The Federation sends Commissioner Sleer to Mecron II in order to investigate the various irregularities discovered in the mining operation on that planet. Belkov, the head of the mining ... See full summary »

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The Federation sends Commissioner Sleer to Mecron II in order to investigate the various irregularities discovered in the mining operation on that planet. Belkov, the head of the mining unit, has hidden a large consignment of crystals aboard his orbiting space station. But Avon and his accomplices are also after the crystals, assisted by one of Belkov's erstwhile colleagues. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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16 November 1981 (UK)  »

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Belkov: Look, d'you realize the problems I had setting up this entire mining operation? Theirs is a very ancient civilization, you know.
Commissioner Sleer: I didn't come here for a history lesson.
Belkov: It is relevant!
[Belkov shows Sleer a crystal necklace in a glass case]
Belkov: The Mecronian high priests used these as a symbol of their power. Now there is a legend about the feldon necklaces. A chief once stole one, the gods became angry and struck him down. Of course, the gods' anger was merely an electrical storm in which a hunk ...
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Twisty Turning Tale
31 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Federation have found the Planet Mecron to be a natural source of feldon crystals . The mining system is controlled by computer genius Belkov knowing that he will be killed by Commander Sleer ( Servalan ) once she has access to the crystals contacts the Scorpio crew requesting evacuation in return for the crystals

Bill Lyons one and only script for the show is very much a twisty turny thing involving double cross , triple cross and quadruple cross . It also illustrates a rather subtle running thread throughout the season that wasn't entirely obvious on first transmission and that is the protagonists of Avon's crew devoid of The Liberator have to work harder to stay ahead of the Federation if they want to stay alive and can only achieve this by finding resources that make their survival more likely . Unfortunately human nature being what it is the people offering these resources invariably have an agenda of their own

This episode is like so many in the series enjoyably mean but is one of the very few instances where I felt sympathy for the Federation troopers as they're dispatched by both the native Mecron cult and the Scorpio crew including one hapless trooper who gets pushed in to a mining shaft and turned in to a puff of pink smoke and one wonders if this type of demise would be shown if the series was produced in 2013 . It's certainly a cynical and nihilistic programme even if it's not held in too high regard for those who never watched the show


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