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Games
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 4
Story number: 47
Blake's 7 crew: Avon (Paul Darrow)

Vila (Michael Keating)
Tarrant (Steven Pacey)
Dayna (Josette Simon)
Soolin (Glynis Barber)
Orac (Peter Tuddenham)
Slave (Peter Tuddenham) (Uncredited)

Recurring villains: Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)
Writer: Bill Lyons
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Eric Walmsley, Ken Ledsham
Director: Vivienne Cozens
Producer: Vere Lorrimer
Copyright date: 1981
Broadcast date: 16 November 1981
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Assassin
Next story: Sand
Publisher: BBC
Script: Games


SynopsisEdit

From the VHS release:

Feldon crystals - the most powerful energy source in the galaxy, only found on the planet Mecron. One man alone supervises the mining there for the Federation - Belkov, the master gameplayer. The temptation proved too much for Avon and now Scorpio's crew must play along with Belkov to stand a chance of surviving at all...

PlotEdit

Avon shows the crew footage of an explosion caused by a misuse of feldon crystals, a vast energy supply the Federation are beginning to exploit. He proposes hijacking the supply from the mine on Mecron 2. However, the planning is cut short by a message from someone called Gerren, who states he is making his move, and Avon orders Scorpio to launch.

From his command centre on Mecron 2, Belkov and his computer Gambit watch as Gerren and two associates break into the orbiting station where the feldon crystals are kept. A computer screen shows images of the trio firing weapons at themselves; Gerren is injured and the other two killed. Gerren is retrieved by Scorpio: He is a mineral expert who Avon discovered was guilty of insider trading and blackmailed into helping them. Gerren went in early because the Federation had learned Belkov was storing the feldon crystals and have sent Servalan to take charge.

Servalan lands on Mecron 2 and takes over the mines, but the natives attack her troopers. Belkov explains the natives consider the feldon crystals sacred and believe only those favoured by the gods can wear them: He used a necklace of crystals and a concealed laser gun that killed all others who tried to wear it to convince them he was so favoured. Belkov contacts Scorpio and offers the crew the crystals in exchange for safe passage. However, he also offers the crew to Servalan in exchange for being allowed to leave.

Tarrant, Vila, Dayna and Gerren teleport down and navigate their way through the conflict between the Federation and the Mecronians. Avon decides to shift Scorpio's orbit to avoid Belkov's detectors, even though it means going out of teleport range. Vila stays on watch while Tarrant, Dayna and Gerren meet with Belkov. Belkov betrays the trio and locks them in a silo.

Vila sneaks into the base and overhears Belkov instructing Gambit to self-destruct once he's clear, in order to dispose of the evidence. Vila uses this fact to convince Gambit to surrender a circuit board needed to beat the traps on the orbiter and to release the others. Tarrant and Dayna join him and return to Scorpio, but leave Gerren behind when he is injured by a Federation trooper. Gerren is taken to Servalan, who asks her if he can tell her anything to save his life.

Scorpio docks with the orbiter and Avon, Tarrant, Vila and Soolin board it with Orac and the circuit board. Dayna remains on Scorpio and reports pursuit ships are on their way. Orac guides them through the traps and tests: Soolin beats the gun test, Tarrant scores on a flight simulator and Vila lifts a finger print to defeat a safe lock. The last test requires them to complete a sequence of stars but Avon realises that doing so will cause them to be sucked into the black hole of Cygnus XL and the crystals were never on the orbiter to begin with.

Belkov, leaving the planet in his own ship, orders Gambit to transfer control over to him but Gambit refuses, even though it means he will die. Wanting a more satisfactory end, Belkov instead orders Gambit to lock his controls and the orbiter onto Cygnus XL. Gambit complies, then self-destructs. With Scorpio caught in Cygnus XL's pull, Avon orders the main blasters fired at the orbiter: The feldon crystals absorb the energy and create a pull opposite to that of the black hole, cancelling it out. Vila reveals he took Belkov's crystal necklace, noting Belkov won't need it anymore, but Avon reveals it is a fake.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • A model shot of Belkov's ship exploding was left out of the finished episode, resulting in some confusion as to his fate.
  • Also removed at a late stage were a sequence of Scorpio being attacked by the pursuit ships and references to Mecron 2 being sucked into the black hole.

RatingsEdit

8.0M

Filming locationsEdit

Winspit Quarry, Winspit, Dorset, near Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • This is the fourth episode in which Servalan uses her Sleer alias, after "Traitor", "Animals" and "Assassin".
  • This is the only episode in which Vila deliberately shoots and kills someone, a Federation trooper outside Belkov's control room. He previously stabbed one of Vargas' followers in "Cygnus Alpha".

QuotesEdit

Avon: He is also greedy, avaricious and a crook.
Vila: Has he got any faults?

Dayna: I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.
Vila: That wouldn't be very far.

Vila: What's going on?
Gerren: High pressure reduction process.
Vila: Yeah, but what's going on?

Vila: (after Tarrant throws a guard into a rock crusher) Nasty way to go. All that dust. Very bad for the chest.

Vila: They're after blood! My blood!
Dayna: Tell them you've already given.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 4 DVD

DVD cover

  • Original BBC video release (Volume 24) in 1992.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 24) on 4 October 1999.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 4 box set on 24 April 2006.

External linksEdit

To be added.

ReferencesEdit

Blake's 7 Stories
TV Stories:

Series 1: The Way Back • Space Fall • Cygnus Alpha • Time Squad • The Web • Seek-Locate-Destroy • Mission To Destiny • Duel • Project Avalon • Breakdown • Bounty • Deliverance • Orac

Series 2: Redemption • Shadow • Weapon • Horizon • Pressure Point • Trial • Killer • Hostage • Countdown • Voice From The Past • Gambit • The Keeper • Star One

Series 3: Aftermath • Powerplay • Volcano • Dawn of the Gods • The Harvest of Kairos • City at the Edge of the World • Children of Auron • Rumours of Death • Sarcophagus • Ultraworld • Moloch • Death-Watch • Terminal

Series 4: Rescue • Power • Traitor • Stardrive • Animals • Headhunter • Assassin • Games • Sand • Gold • Orbit • Warlord • Blake

BBC Radio Stories: The SevenFold Crown • The Syndeton Experiment

B7 Media Audio Reimagination: Rebel • Traitor • Liberator • When Vila Met Gan • Point Of No Return • Eye Of The Machine • Blood & Earth • Flag & Flame • The Dust Run • The Trial • Escape Velocity

Big Finish Audio Stories: Lucifer • Warship • Fractures • Battleground • Drones • Mirror • Cold Fury • Caged

Big Finish Liberator Chronicles: The Turing Test • Solitary • Counterfeit • The Magnificent Four • False Positive • Wolf • The Armageddon Storm • Promises • Epitaph • Kerr • Logic • Risk Management • Three • Incentive • Jenna's Story • Blake's Story • Spy • Disorder • The Hard Road • President • The Sea of Iron • Spoils

Big Finish Novels: The Forgotten • Archangel

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