Vila Restal

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Name: Vila Restal
Fandom: Blake's 7
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front cover by Phoenix: "Look at that face. That is an adorable Vila. He just bought you drinks (with the wallet he stole from you,) and is proceeding to charm the pants off of you to boot. You’ll wake up the next day missing all your valuables, and you won’t even care, because he’ll have stolen your heart as well." -- [1]

Vila Restal is character in Blake's 7.

A popular Vila-centric episode that is an unlimited source of angst is "Post Orbit."

Some fans found Vila to be a lazy, sneaky, whining alcoholic. Others found him appealing because of his resourcefulness and his sense of humor. From a fan in 1993:

Coward, hero, hapless victim, shrewd manipulator, master thief, master clown -- all these terms could be accurately applied to the character of Vila Restal, and examples could be found in the series to support each description. And that's what I have always found so fascinating about Vila. Like Blake and Avon, he's a complex puzzle.

We are fed little bits of information here and there about the character as the series progresses, beginning with his rather frightening first appearance in a transit cell in The Way Back ("I've had my head adjusted by some of the best in the business- it just won't stay adjusted"), through his manipulation of his crewmates in Star Drive, and right on up to his disarming behavior in Blake. While it might be difficult to reconcile all his actions throughout the series, it's a heckuva lot of fun trying. [2]


Sample Fiction


Fan Clubs


Some Vila Fanart Examples


  1. (January 22, 2018)
  2. from the editorial of Delta Blues