from Blakes 7
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ORAC
Law must be established before the benefits of law can be restored.
AVON
It is the day of the bounty hunter.
AVON
[cut to close-up of Vila] Thieves,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Dayna, pan to Soolin] killers,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Tarrant] mercenaries,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Avon; he smiles, continuing] psychopaths, are as unwelcome now as the farmers once were.
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DEL TARRANT
Is it done?
AVON
Yes, but it isn't finished.
VILA RESTAL
Wonderful. Who's next on your list? Servalan?
AVON
[inserts key] Orac.
ORAC
[annoyed] What is it *now*?
AVON
Gracious as ever. Orac, I want you to interrogate the Federation Security computers and get me Servalan's present location.
VILA RESTAL
[astonished] I was *joking*, Avon!
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AVON
Orac, what proof do we have that Blake is on Gauda Prime?
ORAC
That is where his trail ends.
TARRANT
What trail? Explain.
ORAC
The chain of cause and effect amounts to a trail, if you can follow it.
VILA RESTAL
I can't even follow you.
ORAC
Everything has an effect on everything else around it. It is not easy to trace one line through the pattern of infinity, but in this case, I have. Blake is on Gauda Prime.
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SLAVE
Uh, I don't wish to interrupt, Master...
ORAC
Then kindly don't.
SLAVE
I wasn't talking to you.
ORAC
You were attempting to override a superior system. Be silent.
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VILA RESTAL
I think I just made the biggest mistake of my life.
ORAC
It is unlikely. I would predict there are far greater mistakes waiting to be made by someone with your obvious talent for it.
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ORAC
A computer must, by definition, be logical. But it can also mirror the logic of its creator.
SOOLIN
You mean it's an extension of his mind.
ORAC
[testily] No, that is *not* what I mean.
SOOLIN
His personality, then.
ORAC
[more considerate] A better definition, but still not quite accurate.
KERR AVON
Would it know how the booby traps on the orbiter are programmed?
ORAC
As yet, I don't have enough data to answer that question.
KERR AVON
[growing impatient] *If* it knew, could you extract the information from it?
KERR AVON
Come on! That's a simple enough question.
ORAC
There might be problems.
KERR AVON
Why? You have extracted information from Federation computers before now. This is just a hodgepodge of three or four of them. You have already said that it is inferior to you.
ORAC
The difficulty is not technical. It's more one of, uh, attitude.
KERR AVON
Ah. You mean the *logic* of its creator.
ORAC
Exactly. Let me remind you of ancient Earth mythology: the Delphic Oracle would answer questions truthfully without giving a true answer.
KERR AVON
So what we need is not the right answer, but the right question.
SOOLIN
And in circumstances where any mistake would prove fatal?
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ORAC, GAMBIT
[in unison] The orbiter is preprogrammed. Flight power depends on the distance and intensity of each star the feldon panels are locked into. The successful completion of a game continues the sequence. To regain control, you must complete the coded sequence of star sources.
VILA RESTAL
What about the feldon crystals?
KERR AVON
Gambit?
ORAC, GAMBIT
This game will reveal the entrance.
SOOLIN
All we have to do is lock on to the right star.
ORAC
It is possible that we've just received the right answer to the wrong question.
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ORAC
Join us, Soolin. We can fulfill your every desire.
SOOLIN
[turning Orac off] You wouldn't know where to start.
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KERR AVON
Is it restored?
ORAC
I am obliged to do as you tell me, even though I know it to be wrong.
KERR AVON
Only following orders? That's not very original, Orac.
ORAC
There is nothing very original about domination, as you will discover.
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SOOLIN
Well, Orac?
ORAC
Prospects terminal.
SOOLIN
Terminal?
ORAC
The survival of organic humanoid life is improbable.
SOOLIN
Are you talking about Vila and Tarrant?
ORAC
All organic humanoid life throughout the galaxy is at hazard.
SOOLIN
Let's stick to medicine, Orac. Leave the philosophy for later.