In Review Big Finish: Blake’s 7 – 2.3 Mindset

A voice is calling in the darkness. A voice that only Cally can hear.

Synopsis: A voice is calling in the darkness. A voice that only Cally can hear.

Vila has abandoned his crew-mates, searching for the mythical water of life. With Cally acting suspiciously, Tarrant and Grant face danger at the heart of paradise.

A gift is being offered. A gift that will cost one member of the Liberator crew dearly.

But will Cally accept?

Review: The search for Dayna takes on a fantastical turn in this story, which sees Vila leaving his crew-mates in order to seek out a mythical, but oh so deadly fountain of youth.

Upon his sudden disappearance the crew of the Liberator set out in search of Vila, but things take on a psychic turn when Cally discovers that one of her own people is also supposedly on the planet on which the search is taking place.

This story is an absolute gem, which delves deep into Cally’s psyche and does much to develop her character in that she is given a terrible choice to choose between her friends or spend an eternity stranded with the disembodied consciousness of one of her own people who in his own quest to retain his beauty condemned himself to an eternity of mental anguish.

The relationship between Cally and Reno is played out beautifully and its all thanks to great acting performances fromĀ  Jan Chappell and Geoffrey Breton.

The episode has a killer twist to it as well. A twist that wasn’t made obvious until it actually happens.

In the extras Lisa Bowerman correctly makes an interesting connection between the doomed character of Reno and Dorian Grey. Both are more concerned with surface beauty over and above all else.

This felt like a departure from the usual Blake’s 7 story in that it is a little more fantasy than sci-fi, but it is a fantasy story that worked out really well in the world of Blake’s 7.

Although we have seen fountain of youth stories before in other science fiction and fantasy worlds. This is the first time to my knowledge that it has been used on ‘Blake’s 7’ and Cavan Scott’s writing and some great direction and sound editing really sold this one.

Big Finish: Blake's 7 - 2.3 Mindset
  • A really well executed story
  • Nothing bad to report in this one
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Sound Production

Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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