Favorite Blake's 7 Episodes

by AbnryAcehilm | created - 06 May 2017 | updated - 15 Aug 2017 | Public

My favorite stories from an unfortunately obscure British sci-fi series from the late 70s and early 80s.

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1. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: The Way Back (1978)

Not Rated | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Former resistance leader Roj Blake witnesses a massacre and is subsequently framed for a series of fictional crimes by the totalitarian Federation.

Director: Michael E. Briant | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Michael Keating, Robert Beatty

Votes: 309

A well-realized, albeit derivative, cynical vision of the future. It carries a sense of paranoia and darkness throughout, making we the audience sympathetic towards Blake and the situation he is put through. The villains in this episode feel a lot more grounded and reserved as opposed to the more campy villains of Travis and Servalan later on in the series, making the Federation much more frightening.

2. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Space Fall (1978)

Not Rated | 52 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Blake takes the prison transport ship "London" under siege with help from Kerr Avon and Jenna Stannis. But when the siege fails, Blake, Jenna and Avon are sent to investigate a abandoned ... See full summary »

Director: Pennant Roberts | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating

Votes: 269

3. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Cygnus Alpha (1978)

Not Rated | 52 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Blake, Avon and Jenna follows the prison transport ship "London" to the Federation prison planet "Cygnus Alpha" where Blake teleports to the surface to free the prisoners. But the planet's ... See full summary »

Director: Vere Lorrimer | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating

Votes: 252

Watching Blake, Jenna, and Avon figure out the Liberator is a lot of fun. Brian Blessed is wonderfully hammy and there is plenty of fun action schlock throughout.

4. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Seek-Locate-Destroy (1978)

Not Rated | 51 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Supreme Commander Servalan assigns Federation military officer Space Commander Travis (wounded by Blake) to eliminate Blake and the crew of the Liberator. However, Travis takes Cally ... See full summary »

Director: Vere Lorrimer | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 235

This one almost plays like a movie in terms of pacing. A slow build up at the start followed by an exciting climax. It's also a good episode to jump into if you haven't seen the show before.

5. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Project Avalon (1978)

Not Rated | 52 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Blake and Jenna teleport down to evacuate a well-known resistance leader named Avalon, only to find that she was captured by the Federation. The Liberator's crew launch a rescue mission, not realizing that Travis is using Avalon as bait.

Director: Michael E. Briant | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 218

A fun standalone action story. The highlights here was the climactic prison escape and the various twists and turns the story takes.

6. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Redemption (1979)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

After an attack by two unidentifiable spacecraft, the computers aboard Liberator turn on Blake and his crew through the intervention of the ship's original owners, who are controlled by a massive computer called The System.

Director: Vere Lorrimer | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 192

This was one of the first episodes I ever saw, and it was the episode that made me fall in love with the series. It's fast-paced, exciting, action-packed, and pretty much every character gets a moment to shine. All these elements make this episode one of, if not my all-time favorite.

7. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Shadow (1979)

Not Rated | 51 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Blake tries to buy the services of the Terra Nostra organized crime syndicate in his struggle against the Federation. When his first effort fails, he decides to go after their biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Wright-Miller | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 180

It is here that we start seeing the resistance falling apart. The mission of the week is jeopardized by the group's selfish desires and conflicting ideologies. Even Blake, the closest thing the show has to a clean-cut hero, begins to show signs of obsession and insanity.

8. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Pressure Point (1979)

Not Rated | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Liberator returns to Earth where Blake plans to attack the Federation Central Control computer complex. But Blake's contact, Kasabi and her daughter Veron have been taken prisoner by ... See full summary »

Director: George Spenton-Foster | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 197

What I love about this episode is that it shows that the main heroes are not invincible, and how Blake's ambition has gotten the better of him, and at a great cost.

9. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Star One (1979)

Not Rated | 48 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Blake leads the apprehensive crew of the Liberator out into intergalactic space to find and destroy Star One and cripple the Federation. What none of them realize is that Star One is ... See full summary »

Director: David Maloney | Stars: Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell

Votes: 216

Amazing finale to the Star One story arc. Paul Darrow and Gareth Thomas truly stand out.

10. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: City at the Edge of the World (1980)

Not Rated | 51 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Liberator crew makes a deal with a outlaw, known as Bayban the Berserker, in order to obtain crystals needed for the Liberator's weapons system. Bayban, in return, requires Vila's help ... See full summary »

Director: Vere Lorrimer | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey

Votes: 205

Vila is a fun character, and he gets to take part in a cute little adventure and romance. Also has some of my favorite Avon quips and insults. And plus, Colin Baker!

11. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Children of Auron (1980)

Not Rated | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Servalan has unleashed a plague on Cally's home planet Auron. Avon and the Liberator crew travel to Auron to aid Cally's people to fight the plague, when Cally receives a telepathic message... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce

Votes: 165

12. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Rumours of Death (1980)

Not Rated | 51 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Avon sets out on a personal vendetta to avenge the murder of his lover Anna Grant, killed by the Federation torturer Shrinker. But Avon is deceived, when he learns Anna is alive and she ... See full summary »

Director: Fiona Cumming | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce

Votes: 191

This is what I love about the Avon era. A story like this probably wouldn't have been possible if Blake was still in command of the Liberator. It loves to play with the show's original concept of the lack of clear-cut heroes and villains. And in the end, nobody really comes out on top.

13. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Death-Watch (1980)

Not Rated | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Tarrant's elder brother Deeta is competing in a gladiatorial ceremony, where combatants fight each other to the death in a duel (Interplanetary feuds are settled into combat). When Deeta is... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Blake | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce

Votes: 156

Another standalone adventure. What stands out about this episode is the direction, particularly the scene in the gladiatorial warehouse.

Yes, a gladiatorial warehouse.

14. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Terminal (1980)

Not Rated | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Liberator heads to the artificial planet Terminal when Avon receives instructions from Blake. Avon goes to the surface and finds Blake is connected to a life support capsule. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Ridge | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey

Votes: 179

An exciting ending to the third season. It puts much emphasis on the fact that the greatest threat to the Resistance is the Resistance itself. It probably would have fared better if it was the series finale instead.

15. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Assassin (1981)

Not Rated | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Commissioner Sleer hires a mysterious assassin to pick off the crew of the Scorpio, one by one.

Director: David Sullivan Proudfoot | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Keating, Josette Simon

Votes: 163

Absolute schlock, complete with Star Warsesque transitions and wipes. I have always thought that this was one of the better entries from the mixed bag that was series 4, even if not exactly for the right reasons.

16. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Gold (1981)

Not Rated | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Keiller, an "old friend" of Avon, proposes an ingenious heist to make off with a huge Federation gold shipment. All it requires is the Scorpio, the Space Princess pleasure cruiser, an infiltration mission, and for nothing to go wrong.

Director: Brian Lighthill | Stars: Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey

Votes: 156

Another shining example of the self-inflicted sabotage the Resistance goes through, built around an exciting heist plot and an amazing ending with Paul Darrow's signature over-the-top mannerisms.

17. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
Episode: Blake (1981)

Not Rated | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Orac has pinpointed Blake's location and reveals to Avon and the crew of Scorpio that he is on the lawless planet Gauda Prime, where Blake has given up fighting against the Federation and ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Ridge | Stars: Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey, Josette Simon

Votes: 255

Why, Avon? Why?



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