We cut to the bridge of the Liberator. Last time we talked about Blake's growing hubris. This week it comes even more to the fore. Blake has convinced the crew to skirt the edge of the Sol System and check out the defenses. Except that's not really the plan. He intends to attack earth itself and take out Control. Through manipulation he forces the rest of the crew to go along. All except Avon of course. Avon simply wants Blake gone leading the rebellion so that he can have Liberator to himself. Hey, at least he's honest.
Unfortunately while this is going on Blake's partner in crime Kasabi is busy getting her men slaughtered. I'm tempted to forgive a lot of the rebels in this series for being inept. Most of them are not trained soldiers or skilled generals. Kasabi doesn't get a pass however. It's revealed that she was an instructor in the academy. She was even Servelan's instructor. Kasabi's defection instills a deep hatred in Servelan's. Not that she needs much reason to hate. With a little truth serum, courtesy of Travis, Kasabi is singing like a canary about her plans with Blake. Unfortunately a little too much serum kills her and the only survivor is her daughter Veron.
When Kasabi's signal is late in coming Blake almost calls the whole thing off. However, the signal finally comes through. Now obviously Travis and Servelan's are on the other end of the line and the crew is deeply suspicious. Blake can't let it go however and brow beats everyone into moving forward. He and Gan teleport down and meet with Veron who tells them about the massacre. Meanwhile Avon and Vila teleport to Control. They cannot teleport inside, of course, or even right to the front door. Instead to get inside one must cross a field covered in antimatter wires that explode on contact and self repair in a matter of seconds when cut.
Cally and Jenna teleport Vila and Avon to meet with Blake and Gan. As progressive as Blake's 7 was it was decidedly lacking in the use of its female leads. Which is sad. Jenna and Cally were strong female characters who had tremendously more potential than being damsels in distress or left behinds. Although to be fair, Jenna was written as an exceptional pilot. I suppose I wouldn't have wanted to risk her either on land missions.
Typical men, Blake and the boys get suckered by a pretty face and Veron knocks them all out with a gas grenade. I bet they wish one of the ladies had been there to watch their backs now! Of course nothing can keep our crew down so they escape, retrieve their bracelets and escape before Travis arrives to apprehend them. After a nail biting scene where they they cross the mined field one by one they break into Control. Of course there are the obligatory booby traps that don't actually protect anything and serve more as an inconvenience. Finally they break into the control room.
Despite a few flaws and wobbly sets I loved this episode. It changed the series with the death of Gan and sets up a story arc for the rest of the season where they search for the new location of Control. Blake's descent into obsession and prideful undoing is also nicely shown here. He's becoming someone who refuses to listen to the advise of others and in this episode it costs us dearly.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Vila- I don't want to go.
Avon- You surprise me.
Vila- I don't feel well. I'm going to be a big handicap.
Avon- I'm used to that.
Coffee of the Day:
Folgers Gourmet Supreme. I'm not normally a Folgers man but several of their dark roasts are quite good. My wife and I love the Gourmet Supreme and have been waiting for it to be released in K Cups. Now that it is out we keep it for weekends and special occasions. Of course this episode counted as a special occasion. So go pour a cup of coffee, preferably Gourmet Supreme, and watch Pressure Point.