Vila is one of my favourite characters in Blakes 7, because
although the others often slag him off, they know hes really
quite resourceful, and when the chips are down thats what counts.
In Orac, when Vila shuts himself in his cabin, in the hope that not seeing the others will make him forget that hes ill, Avon remarks Vila does show signs of intelligence now and then. Interestingly, later on when Avon decides to go down and rescue Blake, he takes Vila rather than Gan.
Undoubtedly, Vilas finest moment is in the third series in City at the Edge of the World, where he not only opens the door, but gets the girl as well! After Tarrant has bullied Vila to go down, the other all stick up for Vila, even Cally, who had got very annoyed with Vila in Shadow when hed disobeyed orders to stay on the Liberator and teleported across to the space station. In Power Play Cally seems to have empathy with Vila - she cries out when he feels pain, even though they are far apart at that time.
At the end of the third series, Servalan captures the Liberator, leaving the crew stranded on the planet. However, Vila manages to bluff a Federation trooper into letting him take Orac. I dont think Avon could have managed that!
Vilas relationship with Orac is a curious one. On the face of it, Orac seems to show the same contempt for Vila as the rest of the crew, but in the third season episode Ultraworld, Orac seems intrigued with Vilas jokes and Limericks and uses them to distract the computer which controls Ultraworld.
In the final series, after the episode Orbit, Vila can no longer trust Avon. Up till that point there had, I think, been a certain amount of mutual respect between them, but clearly Avon now regards Vila as expendable, whilst Vila knows he can no longer trust Avon. Ultimately of course, Avon gets them all killed, ironic when one remembers that before Blakes departure, Avon was not slow in voicing his expectation that Blakes foolhardiness would result in that.
Crimes Against The Federation
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