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Having obtained an abandoned alien spaceship (now called Liberator)
all of their own (see episode 2),
(Gareth Thomas), Jenna (Sally Knyvette) & Avon (Paul Darrow) go to
penal planet Cygnus Alpha to free enough of their fellow prisoners to
make up a spaceship-crew, but first they have to find out a fe things
about their new ship, including ways to work the teleportation-bracelets
& guns they found and the eccentric computer Zen.
Once that is
settled though, Blake goes down to the planet, where he encounters his
felloow prisoners were imprisoned by some evil cult headed by
megalomaniac Vargas (Brian Blessed), who holds them in line by promising
them remedy against a disease they don't even have. In Blake however,
Vargas encounters a thougher nut to crack, but also a worthier opponent,
since Blake is in possession of weapons & a ship that could take him
away from Cygnus Alpha. But Blake will not give up any of it, so Vargas
sees himself forced to blackmail him by having one of the prisoners put
up for sacrifice. Blake proves to be one step ahead of Vargas though, as
he organizes for a revolt to break out & finally overthrow Vargas'
men. Only when he wants for him & his men to be beanmed up, he runs
into difficulties though, as Avon at first refuses to, being blinded by
the riches the ship holds (after all, he is a convicted thief),
& once Jenna has gotten the upper hand aboard the Liberator, they
have to realize they have taken Vargas aboard as well, & Vargas is
not one to forget about his megalomaniac dreams that easily, immediately
starting to threaten the ship's crew. Fortunately though, he still wears
his teleportation bracelet & is soon beamed to outer space - ouch
Among the saved prisoners are Vila (Michael Keating) & the giant Gan (David Jackson),
who would become part of the Liberator's regular crew ...
This third episode of the series
would strike a chord rather on a camp level (compared to the
anti-establishment messages of the first 2 stories), since it tells a
rather straight forward adventure story that carelessly but endearingly
blends space-opera with sets directly from the Dark Ages, complete with
sinister monks & catacombs, with neither the futuristic nor the
period sets being terribly convincing. I like it though.