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Blake leads the apprehensive crew of the Liberator out into intergalactic space to find and destroy Star One and cripple the Federation. What none of them realize is that Star One is already showing signs of sabotage. But since nobody but Blake's crew know the location of Star One, who could be causing it, and why? Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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3 April 1979 (UK)  »

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My favourite episode of the first two series
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The stakes have never been higher for either the Liberator crew or the galaxy itself. While Avon seeks to control Star One, Blake is determined to destroy it in order to cripple the Federation and free his "rabble," as Avon describes them in the next episode. However, events overtake them rather rapidly as it is revealed that Star One has already been sabotaged by aliens from the Andromeda galaxy who seek to not only destroy the Federation but conquer the Milky Way galaxy. The fact that they have done so with the help of Travis, who disappeared halfway through "The Keeper" after learning the location of Star One, is wonderful as it brings Travis' full from grace this series and his consequent bitterness and hatred towards the Federation into focus. I've criticised Brian Croucher quite a bit in this thread but, in his final appearance, he gives one of his best performances as Travis and it's a shame that he had to die but, with Gareth Thomas leaving, his presence would have seemed rather odd. Praising Jacqueline Pearce's performance is something else that I've done a great deal of in this thread but it bears repeating in this case. As with the Liberator crew, her plans were ruined by the Andromedans' presence on Star One. She understandably has no desire to be "the President of a ruined empire." Both she and the audience realise just how high the stakes are when the Liberator contacts Space Command Headquarters and tells her that the Andromedans are preparing to breach the anti-matter minefield. Having been prepared to destroy the Federation only hours earlier, the Liberator crew is forced by necessity to ally itself with the Federation forces for the greater good of saving the galaxy. Brilliant stuff.

This is Gareth Thomas and Sally Knyvette's final appearance as series regulars and the latter's final appearance overall. Over the course of the first two series, Thomas was given lots of great material and always rose to the occasion. The audience never doubted that Blake was a deeply principled man of action who was willing to do whatever it took to defeat the Federation. His departure was a big loss but the series handled it better than most series which lose their leading man halfway through. Unfortunately, Sally Knyvette's material was less impressive, particularly in the second series. I read an interview with her recently where she said that Jenna went from being a crack pilot and a smuggler to the housewife aboard the Liberator and I find it rather difficult to disagree with that, since she and Cally were left onboard the ship with nothing to do but man the teleport in several episodes in Series Two while the men did all the work and had all the fun. Cally, at least, got better material which is probably why Jan Chappell stayed for Series Three.

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