Mission: Impossible: The Fourth TV Season (1969)

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Mystery
Paramount || NR - 1314 minutes - $49.99 || May 13, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Bruce Geller (creator)
Cast: Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

One thing you can say about “Mission: Impossible” as a TV series is it’s consistent from one season to the next, one episode after another. This is most evident in “The Fourth TV Season” as gone are Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (married in real life) and enter “Star Trek” vet Leonard Nimoy to fill the void, and a selection of fine ladies taking special guest appearances, one of them being Lee Meriwether.

Season four is a lot like previous years where Jim Phelps receives his assignment from IMF Headquarters selects his crew and carries out the mission with, after some suspense, succeeds with no permanent damage. I can’t say there is any standout episodes (there is a quite good and extensive 3-part episode called “The Falcon”) and although as much as I liked Martin Landau as Rollin Hand, having some new blood in there with Nimoy is a welcome sight.

This was taken from my review of the Third TV Season and sums up my thoughts of this one, for the most part, as well:

As I mentioned earlier, “Mission Impossible” might be fun to watch, but given the era it takes place in and the popular style of TV drama in the 60s, the show can be unintentionally funny and unbelievably idealistic. Perhaps this is why despite the age it still holds a place in my heart. I can watch it today and still appreciate it as solidly fun 40-minutes of entertainment. No gratuitous violence. No unnecessary sex scenes. This is a show that I think even families can sit down and enjoy together. Of course, given this generation’s MTV attention span, I’m not sure if the younger viewers could truly appreciate it.

Episode Breakdown:
DISC 1:
01. The Code
02. Numbers Game
03. The Controller (Part 1)
04. The Controller (Part 2)

DISC 2:
05. Fool’s Gold
06. Commandante
07. Double Circle
08. The Submarine

DISC 3:
09. Robot
10. Mastermind
11. The Brothers
12. Time Bomb

DISC 4:
13. The Amnesiac
14. The Falcon (Part 1)
15. The Falcon (Part 2)
16. The Falcon (Part 3)

DISC 5:
17. Chico
18. Gitano
19. Phantoms
20. Terror

DISC 6:
21. Lover’s Knot
22. Orpheus
23. The Crane

DISC 7:
24. Death Squad
25. The Choice
26. The Martyr



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Like previous season sets, no extras were included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I had actually caught most of these episodes in syndication but it’s nice to have the picture as crystal clear as possible. Once in a while I did notice some dust and scratches but overall it actually looks pretty good.

“Mission: Impossible” comes packed with a solid Dolby 5.1 track. It isn’t great or anything but getting to hear the theme in something other than mono is a big step up.



.::OVERALL::.

“Mission: Impossible” is still one of my favorite TV series of all-time. No, it’s not terribly well acted, probably a step up from soap operas, and the stories don’t vary too much but it is still pretty damn entertaining. Although Martin Landau and Barbara Bain’s loss was big, getting someone of Nimoy’s stature was a good move.