History Series / UFO

22nd Aug '16 5:52:59 PM htuttle
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The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[{{Stripperiffic}} miniskirts]], and dark (for the time) subject matter. Few episodes had genuinely satisfactory endings; at most SHADO would prevent some outrageous act of sabotage or destruction, sacrifice a few innocent people, and their attempts to discover more about the aliens [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption frequently came to naught]]. The stories included such adult themes as drug use, adultery, inter-racial relationships, and the breakdown of Straker's marriage under the strain of the job.

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The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[{{Stripperiffic}} [[BestKnownForTheFanservice miniskirts]], and dark (for the time) subject matter. Few episodes had genuinely satisfactory endings; at most SHADO would prevent some outrageous act of sabotage or destruction, sacrifice a few innocent people, and their attempts to discover more about the aliens [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption frequently came to naught]]. The stories included such adult themes as drug use, adultery, inter-racial relationships, and the breakdown of Straker's marriage under the strain of the job.



Unfortunately, this dark re-imagining of ''[[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet]]'' backfired, as most broadcasters were expecting the Andersons' usual children's fare. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, and American broadcasters reacted with a collective "WTF?") prevented ''UFO'' from cultivated an audience; without US support, a second season (set on a more-advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some basic concepts) reused for the slightly-more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.

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Unfortunately, this dark re-imagining of ''[[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet]]'' backfired, as most broadcasters were expecting the Andersons' [[MagnumOpusDissonance usual children's fare.fare]]. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, and American broadcasters reacted with a collective "WTF?") prevented ''UFO'' from cultivated an audience; without US support, a second season (set on a more-advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some basic concepts) reused for the slightly-more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.
22nd Aug '16 5:38:35 PM htuttle
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'''''UFO''''' is a [[BritishSeries British]] live-action [[ScienceFiction sci-fi]] television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (with Reg Hill) in 1969-71, and Gerry Anderson's first live-action series.

In the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic world of 1980]] Earth is under attack by [[FlyingSaucer UFO's]] from a DyingRace (no name for the aliens [[NoNameGiven is ever given]]) seeking to [[HumanResources harvest people for their organs]]. A top-secret [[MultinationalTeam multinational organisation]] called [[FunWithAcronyms SHADO]] (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation, pronounced "[[MeaningfulName Shadow]]"), led by the dedicated Commander Straker, is set up with impressive (though not limitless) resources, including the high-tech hardware expected from the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. Its goal is to [[TheMenInBlack suppress public knowledge of the aliens]] while at the same time finding ways to combat them.

The series is remembered for its colourful decor, glamorous girls in {{Stripperiffic}} outfits, and dark (for its time) concept. Few of the episodes had 'happy' endings; at most SHADO would prevent some outrageous act of sabotage or destruction, [[ShootTheDog innocent people were often sacrificed]], and attempts to discover more about the aliens [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption frequently came to naught]]. The stories included such adult themes as drug use, adultery, inter-racial relationships, and the breakdown of Straker's marriage under the strain of his job.

Unfortunately this attempt to make a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' backfired, as most TV broadcasters were expecting the Andersons' usual [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids children's fare]]. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, and American broadcasters reacted with a collective "WTF?") prevented ''UFO'' from gaining an audience -- without US support, a second season (set on a more advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some basic concepts) reused for the slightly more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.

The series still managed to have a significant, if limited, impact on pop-culture though. Both the video-game developer Creator/MicroProse and the anime studio [[Creator/StudioGainax Gainax]] have pointed towards the show as a main inspiration for their respective franchises; ''VideoGame/XCom'' and ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

After languishing in DevelopmentHell for years, a feature film based on the series was [[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011722.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 supposedly moving ahead]] for release in 2012. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nothing seemed to come of it.

No relation to ''Series/ProjectUFO''. nor to Michael Shencker's rock band ''Music/{{UFO}}''.

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'''''UFO''''' (1969-71) is a [[BritishSeries British]] live-action [[ScienceFiction sci-fi]] television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (with Reg Hill) in 1969-71, and Hill), the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. It was Gerry Anderson's first live-action series.

In the dystopian future of...[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic world of 1980]] 1980]], Earth is under attack by [[FlyingSaucer UFO's]] UFOs]] sent from a DyingRace {{dying race}} (no name for the aliens [[NoNameGiven is ever given]]) seeking to [[HumanResources harvest people for their our organs]]. A top-secret [[MultinationalTeam multinational organisation]] called [[FunWithAcronyms SHADO]] SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation, pronounced "[[MeaningfulName "[[FunWithAcronyms Shadow]]"), led by the dedicated Commander Straker, is set up with impressive given unprecedented (though not limitless) resources, including the high-tech hardware expected from the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. Its goal is resources to [[TheMenInBlack suppress public knowledge of the aliens]] while at the same time finding sussing out ways to combat fight them.

The series is remembered for its colourful garish decor, glamorous girls in {{Stripperiffic}} outfits, [[{{Stripperiffic}} miniskirts]], and dark (for its the time) concept. subject matter. Few of the episodes had 'happy' genuinely satisfactory endings; at most SHADO would prevent some outrageous act of sabotage or destruction, [[ShootTheDog sacrifice a few innocent people were often sacrificed]], people, and their attempts to discover more about the aliens [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption frequently came to naught]]. The stories included such adult themes as drug use, adultery, inter-racial relationships, and the breakdown of Straker's marriage under the strain of his job.

Unfortunately this attempt to make a DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' backfired, as most TV broadcasters were expecting
the Andersons' usual [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids children's fare]]. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, and American broadcasters reacted with a collective "WTF?") prevented ''UFO'' from gaining an audience -- without US support, a second season (set on a more advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some basic concepts) reused for the slightly more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.

The series still managed to have a significant, if limited, impact on pop-culture though. Both the video-game developer Creator/MicroProse and the anime studio [[Creator/StudioGainax Gainax]] have pointed towards the show as a main inspiration for their respective franchises; ''VideoGame/XCom'' and ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

After languishing in DevelopmentHell for years, a feature film based on the series was [[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011722.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 supposedly moving ahead]] for release in 2012. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nothing seemed to come of it.

No relation to ''Series/ProjectUFO''. nor to Michael Shencker's rock band ''Music/{{UFO}}''.
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Unfortunately, this dark re-imagining of ''[[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet]]'' backfired, as most broadcasters were expecting the Andersons' usual children's fare. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, and American broadcasters reacted with a collective "WTF?") prevented ''UFO'' from cultivated an audience; without US support, a second season (set on a more-advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some basic concepts) reused for the slightly-more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.

The series still managed to have a significant, if limited, impact on pop-culture, though: Both the video-game developer Creator/MicroProse and the anime studio [[Creator/StudioGainax Gainax]] have pointed towards the show as a main inspiration for their respective franchises; ''VideoGame/XCom'' and ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

After languishing in DevelopmentHell for years, a feature film based on the series was [[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011722.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 supposedly moving ahead]] for release in 2012. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nothing seemed to come of it.

No relation to ''Series/ProjectUFO''. nor to Michael Shencker's rock band ''Music/{{UFO}}''.
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22nd Aug '16 3:50:22 PM Winter
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* DaChief: General Henderson of the International Astrophysical Committee, who's always going red in the face and shouting at Commander Straker, usually over SHADO's budget allocation. Ironically [[WeUsedToBeFriends Henderson and Straker are quite friendly]] in the 'contemporary' scenes that take place before SHADO is operational.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: General Henderson of the International Astrophysical Committee, who's always going red in the face and shouting at Commander Straker, usually over SHADO's budget allocation. Ironically [[WeUsedToBeFriends Henderson and Straker are quite friendly]] in the 'contemporary' scenes that take place before SHADO is operational.



* ShaggyDogStory: "Close up" has Straker request a billion dollars for a special space probe outfitted with an advanced telescope to take images of the alien planet. There's the launch, a spacewalk to install the telescope, and then a nerve-wracking interception mission to force a ufo into an orbit near the probe so it can lock on and follow the alien craft when it retreats. And then a months-long wait for data to come back. [[spoiler: And all for naught since the photographs are missing range and magnification data that would allow reliable identification of their contents.]]



* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot.

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot.boot. The female Moonbase officers all have purple hair. Oddly, they have perfectly normal colours when seen visiting Earth.
20th Aug '16 1:25:43 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* GetItOverWith: In "Kill Straker", Foster's response to realizing that Straker intends to kill him is to say that he understands that it has to be done because HeKnowsTooMuch, but "For God's sake, get it over with!" Since Straker's actual goal is to tempt Foster to kill ''him'', this just leads Straker to make up other reasons that are more inflammatory and unfair.
2nd Apr '16 11:59:52 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AnyoneCanDie: And boy, do they ''ever''! The first episode opens with the aliens massacring a bunch of teens who got unlucky enough to find a landing site and take some pictures, S.H.A.D.O. RedShirt agents drop like flies, and then there's episodes like [[InfantImmortality "Confetti Check,]] [[AvertedTrope A-OK"]]...

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* AnyoneCanDie: And boy, do they ''ever''! The first episode opens with the aliens massacring a bunch of teens who got unlucky enough to find a landing site and take some pictures, S.H.A.D.O. RedShirt agents drop like flies, and then there's episodes like [[InfantImmortality "Confetti Check,]] "A Matter,]] [[AvertedTrope A-OK"]]...Of Priorities"]]...
28th Mar '16 6:34:26 AM GnomeTitan
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* DeathSeeker / SuicideByCop: Straker sees Freeman about to shoot Croxley and can't help thinking, "Shoot, for God's sake shoot!" Even though Crosley can read minds, he doesn't move to defend himself.

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* DeathSeeker / SuicideByCop: DeathSeeker: Straker sees Freeman about to shoot Croxley and can't help thinking, "Shoot, for God's sake shoot!" Even though Crosley can read minds, he doesn't move to defend himself.
27th Mar '16 2:39:33 AM JackG
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* DeathSeeker / SuicideByCop: Straker sees Freeman about to shoot Croxley and can't help thinking, "Shoot, for God's sake shoot!" Even though Crosley can read minds, he doesn't move to defend himself.
7th Feb '16 12:26:37 AM GnomeTitan
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* {{Fanservice}}: There is no nudity, obviously except for a few [[LingerieScene Lingerie Scenes]] (themselves something unexpected to see in a series that some broadcasters marketed for kids), but lots of other kinds of FanService.

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* {{Fanservice}}: There is no nudity, obviously except for a few [[LingerieScene Lingerie Scenes]] (themselves something unexpected to see in a series that some broadcasters marketed for kids), but lots of other kinds of FanService.



* [[IdiotBall/LiveActionTV Idiot Ball]]: "The Dalotek Affair". Both Colonel Foster and the crew of a Moonship pick it up, causing the death of two SHADO Moonship pilots.
** Specifically, the lunar module pilots stubbornly remain on computer remote control, despite the latest in a series of communications failures. Foster is actually smart enough to force the issue by shutting down the Moonbase computer, but by then it's too late.
** Meanwhile, ''everybody'' is only too happy to accept that the new crater near the Dalotek base is a common meteor, even though it happened in the wake of a UFO feint, and Straker ''ordered'' Foster to look for subterfuge.
** As Chris Bentley points out in ''The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide'', there's no logical reason why the aliens should try to wipe out all life on Earth with nerve gas ("Destruction") when they need transplantable organs and living hosts to, you know, '''survive'''.

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* [[IdiotBall/LiveActionTV Idiot Ball]]: IdiotBall:
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"The Dalotek Affair". Both Affair", both Colonel Foster and the crew of a Moonship pick it up, causing the death of two SHADO Moonship pilots.
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pilots. The lunar module pilots stubbornly remain on computer remote control, despite the latest in a series of communications failures. Foster is actually smart enough to force the issue by shutting down the Moonbase computer, but by then it's too late.
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late. Meanwhile, ''everybody'' is only too happy to accept that the new crater near the Dalotek base is a common meteor, even though it happened in the wake of a UFO feint, and Straker ''ordered'' Foster to look for subterfuge.
** As Chris Bentley points out in ''The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide'', there's no logical reason why the aliens should try to wipe out all life on Earth with nerve gas ("Destruction") (in "Destruction") when they need transplantable organs and living hosts to, you know, '''survive'''.
6th Feb '16 12:04:35 AM Cindylover1969
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* IdiotPlot: As Chris Bentley points out in ''The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide'', "The Aliens' plan (in "Destruction") doesn't seem to make sense (a race that requires transplantable organs and living host bodies are attempting to destroy all life on Earth) and is not rationalised on screen."

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* IdiotPlot: ** As Chris Bentley points out in ''The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide'', "The Aliens' plan (in "Destruction") doesn't seem there's no logical reason why the aliens should try to make sense (a race that requires wipe out all life on Earth with nerve gas ("Destruction") when they need transplantable organs and living host bodies are attempting to destroy all life on Earth) and is not rationalised on screen."hosts to, you know, '''survive'''.
6th Feb '16 12:01:41 AM Cindylover1969
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* IdiotPlot: As Chris Bentley points out in ''The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide'', "The Aliens' plan (in "Destruction") doesn't seem to make sense (a race that requires transplantable organs and living host bodies are attempting to destroy all life on Earth) and is not rationalised on screen."
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