UFO: Season 1, Episode 20

Court Martial (1 May 1971)

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When Straker complains to Henderson that his phone has been tapped he is told that it is to trap a spy within SHADO, who has recently leaked information to the press. When a second leak ... See full summary »

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Grant Taylor ...
Gen. James Henderson
Michael Billington ...
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Keith Alexander ...
Lt. Keith Ford
George Sewell ...
Col. Alec Freeman
Louise Pajo ...
Miss Scott
Vladek Sheybal ...
Noel Davis ...
Artist's Agent
Pippa Steel ...
Diane
Jack Hedley ...
Webb
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Neil McCallum ...
Carl Mason
Paul Greenhalgh ...
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Norma Ronald ...
Miss Ealand
Georgina Cookson ...
Jane Grant
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When Straker complains to Henderson that his phone has been tapped he is told that it is to trap a spy within SHADO, who has recently leaked information to the press. When a second leak occurs, evidence points to Foster, who is court-martialled and sentenced to death. Unconvinced of Foster's guilt, Straker discovers that somebody had bugged Foster's flat to frame him and sets out to discover who it is. At the same time Foster escapes and Henderson gives orders for him to be shot on sight. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A bit anticlimactic...but still worth seeing.
6 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When Commander Straker discovers a bug planted in his car, he is livid and naturally assumes his constant thorn in the side, Henderson, is responsible. Well, his instinct turns out to be quite correct--but not for the reason he assumed. While he assumed Henderson was just being a big-time jerk-face (as usual), it turns out that Henderson has discovered a leak from SHADO to the press and the bug was used to gather information. However, at this point, the evidence seems to point to Colonel Foster as the leak--and a court martial hearing is ordered! Now considering Foster is one of the 'big three' (the three main leaders and actors on the show), whether or not he's really a leak is not even in question to most viewers if they've seen previous episodes. He simply cannot be the leak...period. This takes away some of the suspense but this doesn't necessarily mean the show is bad or seriously flawed. So, when Foster is found guilty and sentenced to death, you KNOW that by the end of the show he'll somehow miraculously be exonerated.

So, after all is said and done, is this an episode worth watching--even with this major shortcoming? Well, it does have a nice obligatory machismo scene but also a reasonable explanation for the security leak. It has Foster getting shot but not spilling a single drop of blood--but the explanation for how this occurred is pretty cool. All in all, there is a bit of good and a bit of bad but the good easily outweighs the bad. Worth seeing.

By the way, the weasel-like doctor/prosecutor, Jackson, is a recurring character played by Vladek Sheybal. You may recognize him from the film "From Russia With Love"--playing one of Blofeld's BFFs (who was ultimately killed by the scary as Satan, Klebb). Or, you may have seen this Polish-born actor in the god-awful film "The Apple".


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