Only this episode and "The Psychobombs" omit the opening
theme/titles. I guess they had too much story to squeeze
into the running time!
During the flashback scene of Straker's wedding reception,
we see him drinking Champagne, though in a later scene he
reminds his wife he doesn't drink alcohol. It seems he is
willing to make small exceptions in special circumstances. In the "current time" in
which the series is set (1980-1985), Straker also abstains from
During the car drive on the way to his honeymoon with his
wife, Mary, Straker is singing "Good Old Mountain Dew", a
1945 song about moonshine written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford
and most popularly performed by the American country and
gospel singer and banjo player Grandpa Jones (1913-1998).
At 2:57 on the DVD, we can see that Straker's car at the
time of his honeymoon was a
Ford Galaxie 500 (possibly a
1963 model). The license is CLN 195B.
At 3:13 on the DVD, Straker and Mary
have pulled over to the side of the
road, next to a sign pointing out
the entrance to a footpath to Wash
Lane, South Mimms. South Mimms is a
village in the county of
Hertfordshire, England. Although it
looks a bit different now after 40+
years, this is the beginning of the
footpath to Wash Lane at Watergate
and Swanland Roads in Herfordshire
|Footpath to Wash
Lane in this episode
||Footpath to Wash
at Watergate and Swanland Roads in Herfordshire
Mr. and Mrs. Straker stay in Room 21 of the Caledonian Hotel
for the first night of their honeymoon. There are several
such-named hotels in England. "Caledonian" refers to things
Scottish, Caledonia being the Roman name for the region now
known as Scotland.
At 5:15 on the DVD, the glass doors through which the Strakers walk into the hotel don't quite match the ones they
approached from outside, and the exterior wall visible
through the doors has grown much wider. Obviously the scene has
transitioned from an on-location shot to a studio set.
The Champagne brought to the Straker's room, courtesy of the
management, appears to be
The shot at 8:04 on the DVD is of the Queen's Building at
Heathrow Airport. The Queen's Building was demolished in
2009 in order to build a new terminal on the site.
The Strakers are scheduled on a B.E.A. flight to Athens,
Greece for their honeymoon.
B.E.A. is British European Airways, a real airline from
1946-1974. It merged with British Overseas Airways
Corporation in 1974 to form
General Henderson is depicted in a wheelchair during the
flashbacks of the founding of SHADO through the UN. He
remarks that he's stuck in the chair for the next couple
months, so he must call Straker away from his honeymoon to
appear before the UN special committee. It seems Henderson
is still recovering from injuries incurred in the car crash
depicted in the 1970 portion of
Colonel Straker flies
on Pan American Airways
to Washington D.C. for a meeting of the UN Special
Committee. The UN is a reference to
the United Nations, an organization established to
facilitate cooperation and peace among the world's many
countries; it is seen here debating the need to start up a
special world defense organization (SHADO) to counter
extra-terrestrial incursions on Earth. Pan American
was a real world airline from 1927-1991; its home airport
John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, where we see
Straker's flight land. The UN headquarters is also in New
York (a shot of which is seen at 11:27 on the DVD).
At 11:31 on the DVD, Straker is seen with a briefcase
identical to the one he carried in
1970 portion of "Identified",
with an auto-destruct built in.
The UN meeting reveals that the U.S. is expected to put up
more money for SHADO than any other nation and has thus
stipulated that the commander must be an American.
This episode reveals that Straker knew Freeman before
Freeman was recruited into SHADO.
At 21:05 on the DVD, Mary Straker is seen reading That
Summer, a 1965 novel by Allen Drury (1918-1998).
The scene of Mary on the phone with her mother implies that
the Strakers' son, John, will be born in the first week of
At 37:58 on the DVD, the private investigator tailing
Straker passes a
gas station with a sign for Green Shield. Green Shield
stamps were given away for promotional exchanges by various
merchants in the United Kingdom from 1958-1991.
you owe me another cigar.wav
new husband, new life.wav
fleet of submarines.wav
too much science-fiction.wav
science-fiction has become fact.wav
our first recruit.wav
confetti check A-OK.wav
a female technician from Dublin.wav
make the CIA look like a bunch of Sunday school teachers.wav
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