This episode is believed to take place in 1984, from assumptions
UFO Timeline at SHADOpedia; it assumes that John
Straker is about seven years old based on his physical appearance
and behavior and the fact that Mary was established to have become pregnant
with him in 1976 in "Confetti
The old car being driven by Straker with his young son
on the grounds of Harlington-Straker Film Studios
at 2:11 on the DVD appears to be the same
Model T (or similar automobile) seen
near the beginning of "Identified".
The old-time fire engine seen just moments later on the
studio lot has license plate EW9795. It is a 1936 Leyland
Cub FK6, currently displayed at the Museum of Fire at
Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, England. The vehicle was also
seen in the 1969 film Battle of Britain.
At 8:15 on the DVD, a car that appears to be a Porsche 911
passes by on the road outside John's house.
At 8:34 on the DVD, a Ferrari 275 GTB is the car that hits
John, resulting in mortal injuries.
The ambulance that carries John to the hospital appears to
be a Ford Fairlane station wagon.
The clock seen inside the hospital lobby is made by
Junghans, a German clock and watch manufacturer.
At 13:36 on the DVD, a copy of The Field is seen on
the end table in the hospital lobby.
Field is a country and field sports magazine
in Britain and the oldest continuously-published
such periodical of its kind, published since 1853. It's
comforting to see it will still be around in the high-tech
world of 1984.
John is said to have an allergy to antibiotics, with Straker
adding that the boy grew terribly ill from a Terramycin
injection. Terramycin is the trade name given to
oxytetracycline, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, by the
corporation, which worked out the chemical structure of the
Straker has Ms. Ealand contact SHADO's New York operation to
obtain the experimental antibiotic from Westmore Hospital.
This appears to be a fictional hospital.
In this episode, we see a UFO escape pod for the first and
At about 20:40 on the DVD, the stage makeup on actor Ed
Bishop's eyelids is quite obvious! It looks like he's
wearing blue eyeliner.
Mrs. O'Connor has a number of paintings, pictures, and
knick-knacks around her home. At 22:00 on the DVD, there
appears to be a portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) on
the wall to the right of the fireplace mantle.
At 26:46 on the DVD, we see on Mrs. O'Connor's phone that
her number is "Galway 79462". Galway is a city on the west
coast of Ireland. Earlier in the episode, we are told that
the UFO crashed in the ocean off Ireland's west coast.
As the UFO approaches the planet at
45:43 on the DVD, the lights of
cities on Earth can be seen in the
dark half of Earth.
Are there opposing factions among the aliens regarding their
penetration of Earth? This episode is another indication
that there may be a more benevolent faction that wants to
communicate with humans, as evidenced by one UFO attempting
to shoot down another and the survivor of that targeted
craft seemingly attempting to communicate with SHADO.
Why does Straker's ex-wife, Mary, tell him he should leave
before his son has a chance to show him the model boat he
built? Is it just because her new husband was present? Would
it really put her out so much to allow Straker to remain
standing on her lawn for a couple more minutes so their son
could show him something? What a bitch!
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