A suspenseful game of Cold War chess, "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" gets my vote for the all-time best episode of Bruce Geller's Mission: Impossible (1966-1973).
This is one reason I have always admired Mission: Impossible: because the series' creators always understood that television is primarily a visual medium and acted upon that knowledge.
Miklos is a man quite expert at mind-games, one not easily led to a conclusion, so Jim must make certain his plan for Miklos is not too obvious...but also not so byzantine that he can't decipher it.
|Rollin plays Miklos, with Simpson.|
|Rollin plays Simpson, with Miklos.|
The first involves split-second timing. Barney and Willy must get Rollin's photograph into a hollow statue base, taking out Asner's photo in the process.
|The matchbook of a left-handed man?|
|A watch set back a few minutes...|
|Game over and mission accomplished: Miklos believes the wrong man.|