In Review: Big Finish: Blake’s 7: Devils Advocate

When Del Tarrant joined the Liberator he thought he’d left his past behind him – the gallant Federation officer with friends in high places.

Synopsis: When Del Tarrant joined the Liberator he thought he’d left his past behind him – the gallant Federation officer with friends in high places.

But the past has a habit of catching up on you.

A man the Liberator crew thought dead crosses their path, now a fugitive on the run.

He brings talk of an alliance, of a brave new future – but is Avon prepared to make a deal with the Devil?

Review: This latest installment from Big Finish’s ‘Blake’s 7’ range continues the search for Dana and our heroes get closer to finding her, but get sidetracked by an intriguing proposition from a former Federation President.

I can’t really fault this story, but I can’t really pour tons of praise on it either. A bit too political, but in a more cloak and dagger way than previous episodes.

The story sees the return of Hugh Fraser as the now deposed President, who tries to talk Tarrant and the Liberator crew into forming an alliance with him. So he can reclaim the high office of the Federation – and it is an offer that is seriously considered for a time, which even I found somewhat disturbing given what the President did in last years ‘Cold Fury’ and ‘Caged’.

The story played out like a political chess match and the lack of humour, which seemed to be replaced with Avon and the crew trying to figure out what the President is really up too took over, but also kind of dragged the hour out. Luckily though we do learn that the President may well be getting his just deserts for his past sins at the close of the story, but its a bit of a crawl getting there.

Steven Pacey does well to convey Tarrant’s struggle as he wrestles with his heart to see through Pelora’s reasons for trying to get him on side with the President. And the twist by the close of the episode doesn’t really come as any great surprise.

I think as a story. This is one of those rare few from the folks at Big Finish that would have worked better on television.

You can buy your own copy of Blake’s 7: Devils Advocate at: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/devil-s-advocate-1088

Written By: Steve Lyons
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Tom Chadbon (Del Grant), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Hugh Fraser (The President), Simone Lahbib (Pelora)

Producer Cavan Scott
Script Editor Justin Richards
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

8.6
Blake's 7: Devils Advocate
  • Great return for Hugh Fraser as the President
  • Story was a little too talkie
  • Story
    7
  • Acting
    10
  • Sound Production
    9.5
  • Artwork
    8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

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