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Blake (Gareth Thomas) wants to help fellow freedom fighter Avalon
(Julia Vidler) to free some miners on an ice planet by giving them a
lift in his superior spaceship, The Liberator. But Blake's arch-enemy
Travis (Stephen Greif) has gotten wind of this plan & manages to
abduct Avalon to kill all the miners safe for one, Chevner (David
Bailie), who becomes Travis's unwilling tool when giving Blake all the
pointers where Avalon is held - because you see, Travis didn't just want
to capture Avalon but use a robotic replica of her to infiltrate Blake's
ship & kill its crew by a deadly virus.
The plan even works to a
point: Blake & company free the robot they think is Avalon &
bring her/it on board of the Liberator. But then doubts start plagueing
them: Their liberation of Avalon went so horribly haywire, that by all
laws of possibility they should have died. & why did the prison's
guards, instead of deadly weaons only fit for a high security prison
only use low-level stunn-guns ? The only explanation is that either
Chevner or Avalon is an enemy-agent. & when Avalon kills Chevner,
it's easy to guess who it is ...
Fortunately though, she is stopped
just before she can release the virus, taken apart & reprogrammed so
that, with her & the deadly virus still held in a phiole, Blake is
able to return to the prison & press the real Avalon free from
Travis & supreme commander Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce).
the wobbly sets one has to grow accustomed to when watching British
sci-fi-tv from that era, & the wonderfully psychedelic inside of
Avalon's robot brain, this is actually a pretty well-plotted story that
does include quite a number of nice plot twists as well as some wild
& macabre elements (like biological warfare).