Blake's 7

Blake's 7 (1978)

64 mistakes in season 4

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Power - S4-E2

Deliberate mistake: Because Paul Darrow had turned an ankle while shooting the fight scene with Gunsar, the uninjured Avon is inexplicably limping throughout most of the fight.

00:14:00

Jean G

Games - S4-E8

Visible crew/equipment: While pulling back from Vila's conversation with the gaming computer, the camera apparently runs over a cable. There's a visible jump in the picture and an audible clanking noise.

00:37:20

Jean G

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: The damaged Orac has long loose wires hanging out when Dorian carries it off the ship, but they disappear in the next shot, when he enters the base.

00:24:40

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Muller and Vila have a brief struggle over the teleport console. When Muller grabs at the controls, Vila pulls his hand away, making the teleport lever break off and fall onto the console. It fixes itself again a short time later.

00:06:05

Jean G

Power - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: Cato's body moves to a different spot on the floor relative to the unconscious Avon, who also moves. (The two are suddenly much farther apart than before.) Cato's hands also change positions.

00:31:40 - 00:35:00

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Muller's wife teleports holding her spacesuit gloves with the fingers pointing up. She arrives with them in the same position, but when the shot cuts, they've reversed positions and the fingers are now pointing down.

00:28:40

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Relative to the white striping on Scorpio's deck, the unconscious Vila changes locations on the floor three times between shots.

00:21:10

Jean G

Gold - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: When Dayna and Tarrant find Keeler unconscious, Tarrant's teleport bracelet disappears between shots. It's back a few shots later, though.

00:15:40 - 00:16:10

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

Headhunter - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: 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.

00:33:30 - 00:35:00

Jean G

Animals - S4-E5

Factual error: Servalan's ship takes off from the surface of Bucol 2 with Avon and crew standing directly below it. Yet for some reason, the down-blast from the very large launching ship does nothing more harmful than slightly mess up their hairdos.

00:47:50

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

Blake - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: Just before Scorpio crashes, Avon grabs Orac and teleports to safety. When they're still aboard the ship, Orac has several wires hanging loose from underneath. When they materialize on the planet, however, all the loose wires are magically repaired and no longer hanging.

00:16:30 - 00:17:45

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

Headhunter - S4-E6

Visible crew/equipment: When Avon is questioning Muller's wife at Xenon Base, an equipment shadow moves across the top of his head.

00:03:25

Jean G

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: Avon apparently found a hair salon somewhere on the supposedly deserted planet Terminal. Between the time he and his crew were marooned in the previous episode and the events in this one, he's suddenly acquired a spiffy new blow-dry haircut.

00:03:10

Jean G

Traitor - S4-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When the crew are discussing Helotrix, big yellow power cables (probably used to light up Scorpio's main flight console) are showing at the right of the screen.

00:09:20

Jean G

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: Tarrant's hair seems to have grown at least an inch overnight. It's longer and bushier than it was in "Terminal," which supposedly took place the day before.

00:09:45

Jean G

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: The planet Terminal changes shape and color completely from its appearance in the previous episode. Where it was blue-green and cigar shaped before, it is now gray, striped like a yarn ball, and round.

00:07:00

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

Traitor - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: Tarrant and Dayna mug a pair of Helotrix citizens and change clothes with them. Later, when the pair are beamed back to Scorpio, they change back into their original costumes in mid-teleport.

00:44:05

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

Gold - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: Tarrant beams down to the refinery complex and back again without a teleport bracelet.

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Jean G

Assassin - S4-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Nebrox is relaxing in a chair on Scorpio's flight deck, large bright yellow power cables are visible running from the console behind him and across the set floor to the right of the shot. Maybe they were jump starting the space ship?

00:21:50

Jean G

Blake - S4-E13

Plot hole: Before Scorpio even sets course for Gauda Prime, everyone but Tarrant is already wearing a teleport bracelet. How'd they know in advance that they'd need the bracelets at all, and that Tarrant wouldn't because he'd be going down with the ship?

00:13:35

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

Power - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: At the end, Dayna and Tarrant, shortly followed by Soolin and Vila, all teleport to Scorpio without wearing the necessary bracelets.

00:47:35

Jean G

Warlord - S4-E12

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.

00:33:30

Jean G

Games - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: The computer simulation shoots Gerren in the left shoulder, but when the Scorpio crew teleport him up to let Soolin render first aid, he's holding his right shoulder instead.

00:06:30 - 00:08:00

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

Warlord - S4-E12

Plot hole: When the warlords lift their glasses in a toast, the same mysterious blue electrical arcs, which later appear and kill everyone in the freight bay, spark and sizzle around their hands. But for some strange reason, no one seems to find this at all peculiar.

00:11:15

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

Rescue - S4-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Vila has pulled Tarrant out of the burning shaft and is going back for Cally, a film crew member sprints across screen in the background behind him.

00:04:00

Jean G

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

Animals - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: Maybe he ran into a barber along the way? Avon beams into the woods on Bucol 2 with his hair brushed straight back, but a few shots later, it's restyled and combed neatly down over his forehead.

00:43:35 - 00:44:45

Jean G

Headhunter - S4-E6

Visible crew/equipment: Someone with a mustache moves briefly into the shot behind Avon when he's questioning the android about its plan to unite with Orac.

00:35:45

Jean G

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: 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?

00:03:30

Jean G

Animals - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: 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!"

00:45:00

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

Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: The weather on Terminal has changed from Summer to Winter overnight. When Avon first beams down, it's obviously warm and all the trees have leaves. The very next day, all the trees are bare and there's snow all over the ground.

00:01:30

Jean G

Traitor - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: The president-elect's body changes both poses and locations on the floor between the time Sleer shoots him and the time he's found and the murder investigation is begun.

00:26:00 - 00:31:25

Jean G

Orbit - S4-E11

Factual error: Maybe they took time in the midst of a desperate escape to tack Orac down with Velcro? When the shuttle first takes off, its angle of ascent causes Orac to nearly slide off the control panel. A short time later, the angle is far steeper, but this time Orac stays perfectly still.

00:36:15 - 00:44:55

Jean G

Games - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: Orac is in two places at once: he's sitting on the console, plainly visible in front of Dayna as she calls the landing party - but in the next shot of the crew over on the orbiter, Vila is holding Orac.

00:40:45

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

Assassin - S4-E7

Other mistake: The number of buttons on the left shoulder of Tarrant's costume keeps changing throughout this episode. Most of the time, all 4 are there, but in several intermittent shots, one of the buttons is missing.

00:32:00 - 00:37:25

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

Orbit - S4-E11

Character mistake: Whilst brutalising Pinder, Egrorian asks if he can feel his humerus grinding against his radius, but the bones in the forearm are the radius & ulna. The humerus is the single bone from the shoulder to the elbow.

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Orbit - S4-E11

Audio problem: Just before Avon reveals Orac is on the shuttle, you can hear his operating noise. If we can hear it, so should Vila.

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Orbit - S4-E11

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.

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Orbit - S4-E11

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.

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Gold - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: After revealing Avon & Soolin are still alive, there is no magazine in Avon's gun.

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Gold - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: Dayna plants the grenade by the right-hand upright of the ladder. Yet when it detonates you can see the blast is to the left and in front of the guard; presumably to prevent it from going off right in the stuntman's face.

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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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Assassin - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: During the punch-up with Cancer, Tarrant's holster is missing.

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Gold - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: When they shoot open the crate containing the gold, Avon is on the left & Keeler on the right. Avon fires and we see the right-hand lock explode, then Keeler shoots and the left-hand lock pops.

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Power - S4-E2

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

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Rescue - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: After Scorpio has landed on Xenon, the lift rotates 180 ready for launch. Yet after Pella boards the ship, it is seen rotating again.

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Gold - S4-E10

Character mistake: The first time they go into the hold, Avon calls Keeler "Kilo"

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Power - S4-E2

Character mistake: Gunsar refers to his predecessor as Maverick, but on the recording Nina calls him Marvick.

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Headhunter - S4-E6

Character mistake: Tarrant says they can't land the ship without Slave. Yet in 4-1 "Rescue" he questions the competency of the automatic systems and offers to land the ship himself.

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Headhunter - S4-E6

Plot hole: The 6 second countdown lasts much longer than 6 seconds.

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Rescue - S4-E1

Plot hole: In "Terminal" it is established the planet is artificial. So why would it suffer from earthquakes and have a molten core that spews lava?

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Rescue - S4-E1

Character mistake: When discussing Ensor, Avon says he'd spent 20 years of his life in hiding. Yet in 1-13 "Orac" Blake said he hadn't been seen for 40 years.

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