01:40 - 02:30
Out-of-this-world action and suspense in orbit as Earth's defence organisation comes under threat from aliens. At Moonbase Control, the defence team wages a spectacular battle with alien invaders, explores mysteries of the universe, discovers computer love affairs and encounters dying extra-terrestrials who need human organs for survival. One of the best of its genre, UFO combines the remarkable talents of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson with those of special effects director Derek Meddings. With a stellar cast including Ed Bishop, Michael Billington and George Sewell. ARD-alpha presents this british pioneer SciFi-Series in the original English version.Episode 4, "Conflict": Flying debris in space presents a grim hazard to spacecraft - but even more so when alien satellite uses it as a cover for attacks.Ed Strake (Ed Bishop) is worried about the dangers of flying debris in outer space. Discarded rocket boosters, in particular, can be a hazard to orbital space flights and Straker also feels that they could be a cover for alien activity.But attempts to persuade the International Astrophysical Commission to clear the debris meet with fierce opposition from General Henderson (Grant Taylor), of the Commission, even after the deaths of two SHADO spacemen in what Straker believes might have been a re-entry collision with an item of space junk. Henderson, however, thinks it was a pilot error and orders all orbital flights to be grounded pending an investigation.Space Pilot Paul Foster (Michael Billington) is so convinced that the dead men were not a fault that he disobeys the order and flies the same route. He comes perilously close to meeting with the same fate but lands safely with proof that an alien satellite is using a burned-out rocket stage as cover.Henderson is still unshaken and accuses Straker and Foster of rigging the evidence, but Straker now has enough data to realise that the satellite is a decoy - a red herring to put SHADO off the real danger. The alien satellite has a bigger objective than spacecraft - SHADO HQ itself.the danger looms close, but Moonbase has been ordered to close down. And General Henderson, in the SHADO headquarters with Straker, realises at last that Strakers's fears were justified. Something must be done to clear the debris… if they survive the attack of the UFO that is homing-in on them …
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