History Series / MissionImpossible

27th Mar '17 11:49:25 PM MarkLungo
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* ImprovisedMicrogravityManeuvering" In "Target Earth", Shannon is set adrift in space. Shes uses the purge valve on her spacesuit to bleed air out of her air tanks to propel her back to the shuttle.

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* ImprovisedMicrogravityManeuvering" ImprovisedMicrogravityManeuvering: In "Target Earth", Shannon is set adrift in space. Shes uses the purge valve on her spacesuit to bleed air out of her air tanks to propel her back to the shuttle.



** The '80s revival series notably ''opened'' with a personal mission - Jim is forced out of retirement when [[RememberTheNewGuy his protegé]] is murdered, but getting to the killer, his boss and his boss's employee is still an official IMF mission... at least as official as those missions got. The disc's voice in a variant of it's usual opening, said sympathetically, "Welcome Back Jim, though I wish it weren't under these circumstances."

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** The '80s revival series notably ''opened'' with a personal mission - Jim is forced out of retirement when [[RememberTheNewGuy his protegé]] is murdered, but getting to the killer, his boss and his boss's employee is still an official IMF mission... at least as official as those missions got. The disc's voice in a variant of it's its usual opening, said sympathetically, "Welcome Back Jim, though I wish it weren't under these circumstances."



* KilledOffForReal: Casey Randall in the 1988 series.

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* KilledOffForReal: Casey Randall [[spoiler:Casey Randall]] in the 1988 series.



** Also seen above, when the mark appears to be close to discovering TheMasquerade or something appears to have went wrong, right before a major commercial break.

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** Also seen above, when the mark appears to be close to discovering TheMasquerade or something appears to have went gone wrong, right before a major commercial break.



* TitlePlease: Neither series never displayed the episode titles onscreen, which was atypical for the era when the original show was made.



* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: In "Banshee", the IMF has to shut down an ArmsDealer who is deliberately inflaming the Troubles in order to sell weapons to both sides.

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* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: In "Banshee", the IMF has to shut down an ArmsDealer who is deliberately inflaming the Troubles in order to [[WarForFunAndProfit sell weapons to both sides.sides]].
18th Mar '17 4:33:37 AM MarkLungo
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: There were changes to the team almost every season, with the exception of between Seasons 2 and 3 where stability was maintained. Probably the most clear invoking of this trope was the replacement of Martin Landau's MasterOfDisguise character Rollin Hand with Leonard Nimoy's Master of Disguise character The Great Paris.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: There were changes to the team almost every season, with the exception of between Seasons 2 and 3 where stability was maintained. Probably the most clear clearest invoking of this trope was the replacement of Martin Landau's MasterOfDisguise character Rollin Hand with Leonard Nimoy's Master of Disguise character The Great Paris.
18th Mar '17 4:25:33 AM bjex
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: There were changes to the team almost every season (Along with Willy being repeated switched off with Sam Elliot's character in Season 5), with the exception of between Seasons 2 and 3 where stability was maintained.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: There were changes to the team almost every season (Along with Willy being repeated switched off with Sam Elliot's character in Season 5), season, with the exception of between Seasons 2 and 3 where stability was maintained.maintained. Probably the most clear invoking of this trope was the replacement of Martin Landau's MasterOfDisguise character Rollin Hand with Leonard Nimoy's Master of Disguise character The Great Paris.
16th Mar '17 10:49:06 PM bjex
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For the first few years, every episode followed the same outline: First, a prerecorded briefing informs the team leader of the target, what needs to be done to him, and why. Second, the leader assembles his team and the viewer gets to see a selected but [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee mostly uninformative subset of their planning and briefing]]. Thirdly, the mission -- usually a [[TheCaper caper]] or [[TheCon con]] -- is executed, sometimes with real or bogus crises along the way. Finally, the team reassembles in a convenient vehicle and escapes as the target confesses, turns state's evidence, or slowly cools in a spreading pool of blood after [[DoWithHimAsYouWill his own men kill him]]. Later seasons did away with some of the traditions, much to viewer chagrin.

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For the first few years, every episode followed the same outline: outline:
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First, a prerecorded briefing informs the team leader of the target, target(s), what needs to be done to him, him/her/them, and why. why.
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Second, the leader assembles his team and the viewer gets to see a selected but [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee mostly uninformative subset of their planning and briefing]]. Thirdly, briefing]].
* Third,
the mission -- usually a [[TheCaper caper]] or [[TheCon con]] -- is executed, sometimes with real or bogus crises along the way. This, of course, is what the bulk of the episode consists of.
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Finally, in the very last scenes, the team reassembles in a convenient vehicle and escapes makes an escape, as the target confesses, target(s) see a massive reversal of fortunes occur - either making an inadvertent confession of his crimes, turns state's evidence, discovers his valuable possessions have disappeared or been destroyed, or slowly cools in a spreading pool of blood after [[DoWithHimAsYouWill his own men kill him]]. Later seasons did away with some of the traditions, much to viewer chagrin.
16th Mar '17 10:30:05 PM bjex
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Martin Landau played Rollin Hand, a MasterOfDisguise, sleight-of-hand, {{card sharp}}ing and many other skills, as a guest star in the pilot, but was so popular with audiences that he became the EnsembleDarkHorse and was called back for virtually every subsequent episode, always billed as a "[[AndStarring special appearance]]." He was made a series regular in season two.

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, as it stipulated that he 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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\n* Finally, Martin Landau played Rollin Hand, a MasterOfDisguise, sleight-of-hand, {{card sharp}}ing sharp}}, and many other skills, as overall Jack-of-All-Trades. He was a guest star in the pilot, but was he proved so popular with audiences that he became the EnsembleDarkHorse and was called back for virtually every subsequent episode, always billed as a "[[AndStarring special appearance]]." He The billing was made actually by his request - Landau was not quite so convinced that the show had staying power. After the show was renewed for season two, he agreed to be billed as a series regular in season two.

for the rest of his time.

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, as it stipulated that he 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.



There was a two-season Next Generation-style continuation of the original series filmed in Australia in the [[TheEighties 1980s]]; Peter Graves returned as Jim Phelps, mentoring an all-new team (including Barney Collier's son, Grant); originally conceived as a straight-out remake in order to fill a hole in ABC's schedule created by a Hollywood writer's strike, the series ended up being a continuation of the original (though the strike still forced them to remake a couple of original series episodes), while Greg Morris and Lynda Day George made guest appearances as their original characters. An NES game was also developed.

A successful revival occurred with a ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' starring Creator/TomCruise. The film series differed from its original counterpart with a YoungerAndHipper vibe, a far-smaller IMF team (reflecting the AllStarCast of one that is, apparently, just Tom Cruise), and most especially with a ''big'' boost in action at the expense of strategy (at least after the first film).

A TV series based on the movies is possibly being developed.

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There was a two-season Next Generation-style continuation of the original series filmed in Australia in the [[TheEighties 1980s]]; Peter Graves returned as Jim Phelps, mentoring an all-new team (including Barney Collier's son, Grant); Grant, played by Greg Morris's real son, Phil Morris); originally conceived as a straight-out remake in order to fill a hole in ABC's schedule created by a Hollywood writer's strike, the series ended up being a continuation of the original (though the strike still forced them to remake a couple of original series episodes), while Greg Morris and Lynda Day George made guest appearances as their original characters. An A NES game was also developed.

developed based on the revival series.

A successful revival occurred with a the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' starring Creator/TomCruise. The film series differed from its original counterpart with a YoungerAndHipper vibe, a far-smaller IMF team (reflecting the AllStarCast of one that is, apparently, just Tom Cruise), and most especially with a ''big'' boost in action at the expense of strategy (at least after the first film).

A
film). Rumors of a TV series based on the movies is possibly being developed.
have been bandied about for some time, but ultimately no solid plans for a revival have surfaced.
15th Mar '17 8:39:43 AM morenohijazo
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* SimilarItemConfusion: One episode has the team infiltrate a chemical plant where TheVillain's henchmen are mixing deadly nerve gas. The plant's store room contains two key ingredients in similar containers, differentiated only by their labels. Invoked when the [=IMF=] use peel-and-stick labels to confuse the two chemicals. This causes the mixing process to be done in the wrong order, resulting in the anarchists getting HoistByHisOwnPetard.
23rd Jan '17 8:06:48 AM ZarbiNerada
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* AwesomeMcCoolName: In "Leona", the two main mob bosses are named Mike Apollo and Joe Epic.
31st Dec '16 7:59:34 PM ZarbiNerada
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* NothingIsScarier: In one episode, a neo-Nazi banker in East Berlin is pretending to offer defectors a way into West Berlin. What he really does is take their money and send them into a deathtrap. What makes it this trope is that all we hear is a cry and a splash, and have no indication as to whether it's simply a drowning trap or something nastier.
6th Dec '16 5:09:51 AM Morgenthaler
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A successful revival occurred with a ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film series starring Creator/TomCruise. The film series differed from its original counterpart with a YoungerAndHipper vibe, a far-smaller IMF team (reflecting the AllStarCast of one that is, apparently, just Tom Cruise), and most especially with a ''big'' boost in action at the expense of strategy (at least after the first film).

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A successful revival occurred with a ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film series ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' starring Creator/TomCruise. The film series differed from its original counterpart with a YoungerAndHipper vibe, a far-smaller IMF team (reflecting the AllStarCast of one that is, apparently, just Tom Cruise), and most especially with a ''big'' boost in action at the expense of strategy (at least after the first film).
6th Dec '16 5:09:38 AM Morgenthaler
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''Series/MissionImpossible'' was a thinking man's espionage program. Gunplay was kept to a minimum (with a few notable [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early-series exceptions]] when the series was still finding its rhythm), and the focus was always on outwitting and outmaneuvering the foe, who usually didn't know he was being targeted at all. The IMF were never dispatched for ''ordinary'' tasks that a simple Film/JamesBond type could handle with a couple of explosions and a chase scene - they were called upon to accomplish their goals by outplanning and outthinking their opposition, often by playing mind games with them on such a scale that more than one may have been driven into madness. After the first season IMF operatives rarely killed anybody directly, but their targets didn't always survive as a favored outcome was usually the target being killed by his own organization; one episode established that IMF did not go in for assassinations, however there was nothing saying they couldn't arrange assassination by proxy.

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''Series/MissionImpossible'' ''Mission: Impossible'' was a thinking man's espionage program. Gunplay was kept to a minimum (with a few notable [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early-series exceptions]] when the series was still finding its rhythm), and the focus was always on outwitting and outmaneuvering the foe, who usually didn't know he was being targeted at all. The IMF were never dispatched for ''ordinary'' tasks that a simple Film/JamesBond type could handle with a couple of explosions and a chase scene - they were called upon to accomplish their goals by outplanning and outthinking their opposition, often by playing mind games with them on such a scale that more than one may have been driven into madness. After the first season IMF operatives rarely killed anybody directly, but their targets didn't always survive as a favored outcome was usually the target being killed by his own organization; one episode established that IMF did not go in for assassinations, however there was nothing saying they couldn't arrange assassination by proxy.
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