Blake's 7

The Web - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: The double-bladed axe one of the Decimas uses to attack the station windows is wobbling as he strikes with it. Small wonder he's not getting far at breaking in, with a weapon made of rubber.

00:22:30

Jean G

Space Fall - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: Just after Avon slips into the access tunnel and the prisoners close the hatch behind him, the star field in the window shakes and wobbles.

00:17:45

Jean G

The Way Back - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: When Tel Varon walks in front of the wall screen in the justice data center, a flash of gibberish lettering and a blue matte line both appear briefly above his head.

00:36:40

Jean G

Cygnus Alpha - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: 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?

00:10:20

Jean G

Time Squad - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: Jenna moves down the corridor on her way to the hold with her Liberator gun in hand. The weapon lights up and flashes several times, even though she isn't firing it.

00:37:25

Jean G

Space Fall - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: 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.

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Space Fall - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: The boom shadow is visible moving swiftly across the actors' heads when Avon says, "You've got an army of five, Blake."

00:16:40

Jean G

Seek-Locate-Destroy - S1-E6

Revealing mistake: When the Federation troopers blow open the interrogation room door, you can see a brief glimpse, through the smoke, of the thrown sledge hammer that was used to make the door fall in.

00:48:15

Jean G

Space Fall - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: Whenever the prison ship fires its engines, the smoke trails travel to the top of the screen, as smoke does in an atmosphere. In space however, it should billow away from the engines in a more or less straight line.

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The Way Back - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: When the prison ship launches, the cloud of smoke reveals the black wires that are lifting it up.

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Cygnus Alpha - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: The high priest Vargas is wearing a nice new pair of decidedly 20th century basketball shoes under his robe. We even get a good close-up of them at one point.

00:49:15

Jean G

Space Fall - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: Aboard the London, as Raiker opens the rec-room door, a boom mike shadow moves across Avon's face.

00:04:30

Jean G

Redemption - S2-E1

Revealing mistake: As Avon and the crew run through the station and the guard tosses a grenade at them, you can see the white packet of incendiary charges on the floor that will set off the grenade's explosion.

00:42:30

Jean G

Dawn of the Gods - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: Liberator's auto-repair circuits have mysteriously stopped functioning. The molding on the top center flight deck console is hanging loose, a glitch that remains for several episodes.

00:23:50

Jean G

Shadow - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: When Bek pulls the silver shroud off of Petey, note the movement on the chest of the corpse, which is obviously breathing.

00:08:30

Jean G

Sarcophagus - S3-E9

Revealing mistake: When Tarrant, trying to call Dayna, falls against the flight deck console, the whole thing tilts visibly.

00:38:45

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: As Liberator approaches it, the planet changes color.

00:08:05 - 00:13:40

Jean G

Traitor - S4-E3

Revealing mistake: BBC costume recycling allows one of the natives on Helotrix to show up wearing one of Tarrant's old 3rd season outfits. Another wears an even older, 1st season costume of Avon's.

00:22:40 - 00:24:25

Jean G

Warlord - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: A shot of Scorpio en route to Betafarl falls victim to a special effects problem. The camera shooting the model was apparently bumped and shaken, so the ship is suddenly wobbling so badly it's a wonder it can keep a straight course.

00:22:20

Jean G

Animals - S4-E5

Revealing mistake: The Federation Commander reads a report to Servalan, but when the camera angle shifts to a shot taken over his shoulder, you can see that he's "reading" from a colorful plastic board with no printing on it whatsoever.

00:14:20

Jean G

Children of Auron - S3-E7

Revealing mistake: When Liberator moves into view on Servalan's screen and stops, a bad special effects matte causes the stars behind the ship to keep on sliding to the right.

00:21:35

Jean G

The Keeper - S2-E12

Revealing mistake: Goth's primitive inhabitants are pre-industrial. They wear furs, use swords and other ancient weapons, and live in tents. So where do they come by their shiny black plastic ski goggles? Goth-mart?

00:07:25

Jean G

Breakdown - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: A very poorly executed special effects matte causes the star patterns behind the 3 pursuit ships to slide in opposing directions at the same time.

00:42:35

Jean G

Project Avalon - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: When the fight begins in the detention block and the trooper runs away from Jenna down the hall, two large blaster holes appear in the wall he runs toward - before the first shots are fired.

00:34:45

Jean G

Blake - S4-E13

Revealing mistake: 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.

00:13:45 - 00:16:15

Jean G

Gambit - S2-E11

Revealing mistake: When he sits on the floor in front of Servalan, Jarrier's earring falls off. He fumbles at it briefly, and then the actor breaks character for just a moment, glancing nervously at the camera. When it's apparent there won't be a retake, he goes on with his lines.

00:16:10

Jean G

Warlord - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: A bad effects matte causes one of the two ships approaching Xenon to partially dissolve along the way.

00:03:55

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Revealing mistake: When Avon pushes a button to call Tarrant, the entire control panel tips upward, revealing that it's not anchored to the console at all.

00:12:50

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: When the "phibian" lizard creature attacks Servalan, note the claw that grabs her leg: it is obviously made out of soft fabric and visibly bends as it latches on.

00:24:05

Jean G

Blake - S4-E13

Revealing mistake: When Scorpio flies from its launch bay cut in the Xenon cliff face, it's broad daylight (and no, the planet does not have twin suns) - but the ship casts a shadow on the cliff above itself. There's no possible light source from that angle other than studio lights on the ship model.

00:01:20

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Revealing mistake: After its "borrowed" head is blown off and it rampages through the base headless, the android mysteriously gains 10 inches in height and has much longer arms. If they'd just found a shorter actor to wear the headless costume, it might have looked more convincing.

00:44:05

Jean G

Killer - S2-E7

Revealing mistake: Due to recycled stock footage from "Space Fall," the Liberator leaving Fosforon at the end of this episode still has the prison ship London attached to its hull.

00:49:25

Jean G

Pressure Point - S2-E5

Revealing mistake: In the control complex, Avon tosses two coin-like objects onto the electrified floor to test the grid. But the "coin" is already on the floor before the sound effect of it landing can be heard, and the mini explosions the coins set off is the same footage both times.

00:38:30

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When Blake hastily slaps at the oxygen vent control to close it, the knob breaks off, drops to the floor and bounces noisily away.

00:07:25

Jean G

Sarcophagus - S3-E9

Revealing mistake: 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.

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Games - S4-E8

Revealing mistake: The dead man, shot by the game computer in the orbiter's corridor, is still moving his fingers, and later moves his arm from resting on his chest to flat on the floor.

00:06:05

Jean G

Gambit - S2-E11

Revealing mistake: 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.

00:02:15

Jean G

Aftermath - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: While Avon is occupied in hand-to-hand combat with a native on the beach, someone who isn't supposed to be in the shot can be seen walking on the ridge in the background, waving his arms in the air.

00:13:35

Jean G

Orbit - S4-E11

Revealing mistake: Scorpio is in stationary orbit over the planet Malodaar - but a shaky special effects matte causes the "stationary" ship to wiggle and wobble severely.

00:00:45

Jean G

Sand - S4-E9

Revealing mistake: At the end, when Tarrant is beamed out, Servalan's position shifts considerably, even though she's supposedly standing still.

00:43:45

Jean G

Blake - S4-E13

Revealing mistake: Avon & Co. are supposedly racing through the woods and cloudy skies of Gauda Prime in a flyer. But the reflections on the vehicle's windscreen never move.

00:38:45

Jean G

Terminal - S3-E13

Revealing mistake: To conceal their unauthorized entry into the secret lab, Cally very carefully closes and locks the sliding door. But when she turns back to speak with Tarrant, the "secured" door rolls halfway back open by itself. No, it's not Servalan's troops sneaking in to catch them: there's no sign of anyone there. Besides, anyone unlocking the supposedly-locked door would have alerted them. A case of malfunctioning BBC scenery, plain and simple.

00:43:45

Jean G

Bounty - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: The explosive collar supposedly locked around Blake's neck is undone and hanging open just after he's thrown into the cell with the other prisoners.

00:33:45

Jean G

Breakdown - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: When Avon is calling for teleport from the space station, Cally's reflection on the Liberator's shiny corridor wall reveals that she's standing and waiting for her cue to rush into the teleport room.

00:42:50

Jean G

Gold - S4-E10

Revealing mistake: Avon and Soolin hide from the processing plant guards in an alcove, but Avon's black-booted foot is sticking out in plain sight. Fortunately, the guards don't seem to notice and walk on by anyway.

00:18:00

Jean G

Project Avalon - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: As Jenna leaves the flight deck and heads down the access corridor, a camera is briefly visible just to the right of the hexagonal entryway.

00:09:20

Jean G

Season 4 generally

Revealing mistake: The muzzles of the the crew's guns are usually empty, but when they need to actually fire them, you can see a black insert sticking out which is the little pyro charge.

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Power - S4-E2

Revealing mistake: On Scorpio, the barrel of Avon's gun is bent.

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Pressure Point - S2-E5

Revealing mistake: When Veron drops her gun in the ruined church, the noise of it hitting the floor reveals it is made of wood.

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During Blake's first encounter with Cally, the smudges on the front of his tunic (including a big chalky footprint left by her boot) disappear, reappear and rearrange themselves several times between shots.

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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.

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