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 Posted:   Nov 9, 2009 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Please share your Season 1 top tens! Here's mine (I reserve the right to count 2-part episodes as 1 for no other reason than to allow me an extra spot):

Allardyce's Top 10 Season 1 Episodes:

1. Old Man Out (Parts 1 & 2)
2. Shock
3. The Train
4. The Ransom (with “Slithers” Smithers)
5. The Frame
6. Zubrovnik’s Ghost
7. The Carriers
8. A Cube of Sugar
9. The Psychic
10. Pilot

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2009 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It's changed since I first posted it three years ago. If gently prompted, I could be convinced to list the reasons why I like said episodes. wink

First Season Top 10

1. Memory
2. Snowball in Hell
3. The Traitor
4. A Cube of Sugar
5. Shock
6. Operation: Rogosh
7. The Ransom
8. Pilot
9. The Short-Tail Spy
10. The Legacy

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2009 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Top Ten List for season 1:

1. "Operation Rogosh": the ultimate masterpiece! Best in all departments!
2. "The Carriers"
3. "Pilot"
4. "Odds on Evil"
5. "The Train"
6. "Snowball in Hell"
7. "Shock"
8. "The Reluctant Dragon"
9. "The Trial"
10. "A Cube of Sugar"

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2009 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Operation Rogosh almost made it into my top 10. smile (and Snowball in Hell was close, too)

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2009 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Operation Rogosh almost made it into my top 10. smile (and Snowball in Hell was close, too)

Same thing with "The Frame" which is n° 11—I adore it: great cast of gangsters, great Rollin's performance, great Cinnamon's performance, fine suspense in the wine cellar, clever plot.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2009 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

On the seventh season front, I have to say I enjoyed "Movie" quite a bit! Barney as auteur and enfant terrible Tony Saunders is just plain brilliant and had me grinning ear to ear...

...But!

Barney as the convict Claney in "Hit" was even better! Especially when he's kicking Willy's ass while holding a cigar in his mouth!

Funny that Dane Clark is in this one, as I just saw him in Five-O's seventh season episode, "The Hostage." His Hollywood days were long gone, but he managed to find work in television.

We're also seeing an abundance of bad hair and bad toupees; I'm not sure which is worse!

And speaking of bad toupees, my compliments to William Shatner for not overdoing things with his potentially scenery-chewing performance in "Cocaine."

Yes, season seven is proving to be quite a romp!

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2009 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

While the plots have familiar touches from previous years, the seventh season makes good use of Greg Morris--the heart of M:I--and Peter Lupus, with both getting more lines. Morris in particular is impressive, showing off some bad assery on a number of occasions. Peter Lupus should've had more screentime and lines long before this, because he's not the acting liability some people thought he was.

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2009 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Puppet--another fun episode with what I thought was a plothole, but rewinding to the apartment scene corrected that.

We also get a DIRTY HARRY cast meet up, with John Larch (the chief in the first film) and Richard Devon (Carmine Ricca in "Magnum Force") both appearing.

Plus, there's the welcome return of Joseph Ruskin who can play any ethnicity needed!

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Crack-Up" was well executed, especially since Marlyn Mason looked better than I've ever seen her before! She was worthy of "Yum" recognition!

"Incarnate" was essentially a waste. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it's the most disappointing episode since S3's "Nitro." However, seeing Barney done up like the 1970s Marvel character "Brother Voodoo" was worth a chuckle. Kim Hunter was quite good as the hard-ass Mrs. O'Connel. The look she gives Phelps at the end is deadly! Too bad her total immersion in that character wasn't put to use in a better episode.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"Crack-Up" was well executed, especially since Marlyn Mason looked better than I've ever seen her before! She was worthy of "Yum" recognition!

"Incarnate" was essentially a waste. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it's the most disappointing episode since S3's "Nitro." However, seeing Barney done up like the 1070s Marvel character "Brother Voodoo" was worth a chuckle. Kim Hunter was quite good as the hard-ass Mrs. O'Connel. The look she gives Phelps at the end is deadly! Too bad her total immersion in that character wasn't put to use in a better episode.



Agreed all the way!
"Crack-Up" is done by the best television director of the era: Sutton Roley, an artist.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

RIP Joe Maross

Actor Joe Maross was born Feruary 7, 1933 and passed away November 7, 2009. Appears in countless television series but is remembered on:

"The Twilight Zone"
(season 1)
Jerry Riden in "Third from the Sun" (1960)
(season 3)
Astronaut Peter Craig in "The Little People" (1962)

"Mission: Impossible"
(season 1)
Gangster Frank Bates in "The Frame" (1967)
(season 2)
Drug dealer Mark Walters in "The Widow" (1967)
(season 5)
Sheriff Brad Owens in "Homecoming" (1970)
(season 6)
Drug distributor Clegg in "The Connection" (1971)
(season 7)
Gangster Jay Braddock in "The Fighter" (1973)

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Just saw him last night in a S1 "Cannon". I honestly didn't know he was still alive. Like many, I remember his TZ appearances best. I also saw him in an earlier role as a slimy killer on Lee Marvin's "M Squad." He's one of those familiar faces whose presence on so many of the classic shows make them easier to enjoy in a way that we've lost today as character actors don't stand out the way they used to.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2009 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

He's one of those familiar faces whose presence on so many of the classic shows make them easier to enjoy in a way that we've lost today as character actors don't stand out the way they used to.

YOU SAID IT! As I watch classic series of the 60s and 70s on DVD, I'm struck by how many character actors maintained busy careers by appearing in guest spots on multiple shows, and most of them never had their own shows. Most of them were fine actors and they brought a great deal to each show that they blessed with their presences.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2009 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



I launched Season 2 this past weekend and watched the first two episodes:

2.1 - The Widow - a fine beginning, and I was impressed at how Peter Graves just slipped into the mix with such ease, as if he'd always been the IMF leader. And then I got to thinking about actors like Graves with such distinct, articulate voices...what did people like him sound like when they were kids? I mean, can you imagine Peter Graves at 11-years old asking his mom for a popsicle?

Regarding the guest spot by William Windom...he was a great character actor of the era and I always enjoy seeing him, BUT, any time he does a foreign accent, I have difficulty buying him as the character. I don't think it's his fault so much as my fault.

2.2 - Trek - I liked this one even better than The Widow! I forgot to check the end credits, so I'm wondering who the composer was on this episode? The music sounded VERY VERY VERY much like the original Star Trek (fitting considering the title of the episode, eh?) I mean, at times, if I'd closed my eyes, I could have sworn I was listening to music from Star Trek season 1!

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2009 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



And then I got to thinking about actors like Graves with such distinct, articulate voices...what did people like him sound like when they were kids? I mean, can you imagine Peter Graves at 11-years old asking his mom for a popsicle?


2.2 - Trek - I liked this one even better than The Widow! I forgot to check the end credits, so I'm wondering who the composer was on this episode? The music sounded VERY VERY VERY much like the original Star Trek (fitting considering the title of the episode, eh?) I mean, at times, if I'd closed my eyes, I could have sworn I was listening to music from Star Trek season 1!





If you want to see Peter Graves as a kid, watch the season 5 "Homecoming": it's a 1930's version of "The Little House in the Prairie".
"Trek" is arranged as the season 2 score "Amok Time" from ST.

For your information:
1. Robert Drasnin (1): "The Slave Part I & II"
2. Jerry Fielding (1): "The Council Part I & II"
3. Gerald Fried (2): "Trek", "The Widow"
4. Walter Scharf (2): "The Survivors", "The Bank"

PS: "Operation—Heart" is stock music.

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

making my way thru s.1...

compared to I SPY -which clearly influenced it - two things stand out:

1. the generic quality of the places, people, names. Where SPY explicitly battled RED CHINA & Russia , IMF do battle against "unfriendly nations". COLD wAR HOKUM ALL THE SAME.

2. the cheapness of it all. The whole show is filmed on the backlot and little attempt is made to hide it.

Having said that, I enjoy the clever plots and quality casts. More so than I SPY.

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Stefan Miklos' top 10 list:
.

2. "The Carriers": Germ warfare again but with a Soviet training camp camouflaged as an average American town to turn any members of the Komintern into American citizens; the companion piece to a "Danger Man" episode entitled "Colony Three".
.


you noticed the Danger man lift too? (an unreleased John Travolta film used the same device)

This ep showed how good the writing could be.
The way IMF got them out of danger, by returning the real carriers, was brilliant!

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I was surprised to see so many comments for this show.
Then, i realized its all Phelps and Banacek

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2009 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Incarnate" was essentially a waste. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it's the most disappointing episode since S3's "Nitro." However, seeing Barney done up like the 1970s Marvel character "Brother Voodoo" was worth a chuckle. Kim Hunter was quite good as the hard-ass Mrs. O'Connel. The look she gives Phelps at the end is deadly! Too bad her total immersion in that character wasn't put to use in a better episode.

Compared to "The Fountain", the above-mentioned shows are masterpieces! "The Fountain" is the single-worst episode of Mission: Impossible! Where do I start? The hackneyed premise of a gullible, vain "Syndicate" man falling for the "fountain of youth" con, Jim's classically-feathered hair as head of a spiritual retreat, the wretched makeup job and toupee on George Maharis, the shaggy dog rug that (underused) "special guest star" Cameron Mitchell has slapped on his pate, to say nothing of the ridiculously unbvelievable and poorly-executed premise. Add a pat ending and you've got the lamest episode in series history.

I also don't ever remember George Maharis looking so scrawny and wearing a rug!




Something else worth noting: The last two episodes produced for the series, "The Fighter" and "The Pendulum" each run 49:30, whereas every other show has a running time of about 50:45! They really must've been skimping on production values! "The Fighter" in particular looks quite austere.

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2009 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)


Something else worth noting: The last two episodes produced for the series, "The Fighter" and "The Pendulum" each run 49:30, whereas every other show has a running time of about 50:45! They really must've been skimping on production values! "The Fighter" in particular looks quite austere.




Find my worst season 7 episodes list:
"Leona"
"Boomerang"
"Imitation"
"Hit"
"Incarnate"
"The Fighter"

 
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