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Mission Impossible - The Third TV Season
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 11/20/2007

Season 3, should you decide to accept it (and you definitely should), was Mission's most accomplished. It garnered six Emmy nominations, and an Emmy for Barbara Bain, her third consecutive win, probably for "The Exchange," one of her finest hours, in which, breaking series format, her character is captured and psychologically tortured to discover for whom she works. As always, the first five minutes of any Mission: Impossible episode are the coolest: the lit fuse signaling Lalo Schifrin's indelible theme song, the opening-credits montage teasing the action in the upcoming episode, and Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), in some nondescript location, receiving his covert mission (usually to some nonexistent, but real-sounding country as Povia or Costa Mateo), on that self-destructing tape. It always seemed a waste of time for Phelps to go through the dossiers of possible Impossible Missions Force agents for each mission (and he does that less this season) as he invariably chose the same ones: model beauty Cinnamon (Bain), master of disguise Rollin Hand (Martin Landau), electricians expert Barney Collier (Greg Morris), and strongman Willie Armitage (Peter Lupus).

Mission: Impossible didn't delve into the team members' private lives: it was all about the mission, and together, the IMF foils any number of domestic and international villains. Some missions (foil a coup, rescue a dissident) have more at stake than others (restore boxing's good name), but there's that great moment in almost every episode when the team's target discovers that he or she has been royally IMF'd. "Don't you see?" the warden of a so-called escape-proof automated prison protests in "The Glass Cage," "they thought of everything!" He's not kidding. Not even "Q" on his best day would have come up with that faux briefcase that secretly dispenses exact replicas of the prison's towels. Mission: Impossible today does seem a little low-tech, especially when compared to the special effects-laden feature films. And for anyone who has seen Airplane, it may be difficult initially to keep a straight face whenever Peter "Do you like gladiator movies?" Graves is onscreen. But with its clever and complex stories, impeccable ensemble, and fun-to-spot guest stars (that's John "Dean Wormer" Vernon torturing Cinnamon in "The Exchange"), Mission is impossible to resist. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews:

  • Great classic TV
    I love this show! I was too young to appreciate the intricate plots when it first aired in the 1960's but I've bought the first two seasons already and I'm addicted. I own a lot of TV shows on DVD and this is the first season set I've viewed completely. I, too wish they would add some extras, but I'm just delighted at the restoration process they used to clean up a show that's 40 years old. Picture quality and the remastered soundtrack are pristine! They look better than shows produced in the last 5 years, especially on a big screen. Unlike other studios (yes I'm talking to you, FOX and MGM)Paramount has respect for it's classic old shows. Hawaii 5-0 looks fantastic, too!
    If I have my choice and had to sacrifice one thing or the other, they could keep the extras and just keep making the episodes look and sound this spectacular....more info
  • Classic shows
    I just love the old Mission Impossible shows, and this the third season is just as good as the first two....more info
  • The Third Season -- Mission: Impossible at its best
    Mission: Impossible's third season was its best -- best stories, best cast, best guest stars, and best puzzle-boxes for the IM force to break into. In fact, the first episode features a literal puzzle box -- a toy that Cinnamon has to solve while impersonating a blind heiress (or not, like Anastasia) who could prevent a petty dictator from taking power in a mysterious country located somewhere on the border between Venezuela and Bulgaria, where everyone speaks English in a broken Eastern European accent, and blue-eyed silver-haired force leader Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) fits right in. Such was always the backdrop for the foreign settings of the missions, where the force could rely on outstanding intelligence to discover everything from the bad guys' preferred method of torture and murder to the existence of underground tunnels to take them to vaults full of gold bars. It's probably my personal bias, but I like these episodes the most because I remember them from when I was eight years old, watching this show in its original run. The DVD set includes my favorite episode -- well, two episodes -- "The Bunker", in which a nuclear scientist is working on a bomb for a small country that's holding his wife hostage. For the first time in the series, the IM force is also up against a third country that has sent an assassin after the scientist as well. There's also "The Mercenaries", during which Barney is able to melt a million bucks' worth of gold with a lawn-mower-engine powered set of curling irons in about six hours, after which Willy reconstitutes the molten gold into new bars that he is easily able to lift onto a forklift. Okay, so it sounds like you have to suspend disbelief until it cracks, but it works. The production values are at their zenith in this episode, if you overlook the fact that the basements all look identical for about five episodes in a row, and the guest stars (Pernell Roberts, Lee Meriwether, and the inimitable John Vernon, among others) were the cream of the crop in the '60s. The incidental music is the best the series had to offer as well. Like the previous sets, the DVDs don't come with lots of extras, but have good transfers and high sound and picture quality, and the package is trim as can be. As always, should you choose not to purchase these DVDs, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your action....more info
  • Impossible Mission Force - A Classic!
    This series was on the air before I was born. I discovered the brief re-relese of the series in the late 80's which starred Peter Graves and Phil Morris (son of Greg Morris from the original series). My folks let me know that the series was a remake of an original which I was unable to find at the time.

    A few years later a local station started replaying the original series and I was hooked! In fact I convinved my wife to check out a couple episodes and she was hooked as well. For over a year we recorded the episodes to VHS with commercials and bad audio. Just before they started releasing this on DVD, we had to toss a dozen tapes because the quality had gotten so bad. My wife and I enjoy watching an episode nearly every night. (Okay, so we've slowed down a little bit so we don't run out of episodes before the next season is released ;)

    The show has some great sets, smart plots, and fun music. You don't have to "remember" this show to want to get the series. Check it out!...more info
  • One of TV's Best Espionage Shows In Its Third Season
    Mission Impossible - The Third TV Season continues the groundbreaking episodes that made this show so fun to watch.

    The show continued with its great guest stars, sometimes complicated plots, and skillful use of the "con the bad guys" approach that was the hallmark of the series. Graves came in and fit seamlessly at the same time his brother James Arness was continuing his long run as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke.

    This show will always be treasured for its pioneering plot devices and its challenge to the viewer to keep up with what was going on. It's great that this series is finally on DVD....more info
  • Addicted to Mission Impossible TV Series
    I LOVE the old Mission Impossible TV Series. I cannot get enough of them. I watch it over and over and never get tired of it. It's some of the best written stories ever. I would suggest to everyone to buy it and see for yourself. Great program!...more info
  • MISSION: SEASON 3
    This particular season 3 is a peak from a creative standpoint (scripts, film-making, actings) but later seasons still contain fine episodes: don't miss them, especially those with Leonard Nimoy (season 4 and 5) and Lynda Day George (season 6 and 7). Season 3 is chaotic because of producers' changes: William Read Woodfield/Allan Balter keep the spirit of Gantman's season 1 and 2, Robert H. Thompson and Stanley Kallis--Kallis will continue until season 4. Martin Landau deliver his finest performances in a masochist and pathological trilogy: as an agonizing death row convict in "The Execution" (produced and written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter), as a guinea pig simulating death by suffocation in "The Test Case" and as a hysterical political prisoner tortured to reveal informations in "The Interrogator". Season 3 features some top television directors: Sutton Roley, Stuart Hagmann, John Moxey, Resa S. Badiyi. Writer Laurence Heath fashions three of his best offerings: "The Mercenaries" (guest starring Pernell Roberts) which highlights the most impressive gold heist of the entire series, "The Exchange" (guest starring John Vernon) that explore Cinnamon's hidden phobia (claustrophobia) and "Illusion" (guest starring Fritz Weaver) in which Cinnamon performs three songs a la Marlene Dietrich in an East German cabaret. But above all, one man revolutionizes the series: young writer/story consultant Paul Playdon who concocts the ultimate masterpiece in cerebral games: "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" guest starring the late Steve Ihnat in the title role playing USSR's finest secret agent which has a photographic memory. Playdon also introduce Rollin's greatest nemesis: master of disguises Alexander Ventlos in the two parter "The Bunker", and Playdon rewrite "Live Bait": another seminal episode guest starring Anthony Zerbe and Martin Sheen....more info
  • Mission Impossible the original
    This show was a top item with children and adults in the late 60's. While you 'knew' they were going to succeed, it kept you wondering how they would complete the task at hand. Best of all, each person was a specialist in his/her own field. Not like that clown, T.C. He plays the main character as an expert in everything and anything--what does he need with an IMF team? Mission Impossible was family viewing on Saturday night when we all sat together to see the episodes. ...more info
  • As Great As Advertised!
    This is the third season I have purchased and so far, it is as great as I remember it. The action is as I remember. One has to think to figure how some things are done in this program, unlike some of the cheap productions on TV today. I highly recommend this set....more info
  • Season Three Overview
    By the fall of 1968, the original "Mission: Impossible" series was about to commence it's third season on US television. Buoyed by critical acclaim (including two Emmy's for Outstanding Drama Series); the show also saw an increase in viewership coupled with solid ratings. The series seemed poised for bigger and better things.

    And on both notes, year three delivered the goods.

    "Mission: Impossible's" third season maintain the strong standard set during the show's first two years, whilst at the same time providing audience's with plenty of suspense, intrigue, mystery and entertainment. The episodes themselves are well written, produced and acted with a high degree of consistency.

    Peter Graves returns as the confident and charismatic head of the IMF team Jim Phelps. Also returning are other series regulars such as Martin Landau as Rollin Hand - the team's master of disguise and voices. Barbara Bain as the cool and classy Cinnamon Carter - the group's femme fatale. Greg Morris as Barney Collier - the electronic and gadgets expert and Peter Lupus as Willy Armitage - resident strongman. The chemistry between these five performers lies at the very foundation of the series as they all work so well together. Not surprisingly, it's this line-up that is most fondly remembered by many people.

    Year three of "Mission: Impossible" sees our heroes tackle an array of villains. From dictators trying to seize power ("The Heir Apparent, "The Cardinal", & "The Elixir"), to dangerous crime bosses ("The Contender Parts I & II", "The Execution" & "The System"), to foiling enemy agents and their deadly plans ("The Diplomat", "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" - widely acknowledge by many as the series best ever episode & "Live Bait"). The series even broke from it's established format when a mission goes wrong and one the team are captured in "The Exchange", a solid and memorable entry which see the IMF desperately trying to rescue one of their own whilst being hunted by all sides.

    On the surface, it would appear that the series was running smoothly at this point however behind the scenes, things became heated and tense. William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter who were the show's producers and head writers left the series after a bitter feud with "Mission: Impossible's" creator and executive producer Bruce Geller. In their place, Paul Playdon became the series head writer (an impressive feat considering he was a relative unknown at the time and all of 28 years of age!) and Stanley Kallis was installed as the show's new producer. Together they would take the series in a new direction with an emphasise of intricate plotlines and developments. This year would also be the show's high point in terms of viewers. The season would see the series end in 11th place in the annual Nielsen ratings (a peak that the series would never attain for the rest of its run). However all of these events would pale in comparison to the bombshell that would hit the show by season's end which resulted in not one by two of the series stars leaving "Mission: Impossible" in a very public spat from which the show arguably never fully recovered from.

    Almost 40 years after these episodes first went to air, they still hold up very well. Tightly scripted, solidly performed and aptly produced and directed, the third season of "Mission: Impossible" is retro treat for both fans and newcomers alike. If you're familiar with this classic, get yourself re-acquainted. If not, find out how things were done - old school style. Highly recommended.
    ...more info
  • More of a great series
    Well, here we are again with the third installment from the original Mission Impossible. This is the final season for Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. They will be replaced with Leonard Nimoy in the fourth season.

    Lots of good episodes here, including my favorite, "The Execution". The theme is the same as for the previous seasons. Jim gets a secret mission, selects and briefs his team (although we don't get every detail so there are always surprises), and then they go out and roust the bad guy. Most of these are credible and believable. Once in a while there is an episode which stretches reality. All are entertaining to watch, and the hour-long show is just about right, time wise.

    This set will be out in November and I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation. To date there are no extras on the DVD's and I imagine this one will follow suite. Still, the picture is sharp and clear and the audio track is reasonable (remember, these are from the 60's).

    Once again, if you've never seen one of the television episodes and only know Mission Impossible from the Tom Cruise movies, do yourself a great favor and buy or rent one of the sets. All are good. Many, many evenings of entertainment value for the whole family here.

    For those who want an episode list .....

    Episode 1: The Heir Apparent
    Original Air Date: 29 September 1968

    Episode 2: The Contender: Part 1
    Original Air Date: 6 October 1968

    Episode 3: The Contender: Part 2
    Original Air Date: 13 October 1968

    Episode 4: The Mercenaries
    Original Air Date: 20 October 1968

    Episode 5: The Execution
    Original Air Date: 10 November 1968

    Episode 6: The Cardinal
    Original Air Date: 17 November 1968

    Episode 7: The Elixir
    Original Air Date: 24 November 1968

    Episode 8: The Diplomat
    Original Air Date: 1 December 1968

    Episode 9: The Play
    Original Air Date: 8 December 1968

    Episode 10: The Bargain
    Original Air Date: 15 December 1968

    Episode 11: The Freeze
    Original Air Date: 23 December 1968

    Episode 12: The Exchange
    Original Air Date: 4 January 1969

    Episode 13: The Mind of Stefan Miklos
    Original Air Date: 12 January 1969

    Episode 14: The Test Case
    Original Air Date: 19 January 1969

    Episode 15: The System
    Original Air Date: 26 January 1969

    Episode 16: The Glass Cage
    Original Air Date: 2 February 1969

    Episode 17: Doomsday
    Original Air Date: 16 February 1969

    Episode 18: Live Bait
    Original Air Date: 23 February 1969

    Episode 19: The Bunker: Part 1
    Original Air Date: 2 March 1969

    Episode 20: The Bunker: Part 2
    Original Air Date: 9 March 1969

    Episode 21: Nitro
    Original Air Date: 23 March 1969

    Episode 22: Nicole
    Original Air Date: 30 March 1969

    Episode 23: The Vault
    Original Air Date: 6 April 1969

    Episode 24: Illusion
    Original Air Date: 13 April 1969

    Episode 25: The Interrogator
    Original Air Date: 20 April 1969
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  • Season Three-When Mission: Impossible Reached Its Peak
    It was in season 3 that the show reached it peak. One outstanding episode after another. And what is really remarkable was that this was in the midst of a major behind-the-scenes power struggle that could have destroyed the series. The original pair that wrote many of the scripts and basically determined which ideas would be used were William Read Woodfield and Alan Balter. However, in the middle of the filming of the third season, they got into a major confrontation with series creator Bruce Geller and abruptly left the show which was in the midst of production without any scripts for upcoming shows. In a panic, the writer Paul Playdon, a young writer only in his 20's came on board and cranked out a series of really outstanding stories and supervised others which were written by other writers. Playdon's stories often (but not always) use a lot of fancy gadgetry which I like. This is seen in episodes like "The Bunker" and "The Glass Cage". On the other hand, his most cerebral episode, "The Mind of Stefan Miklos", has no action and no gadgetry and yet is one of the finest hours of television ever produced with some outstanding acting by Martin Landau and guest star Steve Ihnat. In this one, the viewer is challenged to pay especially close attention to the plot and to understand what is going on.
    "The Glass Cage" has a political prisoner locked in a glass cage which is surrounded 24 hours a day by guards, television monitors, an electric floor and alarms, but the IMF has to get this prisoner out. As you watch it, the viewer keeps asking himself "how the heck are they going to pull this one off!". For the more morbid viewers out there, in "The Execution", the MI producers were given access to the actual gas chamber used to execute criminals in the state of California of the time and they built an exact duplicate showing how it worked.
    Buy this DVD and prepare yourself for some of the finest entertainment ever made by Hollywood. I'll just leave you with some cryptic words :
    "January Suborbital Denomination!"....more info
  • Mission Impossible: TV Season 3
    One of best and smartest shows ever on TV. Ignore the Tom Cruise movies. If you want intelligent, great drama, the Mission Impossible TV series is it....more info
  • Mission Impossible Review
    GREAT, I've liked this series since I 1st saw it on TV. Peter Graves was suited for the role of the leader And the rest of the cast SUPERB. ...more info
  • excellant
    Mission Impossible - The Third TV Season
    We purchased this DVD because we enjoyed the program, when it was on
    TV. The DVD is perfect and we are enjoying watching it. It is a perfect
    gift for anyone who remembers the program and those who don't. We received
    it promptly. I would recommend it to anyone....more info
  • "Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions"
    Yes folks, that's the fine print on the back of the third season box. Whereas the first season was billed "complete" and the second season had no disclaimer, this one looks to have a few acknowledged edits. What they are, I cannot say. The show is forty years old and this is my first time experiencing the episodes.

    Otherwise, there are some fine moments in this set. I'm working through the discs randomly, but the show still seems to be running strong on the formula that made the first two years so successful. Of note is "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" which has been billed by the fan community as "one of the finest hours of television." It was the first episode I watched, and it is indeed a brain twister that turns some familiar IMF conventions on its head. Check it out.

    Paramount continues to produce nicely remastered episodes, and my guess is if there are edits it's because some elements were in too poor condition to restore? Whatever the case, I do recommend the third season. I'm docking a star for the edits, but if you like classic television this is the way to go. Hopefully season 4 (with Leonard Nemoy) will be unedited.

    Please add comments if you can help me figure out what the edits are. ...more info
  • Mission Impossible Season 3
    This series, while old by date, is the number one interesting plot TV series in my recollection. Good action! Good suspense! Good casting! Has a real life look to it because it's before digitizing. I like the team aspect of the series!...more info