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Old 23-08-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Am I deranged? UFO kinda sucks and disappointing.

Let me first start by saying that I have watched 7 shows of the series. It took me about 3 to get into it but I am having a hard time staying with it.

The Good:

Awesome modeling, awesome design and feel of the 60-70's, awesome colors and space age sets, hot chics, and music.

The Bad
It seems as though the story is COMPLETELY predictable and follows almost the same story boards, the acting sucks to a great extent, the music is almost the same in all occurrences of drama, the black guy seems to be on some serious mood stabilizers to a flat affect, the alien is rather cumbersome, the whole series tries to touch on some moral and societal issues, but never really do you walk away from watching the show feeling so. The show lacks depth which is found in Space 1999.

Help me understand.






UPDATE: I HAVE NOW FINISHED THE SERIES AND I WISH IT NEVER HAD ENDED! I Will watch these a year from now and will enjoy this pleasure every year. Thank you for not giving up on me. UFO would be in the top 3 favorite shows of all times for me.

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Old 23-08-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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You're looking at it with a 2008 sensibility. Remember it's forty years old and predates the real Moon landings. Some of the stories are a bit slow by today's standard but so was most TV of the period plus the series was still finding it's feet. If you want strong character led stories, head for "Sub-Smash" or "A Question Of Priorities".
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Old 23-08-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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Story-wise, I think it's far superior to Space 1999 - much more subtle, emotional and 'adult'.
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Old 23-08-2008, 05:07 PM   #4
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Story-wise, I think it's far superior to Space 1999 - much more subtle, emotional and 'adult'.
It is, by far.
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Old 23-08-2008, 05:55 PM   #5
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agree that you should look at it as 40 years old,

if you had watched it then, tv was black and white, with 3 channels so not much choice, kinda forced to watch it or do something else.

I will watch black and white films which are usually clear but I watched Z cars the other nite and it was if I had cataracts, very blurred, like the black and white coronation streets.

only the good programmes get remembered, there was a lot of crap back then and actually still is today.

theres lots of things I dont like about UFO, agree the actor who plays Carlin is a bit wooden and Ive never liked back projection backgrounds in car shots but I always look past these things when its an old show

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Old 23-08-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
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Story-wise, I think it's far superior to Space 1999 - much more subtle, emotional and 'adult'.
The first series of Space 1999 had some superb storylines,although as with Star Trek 50% havent stood the test of time and are of very limited entertainment value today.Best reason to look at UFO and Space 1999 is the models, the standard of acting on TV has advanced so far beyond the 1970s today as to make all but a few comedies like Ripping Yarns curious time capsules showing the way people were when I was a child.I am very glad to be having my best years in the 1990s and now, and have no desire to travel back 40 years except perhaps to pick up some new Corgi,Dinky,Matchbox Hotwheels and Polistil toys from the average 1970 toyshop .
So i am in agreement with the comments in the first post on this thread
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:31 PM   #7
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Well maybe it's an age thing , I dunno , but UFO rocks , faults and all , it rocks .
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:39 PM   #8
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I find UFO far more subtle than most of today's shows. They didn't bother to explain every little detail and assumed the audience was intelligent enough to figure it out, or accept it was unexplainable. Rather like the old Twilight Zones, or series one of Space:1999.
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:40 PM   #9
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I am 40 years of age. I am not looking for agreement just clarity.

I think it lacks substance. Space 1999 had philosophical questions and posed moral dilemmas. UFO is basically a re-run of the same idea-"Why the hell are these aliens invading us?"
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:45 PM   #10
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You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but I suspect on what amounts to a GA Board you will find yourself in the minority. That's okay though.
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #11
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perhaps I will finish the series and look for these esoteric experiences.
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Old 23-08-2008, 08:58 PM   #12
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I hope you do. Let us know what you think once you work your way through them.
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Old 23-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #13
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i still think this was Gerry and the team's best work. incredible model work, great explosions and one of the best tv characters in Straker. i think some of the stories stand up very well and don't follow todays trend of having the sugar coated ending/ everyone smiling/or laughing . A question of priorities is one of the best pieces of tv writing in any genre. you wouldn't get an ending like that today. the series ( well the early eps) also had Gabriellle Drake. nuff said
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Old 23-08-2008, 09:01 PM   #14
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Just go with the ride , you'll be fine .
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Old 23-08-2008, 09:06 PM   #15
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Im not normally a fan of weird "time" episodes although Timelash is one of my favourites.

agree that Straker (Ed Bishop) is a great character played by a brilliant actor

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Old 23-08-2008, 10:48 PM   #16
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Back when UFO was first advertised here, all they showed was a shorter version of the open and then put, "Coming This Fall". Naturally they chose the worst possible time of the week to show it, and it would be a good 6 months before I got to see UFO. It was worth the wait. And so what if each week it is us vs. the aliens. I mean cop shows are all about good guys vs. bad guys. Game shows and sports area all about someone winning and another losing. Soap operas are all about a bunch of people walking around and talking (And killing the brain cells of those who watch them). All shows are fairly predictable.
But back in the early 70's when UFO first aired in my city, we'd never seen anything like it.
Yeah, a 2008 mindset makes watching old, handcrafted Sci Fi hard to enjoy. If you watch it for what it was and keep in mind that these were the best SFX on television at the time, it makes a world of difference. Not understanding the groundbreaking achievements of past TV and movies makes it difficult to watch 2001 and still see the effects as amazing.
One good thing about being denied airings of old Gerry Anderson shows is seeing them for the first time on DVD as an adult. I'm currently working backward, toward more kiddie friendly shows (Stingray, currently) and I'm loving these great little works of art, realizing with each episode how much work went into making each scene work so well.
Nope, the shows are not perfect and stories may be a bit predictable, but great TV none the less. Still superior to much of the dribble and filth aired today.
...Say, you haven't been hypnotized by a pulsing green light, have you?
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Old 24-08-2008, 12:36 AM   #17
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There are things about the series that do jar, but for me its still outstanding, and rather courageous in what it deals with, especially for a 1960s show. Leaves the ST universe for dead in that department and never tried to blow its own trumpet about how socially sensitive and aware it is. Very much a child of its time in some departments though.

S99 is too, until it went the way of TOS series III and got dumbed down. Even Series II still has some great ideas though, just dreadful handling.

Not everyone's cup of tea so don't feel too bad CaptainHyper
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Old 24-08-2008, 04:07 AM   #18
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I can add nothing, since I've never seen the series. Although, I've always meant to try and watch some of it....At some point.

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Old 24-08-2008, 05:08 AM   #19
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It seems as though the story is COMPLETELY predictable and follows almost the same story boards, the acting sucks to a great extent, the music is almost the same in all occurrences of drama, the whole series tries to touch on some moral and societal issues, but never really do you walk away from watching the show feeling so. The show lacks depth which is found in Space 1999. Help me understand.
I think CaptainHyper's appraisal/plea could be similarly applied to almost anything made by, say, Irwin Allen, which although I haven't seen much of in recent years, I remember enjoying immensely. But on that note, I'd have to disagree on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which could never be accused of having a lack of 'depth'
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