Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/12/16 1:26 am
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The Liberator has taken on a security job – protecting and assisting recently freed planet Sutskar sell some ‘liberated’ crystals that are worth a great deal of money, which the planet could surely use to rebuild their shattered society.
The auction is to take place on a resort hotel space station XK17 – with a rather intriguing Automated Concierge. Before the crystals can be sold, a previous owner turns up to lay claim to them.
Now Blake and Jenna must try to convince the manager of the hotel to let the crystals back into the possession of the sellers. During their investigations, it is found that the challenge is not a simple as initially thought.
Although the rest of the crew are not on this mission, Avon and Vila's skills are put to good use. Twist upon twist leads up to a final scene where the crystals are successfully sold, Sutskar can now feed their people and the Liberator and crew add to their reputation.
High production values, great writing with a modicum of humour make this a rather nice addition to what is often a grim universe. The acting of Sally Knyvette and Gareth Thomas is superb. They provided all the voices in this production and it is a high standard of performance.
I must say also it is a relief to know that not every day on the Liberator is fraught with danger - and the crew get to offer newly liberated planets assistance and advice for renewal as well as during the initial rebellion.
The politics of a Post-Revolution system is under discussion - what happens to the goods appropriated by the new government? Who is ultimately responsible for recognising a new government? And how does a new ruling body take care of people who have been devastated by a long and brutal war.