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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gordeno ...
Cmdr. Ed Straker (as Edward Bishop)
Grant Taylor ...
Basil Dignam ...
Cabinet Minister
George Sewell ...
Lt. Bill Johnson
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Michael Mundell ...
Lt. Ken Matthews
Harry Baird ...
Lt. Mark Bradley
Keith Alexander ...
Jon Kelley ...
Skydiver Engineer
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Dolores Mantez ...


SHADO - an acronym for Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization - is located beneath a supposed film studio in the English countryside and run by Commander Straker, who poses as a film producer. When an Unidentified Flying Object attacks a plane in which Straker's deputy Colonel Freeman is travelling it is shot down and investigated. The body of an alien is found and discovered to have transplanted human body parts, seemingly from a trio who disappeared in nearby woods a decade earlier. It is part of the alien plan to take over the Earth to study and imitate humans. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 September 1970 (UK)  »

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According to the ribbons on Ed Straker's tunic he has been awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart (This should be between The Bronze Star and Air Medal), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defence Service Medal, United States Korean War Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf and the United Nations Korean War Service Medal. See more »


When Ed Straker is ejected from the Rolls Royce he is wearing the badge of the Basic Missile man above the right breast pocket of his USAF tunic. This is actually the place where his name plaque would be. The missile man badge should be in the middle of his left breast pocket. See more »


Edited into Invasion: UFO (1974) See more »

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2 September 2008 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This the first episode of Gerry Anderson's UFO , a series I used to love watching as a child . Unfortunately after seeing the show as an adult I'm afraid the memory has cheated and is nowhere as good as I remembered which is a great pity since the show comes close to being a television classic if only a little bit more time and care had been taken

The audience are treated to a great opening hook as three people come across a stranded UFO . It would have been even greater if Anderson had employed an actor who could act but instead cast Peter Gordeno whose resume on this site seems to suggest he's a dance choreographer . I certainly would't suggest dancing with him either since there's a very real danger of splinters . We then cut to a different scene where a government minister greets two American air force officers who show him proof that UFOs do exist and talk of the devil a UFO attacks their escort . It's an exciting enough sequence if you don't think about it but when you do you realise there's a plot hole of how did the aliens know about this meeting ?

Since it's an introductory episode much of the episode sets up the premise of the show . Aliens are coming to Earth to abduct people for their organs . A scary thought but one that is undermined when you watch the next 25 episodes only to realise that the aliens agenda usually consists of them trying to destroy mankind . They need our bodies so try and destroy the human race ? There's also an alien autopsy which is fine until it ties in with the disappearance of one character's sister which involves so much unlikely coincidence that credibility goes out of the window

For those of you who have seen the later episodes you'll notice a couple of characters are conspicuous by their absence , namely Paul Foster and Dr Jackson . One can't help thinking that Foster and Jackson are superfluous characters since respectively Freeman and Dr Harris are totally interchangeable , though Alec Freeman doesn't really work because the sight of a middle aged man trying to get a leg over every woman he comes across becomes laughable very quickly . Interesting to note once Paul Foster becomes a regular character Freeman becomes marginalized by the scripts

All in all it's fairly indicative introductory episode . Good in some places but quite bad in many more . It does however remain watchable as does most of the series but it's such a pity the show settled for being merely watchable

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