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7.3 - The Hard Road

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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/20/16 7:43 am
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Can a Rebel Group work effectively by itself? Does it need allies? What restrictions should there be on who to include? Does the end always justify the means?

These are some of the questions Blake must ask himself now that the Liberator crew has become more familiar with each other and realised that although the ship is a powerful weapon it is only one ship. This is set in season one just after Project Avalon. They are meeting a Resistance Cell led by Trel Dekkan. After a joint operation, Liberator is invited to join Kestrel – Dekkan’s ship – at their base of operations, which is quite extensive.

Dekkan is convinced that a high value passenger is aboard the frieghter they have captured, and is prepared to prove his point. Blake has to evaluate Dekkan’s behaviour, which is questionable, and find himself faced with a difficult decision.

This story opens up the whole universe of rebellion to show the effect on the other people, those who are not directly involved – family, refugees, prisoners. There are few stories within the Blake’s 7 library that shows this aspect of the resistance – even children are included in the camp. A point often forgotten in tales of rebellion and war.

Andrew Whipp is a terrific guest actor, he is menacing, charming and commanding in turn. Gareth Thomas is great as Blake, sharing the tension that comes from making decisions that will affect a lot of people negatively.

The sound effects are excellent, being partly set in an encampment there are a lot of background noises that really set the scene. The music is heavy and compelling.

Not my favourite story, but very important really and it makes the listener think about more than just the adventure and the action we are so used to.

Thanks for reading

Nanna Sally Nelson – who always likes to hear how the ‘little’ people fit into the bigger picture.