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Blake (Gareth Thomas), Avon (Paul Darrow) & Cally (Jan Chappell)
board a spaceship where they find the crew put to sleep by a gas in the
air conditioning and one of them murdered. Furthermore they find the
ship's controls thrashed just enough so it won't be able to leave its
course (which in this case means going around in a circle again &
With the crew re-awakened, Blake, Avon & Cally try to find
out what happened. It turns out the crew of the ship comes from a
non-federation colony that is desperately in need for Nutrogen to
survive. The ship - under the command of captain Kendall (Barry Jackson)
- is to deliver the Nutrogen, but since it is just
priceless in the market, one of the crewmembers seems to have tried to
steal it ...
& while Blake agrees to bring the Nutrogen in his
spaceship Liberator to their planet (called Destiny, hence the title)
for them, he leaves Cally & Avon behind as both hostages and to find
out who really was the killer.
As you would come to expect, more
murders soon follow, & among the victims is Mandrian (Stephen Tate)
who was the most suspicious character so far, with the second most
suspicious character, Sonheim (Nigel Humphreys) found leaning over his
corpse - which is just too good for him to be the real culprit.
end the killer turns out to be the least suspicious person, in fact
innocence personified, Sara (Beth Morris). Not only that though, it
turns out against all expectations that the Nutrogen is still in her
possession & she has already arranged for a pick-up, & by
locking herself on the ship's bridge, she seems to have won her gamble
But no, Blake has found out he doesn't actually have the Nutrogen
& speeds back to the scene of the crime. He manages to cheat Sara
out of the Nutrogen, get everybody - but Sara, who refuses to come -
aboard the Liberator, & has even set explosive charges for the
pick-up party ...
While this episode is not at all an
uninteresting murder mystery - rather by coincidence set in outer space
- it has the same flaw as so many other mysteries: After just about
everybody behaved suspicious at one point or another, a culprit is
rather suddenly pulled out of the hat, who makes about as much or as
little sense as the killer as anybody else. The other rather
disappointing aspect of this story is that, even though hints are made
of the federation being involved in the crime, this subplot is thrown
out in the end all together, the pick-up just blown up & never