Over at Coronas of the Sun, I’ve reached the final episode of the first Dalek serial – The Rescue.
The literal cliff-hanger from last time saw Antodus fail to jump the ravine – which means he’s plunged down a bottomless cavern and Ian (tied on the other end of the rope) is slowly losing his grip. There’s something rather casual about this sequence – why Ian doesn’t call for help from the others? And when Ganatus does pop up to assist, neither of them are very quick to call for any more help. With Kristas and Barbara also holding onto the rope they should have been able to pull Antodus up.
As it is, Antodus settles the matter by cutting the rope and plunging to his death. This is a moment that can be taken several ways – was it a noble act of self sacrifice (saving Ian’s life) or did Antodus (who was convinced they’d all die) commit suicide because he didn’t have the nerve to carry on?
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