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 »


Cyril Frankel


Gerry Anderson (format), Sylvia Anderson (format) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Nottage Douglas Nottage ... SHADO Maintenance Engineer
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Radio Operator (as Ayshea)
Dolores Mantez ... Nina Barry
Michael Billington ... Col. Paul Foster
Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker
Norma Ronald ... Miss Ealand
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Casting Agent (as Ron Bember)
Jean Wladon Jean Wladon ... Actor (as Jean Vladon)
Kirsten Lindholm Kirsten Lindholm ... Actress
Patrick Allen ... Turner
Wanda Ventham ... Col. Virginia Lake
Grant Taylor ... Gen. James Henderson
Vladek Sheybal ... Dr. Doug Jackson
John Lyons ... Studio Guard
John J. Carney ... 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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Release Date:

17 February 1971 (UK) See more »

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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 »


About 46:00 in, the lettering on Turner's go-cart for Harlington-Straker Studios is reversed indicating a flipped shot. See more »


Turner: Big Man!
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UFO: Theme from the Gerry Anderson Television Series
Written by Barry Gray
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Not 100% original, but rather cool.
12 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Colonels Lake and Straker are found unconscious by the their car by SHADO. When they come to, they tell of their harrowing adventure--which is shown in a long flashback.

Their adventure begins when the two are driving along a country road when they are attacked by a UFO. They escape but when they get back to SHADO headquarters, the place seems mostly frozen in time. That's because although everyone is frozen like statues and some things can't be moved or manipulated, other things can. In the midst of this bizarre setting, a SHADO agent (Turner) suddenly appears and begins taunting them. It seems Turner is working for the aliens and is quite cocky about his new powers, as all this is apparently happening during just an instant of time. So, much of the show is a cat & mouse game where it appears Turner is just having fun before he ultimately kills them. But, since Straker is the star of the show and Lake is in quite a few episodes, you KNOW that eventually the tide will change and the good guys will prevail--especially sine there are still eight more episodes to go in the series! In some ways, this episode is reminiscent of one from the original "Star Trek" TV series--the one where begins who travel MUCH faster than humans take control of the Enterprise. These beings, because they travel so fast, cannot be perceived by the human eye and appear unstoppable. But, like the aliens here in "UFO" they are--as, once again, evil cannot win or the series would be completed prematurely. This takes away a bit of the suspense, but such is the hazard of putting the leads in ANY dangerous plot. Had they chosen a 'no name', it might and not done it as a flashback, it might have worked a tad better. Still, it's not bad--a pretty average but very watchable episode. My only reservation and reason I didn't score this one even higher is near the end there is a very silly scene involving toy-like cars and a chase. Frankly, it looked a lot like the game "Mario Cart" but done at very low speed! How did THIS get in the episode and who that it was a good idea?!

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