Mission: Impossible Encore. S.2, Ep.1 and Ep. 2. “The Golden Serpent” First broadcast September 21 and September 28, 1989. The last new episode of the classic “Mission: Impossible” TV series had been shown in February 1973. Since then, ABC had been looking for a way to bring it back. The long Hollywood writers’ strike (which lasted 150 days) gave them that opportunity. The producers got the green light for 13 stories from scripts used in the classic series. The Encore series would also be taped in Australia using that country’s talent and locations to avoid strike trouble. Peter Graves returned as Jim Phelps but other cast members were new. The new counterpart to tech whiz Barney Collier (Greg Morris) went to Morris’ son, Phil, who played Grant Collier, Barney’s son. In spite of lower than expected ratings, the show was renewed for a second (and final) season. The two-part “The Golden Serpent” opened the second season. The mission is to cause a breach in – and bring an end to - the titular South Pacific drug smuggling ring. It was good to have the IM team back but the writers, possibly discerning a precipitous drop in IQs and attention spans since the ‘60s, now has Phelps explaining everything before it happens (“This is where we go in and make the switch”), which the original show certainly did not. Anyway, nostalgia carried me through this viewing.
Does anyone else remember this series?
Phil Morris, Thaao Penghlis, Peter Graves, Jane Badler, Tony Hamilton