Zen - Master onboard flight computer which
controlled the vital functions and took voice commands from whomever
was in charge of the huge alien spacecraft Liberator on the British
science fiction series BLAKE'S 7/BBC/1978-81.
Found abandoned in space,
the Liberator was commandeered by escaping prisoners
sentenced to exile on the planet Cygnus Alpha by the tyrannical futuristic
government known as "The Federation". Lead by resistance fighter Roj Blake (Garreth
Thomas), the new crew included:
- Kerr Avon, a cold-hearted computer expert;
- Jenna Stannis (Sally Knyvette), a smuggler and loyal supporter of Roj Blake;
- Vila Restal (Michael Keating), a mousy, often complaining safecracker;
Olag (David Jackson), a burly man with an electronic device called a "Limitor"
implanted in his head to prevent him from killing;
- Cally, a telepathic
alien trained on the planet Auron in Guerilla warfare who joined the crew
soon after it was formed.
- The seventh member of "Blake's 7" was Zen (voice
of Zen supplied by Peter Tuddenham).
Later in the series, another super computer called ORAC was brought on
board the craft. It was taken from a dying scientist/computer expert. Its
voice also was supplied by (Peter Tuddenham).
Zen, who made his first appearance on the episode "Cygnus Alpha", was
destroyed along with the Liberator in the last season by Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce), the Federation's
ruthless female Supreme Commander.
During season four on episode "Rescue", Blake transports to the spaceship Scorpio
and discovers an onboard computer named SLAVE (voice of Peter Tuddenham) whose opinions are not
ORAC who considered itself to be a superior system.
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