Mission: Impossible: Season 2, Episode 16

The Sands of Seth (24 Feb. 1990)

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During the last few months, several high officials in the Egyptian government have been found murdered by a brutal form of strangulation. It is believed that Horus Selim, director of the ... See full summary »


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Antony Hamilton ...
Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Bob Johnson ...
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Tim Elliott ...
Horace Selim
Denzil Howson ...
Gerard Kennedy ...


During the last few months, several high officials in the Egyptian government have been found murdered by a brutal form of strangulation. It is believed that Horus Selim, director of the prestigious Museum of the Ancients in Egypt, is somehow involved with the killings. Selim firmly believes that Egypt should try its hardest to return to its glorious and powerful past when ruled by Pharaohs, and has long criticised any government policies trying to start negotiations and alliances with other countries. Jim Phelps and his team of agents are sent to Egypt on a mission to determine whether or not Selim really did have something to do with these murders, and to make the killings stop before they interfere with impending peace talks in the Middle East. Written by Anonymous

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Voice on Disc: Good afternoon, Jim. In the last several months, a number of high officials in the Egyptian government have died horrible deaths by strangulation. The latest to die was Anwar Farthay. His behind-the-scenes power brokering helped put Egypt on the road to a new level of negotiation with Israel and several radical Arab states. We believe that this man, Horace Selim, is somehow connected to the deaths. A director of the prestigious Museum of the Ancients, he has used his high-profile job to create ...
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The IMF team goes out on a fun note
29 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode feels a lot like they were trying to make an Indiana Jones-esque adventure. Either that, or something vaguely like Young Sherlock Holmes. But that's probably just since it's an Egypt themed episode.

A museum curator is secretly heading a cult which plans on taking over Egypt by killing political leaders, and thus "restoring her former greatness." So we get to see a guy dressed as a mummy, strangling people. There are some fun sets and props. Not as many gadgets.

I was pleased with one aspect of the script. They establish early on that their communicators have a hard time getting through the rock in the tombs. This came across as obvious foreshadowing. I was pleased that the information came into play twice in the episode.

The limited budget had a strange effect on the episode - several shots really looked like they were shot on video. Movement didn't seem natural, and during the big finish, they try to give the impression of an earthquake by shaking the frame. It's not convincing.

But still, it was a charming episode, even if it wasn't especially clever for Mission Impossible.

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