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Aboard the spaceship London, carried off to the penal colony Cygnus
Alpha for a crime hi did not commit, former freedom fighter Roj Blake
(Gareth Thomas) & some fellow prisoners - among them Vila (Michael
Keating), Jenna (Sally Knyvette) & the giant Gan (David Jackson),
all of whom would become regulars on the series -
plan to take over the ship, but the plan will only work if they can win
criminal computer expert Avon (Paul Darrow) over for their cause. Though
reluctant at first, Avon is soon convinced by them but stays skeptical
anyway, not used to trust anybody but himself.
When the London gets
involved in a space-battle they were only passing, Blake & his group
use it as a diversion & soon they hold the computerroom ... but
from then on everything goes horribly wrong, as the crew of the London,
without control over the computer, can no longer avoid being dragged
into the space battle, and furthermore, Blake's co-conspirators - all
but Blake, Avon & Jenna, who are actually in the
computer-room - surrender to the guards, & sadistic subcomander
Raiker (Leslie Schofield) is holding them hostage & shoots one of
them every 30 seconds, forcing Blake to give up control of the computer.
Jenna & Avon are put under maximum security, but after the London
discovers a drifting alien spaceship on parallel course & try to
entere it only to lose a full entering team, it is decided to send the 3
of them over as human guineapigs. They encounter one of the most
fantastic spaceships they have ever seen, but they are soon affected by
a hypnotic beam intended to drive them to certain doom. Thank god Blake
has broken the barriers of brainwashing once before (see episode
1 of the series) & is thus less affected by the hypnotic
beam & able to destroy its source.
The 3 of them now decide to
part ways with the London & make an escape on their new ship, &
not only that, when they split, subcommander Raiker was on his way over
through the transfer hatch & is sucked into space.
But where do
Blake, Jenna & Avon go, you might ask - to Cygnus Alpha of course,
to free enough of their fellow prisoners to have a whole ship's crew.
Owen plays Leylan, captain of the London, in this one, Norman Tipton is
Nice second episode of the series, that
is somewhat hampered by cheap costumes & shabby sets (some
spaceship-miniatures are rather nice though), but has an interesting
enough plot further setting up things to come but at the same time
telling a story of its own, thus avoiding to immediately become