Three Interceptors are sent to frustrate a UFO attack but one collides with the UFO, killing the pilot, Ken Matthews. Lieutenant Gay Ellis was giving the pilots their instructions and ...
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Three Interceptors are sent to frustrate a UFO attack but one collides with the UFO, killing the pilot, Ken Matthews. Lieutenant Gay Ellis was giving the pilots their instructions and Straker suspects she sacrificed Matthews to give spare another pilot,Mark Bradley, her apparent lover. Psychological tests on Gay and Mark, as processed by a computer, confirm that they are in love but both deny it. When an alien lands on Earth, Gay sends Mark to capture it, to prove that she is impartial and prepared to risk his life. He comes through and goes on a date with her. Straker tells them that if Gay had followed official SHADO protocol all three pilots would have been killed. Written by
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If you buy the DVD set for "UFO", you'll discover that all the episodes are completely out of order except for the first one. So, while this was actually the 21st episode to air, in the DVD set, it's the second--making this a rather odd choice.
The episode begins with a UFO slipping past the moon's defenses. In an odd move, Straker orders the three pilots and Commander from the Moon back to Earth. There, he conducts an inquisition, of sorts, and has the four evaluated by some crackpot psychoanalyst. While I saw absolutely no buildup to this at all, the therapist announces that the problem was caused by the female Commander's falling in love with one of the pilots. Her actions, as a result, were colored by her feelings. In other words, because she cared so much about him, she acted more out of a desire to protect him than for what was best for the planet.
This COULD have been a much more interesting topic than it was. That's because the Commander is a white lady and the pilot is a handsome black man. But, instead of allowing the plot to take this daring choice, the show seemed to back away from this--giving a rather vague handling instead of allowing an interracial love to definitely occur. The vagueness was a bit annoying. Still, apart from not really dealing with the topic, the episode had many interesting moments--such as the capture of a live alien. All in all, worth watching but I wanted to see more about this budding love interest. Perhaps if the show had lasted more than one season it would have gone there.
By the way, for all those who were baffled by the purple-haired ladies on the Moon, here you get to see one with normal hair. Oddly, after leading the Moon, the Commander has brown hair through the rest of the episode. Are we to assume there's some odd properties on the Moon that cause only ladies' hair to become, temporarily, purple?! What's with this?!
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