Tarrant convinces the others to launch a raid on a Federation transport loading a cargo of valuable crystals from the planet Kairos, and Servalan recruits a retired officer who once served with Tarrant to stop him.

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Paul Darrow ...
Jan Chappell ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice)
Andrew Burt ...
Ven Jarvik
Frank Gatliff ...
Dastor
Anthony Gardner ...
Captain Shad
Sam Davies ...
Carlon
Charles Jamieson ...
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Tarrant convinces the others to launch a raid on a Federation transport loading a cargo of valuable crystals from the planet Kairos, and Servalan recruits a retired officer who once served with Tarrant to stop him.

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4 February 1980 (UK)  »

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The giant spider costume was nicknamed "Brian the Spider" by make-up designer Sheelagh Wells, in an effort to counteract her arachnophobia. She thought that if the spider had a name, it couldn't be very frightening. Her approach worked. See more »

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Tarrant is far too young to have served as a Lieutenant fifteen years before this story takes place. See more »

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Servalan: So tell me, Zen, how does one operate this craft?
Zen: One manipulates the controls, and the craft functions accordingly.
Servalan: Yes, and I've heard of your impudence.
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Deathly dull
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Ven "I AM A MAN!" Jarvik is proud of his manhood and hates computers but doesn't really like to mention either of those things. Andrew Burt is very over the top as Jarvik but how could he be otherwise? He's such a ridiculously overblown character. He's basically Rambo in space. Lifting Servalan over his shoulder and dumping her on the sofa in the control room isn't exactly subtle behaviour. It's laughable, really.

One thing that bothered me about this episode is the fact that both Servalan and Jarvik focused so much of their attention on Tarrant aboard the Liberator. Why Tarrant? Servalan doesn't even meet him until this episode - though they already seem familiar with each other - and she is aware from "Aftermath" that Avon is in the command of the Liberator. Her forces may have captured Tarrant in "Volcano" but I'm surprised that she even knew that he existed by this point, let alone considered him to be such a grave threat. The Apollo Lunar Module on Kairos also bothered me as there's no indication as to how such a ridiculously primitive ship reached the planet and characters don't even discuss the incongruity of it being there, in contrast to "Killer" when the more advanced but still 700-year-old Earth ship turned up. Dayna's fight with Jarvik towards the end is rather laughable, I'm afraid.


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