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
Mark Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I Really enjoyed the way the story turned out. Another series would have ruined it.I liked the way the aliens came from another dimention and not in spaceships or carrying laser weapons like the stereo typical E.T. "al a independence day" alien does.
I liked the way the only American involvement was Fred Ward's US NATO commander investigating the Pilot Vincent Regan. The thing i liked the most about this series was how every attempt to destroy the aliens was futile and in the end the only way to win was to destroy (ourselves) the land and sacrifice the innocent people which just goes to show how desperate things were getting for us humans.
This was a really well thought out and intellegent show and the action and script racheted up the tension as everything they tried to do eventually failed and the frustration that they felt knowing this.
I thought the ending was great, everything they had tried failed, the only thing they had left was to nuke the ND's and themselves. The implications of this are horrific for mankind and the characters knew this.
I see lots of people across the atlantic slated this because they were expecting the good guys to win and the ND's to lose and didn't understand why it ended so abruptly with the humans nuking themselves. I think that it would probably be more realistic and has a much greater impact on me the viewer then if we beat the ND's and lived in a much safer united world "al a independance day".
But then in America, you hardly ever see a film or TV program where the
good guys lose and the bad guys win.
Can't wait to see it again in a re-run and might even get it on DVD A great piece of Cult British Sci Fi and ranks along side Quatermass.
"Your Honour, I rest my Case....." Drugstore-Cowboy 03
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