There has been an outbreak of radiation poisoning around a North African nuclear reactor. A group of locals blame the reactor for the sickness and campaign for the plant to be shut down. ... See full summary »
There has been an outbreak of radiation poisoning around a North African nuclear reactor. A group of locals blame the reactor for the sickness and campaign for the plant to be shut down. However, John Drake suspects there may be more to this and begins investigating alternative sources for the radiation sickness. Written by
Drake uses a bag marked "Jason Airways". This is a fictional airline which is featured in an earlier episode - "Sabotage". While such continuity is commonplace today, it is unusual enough in a 1960-61 TV series to merit notice. See more »
This one nearly earned a 9--it was very good. However, I'm knocking off a point because of too many cast members painted up to look like Arabs (why not just get natives?) and a scene where there was a continuity error. Otherwise a bang up episode.
John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is brought into some fictional Arabic country to investigate a string of radiation sickness complaints. All the locals seem to think the local nuclear reactor is the source, though the folks in charge of the plant have checked and re-checked and are certain it is not the source. So, with Geiger Counter in hand, he goes out and about looking for radioactivity--which leads to a scheme to deliberately contaminate local food to make the plant look bad. But who and why?
This was a very novel episode and quite exciting. My only problem is one scene where Drake is supposed to be investigating some grain mills. He shows up with no Geiger Counter--so how is he supposed to determine anything with no equipment?! It's not like he could see, smell or taste it. And, if this is the source, do you really think he'd go with no equipment or personal protection? Still, an interesting show with a very interesting resolution of the problem.
On an interesting note, both Zena Marshall and Anthony Dawson star in this one. Only a year later, this pair would be cast as boss and secretary in "Dr. No"--and it makes you wonder, since the pairing sure doesn't seem coincidental.
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