1 September 2016 | blanche-2
from the BBC
Made in 1981, Code Name: Icarus looks like it was done on the cheap, and I would have guessed it was made earlier. It had a '60s/early '70s look to it.
A gifted boy, Martin Smith (Barry Angel) receives an offer to enter a prestigious school run by the Icarus Foundation. It's a full scholarship but it will separate him from his family. He decides to attend.
The place is filled with other students who are brilliant in different fields. In the rooms are buzzers, one of which is for room service 24/7. Martin is also given a tutor.
When Martin sees birds fly over a laboratory on the grounds and crash to their deaths, he becomes concerned about just what is going on at Icarus. He suspects that all of the students are being used for their brains, and their work is combined with the work of other Icarus schools around the world. Barry realizes what he is working on is the quark bomb.
This series could have been much more exciting than it was. The lead actor, who was 19 at the time, gave a static portrayal. Simon Locke and John Malcolm were appropriately sinister.