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Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season
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Fortunately, the revival of Mission: Impossible in 1988 is a whole different story. Peter Graves is back in the role of Jim Phelps as head of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Graves did not have the "charismatic" image that the other two had and, as a consequence, we see his steady hand in the role which molds the rest of the team, all of whom are new actors. I can say that this revival series, unlike all the others, remains true to the outstanding original series. The other actors all hold their own with the original stars of the series. The one possible exception was the original woman on the team, played by Terry Markwell, who was weaker in the role, but fortunately she was replaced by Jane Badler who is a more versatile actress. Thaao Penghlis is fine in the role originally filled by Martin Landau and later by Leonard Nimoy as the impersonator and language expert of the team. Tony Hamilton has a much wider range as an actor playing the role of "strong man" originally portrayed by Peter Lupus.Read more ›
i've been waiting for this for a very, very long time. i used to tape the show when it originally aired on ABC and i practically wore out those VHS copies by the mid nineties. then in around 2003 or 04, someone began offering VHS rips burned to DVD-R, so i picked up the whole series and was able to watch it straight through, tracking fuzz lines and half-edited out commercials and all.
now, just like airwolf and the late 80s columbo murder mysteries, i've got another fix of my favorite nostalgia television series on DVD.
people are going on and on about the picture quality. yes, like most shows of the mid eighties to mid nineties, the mission impossible revival was shot on film but EDITED on video (just like star trek TNG). thus often the only masters that have survived to the present are video tape.
i've seen horrible video masters and this ain't it (airwolf season 4 ouch!). as another reviewer noted, it looks exactly like it would have aired. and having watched these episodes over and over again (with commercials!) on my own VHS copies and then later DVD-R rips, now having the shows as they were originally shown is a blessing.
i don't have a CRT standard def television, so i can't comment, but on my oppo BD player + panasonic plasma display, mission impossible 1988 looks bigger and better than i remember.
as for the show, yes peter graves is older and slower, yes the budget is lower and yes it was shot in australia. however many of the stories are quite good and internationally set, and the gadgets are quite fun. best of all is the MUSIC. i think the version of the opening theme for this show is far superior to the original.Read more ›
Note that this is only the 19 episodes from 1988. The 1989 episodes (16) have yet to be released.
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The original 1960's '70's series is one of my favorite shows and doubted this would be as good. Very pleased to say these final series is very entertaining with a great cast. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Russ Wentz
Better than the original series. Peter Graves is outstanding as always.Published 6 months ago by Bill O'Neill
A worthy, if sometimes cheap looking, successor to the classic series. I am old enough to have watched to original series even before it was in reruns, I very much enjoyed this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Elfers
This is a compendium of the 1988 season for one of my all time favorite TV shows. This is far better than the pathetic movies that were supposed to be based on the series.Published 10 months ago by Jes
This is classic 80s at its best. The show hold up pretty well, even in the modern age. Its pretty suspenseful at times, comical at others. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chingotchcook
I liked the older way of packaging these TV seasons when we had either pull-out disc sleeves, or the box folded out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by glen freeman