It's not every day you can shoot your wife in front of millions of witnesses and get away with it. Klyn, the woman behind the console who sounds the alarm before Avon shoots her, was played by Paul Darrow's real-life wife, Janet Lees Price. See more...
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Updates: Series 3
Visible crew/equipment: That main console! The uppermost of the flight consoles of Liberator isn't fixed down in this episode, and wobbles almost every time it is touched, and not just small wobbles. Watch for the 10 seconds or so after Jenna says "Eventually I might just be able to get her to start and stop", and you'll wonder how she didn't knock the entire prop off whatever it's sitting on and onto the floor.
Continuity: At the end of "The Way Back," Blake, strapped in his prison ship seat, looks over his shoulder at the window behind him as the ship leaves Earth. This same scene is recapped at the beginning of "Spacefall," only now Blake is sitting one seat to the left of the window instead of directly in front of it.
Revealing: Stock footage of the London's launch from Earth is run in reverse when it lands, supposedly 8 months later, on Cygnus Alpha. What are the odds that a remote penal planet will have a launching pad with configurations, lights, buildings and background terrain all completely identical to the launch stage on Earth?
Plot hole: When the Liberator returns to the planet, Travis remarks that their orbit is too far away to use their matter transmitter. Since Travis had only found out that they even HAD a matter transmitter (which the Federation hasn't managed to develop yet) when he spoke to a technician just before that, how would he know what the range was?
Other: Just after Cally says that the pilot's death was "a misfortune," she stands and her chair scrapes noisily on the floor. The sound apparently startled Paul Darrow, causing the always-unflappable, nerves-of-steel Avon to flinch: the only time in all four seasons that he's ever seen, albeit briefly, to break character.
Plot hole: Kendall stresses that only he can open the safe containing the valuable neutrotope. Yet later, he casually asks a crew member to retrieve it, with no mention of the safe's combination, making it a cinch for the villain to steal the goods and hand over an empty box. Naturally, no one bothers to look inside before Blake races off with the container.
Plot hole: When he first shows the burned ison-crystal to Cally, Avon says that its loss will blind the Ortega's forward vision. Later, he assigns it a completely different function, saying it controls the hyperdrive instead. If this one little crystal is that vital to the ship's systems, why aren't these guys carrying a spare?
Factual error: Travis fails Astronomy 101 with the line, "Blake - the other patrols have pushed him into this galaxy." That should be star system, not galaxy. B7's ships weren't capable of intergalactic travel. Not just a character mistake, either. Travis is a trained Space Commander, and should definitely know the very big difference between a solar system and a galaxy, even if the scriptwriters - and people who keep miscorrecting this error - do not.
Plot hole: During the entire standoff between Blake & Travis, there is a Federation guard with his hands on his head. Yet when the scene first begins, no-one else is and Blake is not holding a weapon on anyone. Neither has he revealed his play with the virus at this point. After he has done so and left, the same guard still has his hands up. Finally, after Travis has secured the virus, the guard STILL has his hands up.
Plot hole: When Blake teleports to XK72 to meet Professor Kane, he takes 2 teleport bracelets so that Kane can return to Liberator with him. When Avon goes over to retrieve the medical assistant, he neglects to take an extra bracelet. The assistant beams over with one anyway, and Avon somehow still has a bracelet to return with later.
Continuity: Liberator's orientation relative to the space station changes. As viewed from inside the administrator's office, the ship is "parked" parallel, with its port side against the station. But in the subsequent exterior view, Liberator suddenly has its bow pointed directly at the station instead.
Continuity: The XK72 space station has a distinctive shape, with a large ringed aft section that's to the right of the screen every time we see it. Liberator is moving past that section at the end, passing on the right. But in the next shot, the ship is abruptly heading away from the station, which is still in the same position, and flying left, in the opposite direction.
Deliberate "mistake": In the escape scene near the end, an explosive charge that went off too soon knocked Paul Darrow over - and briefly out of the shot. Because he was able to get back up and keep running, the accident was left in, though he's said it was fortunate there was no microphone on him at the time, as he uttered a few words that were "definitely not rated PG."
Plot hole: The IMIPAK weapon marks its victims and then kills them with a secondary device. But it's inconsistently selective. When Servalan kills the guard with it, Blake and co., marked and standing nearby, are unharmed. But Rashel later warns Travis not to push the button because he and Servalan are marked and would die too.
Continuity: When the crew teleports up at the end, the shirtless Vila arrives in a completely different position relative to the others. On the surface, he's standing in a ring with the rest of them. When they materialize, he's hunched over and is now in the middle of their circle with the others around him.
Plot hole: Whomever designed the base's defenses was an idiot. The electrified matting outside extends for a distance exactly equal to the distance a man can run in the 8 seconds it takes to self-repair; any sensible defense designer would have extended it to a greater distance than it was possible for anyone shooting it to run in that time. Inside the base, we see the ceilings of many passageways (well, actually the same section of passage over and over with different lighting), and the only passage with overhead pipes/monkey bars is the one with the electrified floor. Very convenient.
Revealing: Blake hands Cally a photo of Docholli, supposedly obtained from Zen. It's a publicity still of the actor that's not only in black & white (how low tech), but Cally has to hold her thumb rather conspicuously over the very 20th Century necktie he's wearing in the photo. You can see a bit of it anyway.
Continuity: Dayna's outfit is skin-tight and she's not carrying any sort of backpack. So just where was she hiding that rather large robotic bomb she sends down the hall to blow up Bayban's goons? (The pack on her belt isn't a storage pouch - it's the Liberator handgun's power unit. Note that Avon, Tarrant and Cally wear identical packs, with the guns plugged into them. And it isn't large enough to hold the mobile bomb anyway, not even disassembled.)
Revealing: Peter Tuddenham was the talented voice behind most of the Blake's 7 computers - Zen, Orac & Slave in particular. In "Sarcophagus," Zen is under attack from the telepathic alien mind brought aboard, and its voice changes pitch, rate and timbre as it struggles to ward off the attack. During many of these moments Zen sounds exactly like Orac or Slave, since normally those computers' voices are Peter with the same type of pitch/rate tricks anyway.
Plot hole: When Ultraworld first shows up on the Liberator's screens, all scans show it isn't there. Avon explains it can't be detected because it is an artificial planet using alien technology which blocks all electromagnetic radiation from escaping. But the crew are looking at it on their screen - the ordinary visible light we use to see things is part of the electromagnetic spectrum too.
Continuity: Vila makes an improbable costume change in this episode. He's wearing one outfit at the end of "Terminal," when Liberator is destroyed, and another outfit entirely here, where he's supposedly marooned on the planet with the remainder of the crew. Did he take time to smuggle a spare set of clothes off the ship, even though it was disintegrating at the time?
Continuity: When Avon & Co. barnstorm the ruined lab, a large piece of plastic debris on the floor is there when they enter, but then disappears between takes. Avon actually slips on it coming in, and does a hilariously un-macho little balancing dance. To quote (and agree with) actor Paul Darrow: "I can't believe they left that in!"
Continuity: The headless android falls into a pile of rubble after an explosion, getting up with its red, white & blue striped costume in smudgy tatters. A moment later, its outfit is mended and completely clean. Still later, when the android is walking outside, its costume is dirty and shredded again.
Plot hole: Servalan & Egrorian discover their Orac is a fake when it continues to light up and make noises after the key has been removed. But this makes no sense; the key functions as it should during the demonstration. Even if it's to do with no longer being connected to the real Orac, with the shuttle getting further away it shouldn't function at all.
Plot hole: The drama on the crashing shuttle comes from the idea that a speck of Neutron material is super-heavy. Yet in the laboratory, Egrorian states that 8 Neutrons make up the core of the Tachyon Funnel. This would make it so heavy it would probably sink through the entire planet, yet Pinder, Vila & Avon wheel it about like the aluminium prop it is. And if the Neutrons are held in some sort of anti-gravity field, that would require an enormous amount of power, but Pinder uplugs it at Avon's request.
Plot hole: Ordered to kill him, the Federation squadron stakes Avon down - on a sand dune. Naturally, he has no trouble pulling loose and clobbering them all. This is hardly just a "character choice": it's a plot hole the size of Tuskeegee. A trained military unit (which they were) would never be so stupid. They could simply have shot him with no difficulty whatsoever.
Revealing: Scorpio is attacked upon entering Gauda Prime's atmosphere. The ship lurches left: everyone leans left and hangs on. The ship lurches right: everyone leans right and hangs on. The ship rolls over a full 360 degrees: no one leans or hangs on, nor do they fall out of their unbelted flight chairs. And oddly, those same chairs that held fast here tip over with ease later, when Avon escapes with Orac.