Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Pendulum, The Western, and Imitation

This is it, the final instalment of Mission: Impossible as I complete my exploration of The Complete Series on Blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada. The last three episodes of the series are much like those that went before it. They remain episodic in nature, interchangeable with anything that has gone before, and no real…

Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Fighter, and Speed

It’s my penultimate instalment of Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series. Five episodes to go. First up this week is The Fighter. Written by Stephen Kandel and Nicholas E. Baehr from a story by Orville H. Hapmton, this episode first debuted on 9 February, 1973. It starts out with a fun guest star, Herbert Jefferson…

Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Question, and The Fountain

The IMF get back to spycraft this week with The Question. Written by Stephen Kandel it first aired on 19 January, 1973. When a foreign assassin, Nicholas Varsi (holy crap, it’s Gary Lockwood!) defects, the IMF is unsure if he’s legit or a mole, so they are tasked with kidnapping him from his safe house,…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Crack-Up, and The Puppet

Alex McCord guest stars in Crack-Up which sees the IMF going after the mob/Syndicate (again), this time focussing on a hitman, Peter Cordel (McCord). Written by Arthur Weiss from a story by Weiss and Robert and Phyllis White this episode first aired on 9 December, 1972. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his team, Barney (Greg Morris),…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Ultimatum, and Kidnap

Murray Hamilton (the beaches will be open!) guest stars in Ultimatum. Written by Harold Livington from a story by Shirl Hendryx and Livingston, the episode all guests Donnelly Rhodes! First airing on 18 November, 1972, the episode sees the IMF on familiar ground. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his team are after a nuclear physicist, Cooper…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Movie, and Hit

Guest stars John Vernon and William Smith are back for another round as baddies in Movie. Written by Anthony Bowers, Arthur Weiss, and Stephen Kandel from a story by Bowers, it first aired on 4 November, 1972. It seems members of the Syndicate are infiltrating the entertainment industry and Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Cocaine, and Underground

William Shatner returns for another guest appearance in the episode, Cocaine. Written by Harold Livingston from a story by Norman Katkov. And while we’re getting excited over guest stars, Gregory Sierra pops up as well. First airing on 21 October, 1972 this story sees Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team going after the drug…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Two Thousand, and The Deal

Vic Morrow plays the baddie in Two Thousand. Written by Harold Livingston, this episode debuted 23 September, 1972. Morrow plays Joseph Collins a nuclear scientist preparing to sell nuclear materials to a foreign country. You know what that means right? We’re not taking on the mob/Syndicate this episode! In order to get Collins to reveal…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Trapped, and Break!

Season six of Mission: Impossible comes to a close with Trapped. Written by Samuel Roeca and James L. Henderson from a story by Rick Husky, it first debuted on 26 Februay, 1972. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team are going after a family of international smugglers, and are planning to turn the rival brothers…

Mission: Impossible (1972) – Double Dead, and Casino

Hey look everyone, the IMF is going after the mob (again). This time out, there are a couple of complications for the team as their mission takes them to the Islands (supposedly Hawaii), in Double Dead. Written by Jackson Gillis and Laurence Heath from a story by Gillis, this episode debuted on 12 February, 1972….