Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 1/26/17 12:22 pm
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Vila has been sent on a special mission, undercover on the Antares which is a freighter that seems to be taking a surprising amount of goods to an unimportant farming colony. He meets up with another new crew member, Jansc, who appears to be very interested in him.
He gets through a locked door to check out what might be in the hold but the answer is surprising. And his new friend is also interested. They discover something truly horrific in terms of human traficking and genetic engineering.
An accident renders the space ship a seriously dangerous place to be, Vila and his friend need to find a way off and a way to defeat the Federation’s purposes.
Questions: Can a government justify slave labour to fulfill a purpose? And how far is too far with genetic engineering? Is it reasonable to allow some people to die to keep others alive?
Frankly, this story is a bit OTT – I am sure that with time genetic engineering will progress to point where all kinds of wondrous things can be done, so that is not what makes this story difficult, but like many Space Operas not only do they have ’10 minutes’ to find a resolution, but the people who had been sedated til now recover in moments and are able to move and think properly….
So – the plot is a bit hmmm, but it is written very well. The special effects are terrific – the sound of the ship breaking up around Vila and Jansc is truly scary.
Michael Keating remains his competent, professional self and his guest costar Samantha Béart is very good as the concerned daughter looking for her father.
Space Opera has never been known for its realism, but if you can look past this – and I guess all fans do – it is quite an enjoyable adventure, but there is unfortunately a lot of lives lost.
But the Federation is foiled, the stolen people freed to a degree, and Vila and his friend are rescued. And Vila gets kissed…..