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Desc:UFO was Britain's answer to Star Trek, 1970.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Science & Technology
Tags:ufo, Sci-Fi, shado, moonbase
Submitted:baleen
Date:12/07/08
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baleen

This is supposed to take place in 1980. I mean did they think that 1980 would be like this ten years after 1970? What optimism!
Diogenes
I know! Jets, space stations, radar, purple wigs, and people on the moon! What the holy hell were they smoking?

baleen

Even the sisters had silky purple hair. That's how advanced we got.

Camonk
Are they "sisters" if they're British? I like how the uniforms are explicitly designed to call attention to the breasts. We get some of those, I'll bet enlistment goes up in all the armed forces.

Do they send a Skyranger out to recover the elirium or what?

garcet71283
Holy crap, there was an XCOM show.

Also, youfoe.
vissarion
The original (British) title of XCom was "UFO: Enemy Unknown". The creators of the game basically admitted that it was a straight-up adaptation.

garcet71283
ya, I was aware of the original title, I was wondering if there was a connection.

Binro the Heretic
I have every single episode on VHS.

It's a surprisingly brutal show.
OxygenThief
**Incoming Transmission from Central Command**

**Initializing Dot Matrix Printer**

Beep Boop
vissarion
**Open Cockpit Entry Chute**

**Cockpit Entry Chute Open**

**Initiating Cockpit Entry**

**Wheeeeeeee**

Caminante Nocturno
Samurai Pizza Cats flashback at 0:48.

Wait, this predates Samurai Pizza Cats!
Billy the Poet
So is a purple pageboy a job requirement in the future, or is that one of those embarrassing Jennifer Anniston-haircut situations circa 1994?
fermun
Speed 1 and a half million miles per second? almost 10 times the speed of light? What kind of radar are you using to track them?
fermun
Sorry guys, it's my beard. Sometimes it just brushes up against the keyboard.

socialist_hentai
The kind that can't see through clouds.

KnowFuture
UFO was Gerry Anderson's answer to Not Puppets Thunderbirds.

Also, again petitioning for a Why Can't Women Look Like That Anymore tag (the purple hair part I understand...wait no I don't...)
Oktay
Not to diss UFO but Britain's answer to Star Trek has been and always shall be, Space: 1999. UFO is Britain's answer to Stingray, which is Britain's answer to Thunderbirds, which in turn, is Britain's answer to Supercar.

Now you know.
baleen

Perhaps thematically, but Space 99 came five years after this, and UFO came only a few years after Star Trek, which makes it more of an answer. Stingray! At first I thought you meant the American Stingray, which didn't come into the 80's. Now I don't know what you're talking about.

Oktay
Stingray was just like Thunderbirds and just as great!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E06cNv55jTs

As to answering ST, here are the facts:

ST: interstellar adventures, laser equipped ships, maverick go-getter runs the ship.

S1999: interstellar adventures, laser equipped eagles, maverick go-getter runs the base.

UFO: stuck in earth orbit, fire one rocket and you have to go back to base, and some guy with a hairdo runs the operation.


baleen

Supermarionation, the technology that singlehandedly defeated the Soviets.

baleen

no pun intended.

Chizmurder
No no! These ships don't look intimidating enough! Put a huge missile on it! No room?... uhhh just stick it on the nose. Yeah. Perfect. Cue swinger music. The purple haired girls are gonna love this.
Desidiosus
Oh, and make sure our elite interceptors only have one honkin' huge missile, so if they fuck up they're reduced to shaking their fists in frustration as the youfoe glides serenely past.

Big Muddy
This is what a movie version of R-Type or Time Pilot might resemble, with a dash of Asteroids thrown in.
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