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Episode D9: Sand
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Steve Rogerson



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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 7:50 am    Post subject: Episode D9: Sand Reply with quote

This was Tanith Lee's second episode and, like Sarcophagus, was more fantasy than science fiction. It was, however, in my view a much better episode, and the idea of the sand as some kind of vampire was at least novel, though it did stretch the imagination a bit to say the least, but that is the point of a fantasy.

I thpught Reeve was a nasty piece of work, and was glad he was an early casualty.

Servalan walking over the rough terrain and sand in a long dress and high heels was a hoot.

Tarrant forshadowed his later liaison with Servalan when he said everyone was entitled to one really bad mistake. Though why Tarrant didn't shoot her there and then before the sand really affected him was a little worrying, as was his reaction at the end when Avon told him Servalan might die. I was surprised Dayna didn't kill him when she realised he'd shagged Servalan, but all looked at him with disgust.

Servalan was uncharacteristically jumpy throughout the episode.

From the little sand that Dayna brought up on her boots after being shot, it very quickly multiplied into hell of a lot.

There was the nice in-joke when Servalan told Tarrant she was just the girl next door - a reference to Jacqueline Pearce moving in next door to Steven Pacey.

I liked Avon's smile when Dayna sarcastically threw the dominant male comment back at him.

Questions:

Tarrant told Servalan she couldn't kill him because the sand would then have no reason to keep her alive. Servalan reminds him that her pilot was still alive. How did she know?

How did Vila on the ship hear the glass breaking on the planet?

Servalan said three impossible or wrong things to and about Tarrant:

"You underestimate your usefulness."
"Don't be such a fool, Tarrant."
"You are both resourceful and decorative."

Dialogue worth remembering

Servalan: "I'm sure you are accustomed to lonliness Investigator Reeve, you must be alone such a lot."

Vila: "I just don't want to die. Is that unreasonable?"
Chorus: "Yes."

Servalan: "I am unique. That makes me rather dangerous."

Dayna: "Oh, I trust you Avon."
Avon: "I must be slipping."

Orac: "I love you."

Soolin (about Vila): "His pulse is very weak."
Avon: "That should go very nicely with the rest of him."
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anthor great story! Which it was!
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't think that Servalan crying was in character for her. She may have been acting to get sympathy.
Soolin figured out that rain might destroy the sand.
Reeve recognising her as former President was a nice touch.
Tarrant was a fool, not to see that Keeler was dead.
Dayna should have at least smacked Tarrant, instead of glaring at him.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judging by where I found this thread buried I guess not a lot of people like Sand. I'm not sure why but I really love this one and it's definately one of my favorite episodes.

When I saw B7 as a kid, years later I remembered only one thing about it-Sand. I thought the pun on 'Was she pretty? Pretty familiar-Servalan' was so cool. Imagine that some weird living sand could get people all mushy and 'familiar' with your worst enemy.

Indeed there are so many interplays and lines in this one. Tanith Lee does seem to be a romantic, doesn't she? Soolin even refers to Sarcophogus and Cally, and Avon is quite happy being the dominant male on Scorpio.

Again very poor, if not the worst effects of the series, but I love it!

What are everyone else's thoughts?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this episode, although, not as much as Tanith's other B7 episode SARCOPHAGUS!!!

Would much prefer to have seen Avon and, stranded down
on Virn rather than Tarrant - definitely not the DOMINANENT MALE in the encounter with dear old

Avon 's reaction to the news when Tarrant said WHO was down on Virn - was, however, priceless!!! He was probably thinking about his previous encounter in, AFTERMATH when getting physical with

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like how the crew just looks at Tarrant and then everybod walks away from him. Avon almost seems jealous and is more than happy to tell Tarrant Servalan might be dead.

Servalan is so fasinating in this episode. She needed a pick me up and bagged Tarrant. You almost believe her, Almost! But she smashes the water cube and says she didn't kill Tarrant-yet!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He-man Tarrant really, getting to grips with dear old


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on , be fair , Tarrant deserved a Sh*g with Servalan , he was getting a bit tense - and Avon had already had his lot with her !
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it was pretty predictable if the writers had put Avon with Servalan.
That's why they put Tarrant down there instead.
Some nice touches in this episode.
Servalan & Inspector Reeve, he was a nasty one, even Servalan couldn't stand him.
Servalan crying, was it good acting to fool Tarrant or was she really upset?
Avon's outfit in this episode, I love it.
The girls looking after Vila, a nice touch seeing as they usually tease him.
The atmosphere on Virn.
Soolin figuring a rainstorm might save the day.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLAKESCREWE wrote:
Come on , be fair , Tarrant deserved a Sh*g with Servalan , he was getting a bit tense - and Avon had already had his lot with her !


Why was Tarrant gagging and desperate for it then BLAKESCREWE?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoyed this episode because it was change of pace
which made it refreshing to me...something different . I love
Tanith's work! She wrote a story for Paul Darrow titled:
"Kill the Dead"...I always wondered what happened to it.
I saw Artwork at a UK fan event gallery dedicated to the
story depicting Paul riding a horse not Paul's favorite
thing to do in reality...

Steve, I think Vila heard the glass break and Servalan knew
her pilot was alive because there was a sort of common link
with the sand/Vampire...
It is the only thing that makes sense...
Really enjoyed your comments on this...ditto the others
Made me think about it anew...Encore Going to re:watch!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:14 pm    Post subject: Kill the Dead Reply with quote

Tanith Lee did publish "Kill the Dead", which centeres on two characters who are thinly veiled versions of Avon and Vila. I have read it, it's quite good. You can still find used copies of it on Amazon or Ebay.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: Kill the Dead Reply with quote

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Tanith Lee did publish "Kill the Dead", which centeres on two characters who are thinly veiled versions of Avon and Vila. I have read it, it's quite good. You can still find used copies of it on Amazon or Ebay.


"TANITH" wrote this novel because she was a "B7" Fan and, especially of "AVON" (and, so based this novel's character on "AVON" giving it a name close to "PAUL'S" - "PARL DRO") also dedicating it to him.

By the way, anyone having this novel will see the the dedication is to "VALENTINE" - as, I discovered from a certain gent when getting this autographed at a theatre back in 1983 - that is "PAUL'S" middle name - hence, I borrowed it for my username on this Forum.

As, well as, writing a special SF radio play (love story) for "PAUL" called "THE SILVER SKY" back in, 1980 in which, he played a time-travelling Avon -esque scientist by the name of "PAUL BAXTER!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Complete and utter non B7 Codswallop -that is SAND !
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you actually like any B7?
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