Mission: Impossible (1971/1972) – The Connection, and The Bride

Anthony Zerbe returns for a fourth time to Mission: Impossible as a drug dealer named Dolan in The Connection. Written by Edward J. Lasko and Ken Pettus from a story by Lasko. It first aired on 18 December, 1971. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his team are going after a group of drug dealers by setting…

Mission: Impossible (1971) – Nerves, and Run for the Money

Lisa Casey (Lynda May George) has to put herself in harm’s way with her IMF assignment in Nerves. Written by Henry Sharp and Garrie Bateson, from a story by Sharp, it first aired on 4 December, 1971. Wendell Hoyes (Christopher George) is a paranoid criminal who has his hands on a slowly degrading canister of…

Mission: Impossible (1971) – Blues, and The Visitors

Barney (Greg Morris) gets to take a bit more of the spotlight in Blues. Written by Howard Berk from a story by Orville H. Hampton, this episode first aired on 20 November, 1971. This mission isn’t quite as impossible as some, Phelps’ (Peter Graves) IMF team is set to take on a music producer, Gorman…

The X-Files (2018) – My Struggle III, and This

After an almost two year wait, The X-Files returned on 3 January, 2018 with a season opener that was written and directed by series creator, Chris Carter. Viewers may have felt they got stiffed a little by the reveal that the season finale, My Struggle II, was actually just a vision had by Scully (Gillian…

Mission: Impossible (1969) – Submarine, and Mastermind

Donald James pens an exceptional episode of Mission: Impossible, Submarine, which was first broadcast on 16 November, 1969. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team are working with a ticking clock. They have to kidnap former SS officer, Kruger Schetlman (Stephen McNally), and learn the location stolen Nazi funds, before the local military police track…

The X-Files (1999) – Two Fathers, and One Son

The mythology arc spins up in a big way with Two Fathers. Written by series creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, the episode first debuted on 7 February, 1999, and sees the return of Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright), the reveal to Mulder (David Duchovny), Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) that CSM (William B….

The X-Files (1998) – The Beginning, and Drive

The X-Files have been re-opened following the events of the movie, Fight The Future, and with the production moving from Vancouver to Los Angeles, there’s a change in the look of the show. The season six opener was written by series creator, Chris Carter, and launched on 8 November, 1998. Sure, the files have been…

The X-Files (1998) – The End, and Fight the Future

The opening titles warns us that this is The End, and this episode would lead us into the first feature film, Fight the Future. Written by series creator Chris Carter, the fifth season came to a close on 17 May, 1998, and left fans slavering for the feature film that would span the ending of…

The X-Files (1998) – Bad Blood, and Patient X

Vince Gilligan delivers a very comedic entry in The X-Files with Bad Blood, which first aired on 22 February, 1998. A riff on not only classic vampire beliefs as well as the classic he said/she said trope. The episode opens with a shocking moment, a young man, Ronnie (Patrick Renna) is being chased, and ends…

The X-Files (1997) – Redux II, and Unusual Suspects

The conspiracy works to protect itself in this episode, the third part of the season finale/opener that rocked many of us on our heels. Written by series creator Chris Carter, Redux II first aired on 9 November, 1997. While Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) cancer begins to appear to be terminal (or is it?), Mulder’s (David Duchovny)…