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Our reviews of Mission: Impossible: The First TV Season (published December 13th, 2006), Mission: Impossible '88 Season (published December 8th, 2011), Mission: Impossible: The Second TV Season (published July 18th, 2007), Mission: Impossible: The Sixth TV Season (published May 6th, 2009), and Mission: Impossible: The Third TV Season (published December 5th, 2007) are also available.
A few months ago, I was introduced to this Mission: Impossible '80s reboot, thanks to the prompting of my wife, who allegedly adored the series during its limited broadcast run. During my first go-round with the show, I just couldn't understand why she was such an avid supporter of what was obviously a corny, overwrought, action TV relic.
But here we have the 1989 season, and, you know…I think I know where she's coming from.
Make no mistake: This member's only-fueled misadventures of Peter Graves and company is still a hot cornball mess, hilariously antiquated and over-dependent on some of the very worst proto-blue-screen work ever committed to video. And yet I cannot look away.
Perhaps sensing the creep of the network Grim Reaper—these 16 episodes would comprise the show's final season—the powers-that-be opted to go all out with the outrageous plots. (I suspect a steady diet of prescription meds was made available to the writers' room.) The result: some of the most gleefully insane plots you'll come across in your Earthly travels.
A few of my favorites:
• "The Golden Serpent: Parts 1 and 2"
• "Target Earth"
• "The Fuhrer's Children"
• "Cargo Cult"
• "The Sands of Seth"
And so it ends, the final run of a proud TV franchise. For some, this season of Mission: Impossible will be a snort-worthy mélange of prehistoric special effects and bigass hair. For others, it's a reminder of network TV's promise to deliver unrivaled high adventure and intrigue. For me, it's four new outstanding beverage coasters.
The DVDs: standard def full frame, Dolby 2.0 stereo, and a heartwarming Christmas promo from the cast!
Not Guilty, but only because I love my wife.
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