Jim Phelps and his team of agents are sent on a mission to locate and destroy a hidden chemical plant, where rumours report that a former spy and MI6 agent has illegally begun to manufacture his own ...
Based on Mission Impossible the television series created by Bruce Giller. Nagging indigestion, a dead scientist, attempted murders by an unstable individual, a captivating beauty, and a ... See full summary »
Jim Phelps so-called irreparable mission was a success in the eyes of those above him. However, with the loss of a fellow agent, and his branch Director Yomin, Phelps sees the glass as only... See full summary »
Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Mission Force"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or rescuing of hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. An update of the classic 1966 series, featuring a great deal of high-tech gadgetry. Written by
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Both pilot episodes for Star Trek: TNG and the second MI (which were originally Desilu productions which were remade in the '80's) feature a main supporting character impersonating John de Lancie's voice for an important plot point. See more »
Voice on Disc:
[Line repeated near the beginning of each episode in the series as Jim Phelps listens to the tape/disc containing his instructions and setting up the episode storyline]
Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it...
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When this series originally aired, I remember watching it with my father. I remember being enthralled by the gadgets.
Now that the series is available on DVD, in two sets, it was a pleasure to watch through the whole thing.
As an adult, I'm much more able to see the weaknesses the show had, but I also can appreciate some of the more responsible approaches that the show had, especially in the sense of being a largely peaceful team.
The budget isn't great. Some sequences appear to have been shot on video. Several episodes use stock footage, especially later ones.
The cast is remarkably attractive.
The area where the show falters is later in the first season, and during much of the second. The writing got lazy. The plots got more linear, more predictable. And in some cases, the gimmick for the episode got in the way of making a decent plot.
Another thing that gradually got on my nerves was the laziness in writing the opening scenes, when Phelps retrieves the mission. In many of these, he winds up retrieving the disc, and watching it, in a place much more public than usual. In one of them, he watches it on an amusement park ride, and we see people walking around in the background. Hardly a secure location.
I've been watching episodes from the original series, and while the writing was more careful, and better plotted, the biggest improvement that the 88 Mission Impossible had was the pacing. The episodes felt like they moved along very quickly.
This series is entirely worth watching. But, especially with the reliance on stock footage, the show looks far more dated than it should.
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