Espionage: Season 1, Episode 12

Never Turn Your Back on a Friend (1 Jan. 1964)

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A multi-national commando team raid a Heavy Water plant in occupied Europe - and come away with the Chief Scientist...but which country will win the battle for the scientist's deadly ... See full summary »

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A multi-national commando team raid a Heavy Water plant in occupied Europe - and come away with the Chief Scientist...but which country will win the battle for the scientist's deadly knowledge...and will the team survive the sudden tensions the scientist brings?? Written by Mark Fuller

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From the very outset, the three central characters are preposterous on the face of it. A Briton, a Yank and a Soviet soldier have become united like musketeers of old, to fight commando raids together in occupied Norway. They even have the "hands in" gesture of comradeship. How this could have happened anywhere at any time outside of some preachy United Nations comic book is beyond me. That this love fest is broken up by the captured Nazi scientist's temptations (He offers the secret of atomic power, and world domination)is somewhat biblical, and as subtle as a pile driver. That they eventually kill each other off after their contaminating contact with the German, we're supposed to read as an allegory to our collective loss of innocence at the hands of war science. Once again, this show is about moral equivalence. We in the west with the communists-we're all the same. In this case we're all just as bad. In the end, the scientist is flown to England, and, propaganda just offered or not, if he went to Russia to develop the A-bomb,we can't help but think an even worse foe would arise.


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