Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 2/11/19 2:28 pm
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In The Scapegoat, the finale to Crossfire, Part 2, the Liberator Crew arrives on the planet of Astra Valadina for a seemingly routine arms deal. But the former President (Hugh Fraser) is seeking to wipe out support for Servalan, and is using the Liberator crew as his pawns, in an effort to kill two birds with one stone. His plan will lead to the crew coming to confront their own legacy in more ways than one. The Scapegoat is a strong story for the character of Vila, while giving a rather boring supporting adventure for the rest of the crew. Michael Keating is an absolute triumph in The Scapegoat, playing up Vila as he normally does, but also bringing out a shocking amount of depth in the character, facilitated by the writing of his character and the guest performance of Toby Longworth’s Lockwood. It’s a story that has an element of confronting possible lives, as Vila realizes that if he’d declined to join the Liberator, he would’ve ended up as Lockwood does at the end of the story, and that view gives his character a sort of quiet power in the story. Unfortunately, as good as the story surrounding Vila and Lockwood is, Steve Lyons struggled to make an engaging, or really sensible plot out of the rest of the story. Lyons tries his best, but the former President’s plan just can’t make sense, while B-plot upon C-plot peter out into nothing. The crew tries their best to make something interesting out of trying to salvage the arms deal and escape Astra Valadina, but Lyons just can’t make it engaging, in the end. The story’s focus on the character of Vila and his reflection on his role on the Liberator and what could have been are the highlights of The Scapegoat, and should’ve been the main focus of things. Instead, Lyons tries his best to give everyone a fair story, and the end result is a generally average affair, with a couple of bright spots. Despite some brilliant acting from Michael Keating and Toby Longworth, the story ends Crossfire, Part 2 with less of a bang, and more of a small pop.