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The Dialogue of B7: Part 3 - Season C
trevor travis
Summary:

C1: AFTERMATH

AVON 164
DAYNA 94
SERVALAN 81
MELLANBY 58
ZEN 20
LAUREN 14
CHEL 11
TROOPER 1 11
TROOPER 2 11
VILA 10
CALLY 9
ORAC 7
COMMANDER 1
TARRANT 1
WARRIOR 1
TOTAL 493

C2: POWERPLAY

AVON 113
TARRANT 78
VILA 70
KLEGG 48
DAYNA 39
CALLY 36
LOM 22
SERVALAN 20
ZEE 16
BARR 15
NURSE 15
HARMON 10
ZEN 10
RECEPTIONIST 8
2ND NURSE 2
GUARD 1
VOICE 1
TOTAL 504

C3: VOLCANO

AVON 86
TARRANT 81
VILA 62
CALLY 61
DAYNA 49
HOWER 49
SERVALAN 47
MORI 46
BERSHAR 43
ZEN 38
MUTOID 10
COMMANDER 9
ORAC 6
MILUS 2
TOTAL 589

C4: DAWN OF THE GODS

TARRANT 98
AVON 70
VILA 43
CALLY 41
DAYNA 28
ZEN 28
GROFF 27
ORAC 21
CALIPH 20
THAARN 17
TOTAL 393

C5: THE HARVEST OF KAIROS

TARRANT 113
SERVALAN 108
AVON 72
JARVIK 71
VILA 42
ZEN 42
CALLY 37
DAYNA 35
DASTOR 24
SHAD 15
LEADERS 13
GUARD 5
ORAC 5
CARLON 3
2ND GUARD 2
TOTAL 587

C6: CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

VILA 176
KERRIL 104
TARRANT 72
AVON 68
BAYBAN 63
CALLY 47
SHERM 26
DAYNA 20
NORL 14
ORAC 9
VOICE 7
TOTAL 606

C7: CHILDREN OF AURON

SERVALAN 93
AVON 58
GINKA 54
FRANTON 46
CALLY 45
DERAL 45
VILA 45
TARRANT 41
DAYNA 35
CA-1 33
CA-2 25
PATAR 20
ZELDA 19
VOICE 15
ZEN 10
PILOT FOUR-ZERO 7
ORAC 4
TOTAL 595

C8: RUMOURS OF DEATH

AVON 146
SHRINKER 75
GRENLEE 58
ANNA/SULA 57
TARRANT 52
FORRES 36
VILA 28
SERVALAN 27
HOB 25
DAYNA 24
CALLY 14
ORAC 11
CHESKU 8
BALON 6
GUARD 5
PRISONER 2
TROOPER 2
REBELS 2
TOTAL 578

C9: SARCOPHAGUS

AVON 90
TARRANT 74
VILA 47
DAYNA 45
ALIEN 40
CALLY 39
ZEN 27
ORAC 6
TOTAL 368

C10: ULTRAWORLD

TARRANT 125
DAYNA 103
AVON 98
VILA 76
ULTRA 1 51
ULTRA 2 31
ORAC 29
ULTRA 3 26
CALLY 13
RELF 8
ZEN 6
TOTAL 566

C11: MOLOCH

AVON 92
TARRANT 77
VILA 71
GROSE 64
SERVALAN 51
DAYNA 43
DORAN 35
CALLY 29
ZEN 22
LECTOR 21
CHESIL 19
POOLA 14
MOLOCH 12
ORAC 10
EX-PRISONERS 4
TOTAL 564

C12: DEATH-WATCH

MAX 75
AVON 73
TARRANT 70
DEETA 63
VILA 54
DAYNA 37
CALLY 30
SERVALAN 23
DARVID 16
ORAC 16
KARLA 14
DIRECTOR 11
VINNI 7
TEAL CONTROL 4
ZEN 4
TEAL STAR 4
FEMALE VOICE 3
TOTAL 504

C13: TERMINAL

AVON 92
TARRANT 76
VILA 55
ZEN 54
DAYNA 35
SERVALAN 34
CALLY 30
KOSTOS 7
TORON 7
BLAKE 6
REEVAL 6
SPHERE 3
TOTAL 405
 
trevor travis
Character-by-character:

CHARACTER: (Kerr) AVON
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 1st

C1 Aftermath 1st 164 33.27%
C2 Powerplay 1st 113 22.42%
C3 Volcano 1st 86 14.60%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 2nd 70 17.81%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 3rd 72 12.27%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 4th 68 11.22%
C7 Children Of Auron 2nd 58 9.75%
C8 Rumours Of Death 1st 146 25.26%
C9 Sarcophagus 1st 90 24.46%
C10 Ultraworld 3rd 98 17.31%
C11 Moloch 1st 92 16.31%
C12 Death-Watch 2nd 73 14.48%
C13 Terminal 1st 92 22.72%
TOTALS 1222 18.10%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 94.00

Season B:
TOTALS 947 13.28%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 72.85

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS 275 4.81%
Average lines per episode 21.15

First line in Season C: “Vila, go and check the life support capsules.”
Last line in Season C: “She won. We...I let her take the Liberator.”

CHARACTER: CALLY
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 2nd

C1 Aftermath 11th 9 1.83%
C2 Powerplay 6th 36 7.14%
C3 Volcano 4th 61 10.36%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 4th 41 10.43%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 7th 37 6.30%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 6th 47 7.76%
C7 Children Of Auron 5th= 45 7.56%
C8 Rumours Of Death 11th 14 2.42%
C9 Sarcophagus 6th 39 10.60%
C10 Ultraworld 9th 13 2.30%
C11 Moloch 8th 29 5.14%
C12 Death-Watch 7th 30 5.95%
C13 Terminal 7th 30 7.41%
TOTALS 431 6.38%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 33.15

Season B:
TOTALS 399 5.60%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 30.69

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS 32 0.79%
Average lines per episode 2.46

First line in Season C: “System malfunction on blocks two and three.”
Last line in Season C: “She's beginning to go.”

CHARACTER: VILA (Restal)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 3rd

C1 Aftermath 1th 10 2.03%
C2 Powerplay 3rd 70 13.89%
C3 Volcano 3rd 62 10.53%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 3rd 43 10.94%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 5th= 42 7.16%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 1st 176 29.04%
C7 Children Of Auron 5th= 45 7.56%
C8 Rumours Of Death 7th 28 4.84%
C9 Sarcophagus 3rd 47 12.77%
C10 Ultraworld 4th 76 13.43%
C11 Moloch 3rd 71 12.59%
C12 Death-Watch 5th 54 10.71%
C13 Terminal 3rd 55 13.58%
TOTALS 779 11.54%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 59.92

Season B:
TOTALS 608 8.53%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 46.77

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS 171 3.01%
Average lines per episode 13.15

First line in Season C: “On my way.”
Last line in Season C: “She's starting to break up.”

CHARACTER: (President / Supreme Commander) SERVALAN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 4th

C1 Aftermath 3rd 81 16.43%
C2 Powerplay 8th 20 3.97%
C3 Volcano 7th 47 7.98%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 2nd 108 18.40%
C7 Children Of Auron 1st 93 15.63%
C8 Rumours Of Death 8th 27 4.67%
C11 Moloch 5th 51 9.04%
C12 Death-Watch 8th 23 4.56%
C13 Terminal 6th 34 8.40%
TOTALS 484 7.17%
No of episodes 9
Average lines per episode 53.78

Season B:
TOTALS 379 5.32%
No of episodes 8
Average lines per episode 47.38

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS 105 1.85%
Average lines per episode 6.40

First line in Season C: “Open transmission for immediate relay to Federation fleet command. Message begins. Escort group nine destroyed en route to main battle zone. President Servalan forced down on planet Sarran. Rescue is now your first priority. Repeat: rescue takes precedence over everything. Message ends. Acknowledge transmission. Answer me, damn you, answer me!”
Last line in Season C: “Main drive. Maximum power!”

CHARACTER: (Del) TARRANT
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 5th

C1 Aftermath 13th= 1 0.20%
C2 Powerplay 2nd 78 15.48%
C3 Volcano 2nd 81 13.75%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 1st 98 24.94%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 1st 113 19.25%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 3rd 72 11.88%
C7 Children Of Auron 8th 41 6.89%
C8 Rumours Of Death 5th 52 9.00%
C9 Sarcophagus 2nd 74 20.11%
C10 Ultraworld 1st 125 22.08%
C11 Moloch 2nd 77 13.65%
C12 Death-Watch 3rd 70 13.89%
C13 Terminal 2th 76 18.77%
TOTALS 958 14.19%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 73.69

First line in Season C: “Summary execution is the usual punishment for boarding a Federation ship without authority. What are you doing on my ship?”
Last line in Season C: “Let's see if we can't find a way off this planet. There's a lot to do.”

CHARACTER: DAYNA (Mellanby)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 6th

C1 Aftermath 2nd 94 19.07%
C2 Powerplay 5th 39 7.74%
C3 Volcano 5th= 49 8.32%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 5th= 28 7.12%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 8th 35 5.96%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 8th 20 3.30%
C7 Children Of Auron 9th 35 5.88%
C8 Rumours Of Death 10th 24 4.15%
C9 Sarcophagus 4th 45 12.23%
C10 Ultraworld 2nd 103 18.20%
C11 Moloch 6th 43 7.62%
C12 Death-Watch 6th 37 7.34%
C13 Terminal 5th 35 8.64%
TOTALS 587 8.69%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 45.15

First line in Season C: “Are you feeling better?”
Last line in Season C: “You'd better watch this, Avon.”

CHARACTER: (Roj) BLAKE
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 7th (one episode only)

C13 Terminal 10th= 6 1.48%
TOTALS 6 0.09%
No of episodes 1
Average lines per episode 6.00

Season B:
TOTALS 1287 18.05%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 99.00

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS -1281 -17.96%
Average lines per episode -93.00

First line in Season C: “Well, you certainly took your time finding me.”
Last line in Season C: “No good. I wouldn't survive the teleport transfer. They calculate it'll take at least three months before I can start to move again.” [Beeping begins] “That's a treatment timer. They'll be here in a few minutes. They'll find you.”

CHARACTER: ZEN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 7th

C1 Aftermath 5th 20 4.06%
C2 Powerplay 12th= 10 1.98%
C3 Volcano 10th 38 6.45%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 5th= 28 7.12%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 5th= 42 7.16%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World N/A 0 0.00%
C7 Children Of Auron 15th 10 1.68%
C8 Rumours Of Death N/A 0 0.00%
C9 Sarcophagus 7th 27 7.34%
C10 Ultraworld 11th 6 1.06%
C11 Moloch 9th 22 3.90%
C12 Death-Watch 14th= 4 0.79%
C13 Terminal 4th 54 13.33%
TOTALS 261 3.87%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 20.08

Season B:
TOTALS 180 2.52%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 13.85

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS 81 1.34%
Average lines per episode 6.23

First line in Season C: “Enemy strategy is now confirmed. Battle computers indicate full alien counterattack is underway.”
Last line in Season C: “I have failed you. I am sorry. I have...”

CHARACTER: ORAC
POSITION IN END CREDITS: N/A

C1 Aftermath 12th 7 1.42%
C2 Powerplay N/A 0 0.00%
C3 Volcano 13th 6 1.02%
C4 Dawn Of The Gods 8th 21 5.34%
C5 The Harvest Of Kairos 12th= 5 0.85%
C6 City At The Edge Of The World 10th 9 1.49%
C7 Children Of Auron 17th 4 0.67%
C8 Rumours Of Death 12th 11 1.90%
C9 Sarcophagus 8th 6 1.63%
C10 Ultraworld 7th 29 5.12%
C11 Moloch 14th 10 1.77%
C12 Death-Watch 9th= 16 3.17%
C13 Terminal N/A 0 0.00%
TOTALS 124 1.84%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 9.54

Season B:
TOTALS 145 2.03%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 11.15

Variance with Season B:
TOTALS -21 -0.20%
Average lines per episode -1.62

First line in Season C: “The ship has sustained considerable damage, but is now operating at fifty-four percent of normal capacity. This is increasing rapidly as the auto- repair systems complete their functions.”
Last line in Season C: “I have the information you required.”
 
trevor travis
GRAND TOTALS:

EP REGULARS SEMI-REGULARS PROG TOTAL GUEST CHAR GRAND TOTAL
C01 305 61.87% 081 16.43% 386 78.30% 107 21.70% 493 100.00%
C02 346 68.65% 020 3.97% 366 72.62% 138 27.38% 504 100.00%
C03 383 65.03% 047 7.98% 430 73.01% 159 26.99% 589 100.00%
C04 329 83.72% 000 0.00% 329 83.72% 064 16.28% 393 100.00%
C05 346 58.94% 108 18.40% 454 77.34% 133 22.66% 587 100.00%
C06 392 64.69% 000 0.00% 392 64.69% 214 35.31% 606 100.00%
C07 238 40.00% 093 15.63% 331 55.63% 264 44.37% 595 100.00%
C08 275 47.58% 027 4.67% 302 52.25% 276 47.75% 578 100.00%
C09 328 89.13% 000 0.00% 328 89.13% 040 10.87% 368 100.00%
C10 450 79.51% 000 0.00% 450 79.51% 116 20.49% 566 100.00%
C11 344 60.99% 051 9.04% 395 70.04% 169 29.96% 564 100.00%
C12 284 56.35% 023 4.56% 307 60.91% 197 39.09% 504 100.00%
C13 348 85.93% 034 8.40% 382 94.32% 023 5.68% 405 100.00%
TOT 4368 64.69% 484 7.17% 4852 71.86% 1900 28.14% 6752 100.00%

Comparison with Season B:
TOT 4214 59.11% 693 9.72% 4907 68.83% 2222 31.17% 7129 100.00%
VAR 154 5.58% -209 -2.55% -55 3.03% -322 -3.03% -377 0.00%

Comparison with Season A:
TOT 3984 66.30% 398 6.62% 4382 72.92% 1627 27.08% 6009 100.00%
VAR 384 -1.61% 86 0.54% 470 -1.06% 273 1.06% 743 0.00%

Regulars = Avon, Cally, Vila, Tarrant, Dayna, Blake, Zen and Orac.
Semi-regulars = Servalan.

The above table shows a shift back towards the regular cast in Season C – from 66.30% in Season A, down to 59.11% in Season B, but back up to 64.69% in Season C. Travis’s departure means the semi-regular percentage falls despite Servalan having a greater share in the dialogue, while the guest character percentage decreases between Seasons B & C, to just above the Season A level.

There are 6752 lines of dialogue in Season C. This is lower than the figure of Season B (7129), but quite a bit higher than Season A (6009). Different writers have different styles and this largely explains this difference (e.g. all 13 Season A episodes were written by Terry Nation, who writes quite a bit of action; Season B contains three Allan Prior scripts and he writes short, snappy dialogue; and Season C contains scripts from James Follett and Tanith Lee, who both write in long, flowing lines).
 
trevor travis
MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (across Season C ):

AVON 1222 (947/711) 18.10% (13.28%/11.83%)
TARRANT 958 (N/A) 14.19% (N/A)
VILA 779 (608/430) 11.54% (8.53%/7.16%)
DAYNA 587 (N/A) 8.69% (N/A)
SERVALAN 484 (379/131) 7.17% (5.32%/2.18%)
CALLY 431 (399/312) 6.38% (5.60%/5.19%)
ZEN 261 (180/193) 3.87% (2.52%/3.21%)
ORAC 124 (145/38) 1.84% (2.03%/0.63%)
BLAKE 6 (1287/1444) 0.09% (18.05%/24.03%)
JENNA 0 (502/602) 0.00% (7.04%/10.02%)
TRAVIS 0 (314/267) 0.00% (4.40%/4.44%)
GAN 0 (146/254) 0.00% (2.05%/4.23%)
OTHERS 1900 (2222/1627) 28.14% (31.17%/27.08%)
TOTAL 6752 (7129/6009) 100.00% (100.00%)

(Seasons B/A figures are in brackets)


MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (in single episode):

1 VILA 176 C6
2 AVON 164 C1
3 AVON 146 C8
4 TARRANT 125 C10
5 AVON 113 C2
6 TARRANT 113 C5
7 SERVALAN 108 C5
8 KERRIL 104 C6
9 DAYNA 103 C10
10 TARRANT 98 C4
11 AVON 98 C10
12 DAYNA 94 C1
13 SERVALAN 93 C7
14 AVON 92 C11
15 AVON 92 C13
16 AVON 90 C9
17 AVON 86 C3
18 SERVALAN 81 C1
19 TARRANT 81 C3
20 TARRANT 78 C2
21 TARRANT 77 C11
22 VILA 76 C10
23 TARRANT 76 C13
24 SHRINKER 75 C8
25 MAX 75 C12
26 TARRANT 74 C9
27 AVON 73 C12
28 AVON 72 C5
29 TARRANT 72 C6
30 JARVIK 71 C5
31 VILA 71 C11

Entries in top thirty-one:
AVON 10
TARRANT 9
VILA 3
SERVALAN 3
DAYNA 2
KERRIL 1
SHRINKER 1
MAX 1
JARVIK 1


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

AVON 94.00 (72.85/59.25)
TARRANT 73.69 (N/A)
VILA 59.92 (46.77/33.08)
SERVALAN 53.78 (47.38/32.75)
DAYNA 45.15 (N/A)
CALLY 33.15 (30.69/31.20)
ZEN 20.08 (13.85/17.55)
ORAC 9.54 (11.15/38.00)
BLAKE 6.00 (99.00/111.08)

(Season B/A figures are in brackets)
 
trevor travis
Right, that's enough stats. I will write the conclusions, probably tomorrow, but once again, the figures largely speak for themselves.
 
trevor travis
Conclusions for Season C:

AVON: 1222 lines (+275) 18.10% (+4.81%)
Average lines per episode: 94.00 (+21.15)
Avon becomes the new central character of B7 in Season C, and ends up with figures similar to Blake in Season B. Blake’s percentage of the dialogue in Season B is 18.05%, while Avon’s in Season C is 18.10%. However, comparing the human members of the Liberator crew only, Season B Blake takes 33.09% compared to Season C Avon’s 30.73%. Avon is not quite as dominant Blake was before him – in the 26 episodes of Seasons A & B, Avon only headed Blake twice, and Jenna, Vila, Cally and Gan never managed that feat. In contrast, Tarrant heads Avon in four Season C episodes, while Vila (“City At The Edge Of The World” ) and Dayna (“Ultraworld” ) do it once. Avon is different to Blake – he doesn’t always take the lead. A perfect example is “The Harvest Of Kairos”, where he lurks in the background behind Tarrant, and uses his brains to reclaim the Liberator once things go wrong. Viewers see new developments in Avon’s character during Season C – including the establishing of his love-hate relationship with Servalan. He is given some very strong episodes – he has a whopping 33% share of the dialogue in “Aftermath”, and also tops 20% in four subsequent episodes. And he and Vila continue to hog much of the best dialogue.

TARRANT: 958 lines 14.19%
Average lines per episode: 73.69
In part a replacement for Blake and in part a replacement for pilot Jenna, Tarrant is given a leading role in Season C – in fact, his ends up with figures superior to those of Avon in Season B. Arguably, his appearance at the very end of “Aftermath” is just a cameo; excluding this episode his averages lines per episode becomes an even more impressive 79.75. Tarrant is in top three of the dialogue chart in 10 episodes in Season C, and has most lines in “Dawn Of The Gods” (where he has 25% of the dialogue), “The Harvest Of Kairos” and “Ultraworld”. Season A has a single writer (two, if one includes script editor Chris Boucher); Season C has eight. Therefore, it takes a while before Tarrant’s character settles down; but this allows us to see many facets to the man. He is given much of the functional dialogue, but he also takes the task (previously held by Blake) of having heated discussions with Avon.

VILA: 779 lines (+171) 11.54% (+3.01%)
Average lines per episode: 59.92 (+13.15)
Vila stays in third place in terms of overall number of lines (also his place in Season B ), but his share of the dialogue increases quite substantially. His figures are boosted by “City At The Edge Of The World”, where he is given a record-breaking 176 lines (a 29% share). “City” is the first episode to put Vila centre stage (it was high time we had one!), developing an already fantastic character. Away from his feature episode, Vila is placed third in no fewer than six episodes. As with the previous two seasons, it’s also about the quality of the dialogue that Vila is given – so many of his lines are quotable. He continues to be the most likeable character on the Liberator; the ‘everyman’.

DAYNA: 587 lines 8.69%
Average lines per episode: 45.15
Dayna makes a fantastic first impression in the start-of-season two-part story, including being given a 19% share of the dialogue in “Aftermath”. She is a mould-breaking character; it was highly unusual around 1980 to cast a talented, young black actress and then portray her as such a self-confident character. Dayna is given another strong episode in “Ultraworld” (receiving over 100 lines on her way to 18% of the dialogue). She replaces Jenna as both the second female in the crew and also as the character with the fourth-highest number of lines. As a comparison, Jenna’s Season B figures were: 502 lines; 7.04% share; 38.92 lines per episode. Dayna is higher on all accounts, maybe demonstrating that dialogue on the Liberator was dished out more evenly on the Liberator in Season C (although see Cally’s conclusions for the counter-argument!).

SERVALAN: 484 lines (+105) 7.17% (+1.85%)
Average lines per episode: 53.78 (+6.40)
Servalan had already taken over as main baddie from Travis during Season B, but his complete absence from Season C allows Servalan an even bigger slice of the pie. Servalan is given some very strong episodes – she tops the dialogue chart in “Children Of Auron”, is given more than 100 lines in “The Harvest Of Kairos”, and also features very strongly in the season-opener, “Aftermath”. It is during “Aftermath” in which Servalan tries to lure Avon, adding a sexual frisson to the programme. Season C is like cat-and-mouse between these two characters. Servalan has gradually changed from the ruthless politician of Season A to the ruthless Space Dominatrix Of The Galaxy in Season C. Given a chance of the limelight, Jacqueline Pearce grabs it with both hands and gives viewers a series of superb performances just the right side of camp.

CALLY: 431 lines (+32) 6.38% (+0.79%)
Average lines per episode: 33.15 (+2.46)
Having been kept in the background for much of Season B, Cally seems to be pushed further forward in Season C... but that’s not a view backed up by the figures, which show only a small improvement on the previous season. In particular, it’s a surprise to find Cally so far behind Dayna. However, as with Avon & Jenna in Season A, a couple of episodes can help skew the figures. Excluding “Aftermath” and “Ultraworld”, Cally receives 19 lines more than Dayna over the other 11 episodes. Cally is not given a big role to help bolster her figure – she doesn’t once finish in the top three in Season C. “Sarcophagus” is a fine vehicle for Jan Chappell - she is given 21% of the dialogue - but only just less than half of the dialogue is given to Cally, the rest goes to the Alien. Jan Chappell is again given the second most amount of dialogue in “Children Of Auron”, but again it is split between two characters. This all helps keep down the dialogue figure for Cally, which could be used as a counter-argument to dialogue being more evenly split between the crew in Season C.

ZEN: 261 lines (+81) 3.87% (+1.34%)
Average lines per episode: 20.08 (+6.23)
A number of the tales in Season C are more Liberator bound, thus allowing Zen his biggest share in the dialogue across his three seasons. Despite hardly featuring at all in three Chris Boucher stories (just 4 lines in “Death-Watch” ), he is given 6-7% of the dialogue in “Volcano”, “Dawn Of The Gods”, “The Harvest Of Kairos” and “Sarcophagus”, and then is given his best-ever figures in “Terminal”, with 54 lines and a 13% share of the dialogue. Zen’s death scene towards the end of that episode is perhaps the saddest in B7 – it’s remarkable that the writers and Peter Tuddenham managed to inject a personality into a character who spent much of his time saying “Confirmed”.

ORAC: 124 lines (-21) 1.84% (-0.19%)
Average lines per episode: 9.54 (-1.62)
Orac is only used sparingly in Season C, only receiving a few lines in most episodes, and not any at all in either “Powerplay” or “Terminal” – Orac only receives dialogue in 2 out of Terry Nation’s six Season B & C scripts. Orac’s best share of the dialogue during Season C is 5%, in both “Dawn Of The Gods” and “Ultraworld”. Orac may not receive much dialogue, but much of it is witty in nature.

BLAKE: 6 lines (-1281) 0.09% (-17.96%)
Average lines per episode: 6.00 (-93.00)
Any comparison is arbitrary here. It’s merely nice that Gareth Thomas was persuaded back for a cameo role in what was, at the time, believed to be the final episode of B7.
Edited by trevor travis on 23 February 2014 11:25:42
 
trevor travis
Righto, just one series to go. I guess most people would expect Season D to be completely Avon dominated; we will see if that's true.
 
Rodney
RUMOURS OF DEATH:

As Avon goes off to ‘clean up’ after his detention cell stay, we have an effective scene in which Vila, Tarrant and Dayna circle the cowering Shrinker, while Cally looks on. It provides us with another of Blake’s 7’s ideological debates, with Cally’s New Testament-style desire to turn the other cheek in stark contrast to (and in conflict with) the others’ Old Testament ‘an eye for an eye’ philosophy of blood justice:

Tarrant: Did they give you names when they gave you your orders?
Dayna: And even if they did, could you put a face to the name? One screaming face among so many screaming faces?
Vila: Did they beg, Shrinker? Did they plead? ‘No, Shrinker! Please, Shrinker!’
Tarrant: Can you remember how they cried? What they cried? Can you separate the voices now?
Dayna: Or is it just one long, satisfying scream?
Cally: Stop it! Stop it, all of you! Leave him alone!
Tarrant: He’s an animal, Cally.
Cally: Yes, and it’s contagious, isn’t it?

Boucher’s crisp, thought-provoking dialogue positively leaps out at us. The scene is a fascinating one, on every level. There is something almost feral about the crew as they close in and move around the Federation man. Are they as bad as he is? No, clearly not. Are they behaving like a pack of wild, savage animals? Yes, possibly. Yet, unlike Cally, we witnessed Shrinker’s positive enjoyment in the cell, as he prepared to burn someone’s eyes out. Placing him in the position or mind-thought of his victims is surely an understandable approach from the crew? If Cally’s rhetorical question is a powerful one, there is no obvious or clear cut answer to the debate which this scene fuels. It raises issues which reverberate throughout the episode and beyond. ‘Are revolutionaries as corrupt as the institutions they wish to usurp?’ being chief among them.
Vila: Where are all the good guys?
Blake: You could be looking at them.
Avon: What a depressing thought!
 
JustBrad
Rodney wrote:

RUMOURS OF DEATH:


It is the flagship of B7. Once you start quoting RoD, you don't know where to stop. It is one great, emotion laden line after another.
 
Joe Dredd
Rodney wrote:
we witnessed Shrinker’s positive enjoyment in the cell, as he prepared to burn someone’s eyes out.


The eye he points the laser probe at is the same one scarred on Blake.

"What on earth happened to you?"
 
Travisina
JustBrad wrote:

Rodney wrote:

RUMOURS OF DEATH:


It is the flagship of B7. Once you start quoting RoD, you don't know where to stop. It is one great, emotion laden line after another.

Bravo! Well said Smile
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Anniew
Yes Rumours is the epitome of the Blake's 7 Universe. Crushing boredom and unquestioning acceptance of it ( the anomie of Forester and Grenlee's conversation (probably - I am a Malaprop for names as you know) the danger and brutality ( Anna and Shrinker) the corruption of power ( Servalan) the hopelessness of rebellion and also its gallantry and sense of adventure ( sequence when they take out the guards in the garden) impossibility of being truly good ( crew sequence with Shrinker as they become like the man they are opposing) the impossibility of trust in a society where betrayal is demanded as the price of stability ( Anna and Chesku/ Anna and Avon) the inevitability of pain and eventual defeat and dishonour for the crew ( it's an old wall.) the impossibility of intimacy and the substitution of sex as power for it ( Servalan and Avon) the sad reminder that this could be our world in the future ( Residence One) the evidence that despite its apparent progress ( space ships/super computers) this is a moribund society without any vision (torture, Chesku as an example of the ruling elite, harking back to the past - Servalan's dinner party)
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