Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 1

The Killer (23 Oct. 1988)

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Jim Phelps decides to return to the agent business in order to find the person responsible for the murder of his friend and agent protégé Tom Copperfield. Putting together a whole new team ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Antony Hamilton ...
Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Terry Markwell ...
Bob Johnson ...
Voice on Disc (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Drake
Reginald Gilliam ...
Fisherman, The (as Reg Gilliam)
Ted Hamilton ...
Alfred Chambers
Steve Kuhn ...
Policeman, The
Vince Martin ...
Tom Copperfield
Patrick McCarville ...
Priest, The
William Riley ...
Doorman, The
Indra Jane Singh ...
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Jim Phelps decides to return to the agent business in order to find the person responsible for the murder of his friend and agent protégé Tom Copperfield. Putting together a whole new team of agents to help him achieve his objective, the trail leads to a hit man going by the name of Matthew Drake and a powerful underworld leader known only as "Scorpio". Written by Anonymous

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When blond-haired Tom Copperfield (Vince Martin) leaps from the balcony in the opening teaser, he suddenly becomes a man with black hair as he falls. See more »


Voice on Disc: Welcome back, Jim, though I wish it weren't under these circumstances. This is the man we believe was responsible for the death of your friend and protege, Tom Copperfield. No one knows his real name; he uses many identities. Currently, he's using the name "Matthew Drake". From what we can find out, "Drake" has an exclusive contract with a powerful underworld leader, whom we know only by his code name, "Scorpio". Your friend Tom Copperfield was moving in on "Scorpio" when he was killed. Sooner ...
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Jim Phelps Come Out Of Retirement
3 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Killer is a pilot episode of the the remake of a classic TV series known as Mission Impossible.This first episode was actually a remake of the first episode also with the same title while the classic series was on during its fifth season back in the 70's.Once more,we get to meet Peter Graves reprise his role as IMF team leader,Jim Phelps

It all starts when Tom Copperfield,who was tasked to become the IMF team leader and Jim's protégé,was killed by an professional assassin known as Matthew Drake.This prompted Jim to come out of retirement and form a new set of team to come after the said assassin and the man behind him who is only known by his code name "Scorpio".His new IMF team faces a challenge in seeking Drake as the said assassin has unorthodox killing methods and their lack of experience as they are working on their first mission.

Well,this was a great pilot episode for any TV series.The writers did a fantastic job of providing a good reason for Jim Phelps to come out of retirement and be once again involved with the IMF with the death of his protégé.As for the story,it was still would manage to entertain fans of the classic TV series as we get to see how creative the new team is in pursuing slick criminals like Drake and fulfilling their mission.

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