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Pressure Point
Pressure Point
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 2
Story number: 18
Blake's 7 crew: Blake (Gareth Thomas)

Jenna (Sally Knyvette)
Avon (Paul Darrow)
Cally (Jan Chappell)
Vila (Michael Keating)
Gan (David Jackson)
Zen (Peter Tuddenham)
Orac (Doesn't appear)

Recurring villains: Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)

Travis (Brian Croucher)

Writer: Terry Nation
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Mike Porter
Director: George Spenton-Foster
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1978
Broadcast date: 6 February 1979
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Horizon
Next story: Trial
Publisher: BBC
Script: Pressure Point


SynopsisEdit

From the VHS release:

It's the ultimate challenge! To go back to Earth and destroy Control - the Federation's computer never centre. Blake is determined. The rewards are high. But with Servalan and Travis lying in wait the risks are appalling...

PlotEdit

Two rebels, Arle and Berg, stake out the Forbidden Zone surrounding the Federation's main computer complex Control on Earth. Disregarding instructions, they enter the zone and are incinerated by a booby trap. The event is witnessed by Servalan and Travis from a nearby bunker: Travis' contacts have told him that both Blake and the resistance group led by Kasabi are behind an assault. Servalan is keen to get her hands on Kasabi; she was Servalan's instructor at the academy and disappeared after Servalan reported her for treasonous teachings.

Blake shocks the crew by telling Zen to take the Liberator to Earth: He had claimed they would only scout the solar system. He explains his plan to take Control, the Federation's impregnable symbol of their superiority. The rest of the crew agree to help, with Avon suggesting Blake would be needed to organise resistance on Earth with Control gone, leaving him in charge of the Liberator. Kasabi and her daughter Veron are leading their rebel group when they are ambushed by Servalan and a group of Mutoids: Most of the rebels are massacred and Kasabi is captured.

Travis uses a truth drug to get Kasabi to give them the information on the signal she was meant to give Blake. Despite getting the information, Servalan gives Kasabi a fatal overdose of the drug. Blake is about to pull out when they get the signal. He and Gan teleport down and are met by Veron, who claims to be the only survivor. Avon and Vila teleport down to scope out the Forbidden Zone. Jenna and Cally teleport them to Blake's location as they are about to trigger the trap.

Blake believes they can take Control without the local rebels but Veron then knocks the four of them out with a gas grenade, locking them in a crypt without their bracelets. She had agreed to betray them in exchange for Kasabi being spared and is devastated to find they are already dead. Travis takes the Mutoids to collect them but they have already broken out. Travis realises they will proceed with the attack on Control.

Avon shoots through the wires at the Forbidden Zone, temporarily disabling the booby traps so they can reach the entrance, although Blake has to shoot it through a second time when Avon stumbles on the way across. Vila is able to open the door and they make it past boobytrapped floors. Servalan disables the defences so Travis can follow. Someone then enters the bunker.

Blake's group reach the centre of Control to find an empty room. Travis and the Mutoids appear and Travis reveals Control is simply a fake, the real computer complex having been moved thirty years ago. Before he can take the group prisoner, however, Jenna and Veron arrive with Servalan as a hostage and she orders Travis to stand down. Blake's group flee but Travis hurls a grenade after them, causing a cave-in which kills Gan. Leaving Veron to continue the fight on Earth, Blake and the others return to the Liberator, with Blake staring at Gan's empty chair as they leave orbit.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • Gan is the first regular character to die. Terry Nation had originally suggested killing Vila but David Maloney and Chris Boucher considered the character too popular. Gan and Cally were suggested as alternatives, with Gan being chosen to avoid leaving Jenna as the only female regular.
  • Orac does not appear in this episode.
  • One proposed storyline for the story had Veron deliberately killing Gan as part of her betrayal and then joining the Liberator, with the murder not being discovered until later in the season.

RatingsEdit

6.6M

Filming locationsEdit

Church Farm, Abbey House, RAF Abingdon and Upper Croft, all in Abingdon. Hardwick House, Pangbourne.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • This is Blake's first visit to Earth since his deportation in "The Way Back". The Liberator will return to the planet (without Blake) in "Rumours of Death".
  • The story of Blake's search for Control is continued in "Countdown".
  • This is the first episode where Jenna and Servalan meet. It also marks the last time Blake and Servalan meet in person.

QuotesEdit

Blake: Do you want to tell me why?
Avon: I like a challenge.
Blake: You don't want to tell me why.

Kasabi: A credit to your upbringing. Spoilt, idle, vicious...

Kasabi: You're vicious, greedy, sick!

Kasabi: (Her last words) Servalan? I'm sorry...I should have tried. In the beginning. I should have tried to help you.

Blake: (As Vila checks the lock to Control) How long?
Vila: It's a difficult one. Thirty seconds?

Vila: Times like this I wish I'd gone straight.

Blake: It seems as though we both failed, Travis.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 2 DVD

DVD cover

  • Original BBC video release (Volume 9) in 1991.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 9) on 7 September 1998.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 2 box set on 17 January 2005.

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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