At the beginning of the episode, SID states the approaching
UFOs have speed "zero SOL eight" at 32 million miles. This
may be a representation of 0.8 the speed of light (SOL). Not
long after, SID reports the UFOs at speed "SOL
decimal 78, range 17 million miles". The SOL term is
used throughout the series and seems more-or-less consistent
with the "speed of light" hypothesis as to its meaning.
The course of the approaching UFOs is 428-146 Green...the
same course is depicted as the course of the UFO in
Notice in the close-up shot of SID at 3:17 on the DVD that SID's name
is printed (vertically) on the front of the satellite.
As the three UFOs move past at 3:50 on the DVD, a new star
suddenly appears and seems to follow the craft! Was it just
a light reflection off the camera lens that was filming the
The plane being flown by test pilot Paul Foster is called the
XV-104, obviously a fictional craft.
At 7:32 on the DVD, Captain Carlin is preparing to launch in
Sky 1. His safety harness is blue, as is the stripe on his
helmet. Then, at 8:02 and subsequent scenes, the harness is
black and the stripe khaki.
After his jet is damaged in the blast from Sky 1's
shoot-down of the UFO, Foster wakes up 6 days later in
Grenville Hospital. This appears to be a fictional hospital in
After his release from the hospital, Foster's boss,
Kofax, at VAC
offers Foster a cigar, which he accepts. We never see him
light it, yet it is obviously smoking as he puts it out in
the ashtray at 13:52 on the DVD. Perhaps, in the
futuristic world of 1980, cigars have self-igniting
properties? (Actually, I later discovered the outtakes section on the DVD shows
a moment cut from the episode where Kofax holds out a
lighter and lights the cigar for him.)
It is revealed that twice before this incident, Foster had
seen a UFO.
Notice that the cinefilm from Foster's test aircraft is
labeled with the number 104, the same as the test aircraft
Foster's apartment building at 21:36 on the DVD appears to
say "Dorney" on the side, so I suppose it's the Dorney
As Foster enters his apartment and finds the sister of his
dead copilot, Jim, waiting for him, she is holding a copy of
the book The Lower View by Philip O'Connor which
she seems to have picked up from his bookshelves. O'Connor
(1916-1998) was a poet and writer on British life.
The Lower View was volume two of his 3-voulme
autobiography. (The "sister" actually turns out to be an
undercover SHADO agent, Janna Wade.)
Foster has several pictures of airplanes on the walls of his
apartment, indicating his deep-seated interest in flying.
At 22:24 on the DVD, a blue-and-yellow flag is flying
outside the Harlington-Straker Films building. I've not been
able to identify what the logo represents. Any of you
readers out there know?
At 22:33 on the DVD, we see the sign and doorway of SHADO's
Psycho-Analytic Department as Straker and Freeman walk down
the corridor. This department will be seen formally in
At 23:09 on the DVD, a woman walks through the corridor
archway as Straker and Freeman enter Straker's office. A
split-second later, in the following camera angle, she walks
Foster remarks that as long ago as 1968, the authorities
issued a report officially denying the existence of UFOs.
This may be a reference to the Condon Report, released that
year by the University of Colorado UFO Project, a study of
the phenomenon by the United States Air Force. This may be
supported by Foster's more elaborate statement in the
novelization, "As long ago as 1968, no less than the United
States Air Force issued a report officially denying the
existence of UFOs."
At 24:48 on the DVD, one of the books on Foster's shelf is
called The Enthusiast. The author's name is not
readable and I've not been able to find a book by that title
published in 1969 or earlier when the episode was filmed.
The picture behind which Foster finds the safe in Kofax's
office looks like it may be of the same model 104 test plane
Foster was piloting during the UFO encounter.
Straker doesn't seem to change his clothes over the course
of at least a couple days in this episode, though we see
Foster and others in multiple outfits in that time.
While viewing the slides from his copilot's camera at 29:11
on the DVD, Foster has a few books about unidentified flying
objects next to the slide projector. One of them is called
simply Unidentified Flying Objects and the author's
last name ends with "man"; this may be Robert Chapman's 1969
book, subtitled Flying Saucers Over Britain?
Another one is 1968's The Flying Saucer Story by
Brinsley Le Poer Trench. A third is Space Weapons: A
Handbook of Military Astronautics, a 1959 publication
from Air Force Magazine.
At 31:46 on the DVD, more books seen on Foster's bookshelf
are Anatomy of a Phenomenon by acclaimed UFO researcher
Jacques Vallee (1965), The Face of War, and The
At 32:21 on the DVD, we see the book Flying Saucers are
Hostile. This is a 1967 book by Brad Steiger and Joan
At 32:43 on the DVD, SHADO agent Janna Wade brings in a back
issue of the newspaper The Daily Express with the
headline CABINET MINISTER KILLED and subheading "Miracle
Escape for U.S. Colonel". Strangely, no date is printed on
the paper, but the headline refers to the death of the
cabinet minister (and Straker's survival) in 1969, as depicted
"Identified". It's odd that
General Henderson's survival in the crash is not also
mentioned. (The novelization also mentions only another
unnamed high-ranking American officer in the car with
Straker and the minister.) The first paragraph of the
article is readable at 33:08 and has nothing to do with
the headline, being about a new method of heating Britain's
homes! Other articles on the front page also do not match
the subject of their headlines. (The use of pre-existing
text in newspapers, magazines, and books is common in
television and film production so as not to have to write
new material that most sane viewers will not bother trying
The Daily Express is a real world tabloid newspaper
and a "1980" issue was also seen
Straker meets Foster in a replica of Rupert Square,
Westminster on the studio lot. I have not been able to
confirm whether there is an actual Rupert Square in
Westminster. (In the novelization, it is a set of Downing
Street instead. Downing Street is in the Whitehall district
of London, where the governmental offices and many minsters'
residences are located. Straker is said to be waiting for
Foster outside Number 10, Downing Street on the set; Number
10 is the traditional residence of the Prime Minister of
Foster's comments reveal that Straker has a degree in
astrophysics and spent two years in lunar research at MIT.
MIT is the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At 46:49 on the DVD, we can see that the unit on Straker's
wall below the reel-to-reel tape player is a "vaporizer"
labeled "Security Documents Only".
Accepting Foster to begin training as a SHADO inductee,
Straker hands him a badge that shows Foster's middle initial
as J. and his SHADO code number, 804.
Notes from the novelization of
"Exposed" by Robert Miall, published as UFO in Great
Britain and UFO: Flesh Hunters in the USA.
(Roughly speaking, chapters 2-4 cover the
events of "Exposed". 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
"Close Up", and
"Court Martial". For purposes of
this study of "Exposed", only the chapters covering this
episode will be covered here. The chapters covering others
are dealt with in the studies of those episodes.
Page 11 reveals that Foster is 30 years old at the time of
this story. (An article in the 1970 UFO Annual
gives his age as 29 during the events of "Exposed".)
Page 11 also reveals that Foster was the first to fly the
three fastest jets so far constructed.
On page 14, Foster is surprised to meet government-military
liaison Dr. Jackson on an executive jet instead of a
featureless office behind Whitehall. Whitehall is a road in
Westminster, central London, where the seat of the UK
government is located.
Page 14 reveals that Tsi Chan, the female SHADO operative
who acts as stewardess and bodyguard to Dr. Jackson on the
executive jet, is Malayan.
Page 19 reveals that the drinks imbibed by Foster and Janna
in his apartment are glasses of Scotch.
On page 20, Foster refers to his copilot's camera as a recce
camera. "Recce" is a term meaning "military
On page 24, Foster imagines that Straker's secretary at the
studio is categorizing him as a would-be star, electrician,
chippie, or gossip columnist. "Chippie" is British slang for
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