Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 23

The Phoenix

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1968 on CBS
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Former internal security director Stefan Prohosh has been demoted to director of a museum. He has stolen an experimental metal alloy and concealed it in a modern sculpture at his museum, and plans to sell it to a foreign power to get them to back his bid for power. The IMF must recover the metal and stop Prohosh.

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  • Another day, another corrupt politician to usurp...

    7.0
    A rare episode that takes place in one building (and mostly in one room), "The Phoenix" has a great fake-out and an ingenious plot to take care of the IMF's two part problem. The phony assassination attempt is well-staged, as is Rollin's capture and interrogation. Jim arrives as the interrogator and eventually Cinammon is brought as a co-conspirator.



    Where the episode lags is the scenes of Barney and Willy working to prep the sculpture for explosion. Usually Greg Morris conveys a lot of tension and suspense in these dialogue-free scenes, but both he and Peter Lupus are hidden behind ski masks for the entire time. The routine of "be quiet, a guard's coming!" gets old very quickly.



    But the ending, when Prohash is caught after the explosion, makes up for the meandering scenes in the middle of the episode.moreless
Peter Graves

Peter Graves

James Phelps

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Cinnamon Carter

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

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