Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 10

The Lions

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 1989 on ABC
6.7
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The Lions
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A king's son returns to his Asian country to take the test that will confirm him as the king, but his uncle, a rabid anti-American, has rigged it so that he can fail, so the IMF must rig it back.

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  • Unusually for a "Mission" episode, I found the characterization more interesting than the mission and its gadgetry.

    7.5
    My favorite part of this show was watching Prince Miklos, as he wrestles with the loss of his father, being suddenly thrown into a position he feels that he's not ready for, his fear of failure, his fear of death. A part of him wants to just run away, but he also wants to be a good king. He's afraid of the test, but in the end, he refuses to consider cheating on it. Jim Phelps does a good job of steadying him, and, without really saying anything, points him in the direction of the answer to the test.



    Ki is an appropriately dastardly villain, with some odd twists to his mind--he seems to regard the Lions with reverence, yet he tells himself that the fact that his brother passed the test did not really make him a good king. He genuinely believes that Miklos should not be king, but will not leave it up to the "gods" to make that decision.



    One confusing point--while discussing the mission at the apartment, Jim states that information Grant had received now makes it a certainty that the golden lions now sitting in the font are fakes. How could they have found that out? Only Ki and Jaru knew about the exchange, and the security system would have prevented anyone from coming in and examining the lions.



    The plot was classic "Mission"--rather than stealing back and replacing the real lions, they con Ki into doing it for them.



    Casey did a nice job of distracting Ki--harking back to the old "Cinnamon" roles--but she really should have reacted when the alarms went off. She should have instantly jumped and said, "What's that?" She didn't even flinch.



    I know that Jaru was also a villain, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for him. Knocked out for hours, he's only revived after he's been thoroughly framed, and dies minutes later in a state of total confusion. (And just how were the IMFers certain that Jaru was a villain, anyway?)



    Presumably Ki was a legitimate contender for the throne, if Miklos failed the test. That would have meant that Ki would have to take the test, wouldn't he? Why was he allowed to watch?



    The ending was rather disconcerting--Miklos faces an uncle who has apparently gone mad, who then gets himelf killed at the font. Miklos more or less shrugs and walks out of the temple, followed by everyone else. I guess "the show must go on."moreless
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Terry Markwell

Terry Markwell

Casey Randall (1988-89)

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

James Shigeta

James Shigeta

Ki

Guest Star

Diane Craig

Diane Craig

Lady Michelle Faulkner

Guest Star

Jeremy Angiso

Jeremy Angiso

Prince Miklos

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lady Michelle: (about Miklos) Why must he be king? We could live very nicely in England. With the inheritance from his father, there's nothing he would ever want for.
      Jim: No, nothing except to fulfill his father's dream, to do his father's work
      Lady Michelle: Damn his work! It killed my husband. Must it now take my son too?

    • Prince Miklos: I'll have advisers. They'll know everything.
      Jim: Oh, I see. So you'll be a symbol and these advisers like your uncle will run the country for you.
      Prince Miklos: No, not him.
      Jim: Mike, your father devoted his life to trying to bring Barjohn Du into the twentieth century. He sent you to school in England so that you could learn and see and understand what was needed.
      Prince Miklos: No. No, I don't want it. Look at these people. They want me to be their king. But I could be killed trying to solve that puzzle. It's not fair.
      Jim: Mike, your father solved the puzzle. Now, didn't he talk to you some about the statues?
      Prince Miklos: All he said was that the King of Barjohn Du walked with five golden lions: truth, wisdom, humility, beauty, and harmony. I didn't understand and I asked him to tell me the real secret of the puzzle. He said...
      Jim: Yeah, what did he say?
      Prince Miklos: He said it wasn't just a test to become a king. It was a step to become a man. He said when the time came I would be ready. But I'm not ready, and I miss him.

    • Jim: I have been charged with your son's education.
      Lady Michelle: You mean, to convince him to try to be king.
      Jim: No, no. The teacher's only job is to open new horizons of thought, so the student has the advantage of as much information as possible, thereby to make his own decisions.

    • Casey: So if your late brother had failed the test of the lions, then you could have been king.
      Ki: His ability to solve the puzzle did not make him a true ruler. Time proved that. Power is for those with wit and courage to reach for it.

    • Jim: Suppose someone gave you the answer to the puzzle, told you exactly how to place the five virtues.
      Prince Miklos: You mean cheat? But I'd always know that I'd cheated.
      Jim: Would that make any difference if you turned out to be a good king?
      Prince Miklos: I don't think anything good can come out of cheating. My father was right about that. The hard part is, how do you value one of the virtues above the others?
      Jim: You just keep asking yourself that question. You'll find the answer.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Grant Collier: Just like The Phantom.
      Stated as Grant slips covertly into the palace. This is a reference to the "Ghost Who Walks", the purple-clad African hero created by Lee Falk and popularized in the comic strips and later in the 1996 movie starring Billy Zane.

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