Mission: Impossible: Season 2, Episode 6

War Games (2 Nov. 1989)

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Since General Eli Szabos took over the armed forces in the country of Sardavia, he has expanded the country's army immeasurable, and in addition much more than what is politically necessary... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Antony Hamilton ...
Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Kevin Miles ...
General Eli Szabo
Lewis Fiander ...
Colonel Garva
Nickolai Grigorovitch ...
Politburo Chief
Alex Menglet ...
Lt. Udo
James Patrick ...
Capt. Souchek
Phillip Dean ...
Sean Myers ...
Hotel Manager
Pip Mushin ...
Journalist (as Phillip Mushin)


Since General Eli Szabos took over the armed forces in the country of Sardavia, he has expanded the country's army immeasurable, and in addition much more than what is politically necessary. Intelligence believe that Szabos is really planning an invasion of the neighbouring country of Bukarine, well-known for its rich oil fields, and that he also has secretly been buying missiles and other weapons to assist him in doing so. Jim Phelps and his team of agents get the mission to prevent General Szabos's invasion of Bukarine and to expose his evil plans to the world. Written by Anonymous

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2 November 1989 (USA)  »

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The ballistic missiles are initially shown as being raised to a vertical firing position. However, they are fired at an angle. See more »


Max Harte: Did Szabos buy Shannon's story?
Grant Collier: Lock, stock and horoscope, baby.
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A fun episode, but I have some reservations
7 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this episode last night, and it fits right in with the rest of the 80s Mission Impossible episodes. The technology, the acting, the plot line...

A military figure plans to use war games as a cover to launch an invasion of a neighboring nation, to acquire their oil fields. The IMF team arrives, playing a variety of roles to trick him into playing his hand.

While the episode is roughly as fun as any of the other 80s episodes, this one bugged me the longer I thought about it. It boils down to two specific points. First, there's a gimmick to this episode, that the military figure is very into astrology. It's implied that this will be a key to the mission.

Second, a spin off of the first point, they put Shannon undercover as a countess. I'll ignore that it's usually a bad idea to fake being royalty, but there doesn't seem to be a point to her story. She attempts to blackmail the general. So she's arrested. She tries to persuade him that his astrologer is incompetent. He argues this. He tries to have her killed on the field during the war games.

As far as I can tell, she didn't accomplish anything in this episode, except getting captured on purpose, necessitating a rescue. Sure, this adds a little drama to the ending. But what was her goal? She didn't distract the general. She didn't gather any intelligence.

I could be wrong. Maybe there was some aspect that I missed, but I don't know what it was. I even checked the episode a second time to be sure that I didn't miss anything.

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