The Liberator has been damaged in the battle against the alien invasion fleet of Andromeda and the crew abandons ship. Avon finds himself on the tribal planet Sarren, where he is rescued by... See full summary »

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The Liberator has been damaged in the battle against the alien invasion fleet of Andromeda and the crew abandons ship. Avon finds himself on the tribal planet Sarren, where he is rescued by Dayna Mellanby, daughter of Federation fugitive Hal Mellanby, who are hiding away from the Federation. They find Serverlan, now the newly-elected president of the Federation has also arrived on Sarran. Written by Daniel Williamson

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7 January 1980 (UK)  »

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Cy Grant who played Hal Mellanby performed (voiced) Lieutenant Green in "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" (1967) See more »

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Dayna Mellanby: Are you feeling better?
Avon: Not really. But at least I'm still alive. If I were dead I don't think I'd have this blinding headache.
[Dayna kisses Avon]
Avon: What was that for?
Dayna Mellanby: Curiosity.
Avon: I'm all in favor of healthy curiosity. I hope yours isn't satisfied too easily. I think you've cured my headache.
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Follows Blakes 7: Orac (1978) See more »

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After The Previous Finale This Opening Episode Is An Anti-climax
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Liberator and the massed Federation fleet finally manage to stop the attempted Andromedan invasion but at heavy cost to themselves. Effectively The Terran Federation has ceased to exist The damaged Liberator is evacuated and Avon finds himself having to battle for his life on the Planet Sarran . He is rescued by Dayna who takes him back to father's base only to find that President Seravalan has also landed on the planet

After the season two finale Star One you will be rubbing your hands wondering what's going to happen next and this episode proceeds to kick your teeth in with bitter disappointment . The possibilities and potential of this episode are limitless and anyone hoping to see more of the Andromedans will be left shaking their head wondering why their demise has been skated over so lightly . One can't help thinking a childish resentful attitude of not having used the Daleks in the previous episode has led to a fit of pique on the part of Terry Nation and has decided he won't use Chris Boucher's monsters under any circumstances . This is just a very ordinary episode once again featuring primitive barbarians trying to hunt down fallen Gods from the sky

It wasn't clear on the original transmission but this marks an entirely new direction for the show . Travis was seen to die in Star One but at least that character had an on screen demise a luxury never afforded to either Blake or Jenna . Orac states that Blake and Jenna have left in a separate escape pod and that's the nearest they get to a leaving scene , though Gareth Thomas does make a cameo appearance in the finales of seasons three and four . It must be said that if you watched this in 1980 you spend most the season thinking he's going to reappear but doesn't

Aftermath doesn't smack the audience over the head but the series has now changed and I'm in a very sizable minority when I state the change isn't for the better . New characters Dayna and Tarrant are introduced but never found either character all that interesting , at least not compared to Jenna and Blake and you often find yourself noticing how often writers could have easily had Jenna and Blake in the roles of Dayna and Tarrant . In short this opening episode shows signs that it's something of a rushed ill thought out production which sums up season three of the show


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