History Series / MissionImpossible

26th Dec '17 4:36:44 AM MarkLungo
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When Hill became increasingly difficult to work with (as one of the few Orthodox Jewish actors in Hollywood, Hill was unwilling to abide by the show's production schedule, which required work on the Sabbath and after sundown of Friday when he was committed to being in prayer. See ''The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier'' by Patrick White), he was gradually written out of the series; when he was replaced by Creator/PeterGraves as stern-faced Jim Phelps in season two, the classic cast was set. Other cast changes followed; with Landau and Bain leaving at the end of season three, Landau was replaced by Creator/LeonardNimoy, fresh from the recently cancelled ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', playing master of disguise The Great Paris, and Bain by an assortment of leading ladies, culminating in Lesley Warren as the waif-like Dana. There was an ill-advised attempt made at writing out Peter Lupus in favor of a medical doctor team member played by a pre-cowboy-stardom Sam Elliott, until the producers realized how popular Willy was. An attempt was eventually made to invigorate the leading lady role by casting Lynda Day George as Casey, who was both the leading lady and the MasterOfDisguise, but by then the series was on its last legs. One final cast tweak in the final season saw George temporarily replaced by ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' veteran Barbara Anderson as ex-convict Mimi while George was on maternity leave.

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When Hill became increasingly difficult to work with (as one of the few Orthodox Jewish actors in Hollywood, Hill was unwilling to abide by the show's production schedule, which required work on the Sabbath and after sundown of Friday when he was committed to being in prayer. See ''The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier'' by Patrick White), he was gradually written out of the series; when he was replaced by Creator/PeterGraves as stern-faced Jim Phelps in season two, the classic cast was set. Other cast changes followed; with Landau and Bain leaving at the end of season three, Landau was replaced by Creator/LeonardNimoy, fresh from the recently cancelled ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', playing master of disguise The Great Paris, and Bain by an assortment of leading ladies, culminating in Lesley Warren as the waif-like Dana. There was an ill-advised attempt made at writing out Peter Lupus in favor of a medical doctor team member played by a pre-cowboy-stardom Sam Elliott, Creator/SamElliott, until the producers realized how popular Willy was. An attempt was eventually made to invigorate the leading lady role by casting Lynda Day George as Casey, who was both the leading lady and the MasterOfDisguise, but by then the series was on its last legs. One final cast tweak in the final season saw George temporarily replaced by ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' veteran Barbara Anderson as ex-convict Mimi while George was on maternity leave.
1st Nov '17 1:33:55 PM Cindylover1969
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season contains several oddities that did not appear in later seasons, including missions that focused on a single agent, and one episode ("Zubrovnik's Ghost") that featured [[HowUnscientific genuine supernatural activity]].

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season contains several oddities that did not appear in later seasons, including missions that focused on a single agent, and one episode ("Zubrovnik's Ghost") that featured [[HowUnscientific genuine supernatural activity]].[[spoiler: And given the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "The Bela Lugosi Blues" established vampires exist in their SharedUniverse (see below)...]]
7th Oct '17 3:08:29 PM ZarbiNerada
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* SpannerInTheWorks[=/=]{{Yandere}}: In one episode, Dana is masquerading as a Soviet spy--but happens to look like a lunatic asylum escapee's fiancée, and the madman kidnaps her when she's in the middle of giving Jim a warning.
22nd Sep '17 8:13:22 AM starofjusticev21
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* BadassInDistress: Barney guest-starred in a couple episodes of the 80s version but inevitably had to be rescued by the current team, his son in particular.
22nd Sep '17 8:09:11 AM starofjusticev21
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* AsYouKnow: Sometimes between the scene with the recording of the upcoming mission and actually deploying the agents would share some additional detail about the target and location to set the scene a little more vividly. In the 80's in particular it could get stilted as to who's supposed to know what, and it felt very obviously like it was all just exposition for the viewer's sake and not stuff they really needed to explain to each other.



* MrExposition

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* MrExpositionMrExposition: The recorded mission-giver.
21st Sep '17 3:10:22 PM starofjusticev21
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The episode "The Pawn" from the 80s series has Max learning stage magic as part of an elaborate diversion to smuggle a defection scientist out of Europe. Watching the TrainingMontage for it, though, there's repeatedly stuff from his instructor about using "the power of the mind" to levitate small objects and suchlike, instead of actual stage illusions to accomplish such feats. It's a little confusing if you actually pay attention to the scene.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The episode "The Pawn" from the 80s series has Max learning stage magic as part of an elaborate diversion to smuggle a defection defecting scientist out of Europe. Watching the TrainingMontage for it, though, there's repeatedly stuff from his instructor about using "the power of the mind" to levitate small objects and suchlike, instead of showing him learning the actual stage illusions to accomplish behind such feats. It's a little confusing if you actually pay attention rather strange to the scene.see them be vague about it on a show whose bread and butter is gadgets and intricately-crafted plans.
21st Sep '17 3:05:20 PM starofjusticev21
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The episode "The Pawn" from the 80s series has Max learning stage magic as part of an elaborate diversion to smuggle a defection scientist out of Europe. Watching the TrainingMontage for it, though, there's repeatedly stuff from his instructor about using "the power of the mind" to levitate small objects and suchlike, instead of actual stage illusions to accomplish such feats. It's a little confusing if you actually pay attention to the scene.
2nd Sep '17 7:21:26 PM Bissek
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* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: Done semi-reasonably in "The Diamond" where the team is sent to steal the world's largest diamond from a dictator. The diamond weighs about eight pounds uncut and is about the size of a shoe. That's three times the size of the RL world's largest diamond, but the stone is explicitly stated to be one of a kind recent discovery.

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* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: Done semi-reasonably in "The Diamond" where the team is sent to steal the world's largest diamond from a dictator. The diamond weighs about eight pounds uncut and is about the size of a shoe. That's three times the size of the RL world's largest diamond, but the stone is explicitly stated to be a one of a kind recent discovery.
2nd Sep '17 7:14:09 PM Bissek
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* HiddenInPlainSight: On more than one occasion the team captures their mark and then hides him from the parties looking for him someplace within a few hundred yards of where they grabbed him, knowing that the search parties would start by setting up a security cordon several miles out and then slowly tighten it inwards, giving them hours to get what they need from the mark before anyone thinks to search the place where the mark disappeared from.
2nd Sep '17 7:02:34 PM Bissek
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* HypnoFool: A number of plots involved hypnotizing the mark into behaving in certain manners in addition to the usual BatmanGambit. These episodes tended to weaker than average, due to the team being able to reprogram people's minds at will coming out of nowhere.

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* HypnoFool: A number of plots involved hypnotizing the mark into behaving in certain manners in addition to the usual BatmanGambit. These episodes tended to weaker than average, due to the team being able to reprogram people's minds at will coming out of nowhere.nowhere, and the fact that being able to control the mark's behavior directly defeats the point of a BatmanGambit.
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