
CinematographerPeter Chapman
Script EditorChris Boucher
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