is 32 or 33 when we first see him (he is 34 a year later at the beginning of
season 2, and eight months pass between the first two episodes). He is an Alpha-grade citizen of Earth, an
engineer, one of whose projects was the Federation’s failed attempt to build a
teleport. When he was arrested for leading a dissident group, he was conditioned
first to recant and betray his followers, then to forget that too and be a quiet
model citizen. His immediate family, a brother and sister, were killed, but we
later find he has an uncle and a cousin exiled on the planet Exbar. When he is
contacted by rebels, charges of child molestation are rigged against him and he
is sentenced to life on the penal colony of Cygnus Alpha.
is an idealistic revolutionary, a good and honest man who genuinely cares for
his motley crew of outcasts and criminals. His cause however comes first, as
becomes increasingly apparent during season 2, when he is prepared to make
compromises such as dealing with the Terra Nostra (the future Mafia), and begins
to make errors of judgement.
Blake’s liking for his crew is returned by them. He is particularly close to
Jenna; I think there might have been more than friendship there is his cause
hadn't got in the way. He treats Vila the Delta-grade with
some respect, complimenting him on occasion, and obviously enjoys his humour, returning
Vila’s banter with deadpan wit of his own. He and Avon have a clash of
personalities and aims, Avon resenting Blake’s idealism and his habit of
keeping his plans to himself, yet despite that they are, perhaps unwillingly, friends. Blake does sometimes confide in and consult with
Cally, the only other true revolutionary on the Liberator.
goals are simple: to take down the Federation by any means necessary.
is perhaps 29 when we first see him in the holding cells, stealing Blake's watch. He is the only male referred to by his first name, either because of his
low social status or, I think, because he prefers it—it’s friendlier and the
name Restal was probably featured prominently on the wanted lists for most of
his life. Vila is a professional thief, born into and brought up in the Delta
service grades. He has survived more than one attempt to ‘adjust’ his mind
to stop him thieving, but unlike with Blake and most others, it did not work on
him. As a child, he was held in the Juvenile Detention Wards, and at age 14 was
sent to a penal colony, possibly the CF1 (Correctional Facility One) he refers
to later as an ‘academy’ he attended and in which he was technical advisor
to the escape committee. He is obviously a brilliant thief, but appears to have
only used his talent to steal enough to live on. Provided with all his needs on
the Liberator, he is not seen to steal anything after Blake’s watch,
but breaks through some of the most complex security systems in the Federation
for Blake’s cause.
has an engaging, witty, friendly personality, and the softest nature of any of
the crew. Often derided as a weak coward, he describes himself as harmless, and
is disarmingly honest about his profession and his fears, and he has an
impressive number of those: personal violence, enclosed spaces, guns, blood,
knives and the dark. However he is cool under fire as long as he has something
to occupy his mind, like picking a lock or operating the Liberator’s
neutron blasters, only getting scared when left alone to think. He is also often
called an idiot, but he is a brilliant opener of locks, safes and complex
computerised security systems. He has a low boredom threshold and sometimes asks
silly questions because his attention has wandered, but also makes some very
intelligent remarks and observations which are almost always ignored by the
others because they don’t fit their preconceptions of who he is. The
‘sarcophagus’ alien refers to him as a genius masquerading as a fool
and says he has a very high IQ. Vila starts as a resilient and basically happy
person, but the accumulated blows of rejection and misfortune reduce him to
depression and drink in season 4.
Despite being often ignored by the early crew, and
at first despised by
later additions, Vila remains unaggressive, tolerant, and keeps his wit even at
his most depressed.
Despite being often ignored by the early crew, and
despised by later additions, Vila remains unaggressive, tolerant, and keeps his wit even at his most depressed.
stays with Blake because, as he says to Avon, he likes him and has nowhere else
to go. He responds to Blake’s respect and leadership and performs well for
him, but resists when ordered about and bullied by Tarrant after Blake’s
departure. Vila likes the early Liberator crew, being friends with Gan who is
protective of him, enjoying the near-game of mutual insults with Avon, and
having great affection from afar for Cally, whom he mourns in season 4. Whether
he loved Cally or was just responding to her amused sisterly fondness is not
certain. He likes Soolin, and Dayna too (despite her early contempt for him), and
although he says repeatedly that he doesn't trust Tarrant, they get on
enough apart from the few times Tarrant bullies him into doing something, and they save
each other's life more than once.
He likes Soolin, and Dayna too (despite her early contempt for him), and although he says repeatedly that he doesn't trust Tarrant, they get on
enough apart from the few times Tarrant bullies him into doing something, and they save each other's life more than once.
wants a safe and comfortable life with people who like him, and dreams of finding a woman to love him and
raise children with.
is perhaps 26-28 when we first see her in the holding cells with Blake. She
describes herself as a free-trader; Vila calls her a smuggler, but quickly adds
that it’s an honour to be locked up with her. Vila also says that she’s a
high grade, possibly an Alpha, and Servalan also calls her a superior-grade
citizen. Whether or not she comes from Earth is unknown. Her smuggling past
includes encounters with the Amagon pirates and the Terra Nostra.
is an accomplished pilot, and as such is often left on board the Liberator
while others are on a mission. She is a tough no-nonsense woman, but her
body-language shows that she is attracted to Blake from the start, and she acts
protective and jealous when other woman are around, and is at first suspicious
of Cally when she comes aboard.
stays with Blake because she loves him (I think) and because he is one of the
few people she has ever believed in. She is close to Blake, mostly ignores Vila
but sometimes shows amusement, dislikes and distrusts Avon, is friendly with
Gan, and seems to accept Cally fairly quickly after her initial distrust and
Jenna’s aims and dreams are we never hear, but I would assume wealth and
adventure, and once she meets Blake, a future with him.
is perhaps 34 or 35 when we first see him on the prisoner transport ship London
on the way to Cygnus Alpha. He is a computer expert who was arrested for an
attempted embezzlement from the Federation computer banking system, which was
not his first fraud, as he was involved in at least one other with Tynus, a
colleague he encounters later. He also did the computer analysis for the
Federation’s matter transmission project which Blake also worked on as an
engineer, but they did not work together or meet. This does explain his later
ability to work on the teleport systems of the Liberator and Scorpio.
is a brilliant, logical, and sardonically witty man who suppresses his emotions and
tries to keep himself
aloof from the others (though his actions belie his act of not caring). A natural loner, he resents Blake’s leadership and
challenges it frequently, angry that he is not consulted or told enough. Later
however, he shows the same failings, seldom bothering to explain his plans to
his crew. He trusts few people, but did once trust his lover Anna Grant whom he
at first thinks was captured and died under interrogation after his embezzlement attempt. He later finds
that she was a Federation agent who betrayed him to the authorities, and kills
her although she appears to still love him. When he is told that Blake is dead,
then loses the Liberator and Cally in short order after that, he
withdraws even more and becomes more and more paranoid and close to breakdown.
seems to regard only three of the crew as worthy of attention: Blake whom he
challenges and argues with, Vila with whom he matches his wits at chess and
well-crafted insults, and Cally whom he comes to respect and perhaps love. He
despises Gan as stupid, and though he respects Dayna, Soolin and Tarrant's abilities,
never becomes as close to them as he perhaps does with the original Liberator
crew. By season 4 he has only Vila left from those days, his amusing sparring
partner, whom he now keeps at a distance, his insults now having real
bite. It is my belief that this is an attempt to destroy the friendship so that when he loses Vila too, it will not
matter to him.
states that he wants to be so rich no one can touch him, but by season 4 he
seems to have taken on Blake’s aims, either because he feels he must after
hearing of Blake’s ‘death’ and losing Blake’s Liberator, or
because the Federation’s unrelenting pursuit has driven him to fight back.
is about 40 when we first see him on the prisoner transport ship London
on the way to Cygnus Alpha. His grade and citizenship are not given in the
series, though fan
lore has him coming from the planet Zephron as the BBC advance publicity said. He was sent to Cygnus Alpha for
killing the guard who killed his ‘woman’. It is worth noting that German
has no word for ‘wife’ or ‘husband’ and uses ‘woman’ and ‘man’
instead, as I assume people do in the future, so I don’t see Gan’s use of it
as dismissive. Marriage as such is hardly mentioned, though the Goths have
pair-bonds. For the ‘murder’ of the armed guard by the unarmed Gan, the
Federation also installed a limiter in his brain which prevented him from
killing again. Given that he was being sent to a penal colony for life, the
purpose of this is not clear, but perhaps it was a further punishment to render
him helpless among brutal and violent criminals.
is a gentle giant who shows kindness, sympathy, friendliness, a concern for
ethics and morality, and readiness to endanger himself for others. Some regard
him as slow, and Avon makes some cruel comments about his stupidity, but I see
him as quiet and thoughtful. Unlike the quick-witted Vila, he does think before
he speaks, and is an honest and straightforward person.
is protective of Vila on the way to Cygnus Alpha, and afterwards, and is a lot
more patient with him than the rest of the crew is. He and Jenna get on well
too, showing each other respect and friendship. Easy-going Gan likes everyone
and meets Avon’s contempt with patience and self-control.
never says what he wants from life, but I suspect that, like Vila, he wanted a
quiet and happy life with someone he loved, but in Gan’s case, he had this and
is perhaps 26-28 when we first see her on Saurian Major, where she is the sole
survivor of a resistance group which was wiped out when the Federation released
poison into the atmosphere which did not affect Cally because she was alien to
the planet. She is from Auron, and her people are telepathic among themselves.
With the humans, Cally can send thoughts, but not receive, except, it turns out
later, from Vila, whose pain and strongest emotions she can feel. The Auronar,
we discover, breed by cloning to enhance their genetic stock, and Cally has at
least one twin/cloned sister, Zelda. The Auronar are neutral and preach
non-involvement in others’ affairs, but Cally is headstrong and leaves to
become a guerrilla fighter for the resistance. She tells Blake that she cannot
return because she has failed in her mission on Saurian Major, but her
disobedience in leaving may be another reason she is self-exiled.
Cally begins as a tough guerrilla fighter, fired by Blake’s cause and willing to die for it, but gradually changes to a quieter milder character who is often the voice of morality and reason, and occasionally reveals a soft heart. Nevertheless, under her reserve, the steel remains.
Cally is the closest anyone comes to being in Blake’s confidence, because she
shares his revolutionary fervour. She is intimidated by no one, and at first
appears to have no favourites, though I see some closeness between her and
Avon in season 3. She regards Vila with a mixture of amused fondness and
exasperation, but after the massacre of almost all her people in season 3, she
seems to withdraw from everyone and become colder and more detached.
wants to find a home, first being exiled from hers, then losing it. Although she
likes the crew, I think she is still an exile, lonely and isolated among the
is 20 or 21 when we first see her on Sarran, where both Avon and Servalan have
separately crash-landed after the Andromedan war. She was born on Earth, but was
brought to Sarran 20 years ago as a baby by her father, Hal Mellanby who once led a revolt on
Earth, after which he was tortured and blinded, and his wife was killed. He fled
to Sarran with Dayna, and lived there with her in hiding, designing and building
weapons and defence systems, helped by Dayna as she got older. He also adopted a
native girl called Lauren. Servalan, realising who he is, destroys his
artificial sight, then kills him, and shortly afterwards Lauren is killed by her
own people. Having lost everything, Dayna returns to the Liberator with
Avon, and proves to be a valuable crew member with her knowledge of weapons use
is a fearless young woman who has grown up in an isolated environment and has
had little opportunity to learn tolerance of others. If she resents Avon for
bringing death and loss into her life, she hides it well and perhaps takes out
her unexpressed feelings on the defenceless Vila, whom she taunts, often quite
cruelly, admitting at one point that his helplessness brings out her sadism.
Dayna is attracted to Avon when she first meets him, but there is no sign that she still is after the death of her family, although she never blames him for that. She gets on well with Tarrant, the next youngest, also a brash and adventurous sort. She is friends with Cally, who tells her about her family on Auron. She at first despises Vila, whom she sees as worthless. Both she and Tarrant are introduced to him by Avon while he is still unconscious, in very contemptuous and dismissive terms, and neither of them seem to pick up on Vila and Avon’s game of mutual insults, though the fact that Vila’s skills are not needed by the crew in season 3 does not help. Confident in her youth, strength and health, Dayna has no time for the weak and nervous, though she mellows as season 3 goes on and she either gets to know Vila better by the end of season 3, or learns more tolerance.
one expressed aim is to kill Servalan in revenge for the death of her father.
looks about 22 when we first see him on the Liberator, but he was
originally meant to be played by a much older actor, so I’d say he is a very young-looking
28 or so. Tarrant is a graduate of the Federation Space Academy. This was a
five-year course of study and included training on Flight and Launch Simulators.
Dynamic flux mathematics was one of his best subjects.
He also studied at the Space Research Institute some 8 years before we meet him,
not long after Egrorian left. His
first command was as a lieutenant under Jarvik on a Kairos patrol.
He rose to space
captain, but later deserted and became a mercenary, and was caught up in the
Andromedan war. He boards the deserted Liberator, intending to take it
over, but joins forces with Avon when he arrives, killing the Federation troops
on board. Tarrant has an older brother, Deeta, who also left the Federation and
became a professional duellist. It is not known whether he is related to Dev
Tarrant, the double agent who arranged for the massacre of the rebels who
contacted Blake, but the similarity of the first names of all three Tarrants
suggests that he is.
is a brave, brash, impetuous and often gallant type who sometimes acts before he thinks, despite his
obvious intelligence and good education. As an ex-officer, he has no
understanding of the anarchic and independent-thinking crew he now finds himself
regards the Liberator as his own ship, and at first takes command, but
the battle of wills between him and Avon eventually ends with Avon in charge. He
gets on well with Dayna with whom he may be more than friends, with Cally (as
everyone does), and with Avon once Avon assumes leadership. He bullies Vila on
occasion to get him to obey orders, but to be fair to both, Tarrant is a
military man who expects obedience and a well-defined chain of command, and Vila
is a thief who has been independent in the past, and never worked or taken
orders readily. Apart from his battle with Avon and frustrated bullying of Vila,
he gets on well enough with all of them.
aims are not known—perhaps
adventure and excitement?—nor are his reasons for leaving the Federation.
is perhaps about 24-26 when we first see her on Xenon base. Her family were
farmers, early settlers on Gauda Prime, originally from Darlon 4, and murdered
when Soolin was 8 as their land was wanted for mining. As Gauda Prime was an
open planet without laws, this was not illegal as such, but Soolin later learned to
shoot from one of the killers, then killed him. She was Dorian’s
‘companion’ but they were not close, as Dorian planned to use her life-force
with the others to lengthen his own life. She joins the crew after his death,
stating that she does not give her allegiance but sells her skill as a
Soolin is a very cool, intelligent and logical person, who maintains a detachment from the others. She could presumably have left at any time, so she must have had a reason for staying.
She is not close to anyone, but takes little part in the taunts and bullying Vila is sometimes subjected to, and at least twice shows concern for him when he is unconscious. She is also sympathetic to Tarrant and Zeeona’s desire to be together, so one could assume that she likes the people she has found herself with. Perhaps she has even found somewhere that feels a little like home.
never hear about Soolin's goals or dreams, but maybe she was looking for
somewhere to belong.
first see Servalan as Supreme Commander of the Federation Space Fleet. As a
young, bright cadet, she was considered by a tutor, Kasabi, to be unfit for
command, and perhaps in revenge, she reported Kasabi to be teaching treason. She
took a personal interest in Blake and the Liberator crew, often pursuing
them in person. In the chaos after the Andromedan war, she becomes President of
the Federation, but when she escapes the Liberator’s destruction, a
coup forces her into hiding and she assumes the identity of Commissioner Sleer
and continues to pursue Avon’s crew almost obsessively.
is a beautiful, intelligent and calculatedly charming woman who cares nothing
for anyone or anything but the acquisition and holding of power.
We first see Space Commander Travis when he is called to Servalan’s headquarters and ordered to find and destroy Blake. His service number is later given as Alpha 15105, so he must be an Alpha-grade citizen despite his accent in season 2, perhaps he was promoted from another grade. Travis was involved in the original break-up of Blake’s dissident group four years before the series starts, when he and his troops killed most of the rebels. Blake shot him, thinking he had killed him, causing him to lose, at least, an eye and an arm. Travis refused plastic surgery, preferring the eyepatch the field medic gave him, and had his artificial arm fitted with a laser weapon. Before the series starts, Travis was suspended from duty for the massacre of civilians on Auros, but Servalan restores his rank before sending him after Blake, whom Travis hates and swears to kill. Later, Travis is put on trial for another civilian massacre on Zircaster, which presumably also happened before the series starts, but ironically is saved from execution when Blake attacks the space station. Servalan allows him to escape, deciding to use him as her agent in her attempt to find Blake.
Travis says at one point that there are no civilians in war. He is a man who has forced himself to be a killer in the service of his Federation. To him, the end justifies any means at all, though he has a brief attack of conscience when the doctor who saved his life is calculatedly killed. Perhaps because of this, when he encounters another doctor later, he shows a more human side. Despite this, he becomes so embittered by what he sees as unjust condemnation by his own people for his loyal service, that he betrays the galaxy to the Andromedans. His almost obsessive aim is to kill Blake for what he did to him.
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