The IMF's target is Janos Karq, a top official of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Briggs enlists the help of Joseph Baresh, an alcoholic performer who has a photographic memory. Baresh will...
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The IMF's target is Janos Karq, a top official of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Briggs enlists the help of Joseph Baresh, an alcoholic performer who has a photographic memory. Baresh will pose as an agent code-named Sparrow, who has never been apprehended by the authorities of Karq's country. (The real Sparrow has died, a fact not generally known.) The idea is that Baresh will be captured and provide information implicating Karq as a traitor. Barney, Cinnamon and Willy, along with Briggs, will engage in an unsuccessful (and fake) attempt to free Sparrow. That move will encourage the authorities to believe Baresh's story, ensuring Karq's demise. But Baresh gets a look at a list of agents in the employ of Karq's nation. Now, Briggs must stage a second escape attempt, this time for real. Rollin Hand, initially passed over for this mission, will play a small, but vital, role. Written by
GoodTimes Home Video released this one "Mission: Impossible" episode and no others in VHS. As there is no on-screen episode titles for this series, they gave it on their packaging the title, "Butcher of Balkens." Aside from the fact that the official title is "Memory," this (the nickname of the enemy country's intelligence officer whom the IMF has been assigned to eliminate) should have been rendered as "The Butcher of the Balkans." See more »
The surveillance camera angle in Baresh's cell is quite different from the one used to film Rollin. See more »
[Mr. Briggs initially refuses a candid street photo claim card]
Take it, Mr. Briggs.
[Mr. Briggs stops, accepts the card, and discovers a printed IM Force assignment on its reverse]
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Decent...but an interesting and unusual role for Albert Paulsen.
Albert Paulsen made a career out of playing evil folks--particularly on "Mission: Impossible". So, when I saw him playing a member of the IM Force, I was sure surprised! Yep, one of the perennial baddies plays a good guy in "Memory"! I sure wish Anthony Zerbe or John Calicos had gotten a similar opportunity--two of my other favorite baddies from the 1960s and 70s TV shows (and frequent "Mission: Impossible" guests).
In this episode, the plan is to pretend that Baresh (Paulsen) is a wanted man code named 'Sparrow'. He is to let himself be captured by an enemy nation and the evil Soska (Leonard Stone) will interrogate him. However, Baresh is really a memory expert and his mission is to eventually betray Soska--and do it so convincingly that Soska's days will be numbered. An unusual plot--and what is more unusual is that near the end, Willy and Barney machine gun some folks in order to get away. This show almost always avoided having the good guys do the actual killing but here they cheerfully mow down a few soldiers! All in all, an interesting but not especially outstanding episode. However, considering that it's only the second show in the series, it sure seemed to his its stride quickly.
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