Pressure Point
Original Airdate: February 6, 1979

[Field on edge of Forbidden Zone]

ARLE: This is it. The Forbidden Zone.
BERG: Let's get back.
ARLE: No hurry.
BERG: Let's get back and report.
ARLE: We've got nothing to report. If we could get back and tell Kasabi what's inside the Zone...
BERG: She said as far as the security boundary.
ARLE: Can you see any boundary?
BERG: Oh I can see a notice.
ARLE: You shouldn't believe everything you read.

[Control security centre]

MUTOID: Intruders in coordinate seventeen.
TRAVIS: Good. Kasabi's men, they must be. My intelligence reports were correct. Do you doubt me now, Supreme Commander?
SERVALAN: They are outsiders. There is nothing to indicate they are Kasabi's men.
TRAVIS: They are, scouting ahead of the main party.
SERVALAN: I'm not convinced, but assuming you're right, what do you intend doing about them?
TRAVIS: Nothing.
SERVALAN [OC}: Nothing.
TRAVIS: We wait.
SERVALAN: I have waited for eighteen days.
TRAVIS: It won't be much longer now. It's started, I can feel it...
SERVALAN: Oh, Travis!
TRAVIS: ...I know Blake is coming here.
SERVALAN: And them?
TRAVIS: Unimportant. They're already dead.

[Field inside Forbidden Zone]

(there is a tall windowless tower in the distance with a blockhouse nearer)
ARLE: Doesn't look like much.
BERG: We've gone far enough, Arle. Kasabi said that this was the most heavily protected site anywhere in the Federation.
ARLE: Well, she was wrong, wasn't she? That must be where Control was housed.
BERG: Only the entrance to it. The main computer was supposed to be in an underground vault.
ARLE: Let's see if we can get inside.
BERG: Oh, I dunno.
ARLE: Oh, come on, Berg. You're not old enough to have lost your nerve yet.
(as they approach the blockhouse smoke begins to rise from the grass around their feet)
ARLE: Help me. Help me! I can't move!
BERG: I can't.
(flames appear around their feet)
BERG: ...I can't!
(there are two explosions causing them to disappear into the ground)

[Flight deck]

BLAKE: How long before we reach our destination?
CALLY: We'll be in teleport range in three hours and four minutes.
JENNA: Teleport?
BLAKE: Take her on manual, Jenna.
JENNA: Switched to manual.
GAN: Teleport range, Blake?
BLAKE: In three hours we'll be in teleport range of Earth.
VILA: Earth?
JENNA: Blake, are you crazy? We can't afford to take risks like that.
VILA: We were just going to skirt the system, that's what you said, take a quick look at the defences.
GAN: The perimeter defences.
VILA: Yes, and that was dangerous enough.
JENNA: You never said anything about looking at the perimeter from the inside.
CALLY: We must take this risk.
BLAKE: It's all right, I didn't expect you to welcome the idea. That's why I misled you just a little.
AVON: That's very diplomatically put.
BLAKE: Is my phraseology your only complaint, Avon?
AVON: No, but it is my only surprise.
BLAKE: You knew?
AVON: I never really believed the long-range reconnaissance story. Earth has been on your mind for a long time, Blake, too long for you to sit outside the planetary system and look.
BLAKE: It's time we really hurt the Federation. Oh, we've been hitting at the fingers, the arms. I want to hit at the heart, and the heart of the Federation is Earth.
JENNA: Where exactly, or do you plan to take the whole planet?
BLAKE: Two hundred years ago, when the Federation began expansion and conquest, the Administration established a computer complex to monitor information. Political, civil, military, everything. That computer is the nerve centre of all Federation activity. Smashing that would be the biggest single step toward the destruction of their power. I don't think they would ever recover from it.
JENNA: You're suggesting that we go into the Forbidden Zone and attack Control?
BLAKE: Yes, that is what I am suggesting.
CALLY: Do we know where this computer complex is?
JENNA: Most Earth people have heard of it.
CALLY: But do we know where it is?
GAN: The Federation never made any secret of its whereabouts.
AVON: On the contrary, they advertise the fact. Control has become a symbol of Federation power.
BLAKE: It's a challenge. All the might and the power of the Federation is represented by Control. While it exists, the Federation is invulnerable!
JENNA: There have been many attempts to destroy it. They've all failed. That's true, isn't it, Blake?
BLAKE: Yes, there've been massive rocket attacks from space, ground assaults, every kind of attack. Control still operates untouched.
VILA: Armies can't do it, space fleets can't do it, but we can, is that it?
BLAKE: For the past year now, I've been collecting all the information I could find. With Orac's help, I now know more about Control than anyone outside the senior echelon of the Federation. I think I can destroy it.
(Avon claps slowly)
BLAKE: I'm not going to minimise the danger. It's a high-risk operation. That is why I'm not going to ask any of you to come with me.
GAN: Do you think you could do it without us?
BLAKE: I'd rather not try. But if I have to, I will not be alone. I've already contacted a Resistance leader.

[Woods on edge of Forbidden Zone]

VERON: No sign of them?
KASABI: They should have reported back hours ago. I specifically told them to avoid any contact with the security forces.
VERON: Are you going to wait?
KASABI: No. Blake will be looking for our signal, I must get to the rendezvous point. ...Getting close to the Forbidden Zone. Stay quiet and be alert.

[Control security centre]

(Kasabi is on a monitor)
SERVALAN: Kasabi. ...At last.
TRAVIS: Worth an eighteen-day wait, Supreme Commander?
SERVALAN: Oh, Travis. ...I've waited longer than that. That woman was a senior political officer in Space Command.
TRAVIS: I am aware of her background.
SERVALAN: She taught officer cadets. But what she was teaching was treason.
TRAVIS: Until a very bright young cadet reported her.
SERVALAN: Yes, Travis, I was ...a very bright cadet.
TRAVIS: You? You reported her?
SERVALAN: There was an official inquiry, during which the stupid fools let her escape.
TRAVIS: I'll make sure that doesn't happen this time.
SERVALAN: You'll stay here, Travis.
TRAVIS: But...
SERVALAN: Kasabi ...is mine.

[Flight deck]

JENNA: Blake, we've decided to come with you.
BLAKE: Thank you. I could do with all the help I can get.
JENNA: There is a condition.
BLAKE: Yes?
JENNA: None of us is prepared to commit suicide. We don't intend to die making some heroic gesture.
CALLY: We need a chance of survival.
VILA: We want your word that if the mission looks impossible, then we'll pull out.
GAN: Yes, guarantee that, and we're all with you.
BLAKE: It's understood the decision is mine and mine alone?
CALLY: Yes, that is understood.
GAN: Yes.
BLAKE: All right, if it looks as if we have less than an even chance, I promise I'll call the whole thing off.
JENNA: Good.
BLAKE: (to Vila and Gan) You two get kitted up. (to Jenna and Cally) You two stand by. (to Avon) The others have decided to go with me.
AVON: I thought they would. Not very bright, ...but loyal.
BLAKE: That leaves you.
AVON: I have thought about it
BLAKE: And? ...Come on Avon, stop playing games. Are you going to go with me or not?
AVON: Well, of course. I am surprised you ever doubted it.
BLAKE: Thank you.
AVON: Frankly, I don't see how you can do it without me. Your strongest enemies are going to be the defence computers. I am the only one qualified to tackle them.
BLAKE: Yes, that had occurred to me. You better start getting kitted up. Do you want to tell me why?
AVON: I like the challenge.
BLAKE: You don't want to tell me why.
AVON: If we succeed, if we destroy Control, the Federation will be at its weakest. It will be more vulnerable than it has been for centuries. The revolt in the Outer Worlds will grow. The resistance movements on Earth will launch an all-out attack to destroy the Federation. They will need unifying. They will need a leader. You will be the natural choice.
BLAKE: Possibly.
AVON: Don't be modest, Blake. You are the only one that they would all follow. You would have no choice. You would have to stay on Earth and organise the revolt.
BLAKE: If there's no other way.
AVON: There wouldn't be.
BLAKE: That still doesn't explain why you're backing me.
AVON: With you running the campaign on Earth, somebody has to take charge of all this.
BLAKE: You want the Liberator.
AVON: Exactly. If we succeed, the destruction of Control gives us both what we want.
BLAKE: Could be you're planning just a little far ahead.
AVON: Perhaps. But sooner or later, I will have my chance.
BLAKE: There's no hurry.
ZEN: Flight completed. We are in stationary orbit within teleport range of the planet Earth.
BLAKE: Put it on the screen, Zen.
JENNA: It's been a long time.

[Woods on edge of Forbidden Zone]

(Servalan and two mutoids, all armed, watch Kasabi and her group)
SERVALAN: Kasabi. ...Stay where you are. Stand still, all of you. ...Throw down your weapons.
KASABI: Run!
SERVALAN: (to the Mutoids) Now. ...Enough. (to one of the Mutoids) Get the child.
(Servalan goes and looks Kasabi laying on the ground)
SERVALAN: Kasabi.

[Control security centre]

(Kasabi is slumped in a chair)
TRAVIS: You should have left it to me.
SERVALAN: Nothing's lost.
TRAVIS: Your opening fire could have ruined everything.
SERVALAN: But it didn't, Travis.
TRAVIS: My last chance, you said.
SERVALAN: Kasabi and I had unfinished business.
TRAVIS: This is no time for personal vendettas, Supreme Commander.
SERVALAN: Thank you, Travis. I'm obliged for the reminder.
(she crouches down and takes Kasabi by the shoulders)
SERVALAN: Are you feeling better? ...Oh, don't waste time, Kasabi. You have so little of it left.
KASABI: Time spent with you was always wasted, Servalan.
SERVALAN: It's good to see you again.
KASABI: Why did you murder my people?
SERVALAN: Well, they were traitors. Did they expect mercy?
KASABI: From you?
TRAVIS: Blake.
KASABI [OC]: Who?
TRAVIS: You were to rendezvous with him.
KASABI: (to Servalan) Is he young? More in your line, surely.
SERVALAN: If you tell me about the rendezvous, I will consider sparing your life.
KASABI: My life isn't yours to spare.
SERVALAN: Oh, but it is.
KASABI: Then take it, but don't try and browbeat me, Servalan, or have you forgotten that I knew you as a cadet? You were a credit to your background, spoilt, idle, vicious.
(she pushes Servalan to the floor)
KASABI: (to Travis) My confidential assessment listed her as unfit for command. But I forgot how well connected she was.
TRAVIS: That is no concern of mine.
KASABI: Then it should be. It should be everyone's concern. The Federation is degenerate, run by creatures like her.
TRAVIS: You are going to tell me about Blake.
KASABI: You think so?
SERVALAN: Oh, yes, we think so.
TRAVIS: You could spare yourself a lot of pain.
KASABI: No doubt.
TRAVIS: You are a very intelligent woman.
KASABI: Don't tell me you're squeamish, Space Commander?
TRAVIS: Not in the least.
KASABI: Your reputation suggests that you enjoy your work.
TRAVIS: And your reputation suggests you're playing for time.
(Kasabi makes a run for it. Two Mutoids block her way)
TRAVIS: Secure her to the chair.

[Teleport room]

AVON: Your backup force doesn't seem too dependable, Blake. The signal is over an hour late.
VILA: Why don't we forget the whole thing?
BLAKE: No!
GAN: We've waited a long time to come back to Earth. Be a pity to miss the chance now. Blake, couldn't a couple of us teleport down, find out what's happened?
BLAKE: We will wait for the signal.
AVON: And if it doesn't come?
BLAKE: We'll pull out. ...Give it another hour.

[Control security centre]

TRAVIS: Come on, come on. Where were you to rendezvous with Blake?
KASABI: You can rot, Travis. I'll tell you nothing, ...nothing.
(Kasabi spits in Travis' face)
TRAVIS: She's stronger than she looks. She's still resisting the drug.
SERVALAN: Double the dose.
TRAVIS: That amount could kill her.
SERVALAN: That's not important, just so long as she talks first. (to Kasabi) Kasabi. Can you hear me, Kasabi?
KASABI: I hear you.
SERVALAN: Tell me about the rendezvous.
KASABI: No rendezvous.
SERVALAN: Very soon now, you are going to die. Do you understand me?
KASABI: Always understood you. You're vicious, greedy, sick.
(Kasabi faints. Servalan gives her an injection in the arm. She gestures towards some things spread out before them)
SERVALAN: Is there nothing here that might give us a lead?
TRAVIS: No, I've checked them.
(he picks up one device)
TRAVIS: This is the only important thing.
SERVALAN: A homing beacon?
(Travis switches on the beacon)
TRAVIS: I'm presuming it was to give Blake a signal to give him a landing fix.
SERVALAN: That's all we need.
TRAVIS: No, the signal may have to be sent in code. If we don't get it right, we could scare Blake off, and the beacon may have to transmit from an agreed location. If its position does not match Blake's coordinates, he won't come in.
(he switches off the beacon)
TRAVIS: Now, that should be long enough. (to Kasabi slowly) Where were you to rendezvous with Blake?
KASABI: (slowly) Coordinates three-three-one, eleven-zero-one.
SERVALAN: That's better.
TRAVIS: (slowly) Now, Kasabi, listen to this. Was the homing beacon to transmit in a code pattern?
KASABI: (slowly) Yes. It was pulse, three long, two short, recurring.
(Kasabi faints again. Servalan gives her another injection although Travis tries to stop her)
SERVALAN: Now it's over, Kasabi.
KASABI: Servalan. ...I'm sorry.
SERVALAN: Sorry?
KASABI: I should have tried. ...In the beginning, ...I should have tried to help you.
(she dies)

[Teleport room]

BLAKE: Time's up. We're pulling out. Jenna, I want the shortest way out of this system. Avon, run a proximity check on battle fleet patrols.
VILA: Shall I get back to the flight deck, then?
BLAKE: You might as well.
(a signal comes in)
BLAKE: Wait. That's it. That's the signal! ...Three long, two short, three long, two short. Cally, get a fix on it.
CALLY: Three-three-one, eleven-zero-one.
BLAKE: That confirms it. Standby to put me down.
CALLY: You want to teleport to these coordinates?
BLAKE: Yes. No. Put me down at zero point five varying. That should be about a mile away from the rendezvous.
CALLY: Why?
BLAKE: I'll scout around before I make contact.
AVON: What's the matter, Blake? Don't you trust your friends?
BLAKE: Of course. I trust them the same way I trust you.
CALLY: Teleport's set.
BLAKE: Right. You all know what to do. Gan, are you all set?
GAN: Yes. I'll be waiting.
BLAKE: All right. Put me down.

[Woods on edge of Forbidden Zone]

BLAKE: (into bracelet) Down and safe. ...As far as I can see, it's all clear. Get an exact locator fix on my signal and send Gan down.
CALLY: (on communicator) Teleport locked on. He's on his way.
BLAKE: Gan's down and safe. Now, you're quite clear about the rest of the plan?
CALLY: Quite clear. We all know what to do.

[Teleport room]

BLAKE: (on communicator) All right, start the second countdown now.
CALLY: (into communicator) Countdown running.
JENNA: Good luck, Blake.

[Woods on edge of Forbidden Zone]

(Blake and Gan move off through the woods. They reach a building)
GAN: What is this place?
BLAKE: A church.
GAN: A church?
BLAKE: Place of religious assembly.
GAN: Must be ancient.
BLAKE: The Federation had them all destroyed at the beginning of the New Calendar.
GAN: There's no sign of Kasabi?
BLAKE: No.
(Gan's hand brushes a tree. He finds wet blood on his fingers)
GAN: Somebody's been here, though, ...and not long ago.
BLAKE: (into bracelet) Liberator, we're going in now. Looks quiet enough, but if I give the word, teleport us out, ...fast!

[Church]

(entering the church, they go a flight steps. A figure gets up from the floor pointing a gun and speaks)
VERON: No! ...No. ...No...
(she collapses)
BLAKE: She's still alive.
GAN: Who do you think she is?
BLAKE: One of Kasabi's people. She's lost a lot of blood by the look of it.
GAN: Let's have a look.
(he tears open her right upper sleeve)
GAN: No, she'll be fine, soon as I treat her with this.
BLAKE: I'd better tell the others.

[Teleport room]

CALLY: (into communicator) Come in, Blake.
BLAKE: (on communicator) Liberator, we're at the rendezvous point. Everything's all right.
AVON: (into Communicator) You have made contact with Kasabi?
BLAKE: Not yet, not directly.
AVON: Then everything is not all right.
BLAKE: It will be. I'll get back to you.
AVON: (to Vila) Do you get the feeling there's something he's not telling us?
JENNA: I don't know. I hate waiting like this.
VILA: Could be worse. We could be down there with him.
CALLY: I'd prefer that to being here.
VILA: You're welcome to take my place when the time comes.
AVON: If it comes.
CALLY: What do you mean?
AVON: Something's not right.
VILA: He's failed to make contact with Kasabi.
AVON: Exactly. But Kasabi's signal came from the rendezvous point. Blake has arrived there and failed to make contact.
JENNA: That doesn't necessarily mean anything disastrous. Perhaps they're just being extra careful.
AVON: Let's hope so, because I have a feeling that we are not being careful enough.

[Church]

(Veron comes to)
VERON: No!
GAN: It's all right, it's all right. We won't hurt you. ...Take this.
VERON: No.
GAN: Please.
(Veron takes the pill he has given her)
VERON: Who are you?
GAN: My name is Gan. This is Blake.
VERON: Blake! ...You came, then.
BLAKE: Yes. What is your name?
VERON: Veron. I'm Kasabi's daughter.
BLAKE: Where is your mother?
VERON: She's... ...She's dead.
BLAKE: What happened?
VERON: We were ambushed, we didn't have a chance. My mother was hit, everyone else was killed. I... ...I started to run but they came after me, so I hid.
(she clings to Blake and begins to cry)
BLAKE: That's all right now. Sh. Sh. Gently, gently, gently. ...What happened then?
VERON: They searched the area. One of them came right up to where I was hiding. I was so frightened. They searched for a long time and then I... ...I stayed hidden for a while, and then I came here as we planned. I gave the signal.
GAN: Well, you're safe now. We'll take care of you.
BLAKE: I'm ...very sorry about your mother. She was a remarkable woman. You lie here and rest while we decide what's to be done.
VERON: Thank you.
GAN: Blake, we're going to have to pull out.
BLAKE: It's a setback, but we've come this far. It means a change of plan, but I'd still like to try for it.
GAN: What's the use? The risks are doubled now.
BLAKE: I'm not so sure. Kasabi was only giving us backup cover, holding off the security forces to give us time to penetrate the Forbidden Zone.
GAN: Yes, so how can we hope to do it without her?
BLAKE: We still have the element of surprise. Even more so now with Kasabi's force wiped out, Security aren't going to expect another assault so soon.
GAN: You're guessing, Blake, guessing and hoping.
BLAKE: It is a calculated risk.
(Veron is listening)
BLAKE: Remember, we've got one foolproof factor, the teleport. Even if they do attack, we can still get out. We will have failed, but at least we'll be alive.
GAN: It's still a big risk.
BLAKE: It always was. Even with Kasabi's people, there were no guarantees.
GAN: All right, well, what do we do next, what do we do now?
BLAKE: We carry on as planned. The next step is still up to Avon and Vila. (into bracelet) Liberator, do you read me?

[Teleport room]

CALLY: (into communicator) We hear you.
BLAKE: (on communicator) We're going ahead with phase two. Avon and Vila ready?
AVON: (into communicator) What about Kasabi?
BLAKE: Avon, give me a rundown check on what you're going to do.
AVON: We teleport directly into the Forbidden Zone, we make an analysis of the defence systems, and then we teleport directly to your location.

[Church]

BLAKE: (into communicator) No more than five minutes in the Zone. Get out sooner if you sense something's wrong.
AVON: (on communicator) I've already got that feeling, Blake. What about Kasabi?
BLAKE: Cally, if you don't get their signal, transfer them after five minutes anyway.

[Teleport room]

CALLY: (into communicator) Confirmed.
BLAKE: (on communicator) That is all then. Good luck.
AVON: (to Vila) You ready?
VILA: He didn't answer your question.
AVON: He will.
VILA: I don't want to go.
AVON: You surprise me.
VILA: I don't feel well. I'm going to be a big handicap.
AVON: I am used to that.
JENNA: Avon. Good luck.
AVON: Put us down, Cally.

[Field inside Forbidden Zone]

(they materialise near the blockhouse)
AVON: That will be the only access point. We have to get into there before we can try for the main vault. But before that, we have to cross the Zone.
VILA: I've the feeling we're being watched.
AVON: Automatic scanners will have picked us up as soon as we got here.
(as they approach the blockhouse Avon stops Vila and finds a maze of cables buried in the grass)
VILA: What's that?
AVON: High intensity radiation grid. The rays from these could burn you up in seconds.
VILA: In that case, do you think you ought to be fooling around with it?
AVON: It has to be activated somehow. Let's find out. Walk anywhere here, and you set the whole thing into operation.
(Avon cuts through one of the cables. The two ends pull apart and then back together, reconnecting)
AVON: Total self-repair in eight seconds. How far would you say it is to that blockhouse?
VILA: Fifty yards, maybe more. Are you sure we're safe here?
(flames and smoke appear in the grass near the cables)

[Teleport room]

JENNA: Five, four, three, two, one. Time's up.
CALLY: Teleport ...now.

[Field inside Forbidden Zone]

(Avon and Vila are teleported out before a series of explosions occur)

[Church]

(Avon and Vila teleport in. Veron screams)
GAN: Don't worry, they're friends.
VERON: How did they get here?
GAN: We have teleport equipment.
VERON: I don't know what that is.
GAN: You know, I'm not sure I do.
BLAKE: Well?
AVON: It is not going to be easy.
BLAKE: Can we do it?
VILA: Not a chance, it's absolutely impossible.
AVON: There is a way. Where are Kasabi and her people?
GAN: They were wiped out in an ambush. This is Kasabi's daughter, Veron. ...Avon. ...Vila. Veron was the only survivor.
AVON: I'm sorry. (to Blake) I knew you were lying.
BLAKE: Yes, well unless you can come up with some good reasons why not, we're going ahead as planned.
VILA: Certain death, would you accept that as a good reason?
(Vila gives Blake a map on a clear disc)
AVON: From somebody else, maybe.
VILA: All right, but if we all get killed, don't say I didn't warn you.
BLAKE: Let's hear the rest of it.
(they consult the map)
AVON: One thing is in our favour, there do not seem to be any security forces within the Zone.
BLAKE: None at all?
AVON: They don't need them. The defence system is totally automated. It is more efficient than any brigade of troops.
BLAKE: Well that improves our chances.
(he points to the map)
BLAKE: This is the idea, we start here near the perimeter. Then we teleport across the Forbidden Zone directly into the entry blockhouse.
GAN: You know, the teleport will have to be precise.
(Veron gets up and starts to leave)
GAN: A fraction out and we'll land up right in the middle of the Zone.
BLAKE: Cally and Jenna won't make any mistakes.
GAN: You all right, Veron?
VERON: Do you mind if I go up for some air? I still feel a bit faint.
GAN: Well, don't go too far. You mustn't take any chances.
VERON: I won't.
BLAKE: Now, once we're into the entry blockhouse...
VILA: Why don't we teleport right down to the control computer chamber?
BLAKE: Too deep. Teleport won't necessarily reliably transmit through that level of density. Anyway, we need an exact locator fix. The only way to get that is to...
VILA: ...is to go there first.
BLAKE: Right.
AVON: I wouldn't be too certain that it can even get us into the blockhouse. Judging by the electronics we've seen, there's bound to be anti-matter screening built into the structure.
BLAKE: All right, then we teleport right up to the door of the entry blockhouse. Then it's up to Vila to break the locking systems.
GAN: Can you do it, Vila?
VILA: That's a stupid question. At least I think it is.
BLAKE: Right. Let's discuss what we do once we get inside. According to intelligence reports, there is a shaft...
GAN: Down!
(he has spotted an arm come in through the church door. A cylinder, which has been thrown down the steps, emits a gas. The crew from Liberator are laid out and someone comes in and removes their bracelets)

[Control security centre]

SERVALAN: Are you beginning to have doubts, Travis?
TRAVIS: No. It won't fail.
SERVALAN: I hope not. There'll be no second chances.
TRAVIS: I won't need them. It's running my way now. The luck has changed. It's my turn.
SERVALAN: Capturing the girl was the only luck you've had so far.
TRAVIS: That single event has given me total control of the situation.
SERVALAN: You've gambled everything on her cooperation.
TRAVIS: That was no gamble. She will do precisely as she was instructed. She has no choice.
SERVALAN: Get rid of that.
(indicating Kasabi's dead body)

[Church]

(the crew are coming to)
BLAKE: Sono gas.
VILA: Yes, but who threw it in?
BLAKE: Veron. It had to be.
GAN: No, I don't believe that. Why should she do it?
AVON: By all means, let us stand around and discuss it.
BLAKE: Avon's right. We're not safe here any longer. Let's move out.
VILA: The door's been blocked off. It won't budge.
BLAKE: It's barred.
GAN: Let me try. ...It won't move.
BLAKE: Well, leave it. I'll tell Cally.
(they realise that their bracelets are gone)
BLAKE: We've no means of getting hold of the Liberator, no means of getting out of here. Someone set up a trap.
VILA: And it worked, didn't it?

[Control security centre]

TRAVIS: With no teleport to snatch them away, ...they're mine.
SERVALAN: (to Veron) They believed your story.
VERON: It wasn't difficult. It was close to the truth. The only lies were that I escaped the ambush, and that my mother was dead.
TRAVIS: You did seal the entrance?
VERON: Yes, just as you told me.
TRAVIS: Good. You did well. You can be proud of yourself.
VERON: I disgust myself.
TRAVIS: That will pass. There is a reward for Blake, you know.
VERON: What you made me do...
TRAVIS: Might even get you a civilian citation.
VERON: No!
TRAVIS: You were sensible. You did what was expedient.
VERON: I betrayed four men, ...men who represent the only cause worth fighting for. That's what I did, and now I want my side of the bargain.
SERVALAN: Bargain? Travis, did you make a bargain with this traitress?
VERON: My mother, let me take her. He promised me my mother would...
TRAVIS: Don't concern yourself with your mother. She died one hour ago.
VERON: No! I want my mother...
(Travis chops her with the side of his hand to the floor)
TRAVIS: Now you'll stay here as my prisoner.
SERVALAN: I'll deal with her. You just bring me Blake.
TRAVIS: As the Supreme Commander orders.
(as Travis leaves Servalan turns Veron face upwards)
SERVALAN: Kasabi's child.

[Church]

(Avon steps back from the door)
AVON: It's no good.
GAN: Let me try again.
(he launches himself against the door three times)
VILA: It's opening!
(a final attempt by Gan opens the door)
GAN: Sorry it took so long. I'm a bit out of condition.

[Teleport room]

CALLY: (into communicator) Come in, Blake. This is the Liberator. Come in. ...Avon, Vila, Gan, respond. Are you reading us? Come in.
JENNA: It's over an hour since our last contact.
CALLY: It can't be a communicator fault.
JENNA: Not on all four bracelets, no.
CALLY: What do you think has happened?
JENNA: They've run into trouble.
CALLY: Yes, and what do we do, wait and guess?
JENNA: What was our last contact bearing?
CALLY: Here.

[Church]

MUTOID: They have not had time to get far.
TRAVIS: Couple of miles at the most, and without their teleport they're earthbound now.
MUTOID: I will call Security.
TRAVIS: No!
MUTOID: But they would have men searching the woods for them now...
TRAVIS: I want to take him myself.
MUTOID: Shall I call Central?
TRAVIS: Hum. There's still a way. We have to think like Blake. Think how he would act in a situation like this. Now where is the most dangerous place he could go? The last place we would think of searching for him? ...The Forbidden Zone, he'd go into the Forbidden Zone. That's what he came for, and that's where he'll go. Come on!

[Field inside Forbidden Zone]

(Avon shows Blake the radiation grid)
AVON: These are weight and disturbance sensitive. Touch them and you activate the ray emission. They have already registered our presence, so the whole area will be sensitised and primed. Cut the mesh, and it has an eight second repair cycle.
BLAKE: Sounds unbeatable.
AVON: It may well be.
BLAKE: But come on, you've got something on your mind.
AVON: If I can fire at ground level, the beam radiation should be great enough to cut a narrow channel through the sensor mesh. That would give you eight seconds to get from here to the blockhouse. The mesh would start its repair cycle instantly. Take one step off the channel and you're dead. I know it's a slim chance, but it's the best I can come up with.
BLAKE: Let's try it.
AVON: How's your sprinting?
BLAKE: I think I'm about to find out.
AVON: Make it quick. There is no room for a good loser in this race. You go the minute I give you the word, understand?
BLAKE: Right.
AVON: Go! ...Faster, Blake!
(he reaches the blockhouse)
BLAKE: You next, Vila. You can get started on the door.
VILA: I'm about to set a new galactic record.
AVON: Now!
(Gan follows Vila)
AVON: Gan!
BLAKE: ...Come on, come on.
GAN: Vila!
(Vila and Gan reach the blockhouse)
BLAKE: You took a big risk there, Gan.
GAN: I thought it might save time. Besides, I needed a pacemaker.
VILA: Me, too, implanted in me heart.
BLAKE: Just get started on the door.
(Avon fires again and starts to run, trips and falls)
BLAKE: Avon!
GAN: It will repair before he gets here.
(Blake takes aim with his gun)
VILA: You'll hit him!
BLAKE: (to Gan) Let go!
(he frees his arm and fires)
BLAKE: Avon, run for your life! ...Come on, come on.
AVON: ...Thank you!.
BLAKE: (to Vila) How long?
VILA: Oh, it's a difficult one. Thirty seconds?
BLAKE: Get started.

[Control security centre]

TRAVIS: (on monitor) Supreme Commander, I don't know how he did it, but Blake has penetrated the Control complex. I want to go in after him. I'll need the Zone deactivated.
SERVALAN: (into monitor) I don't have the authority to order that.
TRAVIS: Then get the authority. I'm so close now. The only way out is the way Blake went in. I can shut him off. I want that authority.
SERVALAN: Stand by.
(she deactivates the monitor communications and switches on the communicator)
FEMALE VOICE: (on communicator) Central.
SERVALAN: (into communicator) This is Supreme Commander Servalan. I want a direct link to the High Council, priority rating one.
FEMALE VOICE: Hold.

[Control complex]

(Blake, Avon, Vila and Gan in bright lighting descend a ladder and go through brightly lit corridors and then into dim red lighting, down another ladder into similarly lit corridors. There is a door at the end of the next corridor)
AVON: (to Blake) Hold it.
BLAKE: What is it?
AVON: More security.
(he gestures to Vila who gives him some small objects one of which he throws onto the floor ahead. There is an explosion)
VILA: Sprinting's one thing, but I think flying's beyond me.
(Blake jumps up and hangs from the first of a series of pipes which cross horizontally ahead. he reaches the fifth one)
BLAKE: Am I safe now?
(Avon throws another object causing an explosion)
AVON: No.
(he moves on two more pipes)
BLAKE: What about now?
(Avon tosses another object which just bounces)
AVON: Possibly.
(Blake swings his legs and jumps to the floor on the forward swing)
BLAKE: Come on, Vila, there's another lock here.
VILA: Times like this, I wish I'd gone straight.
(Gan helps Vila to start his transit)

[Control security centre]

SERVALAN: (into monitor) Travis?
TRAVIS: (on monitor) Yes, ...Supreme Commander?
SERVALAN: I've staked a great deal on this, Travis, but I've achieved what you wanted. The Zone will be deactivated in precisely fifteen seconds.
TRAVIS: That's all I'll need.
SERVALAN: Both our heads are on the block now, Travis. This must not fail.
TRAVIS: Don't worry, Supreme Commander, I will not fail you.
(as Servalan breaks off communication the door opens)
SERVALAN: Who are you?

[Control complex]

(Avon crosses but a pipe breaks under Gan's weight)
BLAKE: Gan!
(Gan gets back to the previous pipe and succeeds in swinging to safety. Blake, Avon, Vila and Gan descend a ladder in dim blue lighting. Travis and two Mutoids run through the brightly lit corridors. Blake, Avon, Vila and Gan arrive at a door with a Federation sign on it, at the end of corridor with the dim blue lighting)
BLAKE: This is it!
(Vila looks at the lock)
VILA: Oh, it's a bad one.
GAN: Can you do it?
VILA: I'm not sure.
BLAKE: You've got to! Behind this door is the key to it all, Control. That computer is the most vital part of Federation power. We're the thickness of this door away from destroying them.
(Travis and the Mutoids are at the bottom of the ladder and into the corridors in the brightly lit area)
VILA: That should do it.
(there is a clicking sound)
VILA: Come on. Open. Open!
BLAKE: Come on.
VILA: I'll have to try another way. It means starting all over again.
BLAKE: Take all the time you want. ...You can do it!
(Travis and the Mutoids are in the corridors with the dim red lighting)
VILA: Gan, try pushing it, this time.
(there is a clicking sound)
GAN: Right.
(they push back the double doors)

[Control]

BLAKE: We've done it! We've done it! We've done it! I've done it!
AVON: Blake! There's nothing here! ...There's nothing here.
(Blake sinks to his knees and Avon grabs him by the shoulders. Travis is heard laughing)
AVON: ...Nothing.
BLAKE: Travis.
TRAVIS: You believed it, Blake, like all the other fools before you. Destroy Control and you destroy the Federation. No.
BLAKE: It was here! Everybody knows it was here.
TRAVIS: Of course. We've never concealed it. On the contrary, we've broadcast the fact. We used it as a challenge to our enemies, we invited them to attack Control.
BLAKE: It was never here?
TRAVIS: It was moved ...thirty years ago.
BLAKE: To where?
TRAVIS: Even I don't know that. But it's safe and secure and will remain so while those who seek to destroy us believe it's here. You see, it's the great illusion, Blake. You give substance and credibility to an empty room, and the real thing becomes undetectable, virtually invisible. Now take their weapons. ...I've waited a long time for this moment, Blake, and it was worth it. ...Move out.
(Servalan comes into the doorway)
SERVALAN: Release your prisoners, Travis.
TRAVIS [OC]: No!
SERVALAN: Your Mutoids will put down their weapons.
TRAVIS [OC]: What are you talking about?
SERVALAN: Do as I order!
TRAVIS [OC]: What's the matter with you, Servalan?
(Jenna and Veron come into view covering Servalan)
JENNA: She's nervous.
BLAKE: Jenna!
JENNA: When we lost contact, I came looking for you. I happened to come across this one. I thought she might come in useful. I also found somebody else. She told me what had happened. Travis threatened to kill her mother unless she betrayed you.
VERON: Then he killed her anyway.
TRAVIS: The moment you pull that trigger they will be dead.
JENNA: That's right, but so would your Supreme Commander.
VERON: (to Travis) And so would you.
SERVALAN: Release them. ...Do it!
BLAKE: Your move, I think, Travis. ...Take their weapons. ...All right, let's move. It seems as though we both failed, Travis. (he and his crew leave)
TRAVIS: (to the Mutoids) Get after them!
(Servalan slaps Travis' face)
SERVALAN: You hesitated. My life was at risk and you hesitated.
(he catches her hand as she tries to slap him a second time)

[Control complex]

(Liberator's crew and Veron hurry through the corridors with the dim red lighting and then the brightly lit ones)
BLAKE: Jenna, have you got the teleport bracelets?
JENNA: Yes.
BLAKE: Too risky to use them here. Let's get nearer the surface.
JENNA: Right.
(Servalan, Travis and the Mutoids are now in the brightly lit corridors)
SERVALAN: Travis, what's that?
TRAVIS: Strontium grenade.
SERVALAN: You fool, it's too powerful. You'll bring the roof in.
(Travis shakes Servalan off and throws it. There is an explosion. Further on the explosion has caused a door to start coming down blocking Liberator's crew and Veron's path)
GAN: The door!
(he braces it open allowing the others to get through. Blake is last)
BLAKE: Now, come on, Gan, hurry, come on, come on.
(there are more explosions and the roof begins to collapse. The rest are at the bottom of the ladder in the brightly lit section)
JENNA: Blake!
(Gan's leg is trapped by the door)
GAN: My leg! ...Blake! Go! I'm not worth dying for!
(more roof comes down. When it the dust clears Blake is laying just ahead of Gan and is recovering)
BLAKE: Gan ...Gan! ...No.
JENNA: They must be trapped. Come on, let's go back. ...Blake?
VILA: Where's Gan?
BLAKE: Gan's dead.
(Servalan, Travis and the Mutoids are in a brightly lit corridor)
MUTOID: It's completely blocked. There's no way through.
SERVALAN: Brilliant!
TRAVIS: They'll dig us out eventually.
SERVALAN: Oh, yes. They'll dig us out eventually, and then I'll bury you.
(near blockhouse entry Liberator's crew put on their bracelets)
BLAKE: (to Veron) You're welcome to come with us.
VERON: I have a debt to pay.
BLAKE: So have we.
VERON: Mine must be paid here on Earth.
BLAKE: (into bracelet) Bring us up, Cally.

[Liberator in orbit]

[Flight deck]

ZEN: State course and speed.
BLAKE: Standard by ten. Get us out of the solar system.
ZEN: The instruction is imprecise.
BLAKE: Just do it.
ZEN: Confirmed.
(Blake looks back at Gan's empty station)

[Liberator leaving orbit]

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