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UK Rewatch - C9 Sarcophagus
trevor travis
The episode: Colin Nine – Sarcophagus (Carry On Kissing Corpses aka Carry On Shipping)
The date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
The time: 7.45pm UK time

In which writer Tanith Lee comes into the series and gives us a Liberator-based fantasy-based episode which is very character-driven and delightfully different, as well as an episode where the actual writer starts ‘shipping Cally and Avon, as the subtext becomes the text. Also, Vila does a few magical tricks and Dayna starts singing. All together now: “I left my world to wander in this endless midnight sky, for space is just a starry night where no suns ever rise." And Jan Chappell looks absolutely stunning as the undead alien and puts in a fabulous performance.

Episode in a word: Necrophilia.
Character to cheer: Avon saves the day in this one, so it’s him. Considering his metaphorical death at the end of the previous episode, he’s actually in pretty fine form.
Character to boo: I appreciate the Alien was manipulating events due to extent during the argument between Tarrant and Avon, but Tarrant was still being a right git.
Is Soolin looking lovely this week: Yes.
Recognisable Face: Given the only extras in this episode are in the opening scene and in heavy make-up, it has to be one of the main cast. Let’s go for: Steven Pacey (Tarrant) who played the vicar in Troubles and Strife, a sitcom from the 1980s. Not a particularly great sitcom from what I recall, but it was on prime-time television.
Best exchange: AVON: “Regret is part of being alive. But keep it a small part.” CALLY: “As you do?” AVON: “Demonstrably.”

Blake's 7 will return in… Carry On Being Blue
Vote Og.
 
OneSparePart
I love this episode. Great drama. Great performances. Great writing. And the supercharged looks between Cally and Avon...Ship ahoy, indeed.
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Brad
Sarcophagus, or, How To Use A Giant Lozenge On An Magic Ring To Stop An Alien Coffin.

When crashing an alien funeral,
Your telepath better be dutiful.
She'll abide Villa's knavery and Tarrant's proud bravery,
But she's most angry when she is beautiful.
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Modthra
 
Hugbot
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Cygnus Bazza
Have fun watching 'Sarcophagus'. I'll be giving it the widest of berths, naturally, my contrarian view being that it's a real shocker. Having read the script (courtesy of M1etc), I'd lay 75% of the blame on the director and only 25% on the writer. For instance, nowhere does it say: "Tarrant runs down the corridor in gold robes that make him look like a total t**l with a Gloria Swanson fixation" or "ensure this scene is SO glacier-paced the viewer completely loses the ability or the will to remain conscious". As a minimum, the director should have had a stiff word with the costume designer and straightened out the more obvious nonsenses in the script.

Still, no accounting for taste (yours or mine!).
 
littlesue
Dear Mr Huggy, thankfully I did not have a mug of tea anywhere near the keyboard!
And as for this episode? I love it. No idea why as it is completely different from any of the others. But for me, the thing I love most is the fantastic camera shot as Avon confronts the alien. Mr David White (chief cameraman) on the top of his game.
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


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Lorna
This is not one of my favourite episodes. Probably my fault as the rest of you seem to love it. Perhaps you can change my mind. Otherwise I will be bored!!
I look behind me, what do I see? A pair of golden wings seem to be attached to me.
 
littlesue
Hubby is watching the footie on the comp tonight so I am watching tonight's episode on my big wide flat screen TV. Now to get ready; tea, biccies and choccie
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


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Hugbot
Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)
 
Paula
Hello all. This has always been one of my favorite episodes. Yay.
Resist the Host




 
OneSparePart

Lorna wrote:

This is not one of my favourite episodes. Probably my fault as the rest of you seem to love it. Perhaps you can change my mind. Otherwise I will be bored!!

Well we got through last week's episode.....(dodges all missiles being thrown at me)
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Lorna

OneSparePart wrote:

Lorna wrote:

This is not one of my favourite episodes. Probably my fault as the rest of you seem to love it. Perhaps you can change my mind. Otherwise I will be bored!!

Well we got through last week's episode.....(dodges all missiles being thrown at me)


GrinGrin
I look behind me, what do I see? A pair of golden wings seem to be attached to me.
 
littlesue

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
OneSparePart
Oh good evening / day to all btw
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
M1795537OCVirn
Good evening, everyone. I continue in my quest to understand why some of you actually think this episode is so good. Admittedly, Avon gets a good line or two, and Tarrant shows his true colours, but as for the rest of it..
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
OneSparePart

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

No he won't
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
littlesue

OneSparePart wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

No he won't


Oh dear
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
M1795537OCVirn

OneSparePart wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

No he won't


Why? Does something untoward happen to her costume?
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
OneSparePart
Can anyone make out those mechanical sounding words/chants?
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Hugbot

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

I will behave as well as our Avon ladies.
 
Paula
The lady with the fire extinguisher hands!
Resist the Host




 
Brad
Trying to figure out if the Vila music is an English horn in the low register, or a bassoon in the high register.....
i.imgur.com/AD5ikh4.png
Modthra
 
littlesue

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

OneSparePart wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

No he won't


Why? Does something untoward happen to her costume?


It's rather revealing....
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
Hugbot

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

OneSparePart wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Hugbot wrote:

Evening all! Frown

Good to be here to watch my third-favourite episode!


(And my favourite Dayna costume...)


I trust that you will be a gentleman and avert your gaze

No he won't


Why? Does something untoward happen to her costume?

Unfortunately not. Sad
 
Brad
Dayna: I'm going to fancy dress as a harp
Tarrant: Too small to be a harp
Dayna: Are you calling me a Lyre?
i.imgur.com/AD5ikh4.png
Modthra
 
Paula
The Vila character provided fresh dinner....
Resist the Host




 
Lorna

Brad wrote:

Dayna: I'm going to fancy dress as a harp
Tarrant: Too small to be a harp
Dayna: Are you calling me a Lyre?

Angry
I look behind me, what do I see? A pair of golden wings seem to be attached to me.
 
littlesue

Brad wrote:

Dayna: I'm going to fancy dress as a harp
Tarrant: Too small to be a harp
Dayna: Are you calling me a Lyre?


Kindly leave the stage
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
OneSparePart

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

Good evening, everyone. I continue in my quest to understand why some of you actually think this episode is so good. Admittedly, Avon gets a good line or two, and Tarrant shows his true colours, but as for the rest of it..
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it.

I must admit on 1st seeing these opening scenes I thought wtf!? But then I recalled how much I hated Tom Baker's intro as the Dr and how brilliant he turned out...
There's an angel standing in the sun Free to get back home
 
Paula
The Tarrant character a... a..... prat
Resist the Host




 
Brad

Lorna wrote:

Brad wrote:

Dayna: I'm going to fancy dress as a harp
Tarrant: Too small to be a harp
Dayna: Are you calling me a Lyre?

Angry


But you're not bored, are you?
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Modthra
 
Brad
Kudos for the cinematography.
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Modthra
 
Paula
The material on the corpse always reminded me of the classic Star Trek medical bay sheets.
Resist the Host




 
Brad

Paula wrote:

The Tarrant character a... a..... prat


Same as the other 25 weeks.
i.imgur.com/AD5ikh4.png
Modthra
 
Lorna

Brad wrote:

Lorna wrote:

Brad wrote:

Dayna: I'm going to fancy dress as a harp
Tarrant: Too small to be a harp
Dayna: Are you calling me a Lyre?

Angry


But you're not bored, are you?


Thanks Brad!!!!
I look behind me, what do I see? A pair of golden wings seem to be attached to me.
 
M1795537OCVirn
I've had a thought - maybe I'm not keen on the beginning (especially) because I have a 'thing' about masks? Anyone else feel the same?
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
Hugbot

Paula wrote:

The material on the corpse always reminded me of the classic Star Trek medical bay sheets.

You mean the corpse is one of Bones McCoy's patients?
 
Paula

Hugbot wrote:

Paula wrote:

The material on the corpse always reminded me of the classic Star Trek medical bay sheets.

You mean the corpse is one of Bones McCoy's patients?


Damn it, Jim, I tried to give him a nose job but he died!
Resist the Host




 
Brad

M1795537OCVirn wrote:

I've had a thought - maybe I'm not keen on the beginning (especially) because I have a 'thing' about masks? Anyone else feel the same?


In this case that's half the fun, which B7 actor is playing which part.
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Modthra
 
AnneArthur

Paula wrote:

The material on the corpse always reminded me of the classic Star Trek medical bay sheets.


I'm now thinking of that episode in the Next Generation where the corpses all sat up!
 
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