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More B7

February 3rd, 2004 (11:59 pm)

One of the ironies of 'Rumours of Death' is that the Liberator at last returns to Earth, but its crew seem to be peripheral to political events. Avon is hoping to take advantage of a political uprising to solve a personal matter, rather than to take a leading role in it. Furthermore, that uprising isn't an overturning of the system by a revolutionary movement of the sort once led by Blake, but has a mixed character - a coup from within the ruling elite backed by some rebels who themselves come from the elite; though perhaps Blake, once, was of that background - he's hardly a working-class hero, his clothes echo those of Robin Hood, who in some versions is an aristocrat, and his name is a homage to Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Moving back to the conclusion of series D, Blake and Deva are monitoring closely the arrival of the Federation's high representative. It could be that Arlen is on Gauda Prime to help clean it up before the civilian administration of the planet arrive. Alternatively/in addition, it's possible that the high representative is him/herself a possible ally for Blake and Deva. I doubt that the high representative would be Servalan - the role of Commissioner Sleer is exposed enough without her undertaking high profile diplomatic missions.