History Series / UFO

31st Mar '17 12:04:28 PM eroock
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'''''UFO''''' (1969-71) is a [[BritishSeries British]] live-action ScienceFiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (with Reg Hill), the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. It was Gerry Anderson's first live-action series.

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'''''UFO''''' ''UFO'' (1969-71) is a [[BritishSeries British]] live-action ScienceFiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (with Reg Hill), the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. It was Gerry Anderson's first live-action series.
16th Mar '17 2:48:14 PM frogpatrol
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->''"The Earth is faced with a powerful threat from an extra-terrestrial source. We've moved into an age where science fiction has become fact. We need to defend ourselves."''

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->''"The Earth is faced with a powerful threat from an extra-terrestrial extraterrestrial source. We've moved into an age where science fiction has become fact. We need to defend ourselves."''



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

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'''''UFO''''' (1969-71) is a [[BritishSeries British]] live-action [[ScienceFiction sci-fi]] ScienceFiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (with Reg Hill), the creators of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. It was Gerry Anderson's first live-action series.
16th Mar '17 2:47:04 PM frogpatrol
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In the dystopian future of...[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1980]], Earth is under attack by [[FlyingSaucer UFOs]] sent from a {{dying race}} (no name for the aliens [[NoNameGiven is ever given]]) seeking to [[HumanResources harvest our organs]]. A top-secret [[MultinationalTeam multinational organisation]] called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation, pronounced "[[FunWithAcronyms Shadow]]"), led by the dedicated Commander Straker, is given unprecedented (though not limitless) resources to [[TheMenInBlack suppress knowledge of the aliens]] while at the same time sussing out ways to fight them.

The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[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 while sacrificing 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' [[MagnumOpusDissonance 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 cultivating 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''.

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In the dystopian future of...year of... [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1980]], Earth is under attack by [[FlyingSaucer UFOs]] sent from by a {{dying race}} (no name for the aliens [[NoNameGiven is ever given]]) seeking to [[HumanResources harvest our organs]]. A top-secret [[MultinationalTeam multinational organisation]] called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation, pronounced "[[FunWithAcronyms Shadow]]"), led by the dedicated Commander Straker, is given unprecedented (though not limitless) resources to [[TheMenInBlack suppress knowledge of the aliens]] while at the same time sussing out ways to fight them.

The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[BestKnownForTheFanservice miniskirts]], and dark (for the time) subject matter. Few episodes had genuinely satisfactory endings; at most SHADO would prevent some outrageous act major acts of sabotage or destruction while sacrificing 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 This dark re-imagining reimagining of ''[[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet]]'' unfortunately backfired, as most broadcasters were expecting the Andersons' [[MagnumOpusDissonance usual children's fare]]. This and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork erratic Erratic broadcasting schedules]] (no two regional stations ever simulcast the show, show) and indifferent from American broadcasters broadcasters, who reacted with a collective "WTF?") "WTF?", prevented ''UFO'' from cultivating an audience; without audience. Without US support, a second season (set set on a more-advanced more advanced Moonbase in the 1990's) 1990's was scrapped, and the pre-production design and model work (not to mention some (and basic concepts) reused for the slightly-more marginally more successful ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.

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



* ActionHoggingOpening: A fast-cut montage, over an uncharacteristically (as compared to the martial/orchestral ThemeTune of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'') [[TheSixties Swinging Sixties]] theme music, shows us all the relevant people, places, and hardware featured on the show.
* AlienAbduction: The main reason for the [=UFO=]s to visit the earth seems to be to abduct people, either to harvest their organs or to take over their entire bodies.

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* ActionHoggingOpening: A fast-cut montage, over an uncharacteristically (as compared to the martial/orchestral orchestral martial-sounding ThemeTune of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'') [[TheSixties Swinging Sixties]] theme music, shows us all the relevant people, places, and hardware featured on the show.
* AlienAbduction: The main reason for the [=UFO=]s to visit the earth seems to be Earth to abduct people, humans, either to harvest their organs or to take over their entire bodies.



** In the episode "Computer Affairs" man is shot from a submerged submarine into the air. If the submarine's interior had been at normal atmospheric pressure it would have been very difficult to open a hatch against the water pressure, and when the hatch opened the compartment inside would be very forcefully flooded. On the other hand, if the internal air pressure had been increased to match the water pressure (as is done in similar situations in RealLife) the man would have had to be treated for the bends afterwards.

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** In the episode "Computer Affairs" man is shot from a submerged submarine into the air. If the submarine's interior had been at normal atmospheric pressure it would have been very difficult to open a hatch against the water pressure, and when the hatch opened the compartment inside would be very forcefully flooded. On the other hand, if the internal air pressure had been increased to match the water pressure (as is done in similar situations in RealLife) the man would have had to be treated for the bends afterwards.



* DistantPrologue: Begins one year in the future (ie 1970) with Colonel Straker witnessing a UFO attack. The rest of the series takes place 11 years in the future (1980) when Straker is head of SHADO. As of the finale, it is implied that "now" is 1984[[note]]from a reference to an event in "1974", and dating the precipitating events of the episode to that time as well[[/note]], helped along by the reference to more advanced and sophisticated Moonbase defence systems against massed UFO attacks.

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* DistantPrologue: Begins one year in the future (ie (i.e. 1970) with Colonel Straker witnessing a UFO attack. The rest of the series takes place 11 years in the future (1980) when Straker is head of SHADO. As of the finale, it is implied that "now" is 1984[[note]]from a reference to an event in "1974", and dating the precipitating events of the episode to that time as well[[/note]], helped along by the reference to more advanced and sophisticated Moonbase defence systems against massed UFO attacks.
3rd Dec '16 6:45:45 AM JackG
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* ToTheBatpole: Pilots use chutes to quickly get to their interceptors on Moonbase and the [=SkyDiver=] submarine. SHADO's headquarters (hidden under a film studio) is accessed by Straker's office which serves as an elevator. As Gerry Anderson pointed out in a DVDCommentary, it's just as well no-one peeked into the boss' window and wondered why his office was sinking into the ground.

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* ToTheBatpole: Pilots use chutes to quickly get to their interceptors on Moonbase and the [=SkyDiver=] submarine. SHADO's headquarters (hidden under a film studio) is accessed by [[SuperMultipurposeRoom Straker's office which serves as an elevator.elevator]]. As Gerry Anderson pointed out in a DVDCommentary, it's just as well no-one peeked into the boss' window and wondered why his office was sinking into the ground.
2nd Dec '16 3:29:56 PM JackG
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* InfiniteSupplies: Averted. Several episodes show Straker arguing with his superiors over his budget allocation. (Players of ''{{X-COM}}'' might have a idea of how he feels.)


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* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: Averted. Several episodes show Straker arguing with his superiors over his budget allocation. (Players of ''{{X-COM}}'' might have a idea of how he feels.)
25th Nov '16 11:06:53 AM nombretomado
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* FutureMusic: "Ordeal" wrongly predicts that you can go to a party in the future dressed like [[AustinPowers Goldmember]] and not get laughed at; however it is correct in assuming that Music/{{the Beatles}} song "Get Back" will still be popular.

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* FutureMusic: "Ordeal" wrongly predicts that you can go to a party in the future dressed like [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers Goldmember]] and not get laughed at; however it is correct in assuming that Music/{{the Beatles}} song "Get Back" will still be popular.
23rd Nov '16 3:45:06 AM JackG
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: At the end of "The Dalotek Affair" a woman apologises for the trouble her privately-operated moon-mining operation has caused, despite the fact that it was SHADO who disrupted their operation in the (unjustified, as it turned out) belief they had something to do with the crisis of the week.
23rd Nov '16 3:34:10 AM JackG
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* OutOfOrder: Every TV broadcaster showed the 26 episodes in different order, due to the then highly-localized nature of the ITV "network" in Britain (this was completely normal at the time, and explains the absence of multi-episode plotlines) - in fact, three ITV regions once premiered different episodes of the show ''at the exact same time''!
23rd Nov '16 3:07:30 AM JackG
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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]]. 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]]. 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 cultivating 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}}''.
23rd Nov '16 3:06:42 AM JackG
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The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[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.

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The series is remembered for its garish decor, glamorous girls in [[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 destruction while sacrificing 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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