UFO: Season 1, Episode 14

Mindbender (13 Jan. 1971)

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Lieutenant Andy Conroy is investigating a crash involving an alien craft on the Moon when he suddenly gets caught up in a Wild west type shoot-out with Mexican brigands. Back at the SHADO's... See full summary »

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Dolores Mantez ...
Nina Barry
Al Mancini ...
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Ayshea Brough ...
SHADO Operative (as Ayshea)
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Michael Billington ...
Craig Hunter ...
Lt. Dale
Larry Taylor ...
1st Mexican Bandit
Ricardo Montez ...
2nd Mexican Bandit (as Richard Montez)
Bill Morgan ...
3rd Mexican Bandit
Norma Ronald ...
Miss Ealand
Anouska Hempel ...
SHADO Operative Tamara Paulson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Captain Beaver James (as Charles Tingwell)
Grant Taylor ...
Gen. James Henderson
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Lieutenant Andy Conroy is investigating a crash involving an alien craft on the Moon when he suddenly gets caught up in a Wild west type shoot-out with Mexican brigands. Back at the SHADO's earthly base another officer, Beaver James, gets involved in another shoot-out, this time with aliens. Then a voice shouts "Cut!" and the whole is seen to be a film being made at the studios telling the story of Straker's life. So what's real and what's imagined? Written by don @ minifie-1

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A bit stupid...a bit really cool!
12 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an odd episode and it's like an episode of "The Prisoner" (once it got really weird--in the latter episodes) as well as "The Twilight Zone". And, because of this, it's completely unlike any other show in the series.

The show begins badly...very badly. One of the SHADO members begins hallucinating and it's obviously caused by the aliens. Here's where it gets cheesy--he imagines he's in some sort of spaghetti western-like world and begins trying to kill bad guys....and in the process attacks his own people. Seeing "UFO" and a western merged was a lot like one of the worst episodes of the original "Star Trek"--the one where Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and Checkov all are transported to the O.K. Corral! This is NOT the highlight of the show, that's for sure! Later, Straker himself falls under this odd hypnotic-type influence. This is mega-cool and just like "The Twilight Zone" episode where the businessman finds out his entire life is a movie! Straker sees himself as an actor on a show...just like "UFO"!! You see clips from episode #1 and several others and it was pretty funny seeing the behind the scenes stuff. Blending fantasy with reality was pretty cool--and I think this was all done rather tongue-in-cheek.

Overall, despite the dopey western portion, an interesting and mega-weird show!!


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