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Blake's 7 - Mission to Destiny

episode 1.7

UK 1978
produced by
David Maloney for BBC
directed by Pennant Roberts
starring Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, David Jackson, Jan Chappell, Beth Morris, Barry Jackson, Nigel Humphreys, Stephen Tate, John Leeson
written & created by Terry Nation, music by Dudley Simpson

Blake's 7

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Blake (Gareth Thomas), Avon (Paul Darrow) & Cally (Jan Chappell) board a spaceship where they find the crew put to sleep by a gas in the air conditioning and one of them murdered. Furthermore they find the ship's controls thrashed just enough so it won't be able to leave its course (which in this case means going around in a circle again & again).

With the crew re-awakened, Blake, Avon & Cally try to find out what happened. It turns out the crew of the ship comes from a non-federation colony that is desperately in need for Nutrogen to survive. The ship - under the command of captain Kendall (Barry Jackson) - is to deliver the Nutrogen, but since it is just priceless in the market, one of the crewmembers seems to have tried to steal it ...

& while Blake agrees to bring the Nutrogen in his spaceship Liberator to their planet (called Destiny, hence the title) for them, he leaves Cally & Avon behind as both hostages and to find out who really was the killer.

As you would come to expect, more murders soon follow, & among the victims is Mandrian (Stephen Tate) who was the most suspicious character so far, with the second most suspicious character, Sonheim (Nigel Humphreys) found leaning over his corpse - which is just too good for him to be the real culprit.

In the end the killer turns out to be the least suspicious person, in fact innocence personified, Sara (Beth Morris). Not only that though, it turns out against all expectations that the Nutrogen is still in her possession & she has already arranged for a pick-up, & by locking herself on the ship's bridge, she seems to have won her gamble ...

But no, Blake has found out he doesn't actually have the Nutrogen & speeds back to the scene of the crime. He manages to cheat Sara out of the Nutrogen, get everybody - but Sara, who refuses to come - aboard the Liberator, & has even set explosive charges for the pick-up party ...


While this episode is not at all an uninteresting murder mystery - rather by coincidence set in outer space - it has the same flaw as so many other mysteries: After just about everybody behaved suspicious at one point or another, a culprit is rather suddenly pulled out of the hat, who makes about as much or as little sense as the killer as anybody else. The other rather disappointing aspect of this story is that, even though hints are made of the federation being involved in the crime, this subplot is thrown out in the end all together, the pick-up just blown up & never identified.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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