Plot Summary -
Mike attempts to help a small
community organize resistance to a Visitor force and their human collaborators. The trial and execution
of Lydia is interrupted by the arrival of Philip, the Leader's Inspector-General.
A police car chases Mike and Kyle, en route to
deliver an arsenal of machine guns to the Tucson Resistance. When
the two men pull their truck over to the side of the road, they are made
to put their hands atop their heads and the officer, Deputy Karnes, demands
half of whatever they are carrying. Mike pretends to comply, but
manages to kick the deputy's gun out of his hand. There is a brief
scuffle and then Mike and Kyle are able to escape in the truck. The
police car pursues them off the road and into a small pond. The officers
begin shooting and Mike and Kyle respond with their own gunfire.
The officers are then caught in a cross-fire when a person begins firing
from behind them. The cops flee the scene in their car.
Mike and Kyle are introduced to their saviour
- Kathy Courtney, who owns the ranch they are on. Kathy explains
that the police force, led by Sheriff "Big John" Roland, is collaborating
with the Visitors: most guns in the area have been confiscated and the
people have given up hope. Mike offers to trade Kathy some of their
weapons in exchange for the use of Kathy's tractor.
On board the Mothership, Diana visits Lydia in
her cell and offers her the option of suicide by scorpion sting.
Lydia is unable to get to Diana due to a restraining device around her
waist. Diana leaves the scorpion with Lydia and tells her that she
will return in the morning.]
While Kathy prepares dinner, she explains a little
more of their situation: when the Visitor forces first arrived the
people of the town fought them in ernest, until Kathy's husband was killed
and the fight left them. Now the human collaborators are demanding
"taxes" for the Visitors in the form of food and horses, which Kathy refuses
to give. The other ranchers refuse to fight because they have no
leader. Jessie, Kathy's daughter, admires Mike and Kyle as 'lizard
At the Desert Dollar saloon, Deputy Karnes reports
in to Roland, who demands that more pressure be applied to convince Kathy
to co-operate with them.
Diana returns to Lydia's cell to discover that
she has eaten the scorpion. Lydia flings the stinger at Diana, and
Diana then orders Lydia to be prepared for trial.
As Kyle begins unloading Kathy's promised guns
and ammunition, Kathy tries to convince Mike to stay behind to lead a Resistance
party. Mike refuses, until shots are fired at the house.
Mike returns fire from behind some bushes, while Kyle returns from the
barn and Jessie fires from the house. When they hear the unknown
attackers leave, Mike decides to stay with the Courtney's long enough to
organize the local resistance, and Kyle heads out to Tucson alone.
Diana gives Lydia no chance to speak in her own
defence, and Lydia is convicted of the murder of Charles.
The sentence is death.
The next morning, Mike and Kathy investigate the
area of the shooting. Mike asks Kathy to gather all her neighbours
together for a meeting that evening. A skyfighter above spots
the couple; Kathy is knocked from her horse, but Mike manages to lead the
fighter on a chase which results in the skyfighter crashing into a mountain.
A shuttle arrives on the Mothership just as Diana
is preparing for Lydia's execution. An ensign appears to announce
the arrival of Inspector-General Philip, who was briefed on Lydia's case
while in transit. Diana attempts to continue with Lydia's execution
but Philip arrives to halt it before the disintegrator is fully armed.
Diana is surprised at the resemblance between Philip and his brother Martin,
who Diana says saved her life when she was incarcerated on Earth.
Philip decides to free Lydia until he can conduct an impartial investigation
into Charles' death.
Kathy sets up a meeting for the ranchers at her
house, but only one person attends: Joe, a one-legged rancher.
They decide to proceed with plans for a resistance.
After Philip reviews Lydia's case, he decides
that she deserves a new trial. He determines that she did not intend
to kill Charles, and that in fact her intent was to kill Diana. As
is her right as the accused, her new trial would be "trial by combat" between
herself and Diana. Lydia heartily agrees to the combat.
In the Sheriff's office, Deputy Karnes identifies
Mike from a Visitor wanted poster. Roland contacts Lt. James, who
leaves immediately for the town.
At Resistance Headquarters in L.A., the Resistance
members continue to move in equipment and make the place liveable.
When Willie turns from his second-story lookout, he stumbles into a loose
railing and falls to the floor below. Elizabeth, thinking quickly,
uses her powers to move some mattresses underneath him, which break his
fall. After making sure that Willie is OK, Julie returns to her monitoring
of a Fifth Column transmission, which alerts her that Lt. James is on his
way to get Mike. Julie attempts to locate the two men, and is interrupted
by the arrival of Kyle. Informed of the situation, they decide to
head back to Kathy's ranch to help Mike: Julie is forced to stay
at the H.Q. due to a pulled muscle in her neck, but Kyle, Willie, and Elizabeth
take the vehicle and head back to the ranch.
On board the Mothership, Diana and Lydia prepare
At Kathy's ranch, Joe and Jessie clean their weapons
in preparation for a Visitor attack. Jessie hints to Mike that she
would like him to stay, to take care of Kathy.
and Lydia's combat begins. Both are given a long staff which ends
in a curved metal edge. As they fight, Lydia knocks Diana's staff
from her hands and as they wrestle on the floor, she loses her own staff.
Philip watches their progress until he is interrupted by a Visitor clad
in a white lab coat, who shows him something in a valise. Lydia,
meanwhile, begins choking Diana, rips some of the 'skin' from Diana's face,
and spits venom into her opponent's eyes. With Diana momentarily
blinded, Lydia grabs a new staff and prepares to impale Diana -- until
Philip stops the fight.
Outside the Sheriff's office, Joe witnesses Lt.
James shuttle land. Roland offers James a rat as a peace offering,
which James accepts. Joe leaves as Lt. James goes inside Roland's
office. Joe immediately heads to Kathy's place to warn Donovan, but
discovers that Mike and Kathy have gone to fetch the horses. Joe
tells Jessie what has transpired in town, and Jessie immediately grabs
her gun, gets into Joe's truck, and heads to town.
Kyle, Willie, and Elizabeth arrive at Kathy's
ranch - when Joe pulls a gun on Willie, Elizabeth uses her powers to knock
the weapon out of his hand. Once Mike and Kathy arrive, Joe informs
the group of Jessie's whereabouts, and Mike formulates a plan.
While Lt. James and Roland discuss Donovan's capture,
Jessie disables the lasers on the fighter with some well placed shots.
As James confronts Jessie, Kathy and Joe arrive pulling the horses in a
covered trailer. James send Karnes and another deputy to check the
trailer; and they are knocked to the ground when Willie and Elizabeth jump
from the back of the truck. Mike arrives on horseback and takes out
James before he can shoot. In the meantime, Kyle jumps from his hiding
place atop the Desert Dollar and eliminates two more Visitors. Jessie
heads for cover behind the van while Joe knocks out Roland with his crutch.
While Kyle and Mike deal with the remaining Visitors, Lt. James runs for
the fighter and takes off.
The Resistance fighters prepare to leave Kathy's
ranch, confident that the ranchers, who now have a leader in Kathy, will
be able to stave off another Visitor attack. Jessie asks Mike to
stay with them, but he informs her that there are other people who need
him, and promises to visit again when the war is over.
With their combat halted, Diana and Lydia get
repairs to their 'skin'. Philip reveals that tests have discovered
that their were prints on the bottle of cat poison used to kill Charles
- but the prints are not Lydia's. He decrees that, until he can figure
out what happened, Lydia and Diana will be under the Inter-Guardian Rule
- if anything happens to one of them, the blame will automatically fall
on the other. They are restored to the ranks they held under Charles:
Diana will report to Lydia, and Lydia will report to Philip.
Medal of Valour - There
was no Freedom Network broadcast this week.
and Nitpicks -
When Mike and Kyle are preparing to leave Kathy's
ranch, Kathy tells Kyle that Jessie will help him in the barn. However,
when the shooting starts Jessie appears in the doorway of the house.
The skyfighter chasing Mike on horseback is shown
flying over a large body of water, of which there
was none around the ranch.
The chase on horseback scene is reused footage
from the miniseries. Nick
also pointed out this
When Diana gives Lydia the scorpion, she tells
Lydia that she will return in the morning to see if
Lydia is still alive. The next scene shows Diana returning
to Lydia, while it is still dark outside,and discovering that the
scorpion is dead. In the following scene we see Kathy's ranch, still
at night. Next we see Lydia's trial, taking place while
it is still dark outside the Mothership. Perhaps Dianadecided
to push up the trial?
When Kathy falls from her horse, she has a blotch
of dirt on the left side of her face. When Mike
returns to check on her, the blotch has moved to her right cheek!
Joe tells Jessie that the Visitors have arrived
for Donovan, "led by someone named James". Lt.
James name was not mentioned in Joe's presence.
Diana thought that Philip's resemblance to Martin
was uncanny. Nick wonders:
What's the bigdeal, since they both
comments: Philip announced that tests showed that prints on the poison
vial were not
Lydia's. They are all wearing pseudo-skin - none of them should leave
fingerprints of any kind,since their fingers don't have oil glands
in amongst the ridges and valleys to leave prints behind!
Eagle eyed Neil
spotted three occasions where stock footage was used: When Lt. James
escapes in the shuttle, the shot of the craft leaving is just reversed
footage of it arriving; the footage of Philip's shuttle arriving on the
mothership is the same footage used when the Supreme Commander John arrived
in Part 1 of The Final Battle; the shot which is always used for the hanger
deck features Kristine Walsh (who was killed in the mini-series!) in the
says: During Lydia and Diana's
fight, it seems Lydia has sabotaged Diana's lyrpa; it has a floppy rubber
noticed that the police car that stops Donovan
and Kyle at the beginning of the episode has California license plates,
though they are supposed to be in Nevada at this point.
(Lydia once again shows her keen intellect)
I've never been defeated in mortal combat.
Idiot! If you had you'd be dead!
Additional Guest Stars:
Hugh Gillin, Gordon Ross, Russ McCubbin, Steven
Barr, R.D. Call, John H. Evans