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Seek-Locate-Destroy was the sixth episode of Series A of Blake's 7 first broadcast in 1978. This story introduced both Servalan and Travis.

SynopsisEdit

From the VHS release:

Cally is captured by the Federation when Blake and his crew destroy its Communications Centre and steal the cypher system. Old rival, Space Commander Travis, is ordered to seek, locate and destroy Blake, and he plans to use Cally as bait...

PlotEdit

Vila Cally Gan Jenna in teleport room S-L-D

Vila prepares to teleport down to Cetero.

Federation patrol robot S-L-D

Federation robot patrols on Centero.

Teleporting down to the planet Centero, Blake and Vila manage to infiltrate the Federation's communications centre and take the technicians on duty prisoner. Avon, Cally and Gan join them and begin planting explosives throughout the centre; Cally and Gan take the technicians and troopers to another room to guard them. Avon attempts to remove the cypher machine from the control room, which the Federation will hopefully believe was destroyed in the explosion, but Gan is needed to rip it free. Left alone, Cally is overpowered by the prisoners and loses her teleport bracelet. She is left behind when the rest of the team teleport back to the Liberator. With the explosives detonating and the Federation launching interceptors after them, the crew are forced to give her up for dead.

Gan Avon VIla Blake about to teleport S-L-D

Gan, Avon, Vila and Blake teleport away, without Cally.

Federation Space Command S-L-D

Space Command.

Federation Supreme Commander Servalan is visited by Senator Bercol and Secretary Rontane, the representative of the President, to enquire about Blake remaining at large and a threat to the Federation. Servalan replies that she is appointing an officer to the sole task of eliminating Blake: Space Commander Travis. Travis is a controversial figure in the Federation, who has only just returned to duty after ordering a massacre of a civilian uprising on the planet Auros.

Decoder info on Liberator screen S-L-D

The Federation's cipher.

The Liberator crew use the cypher machine to listen in on Federation transmissions and hear a mention of Travis. Blake knows Travis of old since he was responsible for Blake's original arrest: Travis and his men hid at the rebels' meeting place three days before the meeting took place and Travis ordered them to open fire when Blake surrendered. In the confusion, Blake shot Travis and believed he'd killed him. In reality, Travis' life was saved by a field medic but has been left with a damaged face and an articial arm.

Travis S-L-D

Travis is briefed on Blake.

Travis travels to Centero to investigate the crime scene and instructs the head technician, Prell, to make a thorough examination of the wrecked control room. Cally is found alive but unconscious in the wreckage and is taken back to the command station for interrogation. Prell notices than a panel that should not have been exposed was damaged in the explosion and realises the cypher machine has been stolen. Servalan wants to change the codes but Travis proposes sending out a message to lure Blake into a trap.

Jenna picks up the message stating Cally is alive and is being taken back to Centero as a prisoner. Blake resolves to rescue her. Travis speaks to Base Commander Escon who reports that they are prepared to detect the use of a teleport and also that the Liberator did a fly past of the planet before Travis was arrived but is now out of range. However, when Travis goes to check on Cally, he is overpowered by Blake, who followed Travis' example and arrived on the planet before him and has already freed Cally. The Liberator teleports them both aboard and Travis vows to continue his pursuit.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • Peter Craze, who appears as Prell in this story, would later appear in "Sand" as "Servalan's Assistant".
  • This is the first of two episodes to feature Rontane and Bercol.

RatingsEdit

10.9M

Centero Federation Centre S-L-D

Centero communications facility (Fulham Gas Works).

Filming locationsEdit

  • Fulham Gas Works.
  • TV Film Studios, Ealing.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • This episode sees the first appearances of Servalan and Travis.
  • Federation interceptors and Mutoids are mentioned for the first time.
  • Blake's arrest was seen in flashback in "The Way Back", with no sign of Travis or the weapon Blake shot him with.
  • The information gained from the cypher machine is referenced in Bounty.
  • More details are given of the field medic who saved Travis in Deliverance.

QuotesEdit

Vila: Tell him I've worked out a completely new strategy. It's called running away.

Servalan: An enemy does not cease to be an enemy simply because it has surrendered.

Vila: I knew she wasn't dead!
Avon: No you didn't.

Blake: Too many of my friends are dead already, Cally. I can't afford to lose another one.

Travis: Run, Blake. Run. As far and as fast as you like. I'll find you. You can't hide from me. I am your death...Blake.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 1 DVD

DVD cover

  • In edited form as part of compilation video Duel in 1986.
  • Original BBC video release (Volume 3) in 1991.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 3) on 14 April 1998.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 1 box set on 1 March 2004.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Blake's 7 Stories
TV Stories:

Series A: 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 B: Redemption • Shadow • Weapon • Horizon • Pressure Point • Trial • Killer • Hostage • Countdown • Voice from the Past • Gambit • The Keeper • Star One

Series C: 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 D: Rescue • Power • Traitor • Sardrive • Animals • Headhunter • Assassin • Games • Sand • Gold • Orbit • Warlord • Blake

Audio

BBC Radio Stories: The SevenFold Crown • The Syndeton Experiment

Big Finish: The Classic Audio Adventures:
Warship • Fractures • Battleground • Drones • Mirror • Cold Fury • Caged • Scimitar • Fortuitas • Mindset • Ghost Ship • Devil's Advocate • Truth and Lies • The Spoils of War • Crossfire • The Way Ahead

Big Finish: The Liberator Chronicles:
Vol 1: The Turing Test • Solitary • Counterfeit
Vol 2: The Magnificent Four • False Positives • Wolf
Vol 3: The Armageddon Storm
Vol 4: Promises • Epitaph • Kerr
Vol 5: Logic • Risk Management • Three
Vol 6: Incentive • Jenna's Story • Blake's Story
Vol 7: Spy • Disorder • The Hard Road
Vol 8: President • The Sea of Iron • Spoils
Vol. 9: Defector • Planetfall • Secrets
Vol 10: Velandra • Retribution • Ministry of Peace
Vol 11: Brother • Poison • Escape from Destiny • Remnants
Vol 12: Corners of the Mind • Capital • Punishment

Prose

Big Finish: Original Novels: The Forgotten • Archangel • Warship • Lucifer • Anthology • Lucifer: Revelation • Criminal Intent • Lucifer: Genesis • Mediasphere • Heroes

Big Finish: Audiobooks: Lucifer • Lucifer: Revelation • Heroes


B7 Media audio reboot universe

A Rebellion Reborn: Rebel • Traitor • Liberator

The Early Years: When Vila Met Gan • Point of No Return • Eye of the Machine • Blood & Earth • Flag & Flame • The Dust Run • The Trial • Escape Velocity