This episode introduces the villains of the saga as Federation Supreme Commander Servalan appoints Space Commander Travis to take absolute control of the Blake matter - to seek, locate, and destroy Blake.
drawing by Robin L Belyea
Travis has personal reasons for wanting to kill Blake. It was Travis who arranged the ambush in which Blake was first arrested some five years earlier. Blake, seeing that his unarmed friends were being massacred, had grabbed a gun from a guard and shot Travis destroying his left arm and eye. Travis now wears an eye patch to remind him to seek revenge. His arm has been replaced with an artificial one equipped with a hidden laser gun.
As Travis begins his new assignment, Vila's skills at breaking and entering place crewmembers from the Liberator into a Federation base. "There isn't a lock I can't open if I'm scared enough," he says.
The team steals a cypher machine, but in the explosion, pre-timed to hide the theft, Cally is accidentally left for dead. Though she survives, Cally does fall into the hands of Travis, who uses her as bait to trap the others.
Blake, Travis tells Cally, "has one reliable flaw: loyalty."
When Blake does manage a rescue, he explains, "Too many of my friends are already dead. I can't afford to lose another one."
- Additional Cast
- Prell - Peter Craze
- Rontane - Peter Miles
- Bercol -John bryans
- Escon - Ian Cullen
- Rai - Ian Oliver
- Eldon - Astley Jones
- Additional Credits (See Regular Series Credits)
- Production Arsitant - Geoffrey Manton
- Film Recordist - Graham Hare
- Film Editor - M. A. C. Adams
- Studio Sound - Clive Gifford
- Stunt Co-ordinator - Frank Maher
- Designer - Robert Berk
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