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Gambit
briggsy1
Gambit is the episode that proves to me that Robert Holmes is to sci-fi fiction writing what Salvador Dali was to painting.
 
Annie
Briggsy1 I wish Horizen posts had a like button! Cos I like your post.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
winnie-l
Anniew wrote:
Briggsy1 I wish Horizon posts had a like button! Cos I like your post.
+CONFIRMED+
Very clever, Briggsy1!
 
atomicmayo
Gambit is my favorite episode! Krantor and Toise, Servalan in red (!!!), Avon and Vila's ~secret casino heist~, Jenna and Cally's fake fighting, Travis looking like he walked out of a Goth Spaghetti Western Costume Party... oh man I could go on for ages...

I also have a habit of showing it to friends if they've never seen B7 before... it's probably not the *best* choice for the 'this is what the show is like', but even people with little-to-no context of the show itself seem to enjoy it when I show it to them. So I figure if they never watch an ep of the show again, they at least liked Gambit...
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Annie
Could small Orac be the explanation for his disappearance in Blake? Anyone know how long he could remain small?
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
GoldChannel
Anniew wrote:

Could small Orac be the explanation for his disappearance in Blake? Anyone know how long he could remain small?


well anything would be a better disguise than a few leaves and twigs!
 
JustBrad
You can clearly see Orac in Vila's lap as they take off in the speeder, but they don't have it when they confront Blake. They left Orac in the boot.
Men of Harlech cease your dreaming, can't you see their street signs gleaming...
 
Dragon32
Just watched (first post BTW) this episode, It is certainy different, and the plot is impossible to follow. I enjoyed it though, not the best B7 but it keeps you watching.
 
Travisina
Welcome to the forum, Dragon32!

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ScorpioSurvivor81
Gambit is one of my absolute favourites. The set design is particular good and I like the sub plot of Avon & Villa at the casino. Cracking stuff!
 
sweevo
I think the subplot with Avon, Vila and Orac is actually superior and more interesting than the main "The Search for Docholli" plot with Blake, Jenna and Cally. Also, I've noticed that despite both parties being in the casino on Freedom City, they never meet or run into each other, which makes the ending doubly hilarious. Smile
 
President Solvite
If the complex is as big as its supposed to be I'm not surprised that the crew didn't bump into each other having been to several large conference centres (which can host more than one major event) around Europe I find that aspect of the plot plausible.

Orac shrinking however , well maybe its all to do with quantum structure, who knows? Its like a medieval knight trying to understand the workings of an internal combustion engine.
 
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AvonGreen
Gambit is also a favourite episode of mine too. For me, it is one that stands out as refreshingly different, for all the reasons mentioned by many of you. I used to know Harry Jones, who played Jarriere, for a time...but he kept forgetting my name! There used to be a great nightclub on Cowley Road, Oxford, called The Zodiac, back in the 90's. I would see him there, and half drunk would exchange chat about B7, The Sweeney, and other shows he appeared in.

I would like to have seen more appearences of Jarriere together with Servelan, as they worked well together. Sometimes, guest minor characters can make a story so much more memorable!
 
dissentliveson
I have been in Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling and it reminded me of this episode. Freedom City seems based on Monte Carlo mixed with New Orleans though. I think Space City with the Terra Nostra mob was supposed to be Las Vegas.
 
RiccledW
It is an excellent episode,light in character but with dark undertones throughout,Doccolli is a fine character and Krantor and Toise are well drawn,some very good dialogue and a good come-uppance for Krantor

“What happened Toise??”
‘I’ll tell you what happened Krantor,you blew it!!!’

A very fine episode indeed.
R.
 
winnie-l
But why do Avon and Vila have to take Orac down to Freedom City at all? Why can't it stay onboard & read the Big Wheel's computer from the safety of the Liberator? Like, if Orac can read computers from halfway across the galaxy (as it's said IIRC somewhere in Blake's7*), reading one from stationary orbit should be easy/possible for it - yes? no?

*Forget where - someone remind me?
 
rojkerr1
o yes, I'm a hero too...I can see it shining from your one yellow eye...!
 
Shuskara
winnie-l wrote:

I like the episode 24.Gambit very much too - for all the reasons Lurena lists, but also particularly for the MAGNIFICENT performance of Krantor by Aubrey Woods. He is so perfectly cast & he is DEADLY while being in elaborate distracting costume...

KRANTOR: [Laughs unpleasantly] An eye patch! (actually he draws out that laugh brilliantly!) Oh, how quaint.

That's one of my favorite bits! along with:

KRANTOR: Really, Commander --
SERVALAN: Supreme --
KRANTOR: Supreme Commander, you make my blood run cold.

Oh, it's just too funny how Servalan "corrects" his omission of her full title. They are exquisitely toying with each other together.

And of course there's the Vila & Avon Show:
VILA: You know, if it was a desert down there, so hot your eyeballs frizzled, poisonous snakes under every rock --
AVON: Blake would have sent us.

Don't get me started, I could cite the whole show. LOVE IT. Except maybe the sort of dire 80's-computer chess "graphics"...


Just watched it again on YouTube and similarly so liked Krantor's performance I looked him up to find he was the actor Aubrey Woods. He would not have had fun at my schools with a name like Aubrey.

Anyhow a fun episode with gambling, mischief between Servalan and Krantor who were mutually distrustful of each other and and exotically attired.

Blake gets his name for the ongoing search for Star One and Travis is left with wandering with a damaged arm.

Vila and Avon were on top form with Avon wanting to return and Krantor persuading Vila to risk his winnings in the hot seat.
 
Deva
winnie-l wrote:

But why do Avon and Vila have to take Orac down to Freedom City at all? Why can't it stay onboard & read the Big Wheel's computer from the safety of the Liberator? Like, if Orac can read computers from halfway across the galaxy (as it's said IIRC somewhere in Blake's7*), reading one from stationary orbit should be easy/possible for it - yes? no?

*Forget where - someone remind me?


I think this is a good point...
Anyway, inspired by this thread I watched Gambit again a couple of days ago, (it's not an episode I watch that often), and I certainly enjoyed it.
Krantor and Toise are marvellous and the other supporting characters are good too though with, to my mind, the exception of Jarriere. Servalan always seemed to me rather too serious and ruthless to indulge in the whimsey of a Puckish travelling companion whose only functions seem to be to hold her dove when she doesn't want it, push her swing and of course ask lots of questions so that Servalan can explain what is going on to the audience.
It's certainly not an episode I would show or recommend to anyone who was new to the show, I find the balloons and tinsel a bit naff, not to mention all the various costumes looted from the BBC drama department, gangsters, arabs, the three musketeers etc.
Yes it is light in tone and as I said, I enjoyed watching it again but for me, and clearly I'm swimming against the tide here, it's certainly not one of the highlights of Season 2.
"Time really is getting short, you know..."
 
briggsy1
You definitely are swimming against the tide sir. I love it personally. In my top 10 episode lists for sure.
 
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