Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 4

Command Performance

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 1989 on ABC
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The IMF team must rescue an imprisoned holy man and recover a holy relic which holds evidence of the Defense Minister's atrocities.

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  • Another "adequate" episode, although it has its moments.

    6.7
    One of the initial problems with this episode is Savitch's certainty that Father Vallis was given information by the man shot at the beginning. Considering that the man was dead by the time Savitch arrived, it was rather presumptuous. On the other hand, if Father Vallis had merely said, "He died before he could say anything," he might have spared himself a good deal of trouble (and shortened the show considerably).



    Another annoyance was that oh-so-obvious matte shot of the prison. It was screaming "Fake!" Once inside, however, it became quite interesting to watch Max and Grant working their way up, a la Indiana Jones.



    How lucky for Nicholas that the Professor looked so much like him. One nice moment was when Braun addressed him in "schoolboy Latin" and Nicholas, taken off guard, hesitated long enough for Braun to question his credentials (and for us to worry just a bit).



    Jim was delightful as the loud-mouthed, overbearing Buck. Shannon, after playing so many lovely roles, was superb as the blowsy, overripe Cleo.



    There seemed to be a problem with the eununciation of Savitch's first name. Several people, including Savitch himself, pronounced it "Eye"-van, while others pronounced it "Eee"-van (which I understand is the correct Eastern European pronunciation.) They really should have gotten together before filming and agreed on how to say it.



    Father Vallis' torture scene was rather harrowing to see. It doesn't need graphic violence to create an agonizing scene.



    A nifty gadget, which harked back to an "Old Mission" episode, (which used an LP record) had Nicholas recording various possible responses to a phone conversation in Savitch's voice, including, wisely, a response to any out-of-left-field questions. Shannon managed to attach the record chip to Savitch's telephone, in between fending off Savitch.



    Another fancy gadget was the little machine that carved out a replica of the cross. It was rather like a future gadget that would create a painting, near the end of the season.



    My favorite moment in the show was when Father Vallis asked who they were. Nicholas drew himself up, ripped off his fake beard with a flourish, and said (rather smugly) "We're the good guys!" It would have been fun if Grant or Max had looked at him and said something like, "How long have you been waiting for the chance to say that to someone?"



    Trying to puzzle out the meaning of the dying man's message, it took Shannon to think of separating the number (which looked like a year) into two sets, which gave Father Vallis the necessary clue.



    That was a mean trick that Jim played on the poor ringmaster. I'm not really sure why it was necessary, unless Jim simply didn't want to play a clown. Nicholas and Grant threw themselves into the spirit of the thing, but Father Vallis, understandably, was more hesitant. Their exit was certainly done with a flourish--especially Jim's.moreless
Phil Morris

Phil Morris

Grant Collier

Peter Graves

Peter Graves

Jim Phelps

Jane Badler

Jane Badler

Shannon Reed (1989-90)

Antony Hamilton

Antony Hamilton

Max Harte

Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Nicholas Black

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Disc (uncredited)

Ivor Kants

Ivor Kants

Father Thomas Vallis

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Grigor Taylor

Grigor Taylor

Defense Minister Ivan Savitch

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Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

Braun

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