Straker and the SHADO team are invited to sit in on the test for an immensely powerful new telescope as it takes the first known photographs of alien homeland. The photos are indeed taken ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Wilkin ...
Skydiver Navigator Lt. Gordon Maxwell
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Keith Alexander ...
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George Sewell ...
Alan Tucker ...
Tracking Station Operative
James Beckett ...
Dr. Young
Jon Kelley ...
Masters
Neil Hallett ...
Dr. Joseph Kelly
Grant Taylor ...
Michael Billington ...
Frank Mann ...
Rocket Launch Controller
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Dolores Mantez ...
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Straker and the SHADO team are invited to sit in on the test for an immensely powerful new telescope as it takes the first known photographs of alien homeland. The photos are indeed taken but what will they reveal and will they have been worth it? Written by don @ minifie-1

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The probe is first used to take pictures of the planet Earth. Later, the second picture of the alien planet is actually one of the shots of Earth used during the opening credits. See more »

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Well, every series is allowed to have a few ordinary episodes.
7 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have recently been watching the "UFO" box set am about halfway through it. Surprisingly, although the shows are quite campy and the special effects pretty cheesy by today's standards, the shows themselves are very, very good. However, I must admit that "Close Up" is far from one of the better episodes. It isn't bad, really...just not all that good and a bit slow.

The show begins with Straker making a pitch to Henderson and the rest of the council to allocate more money to SHADO for a special project. This project entails creating a probe that actually follows one of the UFOs back to the home planet in order to determine where it is as well as take pictures of it. How they manage this is tricky and mildly interesting but the twist ending left me very flat--sort of like you feel when you eat a dessert that looks decadently delicious but tastes amazingly flat (like my mother-in-law's cooking).

Overall, if you're watching the series anyway, give this one a look. If you haven't seen "UFO" before, start on any other episode first--as this one just isn't all that great. Also, for kicks, watch the scene between Straker and the purple-haired Moon Lieutenant. While he is TRYING to do small talk, he comes off as a creepy sexual harasser--my how times have changed!


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