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Mission Impossible S2 E05 The Slave (Part 1)


Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. A hallmark of the series shows Briggs or Phelps receiving his instructions on a recording that then self-destructs, followed by the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin.

The series was filmed and financed by Desilu Productions, and aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973. The series was reprised in 1988 for two seasons on ABC, retaining only Graves in the cast. It also inspired a series of theatrical motion pictures starring Tom Cruise, beginning in 1996.

The series follows the exploits of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against dictators, evil organizations and (primarily in later episodes) crime lords. On occasion, the IMF also mounts unsanctioned, private missions on behalf of its members.

The identities of the higher echelons of the organization that oversees the IMF are never revealed. Only rare cryptic bits of information are ever provided during the life of the series, such as in the third season mission "Nicole", where the IMF leader states that his instructions come from "Division Seven". In the 1980s revival, it is suggested the IMF is an independent agency of the United States government.

"The Slave: Part 1" Lee H. Katzin William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter October 8, 1967 

Slavery is still practiced in a Persian Gulf nation, but there is tension in the nation's leadership on the issue. IMF is tasked with stopping this trade, by exploiting this tension. The IMF's plan is to unleash a cloud of bats inside the prince's bedroom (a scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds) in order to kidnap the princess and sell her at the slave market.

Posted by George Freund on May 6, 2019 at 6:18 PM 213 Views