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The Dialogue of B7: Part 1 - Season A
trevor travis
A12: DELIVERANCE

SELECTED DIALOGUE:

BLAKE: “Life forms?”
ZEN: “There is no current information. Logic units suggest that remaining life may have mutated through exposure to high radiation.”
BLAKE: “None of which sounds very promising.” [To Avon] “You're sure you want to go down?”
AVON: “Are you afraid that I'll be able to cope with it better than you?”
BLAKE: [Laughs] “No.”
AVON: “Well, perhaps you ought to be.”
BLAKE: “Down and back as fast as you can, right?”
AVON: “Naturally.”

ENSOR: “When you reach him...tell him...Federation have agreed...all terms. Will pay...one...hundred million credits for Orac...”
BLAKE: “What is Orac?”

SERVALAN: “You've lost some of your fire, Travis. Whatever happened to your pride?”
TRAVIS: “My pride, Supreme Commander?”
SERVALAN: “I ignored you. A calculated insult. You obviously recognized it as such.”
TRAVIS: “I did.”
SERVALAN: “And yet you remained silent. There was a time when you wouldn't have taken an insult like that from anyone. Not even me.”
TRAVIS: “True. I want my command back. To get it I'll do whatever's necessary. If you think my silence is weakness, you mistake me.”
SERVALAN: “Better. I was afraid that the suspension and the court of inquiry into your mishandling of the Blake affair might have broken your spirit.”
TRAVIS: “I don't break that easily.”
SERVALAN: “You were expected to resign the service. Why didn't you?”
TRAVIS: “I've told you, I want my command back. It's the only way I can catch...”
SERVALAN: “You really are obsessed with Blake, aren't you?”

TRAVIS: “You're almost as ruthless as I am.”
SERVALAN: “You underestimate me, Travis.”
TRAVIS: “It begins to look that way.”
SERVALAN: “What's the matter?”
TRAVIS: “Maryatt.”
SERVALAN: “What about him?”
TRAVIS: “His disappearance -- there may be questions.”
SERVALAN: “In twelve hours I shall have him posted as a deserter.”
TRAVIS: “And his family go into slavery on one of the frontier worlds.”
SERVALAN: “It is the normal procedure in a case of desertion.”
TRAVIS: “Of course. Do you remember the medic that saved my life?”
SERVALAN: “You're wasting time.”
TRAVIS: “It was Maryatt.”
SERVALAN: “Does it matter?”
TRAVIS: “No... No. Only Blake matters now.”

AVON: “Who are you?”
MEEGAT: “And you shall answer.” [She kneels before him] “My name is Meegat, Lord.”
VILA: "Lord?"
AVON: “You opened the door?”
MEEGAT: “I opened the door.”
AVON: “We're grateful. We seem to have made a few enemies outside.”
MEEGAT: “That my Lord might find safety from his enemies.”
GAN: “Well, she seems to be on our side.”
VILA: “Yes, but the poor woman's insane.”
AVON: “Not necessarily.”

MEEGAT: “I will describe the way to the scavengers' camp so that you may rescue your follower [Jenna].”
AVON: “My follower? I never really thought of her in those terms.”

GAN: “How long have you been waiting?”
MEEGAT: “All of my life, as those before me waited. But it is I who welcome you. Welcome, Lord, welcome!”
AVON Yes, well, let's not start all that again.”
GAN: “You've hurt her feelings now.”
MEEGAT: “I have offended you.”
AVON: “No, you haven't offended me.”
MEEGAT: “Forgive me!”
AVON: “I forgive you.”
VILA: “You're enjoying this, aren't you?”
AVON: “Probably.”

MEEGAT: “All things are known to you. You are truly Lord.”
VILA: “Counting yourself, that makes two people who think you're wonderful.”

“All that was needed to complete deliverance was the word of Kashell. But our fathers killed him, and the word was forgotten. And so we wait for a new word from beyond the stars. We wait for deliverance. We wait for the nameless Lord whose name shall be spoken by the one who waits. Meegat speaks his name. His name is Avon.” (MEEGAT)

AVON: “It does seem we have a reputation to live up to.”
VILA: “Oh, you certainly do, Lord Avon. I wonder why she picked on you?”
AVON: “Well, now, you are hardly the stuff that gods are made of.”
VILA: “And you are, I suppose?”
AVON: “Apparently.”

VILA: “You all right [after tackling several primitives]?”
GAN: “You know, Vila, for a minute out there, I was actually quite beginning to enjoy myself.”
VILA: “You're as mad as Meegat.”

AVON: “Meegat, I'm sorry you've waited so long.”
MEEGAT: “Our waiting brought you.”
AVON: “That seems like a poor reward, somehow.”

CALLY: “Did she [Meegat] really think you were a god?”
AVON: “For a while.”
BLAKE: “How did it feel?”
AVON: “Don't you know?”
BLAKE: “Yes. I don't like the responsibility, either.”

LINES OF DIALOGUE:

AVON 89
BLAKE 56
GAN 43
ENSOR JNR 40
VILA 39
SERVALAN 33
TRAVIS 30
MEEGAT 29
CALLY 21
JENNA 17
ZEN 13
MARYATT 9
VOICE 8
COMPUTER 2
TOTAL 429

ANALYSIS: “Deliverance” is an episode that works on two counts – both as a prequel to the season-ending “Orac”, and also as a fine episode in its own right.

It’s no surprise that Blake’s stranglehold on the No 1 position (which has existed since “Cygnus Alpha” ) is finally broken in “Deliverance”. He remains on board the Liberator, while it’s Avon who goes down to the planet and becomes a legend. The scenes with Meegat are great fun, especially Vila’s little asides!

Gan has an active episode, as his physical strength is called upon against the local Rent-A-Tribe (a B7 staple who make their first appearance here). It’s the only episode where Gan finishes in the top three in terms of dialogue, although he will receive more lines in two Season B stories. In contrast, Jenna spends much of the episode tied up.

The scenes with Servalan and Travis are revealing. The sheer ruthlessness of Servalan starts to be revealed here, while Travis’s human side is briefly shown.
 
trevor travis
A13: ORAC

SELECTED DIALOGUE:

AVON: “If we don't get drug treatment very soon, we shall die.”
VILA: “Die? I can't do that.”
AVON: “I'm afraid you can. It's the one talent we all share, even you.”

BLAKE: “I've had Zen run through the reference banks. A remarkable man this professor Ensor -- very impressive list of achievements.”
AVON: “Yes, I know. When he was eighteen years old he developed something called a Tariel cell. It led to a whole new generation of computers. Every computer in the known worlds now contains Tariel cells. He also engineered and developed a lot of radical new concepts in computer technology, so that even the most advanced computers are based on his work.”

“It's ironic isn't it -- we are racing to deliver medical supplies that will save a man's life in the hope that he will have medical supplies that will save ours.” (AVON)

CALLY: “What happened?”
ZEN: “Preliminary research indicates that all computer functions were temporarily under external control.”
JENNA: “But that's impossible!”
ZEN: “Logic units concur that it is impossible.”
BLAKE: “But it happened anyway.”
ZEN: “Logic units concur that it happened. Investigation of this paradox is continuing.”

AVON: “Not you as well. What are you doing down there?”
GAN: “I don't like being on my own. Especially if I'm about to die.”
JENNA: “That's cheerful.”
GAN: “Sorry.”
AVON: “Is Vila on his way as well?”
GAN: “No, he's doing his best to convince himself that he feels fine. Says we'll just remind him that he doesn't.”
AVON: “Sometimes he shows distinct signs of intelligence.”

ENSOR: “Both men dead, you say?”
CALLY: “Yes.”
ENSOR: “One of them was my son.”
CALLY: “I'm sorry. He tried desperately to reach you. He did everything he possibly could.”
ENSOR: “Oh, such a waste. He had a good mind. Death is such a waste. You were with my son when he died?”
CALLY: “Yes.”
ENSOR: “It's always too late, isn't it? I wonder if he knew how much I loved him?”
BLAKE: “I think he did.”
ENSOR: “Oh, I'm sorry if I snapped at you. It's, it's just my way. Thank you, for doing all you could to help.”

CALLY: “This is Orac?”
BLAKE: “A hundred million for that?”
CALLY: “Is it a computer?”
ENSOR: “It most certainly is not. It is a brain, a genius. It has a mind that can draw information from every computer containing one of my cells. Orac has access to the sum total of all the knowledge of all the known worlds.”
BLAKE: “You mean it can draw information from any other computer without a direct link?”
ENSOR: “Precisely that, yes. Now are you going to stand there and listen to a lecture or might you consider it more important to try and sustain my life?”

VILA: “What are you up to now?”
AVON: “You and I are going down to the surface.” [He thrusts a gun at Vila] “Put that on.”
VILA: “Are you out of your mind? I'm finding it hard enough just to stay on my feet.”
AVON: “Then crawl, but put that on! Gan, you stay here with Jenna. Make sure that one of you stays conscious long enough to beam us back up again.”
GAN: “Right.”
JENNA: “Listen, Avon, there's nothing you can achieve by going down there.”
AVON: “I don't intend to sit around and wait to die. Get ready to put us down.”

“I am sorry. Just a little longer and we might have saved you.” (CALLY to the dead ENSOR)

TRAVIS: “What do you think I'm going to do?”
BLAKE: “I think you're going to kill me, Travis, with or without orders from the Supreme Commander.”
SERVALAN: “With orders, Blake. All right, Travis, go ahead.”
[Avon appears and shoots Travis in his gun arm – Travis cries out]
AVON: “Don't move.”
BLAKE: “Good shot, Avon.”
AVON: “I was aiming for his head.”

TRAVIS: “Well what are you waiting for? Come on, man. Why don't you kill us?”
BLAKE: “No, I've got a better idea: we'll get a message through to the Federation, tell them that you let us take Orac. I'm sure they'll be quite fascinated by your explanation.” [Blake and the others teleport]
SERVALAN: “You're in a lot of trouble, Travis.”

JENNA: “Well, for a hundred million credits you'd expect something a little more spectacular than that.”
VILA: “Try kicking it.”
GAN: “Are you sure it's fully switched on?”
ORAC: “Of course I'm properly switched on. Having depressed the activator button what else would you expect?”
CALLY: “It's his voice.”
BLAKE: “It's exactly as though Ensor were speaking.”
ORAC: “Surely it is obvious even to the meanest intelligence that during my development I would naturally become endowed with aspects of my creator's personality.”
AVON: “The more endearing aspects by the sound of it.”

ORAC: “It is not a prediction; it is an immutable certainty. Space vehicle will be destroyed.”
JENNA: “What!”
VILA: “You're not given to practical jokes are you, because that's not funny.”
BLAKE: “When's this supposed to happen?”
ORAC: “The event is not far distant.”
BLAKE: “How far distant?”
GAN: “There must be some way of making him tell us when.”
AVON: “Be more precise.”
ORAC: “The event is now even less distant.”

VILA: “That's fixed Orac.”
BLAKE: “No, it hasn't.”
JENNA: “What do you mean?”
BLAKE: “We've forgotten something. The prediction has still been made.”
JENNA: “Blake!” [the Liberator explodes – or does it?]

LINES OF DIALOGUE:

BLAKE 122
CALLY 56
AVON 55
ENSOR SNR 50
ORAC 38
VILA 35
JENNA 29
SERVALAN 25
TRAVIS 25
ZEN 18
GAN 12
TOTAL 465

ANALYSIS: “Orac” is a highly satisfactory conclusion to Season A. It concludes the Orac storyline started in the previous episode, while it gives us a cliffhanger which will be resolved in the opening episode of Season B.

Blake has been the focal point of this opening season, so it’s only right that he is again the most prominent character in the episode. With Cally being the only other member of the Liberator crew not to be suffering from radiation sickness, she is given her most prominent episode of the season - although her character has developed somewhat from the guerrilla of “Time Squad”.

Derek Farr provides 88 lines of dialogue in total in his dual role of Ensor (50) and Orac (38). The guest characters have been an important part of Season A – not only are the regulars rounded characters, but also many of the guest characters.

Of those suffering from radiation sickness, it’s perhaps no surprise that Avon is most heavily featured (coming to the rescue of Blake), while Gan is poorly represented.

Servalan shows unusual signs of weakness, taken away from her usual surroundings, but it’s interesting to note how quickly she regains her composure, while Travis again takes the flack for something that has not really been his fault.
 
trevor travis
Right, that's Season A nearly done and dusted. Just need to draw together the overall stats and conclusions now.
 
littlesue
Travisina wrote:

Spaceship Dispatcher wrote:

Living on Lindor makes me think of a planet sized chocolate ball with a soft centre... Grin


And the name of the episode makes me think of a chocolate bar with a coconut filling...Wink


Plain or milk chocolate?
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/
 
trevor travis
Hmmm, now wondering if Sarkoff, Tyce or Tarvin are chocolate bars or anagrams of them.
 
JustBrad
trevor travis wrote:

Hmmm, now wondering if Sarkoff, Tyce or Tarvin are chocolate bars or anagrams of them.


Maybe this belongs on Mad Sad, but every time I see a commercial for these, I think of Sarkoff.


i995.photobucket.com/albums/af77/BradPaula/lindor_zps043496eb.jpg
 
Travisina
littlesue wrote:

Travisina wrote:

Spaceship Dispatcher wrote:

Living on Lindor makes me think of a planet sized chocolate ball with a soft centre... Grin


And the name of the episode makes me think of a chocolate bar with a coconut filling...Wink


Plain or milk chocolate?


Milk, please, if you're offering. Ooh thank you, yes I will have two! Happy
Twitter: @TravisinaB7
Tumblr: tumblr
There's no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
littlesue
Travisina wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Travisina wrote:

Spaceship Dispatcher wrote:

Living on Lindor makes me think of a planet sized chocolate ball with a soft centre... Grin


And the name of the episode makes me think of a chocolate bar with a coconut filling...Wink


Plain or milk chocolate?


Milk, please, if you're offering. Ooh thank you, yes I will have two! Happy


I'll see what I can doSmile
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/
 
trevor travis
Summary:

A1: THE WAY BACK

BLAKE 97
VARON 85
MAJA 27
RAVELLA 26
GLYND 25
HAVANT 21
FOSTER 19
VILA 15
RICHIE 14
OPERATOR 12
JENNA 11
ARBITER 9
MORAG 9
TARRANT 9
GUARD 6
P.A. 6
CLERK 2
PRISONER 1
REBELS 1
TROOPER 1
TOTAL 396

A2: SPACE FALL

LEYLAN 100
BLAKE 95
RAIKER 76
JENNA 57
AVON 50
VILA 38
ARTIX 34
DAINER 15
TEAGUE 12
KRELL 7
GAN 6
NOVA 6
KLEIN 3
VOICE 2
TOTAL 501

A3: CYGNUS ALPHA

BLAKE 122
JENNA 78
AVON 74
VARGAS 42
VILA 31
GAN 28
ARCO 25
LEYLAN 20
KARA 18
ZEN 18
ARTIX 14
SELMAN 7
LARAN 6
GUARD 1
TOTAL 484

A4: TIME SQUAD

BLAKE 135
JENNA 80
AVON 72
VILA 46
GAN 41
CALLY 29
ZEN 17
GUARD 1
TOTAL 421

A5: THE WEB

BLAKE 159
AVON 55
JENNA 53
ZEN 35
VILA 31
CALLY 29
NOVARA 29
GEELA 24
SAYMON 24
GAN 15
DECIMA 1
TOTAL 455

A6: SEEK-LOCATE-DESTROY

BLAKE 89
TRAVIS 71
SERVALAN 46
JENNA 40
AVON 39
PRELL 31
VILA 24
ESCON 16
CALLY 14
GAN 13
ELDON 10
RAI 9
RONTANE 9
ZEN 9
VOICE 6
BERCOL 5
DOCTOR 2
TOTAL 433

A7: MISSION TO DESTINY

BLAKE 98
AVON 83
CALLY 61
DR. KENDALL 47
VILA 23
ZEN 22
JENNA 20
SONHEIM 19
SARA 14
GROVANE 13
GAN 11
MANDRIAN 11
LEVETT 10
PASCO 10
RAFFORD 2
TOTAL 444

A8: DUEL

BLAKE 111
TRAVIS 73
SINOFAR 46
JENNA 43
MUTOID 40
GIROC 38
AVON 35
GAN 32
VILA 27
CALLY 14
ZEN 14
TOTAL 473

A9: PROJECT AVALON

BLAKE 94
TRAVIS 68
JENNA 37
AVON 30
SERVALAN 27
GAN 21
CHEVNER 18
MUTOID 17
VILA 17
AVALON 14
CALLY 14
ZEN 11
COMPUTER 9
GUARD 8
TERLOC 8
SCIENTIST 8
COMMANDER 2
TOTAL 403

A10: BREAKDOWN

BLAKE 162
AVON 94
JENNA 77
VILA 63
KAYN 55
CALLY 30
FARRON 30
ZEN 27
RENOR 24
VOICE 12
GAN 9
LEADER 3
TOTAL 586

A11: BOUNTY

BLAKE 104
SARKOFF 81
JENNA 60
TARVIN 49
TYCE 47
CALLY 44
VILA 41
AVON 35
GAN 23
CHENEY 12
ZEN 9
VOICE 7
AMAGON 7
TOTAL 519

A12: DELIVERANCE

AVON 89
BLAKE 56
GAN 43
ENSOR JNR 40
VILA 39
SERVALAN 33
TRAVIS 30
MEEGAT 29
CALLY 21
JENNA 17
ZEN 13
MARYATT 9
VOICE 8
COMPUTER 2
TOTAL 429

A13: ORAC

BLAKE 122
CALLY 56
AVON 55
ENSOR SNR 50
ORAC 38
VILA 35
JENNA 29
SERVALAN 25
TRAVIS 25
ZEN 18
GAN 12
TOTAL 465
 
trevor travis
CHARACTER: (Roj) BLAKE
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 1st

A1 The Way Back 1st 97 24.49% (percentage of lines)
A2 Space Fall 2nd 95 18.96%
A3 Cygnus Alpha 1st 122 25.21%
A4 Time Squad 1st 135 32.07%
A5 The Web 1st 159 34.95%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 1st 89 20.55%
A7 Mission To Destiny 1st 98 22.07%
A8 Duel 1st 111 23.47%
A9 Project Avalon 1st 94 23.33%
A10 Breakdown 1st 162 27.65%
A11 Bounty 1st 104 20.04%
A12 Deliverance 2nd 56 13.05%
A13 Orac 1st 122 26.24%
TOTALS 1444 24.03%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 111.08

First line in Season A: “Ah, Ravella.”
Last line in Season A: “We've forgotten something. The prediction has still been made.”

CHARACTER: JENNA (Stannis)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 2nd

A1 The Way Back 11th 11 2.78%
A2 Space Fall 4th 57 11.38%
A3 Cygnus Alpha 2nd 78 16.12%
A4 Time Squad 2nd 80 19.00%
A5 The Web 3rd 53 11.65%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 4th 40 9.24%
A7 Mission To Destiny 7th 20 4.50%
A8 Duel 4th 43 9.09%
A9 Project Avalon 3rd 37 9.18%
A10 Breakdown 3rd 77 13.14%
A11 Bounty 3rd 60 11.56%
A12 Deliverance 10th 17 3.96%
A13 Orac 7th 29 6.24%
TOTALS 602 10.02%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 46.31

First line in Season A: “What's the time?”
Last line in Season A: “Blake!”

CHARACTER: (Kerr) AVON
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 3rd

A2 Space Fall 5th 50 9.98%
A3 Cygnus Alpha 3rd 74 15.29%
A4 Time Squad 3rd 72 17.10%
A5 The Web 2nd 55 12.09%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 5th 39 9.01%
A7 Mission To Destiny 2nd 83 18.69%
A8 Duel 7th 35 7.40%
A9 Project Avalon 4th 30 7.44%
A10 Breakdown 2nd 94 16.04%
A11 Bounty 8th 35 6.74%
A12 Deliverance 1st 89 20.75%
A13 Orac 3rd 55 11.83%
TOTALS 711 11.83%
No of episodes 12
Average lines per episode 59.25

First line in Season A: “Nothing.”
Last line in Season A: “So is Orac.”

CHARACTER: CALLY
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 4th

A4 Time Squad 6th 29 6.89%
A5 The Web 6th= 29 6.37%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 9th 14 3.23%
A7 Mission To Destiny 3rd 61 13.74%
A8 Duel 10th= 14 2.96%
A9 Project Avalon 10th= 14 3.47%
A10 Breakdown 6th= 30 5.12%
A11 Bounty 6th 44 8.48%
A12 Deliverance 9th 21 4.90%
A13 Orac 2nd 56 12.04%
TOTALS 312 5.19%
No of episodes 10
Average lines per episode 31.20

First line in Season A (telepathic): “Who are you? Will you answer my question? Who are you? I ask you for the last time, who are you?”
First spoken line in Season A: “May you die alone and silent.”
Last line in Season A: “Are you saying you can see into the future?”

CHARACTER: VILA (Restal)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 5th

A1 The Way Back 8th 15 3.79%
A2 Space Fall 6th 38 7.58%
A3 Cygnus Alpha 5th 31 6.40%
A4 Time Squad 4th 46 10.93%
A5 The Web 5th 31 6.81%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 7th 24 5.54%
A7 Mission To Destiny 5th 23 5.18%
A8 Duel 9th 27 5.71%
A9 Project Avalon 8th= 17 4.22%
A10 Breakdown 4th 63 10.75%
A11 Bounty 7th 41 7.90%
A12 Deliverance 5th 39 9.09%
A13 Orac 6th 35 7.53%
TOTALS 430 7.16%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 33.08

First line in Season A: “Easy! Take it easy! I hate personal violence, especially when I'm the person.”
Last line in Season A: “That's all right, that's fixed Orac.”

CHARACTER: (Olag) GAN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 6th

A2 Space Fall 11th= 6 1.20%
A3 Cygnus Alpha 6th 28 5.79%
A4 Time Squad 5th 41 9.74%
A5 The Web 10th 15 3.30%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 10th 13 3.00%
A7 Mission To Destiny 11th= 11 2.48%
A8 Duel 8th 32 6.77%
A9 Project Avalon 6th 21 5.21%
A10 Breakdown 11th 9 1.54%
A11 Bounty 9th 23 4.43%
A12 Deliverance 3rd 43 10.02%
A13 Orac 11th 12 2.58%
TOTALS 254 4.23%
No of episodes 12
Average lines per episode 21.17

First line in Season A: “Maybe. Don't be so nervous, Vila.”
Last line in Season A: “There must be some way of making him tell us when.”

CHARACTER: ZEN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 7th

A3 Cygnus Alpha 9th= 18 3.72%
A4 Time Squad 7th 17 4.04%
A5 The Web 4th 35 7.69%
A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 12th= 9 2.08%
A7 Mission To Destiny 6th 22 4.95%
A8 Duel 10th= 14 2.96%
A9 Project Avalon 12th= 11 2.73%
A10 Breakdown 8th 27 4.61%
A11 Bounty 11th 9 1.73%
A12 Deliverance 11th 13 3.03%
A13 Orac 10th= 18 3.87%
TOTALS 193 3.21%
No of episodes 11
Average lines per episode 17.55

First line in Season A: “Welcome, Jenna Stannis.”
Last line in Season A: “All systems are functioning normally.”

CHARACTER: ORAC
POSITION IN END CREDITS: N/A

A13 Orac 5th 38 8.17%
TOTALS 38 0.63%
No of episodes 1
Average lines per episode 38.00

First line in Season A: “A space vehicle has made a surface landing about seven miles inland.”
Last line in Season A: “The event is now even less distant.”

CHARACTER: (Space Commander) TRAVIS
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 8th

A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 2nd 71 16.40%
A8 Duel 2nd 73 15.43%
A9 Project Avalon 2nd 68 16.87%
A12 Deliverance 7th 30 6.99%
A13 Orac 8th= 25 5.38%
TOTALS 267 4.44%
No of episodes 5
Average lines per episode 53.40

First line in Season A: “Your aide said I was to wait. He was obviously mistaken. He doesn't realize the urgency of the matter.”
Last line in Season A: “Well what are you waiting for? Come on, man. Why don't you kill us?”

CHARACTER: (Supreme Commander) SERVALAN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 9th

A6 Seek-Locate-Destroy 3rd 46 10.62%
A9 Project Avalon 5th 27 6.70%
A12 Deliverance 6th 33 7.69%
A13 Orac 8th= 25 5.38%
TOTALS 131 2.18%
No of episodes 4
Average lines per episode 32.75

First line in Season A: “Gentlemen: I share the President's grave concern. And I am aware of the danger should Blake become a legend. But let us keep this matter in its correct perspective. It is true that Blake has command of a superb space vehicle, but he is just a man, backed by a handful of criminals, and that is all. He is not invulnerable, nor is he superhuman. He is just a man, who has been extremely lucky to evade capture... so far.”
Last line in Season A: “You're in a lot of trouble, Travis.”
Edited by trevor travis on 10 February 2014 23:13:30
 
JustBrad
trevor travis wrote:

A10: BREAKDOWN

BLAKE 162
AVON 94
JENNA 77
VILA 63
KAYN 55
CALLY 30
FARRON 30
ZEN 27
RENOR 24
VOICE 12
GAN 9

LEADER 3
TOTAL 586


TOTAL 465


So in his 'feature episode,' David gets fewer lines than a voice over artist and one third the lines of the ship's computer.
 
trevor travis
JustBrad wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

A10: BREAKDOWN

BLAKE 162
AVON 94
JENNA 77
VILA 63
KAYN 55
CALLY 30
FARRON 30
ZEN 27
RENOR 24
VOICE 12
GAN 9

LEADER 3
TOTAL 586


TOTAL 465


So in his 'feature episode,' David gets fewer lines than a voice over artist and one third the lines of the ship's computer.


Well strictly speaking David gets more lines than Gan, as his provides one of the voices - that of the diagnostic machine. He gets an extra 3 lines i.e. a grand total of 12.

The transcripts added all the voices together, and I went along with that - in fact, in cases where it didn't, it went and changed it and added them together for consistency and ease of reference.

But either way it is a bit shocking where Gan comes in this episode.
 
trevor travis
GRAND TOTALS:

EP REGULARS SEMI-REGULARS PROG TOTAL GUEST CHAR GRAND TOTAL
A01 123 31.06% 000 00.00% 123 31.06% 273 68.94% 396 100.00%
A02 246 49.10% 000 00.00% 246 49.10% 255 50.90% 501 100.00%
A03 351 72.52% 000 00.00% 351 72.52% 133 27.48% 484 100.00%
A04 420 99.76% 000 00.00% 420 99.76% 001 00.24% 421 100.00%
A05 377 82.86% 000 00.00% 377 82.86% 078 17.14% 455 100.00%
A06 228 52.66% 117 27.02% 345 79.68% 088 20.32% 433 100.00%
A07 318 71.62% 000 00.00% 318 71.62% 126 28.38% 444 100.00%
A08 276 58.35% 073 15.43% 349 73.78% 124 26.22% 473 100.00%
A09 224 55.58% 095 23.57% 319 79.16% 084 20.84% 403 100.00%
A10 462 78.84% 000 00.00% 462 78.84% 124 21.16% 586 100.00%
A11 316 60.89% 000 00.00% 316 60.89% 203 39.11% 519 100.00%
A12 278 64.80% 063 14.69% 341 79.49% 088 20.51% 429 100.00%
A13 365 78.49% 050 10.75% 415 89.25% 050 10.75% 465 100.00%
TOT 3984 66.30% 398 06.62% 4382 72.92% 1627 27.08% 6009 100.00%

Regulars = Blake, Jenna, Avon, Cally, Vila, Gan, Zen and Orac.
Semi-regulars = Travis & Servalan.



EDIT: Hmmm, the rest of the tables work nicely when copy and pasted, but I really need to learn how to import this one in excel.
Edited by trevor travis on 10 February 2014 22:26:01
 
trevor travis
MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (across season):

BLAKE 1444 24.03%
AVON 711 11.83%
JENNA 602 10.02%
VILA 430 7.16%
CALLY 312 5.19%
TRAVIS 267 4.44%
GAN 254 4.23%
ZEN 193 3.21%
SERVALAN 131 2.18%
ORAC 38 0.63%
OTHERS 1627 27.08%
TOTAL 6009 100.00%

MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (in single episode):

1 BLAKE 162 A10
2 BLAKE 159 A5
3 BLAKE 135 A4
4 BLAKE 122 A3
5 BLAKE 122 A13
6 BLAKE 111 A8
7 BLAKE 104 A11
8 LEYLAN 100 A2
9 BLAKE 98 A7
10 BLAKE 97 A1
11 BLAKE 95 A2
12 BLAKE 94 A9
13 AVON 94 A10
14 BLAKE 89 A6
15 AVON 89 A12
16 VARON 85 A1
17 AVON 83 A7
18 SARKOFF 81 A11
19 JENNA 80 A4
20 JENNA 78 A3
21 JENNA 77 A10
22 RAIKER 76 A2
23 AVON 74 A3
24 TRAVIS 73 A8
25 AVON 72 A4
26 TRAVIS 71 A6
27 TRAVIS 68 A9
28 VILA 63 A10
29 CALLY 61 A7
30 JENNA 60 A11

Entries in top thirty:
BLAKE 12 (all in top 15!!)
AVON 5
JENNA 4
TRAVIS 3
LEYLAN 1
VARON 1
SARKOFF 1
RAIKER 1
VILA 1
CALLY 1

AVERAGES LINES PER EPISODE (regulars and semi-regulars only):

BLAKE 111.08
AVON 59.25
TRAVIS 53.40
JENNA 46.31
ORAC 38.00 (from 1 episode only)
VILA 33.08
SERVALAN 32.75
CALLY 31.20
GAN 21.17
ZEN 17.55
Edited by trevor travis on 10 February 2014 22:20:35
 
trevor travis
Right, that's quite enough stats, just need to write the Season A summary tomorrow night, although the stats almost talk for themselves.
 
meegat39
I just want to say how much I am enjoying this thread TT and a big thank you for doing it, along with all the analysis Wink
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
trevor travis
meegat39 wrote:

I just want to say how much I am enjoying this thread TT and a big thank you for doing it, along with all the analysis Wink


Thanks Meegat - I'm enjoying doing it as well. Going through the dialogue has given me a new appreciation of some episodes. For example, "Bounty" has some really cracking dialogue.
 
trevor travis
Conclusions for Season A:

BLAKE: 1444 lines (24.03%)
Average lines per episode: 111.08
Well the programme is called Blake’s 7, and there’s no doubt that the eponymous character is the driving force of this opening season. Let’s just consider how central he is in some of these episodes. If one considers it, dialogue is normally between two and more people – TV programmes rarely have people taking to themselves (well unless it’s Travis ranting at the nearest wall!). Therefore even if a character is in every scene, the absolute maximum dialogue share would be 50%. Blake’s share of 35% of the dialogue in “The Web” is massive – it means he’s almost in the entire 55 minutes of the programme. Only twice - in Space Fall (19%) and Deliverance (13%) - does Blake’s share drop below 20%. Across a whole season of B7, he’s probably in more scenes than he’s not in. As for Blake’s dialogue, much of it is a functional nature – he is there to drive the stories. He has the most dialogue, but not necessarily the most interesting... although he does have his moments.

AVON: 711 lines (11.83%)
Average lines per episode: 59.25.
Avon is an interesting character right from the off – and he is often is given the standout lines. He’s the main voice of opposition on the Liberator; although his bark is worse than his bite – he always ends up backing Blake. The creative writing team of Terry Nation (writer) and Chris Boucher (script editor) would have put together Season A before seeing Paul Darrow’s portrayal of Avon… so obviously they saw a great deal of potential in the character, even before seeing the finished article. Avon is already pushed forward in episodes such as “Mission To Destiny” and “Deliverance”. And even in episodes where he is more in the background, he still comes out with some great one-liners (a good example being “Duel” ).

JENNA: 602 lines (10.02%)
Average lines per episode: 46.31.
Jenna completes the trio of lead characters for Season A. In a way, she is similar to Blake, in that her dialogue is often of a functional nature and used to help drive the episodes (that’s not to say she doesn’t receive some interesting dialogue). Jenna is a cool, intelligent lady, who knows her own mind. In some ways, the statistics are slightly misleading – as she actually has more dialogue than Avon in 7 of the 12 episodes that they both appear, with “Mission To Destiny” and “Deliverance” somewhat skewing the figures. It could be argued that Jenna is started to be pushed into the background behind Avon towards the end of the season, because of her small parts in “Deliverance” and “Orac”. But the counter-argument is that this is just an episode-by-episode variation, since in “Bounty”, she has almost double the dialogue of Avon.

VILA: 430 lines (7.16%)
Average lines per episode: 33.08.
Vila is the “everyman” of the Liberator crew. Like Avon, Vila is very much interested in self-preservation (he’s not actually a coward, as such), but they express it in different ways. Vila stays as a secondary character through Season A – there isn’t a single episode where he features in the top three. But almost from his very first line, he is given some of the most memorable dialogue in this season. Sometimes quality is more important than quantity. Vila would go on to become one of the most enduring characters with viewers (arguably the second most popular character behind Avon), and it’s already possible to see why in Season A. Who could not like Vila?

CALLY: 312 lines (5.19%)
Average lines per episode: 31.20.
B7 has an unusually large regular cast – most programmes only have 2, 3 or 4 regular characters. Therefore, with more regulars, there are going to be some characters who miss out a bit. Cally is perhaps such a character. Her strong introduction in “Time Squad”, plus good representation in “Mission To Destiny”, “Bounty” and “Orac” help give an average number of lines per episode comparable with Vila. And it helps disguise the fact she’s hardly in some of the other episodes. As for her dialogue, often it is interesting – due to her alien nature, she often has a different slant on things.

TRAVIS: 267 lines (4.44%)
Average lines per episode: 53.40.
Travis is the main baddie of Season A. He is an integral part of each of his opening three episodes (with a dialogue share of 17%, 15% and 17% respectively); in each episode only Blake receives more dialogue. He’s less central to the plot to the final two episodes of the season, but “Deliverance” - as with “Duel” before it – helps viewers to see a new side to Travis; he’s not just your one-dimensional bad guy.

GAN: 254 lines (4.23%)
Average lines per episode: 21.17.
Yes, that’s right, Gan receives less dialogue than Travis in Season A, despite being in 7 episodes more. It is a real shame that the character of Gan is often marginalised during Season A. It’s perhaps not a good sign that he’s given very few lines in “Space Fall”. Episodes such as “Cygnus Alpha”, “Tine Squad” and “Deliverance” do show Gan is an interesting character, although he is a character that is less likely to come out with witty lines. Gan is dependable, loyal, the heart of Blake’s crew.

ZEN: 193 lines (3.21%)
Average lines per episode: 17.55.
A staple of TV sci-fi programming is a computer with a personality. Zen is an interesting variation on this theme (he avoids the cute computer cliché). Much of his dialogue is very functional in its nature (“CONFIRMED” ), but there are distinct hints (e.g. in “The Web” and “Breakdown” ) that there may be more than meets the eye to Zen. For a non-humanoid character, he is given a good amount of dialogue in Season A.

SERVALAN: 131 lines (2.18%)
Average lines per episode: 32.75.
Travis’s boss turns out to be a fascinating character right from the off. No wonder they didn’t leave her as a one-off character. Servalan has some of the very best dialogue in the episodes where she appears – she is very much the astute and devious politician in Season A. With Jacqueline Pearce bringing her to life so brilliantly, it’s not surprising she would play such a big part of future seasons.

ORAC: 38 lines (0.63%)
Average lines per episode: 38.00.
Supercomputer / brain / genius Orac is given a strong debut in his eponymous episode, although it’s difficult to comment too much more on a character only in one episode.
 
meegat39
trevor travis wrote:

Conclusions for Season A:

BLAKE: 1444 lines (24.03%)
Average lines per episode: 111.08
Well the programme is called Blake’s 7, and there’s no doubt that the eponymous character is the driving force of this opening season. Let’s just consider how central he is in some of these episodes. If one considers it, dialogue is normally between two and more people – TV programmes rarely have people taking to themselves (well unless it’s Travis ranting at the nearest wall!). Therefore even if a character is in every scene, the absolute maximum dialogue share would be 50%. Blake’s share of 35% of the dialogue in “The Web” is massive – it means he’s almost in the entire 55 minutes of the programme. Only twice - in Space Fall (19%) and Deliverance (13%) - does Blake’s share drop below 20%. Across a whole season of B7, he’s probably in more scenes than he’s not in. As for Blake’s dialogue, much of it is a functional nature – he is there to drive the stories. He has the most dialogue, but not necessarily the most interesting... although he does have his moments.

AVON: 711 lines (11.83%)
Average lines per episode: 59.25.
Avon is an interesting character right from the off – and he is often is given the standout lines. He’s the main voice of opposition on the Liberator; although his bark is worse than his bite – he always ends up backing Blake. The creative writing team of Terry Nation (writer) and Chris Boucher (script editor) would have put together Season A before seeing Paul Darrow’s portrayal of Avon… so obviously they saw a great deal of potential in the character, even before seeing the finished article. Avon is already pushed forward in episodes such as “Mission To Destiny” and “Deliverance”. And even in episodes where he is more in the background, he still comes out with some great one-liners (a good example being “Duel” ).

JENNA: 602 lines (10.02%)
Average lines per episode: 46.31.
Jenna completes the trio of lead characters for Season A. In a way, she is similar to Blake, in that her dialogue is often of a functional nature and used to help drive the episodes (that’s not to say she doesn’t receive some interesting dialogue). Jenna is a cool, intelligent lady, who knows her own mind. In some ways, the statistics are slightly misleading – as she actually has more dialogue than Avon in 7 of the 12 episodes that they both appear, with “Mission To Destiny” and “Deliverance” somewhat skewing the figures. It could be argued that Jenna is started to be pushed into the background behind Avon towards the end of the season, because of her small parts in “Deliverance” and “Orac”. But the counter-argument is that this is just an episode-by-episode variation, since in “Bounty”, she has almost double the dialogue of Avon.

VILA: 430 lines (7.16%)
Average lines per episode: 33.08.
Vila is the “everyman” of the Liberator crew. Like Avon, Vila is very much interested in self-preservation (he’s not actually a coward, as such), but they express it in different ways. Vila stays as a secondary character through Season A – there isn’t a single episode where he features in the top three. But almost from his very first line, he is given some of the most memorable dialogue in this season. Sometimes quality is more important than quantity. Vila would go on to become one of the most enduring characters with viewers (arguably the second most popular character behind Avon), and it’s already possible to see why in Season A. Who could not like Vila?

CALLY: 312 lines (5.19%)
Average lines per episode: 31.20.
B7 has an unusually large regular cast – most programmes only have 2, 3 or 4 regular characters. Therefore, with more regulars, there are going to be some characters who miss out a bit. Cally is perhaps such a character. Her strong introduction in “Time Squad”, plus good representation in “Mission To Destiny”, “Bounty” and “Orac” help give an average number of lines per episode comparable with Vila. And it helps disguise the fact she’s hardly in some of the other episodes. As for her dialogue, often it is interesting – due to her alien nature, she often has a different slant on things.

TRAVIS: 267 lines (4.44%)
Average lines per episode: 53.40.
Travis is the main baddie of Season A. He is an integral part of each of his opening three episodes (with a dialogue share of 17%, 15% and 17% respectively); in each episode only Blake receives more dialogue. He’s less central to the plot to the final two episodes of the season, but “Deliverance” - as with “Duel” before it – helps viewers to see a new side to Travis; he’s not just your one-dimensional bad guy.

GAN: 254 lines (4.23%)
Average lines per episode: 21.17.
Yes, that’s right, Gan receives less dialogue than Travis in Season A, despite being in 7 episodes more. It is a real shame that the character of Gan is often marginalised during Season A. It’s perhaps not a good sign that he’s given very few lines in “Space Fall”. Episodes such as “Cygnus Alpha”, “Tine Squad” and “Deliverance” do show Gan is an interesting character, although he is a character that is less likely to come out with witty lines. Gan is dependable, loyal, the heart of Blake’s crew.

ZEN: 193 lines (3.21%)
Average lines per episode: 17.55.
A staple of TV sci-fi programming is a computer with a personality. Zen is an interesting variation on this theme (he avoids the cute computer cliché). Much of his dialogue is very functional in its nature (“CONFIRMED” ), but there are distinct hints (e.g. in “The Web” and “Breakdown” ) that there may be more than meets the eye to Zen. For a non-humanoid character, he is given a good amount of dialogue in Season A.

SERVALAN: 131 lines (2.18%)
Average lines per episode: 32.75.
Travis’s boss turns out to be a fascinating character right from the off. No wonder they didn’t leave her as a one-off character. Servalan has some of the very best dialogue in the episodes where she appears – she is very much the astute and devious politician in Season A. With Jacqueline Pearce bringing her to life so brilliantly, it’s not surprising she would play such a big part of future seasons.

ORAC: 38 lines (0.63%)
Average lines per episode: 38.00.
Supercomputer / brain / genius Orac is given a strong debut in his eponymous episode, although it’s difficult to comment too much more on a character only in one episode.


Sorry don't want to derail your thread TT, but does anyone know why they switched from using Derek Farr for the voice of Orac to Peter Tuddenham in the next and subsequent series/episodes?
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
trevor travis
meegat39 wrote:
Sorry don't want to derail your thread TT, but does anyone know why they switched from using Derek Farr for the voice of Orac to Peter Tuddenham in the next and subsequent series/episodes?


One less actor to pay, I would think Grin

I'm going to start a fresh thread for Season B, so please feel free to comment on this thread.

It would be interesting to see what other people think of both the dialogue in Season A, and also on who did and who didn't get that dialogue.

EDIT: One thing I'm pondering on for Season B is Zen and Orac. There are certain episodes where they don't speak; others where they don't appear at all. However, they are still part of the Liberator crew, so do I count them as a 0 for that episode, or just completely discount that episode. It will make a difference to averages, if I am dividing by 10 or 11 rather than 13. The most blatant example is actually from Season C - Orac in "Terminal". Does this count or not count as an appearance?

FURTHER EDIT: Just realised that, in a way, Zen appears in "Space Fall". But I'm not counting that one - the character has not even been introduced at that point.

FURTHER, FURTHER EDIT: And then there's Cally in "Rescue". I think I will have to count that as an appearance (even though she doesn't visually appear!) as she does have her final two (very short) lines of dialogue!

FURTHER, FURTHER, FURTHER EDIT: And Blake in "Terminal" and "Blake" - regular or guest character? Or maybe I just include "Blake" in Blake's overall figures, after all it's not Blake in "Terminal" is it? After all, I'm counting the clone (or rather the two clones) are seperate characters in "Weapon". But then again he is credited as Blake in "Terminal", isn't he? My head hurts AngryGrin
Edited by trevor travis on 11 February 2014 12:38:48
 
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