Earthport One is the brainchild of Greg Masterson, genius engineer and self-made milionaire, with the space station the first call for commercial space tourism. Using the cover of the film studio, Straker and Foster are given a tour by Masterson but the fact some areas are prohibited and off-limits raises suspicions. Straker contacts the military, whose evasiveness confirms they may have involvement in the project. Three UFOs are detected, and two are destroyed by Interceptors. The third makes for Earthport One, and is shot at by concealed missiles from the station before the Interceptors finish the job.
A manned Venus space probe splashes down in the ocean, having aborted due to a meteroite shower. Colonel Butler is a hero, having made makeshift repairs in space in order for the astronauts to return safely. Straker was opposed to the mission from the start, as the probe was due to pass through space where the Aliens were active. The loss of contact for a few hours, supposedly caused by the meteors, has him concerned, and Alec Freeman is surprised when Straker actually agrees to taking a few days off. A day later, on the lawns of the White House in Washington D.C., Butler is receiving the congessional medal of honour from the President. However, Butler suddenly staggers, and and is taken inside after giving his cap to the President. Guards cry out as a man rushes across the lawn – Ed Straker – who hurls an object and yelling ‘You’ll all die!’. And then there is a powerful explosion…
Nestling in the picturesque Netherdale Valley in England’s Lake District, is the newly established ‘Supasports Centre’, birthplace of the ‘super’ athlete… Using a secret combination of special diets, electro-muscular therapy and tough, rigorous training schedules, the centre guarantees to produce the fastest, most powerful athletes in the world…
Veteran sprinter and Olympic gold medallist Alf Kidd is creator of the ‘Super Athlete, and sends long distance runner Peter Sharpe over Haw Gable to see if he can cut five minutes off his previous time. On his run, Sharpe spots a helicopter – and a gun fires a dart at him. Trying to find cover, the athlete plummets to his death over a drop. Straker reads the report in the newspaper and ties it to the disappearance of a UFO in the same area a month ago.
Ivor Jones is on trial at the Old Bailey law courts in London, accused of the murder of his uncle during a pot-holing expedition, and then inventing a tale of a ‘ghost with a green face’ to account for the ‘accident’. This has become big news, and Jones is taken from the courts by police car to await a verdict. But another car suddenly swerves towards it, forcing the police of the road. A masked man pulls Jones from the car, and they make off in the other vehicle at top speed. The rescuer is Paul Foster, and he tells Jones that Straker is giving him a chance to prove his innocence…
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.
A UFO evades Skydiver and lands. A Mobile closes in, and operative Clifton sees a chance to capture it intact. But shortly after he enters it, the UFO self-destructs. This is the third incident to happen like this, and Straker is called to a meeting with Sir Frederick Markham, SHADO’s Whitehall liaison. Scientist Lisman has developed a remote controlled hunter-killer device called ‘Tommy’ for military use, but it could be used to investigate the UFOs without further loss of life. Straker is reluctant but ‘Tommy’ is forced on him to use.
A UFO descends over the Rocky Mountains in North America, and Sky One closes in for the kill. But Foster and a squad of Mobiles are closing on the area too, and with the opportunity to capture an Alien alive, the order is given to let it land. Settling beside a cliff, the UFO is hemmed in but when an operative sees a hatch open and moves forward to investigate, it self-destructs. Foster does not believe the Alien would allow himself to be destroyed so easily, and sure enough they find a old mine-working entrance behind the wreckage. Foster goes in alone, and finds an Alien device.
The “Operation Babylon” of the title is the aliens’ plot to turn the speech of the SHADO operatives into gibberish so they cannot communicate with each other and coordinate a defense against a UFO invasion. The title is derived from the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel in Babylon, where God is said to have caused humanity to use different languages in different parts of the world, instead of the single language once said to have been spoken by all, so that it became difficult for all to be understood.