SHADO pilot Jim Reagan is on leave and whilst driving down a country road with his wife at night, he sees a Siamese cat blocking his way. When he gets out to tend to the cat, he is rushed ...
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SHADO pilot Jim Reagan is on leave and whilst driving down a country road with his wife at night, he sees a Siamese cat blocking his way. When he gets out to tend to the cat, he is rushed by aliens who abduct him and operate upon him. As a consequence, when he is returned to Earth he is totally under the influence of the cat and its commands - and the cat is at SHADO headquarters. Written by
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To be honest, the premise of this episode, that of an astronaut being taken over by the mind of an alien in a Siamese cat's body, is downright silly, even by UFO's standards, and seeing Alexis Kanner leaping around and meowing like a cat is hilarious, however, it is worth watching for several reasons. It was written and directed by David Tomblin, who had been heavily involved in 'The Prisoner' and many other ITC shows, and who would go on to even greater things, being First Assistant Director on 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' among many others. Talking of 'The Prisoner' many of this episode's cast members had also worked on that show (Colin Gordon (the bespectacled Number 2), Alexis Kanner, Michael Billington, Al Mancini and Wanda Ventham). Not surprising really in that Rose Tobias Shaw was Casting Director on both series. There is also a strong Bond movie contingent here too, again Michael Billington, Ed Bishop, Steven Berkoff, Vladek Sheybal, and Miss Moneypenny herself Lois Maxwell. Also gracing the screen is the veteran actress Eleanor Summerfield and the show features an early performance by Windsor Davies. Quite a high calibre cast for what is possibly one of the poorer episodes of a generally excellent series.
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