The Liberator follows Servalan's flagship to Sardos, where a rogue Federation officer has designs on the galaxy.

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Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Steven Pacey ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen / Orac (voice)
Davyd Harries ...
Doran
John Hartley ...
Section Leader Grose
Mark Sheridan ...
Unit Commander Lector
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Moloch (voice)
Debbi Blythe ...
Poola
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Chesil
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Avon follows Servalan to the planet Sardos, home of a society that can create anything using special energy-mass transformers. Once there, they discover a group of Federation troops planning to build a battle fleet to take over the rest of the galaxy. All the conspirators need is the specifications of Servalan's cruiser and a suitable pilot. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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11 March 1980 (UK)  »

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The metal plating that makes up much of the interior or the T-16 Troop Transport ship was previously used in the Vogon ship from The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981), which got this from the set of Alien (1979). See more »

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[last lines]
Zen: Information. Three alien spacecraft in hostile formation bearing zero-zero-nine, two million spacials.
Del Tarrant: Flight deck.
[They run to take their places on the bridge]
Del Tarrant: Zen, enemy position.
Zen: One million spacials. We have visual contact with hostile commander.
Del Tarrant: Put her on.
Servalan: [on the viewscreen] Liberator, this is Servalan, President and Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation. You are outnumbered, and at a tactical disadvantage. If you surrender your ship...
[Avon cuts off the transmission]
Dayna: Do ...
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The absolute worst episode of the series
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Considering that this was the only episode that I thought had no merit whatsoever when I watched the series for the first time in 2009, I was dreading this episode and put it off for several days but I decided to bite the bullet. With the obvious exception of Jacqueline Pearce, the guest cast is either terrible or complete non-entities with John Hartley as Grose being the worst. It's completely unbelievable that he could outwit the arch-manipulator Servalan.

Grose's plot should be exciting but it's deathly boring. On the bright side, Vila makes a friend, Doran, which is nice, but Doran is implied to be a woman-hating serial killer, which is less nice. I typically don't mind poor special effects too much but Moloch himself is the absolute worst special effect and worst looking alien in the series' history, making Saymon from "The Web" look brilliant in comparison. His death is a huge anti-climax as well. The only thing that I liked about this episode were the scenes between Vila and Servalan, who seldom have much significant interaction but that's not enough to even come close to making it bearable.


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