Mission: Impossible: The Fifth TV Season (1970)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Paramount || NR - 1155 minutes - $49.99 || October 7, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-10-24


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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 (created by)
Cast: Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Lupus, Sam Elliott


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Mono), Spanish (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

[Portions of this review came from previous TV season reviews.]

“Mission: Impossible” season five marked a change in the series as missions focus mainly on domestic affairs rather than going to other countries to prevent (or encourage) political change. What was interesting about this season is it was a transition in the United States as well. After the departure of Barbara Bain after season three, the fourth season featured various female guest stars while Leonard Nimoy took over the master-of-disguise role quite nicely.

In the fifth season, Lesley Ann Warren joined the cast as the femme fatale (not really), Dana Lambert. Of course, this only lasted one season and in fact, it also marked the departure for Leonard Nimoy (dissatisfied with his role) from the series as well. Also making an appearance off and on in place of Peter Lupus, in a more standard IMF role, is Sam Elliott playing Doug Robert.

“The Fifth TV Season” is really no different from previous years. Each episode is predictable enough but I still have a lot of fun watching each one. Still present is the cheesy dialogue or stilted performances from some of the main cast and certainly the guest cast. They do try and change it up giving the main cast members more to do such as Barney (Morris) gets left behind after a mission goes wrong but overall it is more of the same. A couple of my favorite episodes this season include ‘The Party’ and ‘Flip Side’, if only to see how the IMF tries to deal with the drug culture.

I think this was the season considered the beginning of the end. Two IMF members depart (Nimoy and Warren) but it was also a changing time in the country. Mistrust of the government loomed large with Vietnam and cynicism reigned supreme and the IMF itself was too idealistic for its own good.

Episode Breakdown:
DISC 1:
01. The Killer
02. Flip Side
03. The Innocent
04. Homecoming

DISC 2:
05. Flight
06. My Friend, My Enemy
07. Butterfly
08. Decoy

DISC 3:
09. The Amateur
10. Hunted
11. The Rebel
12. Squeeze Play

DISC 4:
13. The Hostage
14. Takeover
15. Cat’s Paw
16. The Missile

DISC 5:
17. The Field
18. Blast
19. The Catafalque
20. Kitara

DISC 6:
21. A Ghost Story
22. The Party
23. The Merchant



.::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::.

Although the series was coming to an end soon (two more seasons) and the stories will soon turn toward domestic issues rather than foreign affairs. However, I enjoy watching the show just as much as previous years and although it has soap opera elements, it still is a blast to watch today, 35+ years later.