"UFO" Mindbender (TV Episode 1971) Poster

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A bit stupid...a bit really cool!
MartinHafer12 May 2010
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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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straker221 February 2017
A TV show within a TV show, this is an astonishing episode. It's insane, off the wall, bizarre, hilarious and terrifying all at the same time. Straker's identity crisis is truly the stuff of nightmares. As much Twilight Zone as in-joke fest, this is one right out of the box we love to watch. If you watch the series early episodes first and then hit this one, it's a shock to the system in a very good way!
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