Blake's 7

Blake's 7 (1978)

62 mistakes in season 1

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Time Squad - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: 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.

00:31:20

Jean G

Cygnus Alpha - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Vargas beams up to the Liberator just ahead of Blake, Gan & Vila, he challenges them when they arrive from the other side of the room - by stepping out of the teleport bay. But they're standing in the teleport bay, and Liberator has only one. So exactly where is Vargas standing?

00:48:15

Jean G

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

Cygnus Alpha - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: At the end, Blake teleports Vargas, who's wearing a long purple robe, out into space. But the figure we see materializing in space isn't in a robe. It appears to be wearing a spacesuit instead.

00:49:15

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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Seek-Locate-Destroy - S1-E6

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?

00:43:50

DaveJB

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

Continuity mistake: Though no one touches him, the London crewman lying dead in the transfer tube changes positions between the time Blake and co. first board Liberator, and the time Raiker enters the tube and shoots at Blake.

00:44:10 - 00:49:00

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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DaveJB

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

Space Fall - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: 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.

00:49:00

Jean G

Time Squad - S1-E4

Visible crew/equipment: An electrical set cable, poorly concealed between the seat cushions, tangles around Jenna's foot as she's getting up from the teleport console, and causes her to trip.

00:37:00

Jean G

The Web - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: After Avon says, "I haven't been anywhere near them," and sits down on the flight couch, part of the camera dolly moves across the bottom of the screen.

00:06:30

Jean G

Project Avalon - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: During the firefight in the detention corridors, the blaster holes in the metal wall Jenna's firing toward keep changing, sometimes disappearing altogether. One of them is created twice, appearing as the troopers duck out of sight, vanishing and then reappearing in the same spot when Jenna fires again.

00:36:00

Jean G

Space Fall - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: A large white cushion, knocked askew when Blake tosses Avon over the flight couch, has righted itself a few shots later, as Avon gets up from the deck.

00:46:25

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Plot hole: Avon delivers his summation of the crimes and the murderer's identity to the Ortega's crew - with his back turned to the guilty party the entire time. This gives the killer ample time to pull a gun on them. But it's also egregiously out of character for Avon, whose suspicious nature bordered on paranoia and would never have allowed him to be so careless.

00:42:25

Jean G

Time Squad - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: The alien hiding in the hold throws a large blue tool at Jenna. It strikes her on the back of her right arm. But in the next shot, she's holding her left arm, and Gan later treats a bruise on her left arm, nowhere near the spot where the tool hit her.

00:27:45

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Deliberate mistake: Because Stephen Greif tore an Achilles tendon playing squash, a stand-in had to complete his scene with Servalan in Ensor's underground complex. The result was a very odd segment in which we hear Travis' voice (pre-recorded by Greif) answering Servalan's lines, but never see him - except for an awkward shot of shuffling, black-booted feet that are all-too-obviously not Greif's.

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Jean G

Project Avalon - S1-E9

Visible crew/equipment: When Blake and the landing party are on the flight deck, preparing to go down to the planet, something black intrudes on the left side of the screen during a shot of Avon on the flight couch.

00:08:50

Jean G

Duel - S1-E8

Plot hole: Gan sees both of the "weird women" when they first arrive on the planet. But later, he asks Blake what one of them looked like, and doesn't disagree when Blake says, "That's right, you never saw her."

00:08:50 - 00:49:45

Jean G

The Web - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: On the flight deck, an equipment shadow sweeps across Jenna's hair as Cally says, "It's a beacon signal."

00:19:35

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

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

00:08:05 - 00:13:40

Jean G

The Web - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When Jenna tries to call Gan and Vila from her flight deck station, part of a piece of equipment is sticking out into the lighted corridor to her left. It's still there later, when Gan walks through the opening, but it's gone a short time later.

00:06:45 - 00:13:15

Jean G

Breakdown - S1-E10

Factual error: Zen refers to the objects encountered at the beginning of the episode as "meteorites". In space, these objects are known as meteoroids. When they enter the Earth's atmosphere they are called meteors, and when they hit the surface of the earth they are called meteorites.

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Breakdown - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: 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.

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Jean G

Bounty - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: Sarkoff holds his Plexiglas/Perspex butterfly case up to admire it, and captures a perfect image of one of the set's large rectangular light reflectors.

00:28:15

Jean G

Bounty - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: When Sarkoff puts a record on his antique phonograph, the metal desk behind him reflects a camera dolly rolling by.

00:25:50

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

Visible crew/equipment: Ah, the hazards of shiny metal set walls. When the doctor closes Avalon's cell door, there's a hazy but discernible view of the camera and a moving film crew member.

00:30:30

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

Orac - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: At the end, when Blake says "The other end is connected," the boom shadow crosses Avon's face.

00:46:50

Jean G

Duel - S1-E8

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.

00:03:10

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

Deliverance - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: During Zen's report on the planet conditions, an equipment shadow is visible on the flight couch at the lower right of the screen.

00:07:05

Jean G

Bounty - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: When Jenna asks Gan to keep trying voice contact with the unidentified ship, the boom shadow is distinctly outlined on the control console to the left of the shot.

00:08:00

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

Duel - S1-E8

Visible crew/equipment: When Vila asks Avon if he ever cared for anyone except himself, an equipment shadow scurries rapidly across the set behind him.

00:37:45

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

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.

00:16:30 - 00:21:05

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Avon is removing the gas canister from the ventilation system, an insert close-up of his hands shows that he's wearing a wedding ring. In the full shots, however, the ring isn't there.

00:09:50

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Other mistake: When Avon and Cally are taking off their gun belts to hand them to Blake, Avon accidentally clips himself in the chin with the protruding barrel of his gun.

00:22:00

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: When Cally puts her teleport bracelet on in the teleport room, it's on her right wrist. After she and Blake materialize on the planet's surface, the bracelet has mysteriously moved to her left wrist instead.

00:20:00 - 00:21:20

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: Just after Avon says that the numbers on the clipboard mean absolutely nothing, the boom shadow moves across the top of the metal safe set into the wall behind him.

00:41:30

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Plot hole: When the newly-acquired Orac is first set up on the flight deck, Blake comments that "the other end's connected." Connected to what? Orac didn't require plugging in, other than putting his activator key in place, and that was never connected to anything else.

00:46:45

Jean G

Deliverance - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: When Avon says, "It could have been a power unit burnout," a boom shadow moves quickly across the bottom of the screen.

00:04:05

Jean G

Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

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?

00:15:05 - 00:19:00

Jean G

Deliverance - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: Meegat peeks at the rocket through the oval space Gan has cleaned on the dirty glass. The shape of this space changes dramatically when the camera angle switches to the other side of the pane.

00:39:15

Jean G

Orac - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When Avon calls and wakes Vila up, ordering him to the teleport room, you can see Vila, who's supposed to be in his quarters at this point, hiding in the corridor waiting for his cue.

00:40:50

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

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.

00:34:05 - 00:41:30

Jean G

Breakdown - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: 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.

00:47:15

Jean G

Breakdown - S1-E10

Visible crew/equipment: Avon is picking himself up from the computer room floor after a berserk Gan has attacked him. Blake rushes in to say, "Are you all right?" But he's been standing out there in the corridor, blocking a big bright patch of light throughout the scene, only to rush in on cue.

00:26:10

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

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

Project Avalon - S1-E9

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.

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Mission to Destiny - S1-E7

Other mistake: 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.

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Jean G

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