Additional cast: Patricia Collins as Jessica Morgan; Gerry Pearson as Arthur; J.R. Zimmerman as Henry the Elder; Robert O'Ree as Adam
The episode opens with a flashback. Soaron is destroying a museum with various art displays. A middle aged woman (Jessica) is in the building,, trying to escape Soaron's deadly assault. Soaron is about to blast her when it is interrupted by Lyman Taggart (Dread's former human self). Taggart tries to stop Soaron from firing, but Soaron's blast strikes Jessica in the face, blinding her. The flashback is actually Dread dreaming. As Dread wakes up in the present, Overmind shows him the new design for the human form (Dread's goal is to place human consciousnesses in machanical bodies). Dread is not pleased with Overmind's design and says it needs something more: it needs "her" (Jessica). Soaron and some biomechs are dispatched to find Jessica. They go to the remains of Oak Park resort city. Not finding Jessica, Soaron digitizes teh leading elder of the colony and takes him back to Volcania to be questioned by Dread. At Powerbase, Database Journal Entry 47-4 Mark 17. Power has learned of Dread's interest in Jessica. He discovers that she is not a technician, but an artist who was blinded in a Dread attack early in the Metal Wars. At Volcania, Soaron re-integrates the elder he has digitized. Dread wants to find out where Jessica is, and threatens the elder with digitization. At Oak Park colony, friends of Jessica bring in Power and Pilot to help her. They (accurately) predict that Dread will break the elder and find out where she is. Power flies Jessica to the safety of Powerbase on a Skybike. When all are assembled at Powerbase, a transmission is received from Dread. It is an ultimatum. Dread wants Jessica delivered to him or he will kill hundreds of people. Power refuses to submit to Dread's demands and Pilot takes Jessica to her quarters. But Jessica doesn't want people to die, and she absonds with a Skybike and goes to the coordinates Dread specified in his ultimatum. When the Power Team discovers she is gone, they head out after her. Jessica arrives at a Dread base and meets a holographic image of Dread. Dread tells her he wants her to be the architect of the new human form. Dread's biomechs attach a prosthesis to her forehead that restores her sight. The team traces down Jessica. While Scout and Tank hold off the biomechs, Power enters the base and finds Jessica and the holographic Dread image. The restoration of Jessica's sight has strings attached. She will only be able to see as long as she is in range of Dread's transmitter. Jessica's first sight is of the devastated city. Dread believes the lure of restored sight will be sufficient to keep Jessica under his control. But Jessica realizes that Dread's plan is madness. She leaves with Power, choosing blindness and the beauty of her mind over the dark vision of the future Dread has planned. The intangible Dread hologram is unable to stop their escape and fades away.
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