Deliverance
Original Airdate: March 20, 1978

[Spacemaster in flight]

[Space Headquarters exterior]

[Servalan's office]

(Servalan is watching the trace of a spaceship on a small monitor on her desk. The communicator bleeps)
COMMUNICATIONS VOICE: The Space Administrators are assembled in the conference hall, Supreme Commander. You are eight minutes behind schedule.
SERVALAN: (into communicator) I left orders that I was not to be disturbed. I will not see or speak to anyone.
COMMUNICATIONS VOICE: But the conference...
SERVALAN: Cancel it! It will be reconvened when I am ready.
COMMUNICATIONS VOICE: Yes, Supreme Commander.
COMPUTER VOICE: Surveillance tracer transmitting. Computer visualisation of Spacemaster ship is on-line.

[Spacemaster in flight]

[Spacemaster cockpit]

ENSOR JR.: Take a look up there, Maryatt.
(there is an orange planet visible through the cockpit window)
MARYATT: What is it?
ENSOR JR.: That's the planet Cephlon, which means that we're on course and speed. Six more days and we'll be at our destination.
MARYATT: You keep saying 'our destination'. Just where is it? What's its name?
ENSOR JR.: You'll find out. All in good time.
MARYATT: But why the secrecy now? We're on our way. There's nothing to lose by telling me where we're going.
ENSOR JR.: Security's become a habit with us. It comes second nature. Because of it we've enjoyed thirty-odd years of complete independence. That's something we value.
MARYATT: Is there anything down there?
ENSOR JR.: There was, ...once. Yes, once it was the trading and cultural centre for this entire star system, very important, once, not anymore.
MARYATT: Well, what happened?
ENSOR JR.: War. Reversion to primitive. Nobody's certain if there's any ...people left down there. At one time...
(suddenly there is a warbling alarm)
MARYATT: What's wrong? ...What's the matter?
ENSOR JR.: We're getting trajectory shift. ...Compensators aren't holding us up. Going over to manual.
(the alarm sounds again)
ENSOR JR.: Come on, come on, pull us back. Come on!

[Spacemaster veering off course]

ENSOR JR.: ...Come on!
MARYATT: ...We're picking up speed.
ENSOR JR.: Yes, it's gravity drag from Cephlon. I must have misjudged and got too close.
MARYATT: Can you get us out?
ENSOR JR.: I'm on three-quarter boost as it is. She's not responding! I'm going to maximum. ...It's all right. It's all right. She's slowing. ...Compensators beginning to hold. ...Come on, come on, that's my beauty. That's it. ...Come on. Pull us back, pull us back. ...All right, she's coming back. We're all right.
MARYATT: Don't do that too often, will you? I'm a very nervous passenger.
ENSOR JR.: I'm a very nervous pilot.

[Spacemaster moving away from Cephlon]

(the spaceship is engulfed in an explosion)

[Spacemaster cockpit]

(the explosion comes up through the control panel)

[Liberator turning in space]

[Flight deck]

(on the viewscreen the crew are watching a trace of the Spacemaster spinning gently in space)
BLAKE: What's happened?
AVON: There was an explosion. Could have been a power unit burnout.
JENNA: Zen located her about five minutes ago. We put her on the scanner to run a security check. Suddenly she just went off course.
CALLY: Shouldn't we try and help them?
BLAKE: If they're still alive. (to Zen) Identification?
ZEN: The ship is a Spacemaster, Series Five. Four neutron power units with a maximum thrust of four by six.
BLAKE: Does she carry life capsules?
ZEN: Standard equipment specification lists two high-impact, unpowered survival modules.
AVON: She's entering the atmosphere. Beginning to burn up.

[Spacemaster cockpit]

(Ensor attempts to move Maryatt who is slumped over the control panel)
ENSOR JR.: Maryatt! ...Maryatt! Get yourself out, lad! ...The life capsule...
(Ensor pockets a box. They continue to struggle in the spinning spaceship)
ENSOR JR.: Come on, Maryatt, you've got to get out!

[Spacemaster spinning in space]

[Flight deck]

ZEN: Navigation computers estimate six minutes to impact.
(on the viewscreen two smaller traces emerge from the Spacemaster)
BLAKE: They've ejected. Zen, lock tracers on to those capsules. I want to know exactly where they land.
ZEN: Trace locked on.

[Life capsules in space]

[Cephlon surface]

(the Spacemaster crashes and explodes)

[Servalan's office]

(on the monitor Servalan sees a trace on Cephlon's surface disappear. She presses a button on a control panel)
COMPUTER VOICE: Surveillance tracer has ceased transmission. The ship has exploded.
(Servalan looks satisfied)

[Cephlon surface]

(a group of fur-clad scavengers approach the smoke at the crash site over the snow clad terrain)

[Flight deck]

BLAKE: Surface conditions?
ZEN: The planet Cephlon has a breathable atmosphere with a high oxygen content. The radiation level is in excess of normal tolerance levels, and prolonged exposure could result in tissue damage. Massive variations in temperature levels. Gravity is one point two-five G.
(Avon comes in wearing a hooded jacket)
BLAKE: Lifeforms?
ZEN: There is no current information. Logic units suggest that remaining life may have mutated through exposure to high radiation.
BLAKE: None of which sounds very promising. You're sure you want to go down?
AVON: Are you afraid that I'll be able to cope with it better than you?
BLAKE: No.
AVON: Well, perhaps you ought to be.
BLAKE: Down and back as fast as you can, right?
AVON: Naturally.

[Teleport room]

AVON: We're going to have to make this fast. The chances are that any survivors won't have come through the landing impact anyway.
JENNA: I disagree. They may well be alive.
AVON: That's why we're going down. ...If we run into any kind of trouble we teleport back up immediately. All right, Cally?
GAN: Do you know exactly what we're looking for? Because I don't think I've ever seen an impact life capsule.
JENNA: They're bullet-shaped, built to be energy absorbing. Theoretically they could free fall from the edge of the atmosphere onto solid rock without even bruising people inside.
CALLY: Is there a life-support system?
JENNA: Basic respirator, that's about all.
BLAKE: The coordinates place both capsules within one square mile. We're going to put you down in the centre of the search area.
CALLY: Coordinates set.
BLAKE: One of us will stay by the teleport. Be careful.
AVON: All right. (to Cally) Put us down.

[Cephlon surface]

AVON: That must be the wreck of the ship. No point in checking it. We'll split up into pairs to search. Jenna, you take Gan and cover that area. Vila, you come with me.

[Cephlon search area 1]

(one of the scavengers begins to follow Jenna and Gan. Seeing a door set into a rock face they go up to it and Gan attempts to open it)
GAN: No tracks. Can't be in regular use, anyway. I wonder what's behind it?
JENNA: Half the hill, probably. Come on, let's go and look for those capsules.
(as they move off a spy hole opens with an eye visible through it. Further along they discover one of the life capsules)
GAN: Let's get it open.
(Gan pulls off Maryatt's respirator mask)
GAN: He's dead.
(Jenna operates her bracelet)

[Cephlon search area 2]

AVON: (into communicator) Avon.
JENNA: (on communicator) We've found one of the capsules...

[Cephlon search area 1]

JENNA: ...but the man inside is dead.
AVON: See if you can find any identification on the body.

[Cephlon search area 2]

AVON: Then seal up the capsule.
JENNA: Right.
AVON: (to Vila) One down, one to go.

[Cephlon search area 1]

(Gan hands Jenna an ID book which he pockets when she has examined it)
GAN: That's all there is.

[Cephlon search area 2]

(Avon and Vila see the second life capsule in the distance with Ensor laying beside it)
VILA: There! ...He looks pretty far gone.
AVON: There's nothing we can do for him here. We must get him up to the Liberator.
VILA: Will he live through the teleport stress?
AVON: We'll have to take that chance. Give me a bracelet.

[Cephlon search area 1]

(the scavenger is still following Jenna and Gan. Gan hears something, motions Jenna to wait and goes to look ahead. His bracelet bleeps)
GAN: (into bracelet) Gan.
AVON: (on communicator) We found the second capsule, and the man's alive. We're going to get him up to the Liberator. Stand by for teleport.
GAN: Ready.

[Teleport room]

(Blake sits with Cally who is listening to music)
AVON: (on communicator) Bring us up, Cally.
(On the first teleport Avon, Vila and Ensor appear. On the second only Gan is teleported)
BLAKE: Is he still alive?
AVON: Just about.
BLAKE: Get him to the surgical unit.
(Cally initiates another teleport)

[Surgical unit]

GAN: Easy.
ENSOR JR.: Compensators...
GAN: Okay.
ENSOR JR.: Not ...holding...
GAN: All right. Okay. Here we are now. ...Here we go.
(they put Ensor on a surgical bed)
AVON: (to Gan) Out of the way.
GAN: (to Ensor) Okay.
AVON: (to Vila) Respirator.
GAN: (to Blake) Oh, I... I found this on the ...other man down there.
(he gives Blake Maryatt's ID book)
BLAKE: Er huh.
(Cally rushes into the surgical unit)
CALLY: Jenna's not back yet!
VILA: Where is she?
AVON: Gan, you were with her.
GAN: Well, she was right behind me when we teleported.
BLAKE: Cally, look after him. You three come with me.

[Teleport room]

(Blake attempts a teleport to no avail)
BLAKE: (into communicator) Jenna. This is Liberator. Do you read me?

[Cephlon surface]

(Jenna's bracelet and weapon are on the ground and she is laying unconscious. Two scavengers are searching her and her possessions)

[Teleport room]

(Blake attempts another unsuccessful teleport. Avon also fails)
AVON: We'll go back down.
BLAKE: I think you'd better.
(Avon, Vila and Gan teleport)

[Cephlon search area 1]

GAN: This way.
(they move off quickly)
GAN: I left her here.
VILA: The ground's scuffed about, and there's a footprint, a large footprint.
(Avon picks up a necklace)
GAN: That's Jenna's.
AVON: Obviously somebody, or something, attacked her.
VILA: And obviously it won.
GAN: She might have made a run for it.
AVON: She would never have taken off her teleport bracelet, therefore somebody else must have.
GAN: Do you think they've killed her?
AVON: Probably not. If they've robbed and killed her, why drag off the body? Why not just leave it?
VILA: So she's a prisoner.
GAN: So let's find her.
AVON: We'll do it a lot faster if we work separately.
GAN: Agreed.
AVON: (to Vila) Well?
VILA: Bit of a risk, though.
AVON: With the radiation level on this planet, just being here is a risk.
GAN: Let's get started.
AVON: Unless one of us finds something, we'll meet back here in an hour.

[Surgical unit]

(Cally is tending to Ensor)
BLAKE: They should have found her by now.
CALLY: They will. It's just a matter of time. They'll find her.
(Blake looks at Maryatt's ID book]
BLAKE: What about him?
CALLY: I don't know. He's in a great deal of pain. (indicating the ID book) What's that?
BLAKE: Gan found it on the man in the other capsule.
CALLY: Who was he?
BLAKE: His name was Maryatt. According to his ID he was a Space Surgeon in the Federation Medical Corps. ...He's got a double-A security clearance! He's got a pass for any area in Space Command!
CALLY: He must have been very important. ...Anything else?
BLAKE: No. Some pictures, a woman and two children. Let's see if he's got any identification.
(he finds the box that Ensor pocketed. Inside there are discs emitting a low hum)
CALLY: What are those?
BLAKE: I don't know. They look like micro power cells.
CALLY: I've never seen that type before.
ENSOR JR.: Help ...help ...help me. Help me.
BLAKE: You're quite safe. We've given you something to ease the pain. You're going to be all right.
ENSOR JR.: Maryatt? What happened... ...Maryatt?
BLAKE: We found his body. He was probably dead before you left your ship.
ENSOR JR.: Energy cells...
BLAKE: They're here. They're quite safe.
(Blake puts them back in Ensor's pocket)
ENSOR JR.: Must... Must ...get to my father. Without them, he's only a few days to live.
CALLY: Gently, gently. Sh.
ENSOR JR.: He'll die. Don't you understand? He'll die ...without them.
CALLY: Stay calm.
ENSOR JR.: You ...you ...get to him. Promise. Promise!
BLAKE: We'll do everything we can. ...Now what was your destination?
ENSOR JR.: Planet ...Aristo.
BLAKE: Where?
ENSOR JR.: Nav... Navigation log ...give all flight details you need.
BLAKE: All right. We'll run it through our computers.
(Blake takes the flight log)
ENSOR JR.: When you reach him ...tell him ...Federation have agreed ...all terms. Will pay ...one ...hundred ...million ...credits for ...Orac.
BLAKE: What is Orac?
ENSOR JR.: Or...
(Ensor starts to choke)
CALLY: He's having a spasm. Quickly!
BLAKE: He won't take the shocks. It'll kill him.
CALLY: Well without it he'll die anyway. Come on.
(Cally holds an oxygen mask on Ensor's face. Blake picks up a shock device which he gives to Cally and takes over the oxygen mask. Cally gives Ensor three shocks and he settles down)
CALLY: He's coming through.
BLAKE: That was close.
ENSOR JR.: Must ...get ...started.
BLAKE: Yeah, we'll do everything we can. Now you must relax.
ENSOR JR.: Must go. Now, so little time.
BLAKE: We will leave as soon as the others get back on board.
ENSOR JR.: No. Can't wait. Go! Now!
CALLY: You must rest. Sh.

[Cephlon search area 1]

(Vila meets Gan at the rendezvous point)
VILA: Anything?
GAN: Not a single trace. You?
VILA: So what do we do now?
AVON: Start again. (into bracelet) Liberator.

[Flight deck]

AVON: (on communicator) This is Avon. Do you hear me, Liberator?
BLAKE: (into communicator) Avon. Have you found her yet?
AVON: No. We're going to start searching again.
BLAKE: Is there anything we can do?
AVON: I'm open to suggestions.
BLAKE: Well, if you haven't found her in four hours, you come back. Cally and I will take over.
AVON]: Whatever you say.
BLAKE: Just don't give up on her.

[Cephlon search area 1]

AVON: (into communicator) No. We won't do that. Not yet. We'll be in touch. (to Vila and Gan) Let's get started.

[Flight deck]

(Ensor staggers in)
ENSOR JR.: Must go. Now. If we delay any longer, we'll be too late.
BLAKE: One of my crew is lost on that planet. Right now finding her is all I care about.
ENSOR JR.: But ...but he'll die, if I don't get to him. Don't you understand? My father will die!
CALLY: Liberator is ten times faster than the ship you were travelling in. We will get there in time!
ENSOR JR.: But I can't risk that! We must go! Now!
BLAKE: No! We're staying here for as long as it takes.
(Ensor throws an arm around Cally's neck pulls a gun on Blake)
ENSOR JR.: Keep back! I'll kill her. I mean it. Now you get this ship started. Coordinates eleven-two, intersect five-nine.
BLAKE: Not a chance! Do you think I'll abandon my crew, leave them on the surface?
ENSOR JR.: That's their problem. Now you do as I tell you. Look! I don't want to harm either of you, but I will. I'll kill her, and you. Her first, and then you. Now, don't force me to do it. Now get it started. Now! ...Do it!

[Liberator turning in space]

[Flight deck]

(Ensor has Cally on the floor with his gun at her head)
BLAKE: In flight and on your course.
ENSOR JR.: Check it, on your computer.
BLAKE: Don't you trust me?
ENSOR JR.: Computers can't lie. Put it on line.
BLAKE: Zen, confirm course.
ZEN: Liberator is on flight course coordinates eleven-two, intersect five-nine.
ENSOR JR.: Good.
CALLY: Are we to stay like this for the whole flight?
ENSOR JR.: I've got no choice. I'm sorry about that.
CALLY: The drugs I gave you keep back the pain. How long will you last once they wear off?
ENSOR JR.: I'll manage.
BLAKE: You'll get tired. The pain will start eating into you. Sooner or later you'll lose concentration. It will need one second and then we'll take you.
ENSOR JR.: Perhaps. But pick that second very carefully. Misjudge it and you'll both be dead.

[Cephlon search area 1]

(Avon checks his bracelet)
AVON: There's no signal. No response at all. (to Vila) Try yours.
VILA: (into communicator) Liberator. Blake. Cally. Do you read our signal? Respond! ...Nothing.
AVON: There can't be a fault on both communicators. They must have moved out of range.
GAN: Without warning us? Why?
AVON: I wish we could ask them. There could be Federation ships in the area, I suppose.
VILA: Meanwhile we're stuck down here.
AVON: That's largely academic at the moment. Let's hope they're back on station when we find Jenna. We'll cover the ground again in that direction.

[Space Headquarters exterior]

[Servalan's office]

(communicator bleeps)
SERVALAN: (into communicator) Yes?
COMMUNICATIONS VOICE: Space Commander Travis is here.
SERVALAN: Send him in.
(Servalan's ignores him for some time)
TRAVIS: You sent for me?
SERVALAN: You've lost some of your fire, Travis. Whatever happened to your pride?
TRAVIS: My pride, Supreme Commander?
SERVALAN: I ignored you. A calculated insult. You obviously recognised it as such.
TRAVIS: I did.
SERVALAN: And yet you remained silent. There was a time when you wouldn't have taken an insult like that from anyone. Not even me.
TRAVIS: True. I want my command back. To get it I'll do whatever's necessary. If you think my silence is weakness, you mistake me.
SERVALAN: Better. I was afraid that the suspension and the ...court of inquiry into your mishandling of the Blake affair might have broken your spirit.
TRAVIS: I don't break that easily.
SERVALAN: You were expected to resign the service. Why didn't you?
TRAVIS: I told you, I want my command back. It's the only way I can catch...
SERVALAN: You really are obsessed with Blake, aren't you?
TRAVIS: It's my right.
SERVALAN: It's my intention that you should get another chance to exercise that right, and at the same time redeem your somewhat blemished record. However, there are more important things than Blake.
TRAVIS: Not for me.
SERVALAN: More immediate, then. ...Orac, for example.
TRAVIS: Orac?
SERVALAN: There've been rumours about it for years. A scientist called Ensor has been working on it. Despite considerable investigation, we've never been able to locate him.
TRAVIS: And you want me to find him for you.
SERVALAN: Mm, it's no longer necessary. A little while ago, Ensor's son came to see me. His father was ill. He needed medical help and equipment. While he was here, he showed me plans of his father's creation, ...Orac. It is a brilliant achievement. There is nothing else like it in the universe. And he wanted to sell it. ...Expensive, Travis. He wants one hundred million.
TRAVIS: One hundred million? Are you sure whatever it is, is worth that much?
SERVALAN: It's worth ten times that much.
TRAVIS: Oh.
SERVALAN: So I agreed to buy it.
TRAVIS: Do you have the authority?
SERVALAN: No. Now listen, Travis, I've told no one of this. Ensor and his father live alone on the planet Aristo. He made it clear that if there was any attempt to take Orac by force, he would destroy it.
TRAVIS: Would he do that?
SERVALAN: Oh, yes. He thought it through very carefully. He wouldn't even reveal the location of the laboratory until I'd agreed to all his terms.
TRAVIS: Which were?
SERVALAN: A Space Surgeon was to go with him. I sent Maryatt.
TRAVIS: How much did you tell him?
SERVALAN: Only what his orders were.
TRAVIS: He's a good man.
SERVALAN: Maryatt was to remain with Ensor as a hostage until the transaction was complete. I was to get the hundred million, take it in an unarmed ship, and in return I'd get Maryatt and Orac.
TRAVIS: So now all you have to do is to persuade the Federation to let you spend one hundred million.
SERVALAN: That could take years.
TRAVIS: You have an alternative?
SERVALAN: Yes. It occurred to me that if Ensor didn't get back in time, then in a very little while his father would die, so I took the precaution of placing a small explosive device in his ship.
TRAVIS: You said Maryatt was on board.
SERVALAN: Yes, that was unfortunate, but unavoidable, I'm afraid. Oh, don't you see? Orac is ours for the taking.
TRAVIS: When do we leave?
SERVALAN: Start making arrangements, maximum security. No flight plan is to be filed. When we do leave it must be in total secrecy. However long it takes, Travis, you must cover our tracks completely. No one must know anything about it.
TRAVIS: Right. ...You're almost as ruthless as I am.
SERVALAN: You underestimate me, Travis.
TRAVIS: It begins to look that way...
SERVALAN: What's the matter?
TRAVIS: Maryatt.
SERVALAN: What about him?
TRAVIS: His disappearance ...there may be questions.
SERVALAN: In twelve hours I shall have him posted as a deserter.
TRAVIS: And his family go into slavery on one of the frontier worlds.
SERVALAN: It is the normal procedure in a case of desertion.
TRAVIS: Of course. Do you remember the medic that saved my life?
(Travis points to his eye patch)
SERVALAN: You're wasting time.
TRAVIS: It was Maryatt.
SERVALAN: Does it matter?
TRAVIS: No. ...No. Only Blake matters now.
SERVALAN: And Orac.
TRAVIS: Right.

[Cephlon search area 3]

(two scavengers are throwing rocks down at the landing party. Avon shoots one of them)
AVON: Let's get out of here!
(they run off pursued by a group of scavengers. They arrive at the door set into the rock face)
VILA: There's hordes of them! And they don't seem to like us much!
GAN: How can you tell?
AVON: Get down!
(as the scavengers throw more rocks at them as they crouch by the door)
AVON: (to Vila) See if you can open the door.
(Avon draws his gun as more men appear from over the surrounding hills. Vila tries the door)
VILA: I can't do it!
(suddenly the door opens. Avon and Vila go in)
VILA: Gan!
(Gan follows)

[Meegat's chamber]

((the chamber is candlelit. A beautiful blonde woman in white comes in. Avon points his gun at her)
AVON: Who are you?
MEEGAT: And you shall answer.
(she kneels down before him)
MEEGAT: My name is Meegat, Lord.
VILA: 'Lord?'
AVON: You opened the door?
MEEGAT: I opened the door.
AVON: We're grateful. We seem to have made a few enemies outside.
MEEGAT: That my Lord might find safety from his enemies.
GAN: Well, she seems to be on our side.
VILA: Yes, but the poor woman's insane.
AVON: Not necessarily.

[Scavenger's camp]

(in a tent made of skins and logs Jenna is cutting the bindings around her wrists on a sharp rock. Her scavenger guard is chipping two flint rocks together. When her wrists are free she hits the guard with the rock. After looking out of the front the tent she frees her feet she crawls out the back only to be confronted by another scavenger)

[Liberator moving off]

[Flight deck]

(Ensor is still holding his gun to Cally's head but he is close to losing consciousness. As Blake approaches him cautiously he comes to)
ENSOR JR.: Get back in your place.

[Meegat's chamber]

MEEGAT: I will describe the way to the scavengers' camp so that you may rescue your follower.
AVON: My follower? I never really thought of her in those terms. Are you alone here?
MEEGAT: Yes, Lord. Everything is as it was written. One waits.
AVON: For what?
MEEGAT: For you.
VILA: (to Gan) I told you she was mad.
GAN: (to Meegat) How long have you been waiting?
MEEGAT: All of my life, as those before me waited. But it is I who welcome you. Welcome, Lord, welcome!
(she lowers her head to Avon's feet)
AVON: Yes, well, let's not start all that again.
GAN: You've hurt her feelings now.
MEEGAT: I have offended you.
AVON: No, you haven't offended me.
MEEGAT: Forgive me!
AVON: I forgive you.
(Avon stoops to bring her to her feet)
VILA: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
AVON: Probably. How many of your people are there?
MEEGAT: Less than a hundred now. Our numbers grow smaller. More die.
AVON: And the scavengers?
MEEGAT: Perhaps twice as many, but they too are dying. We expected you to come long ago.
(they all follow Meegat through double doors into an inner chamber)

[Launch control]

(there are four dust-covered electronic consoles with candles alight on the top. The front wall has dust-covered windows)
VILA: Most of this stuff looks operational. There's no sign of any damage. You have a technology like this and still get your light from those?
(he indicates the candles)
MEEGAT: Technology?
VILA: All this.
MEEGAT: But it does not provide light.
GAN: Well, it could, Meegat, if it was working.
AVON: Of course. That's why they were waiting for us.
MEEGAT: All things are known to you. You are truly Lord.
(she kneels again)
VILA: Counting yourself, that makes two people who think you're wonderful.
(Avon raises her up again)
AVON: Tell me about the prophecy.
MEEGAT: The ancients promise that strangers not of this world would be the means of our deliverance.
GAN: Look, Meegat, we're not really gods from the skies, you know. We're just men from a spacecraft.
VILA: With problems of our own.
MEEGAT: You have come. The waiting is over. As it was promised, the Lord Avon will save our race.
(Gan wipes away dust from a window through which a rocket can now be seen)
GAN: Look at this.
AVON: A chemical rocket in launch position.
MEEGAT: He shall recognise deliverance and speak its name. He shall speak its name as a thing known and understood, as to him all things are known and understood.
(she kneels again)
VILA: (to Gan) Been alone too long, definitely.
(Meegat then gets up)
AVON: Is there a legend of deliverance?
MEEGAT: Yes, Lord.
AVON: Tell me about it.
MEEGAT: But you know it.
AVON: Ah. Well, tell me about it anyway.
MEEGAT: Our fathers fought a great war, and Kashell the Wise dreamed that all life would end in this place.
GAN: Seems he was right.
MEEGAT: So Kashell sought a way to preserve our race. A way for it to survive in a new place among the stars, and a way was found.
VILA: That ship couldn't carry enough people to establish a new community.
AVON: It could carry dormant cells.
GAN: Genetic banks and brood units. Like those in the projectile we took on board the Liberator?
AVON: The same principle, yes. These seem to be a little more advanced, though.
VILA: But did they do it?
AVON: 'And the way was found'. Does it go on?
MEEGAT: Deliverance was prepared, and Kashell the Wise was satisfied that it was good.
GAN: If there are cells on that ship, would they still be viable? I mean, could they be incubated into a new race of men after all these years?
AVON: Theoretically the fertility span would be unlimited. The brood units would be programmed to activate on landing. If they set it up right, there's no reason why it shouldn't still work. (to Meegat) Go on.
MEEGAT: All that was needed to complete deliverance was the word of Kashell. But our fathers killed him, and the word was forgotten, and so we wait for a new word from beyond the stars. We wait for deliverance. ...We wait for the nameless Lord whose name shall be spoken by the one who waits. Meegat speaks his name. His name is Avon.
VILA: Avon!
(Vila has pointed to a flashing button on one of the consoles)
AVON: It's an active power source register.
VILA: That's what I thought. The automatics have closed it down.
AVON: Well, if we could find the manual override we should be able to reactivate it.
(Vila tries a control knob)
VILA: Output control is locked.
(Avon moves to another console)
AVON: There's a circuit breaker here. Try the output control now.
VILA: It's free.
(Gan is at a third console)
GAN: This alpha scale is registering.
AVON: Take it to level one, see what we get.
VILA: No, nothing's showing.
GAN: Nope.
AVON: Then there must be a secondary fail-safe.
(Avon pushes a button)
AVON: Try it again, Gan.
(There is a rising humming sound)
GAN: It's coming in!
AVON: Take it to level two.
VILA: Level two, ...and we have power.
(they hear a distorted voice)
AVON: Let me see now.
(Avon moves to beside Vila and adjusts some controls)
CONTROLLER VOICE: Telemetry and guidance are holding, systems rebalance, ...fuel and ignition, capability is green. ...inboard computers are green and functioning. Programs are stable...
(monitors on the consoles are now showing displays)
GAN: It's coming in.
(Avon operates a switch and lights in the chamber come on)
CONTROLLER VOICE: ...payload environment is solid and stable. Countdown is T minus sixty and holding ...telemetry and guidance are green and balanced...
MEEGAT: Behold, deliverance!
CONTROLLER VOICE: ...secondary stage is go for count, payload is go for count, ...meteorology checks confirmed, go for count...
(through the window the launch pad is illuminated)
CONTROLLER VOICE: ...gantry systems are cleared green and stable, ...count is T minus...
GAN: Do you really think we could launch that ship?
AVON: If the people who built it did their job properly, I don't see any reason why not, and it does seem we have a reputation to live up to.
VILA: Oh, you certainly do, 'Lord Avon'. I wonder why she picked on you?
(Meegat turns and approaches Avon)
AVON: Well, now, you are hardly the stuff that gods are made of.
VILA: And you are, I suppose?
AVON: Apparently.
GAN: Look, before we try to fulfil any more prophecies, could we er...
AVON: Yes. We must find Jenna.

[Flight deck]

(Ensor is cocks his gun)
ENSOR JR.: I've put the energiser onto automatic. If I let it go, it will spring back and the gun will fire. If I pass out, the gun will fire by itself. Now you make certain that I don't go to sleep.

[Launch control]

MEEGAT: If she is alive, you will find her.
AVON: If she is alive.
(Avon and Meegat walk towards the double doors hand-in-hand)
AVON: Well, are you ready?
GAN: We're ready.

[Meegat's chamber]

MEEGAT: I will await your return.
VILA: You'll wait up there by the door?
GAN: If we make it, we'll be back.
MEEGAT: The Lord Avon will protect you.
AVON: Meegat.
MEEGAT: Lord?
AVON: Make sure that it is us before you open the door. The scavengers know about it now.
(Avon touches her left cheek)

[Scavenger's camp]

(Avon, Vila, and Gan overlook the camp)
AVON: Vila and I will go round and take a closer look. (to Gan) You stay here.
GAN: If it comes to killing remember my limiter implant.
VILA: I'll stay up here if you like.
(Avon and Vila creep up to the back of several tents)
AVON: You keep a watch. I'll try and find her.
(with his gun drawn Avon inspects the tents one at a time. At the second he ducks out of sight as a scavenger comes out. At the third he sees Jenna tied up inside, watched by a scavenger who is eating with his back to the wall of the tent. Avon holsters his gun and picks up a heavy stick and swings it against the tent wall, knocking the scavenger out. Avon frees Jenna. Meanwhile a scavenger grabs Vila from behind causing Vila to cry out. The scavengers are alerted by the scuffle. Jenna and Avon come out to find Vila and the scavenger struggling. Vila is thrown the ground and as the scavenger comes to attack Avon. Avon kicks the man hard, laying him low. The three of them, joined by Gan, run off chased by scavengers)
GAN: There's shelter this way. We'll be safe there.
(Jenna reaches to the door in the rock face but is caught by a scavenger)
JENNA: Help!
(other scavengers arrive. A melee ensues with Gan taking on the majority. Vila frees Jenna and knocks on the door which opens)

[Meegat's chamber]

(Vila, Jenna and Avon come in)
AVON: Gan!
(Gan shakes off the last scavenger and runs in)
AVON: (to Meegat) That was close.
VILA: No respect. They obviously didn't realise who you were.
JENNA: (to Meegat) Thank you.
VILA: (to Gan) You all right?
GAN: You know, Vila, for a minute out there, I was actually quite beginning to enjoy myself.
VILA: You're as mad as Meegat.

[Flight deck]

(Ensor begins to lose consciousness and his gun begins to operate)
BLAKE: Cally!
(Cally rolls away. As Ensor collapses the gun goes off harmlessly)
BLAKE: You all right?
CALLY: Yes. Yes, I think so.
BLAKE: He's almost gone.
ENSOR JR.: The micro ...cells ...get to father ...Orac...
BLAKE: He's dead.
(Blake takes the box of micro cells from Ensor's pocket)
CALLY: What is Orac?
BLAKE: I don't know. If we deliver these, perhaps we'll find out. Got to get the others first. Zen, direct route for the planet Cephlon. Maximum speed.
ZEN: Confirmed.

[Liberator turning in space]

[Launch control]

(the countdown continues)
JENNA: Avon, look at this. It's a sub-beam communications system.
AVON: It's an interesting antique.
JENNA: Look at the range scales.
AVON: Yes. Liberator can receive and transmit sub-beam. Try it. (he goes to another console) Right. I think everything is functional. We are ready for countdown.

[Flight deck]

JENNA: (on communicator) Liberator, this is Jenna. Do you read me, Liberator?
BLAKE: (into communicator) We read you, Jenna. Are you all right?
JENNA: I'm safe and well. What happened to you?
BLAKE: A slight detour. We'll tell you when we see you. We'll be in teleport range in about four hours.
JENNA: We'll be waiting. In the meantime, Avon's about to become a legend.
BLAKE: What?
JENNA: Out.

[Launch control]

JENNA: They're on their way.
AVON: (pointing the console) So are they.
(he operates a switch which displays the launch pad on the monitors)
CONTROLLER VOICE: Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. We have lift-off.

[Launch pad]

(the rocket lifts off)

[Launch control]

AVON: Meegat, I'm sorry you've waited so long.
MEEGAT: Our waiting brought you.
AVON: That seems like a poor reward, somehow.

[The rocket continues into space]

[Flight deck]

ZEN: The rocket is now beyond sensor range.
AVON: Have the navigation computers made a projection?
ZEN: It is calculated that the rocket will make planet-fall in the system Magdalen Alpha.
AVON: How many suitable planets are there in that system?
ZEN: There are four with compatible biospheres.
AVON: Flight time?
ZEN: Five hundred earth years.
VILA: You won't be a legend in your own lifetime, then.
GAN: Fertility cells wouldn't know about us, anyway.
CALLY: Meegat does. (to Avon) Did she really think you were a god?
AVON: For a while.
BLAKE: How did it feel?
AVON: Don't you know?
BLAKE: Yes. I don't like the responsibility, either.
(Avon leaves)
BLAKE: However, now we have another, Ensor's father. Zen, have you laid in a course for Aristo?
ZEN: Course for the planet Aristo is computed and laid in.
BLAKE: Speed standard by six, Jenna.
JENNA: Standard by six.

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