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 Posted:   Nov 27, 2007 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A lot of those kind of books have become great collectors items. I had for years a beat-up copy of Mark Dawidziak's book on "Columbo" that was lost/stolen on a flight to Chicago, and I had to pay $80 or so to get a new one. Dawidziak's book on "Night Stalker" also fetches that high a price too.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2007 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I saw your episode, Stefan! wink

Brilliant! Probably in the top three of all M:I...Loved the Ed Asner performance, too...

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2007 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I saw your episode, Stefan! wink

Brilliant! Probably in the top three of all M:I...Loved the Ed Asner performance, too...



I will watch myself very soon in December...
More to come, Simpson.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Watched "The Bunker" late last night, and while it is padded (like all 2-part episodes) it is interesting from start to finish. And I only saw the strings on the "flying saucer" once!

Lee Meriwether looked beautiful, and while I'm not overly familiar with her S4 work, I can see why they chose her as a semi-replacement for Barbara Bain.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The surprise though is why they didn't just pick Lee as a permanent replacement (and she was very disappointed to find out she wasn't hired as a permanent replacement) since she was far more credible than Lesley Ann Warren, who was just too young.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

As I've said before, I'm totally unfamiliar with seasons five and seven, so I don't know what to expect from Lesley Ann Warren and Barbara Anderson in those years. In fact, season 5 is sort of up in the air for me, as I don't relish seeing a non-Western Sam Elliot.
Lynda Day George, however, was a worthy replacement.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

In fact, season 5 is sort of up in the air for me, as I don't relish seeing a non-Western Sam Elliot.

And no moustache either? smile

The thing about Season 5 and 7 I won't like when we get to them is the rescored theme music. In Season 6 they went back to the original version.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The theme has a "smoothed over" sound. I prefer the powerhouse original.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

The surprise though is why they didn't just pick Lee as a permanent replacement (and she was very disappointed to find out she wasn't hired as a permanent replacement) since she was far more credible than Lesley Ann Warren, who was just too young.


The answer lies in the MISSION companion book: power struggle.
Geller asked for Lee but Paramount big shot Douglas Cramer refused cold and during season 4, Geller had less and less power over its creation (because of money expenses) and was fired at the start of season 5.
This was Bruce Lansbury who hired Lesley Ann Warren to attract the young hip audience: a mistake because they didn't care for MISSION hence the return of a glamorous leading lady during season 6.


PS: Zelig, I know all about MISSION from 1 to 7 from top to bottom from the overtones and all the rest. Feel free to ask.
I will be delighted.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

As I've said before, I'm totally unfamiliar with seasons five and seven, so I don't know what to expect from Lesley Ann Warren and Barbara Anderson in those years. In fact, season 5 is sort of up in the air for me, as I don't relish seeing a non-Western Sam Elliot.
Lynda Day George, however, was a worthy replacement.



Season 5 nevertheless featured good episodes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Nitro" is the least of all the episodes from S3 so far. It also didn't help that Rollin's disguise made him look like former ESPN boxing analyst Al Bernstein.

"Nicole" was salvaged for two reasons: Joan Collins, looking hot as always; and Phelps' "grave[s]" expression at the end. Joan Collins always looked smashing!

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Joan Collins always looked smashing!

The way they introduce Joan in the episode, and the way Phelps seems so instinctively captivated by her, sure indicates that the writers had seen Joan the year before on Batman as the Siren. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Can't wait for Season six! Lynda Day George is a delight...



I just hope that Paramount won't slow down the release schedule after having released the "classic cast" years and that they'll go straight into the rest of the show's run.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Those imdb photos never come out, whatever that one is.

Although Paramount has been the best studio for classic TV on DVD the last year, the one complaint people have is how some shows are being released on the half-season schedule. Mission fans (and Hawaii Five-O fans) are fortunate they're not getting that treatment so far.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Those imdb photos never come out, whatever that one is.

Although Paramount has been the best studio for classic TV on DVD the last year, the one complaint people have is how some shows are being released on the half-season schedule. Mission fans (and Hawaii Five-O fans) are fortunate they're not getting that treatment so far.



And "Wild Wild West" fans are also very lucky!

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

True, WWW fans have the whole series on DVD guaranteed now and that's something that can't be said of a lot of 60s shows with a run as long as four seasons.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2007 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I don't have the third season set but find anyway how I rank this season:



Top list
"The Mind of Stefan Miklos"
"Live Bait"
"The Mercenaries"
"The Cardinal"
"The Execution"
"The Exchange"
"The Test Case"
"Illusion"
"The Interrogator"
"The Bunker, Part I & II"

Good list
"The Glass Cage"
"The Heir Apparent"
"The Contender, Part I & II"
"The Diplomat"
"The System"
"The Freeze"
"Doomsday"
"The Bargain"
"Nicole"

Minor list
"The Play"
"The Elixir"
"Nitro"
"The Vault"


Note: a minor episode from a top season is still a decent episode.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2007 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

My season 3 top ten:

1. The Mind of Stefan Miklos
2. The Mercenaries
3. The Cardinal
4. The Interrogator
5. Doomsday
6. The Diplomat
7. The Glass Cage
8. The Exchange
9. The Play
10. Nicole

And it was tough to choose ten!

"The System" and "The Test Case" have the best opening montages!

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2007 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Oh, "The Contender" part I plays at 50 min and part II runs for 45 min. Have there been any edits, Stefan? Are you familiar with the full running time? All of the other shows run at an average of 50+ minutes, and appear unedited.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2007 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Not knowing the episode, but if the program originally aired as a two hour oneshot, or if there was a lengthy recap of Part 1 before going into Part 2, that would usually account for a shorter running time.

 
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