UFO: Season 1, Episode 16

The Man Who Came Back (3 Feb. 1971)

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Craig Collins returns after his craft crash-landed in a jungle . Two whole months of his travels are unaccounted for, but he has become much rougher, stronger and sharper, though only ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores Mantez ...
Nina Barry
Colonel Craig Collins
Anouska Hempel ...
SHADO Operative Tamara Paulson
Ayshea Brough ...
SHADO Operative (as Ayshea)
Michael Billington ...
Miss Holland
Colonel John Grey
Moonbase Operative Carol Miller
Michael Stevens ...
Chauffeur (as Mike Stevens)
Roland Culver ...
Sir Esmond
Vladek Sheybal ...
Robert Grange ...
Moonbase Doctor
Nancy Nevinson ...


Craig Collins returns after his craft crash-landed in a jungle . Two whole months of his travels are unaccounted for, but he has become much rougher, stronger and sharper, though only Colonel John Grey seems to find any cause for concern and nobody else takes his views seriously. However, when Collins is in Space with Straker it becomes clear that aliens have taken over his mind and Straker has to try and literally talk sense into him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The character of Blind actor Sir Esmond played by Ronald Culver was based on real life blind actor Esmond Knight. See more »


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Trust animals and blind people with their gut instincts!
10 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Colonel Craig Collins is shot down by aliens and crashes in the jungle. Because he's assumed to be dead, his death is official--but he's discovered eight weeks later and returns to duty. Oddly, he's none the worse for wear for the experience. In fact, he's TOO healthy but most of the staff of SHADO don't notice this discrepancy. However, like animals (from episode 1.23), blind folks can apparently instinctively tell when one is an alien or under alien influence--sort of like Spiderman's 'spider sense'. This blind guy and Colonel John Grey seem to be the only ones who recognize that he just ain't right. Can the rest of the SHADO folks recognize this before it's too late?

Considering that in episode 1.7 ("Kill Straker") Colonel Foster and a 'red shirt' were somehow altered by aliens to kill the Commander, you'd certainly THINK that the SHADO personnel would be more wary of Collins and more open to the idea that he could be working for the side of evil. To me, this is a huge hole in the plot of this episode--there was a lot of reason (other than the blind guy getting a case of the creeps) to be concerned about Collins. Plus, the plot, since it was dealt with before, isn't all that original. Despite these concerns, though, it is still an entertaining show--one well worth seeing. After all, it is interesting even if the SHADO folks apparently aren't all that smart! To find out WHY Collins is an evil piggy as well as IF they discover his plans, tune in and see.

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