The sadistic former chief of a tropical prison has a sample of a substance that would make cheap nuclear weapons possible. He also has memorized a key formula and is seeking the highest bids he can. He maintains his base of operations at the now-closed prison. Briggs & Co. must neutralize him. The plan by Briggs calls for Barney to pose as a former prisoner. Written by
First episode to use colour head shots of Barney Collier and Willie Armitage in the I.M.F. dossier. See more »
The script misstates the properties of Cesium-138, possibly deliberately, to prevent information about a hazardous material from being disseminated publicly. First of all, Cesium, regardless of its isotope, has a uniform melting temperature of 28.5 °C (83.3 °F), not 21.1 °C (70 °F) as stated by Barney during the briefing. It will burn, but not explode, when exposed to oxygen or air. It will, however, explode in water. Either reaction occurs whether it is in solid or liquid form, meaning that the requirement for keeping the metal cool is a plot hole as well. See more »
Gerard Sefra (Ricardo Montalban) is the commandant of a place much like the infamous Devil's Island but it's called Brodure. However, he's sad because his prison was recently closed and all the prisoners sent to more humane places--so he has no one to torment. Instead, he's forced to stay and do nothing. And, true to the old expression "an idle mind is the Devil's workshop", Sefra is up to other forms of evil. Where he got it, they never say, but he's apparently gotten a hold of some Cesium isotope needed to make nuclear bombs--and he's prepared to sell it to the highest bidder! So, the team needs to go to this empty prison using a ruse and locate the dangerous material and remove it. And, like sometimes happened in season one, they decide to take it one step further--and ultimately deal with Sefra in a way very atypical of the show beginning in season two. See the show and you'll see what I mean.
This is a perfect example of an episode that makes a few logical errors but the finale is so fitting that you are willing to cut it some slack. For example, why would they send Barney in to get caught and tortured by Sefra? And, why not just shoot the son of a ....? But, it is fun and well thought out otherwise--even if the story is needlessly complicated. Worth your time.
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