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The Web
The Web
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 1
Story number: 5
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)

Recurring villains: Nil
Writer: Terry Nation
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Martin Collins
Director: Michael E. Briant
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1978
Broadcast date: 30 January 1978
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Time Squad
Next story: Seek-Locate-Destroy
Made prev: Cygnus Alpha
Made next: Seek-Locate-Destroy
Publisher: BBC
Script: The Web


SynopsisEdit

From the VHS release:

When an unexplainable gravitational pull traps the Liberator in an enveloping gossamer fungus near an unexplored planet, the legend of Cally's people - The Lost - becomes a reality. To break free from their 'web', Blake is asked to wipe out an entire species...

PlotEdit

Onboard the Liberator, Cally begins acting strangely, knocking Vila unconscious and then sabotaging the ship. She then holds Blake, Jenna and Avon at gunpoint on the flight deck before Gan overpowers her. When she recovers, she has no memory of the incident. The Liberator drifts towards a nearby planet where it becomes trapped in a web-like substance. Jenna goes into a trance and someone speaks through her, telling the crew to travel down to the planet. Cally believes that her possessor was one of the Lost, a group of Auronar who were exiled from Auron in ancient times.

Blake teleports down to a wooded area inhabited by small, white-skinned creatures, the Decimas. One of them approaches Blake and asks for help but, before he can respond, it is killed by Novara, one of two silver-skinned people who emerge from a nearby dome. He and his companion Geela take Blake inside and inform him they can use a fungicide to destroy the web trapping the Liberator. However, the power cells that both the fungicide and their life support systems depend on are failing. Blake agrees to provide replacements. Onboard the Liberator, the crew detect Federation pursuit ships that will have them on sensors if they remain trapped but Jenna elects to keep the information from Blake.

Blake is shocked when Novara and Geela reveal that, once they have the power cells, they will release a dose of radiation that will kill the Decimas. They also reveal that both the Decimas and they themselves are manufactured lifeforms. They take Blake to their controller, Saymon, a shrunken head and body located in a life support tank who contains the minds of six members of the Lost, the result of their experiments to prolong life. Geela and Novara are entirely controlled by him and it was also him who controlled Cally and Jenna to bring the Liberator there.

Blake contacts the Liberator and learns Avon has already teleported down with the power cells. Finding him in the woods, he attempts to withhold the power cells until Geela and Novara agree to destroy the radiation device. However, the two automatons force them to surrender the power cells and fit them in the dome. Before they can activate the radiation, though, the Decimas attack. Blake and Avon manage to activate the fungicide and teleport clear as the Decimas destroy the lab, killing Geela, Novara and finally Saymon. The Liberator breaks clear of the web in time to avoid the Federation patrol.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • Deep Roy, who appears as one of the Decimas, has more substantial roles as the Klute in "Gambit" and Moloch in "Moloch".
  • This episode introduces the colour-coded tracksuits worn by the Liberator crew on planets' surfaces, although only Blake and Avon are seen wearing them. (Cally is carrying hers when she tries to convince Blake to let her teleport down.) Vila's and Gan's debut in "Seek-Locate-Destroy" and Jenna's in "Duel".

RatingsEdit

9.6M

Filming locationsEdit

Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • At the end of the episode, Blake sets course for Centero, as he had done at the end of "Time Squad". The ship finally arrives there in "Seek-Locate-Destroy".
  • Avon states that one day Blake will not be making the decisions aboard the Liberator, a prediction that comes true in "Powerplay".

QuotesEdit

Blake: (After Avon has saved his life) Thank you. Why?
Avon: Automatic reaction. I'm as surprised as you are.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 1 DVD

DVD cover

  • 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

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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