Mission: Impossible - The '89 TV Season
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Back to the show. ABC decided to renew "M:I" for a second season in 1989. Unfortunately, the network made the decision to take the show out of it's Saturday night timeslot (where it was doing OK) into the super competitive Thursday timeslot opposite NBC's juggernaut "The Cosby Show" which was the number one rated show in the country at the time. The results were nothing short of disasterous. The ratings plummented and ABC then hastily moved the show back to Saturday's but the damaged was already done. The series didn't even complete out the season (only sixteen episodes were made) and "M:I" was cancelled in early 1990.
The errors that were made by the network were sadly compounded by the creative team of "M:I" as the shortcomings in both the scripts and production values became painfully apparent in this season. Nowhere is this more evident than in the two part second season opener "The Golden Serpent". What should have been a home run is marred by some truly horrendous effects that even by the late 80's standards were subpar to say the least.Read more ›
A common theme for many of the reviews on Amazon for the Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season video quality was less than favorable including mine. I can now report that the Mission: Impossible - The '89 TV Season DVD's which were just delivered this afternoon have all of the same shortcomings. As more than one reviewer had indicated, the DVD transfers were probably made from the video broadcast masters rather than the original film elements which was pretty much standard operating practice in the late 80's. This leads to all of the same issues that plagued the 88 season's release whose faults can be referenced on that title's reviews which I won't duplicate again here.
Understand there is no hidden agenda nor some axe to grind when it comes to Mission Impossible.Read more ›
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I have loved the original series from the 1960's to early '70's and thought this might not be as entertaining. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Russ Wentz
LIKED THE SERIES? COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION WITH THIS AND 1988 SET. THIS MESSAGE WILL NOT DESTRUCT IN 5 SEC.Published 25 days ago by ron pease
Almost thirty years on what strikes me about this series is how well it anticipated technology. Grant Collier, the electronics wizard makes use devices that are now quite common. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Elfers
I love this series. The discs were factory sealed. The company shipped them with great care.Published 8 months ago by Robert Davis
Bias Alert: I grew up on the first seven TV seasons of Mission Impossible. So I still have fond memories of those happy days. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kenneth Harrigan
Fantastic set of DVDs, I wish the reboot had lasted longer. The cast was great!Published 12 months ago by Robert B. Long II