Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1970 on ITV
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Episode Summary

The newly operational SHADO has its first battle with the aliens and finds out some disturbing facts about them.

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  • The pilot episode of UFO.

    Finally watched this on DVD. It it's ok for a pilot episode. The "UFO"s shown are very primitive and don't show much imagination.

    The "humanoids" aka the Aliens also look very primitive. It's not hard to see that this show outside of the UK isn't talked about much anymore.

    I was expecting the UFOs and Aliens to be more intimidating, but the designs for them were uninspiring.

    I haven't listened to Sylvia Anderson's commentary yet but it's clear that sexuality was part of the show.

    The females in the show all look like models from a music video LMAO will purple, blue and other unusual hair colors. They wear very loose, tight blouses and shirt that often reveal their cleavage and breasts. I am not kidding about that either. Straker was cool.

    He was calm when he needed to be and firm when situation calls for it. The conversations and confrontations with Colonel Alec Freeman would set up many ethical and intellectual themes that would make the show popular.

    I think that's probably this show is remembered. The sci effects were minimal in fact as this is Gerry Anderson you can see the same sets and tricks that they used for Thunderbirds in this show.

    I did like the different vehicles they used for different missions. Obviously when it came to the story and characters a lot of time was spent even though the special effects were again minimal.moreless
  • The story begins with the filiming of a landed U.F.O and the subsequent formation of an organisation to protect the earth from possible attack or invasion.

    U.F.O. Identified:

    This pilot episode of a groundbreaking series introduces characters, technology and even fashion it shows the clarity and accuracy of Gerry Andersons vision of the future. It is more than an “invaders from outer space” story it deals with people and their attitudes and responses to situations out side of their experiences and shocking. It also deals with a secret organisation and how difficult it is to keep such an organisation covert and the real personal cost in trying to protect the planet from an extraterrestrial threat. It is the first episode of a series that is truly ahead of its time and visually and intellectually gripping.moreless
Basil Dignam

Basil Dignam

Cabinet Minister

Guest Star

Maxwell Shaw

Maxwell Shaw

Dr. Schroeder

Guest Star

Shane Rimmer

Shane Rimmer

Lt. Bill Johnson

Guest Star

Gary Myers

Gary Myers

Interceptor pilot Lew Waterman

Recurring Role

Keith Alexander

Keith Alexander

Lt. Keith Ford

Recurring Role



Lt. Ayshea Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Freeman: These clouds give about as much cover as a g-string on a belly dancer.

    • Straker: A funeral without a body. A symbol of human compassion. A long finger of tragic coincidence, stretching across a billion miles of space. Is this the end or the beginning? Where does the Universe end? Where does it begin?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The orange rader screen that Straker looks at in SHADO Control previously appeared on Base Concord in the Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons episode "Renegade Rocket". In both appearances, the display showed that the bases were located in Japan.

    • Virginia Lake is introduced as the chief designer of the Utronic equipment. When actor George Sewell (Alec Freeman) was unavailable to continue his role in the second half of the season, Lake became the new senior colonel at SHADO.

    • The Lew Waterman character is introduced as an Interceptor pilot. After actor Peter Gordeno (Captain Peter Carlin) leaves the show, Waterman becomes captain of SkyDiver 1.