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Witnessing the explosion of a spaceship - personally saboptaged by
federation supreme commander Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce), Blake (Gareth
Thomas) decides to send a rescue party - Avon (Paul Darrow), Vila
(Michael Keating), Jenna (Sally Knyvette) & Gan (David Jackson) - down
to the planet on which the craft crashed for possible survivors.
yes, the party does really find a surviving crewmember of said
spaceship, Ensor (Tony Caunter), whom they bring aboard, but
unfortunately Jenna got separated from the group & captured by a
group of savage mutants. The rest of the landing party is thus sent down
again to rescue her, but instead they find Meegat (Suzan Farmer), keeper
of an alien race that has taken temporal refuge in the form of lifecells
stored in a rocket, awaiting Avon to send it off to another planet.
board of Blake'S spaceship The Liberator meanwhile, Ensor has regained
his senses & forces Blake & the only other remaining crewmember,
Cally (Jan Chappell) to fly him to Aristo where he has to both save his
father's life & save someone or something called Orac from falling
into the hands of the federation.
Of course all ends on a happy note,
with Ensor conveniently dying just in time for Blake to return The
Liberator to the planet to pick up his landin g party who meanwhile have
freed Jenna & shot the rocket into outer space. & Blake &
company even decide to go to Aristo to save Ensor's father ...
from the fact that this episode is again falling apart into 2 story-arcs
(a problem also inherent in many earlier episodes & not the best
idea if you have just 50 minutes to tell your story), the main flaw of
this episode is that neither of the stories has a real climax, that
would resolve the story, Ensor just dies at a convenient point, &
the rocket is launched after pressing a few buttons. It seems almost as
if the stories only end at their respective particular points because
the running time ran out ...