Home Improvement – UFO – tape 1993

First on this tape, an episode of Home Improvement. Tim stays late at the bar, and the romantic dinner his wife has prepared goes to waste. But he grunts a bit so it’s funny.

After this, it’s UFO. The episode is called The Cat With Ten Lives. Let’s get the obligatory picture of Wanda Ventham out of the way. She’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s mum, you know.

Moonbase is attacked. UFO activity is up.

Alexis Kanner plays an interceptor pilot.

Kanner is talked into some kind of seance, after the cards and the glass were left outside the house. That’s a bit creepy.

He and his girlfriend find a cat on the road. Then they are kidnapped by the aliens. There’s some wacky camera angles.

The cat accompanies Kanner to Shado headquarters where he reports his abduction. Kanner, that is, not the cat.

Dr Doug Jackson thinks that the Aliens are taking human bodies and harvesting organs to replace their own.

There’s a nice shot of a UFO rising from a lake.

Steven Berkoff plays another interceptor pilot.

Lois Maxwell plays a temp secretary who is probably some kind of spy, because when Straker asks about Col Lake she talks about ‘him’.

Frankly by the end of this I had no idea what was going on. The cat, somehow, was controlling Kanner, while he was in space flying an Interceptor on a collision course with Moonbase. The cat was just in a field somewhere. So Shado released the hounds, which they presumably have trained and ready to seek out and kill any mind-controlling cats that might be around.

They kill the cat just in time for Kanner to avoid hitting Moonbase itself.

The next episode is Conflict. Nice to see some new spaceships.

There’s a strange alien device that’s attaching itself to spacecraft and affecting their course so it blows up on re-entry.

Foster takes another ship on the same course. They do the blowing air at his face to simulate high speed.

There’s a lot of arguing with General Henderson, who doesn’t like Straker, and won’t approve his plan to clear space junk.

The final episode is A Question of Priorities. It’s Take Your Kid To Work day for Commander Straker. Rather oddly, the episode opens with a man in a mask strangling a young woman, and it’s a scene being shot for a film, and that’s the scene Straker is letting his son watch.

More fun is getting to ride around in Bessie.

Oddly, driving home, his son’s hair has changed colour.

His son is badly injured when he runs out into the road and is hit by a car. And because he’s allergic to antibiotics, the only thing that can save him is an experimental drug in the US. So Straker has to arrange its transport.

Meanwhile, a UFO has crashed off the west coast of Ireland, as represented by this model shot. Oddly, none of the actors in these scenes sound like they’ve been anywhere near the West of Ireland.

An alien ejected from the UFO before it crashed, and he’s lurking in the house of a blind woman.

Straker phones his ex wife to tell her the medicine is on the way. “Don’t let us down” she says. I think I can guess where this episode is going.

Philip Madoc plays Straker’s ex-wife’s new husband.

The alien sets up a transmitter, so Shado can hear the blind lady talking to him, but they need a transporter in the area to triangulate, so they divert the one that’s carrying the medicine to the area, delaying the treatment for Straker’s son.

Shado think the alien wants to make contact, to defect, but another UFO zaps him before he can make contact.

And Straker’s son dies because the medicine doesn’t get there in time. Of course. Because this is UFO.

After this, recording continues with the start of The Adventures of Robin Hood. After a while that recording stops, and underneath there’s the end of an episode of The Persuaders followed by the start of The Critic, at which point the tape ends.

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