A trio of innocent civilians, Linda Simmonds, Clem Mason and Daniel Clark are captured by aliens using a hypnotic signal and imbued with superhuman powers. Straker encounters Clark, who ...
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A trio of innocent civilians, Linda Simmonds, Clem Mason and Daniel Clark are captured by aliens using a hypnotic signal and imbued with superhuman powers. Straker encounters Clark, who overpowers him and leaves him unconscious. When he comes round, Straker is given an ultimatum by the aliens. Unless SHADO ceases its operations, the trio will be sent in as suicide bombers to destroy it.Written by
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The cast includes a number of prominent and soon-to-be-famous actors, notably guest star Mike Pratt, who was concurrently co-starring in the popular comedy-drama 'Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)', and Christopher Timothy (the SkyDiver 3 navigator) who gained international fame a few years later with his starring role as James Herriott in the hugely popular rural drama 'All Creatures Great and Small'. See more »
In order to replace Skydiver 3's Captain Lauritzen, Clem Mason puts his fingertips against the captain's apparently in order to absorb the fingerprints. However, he uses his own right hand against the captain's left! Not only will he have the prints on the wrong hand, they will be reversed as in a mirror. How did he ever expect this to work? See more »
"The Psychobombs" and "Confetti Check A-OK" did not have the opening credit sequence. These episodes both started with the teaser. See more »
This episode begins with an ordinary guy begging Commander Straker for a lift---saying he was having car trouble. Everything seemed to go fine until suddenly this man goes crazy and attacks Straker. When Straker awakens from the pummeling, he finds a note that had been stuffed into his clothes demanding, in effect, that SHADO surrender. It's obvious that aliens had somehow taken care of this guy, but what SHADO doesn't yet know is that there are two more like him--and the three all possess super-human abilities making them extremely difficult to stop. Once they begin their attacks on SHADO, these zombie-like suicide agents are quite formidable and are totally ordinary by all appearances--plus, interestingly enough, these folks don't even know that they are under alien control and have long periods of normality.
This is a very interesting episode--especially since you can actually see some parallels to today's suicide bombers. I am sure that this was not the intention of the writer--but the similarities are there. One of the alien-controlled agents' most interesting abilities is the way that they can steal fingerprints! Cool and quite clever. Not surprisingly, however, Colonel Foster falls for a hot woman who happens to be one of these agents--this sort of thing seems to happen a lot to Foster, the buff stud of SHADO (see various other episodes to see what I mean). Overall, a very interesting show that brings a new type of threat to the planet...evil 'psychobombs'!
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