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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This is the first time Vila kills someone since Blake's 7: Cygnus Alpha (1978), where he stabbed one of Vargas' followers. See more »

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OracGambit: [in unison] The orbiter is preprogrammed. Flight power depends on the distance and intensity of each star the feldon panels are locked into. The successful completion of a game continues the sequence. To regain control, you must complete the coded sequence of star sources.
Vila Restal: What about the feldon crystals?
Kerr Avon: Gambit?
OracGambit: This game will reveal the entrance.
Soolin: All we have to do is lock on to the right star.
Orac: It is possible that we've just received the right answer to the wrong question.
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A decent episode but not a great one, I'm afraid
8 August 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to say about this one. While I enjoyed the verbal interplay between Servalan and Belkov, the erstwhile President and Supreme Commander gets little to do besides that. It's one of the few episodes where I felt that Servalan was utterly wasted. Belkov had the potential to be a great character but I found his obsession with games to be rather distracting. For that reason, I didn't find the plot too engaging or exciting. However, I liked Belkov's interaction with Gambit and the fact that his goodbye scene comes across as touching rather than unintentionally comical is a credit to Stratford Johns' performance. I appreciated the fact that it was left ambiguous whether Belkov was killed or not as it suggested that they may have brought him back if there had been a fifth series and he would have been treated a bit better.


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