Paul Foster and his co-pilot Frank Craig are attacked by a UFO which infiltrates their minds and hypnotises them into wanting to kill Straker. Straker actually saves their lives when their ...
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Paul Foster and his co-pilot Frank Craig are attacked by a UFO which infiltrates their minds and hypnotises them into wanting to kill Straker. Straker actually saves their lives when their craft is about to be destroyed, but, on their return to SHADO, Craig makes an attempt on Straker's life whilst Foster seeks to discredit him. Written by
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When the Interceptor pilots are shown swinging into their launch tubes after the opening credits, three Caucasians are shown yet it is Lt. Mark Bradley, a black from the West Indies who is shown as the flight leader. See more »
Colonel Foster and a 'red shirt' are on a mission. Oddly, however, the Moon base loses radio contact with them for 16 hours. But, fortunately, they do arrive safely. In the intervening time, something odd happened to the two men, as they both are insanely angry at Commander Straker. The red shirt tries to even blow up the base just to kill Straker. As for Foster, he's bent on ruining Straker's reputation and getting him fired. When that doesn't work, he's willing to settle for shooting Straker instead. It doesn't take ESP to assume that somehow they were abducted and forced to do the aliens' bidding.
Despite sounding like a mega-super-cool idea for an episode, it wasn't great. Most of the reason I wasn't thrilled was that it was obvious early on that the two men had been altered somehow--yet it took the SHADO folks an amazing amount of time to realize this! Even when Straker's friend, Foster, began acting very, very abnormal, no one seemed to put two and two together to realize that aliens had kidnapped the men during the missing 16 hours. Duh. Had the indoctrination been more subtle and their behaviors more believable it would have been a better episode all around--as the basic story idea is cool. As is, it's only mildly interesting, but I must admit that the gun scene at the end is pretty exciting.
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