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NAME: Vila Restal
BORN: Earth
RANK / POSITION: Delta Grade / Weapon Systems
STATUS: Outlaw
FIRST APPEARANCE: The Way Back - He steals Blake's watch.
QUIRKS: Pretending he's drunk to avoid work. Has a high I.Q. but plays the fool.
INTERESTS: Picking locks - and boasting about it. Adrenaline and Soma. Gambling. Women.
CRIMES: Professional Thief.

Vila is one of my favourite characters in Blake’s 7, because although the others often slag him off, they know he’s really quite resourceful, and when the chips are down that’s what counts.

In Time Squad we first see he is talent for opening locks, a talent which is often called on throughout the series. Vila comes across as a bit of a coward, but like Avon, he has a strong instinct for self preservation.

In Orac, when Vila shuts himself in his cabin, in the hope that not seeing the others will make him forget that he’s 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, Vila’s 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 he’d 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 don’t think Avon could have managed that!

Vila’s 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 Vila’s 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 Blake’s departure, Avon was not slow in voicing his expectation that Blake’s foolhardiness would result in that.

Richard Putley


Michael Keating's Entry in the Internet Movie Database

Crimes Against The Federation

SEASON ONE

  THE WAY BACK  
SPACE FALL
CYGNUS ALPHA
TIME SQUAD
THE WEB
SEEK-LOCATE-DESTROY
MISSION TO DESTINY
DUEL
PROJECT AVALON
BREAKDOWN
BOUNTY
DELIVERANCE
ORAC
 

SEASON TWO

  REDEMPTION  
SHADOW
WEAPON
HORIZON
PRESSURE POINT
TRIAL
KILLER
HOSTAGE
COUNTDOWN
VOICE FROM THE PAST
GAMBIT
THE KEEPER
STAR ONE
 

SEASON THREE

  AFTERMATH  
POWERPLAY
VOLCANO
DAWN OF THE GODS
THE HARVEST OF KAIROS
CITY AT THE EDGE OFTHE WORLD
CHILDREN OF AURON
RUMOURS OF DEATH
SARCOPHAGUS
ULTRAWORLD
MOLOCH
DEATH-WATCH
TERMINAL
 

SEASON FOUR

  RESCUE  
POWER
TRAITOR
STARDRIVE
ANIMALS
HEADHUNTER
ASSASSIN
GAMES
SAND
GOLD
ORBIT
WARLORD
BLAKE
 
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