Following the sinking of a freighter ship and the death of an underwater cameraman, Straker and Foster take the submarine 'Skydiver' to examine the ocean bed. They come across a vast domed ...
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Following the sinking of a freighter ship and the death of an underwater cameraman, Straker and Foster take the submarine 'Skydiver' to examine the ocean bed. They come across a vast domed building and, from a distance, think they see SHADO Lieutenant Anderson in the dome. Back at headquarters Straker interviews Anderson, who claims to know nothing of the dome. It is part of an alien plot to create doubles of the SHADO staff - including Straker - to by-pass SHADO security systems. The dome has to be destroyed with its occupants. Written by
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Reflections Of Irwin Allen In The Best UFO Episode
The aliens are now at the bottom of the sea, living in an undersea dome, and submarine Skydiver (Stingray 2?) is keeping an eye on the trouble making aliens.
This episode, made in 1970 but first screened in 1971, has had many more screenings than most UFO episodes because it was apart of the often replayed UFO "movie" called Invasion UFO. It is not too hard to understand why Reflections was selected as one of the shows to end up in the movie as this underwater tale is more epic-like than the usual UFO show about green men hiding away in UK jungles.
Right from the word go in the UFO pilot - Identified - it was obvious that this series had two striking things about it: 1- Fun Barry Gray music scores that were bringing life to simple bits of footage (Straker getting out of his car or interceptor pilots getting ready for action). 2- The series was sexy looking. These two things are still going strong all the way down to episode 24 - Reflections In The Water.
Reflections begins with a surface ship being attacked by an underwater UFO. The drama of this moment is well played and Barry Gray is going all out with his disaster music but the miniature effects are too miniature looking. It just looks like toys in a bath tub. Maybe a wind machine could have blown those waves around a bit more? Maybe the surface ship should have been larger making it look less like a model? This poor effects stuff would never have happened with the realistic surface footage of the submarine Seaview in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68). But Irwin Allen had more money.
Act one then begins with episode titles and wonderfully loud Barry Gray music playing over these titles. Good stuff. From this point on the episode is a total winner, however more poor miniature effects do appear in tiny bursts. No big problem. During the 26 episode run of UFO the cast did change a lot and in this hour the crew of submarine Skydiver is not the same crew as seen in the first 17 episodes of UFO. Reflections has a better looking sub-crew and some male viewers will wish to freeze the picture when the girl is seen on screen...in that wild net uniform.
I like the inside sets of the submarine but Gerry Anderson's Stingray sub is a hard act to follow. At one stage when Straker is swimming outside the dome listen carefully and you can actually hear some old Stingray music playing over this footage.
The sets created for the alien dome would rank as the best full scale sets ever created for a Gerry Anderson series: large, colourful and memorable Pinewood Studio sets! So far I have mentioned sets, music, actors, etc...but what about the story? Is it good? Yes. Well, good to a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea nutcase like me that is. It has interesting humans (Anderson) maybe taken over by the aliens, it has Straker getting around and about away from the office, it has action and adventure! An all round good show that ended up as a "movie"...and that movie title was well deserved indeed.
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