History Series / UFO

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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29th Sep '16 2:50:35 AM GnomeTitan
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* AbsenteeActor: Although the show has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, only Ed Straker appears in all 26 episodes.
29th Sep '16 1:58:14 AM GnomeTitan
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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot. The female Moonbase officers all have purple hair. Oddly, they have perfectly normal colours when seen visiting Earth.

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot. The female Moonbase moonbase officers all have wear purple hair. Oddly, they have perfectly normal colours wigs. For some reason, only the women wear them, and just when seen visiting Earth.on the moonbase and not when vising the earth.
28th Sep '16 1:18:53 PM Winter
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* {{Flatline}}: In the episodes "Identified" and "Computer Affair" the death of a captured alien is graphically depicted by their pulses flattening out on a heart monitor machine.

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* {{Flatline}}: In the {{Flashback}}: Several episodes "Identified" and "Computer Affair" the start with some event or line that makes a character remember where it all began.
** "Court Martial: Colonel Foster's
death of sentence for espionage leads other characters to go over the events that led to the accusation and trial.
** "The Dalotek Affair": An encounter with
a captured alien is graphically depicted by woman at a restaurant leads Colonel Foster to recount their pulses flattening out first meeting on a heart monitor machine.the Moon [[spoiler: which she has forgotten because of amnesia drugs]].
** "Confetti Check a-OK": A SHADO technician's wife has given birth to twins. A celebratory cigar makes Straker remember the early days of SHADO, his marriage to Mary, and the birth of his own son.



* {{Flatline}}: In the episodes "Identified" and "Computer Affair" the death of a captured alien is graphically depicted by their pulses flattening out on a heart monitor machine.



* MistakenForCheating: In "Confetti Check a-Ok", Straker's long hours during SHADO's early days leads his mother-in-law to believe he's cheating on Mary, to the point of hiring a private eye to follow him. He's spotted going into a flat with another woman (one of the Moonbase lieutenants and a celebration of SHADO becoming operational), which leads her to leave him.



* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Each episode has a different alien plot to destroy SHADO headquarters, kill Ed Straker, release nerve gas or whatever. Each time a plot fails the aliens never try it again even if it has a good chance of working.

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* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Each episode has a different alien plot to destroy SHADO headquarters, kill Ed Straker, release nerve gas or whatever. Each time a plot fails the aliens never try it again even if it has a good chance of working. Then again, Straker never builds a second electron telescope; he may not be the only one with budget troubles.



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot. The female Moonbase officers all have purple hair. Oddly, they have perfectly normal colours when seen visiting Earth.


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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the rare Western examples, and from before anime became popular to boot. The female Moonbase officers all have purple hair. Oddly, they have perfectly normal colours when seen visiting Earth.
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