On page 1 of the story, Colonel Foster and Captain Asif
await a consignment of Mobiles in
Alexandria, Egypt, which
is described as the country's main seaport. This is correct,
the city lies along the Mediterranean coast.
This story reveals that SHADO is building a new base in
On page 1
of the story, Foster receives a red alert notice
about an approaching UFO on a small wrist radio.
On page 2
of the story, Captain Carlin uses an unusual epithet,
"Exploding meteors!" (No, there are no meteors, exploding or
otherwise, in the scene.) He also uses "Great stars!" which
at least sounds a little more believable.
A sandstorm briefly swallows Sky 1, causing the instruments
to go crazy and almost causing Carlin to crash into a
pyramid. Apparently he hasn't chased the UFO as far as
Cairo, but the Giza pyramids just outside that city would be
the only ones large enough to be a potential obstruction to
low-flying aircraft. I guess these are fictitious pyramids
existing only in the UFO universe.
Omar believes the aliens to be servants of Isis and Osiris,
two of the main gods of ancient Egyptian mythology.
The aliens communicate with Omar telepathically. They
promise him that he will become pharaoh. A line of pharaohs
ruled ancient Egypt from around 3100-330 BC.
On page 3 of the story, Omar states that it is prophesied
that Egypt shall return to her former glory in the Book
of the Death. Presumably, this is meant to be a
reference to the Book of the Dead, as there is no
Book of the Death that I am aware of. The real
world Book of the Dead is actually a selection of
varying scrolls of funerary rites which the ancient
Egyptians referred to as the Book of Coming Forth by Day;
these books are meant to tell the soul of the deceased the
proper procedures and incantations for proceeding to the
afterlife, not prophecies of the fall and return of Egyptian
Omar refers to himself as Lord of the Nile.
Omar plans to steal the treasure (jewelry and gold coins) of
Ben-Sheba ram Baboth, which is about to begin a tour of
museums around the world, believing they rightfully belong
to whoever holds the throne of Egypt. This appears to be a
Omar wears a medallion around his neck featuring the likeness
of a pharaoh's mask.
On page 4 of the story, Omar lands his UFO on the surface of
the ocean, so apparently the craft are buoyant.
On page 5 of the story, Straker and Freeman make flight for
Egypt on a SHADair fighter, a craft never seen in the TV
Carlin's name is misspelled "Karlin" on page 5.
Why did the aliens feel the need to have Omar bring in
Straker? Did they really think an insane man with delusions
of grandeur was going to be able to do it? Especially since he didn't
have any existing ties to Straker or SHADO in the first
How did the aliens manage to turn an ancient pyramid into a
base? Wouldn't there be archaeologists coming and going from
the site all the time? Could Omar have been the head
archaeologist of the site and he has somehow arranged to
seal the site from intrusion?
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