Mission: Impossible: The Sixth TV Season (1971)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Paramount || NR - 1119 minutes - $49.99 || April 28, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-19


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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, Greg Morris, Lynda Day George, Peter Lupus


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

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

“Mission: Impossible” season five had 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 (5) 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 sixth season, along with Lesley Ann Warren, Nimoy departed from the series leaving the show without the male front man we are used to. However, the sole female role was nicely filled with the lovely Lynda Day George playing Lisa Casey (she would remain on the show until the end). An episode here and there would have an extra member fill in but for the most part long-lasting members Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), Barney (Greg Morris) and Willy (Peter Lupus) taking on the bulk of the work, and in fact Willy’s role grew even bigger taking a front man position rather than merely being the muscle of the group.

This season, the IMF primarily butts head with a faceless crime “syndicate” that apparently has their greasy hands in just about every cookie jar in every part of the country. While certain episodes might deal with finding the location of secret documents, the IMF’s task is to trick the bad guys using ingenious disguises and/or devices and, usually within the last 5-minutes, pull it all off despite some tense moments of uncertainty (of course, this was usually the template for every episode in every season).

What I’ve enjoyed about every season of “Mission Impossible” is less about the actors or their characters (though they are all great), but the fact these are standalone episodes and when someone does depart, no mention or fuss is made. It’s a secret government organization; people move to different departments or retire all the time. I know many people enjoy the “24” formula, but I have a hard time keeping up. I like the idea of watching one episode not having to see previous ones to understand what is going on.

Now, some of the plotlines, and it was the same throughout the series, are outlandish. One example is they take on a mission where they must prevent a bunch of corrupt politicians from being elected and use a newspaper mogul on the syndicate payroll to do this using his belief in... UFOs! Silly but for its time, this was a serious drama, but help me, I enjoyed every bit.

Episode Breakdown:
DISC 1:
01. Blind
02. Encore
03. The Tram
04. Mindbend

DISC 2:
05. Shape-Up
06. The Miracle
07. Encounter
08. Underwater

DISC 3:
09. Invasion
10. Blues
11. The Visitors
12. Nerves

DISC 4:
13. Run for the Money
14. The Connection
15. The Bride
16. Stone Pillow

DISC 5:
17. Image
18. Committed
19. Bag Woman

DISC 6:
20. Double Dead
21. Casino
22. Trapped



.::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::.

With only one more season left, this sixth season of “Mission Impossible”, while not at the top of its game and losing two key members from the previous season, battles on with 22 entertaining episodes. There aren’t many that stand out but if you’re a fan of the show at all, you can’t just watch one episode and be done, for me, it’s that addictive. Now, if only Paramount would release the 1988 reboot, I would be a happy man...