Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/18/16 9:12 am
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This episode carries on from the adventures related in Mirror. Villa is missing – his bracelet was broken and left him on the Federation Pursuit Ship – now he has been captured by Travis.
The Liberator receives a message from Vila, and follow it to find him. They arrive in orbit above a cold, icy planet Horst Minor, where there is a research station where eugenics specialist Dr Tirus conducts experiments for the Federation.
The President of the Federation has arrived for an unexpected inspection of the station. The crew teleport down to the planet to search for Vila and find more than they expect…
At the end of the episode, they find themselves in still more danger – look to the next episode ‘Caged’ for the finalisation of this adventure.
What brought the President on a inspection so very far from his base? What is he afraid of? Who does Avon fight outside the research station? and where are the Liberator and crew being taken? Can Travis turn Vila into a traitor?
Brian Croucher as Travis is quite appropriately menacing especially towards Vila. He can be good cop/bad cop without needing another 'cop'. Hugh Fraser as the President is intimidating and demands respect. His deterioration into hysteria is convincing. Caroline Langrishe as the scientist is commanding and obsequious in turn as required.
Great additions to our favourite cast members, who all give stellar performances. Michael Keating excels as Vila who is not really the coward he proclaims, and always seeking the best way out for everyone. Gareth Thomas and Sally Knyvette are their usual competent selves, Jan Chappell is hearing voices again!! and Paul Darrow is startled to meet...Paul Darrow!! Mild humour ensues at times.
Again Big Finish has produced a high standard of work. This was offered this month at a special price, so I hope many of you took advantage. If not, follow Big Finish on Facebook and look out for their next special price sale - you will not regret it.
Thanks again for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson