Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 1/26/17 12:23 pm
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Vila and Cally are on Watch on the Liberator, and witness a pirate attack on a convoy of spaceships. The victims are from Destiny, a planet the crew had assisted in Season One (Mission to Destiny). They follow the pirates to discover their lair and perhaps stop any further attacks.
BUT they find something quite unexpected and potentially much more dangerous.
The Liberator goes to Destiny to warn the government of an impending invasion. Cally and Villa teleport down to a walled community which is largely deserted, and meet up with Pasco, one of the scientists from the first episode, and his wife Lorana.
They discover that although the Nutritope killed off the fungus, the soil was acidic and taking longer to recover than expected. Now the people are having to ration food, and many are starving.
The Federation are involved…
Pasco and his fellow scientists have been harrassed and robbed and forced to leave the city. His daughter is hiding in a Hunger Refuge. So he goes with Cally to find her and bring her safely out of the city.
Many adventurous things now happen leading up to the Federation arriving bringing.....?
This is a story about betrayal by a politician eager for power, manipulation of a government and population by an avaricious Federation looking to take over another population.
Questions: To rescue a population from starvation, is capitulation to tyrany justified? Will this mean conquest with little violence?
This episode is again a story which will make you think about current issues – refugees in cramped, poorly catered camps.
Good sound effects, but more of that clashy music I dislike and find distracting. The story is quite good and certainly well written.
The acting is very good – the guests are excellent – Louise Jameson is an experienced actor from Dr Who fame and more and is very good and a frightened mother, Anthony Byrne as the scientist Pasco is also excellent. And of course we have Jan Chappell and Michael Keating who are both always very well worthwhile to listen to. They both voice extra characters and cover a very large range of emotions. Vila is shown to be his usual unexpectedly courageous self, even behind his declared cowardice.
All in all a good adventure, but again the Rebellion have lost another planet to the Federation…