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 ...
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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
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As well as his medal ribbons Ed Straker also has USAF wings on his epaulettes denoting the rank of Full Colonel. He has above his medal ribbons the wings of an aircraft command pilot. Strangely he also has above his right hand side pocket the badge of a missile command officer. This position is usually for a plaque in plastic denoting his surname. This missile badge should be in the centre of his left breast pocket. 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 »
"UFO", like other Gerry Anderson productions, manages to tie the viewer up in a web of excitement by the end of the opening credits. With fast edited shots of incredible aircraft, spaceships and vehicles, beautiful women and aliens and a brilliant theme, it's nearly impossible to forget what it feels like to watch an episode of this show.
The first episode begins in a violent manner with a bloody attack on three individuals in a forest by an alien equipped with a machine-gun. This is then followed by an attack on senior air force dignitaries by a UFO, leaving only one survivor. Anderson sets the tone for the show here. This is television for adults but with enough toys to keep the children happy.
In Anderson's first episode, there are attractive ladies accompanied by a sexy rendition of the UFO theme, chunks of "grown-up" dialogue and shots of the two main cast members smoking.
The late George Sewell is excellent as Alec Freeman, a character who's happy to drink whisky and smoke, chase women and generally act like a '70s hero would be expected to act.
Ed Bishop is the more detached Ed Straker. There's something almost unearthly about Straker, he's an enigmatic individual.
While Anderson himself admits the pace of this opening installment is a little uneven and plodding, it's not a bad episode.
8 out of 10.
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