Power
Original Airdate: October 5, 1981

[Scorpio in silo]

[Xenon base corridor]

(Vila is scraping a tool on the surface of the door into the silo)
VILA: Herculaneum.
TARRANT: So you can't cu...
VILA: Can't cut it, burn it, blast it.
DAYNA: Can you open it?
TARRANT: You can or you can't?
VILA: Very difficult.
DAYNA: Very necessary.
TARRANT: Why, unless of course you feel like living on nuts and berries for the rest of your life.
VILA: Eh?
DAYNA: Food, Vila. What we've got will last us maybe three weeks if you can't open that door.
TARRANT: We can't get back to Scorpio, and without that ship we're as much prisoners here as we were on Terminal.

[Xenon surface]

(Avon, carrying a tool roll, is running down a hillside chased by a Hommik with a crossbow aimed at him. He shoots him down but two more appear and he finds he is out of ammunition so he runs off pursued by them)

[Xenon base corridor]

(Vila opens a box on the door)
VILA: I'm not sure about this.
(indicating the circuitry inside)
VILA: At least I know it's a voice recognition input, but why is it just here?
TARRANT: Well, can't you bypass it?
VILA: No, they're foolproof.
TARRANT: Well, perhaps...
VILA: And before you say it, they're Avon-proof, too.
DAYNA: I'll look for him anyway.
(Tarrant nods)

[Xenon surface]

(Avon is running along a valley with the Hommiks on the ridge. Three Seskas are on a hillside. He shelters under a bush)
AVON: (into bracelet) Orac! ...Orac!

[Xenon base control room]

(Dayna is watching a monitor screen showing the surface scan by)
ORAC: At the present stage of development, the chances of achieving critical restructure are less than eleven percent.

[Xenon surface]

AVON: (into bracelet) Never mind that, Orac, I need teleport now!
(he finds a crossbow within a foot of his face)

[Xenon base control room]

ORAC: Giving due consideration to the probabilities, I must assume that your request is a frivolous one.
DAYNA: What request?
(she picks up a bracelet wired into Orac)
DAYNA: (into bracelet) Avon, where are you? What do you want?

[Xenon surface]

(a Hommik takes off Avon's bracelet)
DAYNA: (on communicator) Avon, can you hear me?
(the Hommik begins to crush the bracelet)
DAYNA: Avon, can you hear...
(the sound breaks off)

[Xenon base control room]

DAYNA: (into bracelet) Avon?

[Xenon surface]

(Avon is laying flat out)

[Xenon base control room]

(Vila and Tarrant come in)
VILA: Well, there's always rodents of one sort or another.
TARRANT: I'm a growing lad, Vila. Rats are not the answer to my diet.
DAYNA: (into bracelet) Yes, but Orac, can you get a fix on him?
ORAC: The locator-fixing device was integral part of his transceiver which is no longer operating.
TARRANT: Problem?
DAYNA: Something's happened to Avon, and Orac's being difficult.
ORAC: I am not being difficult, but functioning according to request.
VILA: What happened to the transceiver?
ORAC: It is no longer functioning.
TARRANT: Yes, but why?
ORAC: There is a seventy-two percent probability that it was damaged by a hostile agency.
TARRANT: What was the last thing he said?
ORAC: He requested immediate teleportation.
DAYNA: But the teleport doesn't work.
ORAC: Precisely.
TARRANT: Orac, give us a fix on Avon's last known position.
ORAC: Grid two-nine-zero by four-two-eight.
(Dayna operates the monitor screen controls)
DAYNA: Nothing.
TARRANT: There, ...zoom in on that.
(the broken bracelet is laying in the grass)
DAYNA: Right, I'm going to take a look.
DAYNA: Yes, me, too.
VILA: What about me?
TARRANT: There's a door to open, remember?
VILA: And there's a lady with a gun wandering about, remember?
DAYNA: Soolin's nowhere on the base, Vila. You're safe.
VILA: Hey! If she's out on the surface, maybe she got Avon.

[Xenon surface]

(Avon is staggering along between two Hommiks. A third one follows. The three Seskas watch from cover. They each wear a neckband with a crystal in the middle at the front)
LUXIA: Who is he, do you think?
PELLA: He must have come in on Scorpio, there's no other way.
KATE: Should we check?
PELLA: I shall. You follow.

[Gunn Sar's room]

(Gunn Sar is laying on a fur-covered bench. Nina massages him)
CATO: Sir, we have the intruder, ...his equipment and gun.
GUNN SAR: Oh, bring him in, bring him in. Let's see what you've got.
CATO: Bring him in!
GUNN SAR: Well, don't just stand there, woman. Bring meat! ...Ale!
AVON: You have a fetching way with women.
GUNN SAR: Who are you to address me like some joker?
AVON: My name is Avon.
GUNN SAR: I don't care what you call yourself. I am Gunn Sar, chief of the Hommiks. I rule by right of challenge, which means I'm the biggest, toughest, meanest son of a Seska on this planet.
AVON: I believe you.
GUNN SAR: You'd better. (to Cato) What's the tally of challenges?
CATO: Twenty-five dead and one missing, sir.
GUNN SAR: ...Oh, come on, Cato. Don't quibble. Marquin fell backwards off the cliff.
CATO: Yes sir.
GUNN SAR: So he's dead. Like ...you can't say someone's missing as such. Not when they've taken a dive into a bottomless gorge.
CATO: No sir.
GUNN SAR: So ...it's twenty-six dead.
CATO: The council ruled it was twenty-five, sir, and one missing.
GUNN SAR: (to Avon) Twenty-five men lie dead who tried to stand against me. And one, if he's not still falling, is no more than a greasy spot on the rocks, right?
AVON: Impressive.
GUNN SAR: You killed two men.
AVON: If I'd known we were keeping score, I would have brought more ammunition.
GUNN SAR: What were you doing on my land?
AVON: Your land?
GUNN SAR: With instruments and tools, speaking devices.
(he holds up one of the items from Avon's tool roll)
GUNN SAR: A petroscope.
AVON: You know what it is?
GUNN SAR: What were you looking for?
AVON: Some crystals, nothing of any consequence.
GUNN SAR: What crystals?
AVON: Dynamon.
GUNN SAR: Dynamon? ...Dynamon. ...You look like a man. ...You smell like a man.
AVON: So?
GUNN SAR: So ...what do you want with dynamon?

[Xenon surface]

(Dayna has found the crushed bracelet)
DAYNA: Orac was right. ...I'd say there was a hostile agency, wouldn't you?
TARRANT: Avon! (echoes) ...Avon! (echoes)

[Xenon base corridor]

(Vila is attaching a cable to a laser lance)
PELLA: Shall I hold this out of the way?
(Pella takes hold of the cable)
VILA: Yes, thank you, if you wouldn't mind.
(in sudden astonishment he drops the lance on his hand)
VILA: Ahrgh!
PELLA: Ha, ha, ha. I am sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.
VILA: I thought you were a lady gunfighter. ...Oh. Just a minute, who are you? Where do you come from? Oh. Ah.
(she takes his hand and examines it)
PELLA: Let me. I am Pella, of the Seska people. Does this hurt?
VILA: It did. How d'ya get in?
PELLA: The secondary hatch was open.
VILA: Oh.
(she takes a square compact from a pouch and administers ointment from it on Vila's hand)
PELLA: Your hand is badly bruised. ...Here. ...In ten minutes the pain and the bruise will be gone.
VILA: Oh.
PELLA: Do you think you can open the door?
VILA: I can open the lock.
PELLA: And can you break the computer code?
VILA: No, but Avon can. ...You seem to know a lot about it?
PELLA: The only way off this planet is through that door. Where is Avon?
VILA: Outside.
PELLA: Are the others looking for him?
VILA: Yes, we think he may have had an accident. ...How do you know about the others?
PELLA: Your friend hasn't had an accident. He's in trouble. The Hommiks have taken him.
VILA: Hommiks? Is that bad?
PELLA: For Avon, ...very.

[Gunn Sar's room]

(Nina is kneeling to remove Gunn Sar's boots to massage his feet while he chew's meat off a bone)
GUNN SAR: So. You want dynamon crystals.
AVON: Yes.
GUNN SAR: They're rare.
AVON: So I've been told.
GUNN SAR: So rare, there aren't any. What there was have all been dug up. Right?
AVON: I'll take your word for it.
GUNN SAR: Anyway, ...they're useless. Expensive baubles for the ladies. ...So ...why do you want 'em?
AVON: My computer suggested they might be useful.
GUNN SAR: Huh! Your computer! Not your books or your mates or your woman or your assistant, but your computer. You talk to computers? ...You understand computers?
(Avon glances at a panel on the wall which is beeping)
AVON: Don't you?
GUNN SAR: (to Nina) Watch what you're doing, you snivelling sack of offal!
(Avon grabs the hand he has raised to strike her)
GUNN SAR: So ...you want to be number twenty-seven.
AVON: Don't you mean number twenty-six?
GUNN SAR: (to the other Hommiks) Go! Make preparation.

[Xenon base corridor]

(Vila has mounted the lance on a stand and is pointing it at the door)
VILA: So there's two tribes, the Hommiks and the Seskas.
PELLA: The Seska are not a tribe.
VILA: Not too close. The gap is all connected with the thickness of the door. So what's the difference between Seskas and Hommiks?
PELLA: How do you know how thick it is?
VILA: By the stress pattern.
PELLA: I don't see anything.
VILA: Not without this you won't.
(he goes and picks up an instrument)
PELLA: Oh, I see. And what does that tell you?
VILA: The weight of the door. I know the height, the width, what it's made of, how dense it is.
PELLA: And the computer works it out?
VILA: Computer? Who needs computers? I just have to look at it.
PELLA: You must be very clever.
VILA: That's what I keep telling everyone. They even believed me in CF-1.
PELLA: CF-1?
VILA: A sort of academy, when I was a boy. They chose me as technical advisor for the escape.
PELLA: Escape? From an academy?
VILA: Perhaps academy was the wrong word.
PELLA: What about this?
(she points to the box on the door)
VILA: Ah.
PELLA: Do you know what it is?
VILA: Oh yes. ...I just don't know what it's for.
PELLA: And they didn't teach this in, ...academy? There's a switch. When the door is closed, every forty-eight hours Dorian must say a code word to reset the timing.
VILA: Is that forty-eight hours Standard time?
PELLA: Earth Standard time. This planet is very like Earth, I think. That is why the Seska came here.
VILA: And what happens if Dorian doesn't reset the switch?
PELLA: There's a nuclear compression charge.
VILA: Yes, ...there would be.
PELLA: The whole base would ...peewooh!
VILA: Oh, well.
VILA: Nuts and berries it is, then.
PELLA: Nuts and berries?
(he turns off the lance)
VILA: Or rodents.
PELLA: You speak like a Hommik.
VILA: What do you eat, then?
PELLA: We have a hydroponic dome.
VILA: And the nutrients?
PELLA: Dorian brings them from Onus II.
VILA: Well, you better start thinking nuts and berries, then. Dorian's dead.
PELLA: Dead?
VILA: Two hundred years, but he made it in the end. I didn't think anyone'd be sorry, least of all me. ...This could go at any time, couldn't it?
(there is an electronic chiming sound. Pella takes out a small transmitter/receiver and presses a button on the top of it)
PELLA: I must go.
VILA: No, ...Wait. ...What about this? ...Pella!
(he grabs her by the wrist. She stares at him, there is a buzzng sound and he is flung on to the floor)
PELLA: I'm sorry, Vila, ...truly, but I must go.
VILA: Don't let me stop you.

[Xenon surface]

(Kate, holding a transmitter/receiver like Pella's, and Luxia are joined by Pella)
KATE: Pella, quickly, you must hurry. The others are at the main entrance.
(Dayna and Tarrant run up to the main entrance. Tarrant keys into the lock)
TARRANT: Orac knows more than he's saying.
DAYNA: So what do we do? You can't put thumbscrews on a computer.
TARRANT: Oh, he'll answer.
(he pushes another button and the entrance opens)
TARRANT: We just have to ask the right questions, that's all.

[Xenon base corridor]

VILA: Did you see her?
TARRANT: Who?
VILA: Pella, a young woman. She was here a moment ago.
DAYNA: What are you talking about?
TARRANT: Nobody just passed us.
VILA: We've got to get out of here, this whole place could... There's a nuclear compression charge. We've got to move...
DAYNA: Vila!
TARRANT: Calm down, Vila, take it easy.
VILA: It could go at any time!
TARRANT: Let's just take one thing at a time. This young woman...

[Xenon surface]

(in an open area there is a stone table with several bladed weapons on it. There are also two rectangular columns along one side of the area)
GUNN SAR: I am Gunn Sar, ...slayer of Mavarik, Lord of the Hommiks. I rule by the strength of my right arm and by my left arm and by the...
(he pauses and turns to Cato who whispers in his ear)
GUNN SAR: When Gunn Sar dies in combat, the victor is Lord.
HOMMIKS: Hurray!
GUNN SAR: (to Avon) I've got to say all that.
AVON: Tradition.
GUNN SAR: Well, old Mavarik was sixty-three. He had it coming anyway. ...Gunn Sar will live!
HOMMIKS: Gunn Sar will live!
GUNN SAR: Pick a weapon.
AVON: I'll have a neutron blaster.
(Cato shakes his head)
GUNN SAR: No neutron blasters.
AVON: In that case I'll have a glove.
GUNN SAR: A glove?
AVON: A glove.
(gestures to a Hommik)
GUNN SAR: A glove.
(while Avon is putting on the glove Gunn Sar picks up a two-handed sword and shoulders Avon to the ground. Avon rolls aside to dodge Gunn Sar's deadly downward thrust. They fight with Avon dodging Gunn Sar's swinging sword. Avon pops open a hatch in one of the columns and whips out a nozzle on a lead. He fires this at Gunn Sar's sword. The blade is severed and lies on the ground burning)
AVON: An ordinary domestic heliofusion rod. You haven't seen one, have you?
GUNN SAR: Don't!
AVON: All that underground heat, ...light, ...power and you never considered where it came from?
(a Hommik comes up behind Avon and knocks Avon over the head with a cosh)
GUNN SAR: Put that thing back where it came from. ...Use his glove.
(elsewhere the three Seskas are running along. They stop to take breath)
PELLA: The one being held by the Hommiks is called Avon.
KATE: Well, does he concern us?
PELLA: Our future depends on him. Dorian is dead.
LUXIA: Dead? But the Scorpio...
PELLA: Without Avon, ...the Scorpio is lost.

[Hommik cell]

(Avon is dropped onto the floor unconscious)
GUNN SAR: (to a Hommik) Watch him.
HOMMIK: Right.

[Xenon base control room]

(Tarrant and Vila are watching the monitor screen)
DAYNA: I've checked the secondary hatch. Locked, ...from the inside.
VILA: So she used the main entrance.
DAYNA: We used the main entrance. It was locked. Besides, if she came in that way she would have tripped the surveillance alarm.
VILA: Then she's still on the base.
DAYNA: I've checked. There's nobody here.
VILA: All right, I'm going mad. Comes of drinking and talking to myself. I could be lying, of course, have you considered that?
TARRANT: Vila, we're not accusing you of lying or going mad. We just want to know how she got out...
DAYNA: If she was here.
TARRANT: ...and how she got in.
VILA: I told you the secondary hatch was open and she...
DAYNA: It wasn't. I checked them both this morning.
(Vila holds out his hand)
VILA: Well, look at this. I dropped the lance body right across it and the bruise...
TARRANT: I can't see any bruise.
VILA: ...No. ...Must be brain warp. ...Think I'll just go off and die somewhere.
TARRANT: Vila.
VILA: What?
TARRANT: The door.
VILA: Which door?
TARRANT: The door to the landing silo, how long before you free the lock?
VILA: Oh, that. I'll need to switch the lance on. Course we still need Avon. ...Have you ever seen a nuclear compression charge go off? Everything gets sucked in. It's like a mini black hole. Looks good, ...from a distance.
(Vila leaves)
DAYNA: Do you think I should go with him in case...
TARRANT: In case what? He has got brain warp?
DAYNA: Or a flask of booze.
TARRANT: No, leave him.
(Tarrant changes monitor screen. It shows the three Seskas hurrying along)
DAYNA: That makes a difference, doesn't it?

[Xenon surface]

(the Seskas see a Hommik ahead and turn to discover more are behind them. The Hommiks are carrying neck clamps on poles and sacks)
PELLA: If you get the chance, Kate, go.

[Xenon base corridor]

DAYNA: ...it's all right, but I agree with Vila, I think we should get out of here.
TARRANT: Abandon Scorpio when there's every chance we can save her? Look, we don't know when the place is going up, we could have hours...
DAYNA: Or even minutes.
VILA: Seconds.
TARRANT: If we can get through the door we can operate the switch manually...
VILA: You mean pretend it's not there, just walk through it?
TARRANT: Well, that's what your Seska friend did with the hatches. Perhaps she can show us how it's done.
DAYNA: Tarrant, it's serious!
TARRANT: I'm being serious!

[Xenon base control room]

TARRANT: Orac, is it possible for a living person to pass through a solid hatch without there being any material disturbance.
ORAC: The process is called teleportation.
DAYNA: Oh, well, nothing like stating the obvious.
TARRANT: Could a person just teleport themselves as an act of will?
ORAC: No. Unless directed by an outside agency, matter transmuted to energy will merely dissipate at random.
(Vila indicates the teleport area)
VILA: Could this have done it without us knowing?
ORAC: I am exploring the possibility. Without a co-radiating crystal to focus the beam, the mechanism will operate at point zero-zero-one percent efficiency.
TARRANT: Orac, a woman was inside this base and she's not inside it now. Given that the hatch remained locked from the inside, how would she get out?
ORAC: The logical alternatives are within the bounds of human reasoning. I suggest you consider them and leave me in peace to reflect on those matters which are not.

[Xenon surface]

(Pella is confronted by a Hommik holding out a neck clamp. Another Hommik puts a bag over her head)
CATO: Hurry.
PELLA: No, let me go. No!
(the Hommik fastens the clamp round the bag. Luxia has similarly been captured. Kate runs off. A Hommik shoots her with a crossbow. The Hommiks lead Pella and Luxia off. Kate pulls the crossbow bolt from her thigh and takes out her ointment compact)

[Hommik cell]

(Avon is flat out. Pella is brought in and released from the clamp)
CATO: Don't get too comfortable now, we'll be back for you just as soon as the surgery's free.
(Pella pulls the bag off her head)
PELLA: Avon?
(as she moves to look at him and he rears up making to give a karate chop. When he sees her he pauses)
PELLA: You are Avon, aren't you?
AVON: ...Perhaps I was somewhere else when they introduced us.
(she takes out her ointment compact)
PELLA: You've been hurt.
AVON: Well, you could say that.

[Xenon base corridor]

(Four sensors are attached to the door from Orac)
ORAC: However, the nuclear compression charge is set to detonate in precisely three hours twenty-four minutes.
TARRANT: (to Vila) So you've got to get that door open fast. How long?
VILA: The lance will be through in about an hour. But there's still the computer code. We still need Avon.
TARRANT: Do we ...Orac, can you interpret and break the computer code?
ORAC: The code sequence is the numerical value of the letters contained in the word 'Narcissus'.
TARRANT: (to Vila) No problem.
ORAC: However, the device has a secondary trip relay. When the door is opened, the charge will detonate automatically.
TARRANT: Are you telling us there's no way to reach that override switch?
ORAC: One way. The same way by which a woman passed through a hatch which was later seen to be locked from the inside.
TARRANT: How do we find that woman?
ORAC: The information you require is on the chronicle discs in the records locker. Now will you please return me to the control room where I have work to do.

[Hommik cell]

(Pella is pushing against the door which has a guard comatose against it on the other side)
PELLA: Can you walk?
AVON: Very likely, ...but just at the moment I can't think of too many places to go.
PELLA: There was a girl with me when we were captured. We've got to find her. She's very young. They're going to operate on her, ...and then on me.
AVON: Operate? Why?
PELLA: So that we will no longer be Seska.
(she touches her neckband)
AVON: Seska?
PELLA: When our spirit is broken, we give them sons. The daughters are left to die on the hillside. Sometimes we're unable to find them in time. The Hommiks are regressives. They reverted to primitive tribalism hundreds of years ago. It's all they know. Now please, if you care at all, will you help me with this door?
AVON: There's a large bolt on the other side.
PELLA: The door is open.
AVON: But there's something blocking it...
(he forces the door open)
AVON: ...or should I say someone?
(he picks up a rock and looks down at the Hommik)
AVON: How do you suppose this happened?
PELLA: Please, we must hurry.

[Xenon base control room]

(on the monitor screen there is a picture of a Seska)
VILA: Have you notices that they're all women? So far we haven't seen a single man on these discs.
(Dayna comes in with some more discs)
DAYNA: These all that's left. ...It's as though history stops twenty years ago. This is the last.
TARRANT: Has Orac scanned them?
DAYNA: Hm, ...for all the good it does us. The only person he treats with any respect is Avon.
(Tarrant inserts a disc into a player)
NINA: (on the monitor screen) Interim report concerning the last engagement in the battle for A-X ridge. At oh-eight-five-three-nine, defence losses numbered eighteen dead and seven taken. Estimated Hommik losses, zero. At oh-eight-six-one-one, a nucleic burster was released in the procreation vault contaminating the Seska seminal stocks.
(a banging sound is heard on the recording)
NINA: Survival threshold has been passed, with Seska strength now numbering ninety-four...
(more banging is heard)
NINA: ...which includes fifty-two infants. Mavarik, conducting the Hommik deployment from the safety of his A-F hill HQ, has called for an unconditional surrender. A rejection is already being drafted, but there is a growing feeling among the Seska remnant that women, even with the power we have could never...
(an axe is chopped into the desk in front of her. The recording ends)
VILA: The Seskas are women. All of them are women.
TARRANT: And presumably the Hommiks were men. Looks like it was a war between the sexes.
DAYNA: And the men ...were winning.
VILA: What's a nucleic burster?
DAYNA: A radiation flare, ...very dirty. Last thing you'd want in a procreation chamber.
TARRANT: Wait a moment.
(he rewinds the disc a bit)
NINA: (on the monitor screen) ...conducting the Hommik deployment from the safety of his A-F hill HQ...
TARRANT: A-F hill? A-X ridge?
VILA: That's what the lady said.
TARRANT: Well, then we can trace it back, all we need is the original point of reference. ...One of us will have to ask Orac.

[Hommik surgery]

(Nina puts a Seska neckband in a dish then dabs a small wound on the back of Luxia's neck with a gauze pad)
NINA: (to a Hommik guard) I've finished. She'll sleep now.
(Pella and Avon arrive and look through a window in the door. Nina sees them. They come in)
PELLA: Nina! Why have you done this?
(the Hommik guard grabs at her but is thrown back by her power. Avon chops him down)
PELLA: Nina, what have they done to you? How could you be a part of this?
AVON: Pella, never mind. We're too late. Let's go.
PELLA: I can't leave Nina. ...Nina, come with us. We can escape.
NINA: And how would I live?
PELLA: We have food. You don't need the Hommiks.
NINA: Nor do I need Dorian.
AVON: Pella, come on!
PELLA: Dorian's dead.
NINA: Then so are you. Gunn Sar feeds me. Why should I leave?
PELLA: Because you are Seska. ...Nina, these people, they're good. We can get off this planet.
NINA: I don't want to get off the planet. I don't want to go anywhere.
PELLA: Nina...
AVON: Pella!
NINA: Now please. I have my duties to attend to.
PELLA: I feel sorry for you, Nina. You were a Seska, but more than that, you were a great Seska.
NINA: And now, ...I am a woman.
(Nina leaves and Pella picks up the neckband)
AVON: I'll take that.
PELLA: It isn't yours.
AVON: Nor is it yours. But it doesn't really matter whose it is. Give it to me.
PELLA: No.
AVON: Then I'm going to have to take it.
PELLA: I don't want to hurt you, Avon.
(he grabs her wrist and is thrown off)
AVON: Oh, it's good. ...But it's not good enough.
PELLA: Don't make me do it again.
AVON: You must, though. ...Mustn't you?
(he grabs her wrist again and is thrown off again but not as far)
AVON: Oh, it hurts, Pella, ...but I will win.
(grabs her right wrist and hand in both his hands)
AVON: There's not much left, is there?
PELLA: Enough.
(he maintains his grip and forces her to her knees. He takes the neckband from her, puts it aside and takes her by the shoulders and helps her up )
AVON: You see, Pella, it's your strength, and however you use it, a man's will always be greater. Unfair, perhaps, but biologically ...unavoidable.
(he kisses her, she responds and drops back to her knees. He picks up the neckband)
AVON: I'm going now, Pella, before your friend Nina calls out the guard.

[Gunn Sar's room]

GUNN SAR: Is it done?
NINA: Yes, ...she's sleeping.
GUNN SAR: Any problems?
NINA: No. ...Oh, except your prisoners escaped.
GUNN SAR: What?!
NINA: It's all right. They won't go far, I alerted Security.
GUNN SAR: Ha. Security.
NINA: The Seska's name is ...Pella.
GUNN SAR: So?
NINA: I remember her being born.
GUNN SAR: Hm.
NINA: ...She asked me to go with them.
GUNN SAR: Go where?
NINA: Escape.
GUNN SAR: So why didn't you?
(Nina kisses him on the head)

[Xenon surface]

(Kate hides as Vila, Dayna and Tarrant approach)
VILA: How much further is it?
TARRANT: Fifteen minutes.
VILA: That'll leave us an hour and a half, ...and I'm tired already.
DAYNA: You didn't need to come, Vila.
VILA: I didn't need to stay. I get lonely, y'know.
(Kate goes to follow them but spots a security camera)

[Hommik computer room]

(Cato is watching Vila, Dayna and Tarrant on a screen)
CATO: (into a communicator) Security alert. Intruders at A-F forty-three. Approach and apprehend.
AVON [OC]: Interesting.
(he turns to find Avon has a crossbow trained on him)
CATO: How did you find this place?
AVON: There had to be a computer room.
CATO: But it's...
AVON: Concealed? Yes, ...but then I've had a little experience in these things. Oh, by the way, ...I shouldn't rely too heavily on your security. It has ...weaknesses.
CATO: Gunn Sar...?
AVON: Gunn Sar doesn't know. But Gunn Sar doesn't know a lot of things, does he?
CATO: He is our leader.
AVON: And a very good one, if a little...
CATO: Stupid?
AVON: Well, ...I didn't like to say it.
CATO: He thinks we have scouts posted everywhere and runners.
AVON: Impractical. So why do you keep up the illusion?
CATO: For the Hommiks, ...the people. If they see this they'll want more. Hydroponic food, ...machines, ...neutron blasters.
AVON: And you don't have them to give, ...because your civilisation died a long time ago.
CATO: Yes.
AVON: What killed it?
CATO: A war.
(Avon lowers the crossbow)
CATO: Everything was lost, ...industry, ...people. Afterwards, the Council of Survivors decreed that we should start again, from the very beginning. Wooden tools, ...flint arrowheads, ...the wheel. Ten thousand years advancement destroyed in a day.
AVON: And this?
(indicating the room)
CATO: Overlooked. It's self-maintained. Powered by our sun, it will last forever. ...This generation, ...even Gunn Sar, believes it to be some kind of magic that keeps the chambers light and warm. A computer is like some ancient god to them.
AVON: What about the Seskas?
(there is a buzzing sound)
CATO: The Seskas? Why do you...
(Avon brings the crossbow back up and shoots Cato. Avon, surprised, goes and kneels by the dying Cato)
CATO: Why?...
(Pella has come in)
PELLA [OC]: Yes, Avon, why?
AVON: I didn't.
PELLA: Your finger was on the trigger. You killed him.
AVON: I didn't, Pella, ...but you did, ...didn't you?
(there is a buzzing sound again and behind Avon a keyboard floats up)
PELLA: Yes, if you say so, Avon, I killed him.
(the keyboard descends onto Avon's head and knocks him out. She retrieves the neckband which has fallen out on to the floor)
PELLA: You are nothing more than a Hommik, Avon.

[Gunn Sar's room]

(Gunn Sar is playing a three-dimensional game)
NINA: The guard have brought in some more intruders.
GUNN SAR: More? What is this, an invasion? Can't I have a minute's peace and recreation without intruders bursting in all the time? Well, don't just stand there. Bring them in, ...bring them in.
HOMMIK [OC]: Bring them in.
(Vila, Dayna and Tarrant are brought in by two Hommik guards)
GUNN SAR: What do you want?
VILA: A second chance?
TARRANT: We're from...
GUNN SAR: I don't care where you're from! I am Gunn Sar, chief of the Hommiks and I'm getting very weary of... of... ...Nina, where's Cato when I need him?
NINA: I'll bring him.
GUNN SAR: I am Gunn Sar, chief of all the Hommiks, I rule by right of challenge, and twenty-six lie dead...
DAYNA: So I challenge you.
GUNN SAR: What?
DAYNA: I challenge you. ...You rule by right of challenge. I challenge that rule.
GUNN SAR: Ha, ha, ha...
TARRANT: Not one of your better ideas, Dayna.
DAYNA: Do you accept my challenge?
GUNN SAR: Don't be foolish. You're.., Well, you're a...
DAYNA: A woman? ...Yes! ...Take ...a ...good ...look.
(she gives Gunn Sar a right hook to the jaw)
GUNN SAR: All right, woman, you just made a very big mistake.

[Hommik corridor]

(Kate grabs Nina and covers her mouth. She then releases her)
KATE: Nina!
NINA: Kate! ...But you're so ...You've grown up.
KATE: I thought you were dead.
(they embrace)
KATE: What are you doing here?
NINA: I'm the wife of Gunn Sar.
KATE: Wife? ...But you're a Seska.
NINA: No, ...I'm a woman.
(a bell starts tolling)
NINA: You must go, quickly. Soon there will be Hommiks everywhere.
KATE: What is that? What's happening?
NINA: It's a Call to the Arena. Someone has just been stupid enough to challenge my husband.

[Hommik computer room]

(Nina finds Cato's body and then rolls the unconscious Avon over)

[Xenon surface]

(in the open area Hommiks are assembled, Vila and Tarrant are there with their hands tied in front of them)
GUNN SAR: (to Dayna) Choose your weapon.
(Dayna chooses a dagger. Gunn Sar takes a cudgel and an identical dagger. They begin to fight, Dayna getting the best of the early action. Kate is watching from a ridge. Pella joins her)
PELLA: Sh. I thought you were dead.
KATE: I nearly was.
(the fight continues)
PELLA: The black woman must win.
KATE: I know.
(as the fight goes on Gunn Sar gets Dayna in a hold and with his strength, looks as if he is going to prevail)
KATE: Two Seskas and a woman against Gunn Sar?
PELLA: It is enough. ...Now.
(there is then a buzzing sound and Gunn Sar's flies backwards. He hits his head on one of the rectangular pillars. Dayna stares in disbelief)
TARRANT: Don't make a fuss, Dayna. Just walk and keep on walking.

[Hommik computer room]

(Avon has been watching the fight on the monitor screen)

[Gunn Sar's room]

(Gunn Sar's body has been laid out on a table. Nina uncovers it and weeps over him)
NINA: Now the people shall leave this place, Gunn Sar. We shall seek a new home, ...far from here, ...a new way of life.

[Xenon base control room]

(they come in. Vila is keeping his eye on a handheld timer)
TARRANT: Orac, in sixteen minutes this base will be destroyed and you with it. Is there anything logically more important than trying to stop that happening?
ORAC: Yes. The most logical course of action is to transport me to safety with all due urgency.
VILA: He's grovelling!
TARRANT: We're not going anywhere, Orac, until you give me straight answers to two questions. One, how did the Seska woman get out of here? And two, how does that method enable us to deactivate the nuclear compression charge?
ORAC: Answers. One, the woman made her exit via the secondary hatch.
TARRANT: It was locked from the inside.
ORAC: The hatch was unlocked and locked again from the outside by telekinesis.
TARRANT: Telekinesis?
ORAC: The power to move objects at a distance using only the mind...
DAYNA: Yes, we know what it means.
ORAC: And yet you fail to see it as the only logical explanation and the means by which the manual override switch may be operated to cancel the nuclear compression charge. Now, will you kindly remove me to a place not closer than seven hundred and forty-two meters from the launch chamber door.
TARRANT: Orac, telekinesis doesn't work, it's a myth. The human brain doesn't generate enough energy.
ORAC: The human brain does not need to generate energy. There is adequate energy elsewhere in the body. The brain merely directs it, given the in-grafted co-radiating crystal necessary to focus the beam.
(Pella and Kate have come in unnoticed)
PELLA: That's a very clever machine.
VILA: Pella!
TARRANT: No need to ask how you got in.
PELLA: Telekinesis.
KATE [OC]: We apologise for startling you, but there isn't much time.
VILA: Thirteen minutes.
PELLA: Shall we go?
TARRANT: Wait. ...Why should you care?
DAYNA: Does it matter?
PELLA: We care because the Scorpio is our only contact with civilisation.
KATE: Without it, we become like the Hommiks. We need nutrients for our food process.
TARRANT: Now let's just be clear about this. The Scorpio is our ship.
VILA: Twelve minutes!
DAYNA: Tarrant, if that charge goes off it won't be anybody's ship.
PELLA: In return for nutrients, we offer what we offered Dorian, ...technical assistance. The Seska are specialists in tele-ergonomics and energy transference.
TARRANT: What, a teleport system of point oh-oh-three...
DAYNA: Tarrant!
TARRANT: ...percent efficiency?
KATE: It's a matter of time, that's all. The teleport is difficult. The Seska have worked on it for generations.
TARRANT: How many Seska are there?
PELLA: We are the Seska.
VILA: Eleven minutes!
TARRANT: Yes, but what about the others?
PELLA: There aren't any others. Last week we were five. This morning, three, ...and now we are two.
VILA [OC]: Ten and three-quarter minutes!
TARRANT: Let's go.

[Xenon surface]

(Avon runs along)

[Xenon base corridor]

(Vila finishes using the lance on the silo door mechanism while still holding the timer)
VILA: The lock is free. Nine and a half minutes. Just do your business with your tele-whatever. Have you ever seen a nuclear black hole go off? it's like a mini compression charge. Yes, I know I'm prattling. It's nerves. Nine and a quarter minutes.

[Xenon base control room]

AVON: Well, Orac?
ORAC: 'Well' ...is not a question.
AVON: Don't play games. You know what I'm asking.
ORAC: The answer is yes. With qualifications.
AVON: Then qualify.
ORAC: The feat of calculation was prodigious, the result imperfect.
AVON: Degree of imperfection?
ORAC: Variably low. You will be required to perform circuit adjustments.
AVON: Of course. Where?!

[Xenon base corridor]

(Pella moves back from the silo door)
PELLA: It's safe.
VILA: Is that it?
PELLA: Yes.
(he touches the box on the door carefully)
VILA: It doesn't feel any different.
PELLA: Try it.
VILA: You haven't made any mistakes?
PELLA: No.
VILA: (to Tarrant) Try it.
(he presses a sequence of keys)
TARRANT: Numerical 'Narcissus'. ...That's it.
PELLA: So why hasn't it opened?
TARRANT: I don't know.
AVON [OC]: I do.
DAYNA: Avon!
AVON: 'Narcissus' is not the code word. Orac made it up.
TARRANT: Why?
AVON: Because that was my instruction.
DAYNA: You told Orac not to crack the code?
TARRANT: Why do that?
AVON: For much the same reason as Dorian. I didn't like the idea of Scorpio taking off without me. I'm sorry to spoil your plan, Pella.
PELLA: Be careful, Avon. I can very easily reset the detonator switch.
AVON: But you can't change the timing.
TARRANT: What is all this about?
AVON: Pella's ambition to take Scorpio.
TARRANT: What makes you think that?
AVON: On the inside of the landing silo there's a wheel that can be used to crank open this door manually.
VILA: Standard safety precaution.
AVON: Use the wheel to open the door, and the nuclear compression charge won't detonate. Unfortunately for Pella, her telekinesis was never powerful enough to turn that wheel and her technical expertise couldn't develop a teleport system.
KATE: Oh, but she is developing...
PELLA: Quiet, Kate!
AVON: No, that's what she told Dorian. That's why he's been feeding you. Dorian believed her too.
VILA: What about Orac?
AVON: Orac has been a little devious on my instruction. Ever since I discovered that Dorian's last attempt at a teleport was really a tele-ergotron.
TARRANT: What is a tele-ergotron?
AVON: The controlled direction of pure energy, in this case directed by Pella at the wheel inside the landing silo.
PELLA: You've got a good brain, Avon,...
(she produces a gun which she brings up on him)
PELLA: ...so use it. Open the door.
KATE: What are you doing, Pella?
DAYNA: No!
PELLA: Keep out of this, Kate. That ship is mine.
AVON: Kill me and you'll never get to it.
(she brings the gun round to point at Dayna)
PELLA: Open the door, Avon.
AVON: ...That's an interesting choice of hostage.
PELLA: The door!
(Avon presses a sequence of keys. As Pella backs towards the door it opens)
KATE: Stop it, Pella!
(Kate rushes at Pella who shoots her . Pella goes into the launch silo and the door closes. Avon takes the crystal from Kate's neckband. Inside the silo Scorpio's turntable begins to turn and rise)

[Xenon base control room]

AVON: All right, Orac, where does the crystal go?
ORAC: There is a cavity immediately behind the forward lens mechanism.
AVON: Will it work?
(he goes to teleport area)
ORAC: There is a high probability.
AVON: But you're not prepared to put a figure on it?
ORAC: No.
(there is a beeping sound)
VILA: The launch doors are open.
TARRANT: Dayna, surveillance!
AVON: Orac, the coordinates might change suddenly.
(he opens a box on a lead to insert the crystal)
ORAC: It is logical to assume so.
DAYNA: Launch thrusters are running.
ORAC: Tracking on.
DAYNA: I've got the countdown.
SLAVE: ...twelve, ...eleven, ...ten...
TARRANT: That's Slave.
SLAVE: ...nine,...
(Avon inserts the crystal and reinstalls the box into the teleport control)
AVON: Orac made contact and has overridden the security program. Slave responds to anyone on the flight deck now.
SLAVE: ...four, ...three...
(Scorpio flies out of the rectangular opening in the rock face as the countdown goes '...two, ...one...' )
DAYNA: Launched.
(Tarrant gives Avon a Scorpio gun)
AVON: Still tracking, Orac?
ORAC: Of course.
AVON: All right, Orac.
(he goes across to the teleport area)
AVON: Go!

[Flight deck]

(Avon materialises. Pella shoots but he ducks. He fires and hits her)
PELLA: That always was the easy answer for the man, ...the Hommik!
AVON: If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question.
(She grimaces and dies)

[Xenon base control room]

AVON: (on communicator) Xenon base, this is Scorpio.
DAYNA: (into communicator) We hear you, Avon.
AVON: Everything's under control. Why don't you join me?
DAYNA: How?
AVON: Just tell Orac what you want.
TARRANT: That hasn't done us much good so far.

[Scorpio in orbit]

[Flight deck]

AVON: It's a problem, isn't it? You can have war between races, war between cultures, war between planets. But once you have war between the sexes, you eventually run out of people.
(Avon looks at Pella)
SLAVE: It is beyond my humble capacity to offer an opinion, Master.
AVON: Oh, that's very good. You may turn out to be my kind of computer after all.
(Dayna and Tarrant materialise)

[Xenon base control room]

(Vila is in the teleport area)
ORAC: I did not guarantee one hundred percent success.
VILA: Why is it always me?
SOOLIN: Seems fairly obvious from where I'm standing.

[Flight deck]

DAYNA: (into communicator) Vila, are you all right?
VILA: (on communicator) Yes, um, listen, what do you think about having an extra person around for a while, to ...sort of help out, and so on. What do you think?
(Avon reseats the magazine in his gun)
AVON: I think Soolin just came out of hiding.
TARRANT: (into communicator) Who are you talking about, Vila?
(Vila and Soolin materialise)
SOOLIN: He's talking about me.
TARRANT: You want to join us, is that it?
DAYNA: Why?
SOOLIN: Why not? ...Dorian's dead.
AVON: You give your allegiance easily?
SOOLIN: I don't give my allegiance at all. I sell my skill.
(She draws her gun)

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