Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 22

The Killing

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 1968 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (1)

out of 10
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  • Who ya gonna call?

    To catch a mob killer, the IMF plays on his superstitious nature and stages a fright night to scare him out of his mind. Like some other "Mission: Impossible" episodes, "The Killing" feels more like there was a good idea for a mission (use movie special effects to fake a haunted house) but the overall plot had to be tacked on. In this case, it's Gordon, the syndicate killer, who is conveniently a believer in ghosts.

    The set-up is 50/50. The scenes of Barney and Willy rigging up Gordon's home are nice and taut as usual. But next door, as Jim and Cinammon entertain Gordon the business plays out like bad dinner theater. One wonders why Gordon would linger at dinner for so long while his hosts play out their own version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Martin Landau tries his best, but he suffers at the hands of his character - a seance minded lackey who stares in wide-eyed bewilderment at every creaking door and gust of wind.

    Some good stuff, though: the climax, though hokey, is effective at times. Barbara Bain's barely contained hysterics help things move along. And the final reveal, when "Jim's" face melts away from his body after Gordon "kills" him is very effective.
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