Streaming Finds: Tracking down sci fi and fantasy shows of interest available on the streaming services.
What Is It? This 1970 British produced television series from Gerry Anderson (best known for his Supermarionation shows like Thunderbirds as well as the cult sci fi series Space: 1999) brought us a covert war between a secret organization known as SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) and an alien race from a dying planet.
Starring: Ed Bishop, Michael Billington, Gabrielle Drake, George Sewell
The Skinny: Some may consider this a campy relic of its time because the look and feel of the show has not dated very well. But if you can get past the cheesy (though good for their time) special effects, outlandish costumes, laughable 70’s music, corny dialog, and exceptionally wooden acting, you will find that this show is actually a decent little sci fi sleeper. Instead of following a formulaic alien-encounter-of-the-week format, the show actually delved into the implications of its interstellar conflict and showed the consequences of the war. It delivered moral quandaries and downbeat endings that helped it transcend its visual campiness. Not every episode was a classic, but the show had more than its fair share of good stories over its short run and is definitely worth checking out. (You can read more about UFO at this link).
TubiTV has all 26 episodes from the show’s single season run available for streaming for free. This service is similar to Hulu when it first started out as it does not charge a monthly subscription, but it does run commercials. It has quite a number of other sci fi offerings as well which you can see at this link.