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"Mission: Impossible" Crack-Up (1972)

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Good acting, poor writing

Author: tomaszwj from Amsterdam
3 September 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The IMF team is tasked with exposing a successful hit-man, who is also a chess master, and what's even more important, to expose his paymaster with a mob background.

The episode is very nicely played by Alex Cord, who guest stars as the hit-man, and Peter Breck as his brother, as well as the series' regulars.

However, in contrast to such interesting intrigue and good acting, the plot is absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable. The Mission Impossible series accustomed us with a system of small clever steps which gradually bring the heroes to their success in whatever the plot may be. In this episode there happen to be a magic black box that does all the trick - the hypnosis. Without any trouble the IMF team is able to hypnotize the main bad guy to do what they want whenever they want and then remember nothing so to confuse him.

So, where is the nisus, if the hypnosis is the magic box that so easily does all the tricks they need? Why didn't they use such hypnosis to combat all the bad guys in the other 170 episodes? This is what makes this episode's plot totally unacceptable in the light of the other M:I episodes, but it is still worth to watch Alex Cord and the rest for their artistic effort.

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