UFO (1970–1973)
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Cmdr Ed Straker and Col Virginia Lake disappear and are discovered unconscious near the dead body of a Shado operative (Turner). Col Foster and co. try to understand what has happened. ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Nottage ... SHADO Maintenance Engineer
Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Radio Operator (as Ayshea)
... Nina Barry
... Col. Paul Foster
... Cmdr. Ed Straker
Norma Ronald ... Miss Ealand
Ron Pember ... Casting Agent (as Ron Bember)
Jean Wladon ... Actor (as Jean Vladon)
Kirsten Lindholm ... Actress
... Turner
... Col. Virginia Lake
Grant Taylor ... Gen. James Henderson
... Dr. Doug Jackson
... Studio Guard
... Studio Security Man


Cmdr Ed Straker and Col Virginia Lake disappear and are discovered unconscious near the dead body of a Shado operative (Turner). Col Foster and co. try to understand what has happened. Straker picks up Lake at night, and as the pair drive they observe a UFO, which is following them, The UFO starts to attack them, and they radio for assistance, but are unable to contact SHADO HQ, and they drive off the road, under a tree, and when Straker says 'freeze', they're hit with some beam. When they arrive back at the studio gate, it's mid-day, with a bright sun, and they discover the base and surrounding area are frozen in time and space. They move through the base, they see everyone frozen, including all the equipment, and a bird in mid-air. Straker observes and tries to move a stool fixed in mid-air, which he hits with a stick (they are able to pick up and manipulate the stick). At this point he realises there are inconsistencies in what exactly is frozen (they are also able to use a lift) ... Written by thecycnic

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17 February 1971 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red mini dress worn by Kirsten Lindholm in this episode was previously worn by Deborah Grant in The Psychobombs and prior to that by Susan Jameson in The Sound Of Silence. See more »


It is not totally clear if time stands still or everything physical is frozen in space. Either way it should not be possible for a VDU (in the command center) to project a picture, this requires an electron scan to take place and light photons emitted. See more »

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Excellent Scifi Mindbender in the MEMENTO backwards told tradition
5 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you like Gerry Anderson and ITC sci-fi from the 70s, this is a must-see episode. Even if you're not a fan, it's probably the most entertaining entry from the UFO series, and one the most visually amazing 48 minutes of television you're ever likely to see. It begins with a riddle, then goes back in time to solve it (the same trick JJ Abrams now uses 35 years later most weeks on ALIAS and LOST). The result involves a half hour non-stop chase sequence which is amazingly energetic, at times confusing, but ultimately very satisfying.

The plot, which involves the freezing of time for everyone except Straker, Col. Lake, and a SHADO traitor, is right out of a famous OUTER LIMITS episode, but gets a fresh coat of paint and provides the excuse for some very cool freeze-frame sequences and some visual effects which hold up very well even after all these years. I don't want to reveal any more and spoil the fun; suffice to say this intriguingly stylish early 70s entry gets my hearty endorsement and I hope you are able to find a way to see it (the UFO DVD set is your best bet).

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