Nico (vilakins) wrote,
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Rescue (401)

Due to popular demand (well, 15 of you, which very much surprised me) I shall continue with these reviews.

It's Chris Boucher again, and he does write Vila as fairly brave in this--but still stupid, drunk, and lecherous to boot. Oh well, one out of four isn't bad for Boucher, and he does have Vila save the day. I'm not impressed with how he treats Dayna at the beginning though, helplessly falling over and down holes. Dayna the hunter should be in her element here. Anyway, in general this is a good ep with some great one-liners from the crew.

Vila is brave rescuing Tarrant, and trying to rescue Cally and later, Dayna. OK. he runs straight towards her without thought, but it does show that he isn't a coward when there's no one else to act.
He also knows a lot about Wanderer class ships. I have to wonder how much spaceship experience he has beyond being shipped to a penal colony at 14. Perhaps he crewed on a ship later and his remark about turning down a captaincy had some truth in it.
I also liked him giving up on the lock when he knew he couldn't open it--yay for a brief show of independence.

Avon is always right, Dayna. Always listen to Avon. I wonder why Avon does that little pause before saying that Cally was dead. Did he actually get to her? Was she still alive but dying when he found her?

Cally was one of my favourites (yes, along with Vila) when I was a kid and I remember being very upset. I don't blame Jan Chappell for leaving because of Steed's scripts, and given that the one coming next is also his, good call.

Bit obvious, calling him Dorian, isn't it? I prefer to imagine that he had another name originally but happens to have read some Oscar Wilde. It amuses him after all to provide clothes for his visitors all in grey (or black and white in Avon's case). And there must have been a lot of those outfits going by the rest of the season.
Anyway, how did Dorian know to look out for the Liberator? Did Servalan warn him so that he could mop up any survivors? He certainly knows how many crew to expect too. That makes me wonder how Servie knew Dorian.
And since he replaced his partner many times since, how come the creature in the cellar turned back into the original victim?

We are also introduced to Soolin with a very succinct description of her skills and background. I became very fond of Soolin with her cool logic.

Eh? What's the significance of this?
DORIAN: Everything has it's price, Avon. You have to decide whether you want to pay it or not. That's all.
VILA: Well, I don't believe in paying.
DORIAN: You mean you're here by choice?
Everyone turns to stare as if he's said something very meaningful. But what? If Vila's paying by being in the crew, what's he paying for?

They really should have changed Tarrant's dialogue about being old and tired. I know they intended to cast an older actor, but didn't someone notice?

Costumes - yep, the crew are now all in dull Dorian grey (or smarter B&W) but before that ,Vila was wearing an outfit from a while back. I explain it by him putting it on under his loose Russian thing before leaving the ship, then taking the outer layer off inside the Terminal base. Now that the crew are all monochrome, Dorian suddenly branches out into a rather Tarranty studded dark maroon. Perhaps it matches his mood now he has his sacrifices.

A good and fun episode apart from the creature. It gets the crew off Terminal and establishes that they care about each other despite themselves. And there are some excellent lines.

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