The rebels help a top cybernetic scientist, Muller, to defect from the Federation. Whilst escaping, they discover a dead body and a mysterious box which terrifies Muller, leading to a ... See full summary »

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The rebels help a top cybernetic scientist, Muller, to defect from the Federation. Whilst escaping, they discover a dead body and a mysterious box which terrifies Muller, leading to a disastrous struggle and quarantine for the Scorpio crew. Written by frank-270

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2 November 1981 (UK)  »

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A bridge over the river Mole was used in the climactic scene. This bridge has since been demolished and new one built in its place. See more »

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When Muller wrestles with Vila for control of the teleport panel on the Scorpio, he breaks off part of the set. See more »

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Vila Restal: If Avon rates this Muller as such a genius why didn't he come for the man himself?
Del Tarrant: He probably just wanted to get you away from the base, to avoid more bother over Muller's lady.
Vila Restal: I was a perfect gentleman towards her.
Del Tarrant: That's what bothered us.
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A Slight Step Up From Most Of The Season So Far
31 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Muller a cyberneticist who wants to defect from the Federation contacts the Scorpio crew . After being teleported on to the Scorpio Muller gets in to a fight with Vila and Tarrant during which he is apparently killed

This is a slight step up from the previous long run of very mediocre episodes seen in season four . It's by no means classic quality television sci-fi and has the slight feel of a mid season disposable episode which is exactly what it is . What the episode does aspire to is a slightly horror type tale where an unstoppable foe takes over the computer systems of the Xenon base and stalk the crew of the Scorpio . This aspect isn't entirely successful as the episode is shot too brightly and the location filming needs required night filming to bring out the required execution of Roger Parkes atmospheric script but I suppose director Mary Ridge didn't have the budget or time to bring out the best of the story which is a constant fault of all telefantasy on British television


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