Prior to now, I had only seen the first series, the first 5 episodes of series 2 and one episode from series 3 yet it made a big impact on me. Between *cough*tube and the dvd's now being cheap I can at last see the whole thing from start to finish!
Blimey Pennant Roberts subscribes to the Camfield school of casting: most of the roles in Space Fall go to Face of Evil cast members. And there's H doing his bit as a Federation Guard, the one that Gan threatens to cut his hand off!
I always kind of got the feeling that Blake and Jenna were.... involved... on some level or another. I just kind of figured that they were hoping that the rest of the crew hadn't worked this out. (They were probably right as far as Vila, Gan and Orac were concerned. And Avon probably just didn't care.)
Croucher is... not good as Travis. The lack of Proper Travis is one of the things that does tend to hurt Series Two a bit.
This is one the most terrible episodes of anything I have ever seen. Doesn't fit with the series, crap script, pretentious art house trappings, characters acting out of character, plodding pace, FUCKING AWFUL GUEST ACTING.
And only at the 36 min mark! Tough going.
The first really bad episode so far.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2013 20:05:29 GMT by The Doctor
No that's Headhunter (series 4 episode 6) Ralph will love that cos the Inquisitor is in it.
On the planet Fosforon, Avon and Vila sneak into Q-Base, a Federation com-station, looking for a crystal needed to decrypt new Federation pulse-codes. In space, Zen detects a 700 year-old Earth vessel on approach to the station and Cally senses something "malignant" aboard. Blake anonymously warns the station of the ship despite objections from Jenna that he is helping the enemy. On the planet, Avon finds Tynus, a former associate whom he threatens to blackmail lest he help Avon steal the crystal. Tynus arranges for a diversion that will allow Avon to slip past security, but it may be a ruse. Meanwhile, the base tows the derelict back to the planet whereupon Blake teleports down to warn them in person, but he is too late as the base unwittingly releases a swift-killing alien virus.
Rings no bells.
Traitor and Orbit are both series 4 e3 & 11 respectively.
Ralph won't have seen Traitor or Orbit yet - I believe that he has yet to see any of S3 or 4.
Meanwhile, I have been rewatching Space Fall this evening. I've seen it many times, but I still love our first sight of Liberator - both the outside, and the first steps onto the flight deck. The show does sell the idea of Liberator being a thing of amazing power and beauty compared to Federation ships quite well.
There is also some wonderfully bleak stuff in this episode - the London's Captain clearly started out as a basically decent man, but has been beaten down by a system that simply doesn't care that everyone around him is far from decent. It is actually a nice little performance because it is possible to pity him a little, trapped in a world that allows people like his executive officer free-reign with their petty abuses of power.