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4.0 out of 5 stars MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE #7: The Syndicate Strikes Back!, August 13, 2009
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This review is from: Mission: Impossible - The Final TV Season (DVD)
Good afternoon. Here is the seventh and final season (1972-1973) of "Mission: Impossible" which is now produced by Barry Crane (former "Mission: Impossible" associate producer who masters the science of budgets over scripts from season 1 to 6--except season 2--, and director from season 4 to 7) and entirely supervised by newcomer writer Stephen Kandel but helped by writer Laurence Heath who produces one episode: "Boomerang". The series carries on dealing with the Syndicate as in the previous season 6, Barry Crane follows the path of his predecessor, reaches the fatal recession and, eventually, the series becomes self-conscious and looses its edge.

Minor changes occur: Lynda Day George is absent ten times in this twenty two episodes season and therefore guest female agents appear as in the hybrid season 4: during seven episodes, Barbara Anderson (former "Ironside" leading actress) poses as ex-convict Mimi Davis who is introduced in "Break!" and also Marlyn Mason posing as IMFer Sandy in "Crack-Up" and Elizabeth Ashley posing as IMFer Andrea in "The Question", one episode ("Imitation") contains no female IMFer, the character of Barney carries a moustache during four episodes ("Two Thousand", "Leona", "Underground", "Speed") and the main theme music is slightly re-arranged with a fast tempo in the vein of the "hip" season 5. In order to renew the locations, the action takes place in San Francisco as for instance "Speed" (a season 5 youth movement drama combined in a Syndicate plot, guest starring Claude Akins and Jenny Sullivan).

Find a selection of rare espionage plots: "Two Thousand" (directed by Leslie H. Martinson--who did the cult season 6 "Invasion"--, guest starring Vic Morrow and deals with atomic warfare through weapons trade), "Tod-5" (directed by Film Noir artisan Lewis Allen, guest starring Peter Haskell and Michael Conrad which highlights the germ warfare threat organized by American terrorists), "Ultimatum" (guest starring Murray Hamilton and Madlyn Rhue which underlines the danger of both the atomic warfare and inner terrorism executed by a frustrated scientist; the plot reminds the 1950 British film "Seven Days to Noon"), "The Question" (the masterpiece written by Stephen Kandel and guest starring Gary Lockwood and Jason Evers and tackles a Soviet assassin intrigue about the theme of defection), "The Pendulum" (guest starring Dean Stockwell which points a finger at a conspiracy inside the American government in the form of a subversive group of politicians and militaries).

Find also some engrossing gangster episodes: "Underground" (guest starring Peter Mark Richman as a doctor from a secret organization who interrogates harshly Jim Phelps inside a psychedelic torture chamber a la "Ipcress File" so that he locates the hideout of the Syndicate's finances, held secret by an abducted diabetic accountant), "Kidnap" (the sequel to the season 6 "Casino", directed by actor Peter Graves and guest starring John Ireland and in which Barney becomes the leader of the team to free kidnapped Jim), "Movie" (guest starring John Vernon and David Brian), "The Puppet" (guest starring Roddy McDowall), "Crack-Up" (directed by Sutton Roley and guest starring Alex Cord and Peter Breck in which a hired killer/chess player is hypnotized by the IMF to answer to two catch-phrases "when in doubt, take a pawn/Cordel" and to confess the location and identity of his boss), "The Deal" (guest starring Robert Webber, Lana Wood and Lloyd Bochner which blends a Syndicate plot with a foreign intrigue of a Caribbean dictator), "Break!" (guest starring Robert Conrad). Music-wise, only two scores are original, "Underground" by Lalo Schifrin and "Ultimatum" by Duane Tatro.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to explore, discover and enjoy the overtones and secret meanings of season 7. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck...
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2009 7:15:19 PM PDT
So tell me since you're reviewing the product, how is the sound? How is the picture? Is the master a good one? Oh....that's right, you don't have it, but are reviewing it!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2009 4:46:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2009 11:00:47 AM PDT
Thomas Rucki says:
There are two types of review: the technical one (that you refer to: picture quality, ratio, audio options, etc...) and the artistical one (leaning, overview, story contents, acting, film-making).
People want to know what they are about to watch. That's a fact.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2009 6:53:01 PM PST
MC says:
Patriot!..Sounds like a communist trying to control free speech...It's only right if everyone reviews it exactly they way you want..to bad.
Great review Rucki, thanks for taking the time to inform...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009 5:23:49 PM PST
Thanks for the informative review Rucki. You know you've done a good job when the only thing someone can criticize you on is irrelevant to the intent of your review. Patriot sounds like a frustrated reviewer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 6:56:28 PM PDT
S. Burton says:
Thanks, Thomas, for all your reviews. We purchased seasons 2 and 5 last Christmas and are slowly making our way through them. I'm getting to enjoy them more as we go along. I was quite young watching them the first time around and entertainment has changed a lot over the years, so it takes awhile to get used to the older style. Anyway, we are enjoying them and your reviews have me looking forward to purchasing the rest of the seasons when we get ready for more. (Though I still can't imagine MI without Peter Graves--don't know if we'll ever get the first season. Guess I'll have to go see if you reviewed that one too . . .)

Thanks again!

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 11:05:25 PM PDT
LG says:
Great review!! I too love this series and appreciate the time and effort some people put into writing reviews such as this one.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 10:27:57 AM PDT
wd2259 says:
maybe lynda day george was absent . because she was maternity leave ready have a baby . and i like all the mission impossible . even the ones from 88 season and 89 season.
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