When former IMF-agent Laura Ann Wilson is murdered, Jim Phelps's fingerprints are found at the scene of the crime, making him the police's prime suspect in the case. Knowing however that ... See full summary »

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When former IMF-agent Laura Ann Wilson is murdered, Jim Phelps's fingerprints are found at the scene of the crime, making him the police's prime suspect in the case. Knowing however that Phelps was in Thailand at the time of the murder working on a case, the IMF-secretary realises that Phelps must have been framed by someone. Jim identifies his former agent colleague Russell Acker as the only person who could possibly be responsible. After having been in a serious car accident 14 years ago, Acker lost his mind and started murdering beautiful women. Jim Phelps, Laura Ann Wilson, and two other female agents eventually put him away for life in a mental institution. Acker saw being caught by his own colleagues as the definitive betrayal and he must now finally have found a way of getting his own back from inside his high security prison for the mentally insane. Written by Anonymous

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When Nicholas slips into the room where the personnel files are stored to get information about the employees who might have aided Russell Acker, the text on the first page of the two files shown has nothing to do with personnel matters; it appears to have come from an account of some legislative matter, describing how a bill will make minor changes to a statute. Furthermore, except for the pictures of the two employees and their highlighted names, both pages of the two files shown are otherwise identical. See more »

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Russell Acker: [disguised as Jim Phelps] Laura Ann.
Laura Ann Wilson: Jim. Oh, I couldn't believe it when you called. It's been so long.
Russell Acker: Oh, much, much too long. You look wonderful.
Laura Ann Wilson: Uh, still soda with a dash of lime?
Russell Acker: [laughs] Yes. Your memory is extraordinary. It's one of the things I appreciated about you the most, was your great memory. Oh, this is nice. Peaceful. Mmm. Cheers.
Laura Ann Wilson: Um, you said this was important. Is it IMF Business?
Russell Acker: This will be very important to the IMF and to me personally.
Laura Ann Wilson: Imagine that, after all ...
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It's All Done with Mirrors
16 March 2013 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Former IMF agent Laura Ann Wilson (Chelsea Brown) is murdered in broad daylight by Phelps (Peter Graves) or at least it looks that way to witnesses. The feds know that it couldn't have been him because he was on assignment for them elsewhere a long way away from the murder scene. But his fingerprints are there and the police are poised to arrest him. His alibi is a government covert mission which does not officially exist.

Phelps and the feds suspect that a malignantly insane former IMF agent named Russell Acker (David Cameron) whom he put behind bars several years ago has targeted him and other former IMF agent for revenge. Acker - a raving lunatic confined to a maximum security asylum for the criminally insane having been convicted of murdering 8 women, taunts Phelps when he visits and offers a cryptic warning that more is to come.

Laura Ann Wilson was one of three female IMF agents used to trap Acker. Another is Lisa Casey (Lynda Day George - reprising her role from the original series) long since retired and working as a producer of stage musicals. A third one is also a target and Acker has found a way to leave his cell as he pleases.

Acker also knows, from his IMF days, how to make latex masks allowing him to convincingly impersonate anyone of his choosing and he chooses to impersonate Phelps. The Mission: Impossible team members mobilize to clear his name. This was one of the darkest episodes of the 1988-1990 version of Mission: Impossible which found a more balanced tone to the continuing narrative.

It seems like a lot of shows in TV history have an evil doppelganger character as a plot-line. When the writers run out of ideas it is the type of thing they can fall back on because it is easy to stage and the star gets to ham it up as a baddie which few of them ever mind doing.

The cast would be augmented each week by a guest star who was usually an established American star but the bit parts would be filled mostly with Australian actors and its Australianess would shine through. That along with use of aged stock footage to set action outside Australia would tend to clue viewers in to where it was really being shot - Queensland.


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