For some reason, at the beginning of
this episode, Skydiver 1 has a patch
job on its hull, covering up the "Skyd"
portion of the name. Did the sub
recently sustain damage that
necessitated repair work and the
paint job hasn't been completed yet?
However, when Skydiver surfaces at
3:14 on the DVD, the patch is gone
and the full word "Skydiver" is
visible. At 5:11, when Skydiver
submerges again, the silvery patch
is once again seen, but this time
the full word "Skydiver" can be made
out over the patch.
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The camera lens in the satellite during the test of the
long-range photography device shows the camera to be a Bauer
model. Bauer was formerly a manufacturer of Super 8 and
other home movie cameras.
At 6:55 on the DVD, we see that an MK IV Recording System is
being used for the satellite photography test. The
MK IV Recording System is actually used in the real world on
The probe sent to the alien planet is referred to as a B142 space
At 16:31 on the DVD, notice that Straker has a model of a
B142 space probe on his desk.
The probe mission to the alien world is called Project
On Moonbase, Straker remarks that Project Discovery, with
luck, should bring the first close-up shots of another
world. But by the time this story takes place (1985), Earth
should already have taken close-up shots of the several
worlds of our own solar system! In the real world we
certainly had, with probes sent to image Mars, Mercury,
Venus, and Jupiter (and, arguably, Saturn and Neptune). And
in the more advanced alternate universe of UFO,
they should have already accomplished this and more.
According to SHADOpedia, the music during the spacewalk
sequence to install instrumentation on the B142 probe is
'Sleeping Astronauts' from Gerry Anderson's 1968 film
Doppelgänger (US Title Journey to the Far Side of
At 32:12 on the DVD, notice that an
image of Earth is visible through
one of the windows of Moonbase's
Control Sphere. This is not seen in
any other episode. It's not clear
whether this is intended to be an
actual view of Earth from a window,
or an artificial display on a giant
monitor; it seems odd that Earth is
essentially gray and no clouds are
As in several previous episodes, a copy of Design
magazine is seen in the Leisure Sphere at 39:36 on the DVD.
Notes from the novelization of
"Close Up" by Robert Miall, published as UFO in Great
Britain and UFO: Flesh Hunters in the USA.
(Roughly speaking, pages 72-75, 78-81, and chapters 1
cover the events of "Close Up". The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, UK paperback edition, published 1971)
This book is actually a novelization of several episodes,
interwoven into a single story in a way the televised
versions are not. It features the plot and characters of
"Exposed", "Close Up",
and "Court Martial". For purposes of
this study of "Close Up", only the chapters covering this
episode will be covered here. The chapters covering others
are dealt with in the studies of those episodes.
Page 74 reveals that General Henderson still walks with a
slight limp and has a faint scar under his left jaw from the
UFO attack on his car in 1970 as seen in
Page 78 suggests that after landing the lunar module at the
Moonbase landing platform, the passengers must walk
spacesuited over a short distance of the Moon's surface
before entering a Moonbase airlock.
Page 79 states that the artificial gravity of Moonbase is
adjusted closer to Earth normal but still on the light side.
Page 80 states that the mauve wigs worn by the female
personnel of Moonbase are anti-static. But then, why don't
the males wear some sort of wig on base as well?
Page 82 implies that Foster has not yet seen Moonbase's
so-called Central Park. But the reason it gained it's
nickname is that it's central to every other area of
Moonbase; so he already had to pass through it after
arriving on the Lunar Module.
Page 87 compares Joan Harrington to Diana the huntress. This
is a reference to the Roman goddess Diana, goddess of the
hunt and the Moon.
On page 96, Foster compares Kelly's demonstration of
photographs at varying magnitudes to Russian dolls. This is
a reference to Matryoshka dolls, a
series of Russian nesting dolls, a set of ovoid wooden dolls
of decreasing size, each nested within the one previous.
How is it that the SHADO probe was able to keep up with the
UFO and reach the aliens' homeworld? Earth, unlike the
aliens, does not have faster-than-light engines! Perhaps
SHADO has developed a technology that allows the probe to
attach an undetectable tractor-like beam to the UFO and
towed at FTL speeds behind it?
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