UFO, a future past,
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The television series UFO was set in the then future year 1980, but even today it seems like a foggy glimpse of the future. Although some of the technological predictions were less than accurate, however, the subject matter prefigures such works as Men in Black, X-files, and Torchwood.
The best way to describe the premise is as an alternative X-files where the `cigarette smoking man ` is the hero. Ed Straker has two goals. The first is to defend the Earth against attacks by UFO's. He does this with a secret organization called SHADO, which has at its disposal a fully staffed Lunar Base, Moon launched interceptors, and a submersible aircraft carrier. He also has to keep the general public from finding out about this interplanetary war. To do this he uses a movie studio as a cover for his operation, with an efficient receptionist played by the late Lois Maxwell, who is well versed in putting the 'secret' in 'secretary', having also played the efficient receptionist Moneypenny in the James Bond movies. He also employs an amnesia drug on those people who have either seen a UFO or anything else to do with his operation. Think of the MIB's neuralyzer or Torchwood's Retcon.
The writing is uneven, but in the episode `Destruction' ,Anderson borrows from an interesting source. In the episode, the aliens have a human operative who is coerced into sending them the data they need by beaming it through a telescope. Arthur C. Clarke used the same technique in his novel EarthlightTorchwood - The Complete Second SeasonSpace 1999 - 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset (17DVD)The X-Files: The Complete Collector's EditionEarthlight