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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"I AM ROGOSH!" Great episode, especially Steven Hill's nebbish lawyer. Fritz Weaver rules! Just saw him on a FIVE-O from season 11, "A Very Personal Matter", concerning the Quaalude epidemic circa 1978.

IMO, Greg Morris was the heart of "Mission: Impossible", I couldn't imagine the show without him.

Briggs is great! I'm gonna miss him at season's end.frown

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"I AM ROGOSH!" Great episode, especially Steven Hill's nebbish lawyer. Fritz Weaver rules! Just saw him on a FIVE-O from season 11, "A Very Personal Matter", concerning the Quaalude epidemic circa 1978.

IMO, Greg Morris was the heart of "Mission: Impossible", I couldn't imagine the show without him.

Briggs is great! I'm gonna miss him at season's end.frown



Do you like Barney as the Carribean Red student agitator?
Dan asks Willy to treat Barney with a lot of authenticity.

Dan to Willy: "Don't fake on the beating, Willy!"
Barney: "Thank you, pal!"

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

"I AM ROGOSH!" Great episode, especially Steven Hill's nebbish lawyer. Fritz Weaver rules! Just saw him on a FIVE-O from season 11, "A Very Personal Matter", concerning the Quaalude epidemic circa 1978.

IMO, Greg Morris was the heart of "Mission: Impossible", I couldn't imagine the show without him.

Briggs is great! I'm gonna miss him at season's end.frown


Like I said, I ALWAYS missed Briggs - and missed Bain and Landau 3 years later- the show was still fun, but never the same again.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Steven Hill's voice sounds like Gene Kelly's, and he also resembles James Whitmore, Jr. (from Baa Baa Black Sheep) But as I said, I've taken to Briggs very quickly.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Steven Hill's voice sounds like Gene Kelly's, and he also resembles James Whitmore, Jr. (from Baa Baa Black Sheep) But as I said, I've taken to Briggs very quickly.

We are doing the Angel Tree thing at work and my pick was an 18 year old named Sean who wanted DVD's and cd's, so I got him a Best Buy gift card- and grabbed the last set of M:I season one sets there, whilst on my lunch hour.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Please read this:

The shows are offered in their original mono, but the audio defaults to a superb Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which adds enormously to the show's excitement, and Lalo Schifrin's theme really comes alive.

So what do you think of it?

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2006 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Please read this:

The shows are offered in their original mono, but the audio defaults to a superb Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which adds enormously to the show's excitement, and Lalo Schifrin's theme really comes alive.

So what do you think of it?


I'm going to start watching tonight, I'll let you know.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



I'm going to start watching tonight, I'll let you know.


The Mayor of San Francisco:
"All right. Let's have it."

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)



The Mayor of San Francisco:
"All right. Let's have it."


Well-- THEY ARE GREAT! I watched the first disc last night (leaving on a cliff-hanger) and they look terrific. I realized just how good Steven Hill was as Briggs. It's a crying shame he left that series. I am wondering if I'll even bother buying the sets after the 1968-69 3rd season when Landau and Bain left.

I wish there were some special features on these... but they are beautiful prints. I'm damned glad I bought this set.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



Well-- THEY ARE GREAT! I watched the first disc last night (leaving on a cliff-hanger) and they look terrific. I realized just how good Steven Hill was as Briggs. It's a crying shame he left that series. I am wondering if I'll even bother buying the sets after the 1968-69 3rd season when Landau and Bain left.

I wish there were some special features on these... but they are beautiful prints. I'm damned glad I bought this set.




And the sound quality of the Dolby 5.1?
So?




PS: Buy MISSION's season 4 and 5 for Leonard Nimoy if you please.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)





And the sound quality of the Dolby 5.1?
So?




PS: Buy MISSION's season 4 and 5 for Leonard Nimoy if you please.


I didn't notice anything exceptionally unusual about the sound. Shifrin's score for the pilot was good, typical of his material for the series.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

THE PILOT (aka MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE)
(produced by Bruce Geller)


Plot:
After a long absence, secret agent Daniel Briggs returns to his job and accepts an assignement at Santa Costa (Central America) but with the participation of selected craftsmen, in order to steal two nuclear warheads (provided by the Soviet bloc) from the vault of the Hotel Nacionale: the official HQ of dictator Rio Dominguez.



Cast and details:
Dictator General Rio Dominguez and his right-hand man Alicio are played by Martin Landau and Harry Davis--Landau actually replaces the villain, a two-bit tropics dictator, and the team started out with a bang by disarming a nuke. Rollin rehearses his Dominguez part thanks to a film. The audience is introduced to the IMF rendition of "Topkapi" Maximilian Schell and Melina Mercouri, i.e. Steven Hill and Barbara Bain aka the Lady in pink. First episode in which the services of a crook are needed: Terry Targo (Wally Cox) who catches his fingers in Dominguez's door as in "Topkapi"! The latex mask concept used for Dan and Rollin refer to "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963). In a way, Dan's absence can be linked to another mysterious spy: N° 6 aka "The Prisoner". These warheads from this Central America country given to Dominguez remind the Cuban Missiles threat during the early 1960's. During the dossier scene, Dan watches the file of creator Bruce Geller which happens many times this season!


Review:
A rough primitive episode that looks like a staccato version of Jules Dassin's "Topkapi" in the art of burglary. Thanks to Film Noir cinematographer John Alton (see the vault's claustrophobic scenes, especially Dominguez's one with the warheads' color codes) and Lalo Schifrin's brilliant action-packed Latin score, the episode is enjoyable.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)




Review:
A rough primitive episode that looks like a staccato version of Jules Dassin's "Topkapi" in the art of burglary. Thanks to Film Noir cinematographer John Alton (see the vault's claustrophobic scenes, especially Dominguez's one with the warheads' color codes) and Lalo Schifrin's brilliant action-packed Latin score, the episode is enjoyable.


It was a little rough edged, but most shows are until they catch their stride. I liked the early concept of a guest star joining the core group of agents (Wally Cox in this instance). Eventually most of the guest stars were the villains. Still, Briggs has a presence and hardness about him that Phelps never had. I'm really enjoying Hill's performances.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Here's some MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE trivia.

Barbara Bain's birth name is Millicent Fogel.

She is the only actress in the history of the Emmys to win three times consecutively for her role of Cinnamon Carter in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

One of those years she beat out Diana Rigg for the award, and Patrick Macnee had some nasty words to say about that in his "Avengers" history book. I have to admit, Diana certainly was the more worthy candidate if you're talking about a choice between the two.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

One of those years she beat out Diana Rigg for the award, and Patrick Macnee had some nasty words to say about that in his "Avengers" history book. I have to admit, Diana certainly was the more worthy candidate if you're talking about a choice between the two.

What did he say about Millicent?

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

He said with total disdain, an italicized "Barbara who??" and then went on continuing to praise Diana's work (and well he should!).

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2006 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

He said with total disdain, an italicized "Barbara who??" and then went on continuing to praise Diana's work (and well he should!).

Check out the recent photo of Ms. Bain on IMDB on the immediate left of her main page- maybe you can post it here.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2006 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

He said with total disdain, an italicized "Barbara who??" and then went on continuing to praise Diana's work (and well he should!).

Screw the Emmys, especially if they cause dissention among sophisticated and beautiful 1960s agents, as well as their foppish partners.

Watched "Memory" again and was simply blown away with the overrall execution of the plot and Steven Hill's nebbishy lawyer and yes, Stefan, Barney's Caribbean agitator was fun, too.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2006 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



What did he say about Millicent?


BTW, "Millicent" is not to be missed wearing nothing but a towel in the series "Pilot."

 
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