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42nd Anniversary Rewatch - D4 Stardrive
trevor travis
The episode: Derek Four – Stardrive (Carry On Space Petrol Heads)
The date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
The time: 7.45pm UK time

A reminder of the Season Derek drinking game:

Here’s the number of sips/swigs per each of these:
Avon is knocked unconscious 1
A scientist dies (per scientist) 5
A member of the main cast wears the same costume as last week (per costume) 2
There’s the sequence (or part of the sequence) of Scorpio landing / taking off at Xenon Base 3
Vila drinks something red (per scene) 10
Tarrant falls in love 5
Soolin shoots someone (per person) 5
Slave says “sorry” (each mention) 1
Each mention of “Sleer” 2
Avon laughs manically and/or smiles inappropriately 5
There’s a downbeat ending in sharp contrast to the jangly end theme 10
The final shot of the episode includes Paul Darrow 3
A member of the main cast is killed or stunned (per cast member) 1 bottle of wine / 1 can of beer

Back to the episode, and there’s a highly dramatic beginning and end but lots of long, lingering shots of a certain computer expert, a certain pilot and a certain blonde lady gunslinger in the middle (steady!). And all those knocks to the head in “Power” seem to have affected Avon’s memory – he can’t remember the scientist he killed 15 seconds earlier. Oh, and we learn a very important lesson. Never pop out to the toilet at a vital time. Dr Plaxton’s assistant does that and by the time he’s back, the Stardrive is gone, Dr Plaxton is gone and he’s left to the mercy of the Space Rats.

Episode in a word: Speed.
Characters to cheer: It simply has to be Vila. I love the scene where he pretends to be drunk, where he reveals how they can survive, while avoiding doing the dirty work himself.
Character to boo: Orac. The damn thing had spotted the Space Rats’ vehicle, but won’t tell the crew and makes them watch through the whole thing frame-by-frame to spot it themselves. It’s about time they took Vila’s advice and redesigned Orac into a drink dispenser.
Is Soolin looking lovely this week: Yes.
Recognisable Face: Barbara Shelley (Dr Plaxton) was the leading lady of Hammer Horror.
Best exchange: VILA: “Friends? Space Rats? There's no such thing as a friend of a Space Rat -- they even hate each other.” TARRANT: “What else do you know about them?” VILA: “They're maniacs, psychopaths! All they live for is sex and violence, booze and speed. And the fellas are just as bad.”

Blake's 7 will return in “Carry On Og, Saviour Of The Universe.”
 
JustBrad
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JustBrad
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Hugbot
When Atlan says that he isn’t a space rat, people often wonder who he really is.
First of all, this is how he really looks: https://www.perry...A001_1.JPG
He was born 10,000 years ago in the M13 star cluster as the Crystal Prince (the heir to the throne) of the Arkon Empire. He became an admiral in the Arkon fleet and started to establish an Arkonide colony on a planet called Larsaf III (better known to us as Earth). The continent where the Arkonides settled was even named after him. However, it was destroyed during an attack by the Druuf from the Crimson Universe. Atlan was the only survivor. As he had no means to return to Arkon, he went into deep sleep in an old Arkonide base at the bottom of the sea, every now and then waking up to see if mankind had developed technologically to allow him to return to Arkon.
In the 21st century, his dream finally came true; however, Arkon was now reigned by a computer. Nonetheless he managed to regain the throne and had a short stint as Emperor Gonozal VIII. Not being fond of all the political machinations in the court of Arkon, he made the Arkon Empire a part of the Unified Empire of Earth and Arkon and resigned. As a man of action, he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life lazing about but instead founded the United Stars Organization, an intelligence agency within the Unified Empire. His actions on Caspar may fall into this period. Obviously he was trying to infiltrate the space rats. It wouldn't have been the first time that he disguised himself for an under-cover mission.

Sorry, but I am always slightly amused when the name Atlan pops up in Space Drive in a completely different context from what I was used to. If B7 ever made its way to Germany, there might be some tricky copyright issues as the Pabel-Moewig publishing house has actually trademarked the name Atlan!
 
Iain Short
There's so much to like in this episode. The beginning and end are great - and even in the Spacerat section there are some really good moments. But still - I've never been able to like it. This rewatch will be interesting.
 
Lorna
Sorry wont be with you tonight. I have a bridge match! I hope you all have fun and dont drink too much
 
Travisina
Just stopping by to wave hello at folks - got Stuff To Do* so won't be joining tonight. But have fun everyone, and I look forward to catching up with the thread later.

*B7-related. Horizon-related. Watch this space...
Twitter: @TravisinaB7
Tumblr: tumblr
A statement of fact cannot be insolent
 
littlesue
Just getting ready...tea, biccies, choccie, blanket...yep, it's getting cold in this 'ere hallway
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
littlesue
Lorna wrote:

Sorry wont be with you tonight. I have a bridge match! I hope you all have fun and dont drink too much


I'll try not to..Hic!
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Iain Short
Was sorry to hear about your friend Sue. xx
 
JustBrad
Customer service program down again at work, meaning if it's slow, I've got nothing to do but this rewatch, and if it's busy, I'll have to bail, as everything takes twice as long at least.
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stormypetrel
Evening all!

Travisina wrote:

Just stopping by to wave hello at folks - got Stuff To Do* so won't be joining tonight. But have fun everyone, and I look forward to catching up with the thread later.

*B7-related. Horizon-related. Watch this space...

Oh, yes, drop that in there then log off so we can’t ask questions! We’re not in the least bit curious now!
 
littlesue
Iain Short wrote:

Was sorry to hear about your friend Sue. xx


Thank you Iain
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Lurena
Hello everybody!
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories and *my PD as Kerr Avon Tribute*
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
http://lectorisalutem.webs.com/
littlesue
Lurena wrote:

Hello everybody!


Yay Lurena!!!
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
BradPaula
hello all.
Zil: Oneness must resist the Host.
 
Lurena
It's cold here, I have a warm red wine at hand....
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories and *my PD as Kerr Avon Tribute*
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
http://lectorisalutem.webs.com/
One Spare Part
Just made it
"We're in the centre of a mystical convergence here."
 
M1795537 OC Virn
stormypetrel wrote:

Evening all!

Travisina wrote:

Just stopping by to wave hello at folks - got Stuff To Do* so won't be joining tonight. But have fun everyone, and I look forward to catching up with the thread later.

*B7-related. Horizon-related. Watch this space...

Oh, yes, drop that in there then log off so we can’t ask questions! We’re not in the least bit curious now!


My thoughts exactly !!
You're not sulking, I hope?
 
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