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Captain Crane has been kidnapped, but no one knows this - because the "People's Republic" that holds him intends to return him! But when they do, he'll secretly be working for them, the victim of advanced electronic brainwashing. His job is to compromise the advanced missile system the United States is prepared to deploy - a system that will maintain the balance of power - and to do it in a way that leaves U. S. military authorities believing their advanced weapons are still functional!

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x24
Production Number: 7226
Airdate: Monday February 22nd, 1965



Guest Stars
Bert FreedBert Freed
As Dr. Ullman
Recurring
Warren StevensWarren Stevens
As Forester

Co-Guest Stars
Richard BullRichard Bull
As Doctor
Recurring
James BrolinJames Brolin
As Spencer

Uncredited
Werner KlempererWerner Klemperer
voiced Torturer
Recurring
Irwin AllenIrwin Allen
voiced Crewman announcing Crane
Main Cast
Richard BasehartRichard Basehart
As Adm. Harriman Nelson
David HedisonDavid Hedison
As Capt. Lee B. Crane
Henry KulkyHenry Kulky
As Chief Curley Jones
Robert DowdellRobert Dowdell
As LCDR Chip Morton
Episode Goofs
The trigrams referred to in the episode are from the eight diagrams of ba gua, a part of Taoist philosophy. No trigram matches the one drawn throughout this episode, but zhèn (☳) comes the closest. Ironically, its meaning is nothing like 'peace'; the meaning is closer to strife or division or revolution.



Analysis
This episode borrows heavily from a popular theme of the era, the idea that a soldier may be taken, brainwashed, and returned to carry out some mission counter to the interests of his command. The best example of this is probably Frank Sinatra's character in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). The term came into vogue shortly after the Korean War, the concept used to explain why certain American prisoners apparently defected to the enemy side following capture (making anti-American statements, for example). It is far from certain that brainwashing is a reliable way of producing unaware "sleeper agents". The more likely result of the techniques used to brainwash an individual would be short or long term psychological harm of various kinds, not obedience to an external will.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorIrwin Allen
ProducerIrwin Allen
Associate ProducerJoseph Gantman
Unit Production ManagerHal Herman
Music EditorHarry Eisen
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorNorman Rockett  |  Walter M. Scott
Production AssistantPaul Zastupnevich
Post Production SupervisorGeorge E. Swink
Director of PhotographyWinton C. Hoch  |  Carl E. Guthrie
Story EditorWilliam Welch
Art DirectorJack Martin Smith  |  William J. Creber
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Production ManagerGaston Glass
Film EditorDick Wormell
Assistant DirectorGilbert Mandelik
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Theme MusicPaul Sawtell
Special Photographic EffectsL.B. Abbott
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
Associate Story EditorAl Gail
Supervising Film EditorRoland Gross
 
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