An alien craft lands in woodland near the home of horseman Russell Stone. When Stone goes missing suspicion initially falls on Ben Culley, a tramp with whom Stone had recently argued over ...
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An alien craft lands in woodland near the home of horseman Russell Stone. When Stone goes missing suspicion initially falls on Ben Culley, a tramp with whom Stone had recently argued over trespassing on his property. However, Culley is found dead and it seems likely that the green alien who killed him has captured Stone.The trail leads to a nearby lake where it seems likely that the alien is hiding. . .Written by
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This has always been one of my favorite UFO episodes - since viewing it as a very young child on its very first release.
The story is quite a simple one - Straker allows a solitary UFO through Earth's defences, after it appears to 'piggy-back' behind a NASA craft for protection. True to form, it appears to land somewhere in the 'home counties' of southern England, and SHADO set about discovering its whereabouts... but it seems to have completely vanished! At the same time, a family who own a large farm homestead in the target area start to experience some strange goings on out in their woodland, and Foster goes to investigate... hoping to solve the mystery.
What I love about this episode is the creepiness of the family's relative isolation in the countryside - not to mention the oddness of their situation, unaware that an alien foe may be closing in on their cozy world.
The chemistry between Foster and the delightful Susan Jameson (as Anne) in this episode is wonderful - I especially like the irony of the ending (which I won't reveal here).
There's a cool, day-glo early-1970s atmosphere throughout, and the horse riding and outdoor scenes open out the action (as in other episodes that make good use of locations) - action which is sometimes (in other stories) more contained in studio sets.
This was of course one of the last batch of episodes made when production switched from Elstree to Pinewood, and the slightly more relaxed feel of these later episodes seems to allow for more experimental plot possibilities, despite the loss of some key cast members.
All in all, a very solid, understated and memorable episode of this classic series.
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