( On Pursuit One. )
Pilot 1: Commander, they're retreating.
Space Commander: Stay with them!
( The Pursuit Ships form up then hurtle forward in Liberator's
Space Commander: ( V.O. ) They won't get away
this time. I won't allow it.
( Scorpio crash-site. Hailee is searching through the
wreckage. She looks up as three white outlines appear, materialising into the forms of Vila, Kyben and Stella. )
Hailee: ( Surprised. ) Wow, thats somethin.
( Stella and Kyben blink in disorientation. Vila strides
over to the remains of Slave. )
Vila: Alas poor Slave. I knew the poor old codger...
Stella: You do this all the time, Vila?
Vila: Oh yes.
Stella: It's something else.
Kyben: ( Pats himself up and down. ) Are all our bits in the right place?
Hailee: Maybe not, but I'm not gonna strip-search you and find out.
Kyben: That's probably for the best. You'd be disappointed if you did.
Hailee: Story of my life.
( They exchange challenging grins. Vila opens up Slave.
The memory bank appears more or less intact. )
Vila: Could probably use this...
( Vila starts to disconnect the memory bank. )
Hailee: Where's this photonic drive of yours?
Vila: ( Points. ) The engine room's thataway. Here, disconnect this... ( Gestures to memory bank. ) ...Ill
go get the drive.
( Vila heads toward the engine room. )
Stella: I'll go and help him. Make sure he doesn't find a wine cabinet on the way...
( Stella follows Vila. Hailee starts disconnecting Slave's
memory bank. )
Hailee: I've rigged a few charges in there... ( Points at teleport. ) ...so there won't be much left when the Feds
Kyben: Find anything else?
( Hailee holds up a teleport bracelet. )
Hailee: We should be able to use this. Oh and there are some weapons over there.
( Hailee points to the gun-rack. Kyben opens the rack,
then starts loading the guns into a bag. )
Kyben: Great. That should stop Farin complaining for a while.
Hailee: Yeah, and I'm Chairman of the Terra Nostra.
( Kyben nods then heads for the Engine room. There he
stands in the doorway, unseen, while Vila and Stella work to disconnect the photonic drive. )
Vila: Careful, careful... now, I'll hold open the connector while you pull the bolt out.
( Brief pause while Stella works. The bolt pops out.
Stella: Got it!
Vila: Just two to go.
( They move onto the next bolt, avoiding each other's
eyes. Eventually Vila can stay silent no longer. )
Vila: Stella, how did you get into all this?
Stella: How d'you mean?
Vila: Blake, I mean. How d'you get caught up with the freedom fighters?
Stella: ( Looks at him. ) Well you did.
Vila: Yes, because I didn't have a choice. The Federation would've killed me if they ever caught me. I had
to help Blake. And as a result I've spent years in fear of my life. I don't want to have to worry about you too, I'll be a
Stella: ( Glares. ) Don't patronise me. When have you ever worried about me? When have you ever cared about anyone?
Vila: That's not fair...
Stella: Isn't it? Was it us you were worrying about when they deported you to Cygnus? Did it even cross your
mind what it might have been doing to us? How scared we were when you were arrested for the eleventh time? Or was it twelfth?
Of course not. You were too busy worrying about your own neck.
Stella: I can take care of myself, Uncle. I've always had to.
Vila: Stella, of course I care. That's the point. Do you have any idea what Blake always stood for? What working
with him involved?
Stella: Of course I do.
Vila: I would've been killed if the Federation found me. Would they have done that to you?
Stella: Well... no. Not back then.
Vila: And now?
Stella: ( Hesitates. ) Yes, I suppose they would now.
Vila: Exactly. There's no turning back from this life, Stella. Its not like running away from home to join
the circus. Once a rebel, always a rebel.
Stella: ( Trying to sound certain. ) So... so I made a choice. That was my choice. I don't regret it.
( They suddenly look up as they realise Kyben is standing
in the doorway. )
Kyben: Regret is part of life, Stella.
Vila: ( Shaken. ) Don't sneak up like that.
Kyben: If you don't have regrets, you're not really alive.
Stella: How long have you been there?
Kyben: Not long. I know I've done the right thing, defecting. But I lost a friend in doing it. I have regrets.
Don't tell us you're happy being a wanted criminal.
( Stella is silent. )
Kyben: She's right though, Vila. She's already
made her choice. And as you say, it's too late to go back, for all of us.
Vila: She shouldn't have done it.
Kyben: Well maybe you should've given her that little lecture before you were arrested.
( Vila nods unhappily. )
Kyben: ( More lightly.) Here. let me help you
( Together they continue disconnecting the drive. )
( The former rebel silo. Servalan, the Section Leader
and the Security Commander are in the Tracking Gallery, monitoring the Security systems. Mutoids and Troopers are still excavating.
Section Leader: I don't see a thing.
Security Commander: We are detecting an occasional pulse from that area, sir. It keeps fading.
Section Leader: Like your eye-sight you mean? Theres nothing there.
Servalan: Let me see.
( The others step back and let her see the scanner.
A vague blip suddenly shimmers very briefly. )
Servalan: There's something there all right.
Security Commander: The signals we've managed to record match various recognised Tarial Output Frequencies, Commissioner.
Servalan: ( Suddenly interested. ) Tarial?
Security Commander: Yes, Commissioner.
Servalan: Section Leader, I want two units sent to explore that zone immediately. Increase the sweep patrols of
the area to two every fifteen minutes.
Section Leader: But, Commissioner...
Servalan: Make sure every trooper is equipped with radio-sensors. I want every inch of ground checked. Well? Get
on with it!
Section Leader: But Commissioner...!
( Servalan raises an impatient eyebrow at him. )
Ma'am we're not sure there's anything there.
Servalan: I'm sure, Section Leader. The Liberator has returned into orbit? A stray tarial pulse? Is it really so
difficult to connect the dots?
Section Leader: ( Confused. ) Ma'am?
Servalan: Why do you think Avon's come back?
Section Leader: Well presumably to rescue Tarrant.
Servalan: Don't be absurd. Avon's far too intelligent to risk his own life for someone who's probably dead.
Section Leader: Then why?
Servalan: Fool! Avon must have left Orac on the planet. I want that computer, Section Leader. Go and bring it to
( The Section Leader and the Security Commander salute
and hurriedly depart with their troopers. Servalan takes a seat and sighs. )
Servalan: It's officers like these who make me
wish Travis was still around.
( Outside Daedalus, Hailee is carrying the bag of salvaged
equipment from Scorpio into the ship, while Vila and Kyben are hauling the photonic drive up the gangplank. Stella is kicking
at the grass nearby, brooding. )
Vila: Careful... careful...
Kyben: Higher, lift more!
Vila: I'm gonna drop it!
( Vila loses hold. Kyben somehow cradles his arms underneath
the drive and manages to hold it. Vila jumps around, sucking his sore fingers. )
Vila: Ow! Ow!
( Kyben totters on the gangplank. )
Kyben: Help-... HELP!
( Vila bounds back up the plank and helps Kyben steady
the drive. )
Vila: Oh God, my shoulder's still hurting... Stella, give us a hand.
Stella: ( Absently. ) Mm?
Vila: Help us out!
Stella: Oh, right.
( Stella walks over and fails to help very much. In
the cockpit... )
Hailee: Gan, progress report?
Gan: Possible lead on the source of tarial computer signals due East North East. Foliage is causing minor
interference, and so sensors are unable to pinpoint the distance as yet. Monitoring continues.
Hailee: Carry on.
( Hailee returns to the hold where Vila and Kyben are
struggling to push the drive into a corner. Stella is standing to one side, looking bothered. )
Hailee: Ya pair of wimps. I could've had that
thing hangin' from the ceiling by now.
Kyben: You talk a great show of strength, Hailee.
Hailee: No sign of the Feds yet, but Gan's nearly got Orac in sight. ( Looks at Stella. ) What's wrong now?
Stella: Oh not much.
Hailee: That goes without saying. What is it?
Stella: Something they said.
Hailee: About what?
Stella: They both said there's no turning back. Not for any of us.
Hailee: There is for me.
Vila: Yeah. You hope.
Hailee: I know.
Stella: All right. But not me. I... I never looked at it that way. I never realised what all this meant. Is this
my life? Forever? I mean, is it freedom or bust? Is it run or annihil-... run or die? Nothing in between?
Hailee: Of course. What else did you expect? You can't turn back. You chose the life of the crusader. And so
you'll fight for your life 'till the day you die. Why do you think I never get involved in that sort of thing?
( Vila puts a comforting arm around his niece's shoulders.
Vila: Funny. It looks like you are from where I'm standing.
Hailee: Then stand somewhere else. I can still do what I want, go where I want. I can still choose. More than
ever when the one-eyed pansy here gets on with paying me. I'll be able to do anything.
Kyben: ( Darkly. ) Yes, Hailee, you've got a lot to be proud of.
Hailee: What use is pride if it leads to a fall?
Kyben: What use is money if it belongs to a fool?
Hailee: ( Angered. ) And why am I the fool, faceache? I have my life, I have my freedom. And soon I'll have enough
Kyben: The Federation owns everything, Hailee. Money, planets, people. Life itself is in their pocket. Even
your life. You have no freedom. And you're a fool if you think a few thousand credits are gonna change that.
Hailee: But I'm not an enemy of the Federation.
Kyben: Don't be naive. You'll already be on their wanted list by now. There's no turning back for you either.
Kyben: Stella's choice may have been hasty, foolish even. But it still may be the right one. Why else are you
( Kyben turns and heads off-ship. )
Hailee: Whatever. I can still choose.
Kyben: ( Over his shoulder. ) In this Universe only Gods and fools are ever free to choose. You're not telling
us you're a God are you?
( Hailee looks confused and annoyed. The comm unit sounds.
She activates it. )
Gan: ( V.O. ) Ma'am I have detected a sizeable launch of patrol flyers from the silo.
Hailee: Where are they headed?
Gan: ( V.O. ) They appear to be approaching this position.
Vila: Oh no, I knew this would happen. When will they be here?
Gan: ( V.O. ) No more than three minutes.
Hailee: They must have detected your scan for Orac. Cease monitoring.
Gan: ( V.O. ) Yes ma'am.
Vila: We've got to launch
Stella: We can't. They can launch ground-to-air missiles from the base. We need Liberator to cover the retreat.
Hailee: Won't be back for over an hour. We'll have to stay and sit it out.
( Tracking Gallery. Mutoids stand at the various controls.
Servalan is still overseeing. )
Mutoid 1: Commissioner?
Mutoid 1: The tarial signal has ceased transmitting.
( The head-flyer. )
Section Leader: It just stopped?
Pilot: Yes sir. We did manage to pinpoint its source.
Section Leader: Flight time?
Pilot: Under a minute, sir.
( In the clearing outside Daedalus, the four rebels
watch as the flyers pass over the clearing and head in to land nearby. )
Vila: What do we do?
Kyben: Still think you have a choice, Hailee?
( Hailee draws her gun. )
Hailee: No. We fight.
Vila: Oh noooo...
( They all take cover in positions around the ship.
( Liberator Flight Deck. Avon and Farin are at the controls.
The Pursuit Ships continue to fire and chase, but somehow they never quite manage to get in range. )
Avon: Well what?
Farin: All right, all right, I admit it. You were right, it worked. Can we go back now?
( Avon checks his timekeeper. )
Avon: Another seventeen seconds.
( The pursuit continues a while longer. )
Zen, engage return course for Gauda Prime orbit, standard
( Liberator swerves sharply to port. The Pursuit ships
alter course to try and stay with her. )
Zen: Confirmed. Speed now building to Standard by twelve.
( The Liberator suddenly races past the Pursuit ships,
accelerating all the while. On Pursuit One... )
Space Commander: What the...?
Pilot 1: Sir! They've reached Time Distort... twenty!
Space Commander: What!
Pilot 1: They're heading back to Gauda Prime orbit, sir. At that speed theyll be there in just minutes.
( The Space Commander opens comms to the other Pursuit
Space Commander: All ships, plot return course to planetary orbit. Execute at emergency speed, Time Distort 18.
Pilot 2: Commander, if we maintain that speed for long it could cause a serious burn-out...
Space Commander: If we dont stop the Liberator, Commissioner Sleer will burn us out... slowly. Now do as I say!
Time Distort 18.
( Liberator Flight Deck. )
Zen: Distance from Federation Pursuit ships now three thousand spacials and increasing.
Avon: I'd say for a plan that will never work, this has gone swimmingly.
Avon: Your skepticism bites me like an old cynic, Farin.
Farin: Is that good or bad?
Avon: Bad. None of the old cynics I know have any teeth left.
( On Gauda Prime, Hailee, Vila, Kyben and Stella are
heavily pinned down in the cover of Daedalus by Federation troops. The rebels fire constantly. Hailee recoils reflexively
from a nearby blast. )
Hailee: Uh! You want to know why I'm here, Kyben? Because you're right. I am a fool! I should've pushed
you out the airlock the moment we left Earth.
Kyben: Who cares? I'll be dead in two minutes anyway.
Hailee: Yeah but I didn't need to die with you.
Kyben: Why not? It sounds kinda romantic to me.
Hailee: Oh shut up!
( Kyben and Stella allow themselves a smile at Hailees
Vila: How long 'till Liberator gets back?
Hailee: Too long.
Vila: I can't stand this anymore.
( Suddenly Stella cries out in pain. She grabs at a
wound in her side, then falls. )
Kyben: Cover me.
( Kyben dashes from cover, head down, toward Stella.
Hailee: Kyben, wait!
( The Section Leader is bravely directing the troops
from the edge of the clearing. )
Section Leader: Don't kill the rest of them. We need to know if they have Orac. Switch to stun magazines.
( The troopers drop back, change the ammo-clips in their
guns, then advance once more. Kyben meanwhile reaches Stella. He checks her pulse, but she is clearly dead. )
Kyben: ( Desperately. ) Stella... Stella, come on... ( Voice tails off. ) Sorry, Stella. Maybe you didn't make
the right choice after all.
( Three Federation Troopers suddenly surround him, guns
aimed at his head. )
Trooper 1: Don't move! Now, drop the gun.
( Kyben disconnects his gun and drops it to the floor.
He raises his hands slowly, the fight taken out of him. The Section Leader steps up and calls to the others. )
Section Leader: Listen to me, pirates. We have your friend. Surrender or he dies... loudly.
( Hailee looks furious but relents and lowers her gun.
Hailee: Damn him. Now whos gonna pay me?
( Hailee steps out, arms raised. )
Trooper 2: And you!
( Vila steps out as well, staring at Stella with tears
in his eyes. )
Section Leader: Good work. Put them in energy manacles. ( To Kyben. ) Where is Orac?
Kyben: ( Staring at the ground. ) We were trying to find it ourselves.
Section Leader: And?
Kyben: No idea yet.
Section Leader: Very likely.
( The Section Leader points to two troopers. )
Section Leader: You. You. Search their ship.
( Glares at Kyben. ) I recognise you from somewhere.
Kyben: I bet you say that to all the boys.
( The Section Leader clouts Kyben across the cheek with
his gun. )
( The two troopers reach the gangplank of Daedalus.
Hailee whispers into her bracelet. )