Mission: Impossible: Season 2, Episode 5

Countdown (26 Oct. 1989)

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In the Asian country of Kangji, the military leader Xang Kai plans to obliterate the entire government by detonating a nuclear bomb in the capital's city center. His strategy is to after ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Antony Hamilton ...
Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Su Lin
Vang Kai
John O'Brien ...
Major Chung
Darren Yap ...
Terry Woo ...
Monk (as Terence Woo)
Takao Nakazawi ...
Old Man
Rob Burton ...
Mime Artist
Lawrence Mah ...
Fred Lee ...


In the Asian country of Kangji, the military leader Xang Kai plans to obliterate the entire government by detonating a nuclear bomb in the capital's city center. His strategy is to after that blame the attack on the United States and take control of his country, emerging as the undisputed leader. To set up the bomb, he has taken help from the beautiful female terrorist Sun Li, who has agreed to help on condition that her religious leader "The Holy One" may return to Kangji under Xang Kai's rule. "The Holy One" has for a long time lived in exile outside the country borders. Jim Phelps and his team of agents get the mission to locate and defuse the nuclear bomb, thus stopping all of Xang Kai's devious plans. Written by Anonymous

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Voice on Disc: Good morning, Jim. The Asian country of Qong Ji is controlled by a government of military strongmen. This is General Vang Kai. The ultimate power he seeks is control of the whole country. This he will never achieve while rivals stand in his way, but now Vang Kai has possession of a stolen nuclear warhead. By exploding this low-yield weapon in the heart of a city, Vang Kai plans to obliterate the entire government of Qong Ji. Using this destruction of human lives, he will emerge as undisputed ...
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A good episode, with some strong action
7 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The IMF team needs to both locate and disarm a bomb that one, maybe two, people know the location of, under a time limit of less than a day.

There were a few things that set this episode apart from others. First, there's a bit more violence than normal. We do see someone die in a hail of gunfire.

The motivation of the target is a religious one. I was concerned about how easy it would be for the team to manipulate her. But the team took the ploy in a different direction than I anticipated. I thought they would be appealing to her sense of humanity. Rather, they appealed to her religious goals to achieve the desired result.

This seems like a minor thing, but the approach came across as a more clever than expected.

Also, I got a deeper sense of the team being braver than usual in this episode. In most missions, the team has a personal danger, but can always rely on their own ingenuity and each other to escape if things go wrong. In this case, it's all-or-nothing. If someone messes up, or they just can't do it in time, they're all going to die.

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