A space shuttle crew return to Earth, bringing alien "seeds" with them. These begin to grow into alien life-forms, needing hosts to complete their evolution... When their number reach the ... See full summary »
One normal night over the Scottish highlands, Flt. Lt. Chris Drake (Vincent Regan) was scrambled and shot down an unidentified flying object little knowing the consequences of this rash act of bravado. At the same time Dr. Amanda Tucker ('Maggie O'Neill') and her assistant Nick Shay ('Paul Shay') were monitoring the sky for intelligent forms of communication and detected much more than they bargained for. The search for the downed aircraft led to the discovery of Lt. Charles Terrell (Anton Lesser), who subsequently turned out to be an army officer who went missing in 1945. After initial reticence Lt. Terrell started to reveal his story about the peaceable Echo's who had abducted him years ago and an ancient, merciless enemy, the nD's, who sought to enslave the Echo's for their own evil purposes. As his story unfolds and the evidence of Dr. Tucker's observations and the construction of the alien spacecraft lends credence to it, the nightmarish prospect of a full scale invasion of the ... Written by
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111 Squadron, whose aircraft were used in the series, was the forerunner to the RAF's Aerobatic Display Team, 'The Red Arrows'. In 1957, two years after the squadron were equipped with the Hawker Hunter, they became the RAF's only official display team (previously, many squadrons had their own display team). Starting with 4 aircraft, their squadron comander, Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Topp first increased it to 5 aircraft and, by the time of the Farnborough Airshow in 1957, a 9-ship display team had been formed. Because their aircraft were painted black, and after a journalist called them 'Les Fleches Noires' at that years' Paris Air Show, they became known as 'The Black Arrows'. At the Farnborough show the following year (1958), Sqn Ldr Topp helped create a Guinness World Record by looping 22 Hawker Hunters in formation, a record that is yet to be broken. See more »
What an ending. I don't think people realise how good the ending was. The ND's manipulated life as a tool. And they manipulated the echos to destroy themselves just as they manipulated us to destroy ourselves. There was no sequel to be had. We lost, we done exactly what they wanted from the start. We killed Terrell, then sacrificed the towns folks. Then sacrificed our own planet.
It is a really good brit sci-fi. Dark and dank and miserable.
The acting was a wee bit on the dodgy side, apart from Fred Ward who I will alays have as soft spot for after Tremors.
All in all pretty good stuff.
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