Kill Straker!

"Kill Straker!" is the seventh episode aired of the first series of UFO - a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. The screenplay was written Donald James and the director was Alan Perry. The episode was filmed between 5 November 5th to 17 November, 1969 and aired on the ATV Midlands on 4 November, 1970. Though shown as the seventh episode, it was actually the sixteenth to have been filmed. The episode was originally titled The Inside Man.[1][2]

"Kill Straker!"
UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 7
Directed byAlan Perry
Written byDonald James
Production code5 November 5th to 17 November, 1969
Original air date4 November, 1970 (ATV Midlands)

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.[3]

Story

Col. Paul Foster and Captain Frank Craig are piloting a lunar module when it is approached by a UFO. Both are then subjected to mind altering implants that cause both to want to kill Commander Edward Straker. Straker makes a split second decision that saves both men from crashing.

Returning to Moonbase Alpha, Foster starts to criticise Straker's performance whilst Craig makes an unsuccessful attempt to kill Straker in his sleep. Craig also tries to destroy the Moonbase's supply of air and water. To further discredit Straker's abilities, Foster sends a critical report on Straker to General James L. Henderson leading to a confrontation between Straker and Foster. Foster pulls a gun, a bullet punctures the Moonbase's sphere, and the two pass out from a lack of oxygen.

Now back on Earth, Foster is placed under hypnosis which discovers the alien implant to kill Straker. To test if Foster can combat the urge, Straker puts himself and Foster in a sealed room with Foster and tries to convince Foster he is going to kill him. Foster manages to overcome the urge to kill Straker and returns to active duty.[4]

Cast

Starring

Featuring

  • David Sumner — Captain Frank Craig
  • Steve Cory — Moonbase guard
  • Louise Pajo — Nurse

Production notes

Locations included Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood; and MGM-British Studios, Borehamwood.

References

  1. "UFO Episode Guide - Kill Straker!". Fanderson. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - Kill Straker!". SHADO Library. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. 978-1903111659. p. 62. ISBN 978-1903111659.
Last produced:
"E.S.P. "
UFO episodes Next produced:
"Sub-Smash"
Last transmitted:
"E.S.P."
Next transmitted:
"Sub-Smash"
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