While Blake plots to annihilate the Federation once and for all, Travis is planning far greater destruction...that of the entire human race...
Durkim, the subordinate giving the report, asserts that Star One is breaking down. He insists that Servelan send someone to fix the problem. There is only one issue. No one, I repeat no one, knows the location. Once it was built and operational the Federation high command made sure that it's location could never be revealed. For security reasons that makes sense. But we see now the problem with putting your complete dependence on one system that benefits from complete secrecy. She does inform Durkim that a small staff of technicians chose to live out their lives on Star One providing maintenance. Chose is the word that she uses but how much of an actual choice they had is ip for debate. One of those technicians just happens to be a former flame of Durkims.
Blake realizes that the Andromedans are free to get into the galaxy for their invasion. With a conflict imminent Star One will be needed to both resist the aliens and recover from the war. He orders the others to recover the bombs that have been planted but remembers that he planted one that they will never find. Lurena retrieves the bomb for him just in time to be met by the surviving aliens disguised as techs. She allows the bomb to detonate killing them as well as herself. I mean, we can't let an extra live through the episode can we?
Back aboard the Liberator Blake is in the med bay recovering from the aforementioned shooting while Avon prepares to hold off an alien fleet singlehandedly. Vila and Jenna earlier informed Servelan, via Orac, about the invasion as well as the location of Star One. Having initiated a coup and deposed the government she has assumed command of the Federation. All ships are ordered to rendezvous at Star One but they are hours away at best. This leaves our rebels in the unusual position of defending the very Federation that they have been trying to topple. Luckily most of the mine field is still intact leaving a very narrow approach for the Andromedans similar to the Persians at Thermopylae. The episode ends just as the engagement begins leaving us to wonder the fate of the Liberator and her crew.
I've said it several times this season but it still holds true, one of the highlights of this season is Blake's growing fanaticism. He is committed to destroying the Federation at all costs. When confronted by the fact that millions of inocents will suffer and die if Star One is destroyed he replies that he has to win so that he'll know that he was right. That is a zealot if ever there was one and I love that the show never shys away from it. We also get to see the culmination of Avon and Blake's relationship where Avon finally lets slip his complete hatred of Blake. And Paul Darrow is such a great actor that you're never sure if Avon hates Blake because of how Blake is or if he hates him because of who he, Avon, is. I really wish that the others had gotten a little more screen time. Cally plays the role of moral center, Vila plays the fool as usual and once again Jenna gets left on the ship. Which is a shame. Sally Knivette is a great actress and Jenna could have been a fantastic character if the writers had taken more time with her.
For the villains it was it was nice to see their story arcs play out as well. Servelan finally reaches her zenith of evil and stages a coup. Travis' psychosis finally undoes him when he attempts to betray the human race all the while blaming them for his actions. A true narcissist until the end. And it was a fitting end to a character that really had completed his story arc. I'm glad that they didn't belabor the point and keep him around afterwards just to drive the character into the ground.
And man man what a charged ending. Talk about a cliffhanger. The Liberator being forced to stand alone against an invading armada. Our little guerilla band finally making an actual stand. And in defense of the Federation, if indirectly, no less. How could anything be the same after this season? Well, spoilers, nothing is the same after this season. Be ready for some major shake ups. This episode is a resounding success. To be honest B7 can be a bit hit or miss and this is an excellent example of what the show is like when it's firing on all cylinders.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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