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 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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The episode speculates on cold judgment, devoid of emotions.
When an alien is captured, Colonel Freeman is uneasy about Commander Straker's methods to find information from the alien. Freeman regards Straker as cold, calculating like a computer.
By the same token when one of three Interceptors is destroyed in an encounter with the UFO. A computer when analysing the data thinks that Lieutenant Gay Ellis (Gabrielle Drake) did not want to put one of the other pilots, Mark Bradley in danger as they are an item.
The episode flirts with an interracial romance between Ellis and Bradley. We even see a scene where Ellis is without her purple hair. It led me to think why the women on the moon had purple hair wigs in the first place.
Although this was the second episode shot, it was relegated to be shown later on in the series. The story really was lethargic and limp despite some good production values. It really would had sent viewing figures spiraling downwards if was broadcast after the first episode.
One thing that swerved Gerry Anderson's glimpse of the future was the smoking ban on the workplace. It just looks odd with so many characters smoking when they are supposed to be working. It is political correctness gone mad that you cannot give your colleague secondary cancer!
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