UFO: Season 1, Episode 19

Ordeal (14 Apr. 1971)

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Following a wild night out with a girl called Sylvia, Foster is receiving a refreshing sauna bath at the SHADO health farm. Drifting into semi-consciousness, he comes to to find he has been... See full summary »

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Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Skydiver Navigator Lt. Gordon Maxwell
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Quinn O'Hara ...
Sylvia Graham
Keith Alexander ...
Lt. Keith Ford
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Antonia Ellis ...
Joan Harrington
David Healy ...
Joe Franklin
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Nina Barry
Mark Hawkins ...
Lt. Gary North
Basil Moss ...
George Sewell ...
Col. Alec Freeman
Jon Kelley ...
Skydiver Engineer
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Following a wild night out with a girl called Sylvia, Foster is receiving a refreshing sauna bath at the SHADO health farm. Drifting into semi-consciousness, he comes to to find he has been abducted by an alien and is on a UFO, which is shot down onto the Moon's surface. He survives but has to be extremely careful how he removes the helmet he is wearing. Clumsy removal would kill him because of the breathing liquid it contains. However, as he drifts in and out of consciousness, it appears that he never left the sauna. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"What are Foster's chances? I say they've just improved--they're down to a million to one!"
6 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The quote from this episode and Commander Straker says this after Foster has been kidnapped! More about that a bit later.

Colonel Paul Foster has some time off coming, so the first thing he does is go to a swing 1970s style party (though the show is supposedly set in 1980). As the hipsters all dance to Beatles tunes, you see Foster in a gold shirt, magenta pants, a large medallion around his neck and his hair combed in a way to hide his receding hairline. Foster also is clearly drunk. Wow, that Foster--he's the ultimate party animal! The next day, Foster goes to a spa run by SHADO for some more relaxation as well as to work off his hangover. Well, maybe not for relaxation, as this spa is a lot like the one James Bond went to in "Thunderball"--a place where they work you half to death, make you steam for hours, eat 'healthy' foods (that would even make bunnies starve) and do things that are all described as 'vigorous'! You might assume things can't get any worse for poor Colonel Foster...and you'd be assuming wrong! He is kidnapped by aliens--which makes you wonder how guys in red jumpsuits and with green space helmets could just walk in and get him! Eventually, however, SHADO realizes what has happened and scrambles to try to intercept the UFO with Foster aboard. Can they save him or will Foster become the BFF of a group of nasty aliens? Overall, the idea's pretty interesting. While it was difficult to believe the aliens could so easily snatch Foster, it made for a good episode--interesting and different. Plus, as an added bonus, you get to see Foster spew weird green liquid! Though, I must admit that the ending was NOT good--sort of a "Wizard of Oz" magical ending that undid much of what you see. Perhaps the party was wilder than we thought and Foster ingested a few 'shrooms. For nostalgia's sake, I also loved watching the 'wild party'--with everyone dressed like a combination of "Star Trek" characters and guest on "The Sonny & Cher Show". It was pretty funny.

By the way, the doctor in this episode was played by Vladek Sheybal. He was in a few episodes of "UFO" but is best remembered as one of Blofeld's minions in "From Russia With Love" (he was the poor guy killed by Klebb when she kicked him with a poison-spiked shoe). He also, sadly, played 'Mr. Boogalow' in the amazingly bad German production "The Apple"--one of the funniest bad films of all time.


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