Blake, Avon and Jenna follows the prison transport ship "London" to the Federation prison planet "Cygnus Alpha" where Blake teleports to the surface to free the prisoners. But the planet's ... See full summary »

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Blake, Avon and Jenna follows the prison transport ship "London" to the Federation prison planet "Cygnus Alpha" where Blake teleports to the surface to free the prisoners. But the planet's supreme ruler Vargas wants to take over "The Liberator" in his goal for total power and conquest of the galaxy. Written by Daniel Williamson

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16 January 1978 (UK)  »

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Terry Nation had previously used a prison planet named Cygnus Alpha in his Doctor Who (1963) serial "The Daleks' Master Plan". See more »

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Vargas: My ancestors came here on that first shipment. They had nothing! The Federation gave them no tools, no supplies! So they worked together! *They worked hard!* And made a community! There were children born here. They were settlers trying to build a new world on a new planet! Later, more Federation prisoners came. There were disagreements. The community began to break up. They fought and killed. All that they had achieved was being destroyed! And it was my great-great-grandfather who found a way ...
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Cygnus Alpha
21 May 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

One of the more underrated episodes of the series in my opinion features Blake, Avon, and Jenna following the prison transport ship London to Cygnus Alpha in the alien ship from the last episode. Upon arriving on Cygnus Alpha to free the prisoners they discover that Vargas, the supreme leader of the planet, wishes to take over The Liberator as part of a planned conquest of the galaxy.

This underrated episode of Blake's 7 maintains a leisurely but not boring pace and features several interesting locations including the first alien planet on Blake's 7, Cygnus Alpha, which is well-designed considering the budget and has a great, dark atmosphere enhanced by the typically good Dudley Simpson score.

8/10


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