Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 10

The Carriers (19 Nov. 1966)

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Two-hundred trainees are learning how to act like typical Americans in an enemy plot that involves bacterial warfare. Four IMF agents infiltrate this group and wind up in a recreation of a typical American town.



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Episode cast overview:
Roger Lee
Arthur Hill ...
Janos Passik
Phil Posner ...
Barry Cahill ...
Rick Traeger ...
Barry Russo ...
Tiso Kastner


Somewhere behind the Iron Curtain, a replica of an American town has been created. Operatives are being trained in various jobs, all of which would bring them into contact with many people in a short amount of time. What the operatives don't know is they will be infected with a plague, which they will spread. The IMF infiltrates the training facility. Its mission is to bring down the man who has organized the plot. Written by Bill Koenig

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The book Janos Passik (Arthur Hill) is reading when Cinnamon enters his office is titled "On War" in Russian. See more »


When Dan Briggs enters the Willow Grove compound the white 'D' sticker is on the right of the license plate, but when it leaves the compound at high speed the white sticker has moved to the left of the license plate . See more »


Daniel Briggs: We did get an agent in there once.
Cinnamon Carter: Did he say anything about getting out?
Daniel Briggs: As a matter of fact, he didn't.
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References The Brave One (1956) See more »

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One of the best.
28 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Colony Three" "The Carriers" is one of the best episodes of "Mission: Impossible"--with a great plot and a nice guest appearance by George Takei. Takei's appearance isn't surprising, as the same studio was producing both "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" and William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy also appeared in both of the shows.

The Impossible Mission Force is sent to infiltrate a Soviet city that was built to be inhabited by spies preparing to be sent to blend in with Americans. To do this, the town is an exact replica of a town in the US and everyone is ordered to speak English and act as if they are really living in the States. However, although the stated purpose of this town is to train agents to blend in seamlessly, there is a much more nefarious reason for the compound--and the team must find that reason and neutralize it.

The idea of a Russian town made to look EXACTLY like an American town and inhabited by spies in training is very intriguing. It also is a very tense episode and kept my interest throughout. I noticed some complaints in other reviews about plot holes, but this didn't bother me. After all, it isn't like "Mission: Impossible" is an ultra-realistic series!! It's just escapist fun.

By the way, this show was probably inspired by the British series "Secret Agent". In "Colony Three" agent Drake infiltrates a similar town, though it's an exact match for a British town instead. However, the way the show plays out and ends is quite different.

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