This 7-year series chronicled the adventures of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a team of government spies and specialists who were offered "impossible missions" (should they decide to accept them) by the unseen "Secretary". Although the cast varied over the years, the main characters included The Team Leader (Dan Briggs the first season, then Jim Phelps the other six), The Techno-Wizard (Barney Collier), The Strongman (Willy Armitage), The Master of Disguise (first Rollin Hand, then The Amazing Paris), and The Femme Fatale (Cinnamon Carter, Dana Lambert, Casey, Mimi Davis). The series is best known for its standard (but not invariable) opening mission contact (conducted by a pre-recorded message), the theme composed by Lalo Schifrin, the leader's selection of mission agents from a dossier, the opening briefing, the intricate use of disguises and a typical "mask pulloff" scene near the end of most episodes, and the relative lack of characterization of the characters.
Trivia: The IMF voice notes at the end of the briefing "I hope it's welcome back, Dan. It's been a while." implying that Briggs has been away. This comment, and any other background on Briggs, is never explained.
Dominguez hooking up the warheads to the lock on their case and set to detonate seems like overkill. The presence of the warheads is supposed to be a secret, so any prospective thieves wouldn't be deterred by the threat of a nuclear explosion. So if someone tries to open the case and fails... they'd destroy a good part of Santa Costa. Why Dominguez would risk his death and the destruction of his country isn't clear.
There was something that Dan apparently did not take into account when he laid his plans. In the original scenario, the 120-pound Terry Targo was expected to heave two two-hundred pound warheads from their cases to the suitcases. Dan had a hard enough time shifting them himself, and Terry gave no indication of being exceptionally strong.
When Terry Targo gets his fingers slammed into the door and thus breaking them, if you pause the DVD and play the sequence frame by frame you can see the actor, Wally Cox, actually holding the fake hands by their "wrists" when the door opens slightly after the door hits his "fingers."
While packing the equipment to go into the projectile, Barney dictates an accompanying note for Baresh, which is typed by Cinnamon. Problem is, the note is typed exactly as we, the audience, hear it, skipping vital information about the contents that Barney must have spoken after the camera cut to the next scene, and picking up where the camera cuts back to Barney. The finished note reads: "Joseph, follow these instructions precisely. Inside this projectile.. .work up rage...." which should have been utterly confusing to Baresh.
Trivia: On-screen dialogue establishes that Willy was almost certainly born in Indiana.
Trivia: Instead of a taped message, Briggs is handed a card on the street with a short mission briefing on it, which he then destroys.
When Briggs looks at Willy's picture at the beginning of the episode, he tosses it onto the discarded pile even though Willy is used on this mission. After Briggs looks at Rollin's photo, Willy's picture is now in the accepted pile. Also, after Rollin's photo there is a man without glasses whom Briggs rejects. After accepting Baresh's picture, there is photo of a man wearing glasses on the reject pile we didn't see before.