Mission: Impossible - Season 7 [DVD]
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All 22 episodes from the seventh and final season of the adventure series. The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) are a team of secret agents who carry out covert and highly sensitive missions for the US government. Episodes are: 'Break!', 'Two Thousand', 'The Deal', 'Leona', 'TOD-5', 'Cocaine', 'Underground', 'Movie', 'Hit', 'Ultimatum', 'Kidnap', 'Crack-Up', 'The Puppet', 'Incarnate', 'Boomerang', 'The Question', 'The Fountain', 'The Fighter', 'Speed', 'The Pendulum', 'The Western' and 'Imitation'.
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Willy(Peter Lupus) now is more rough than he was before, and Mimi has joined some missions and she was only in few episodes but still good, and Casey won Grammy for her part. The serie at season 7 is a lot better than 6th season. I also hear Bruce Geller wasn't as much involved anymore him being so pedantic about work. The 2nd episode I saw today was about Nuclear physicist locked in cell with Barney and in a site supposedly affected by war going on outside. the year he was meant to be in? 2000. Funny how I have no gadgets not a mobile phone even(using my man's pc to Write this) because I truly feel it was true. at year 2000 it all went in rackets for us With Technology. We breath acid rain, acid ground, GMO Food. I don't know..For me watching the serie made me more consious to the age we created which was supposed to be good. The Nuclear threat so dominant in many episodes is pretty much still today's issue. Peter(Graves) is a great team leader. the actors in both 6&7th episode play well. The t.v serie never was shallow and never dealt With anything more than what occured more or less those days. these days. Great season. Too bad it ended, like the good time of real t.v ended.
LDG, who was actually on maternity leave, is replaced by the EXCELLENT Barbara Anderson for seven missions, Marlyn Mason (one) and Elizabeth Ashley (one). The final mission, which is almost all Barney, doesn't have a missionista at all. Peter Graves enjoys himself in another variety of roles, and is great fun to watch. Willy often seems to be playing the part of a physician, which is a bit of a stretch. Barney also thrives on the undercover work he started in season six, (effete film director, voodoo man, master chef, crooked cop, drug lord and hood/safecracker).
Of the twenty-two episodes, i would say that two-thirds are okay to good. One or two even approach memorable status. The best seem to be those where we break out of the syndicate mould and into stories which "24" would subsequently exploit. "Two Thousand" with its hidden plutonium, "TOD 5" and biological warfare, "Ultimatum" with its nuclear device being used to blackmail the US government. Alternatively, "The Pendulum" with a military-industrial complex/corporate takeover of the world economy. (How prescient was that?!) Or "Underground" with its quite disturbing torture sequence. Similarly "Crack Up", whose truly bizarre moment of incarceration made me think of David Lynch. It's just a terrible shame that the season is let down by relatively dodgy/bland episodes like "Leona", "Kidnap", "Incarnate", "The Fountain", "The Fighter", "The Western" and "Imitation". (All Casey episodes, as it happens, apart from the last.)
Jim's team are now duelling with a rather different set of US actors. Vic Morrow, Robert Webber, Michael Conrad, Murray Hamilton, John Ireland, Alex Cord, John Larch, George Maharis, Cameron Mitchell, Claude Akins, Dean Stockwell and an old-looking Charles McGraw all make their "M:I" debuts. (Unless i'm mistaken.) Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter have detoured from "Planet Of The Apes". Robert Conrad, Willliam Shatner, William Smith, John Vernon, Donnelly Rhodes, Luke Askew, Geoffrey Lewis, William Windom and a wiggy Pernell Roberts are all back for more. Watch out for Joanna Cassidy, who has two VERY small parts (one uncredited), a tasty Lana Wood, cute Jennny Sullivan and luscious Barbara McNair amongst other guest ladies.
What i shall surely be doing, when i do my next re-run of IMF adventures, will be to change the viewing order of this season's episodes. Purchasers might consider doing the same. The Barbara Anderson episodes (1,3,5,6,8,9,10) should thus be followed by the Marlyn Mason and Elizabeth Ashley episodes (12 and 16), the Casey episodes (2,4,7,11,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21) and the non-missionista (22). A lot of chopping and changing, to be sure, but the continuity should definitely improve.
PS. My re-run, using the above sequence, actually gives the season a fairly strong start. (It even resolves most of the moustache continuity issue!) The downside is that the weaker episodes are heavily concentrated towards the end, making the run-in distinctly stodgy. Kenyon Hopkins' urban, jazzy music scores are a very pleasing feature of this season. I almost find myself craving the next rerun, if only for that aspect.
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