3
KERR AVON
[to Blake, after he has proposed a hair-brained scheme to save Gan's life] Staying with you requires a degree of stupidity of which I no longer feel capable.
2
ORAC
Law must be established before the benefits of law can be restored.
AVON
It is the day of the bounty hunter.
AVON
[cut to close-up of Vila] Thieves,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Dayna, pan to Soolin] killers,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Tarrant] mercenaries,
AVON
[cut to close-up of Avon; he smiles, continuing] psychopaths, are as unwelcome now as the farmers once were.
1
BORR
Commissioner, I have the sole operative remaining alive from the Bureau at the time of the experiments on Bucol Two.
SERVALAN
Who is he?
BORR
His name is Ardus, and he's an ex-officer of the Bureau.
SERVALAN
Put him on the fastest scout ship available and send him here. No flight plan is to be filed.
BORR
That's against Bureau standing orders, Commissioner.
SERVALAN
Who do you think wrote those orders, Borr? I did. So do as I say, and do it now.
BORR
At once, Commissioner Sleer.
1
DEL TARRANT
Is it done?
AVON
Yes, but it isn't finished.
VILA RESTAL
Wonderful. Who's next on your list? Servalan?
AVON
[inserts key] Orac.
ORAC
[annoyed] What is it *now*?
AVON
Gracious as ever. Orac, I want you to interrogate the Federation Security computers and get me Servalan's present location.
VILA RESTAL
[astonished] I was *joking*, Avon!
1
DEL GRANT
We've just taken another step towards oblivion.
1
SINOFAR
Our powers grew out of a thousand years of war, out of hate, and fear, and the will to survive.
GIROC
[on Liberator's screen] We built destruction, weapons that your peoples have not yet dreamed of. Every passing year brought new ways to kill, and throughout the centuries the war raged across our planet.
SINOFAR
[on planet] With each generation there were fewer of us. The dead vastly outnumbered the living. There was not victory for either side.
ROJ BLAKE
How did it end?
GIROC
How? Another development of another weapon. We demanded their surrender, they refused. The weapon was used. Those that we call our enemy were annihilated.
SPACE COMMANDER TRAVIS
You won. That's all that matters.
SINOFAR
It wasn't a victory, only the end of the war! We were left with a planet made barren by radiation. Our children were monsters, or died, or were never born. This, we won.
ROJ BLAKE
How many of you are there now?
GIROC
None. We are a dead race.
SINOFAR
We tell you this so that you will understand our reasons for intervening in your dispute.
0
DR. HAVANT
Can't he be eliminated?
ALTA MORAG
No, he's a symbol of opposition to the Administration.
DR. HAVANT
So?
VEN GLYND
We've done cross-sectional psych readings, which show that a high percentage of people, particularly the younger ones, believe that Blake's trial was a showpiece, that his statements were rigged.
ALTA MORAG
His death could be used by the dissidents. They need a hero. Alive or dead, Blake could be it.
DR. HAVANT
Difficult. I suppose my department could infect him, some rapidly terminal disease. Would his natural death help?
VEN GLYND
I don't think so.
ALTA MORAG
What we need is something to discredit him. If he could be deported to Cygnus Alpha.... Doctor, am I right in thinking you can create experiences, implant them into a subject, who will then believe that they really happened?
DR. HAVANT
Of course. In fact, creating an illusion of reality is quite simple.
ALTA MORAG
Good. Then I think we can totally destroy Blake's credibility and get him sentenced.
0
SUB-COMMANDER RAIKER
[to Blake] What have we here? Not a troublemaker, I hope?
ROJ BLAKE
I didn't hear an order.
SUB-COMMANDER RAIKER
You didn't hear an order, sir... [screaming] *SAY IT!*
ROJ BLAKE
I didn't hear an order... sir.
SUB-COMMANDER RAIKER
That's better. What's your name?
ROJ BLAKE
Blake.
SUB-COMMANDER RAIKER
So you're Blake. Well, made quite a name for yourself a few years back. Quite the celebrity. Something of a comedown for a leader of men, isn't it? Molesting kids?
ROJ BLAKE
The charges were false.
SUB-COMMANDER RAIKER
Oh, yes, of course. Well, let me tell you something, Blake, as far as I am concerned, you are just another piece of cargo. Remember that and you might just survive the journey. Do you understand?
ROJ BLAKE
I understand... sir.
0
SERVALAN
Ours will be the only voice. Imagination - our only limit.
AVON
Imagination my only limit - and I'll be dead in a week.
0
DAYNA MELLANBY
Are you feeling better?
AVON
Not really. But at least I'm still alive. If I were dead I don't think I'd have this blinding headache.
AVON
What was that for?
DAYNA MELLANBY
Curiosity.
AVON
I'm all in favor of healthy curiosity. I hope yours isn't satisfied too easily. I think you've cured my headache.