This came up before on Memory Lane but what you saw of this series depended on where you lived in the USA.
UFO was a television series in the UK and Canada in 1970. Another in a series of shows from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO was their first live action series not necessarily aimed at kids, for a change.
Unfortunately, negotiations with USA broadcasters stalled so no major American network carried the original series. But by 1972 syndications deals made the series available to local stations around the country.
I never saw the TV series but ITV produced a compilation "made for TV" movie featuring the best scenes from season one of the show. It was that movie that I saw here in Seattle back in the 80's.
Now this is typical Anderson's style entertainment. Ya gotta kinda go with it! When I first saw this I couldn't take my eyes off those Moon Base women. In fact, I was totally fascinated and couldn't look away for a second. My mind kept saying, "wtf is this?". That guy in the jet fighter would made a great mannequin for a store window. All the acting seems a little strange to me but there is that Anderson cheesy quality that makes it all fun to watch.
I'll never forget that Saturday afternoon back in the 80's when the movie version aired on the local independent station here in Seattle. I sat there with the remote in my hand and yet I couldn't move. Each scene was fascinating yet strange. All the model work was carefully done with just a touch of cheese to make it all fun too.
But it was the serious acting that made it all hang together. I can only imagine that there must have been many takes during production as the cast broke into laughter after each line! That jet fighter pilot must've had a tough time keeping a straight face.
One thing that stands out for me is the way the action scenes involving the flying saucers actually seem to slow down the pace of the movie. The time it takes to film the models to look just right plays out as long periods with little dialogue in the film. I kinda like the way these scenes take their sweet time as you watch. These "breaks" in the pace sit well with me. Some action films have too much action for my tastes.
With all the push for realism in entertainment today, I still find "fakiness" to be more entertaining if handled properly.
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