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Avon sets out on a personal vendetta to avenge the murder of his lover Anna Grant, killed by the Federation torturer Shrinker. But Avon is deceived, when he learns Anna is alive and she along with a resistance group have taken Serverlan captive. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Del Tarrant: Is it done?
Avon: Yes, but it isn't finished.
Vila: Wonderful. Who's next on your list? Servalan?
Avon: [inserts key] Orac.
Orac: [annoyed] What is it *now*?
Avon: Gracious as ever. Orac, I want you to interrogate the Federation Security computers and get me Servalan's present location.
Vila: [astonished] I was *joking*, Avon!
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Contrived But Still A Classic Episode
27 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

On a revenge mission Avon captures Shrinker , a notorious Federation torturer who is responsible for the murder of his partner Anna Grant . Meanwhile a rebel faction plans to dispose of President Servalan and install their leader Bartolomew as head of the supreme council

As is becoming clear season three centres around the crew of The Liberator and now it's Avon's turn to take centre stage . Actually that's misleading because since he made his debut in the second episode of the show Kerr Avon , played by Paul Darrow giving a brooding performance and armed with bitter one liners Avon has been one of the most memorable anti-heroes British television has ever produced . and always wins B7 fandom polls of best character by a mile

The episode gets off to a great start as Avon lies in a Federation cell back on Earth and anticipates another interrogation this time at the hands of Shrinker . Be careful what you wish for Avon because you've just got it .. Once again the programme tries to get away from the feared " this is children's television " label that it might receive and as Shinker threatens to burn out Avon's eyes with a lazer probe you're struck that the BBC wouldn't have the courage to make this type of hard hitting telefantasy drama nowadays . . Likewise the well deserved but cruel method of death Avon devises for Shrinker is not something The Doctor would bestow on his worst enemies

As well regarded and as gritty as this episode is it does have a slight problem and that is how contrived it is . Avon gets revenge on the man who murdered his lover in an episode that sees a planned revolution led by Bartolomew who is in fact Anna Grant / Sula the former lover of Avon . Hmmm what perfect and convenient timing Avon and Bartolomew have chosen for their respective plans . Especially so since they'd have no such knowledge of one another . That said you don't really notice the highly unlikely occurrence of all this until it's pointed out to you , but that's not enough to ruin the episode in anyway . Being written by Chris Boucher it contains some very good dialogue along with strong minor characters who paint a picture of what a fascistic future looks like

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