History Series / MissionImpossible

13th Feb '16 1:17:49 PM Bissek
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* HollywoodEncryption: The season four premiere involved a real (If executed in an improbably short period of time) cryptanalysis method. Tasked with intercepting and decrypting a coded transmission containing the battle plans for a major offensive, the team first tricked the people who were expecting that transmission to send a message of their own devising using the same encryption method, giving the team a clue on how the encryption worked. This is referred to as a 'known cleartext' attack.
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* HollywoodEncryption: HollywoodEncryption: ** "The Photographer" featured an encryption technique that would actually work, which involved a fixed substitution, the date of transmission, and a phone book. The team was only able to crack the code by tricking the titular photographer into decrypting a message sent by this cipher while Rollin was in a position to watch him do it. ** The season four premiere involved a real (If executed in an improbably short period of time) cryptanalysis method. Tasked with intercepting and decrypting a coded transmission containing the battle plans for a major offensive, the team first tricked the people who were expecting that transmission to send a message of their own devising using the same encryption method, giving the team a clue on how the encryption worked. This is referred to as a 'known cleartext' attack.
8th Feb '16 6:59:03 PM Bissek
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* WorldsStrongestMan: Willy.
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** The team ends up doing this themselves. As a rule, when the team wants somebody dead, they never just shoot them, they manipulate events until their target kills themselves or does something which gets them killed by one of their own associates. The only time they ever tried to do a straight assassination was in "The Legend", and they had to abandon that plan when Dan realized that the target was DeadAllAlong - TheDragon was using a dummy and prerecorded speeches to convince his followers of his authority. * WorldsStrongestMan: Willy.Willy, who had set a world weightlifting record before joining the IMF.
7th Feb '16 6:05:28 AM R1ck
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* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: In "Cargo Cult", a white man is [[GodGuise posing as the son of the volcano god]] in order to use a native tribe as a slave labour force to work a gold man. After capturing several members of the IMF, he orders his followers to sacrifice Nicholas and Max to the volcano.
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* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: In "Cargo Cult", a white man is [[GodGuise posing as the son of the volcano god]] in order to use a native tribe as a slave labour force to work a gold man.mine. After capturing several members of the IMF, he orders his followers to sacrifice Nicholas and Max to the volcano.
18th Jan '16 9:46:54 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.
17th Jan '16 10:47:50 AM MarkLungo
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** Cinnamon is one in a first season episode which pits her against a male one. He's trying to manipulate her into revealing the location of a man he's trying to kill, while she's trying to manipulate him into a trap in which he will be caught trying to kill his target red-handed so that the IMF can utterly discredit him and his faction of the intelligence service that he works for. The IMF succeeds in their mission, but Cinnamon's last lines leave it ambiguous as to who had seduced who.

** Cinnamon is one in a first season episode which pits her against a male one. He's trying to manipulate her into revealing the location of a man he's trying to kill, while she's trying to manipulate him into a trap in which he will be caught trying to kill his target red-handed so that the IMF can utterly discredit him and his faction of the intelligence service that he works for. The IMF succeeds in their mission, but Cinnamon's last lines leave it ambiguous as to who had seduced who.
17th Jan '16 10:38:12 AM Bissek
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* HoneyTrap: Max is a male one in "The Fortune." [[spoiler: Though with Casey's death, he doesn't know if he can go through with it, knowing she died at the hands of Amelia, the woman he's to seduce. Until Grant points out Max is the best one they have to get the taped proof that Casey died at Amelia's hand (as he'll be the only one free enough to move around the place to where it would most likely be).]]
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* HoneyTrap: HoneyTrap: ** Max is a male one in "The Fortune." [[spoiler: Though with Casey's death, he doesn't know if he can go through with it, knowing she died at the hands of Amelia, the woman he's to seduce. Until Grant points out Max is the best one they have to get the taped proof that Casey died at Amelia's hand (as he'll be the only one free enough to move around the place to where it would most likely be).]]]] ** Cinnamon is one in a first season episode which pits her against a male one. He's trying to manipulate her into revealing the location of a man he's trying to kill, while she's trying to manipulate him into a trap in which he will be caught trying to kill his target red-handed so that the IMF can utterly discredit him and his faction of the intelligence service that he works for. The IMF succeeds in their mission, but Cinnamon's last lines leave it ambiguous as to who had seduced who.
9th Jan '16 5:05:25 PM foxley
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* MemoryGambit: In "The Spy" (one of the weaker episodes), Jim Phelps has himself hypnotised to forget his actions immediately after he's done them until a specific cue is given, allowing himself to be captured by the enemy without risk of divulging the I.M. Force's plan.
6th Jan '16 5:13:35 AM Bissek
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InvokedTrope. One episode centers around a piece of abstract art that is essentially several dozen pieces of rebar welded together at the base and twisted into a bizarre shape at the top. When two security guards who didn't know the real reason their employers had bought it (One of the rebar pieces was actually made from a classified alloy, and the sculpture as a whole was just a way to hide it so it could be smuggled to its ultimate destination - Jim's team was there to steal the sample back), their reaction boiled down to "They paid how much for this thing? We should have been artists!".
2nd Jan '16 7:46:27 AM Berrenta
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* TheMerch: Record albums of the series[[note]]although ''actual music'' from the show, as opposed to re-recorded versions, would not be released until 1992[[/note]], as well as a few 'Young Reader' type books. Published by Whitman, ''The Money Explosion'' was particularly good. Near the end of the run, Creator/{{Paramount}} was considering the idea of ''MI'' branded tape recorders, but nothing came of the idea. There was a game for the NES released in time for the revival. ** Also published was a series of original novels, and a ComicBookAdaptation by Dell Comics.
11th Dec '15 8:01:16 PM Bissek
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* WorldsStrongestMan: Willy.
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