When Avon receives news Helotrix has been reconquered by the Federation, Scorpio travels to the planet to find out how they were defeated so easily. Tarrant and Dayna meet up with the local resistance group and encounter an old enemy.

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Paul Darrow ...
Michael Keating ...
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Steven Pacey ...
Josette Simon ...
Glynis Barber ...
Peter Tuddenham ...
Orac / Slave (voice)
Malcolm Stoddard ...
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Robert Morris ...
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John Quentin ...
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Edgar Wreford ...
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David Quilter ...
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When Avon receives news Helotrix has been reconquered by the Federation, Scorpio travels to the planet to find out how they were defeated so easily. Tarrant and Dayna meet up with the local resistance group and encounter an old enemy.

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12 October 1981 (UK)  »

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This episode marks the first appearance of Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce) since the last episode of season 3 'Terminal'. This also makes Jacqueline Pearce one of only four actors to appear in all four seasons, the others being Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal) and Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake) who appears in the last episode 'Blake'. See more »

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Orac: The art of leadership is delegation.
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The Return Of Servalan Which Is Not Needed
31 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Terran Federation is continuing to build its empire after the Intergalatic war . Curious as to how they're doing this . Avon takes the spacecraft Scorpio to the Planet Helotrix to find the centre of the mystery and to find that someone he thought dead is not dead after all

This episode seems entirely out of place in season four of the series . Indeed it would have fitted in perfectly with the continuity of season three and would have given a much needed explanation as to why if the Terran Federation suffered a Pyhrric victory against the Andromedans much of season three continues as if the war hadn't happened in the first place and the Federation are still able to control and police the Galaxy

Traitor is written by Robert Holmes and unlike his other three stories for the show the episode does centre around the internal continuity of the show . It's also interesting he didn't write for season three so again one wonders if this was originally a season three story . However you're left with the feeling the show doesn't appeal to Holmes when it concentrates on the inner workings of The Federation . Holmes writes the episode as if the Federation are a carbon copy of the British Empire and director David Sullivan Proudfoot plays up to this and it unfortunately doesn't work . The episode suffers throughout by very weak direction especially during the fight scenes

The episode also sees the return of Servalan who now finds herself as a fugitive herself after her authority on Earth has been overthrown . This character thread is ridiculous . She's the most infamous woman in the Galaxy and yet very few characters in the season recognise her . You'd have no problem recognising Lady Diana , Hilary Clinton , Mother Theresa or any other famous woman you care to mention and yet " Commander Sleer " goes unrecognised which strains credibility beyond all reason


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