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Trial (206)

And now for some catching up with the old episode reviews. This brings us to...

The one with the oceans of spit.

I think I agree with Avon about Blake's self pity here: his message certainly sounds that way. He must have expected that he'd lose a crewmember at some point--he is in effect at war--but perhaps there's also a guilt component because if he'd pulled out when he'd promised he would, Gan would still be alive. [ducks and covers] Even so, teleporting to what he thought was an uninhabited planet and giving the crew a chance to maroon him there seems somewhat excessive. He risks a lot--for himself and his cause.

The Crew
Jenna remains loyal to Blake, Cally seems to be reserving judgement until she knows more, and Avon and Vila talk about leaving but I'm not sure how serious they were. Vila is eager to believe that Blake really cares about them, and Avon and Cally immediately work together to save Blake as soon as they realise that he's in danger. Blake matters to them and they matter to him (even if Avon professes not to believe either).

I think she's very well portrayed, both with costume (for the era) and by the actor. I'd assume that she's telepathic as she doesn't seen to have any speech till she meets Blake, and then she picks it up very quickly.
I still can't help but see spacefall in the Japanese Gardens (where it was filmed) with a banana on her nose though. :-)

I think this and 'Gambit' are Travis 2's best episodes. Here he glowers and conveys a sense of brooding power and danger whereas in Pressure Point he comes off as sulky and petulant. He is obviously highly regarded by the troops who served under him, and we do see a glimpse of that in 'Project Avalon' when he chats easily to the guards issued with the new (deliberately ineffective) guns.
To me there a connection between plots: although Servalan wants to be rid of him, Travis is being punished for defying the oneness of his host, Space Fleet.

Why does Servalan do it this way? She could easily disappear him while on a mission, or she could have shot him at Central Control and claimed the rebels had done it. Yes, she's having a court martial with a respected and principled arbiter, but surely that's not really to her credit: Travis was widely known to have committed genocide when she employed him, so that doesn't make her look too good to have him tried for it at a year or so later.

Is old Star-Killer a relative of Egrorian?
I loved seeing Bercol and Rontane again and Bercol's " I wish I'd known that this was going to drag on so. I'd have brought my own chef. As I recall, Space Command's cuisine is appalling," is wonderful.
Avon's gadget is proof of his brilliance as no one else appears to have one, but of course it doesn't last long. The rebels are never allowed much of an advantage except for the Liberator's speed.
It's Vila on the main blasters who frees Travis. I wonder how he felt about that when he heard.

The tinkly bit
I hate the tinkly bit at the end. I know it's Boucher and therefore Vila is stupid, the means of explaining what's going on for the slow viewer, and a butt for jokes, but having two Alphas sneer at him and him too thick to understand it is just tasteless and low.
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