03-28-2012, 07:43 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
By Terry Nation
Blake and the crew arrive on the planet Kentero to steal a Federation cypher machine, unfortunately in an explosion timed to hide the machines theft Cally is accidently left for dead and captured by the Federation.
The Federation sick of Blake's interference, in the form of Supreme Commander Servalan, appoint Space Commander Travis to the task of stopping Blake. His orders to seek, locate and destroy Blake.
It comes to light that Blake and Travis have previous differences. It was Travis who had Blake first arrested five years earlier and Blake seeing his friends massacred shot Travis in the face and left arm. Travis now wears an eyepatch and his arm has been replaced by an artificial limb and weapon combo.
Travis sets a trap using Cally as bait for Blake, with the cypher machines help the crew rescue Cally and foil Travis' plan for now.
My favourite episode of the series so far. Nice to see a cameo from Peter Myles most famous for playing Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks.
The attack on the Federation security compound is done with a sense of realism and the fact that they are filmed in real life places make them more authentic than studio bound sets. This is another episode to feature federation guards and although they are only men in uniform, the uniforms and helmets are iconic and give them a real air of coolness.
This is the first episode to feature semi regular villains Servalan and Travis. Servalan the ice cold supreme commander, Travis the mercyless thug complete with eyepatch makes him the archetypal villain of the show.