We fairly quickly get to the story though. Blake begins acting erratically. He changes course from a pleasure planet to that of a deserted asteroid/mining facility without consulting anyone else. Obviously this course of action does not sit well with Vila as the pursuit of pleasure is his main reason for living. They confront Blake who is having bad dreams and mumbling in his sleep.
They discover that he is receiving a signal that is triggering implanted thoughts in his head. Skmethjng that happened as part of his brain washing years ago. For some poorly explained reason they need to hook Blake, Orac and a third party up together. Lucky Jenna gets volunteered and off we go. It does not end as planned. People are shouting. Vila interrupts. And Avon finally gets to judo chop Blake.
After all this Blake talks his way free and convinces Vila that everyone else is planning to betray them. Some days Vila is on top of things. Today? Not so much. They trap the rest of the crew and fly to the asteroid where Vila teleports Blake down. When he enters the mining facilities and goes silent Vila has no choice but to free the others. Who are surprisingly forgiving.
Coming to Blakes rescue they find him chilling with Shivan, a rebel leader who was presumed dead, Ven Glynd who was an arbiter in Blake's trial and random goon number 27 otherwise known as Nagu.
Back on board Liberator we learn that Shivan isn't really Shivan. Poor Nagu doesn't make it but we knew that was going to happen. He gets knifed in the back by none other than Travis.
There were several things that I liked about this episode and several things that I felt were a little weak. I like that they've reached back to earlier episodes to establish a tighter continuity. That is one area that I feel modern shows do better than shows from this era. I also liked seeing a defector. Humans being human even in space I can easily foresee quite a few officials and officers questioning the morality of what they are asked to do.
I did question the governor meeting being able to topple the Federation government. As we've seen in Countdown the Feds will go to extreme lengths to insure a planets cooperation. The idea that a few planets can just dissolve the council seems far fetched. I've always viewed them as essentially puppets when I've thought about them at all. Still, I can see why the idea is seductive in its simplicity.
Rating: 3.5 out 5
Vila: And then he just stopped talking.
Avon: Why don't you follow his example?
Coffee of the Day:
Joe's Tall, Dark and Handsome. We found this for cheap at TJ Maxx and wow was it worth every penny. It's not a true K-Cup but it's Keurig compatible. I grabbed it on a whim but it is a very nice dark roast. It normally retails for $8 and for that price you cannot go wrong.