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The Dialogue of B7: Part 4 - Season D
trevor travis
Summary:

D1: RESCUE

AVON 119
DORIAN 108
DAYNA 68
TARRANT 68
VILA 54
SOOLIN 17
SLAVE 10
ORAC 4
CALLY 2
CREATURE 1
TOTAL 451

D2: POWER

AVON 86
VILA 85
PELLA 84
TARRANT 75
DAYNA 52
GUNN SAR 49
ORAC 35
NINA 23
CATO 21
KATE 17
HOMMIKS 5
SOOLIN 4
LUXIA 2
SLAVE 2
TOTAL 540

D3: TRAITOR

GENERAL 54
AVON 52
LEITZ 49
QUUTE 49
TARRANT 46
HUNDA 43
DAYNA 38
VILA 31
SOOLIN 22
TRACER 20
PRACTOR 19
FORBUS 16
AVANDIR 14
SERVALAN 13
IGIN 10
ORAC 10
HASK 7
SLAVE 7
COMPUTER 2
PA 1
TOTAL 503

D4: STARDRIVE

AVON 90
VILA 64
DAYNA 60
DR PLAXTON 43
TARRANT 41
ATLAN 37
SOOLIN 31
SLAVE 14
ORAC 12
BOMBER 7
NAPIER 6
TOTAL 405

D5: ANIMALS

DAYNA 96
SERVALAN 88
JUSTIN 72
TARRANT 35
AVON 21
VILA 19
CAPTAIN 17
SLAVE 17
ARDUS 15
BORR 13
ORAC 7
SOOLIN 7
TOTAL 407

D6: HEADHUNTER

AVON 132
TARRANT 111
VILA 89
SOOLIN 61
ORAC 48
DAYNA 35
VENA 33
MULLER/ANDROID 28
SLAVE 20
TECHNICIAN 8
VOICE 8
TOTAL 573

D7: ASSASSIN

AVON 132
TARRANT 84
SOOLIN 58
PIRI (CANCER) 45
NEBROX 41
SERVALAN 34
VILA 26
BENOS 22
DAYNA 21
TOK 8
CAPTAIN 7
CANCER (ACTOR) 7
VERLIS 6
ORAC 4
TOTAL 495

D8: GAMES

AVON 99
BELKOV 79
VILA 62
TARRANT 46
GAMBIT 43
DAYNA 35
SERVALAN 33
ORAC 32
SOOLIN 28
GERREN 23
SLAVE 11
GUARD 7
COMPUTER 4
SECTION LEADER 1
TOTAL 503

D9: SAND

TARRANT 75
SERVALAN 70
AVON 55
DAYNA 34
REEVE 32
SOOLIN 27
VILA 26
CHASGO 13
ORAC 8
ASSISTANT 4
SLAVE 4
COMPUTER 3
KELLER 2
TOTAL 353

D10: GOLD

KEILLER 108
AVON 96
TARRANT 55
SOOLIN 50
DAYNA 32
VILA 23
DOCTOR 14
PILOT 9
SERVALAN 8
ORAC 6
GUARD 5
ZEROK CONTROL 3
SLAVE 2
WOMAN PASSENGER 1
TOTAL 412

D11: ORBIT

AVON 126
EGRORIAN 115
VILA 82
TARRANT 36
SERVALAN 30
PINDER 24
SOOLIN 23
DAYNA 21
ORAC 10
SLAVE 7
TOTAL 474

D12: WARLORD

AVON 75
ZUKAN 71
TARRANT 58
ZEEONA 43
DAYNA 41
SOOLIN 40
VILA 38
SERVALAN 16
BOORVA 12
FINN 8
CHALSA 7
ORAC 7
MIDA 6
CAPTAIN 4
LOD 3
SLAVE 3
VOICE 2
ANNOUNCER 1
TOTAL 435

D13: BLAKE

BLAKE 89
AVON 70
TARRANT 62
VILA 53
DEVA 49
SOOLIN 42
DAYNA 37
ARLEN 25
ORAC 21
KLYN 12
SLAVE 10
VOICE 1
TOTAL 471
 
trevor travis
Character-by-character:

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

D1 Rescue 1st 119 26.39%
D2 Power 1st 86 15.93%
D3 Traitor 2nd 52 10.34%
D4 Stardrive 1st 90 22.22%
D5 Animals 5th 21 5.16%
D6 Headhunter 1st 132 23.04%
D7 Assassin 1st 132 26.67%
D8 Games 1st 99 19.68%
D9 Sand 3rd 55 15.58%
D10 Gold 2nd 96 23.30%
D11 Orbit 1st 126 26.58%
D12 Warlord 1st 75 17.24%
D13 Blake 2nd 70 14.86%
TOTALS 1153 19.15%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 88.69

Season C:
TOTALS 1222 18.10%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 94.00

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -69 1.05%
Average lines per episode -5.31

First line in Season D: “It's what she didn't tell us that interests me.”
Last line in Season D: “Yes!”

CHARACTER: SERVALAN (Commissioner Sleer)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 2nd

D3 Traitor 14th 13 2.58%
D5 Animals 2nd 88 21.62%
D7 Assassin 6th 34 6.87%
D8 Games 7th 33 6.56%
D9 Sand 2nd 70 19.83%
D10 Gold 9th 8 1.94%
D11 Orbit 5th 30 6.33%
D12 Warlord 8th 16 3.68%
TOTALS 292 4.85%
No of episodes 8
Average lines per episode 36.50

Season C:
TOTALS 484 7.17%
No of episodes 9
Average lines per episode 53.78

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -192 -2.32%
Average lines per episode -17.28

First line in Season D: “All right Leitz. See nothing's touched, and inform the General.”
Last line in Season D: “Enjoy your new territories.”

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

D1 Rescue 5th 54 11.97%
D2 Power 2nd 85 15.74%
D3 Traitor 8th 31 6.16%
D4 Stardrive 2nd 64 15.80%
D5 Animals 6th 19 4.67%
D6 Headhunter 3rd 89 15.53%
D7 Assassin 7th 26 5.25%
D8 Games 3rd 62 12.33%
D9 Sand 7th 26 7.37%
D10 Gold 6th 23 5.58%
D11 Orbit 3rd 82 17.30%
D12 Warlord 7th 38 8.74%
D13 Blake 4th 53 11.25%
TOTALS 652 10.83%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 50.15

Season C:
TOTALS 779 11.54%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 59.92

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -127 -0.71%
Average lines per episode -9.77

First line in Season D: “Come on you great oaf. This is no time to take a nap.”
Last line in Season D: “Sorry.”

CHARACTER: (Del) TARRANT
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 4th

D1 Rescue 3rd= 68 15.08%
D2 Power 4th 75 13.89%
D3 Traitor 5th 46 9.15%
D4 Stardrive 5th 41 10.12%
D5 Animals 4th 35 8.60%
D6 Headhunter 2nd 111 19.37%
D7 Assassin 2nd 84 16.97%
D8 Games 4th 46 9.15%
D9 Sand 1st 75 21.25%
D10 Gold 3rd 55 13.35%
D11 Orbit 4th 36 7.59%
D12 Warlord 3rd 58 13.33%
D13 Blake 3rd 62 13.16%
TOTALS 792 13.15%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 60.92

Season C:
TOTALS 958 14.19%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 73.69

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -166 -1.04%
Average lines per episode -12.77

First line in Season D: “Vila rescued me?”
Last line in Season D: “Avon!”

CHARACTER: DAYNA (Mellanby)
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 5th

D1 Rescue 3rd= 68 15.08%
D2 Power 5th 52 9.63%
D3 Traitor 7th 38 7.55%
D4 Stardrive 3rd 60 14.81%
D5 Animals 1st 96 23.59%
D6 Headhunter 6th 35 6.11%
D7 Assassin 9th 21 4.24%
D8 Games 6th 35 6.96%
D9 Sand 4th 34 9.63%
D10 Gold 5th 32 7.77%
D11 Orbit 8th 21 4.43%
D12 Warlord 5th 41 9.43%
D13 Blake 7th 37 7.86%
TOTALS 570 9.47%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 43.85

Season C:
TOTALS 587 8.69%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 45.15

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -17 0.77%
Average lines per episode -1.31

First line in Season D: “Servalan told us it was an old ship.”
Last line in Season D: “Oh, sounds good.”

CHARACTER: SOOLIN
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 6th

D1 Rescue 6th 17 3.77%
D2 Power 12th 4 0.74%
D3 Traitor 9th 22 4.37%
D4 Stardrive 7th 31 7.65%
D5 Animals 11th= 7 1.72%
D6 Headhunter 4th 61 10.65%
D7 Assassin 3rd 58 11.72%
D8 Games 9th 28 5.57%
D9 Sand 6th 27 7.65%
D10 Gold 4th 50 12.14%
D11 Orbit 7th 23 4.85%
D12 Warlord 6th 40 9.20%
D13 Blake 6th 42 8.92%
TOTALS 410 6.81%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 31.54

First line in Season D: “Scorpio. Scorpio this is base. Do you copy? Scorpio. Scorpio this is base. Do you copy?”
Last line in Season D: “I wouldn't know.”

CHARACTER: ORAC
POSITION IN END CREDITS: 7th

D1 Rescue 8th 4 0.89%
D2 Power 7th 35 6.48%
D3 Traitor 15th= 10 1.99%
D4 Stardrive 9th 12 2.96%
D5 Animals 11th= 7 1.72%
D6 Headhunter 5th 48 8.38%
D7 Assassin 14th 4 0.81%
D8 Games 8th 32 6.36%
D9 Sand 9th 8 2.27%
D10 Gold 10th 6 1.46%
D11 Orbit 9th 10 2.11%
D12 Warlord 11th= 7 1.61%
D13 Blake 9th 21 4.46%
TOTALS 204 3.39%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 15.69

Season C:
TOTALS 124 1.84%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 9.54

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS 80 1.55%
Average lines per episode 6.15

First line in Season D: “I naturally took the opportunity to study all the systems on the Liberator. A few, a very few were of minor interest. I would not, however, number the teleport system amongst these.”
Last line in Season D: “When we reach the appropriate coordinates, I can simulate the necessary signals to open the silo and allow this flyer to enter.”

CHARACTER: SLAVE
POSITION IN END CREDITS: N/A

D1 Rescue 7th 10 2.22%
D2 Power 13th= 2 0.37%
D3 Traitor 17th= 7 1.39%
D4 Stardrive 8th 14 3.46%
D5 Animals 7th= 17 4.18%
D6 Headhunter 9th 20 3.49%
D7 Assassin N/A 0 0.00%
D8 Games 11th 11 2.19%
D9 Sand 10th= 4 1.13%
D10 Gold 13th 2 0.49%
D11 Orbit 10th 7 1.48%
D12 Warlord 15th= 3 0.69%
D13 Blake 11th 10 2.12%
TOTALS 107 1.78%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 8.23

First line in Season D: “Yes, Master.”
Last line in Season D: “Sir? Are you still not awake, sir? I would be most grateful if you could try to stir yourself and listen to my report. My emergency power cells are virtually exhausted, I'm afraid. There is a flying vehicle approaching, sir. I'm sorry, but I will have to close down now. Crash damage and power loss make it impossible for me to continue. May I express the humble hope that the same is not true for you, Tarrant.”

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

D13 Blake 1st 89 18.90%
TOTALS 89 1.48%
No of episodes 1
Average lines per episode 89.00

Season C:
TOTALS 6 0.09%
No of episodes 1
Average lines per episode 6.00

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS 83 1.39%
Average lines per episode 83.00

First line in Season D: “Whoever you are, I'll share the food. So long as you stop skulking about out there. You're not exactly stealthy, are you? I've heard quieter troop transporters.”
Last line in Season D: “Avon, I was waiting for you. Avon...”

CHARACTER: CALLY
POSITION IN END CREDITS: N/A

D1 Rescue 9th 2 0.44%
TOTALS 2 0.03%
No of episodes 1
Average lines per episode 2.00

Season C:
TOTALS 431 6.38%
No of episodes 13
Average lines per episode 33.15

Variance with Season C:
TOTALS -429 -6.35%
Average lines per episode -31.15

First line in Season D: “Vila.”
Last line in Season D: “Blake!”
 
trevor travis
GRAND TOTALS:

EP REGULARS SEMI-REGULARS PROG TOTAL GUEST CHAR GRAND TOTAL
D01 342 75.83% 000 0.00% 342 75.83% 109 24.17% 451 100.00%
D02 339 62.78% 000 0.00% 339 62.78% 201 37.22% 540 100.00%
D03 206 40.95% 013 2.58% 219 43.54% 284 56.46% 503 100.00%
D04 312 77.04% 000 0.00% 312 77.04% 093 22.96% 405 100.00%
D05 202 49.63% 088 21.62% 290 71.25% 117 28.75% 407 100.00%
D06 496 86.56% 000 0.00% 496 86.56% 077 13.44% 573 100.00%
D07 325 65.66% 034 6.87% 359 72.53% 136 27.47% 495 100.00%
D08 313 62.23% 033 6.56% 346 68.79% 157 31.21% 503 100.00%
D09 229 64.87% 070 19.83% 299 84.70% 054 15.30% 353 100.00%
D10 264 64.08% 008 1.94% 272 66.02% 140 33.98% 412 100.00%
D11 305 64.35% 030 6.33% 335 70.68% 139 29.32% 474 100.00%
D12 262 60.23% 016 3.68% 278 63.91% 157 36.09% 435 100.00%
D13 384 81.53% 000 0.00% 384 81.53% 087 18.47% 471 100.00%
TOT 3979 66.07% 292 4.85% 4271 70.92% 1751 29.08% 6022 100.00%

Comparison with Season C:
TOT 4368 64.69% 484 7.17% 4852 71.86% 1900 28.14% 6752 100.00%
VAR -389 1.38% -192 -2.32% -581 -0.94% -149 0.94% -730 0.00%

Comparison with Season B:
TOT 4214 59.11% 693 9.72% 4907 68.83% 2222 31.17% 7129 100.00%
VAR -235 6.96% -401 -4.87% -636 2.09% -471 -2.09% -1107 0.00%

Comparison with Season A:
TOT 3984 66.30% 398 6.62% 4382 72.92% 1627 27.08% 6009 100.00%
VAR -5 -0.23% -106 -1.77% -111 -2.00% 124 2.00% 13 0.00%

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

The above table shows a further shift back towards the regular cast in Season D – from 66.30% in Season A, down to 59.11% in Season B, up to 64.69% in Season C, and further up to 66.07% in Season D, just fractionally behind Season A.

The semi-regular share is at its smallest in Season D, with Servalan falling back from Season C, while the guest character percentage increases from Season C, and is second highest across the four seasons (behind Season B ).

There are 6022 lines of dialogue in Season D. This is lower than the figure of Season B (7129) or Season C (6752), but just above Season A (6009). It’s worth remembering that Season D stories are shorter – all had a transmission slot of 50 minutes, whereas for Seasons A to C, the vast majority of episodes had a slot of 55 minutes (with the exceptional episode being just 50 minutes).

But it’s actually different writing styles that actually have a greater influence (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 Seasons C & D contain scripts from James Follett and Tanith Lee, who both write in long, flowing lines).
Edited by trevor travis on 11 March 2014 08:21:15
 
trevor travis
MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (across Season D ):

AVON 1153 (1222/947/711) 19.15% (18.10%/13.28%/11.83%)
TARRANT 792 (958/NA/NA) 13.15% (14.19%/NA/NA)
VILA 652 (779/608/430) 10.83% (11.54%/8.53%/7.16%)
DAYNA 570 (587/NA/NA) 9.47% (8.69%/NA/NA)
SOOLIN 410 (NA/NA/NA) 6.81% (NA/NA/NA)
SERVALAN 292 (484/379/131) 4.85% (7.17%/5.32%/2.18%)
ORAC 204 (124/145/38) 3.39% (1.84%/2.03%/0.63%)
SLAVE 107 (NA/NA/NA) 1.78% (NA/NA/NA)
BLAKE 89 (6/1287/1444) 1.48% (0.09%/18.05%/24.03%)
CALLY 2 (431/399/312) 0.03% (6.38%/5.60%/5.19%)
ZEN 0 (261/180/193) 0.00% (3.87%/2.52%/3.21%)
JENNA 0 (NA/502/602) 0.00% (NA/7.04%/10.02%)
TRAVIS 0 (NA/314/267) 0.00% (NA/4.40%/4.44%)
GAN 0 (NA/146/254) 0.00% (NA/2.05%/4.23%)
OTHERS 1751 (1900/2222/1627) 29.08% (28.14%/31.17%/27.08%)
TOTAL 6022 (6752/7129/6009) 100.00% (100.00%)

(Seasons C/B/A figures are in brackets)


MOST LINES OF DIALOGUE (in single episode):

1 AVON 132 D6
2 AVON 132 D7
3 AVON 126 D11
4 AVON 119 D1
5 EGRORIAN 115 D11
6 TARRANT 111 D6
7 DORIAN 108 D1
8 KEILLER 108 D10
9 AVON 99 D8
10 DAYNA 96 D5
11 AVON 96 D10
12 AVON 90 D4
13 VILA 89 D6
14 BLAKE 89 D13
15 SERVALAN 88 D5
16 AVON 86 D2
17 VILA 85 D2
18 PELLA 84 D2
19 TARRANT 84 D7
20 VILA 82 D11
21 BELKOV 79 D8
22 TARRANT 75 D2
23 TARRANT 75 D9
24 AVON 75 D12
25 JUSTIN 72 D5
26 ZUKAN 71 D12
27 SERVALAN 70 D9
28 AVON 70 D13
29 DAYNA 68 D1
30 TARRANT 68 D1

Entries in top thirty:
AVON 10
TARRANT 5
VILA 3
DAYNA 2
SERVALAN 2
EGRORIAN 1
DORIAN 1
KEILLER 1
BLAKE 1
PELLA 1
BELKOV 1
JUSTIN 1
ZUKAN 1


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

BLAKE 89.00 (6.00/99.00/111.08)
AVON 88.69 (94.00/72.85/59.25)
TARRANT 60.92 (73.69/NA/NA)
VILA 50.15 (59.92/46.77/33.08)
DAYNA 43.85 (45.15/NA/NA)
SERVALAN 36.50 (53.78/47.38/32.75)
SOOLIN 31.54 (NA/NA/NA)
ORAC 15.69 (9.54/11.15/38.00)
SLAVE 8.23 (NA/NA/NA)
CALLY 2.00 (33.15/30.69/31.20)

(Season C/B/A figures are in brackets)
 
trevor travis
As usual, the above stats largely speak for themselves, but I will follow with some Season D conclusions (probably tomorrow).

And then time for some stats and conclusions across all four seasons.
 
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