Jack Cole was arrested and imprisoned for stealing art treasures of a Latin nation. The mission for Phelps and his crew is to get the precious objects back. But that won't be easy. Cole is ... See full summary »


Leonard J. Horn


Bruce Geller (created by), Laurence Heath

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Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage (credit only)
Dan O'Herlihy ... Jack Cole (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Mark Lenard ... Col. Luis Cardoza
Michael Pate ... Gen. Diaz
Jack Donner ... Bob Field
Lev Mailer ... Sergeant (as Ralph Maurer)


Jack Cole was arrested and imprisoned for stealing art treasures of a Latin nation. The mission for Phelps and his crew is to get the precious objects back. But that won't be easy. Cole is being tortured by the colonel who heads the prison -- and the colonel is a traitor who wants the treasure for himself. The IMF plans calls for playing the two men, each deadly, off each other. A further complication occurs as Cole begins to go blind after being forced to stare at the sun as part of being tortured. Written by Bill Koenig

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mexico | blinded | treasure | desert | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

17 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The compound set used here is the same one attacked by the Gorn in Star Trek: Arena (1967). It was originally constructed for Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956) and left standing at Vasquez Rocks for a number of years. See more »


Helicopters are piloted from the right seat. Fixed wing aircraft are piloted from the left seat. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. Recently, in a desperate attempt to save its economy, the government of the tiny democracy of Santales sold its priceless collection of Incan gold artifacts. Before the treasure could be delivered, it was hijacked by this man, Jack Cole. Cole's accomplices were all killed. He was captured and is being held at the provisional prison, where a Colonel Cardoza is trying to persuade him to reveal where the treasure is hidden. We know Cardoza to...
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M:I does Tortilla Western, Good Change of Pace with Trek References
18 July 2017 | by ftao-861-738382See all my reviews

"Trek" is a very appropriate title for this episode as it contains many Star Trek references. The story is not very original, but it is a nice change of pace from all the Cold War and Syndicate episodes. The team's assignment is to find a cache of gold treasures looted by a man named Cole from a Latin American country. Much of the episode is shot on location in Southern California locales familiar in Westerns. Vasquez Rocks is visible in the background of the prison camp - the set of which I swear is recycled from the opening of the Star Trek episode "Arena" (which also prominently featured Vasquez Rocks). Also seemingly recycled from Star Trek are Gerald Fried's memorable musical motifs. And of course, Mark Lenard, who played both a Romulan and a Vulcan on Star Trek, appears as the commander of the prison here (his second appearance on M:I). Jack Donner, a guest team member (apparently a specialist in stunts) also played a Romulan! In a nutshell, Jim Phelps and Cole break out of prison and the team tricks Cole into revealing where he did the treasure. Mark Lenard's character, who also wants the treasure, comes along as a hostage. Rollin and Cinnamon play supporting roles as prospector types. Barney's main task is to fly a helicopter. Willy does not appear in this episode.

There are really no surprises in the plot, but it's still enjoyable and the cast members seem to be having fun too.

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