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We finally reach the end of the broadcast episodes.



Garth informs Devon and Rachel that he has had it with the nomadic life and that he plans to go back to Cyprus Corners. Although the other two are sad to see him go, he cannot be persuaded to stay. Rachel and Devon go their way and Garth goes his.

Devon and Rachel find themselves confronted with a freight elevator innocent of a life support system. The elevator is the only way to get where they are going so they don space suits and start on their way. The elevator stalls, leaving the couple trapped. With no way to call for help and limited air supply, they seem doomed. They languish in the elevator for the remainder of the episode.

Garth is accosted by a hostile old duffer in an ugly white jump suit. The old fellow has a pistol and he forces Garth to accompany him at gun point to what turns out to be the Inter-Ark Police HQ so that the Chief can run a check on Garth, whose journeys through the Ark have been documented by the cops and whose presence near the HQ has been deemed suspicious. After checking Garth's computer records - something the Chief could have done without Garth being nearby - the Chief decides that Garth is an OK guy and he recruits Garth as a cop. Garth has nothing better to do with his time and he agrees.

Garth's training appears to consist of being handled a uniform.

As it happens, the cops are in the middle of a crisis. They have been liaising with an alien police force in a nearby solar system, a system on the brink of interplanetary war, and have been planning to relocate to that system to better offer their services to their new allies (As the Chief points out, this will bring many benefits to the Ark, not least of which is a better propulsion system). The Ark cops need to leave in the near future if they are going to hit this year's launch window.

Someone jams the cops' computer systems, making it impossible to launch their space craft. Tek, the woman who handles most of the technical issues the cops face, tells the Chief that the source of the jamming signal is somewhere on the alien police space station and once that bit of information has been allowed to stir up paranoia, she narrows the location down to the office of the woman who heads up the alien cops, a woman named Reena. As we soon learn, Tek is a lying lie-face and she is working for the bad guys.

The Inter-Ark cops notice that Devon and Rachel are trapped in the elevator and the Chief arranges for another precinct to rescue them. Tek calls the rescue off and later tells Garth that his friends were dead by the time the cops arrived, hoping that his grief will distract him from doing his job.

Garth does his best to assist with the investigation, applying his surly distrust as best he can. The others reward his enthusiasm by continually sending him off to help other people, so that once again Garth spends a suprisingly large part of the episode walking from one room to another. This allows him to discover a vital clue when he overhears Tek talking very loudly on the phone to one of her confederates. Although there is no reason he could not just turn around and walk out, Garth lingers long enough for Tek to decide Garth must have heard her. She shoots him with a ray gun.

Meanwhile the Chief is informed by a flunky that the flunky has double-checked Tech's work and to his surprise traced the jamming signal back to the Inter-Ark Police HQ. When the Chief learns that the IAP have jamming devices that could produce the effect they are seeing, he and his flunky check the safe where the jammers are kept. They discover that one of them is missing.

Knowing that:

1: Whoever took the jammer had the combination to the safe

2: Whoever took the jammer knew that it existed in the first place

3: Whoever took the jammer knows how to use it

4: Whoever took the jammer has interplanetary contacts

They decide the logical suspect must be the new recruit who grew up in a 19th century level technological environment. Tek enters and confirms this, telling the other two that she was forced to kill Garth when he attacked her. In fact, she walked his apparently hypnotised body into a service elevator and left him there to die as his air ran out. What she didn't do was hang around long enough to notice that one of Garth's feet was in the path of the door and that the safety systems kept the door from closing.

Garth returns. Tek's perfidity is exposed. She has prevented the cops from leaving the Ark in time but thanks to Tek (and her phone records) they are able to figure out who was stirring up interplanetary tensions and why.

Devon and Rachel are finally rescued.


Comments: The Chief says the new propulsion systems are five times faster than the old ones. Farthing gave the speed of the Ark as 1/3rd the speed of light. Hrm.

No, I don't understand how launch windows work in this universe either.

The intelligence suppression field makes more and more sense.

People who don't like Star Trek funny forehead aliens would like this show even less, since all the aliens look completely human.

For the record, Garth never did get to fire his crossbow in the entire run of the show.

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