Mission: Impossible: Season 6, Episode 4

Mindbend (9 Oct. 1971)

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Criminal mastermind Pierson employs Dr. Burke who brainwashes fugitives to carry out political assassinations. Barney takes the place of the next fugitive to be used by Burke. But, when he ... See full summary »

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Criminal mastermind Pierson employs Dr. Burke who brainwashes fugitives to carry out political assassinations. Barney takes the place of the next fugitive to be used by Burke. But, when he can't take the drug to counteract Burke's procedure Barney succumbs to the brainwashing. In addition to completing the assigned mission, the IMF must now find their colleague who's somewhere in the city searching for his target. Written by eem

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Person on Tape: Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Alex Pierson, rising rapidly within the syndicate, has formed an alliance with Thomas Burke, a psychopathic genius in the field of behavioral psychology. It is believed that Burke is enlisting fugitives from the underworld who he, first brainwashes, then programs them to kill. These assassins have already committed three murders and killed themselves immediately afterward. Since there has been no opportunity to question them, conventional law enforcement agencies have ...
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Brainwashing plot foreshadows other films
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The directing on this one is noticeably better than usual. The lighting speaks volumes in the contrast between the blinding white "trainee's" sleeping quarters and the dark, sinister torture chamber. The scheming doctor is often seen in tight, half-shadowed close-ups that emphasize his wide, too-dark eyes, while his blond, blue-eyed employer shows up at cheerfully lit parties and rendezvous.

And the brainwashing itself,featuring giant, flashing, disconnected images foreshadows later movies like "The Parallax View" and "Conspiracy Theory."

Small visual clues lead to important information about character and plot. We know something is amiss when the usually dapper Barney goes out to fulfill his mission in an ill-fitting suit.

And who knew that distinguished, middle-aged John Mullin was once young and gawkily handsome? All around a fascinating and non-formulaic entry in the series.


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