In the conclusion of the two-part episode, Jim Phelps has taken a position as a security officer at the underground bunker where Dr. Erich Rojak is working on a long-range missile that may change the...
Secret agent Steed, working for an unnamed branch of British intelligence, is teamed up with two partners to fight evil plots for world domination, dealing with suspended animation, biological warfare, robotics, and other threats.
Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) is the head of a super-secret government agency, the I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt. Quite often, they are unmasking criminals or rescuing 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.Written by
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It becomes apparent from binge watching the series that not only did they re-use existing exterior standing sets and buildings on the former "R.K.O./Desilu/Paramount" lots, with minor to major set dressing, but also certain huge interior studios sets - example in season two, the massive hotel lobby rooms re-appear dressed as the King's palace rooms. The basement cells with distinct walls become a Palace dungeon and a South American prison. Unsurprisingly, some of these same standing sets were re-used in Desilu-Paramount's "Star Trek" (1966) as other planet locations. See more »
In numerous episodes a very tiny black "tape player" is used. It is identifiable by the aluminum tape reels which each have three holes. This was a dummy prop and, in several shots, it is obvious that the tape is a continuous loop running around both reels since the shiny aluminum center of the "takeup" reel is visible rather than the brown tape color. See more »
Voice on Tape:
As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
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Many episodes end with a freeze-framed pan-and-tilt shot of the IMF team's getaway vehicle, with series creator Bruce Geller's credit superimposed over the shot. See more »
I have got to hand it to the people behind the original Mission Impossible series. Their pilot episode was bound to hook people. Mission Impossible was a winner from the start.
The Impossible Missions Force were a team of agents with no emotional attachments who went on secret missions usually against organized crime or rogue nations. They did not go in and use guns or fists to fight a problem-the name of the game was manipulation, deception, trickery, fraud, you name it. The agents were in fact anti-heroes who stooped to the level of the bad guys themselves. But I still loved them for it.
It would be unfair to reveal any of the intricate details of the plots for the series but let's just say they were clever. Mission Impossible was a show that required a viewer's full attention-you simply couldn't switch onto an episode halfway through and expect to know what's going on. Mission Impossible was clever throughout it's entire run. The IMF always had a plan which had to be strictly adhered to for it to be a success. They used every mean trick in the book to bring the bad guys down and they always slipped away at the end without the bad guys ever finding out who they were. In fact, quite a few episodes involved the bad guys falling out with each other after believing the other one was out to get him when in fact it was the IMF who had set it all up.
A clever show indeed-highly recommended.
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