Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 24

The Train

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 1967 on CBS
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Prime Minister Larya of Svardia is working to establish democracy, but is unaware that his personal protege, Deputy Premier Pavel, plans to set up a dictatorship. The team must persuade Larya of Pavel's plans.

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  • Faking a train ride to derail a government coup

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    While the plan for this con is brilliant, the execution is even moreso. From the hydraulics to simulate the motion of the train to the film crew providing the background, we really see in this episode the extent to which Dan is the "brains" of the outfit. The other team members have their roles in bringing it all together, but Dan is the one who has to formulate the plan. I like how the voice on the tape said it in the "Pilot" - as always, you have carte blanche. That is rarely better expressed in Season 1 than it is here.



    As a Landau fan, I'm enjoying the later Season 1 episodes that have Rollin taking a bigger leadership role in the field. Of course, I realize that it was due to Steven Hill's on-set problems, and I wish that some compromise could have been reached. I am going to miss Briggs when this season is over.



    Nice turn by William Windom (best known to me as Dr. Hazlitt from "Murder, She Wrote") as the duplicitious Pavel. It's easy to see why the Prime Minister was taken in by him, and it makes his downfall all the more palpable. Willy and Cinammon still don't have a lot to do, but Barney and Rollin make up for it. If only from a technical standpoint, "The Train" is one of the best "M:I" episodes of Season 1.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Daniel Briggs

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

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

William Windom

William Windom

Deputy Premier Milos Pavel

Guest Star

Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams

Prime Minister Ferenc Larya

Guest Star

William Schallert

William Schallert

Dr. Harrison Selby

Guest Star

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    • Faking the train ride with hydraulics, tape and film is very impressive, but it really would be a 'mission impossible' to stage a crash with the inertia and potential energy needed to throw passengers against the wall of a train car that isn't moving.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Briggs does not appear in this episode except in the opening tape sequence and briefing, due to Steven Hill's off-screen problems with the production staff. The scenes were filmed far in advanced of the rest of the production.

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