D'Argo finally gets a lead on his son, Jothee. He will do anything to get him back, but Jothee will be sold as a slave. They need a lot of money to buy Jothee's freedom. The crew will steal from a depository to get the money they need to free Jothee. Stark, back from the dead, is the author of the plan.
Stark is back from the dead and has a plan how to get the money to buy out D'Argo's son among a lot of 10000 slaves including Stark's people. Bad news is that Scorpius also comes there at the same time to fetch his goods. Those were however appropriated by the owner of depository, Natira, believing he was killed in Gammak base destruction. She arranges a triple price compensation but that happens to be the very container Moya's crew just stole with help of Rygel turned into a statue and put into depository to switch containers. Scorpius identifies them and the depository is sealed. The crew now depends on Stark who hacked in the system to open the doors but he's in panic and Scorpius is getting at John. Written by
A couple of episodes back we saw Stark being 'dispersed'; now Zhaan as had a vision of him alive and is heading to save him despite D'Argo wanting to head to the slave market to save his son. Amazingly it turns out that he is indeed alive and when they pick him up he has a plan for rescuing D'Argo's son along with 10,000 other slaves... they will buy them! To do this he has planned the robbery of a shadow depository... a bank utilised by those working outside the law with a lot of valuables to hide. As such establishments are highly armed most of them are against the idea; D'Argo decides to set off on his own. Aeryn and John follow him and arrive just in time to see him being captured... it is time for plan B! Next Zhaan and Chiana go to the depository claiming to have goods they wish to put in short term storage... one of the items includes Rygel who then switches containers with one which is more valuable. It looks as if everything is going well but then Scorpius turns up; it turns out he has something stored there too... except that it has just been stolen!
This was a good opening to the second three part story of the series; even though in many ways it is a stand alone episode; it is just the twist in the final seconds that earned the '...To be continued'. Still, it wasn't a twist that I'd expected which was good. There was the usual mix of humour and action as well as a rather disturbing scene when Scorpius gets intimate with Natira, the alien woman who runs the depository. It was good to see Crichton get to talk to Scorpius about 'Harvey' even if it wasn't the most jovial of meeting; it did prove that Crichton not only finds it impossible to directly harm Scorpius but he also struggles to allow harm to come to him. I was rather surprised that Stark was found to be alive quite so soon but he makes a welcome return; actor Paul Goddard does a fine job as this enigmatic character.
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