Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 18

Submarine

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1989 on ABC
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Submarine
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A retired admiral prepares to sell a computer virus that can sink any naval vessel, but the plan goes awry when he destroys the computer "cure" before the IMF can get it. Now they must force the admiral to reveal the "cure."

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  • Submarine shows are always fun--even when it's a fake submarine. This one is beautifully filmed.

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    The new "Mission" always tended to have really nasty villains, and Sheppard is well to the fore--casually slaughtering a shipload of innocent men just to prove a point.



    The team uses a plethora of gadgetry to achieve their goals here. The gimmick of inserting Nicholas' picture into a newspaper photograph probably seemed a lot more impressive when the show was first aired. Nowadays, people would take that as a matter of course.



    Jim did a marvelous job in the role of the pushy, obnoxious, over-friendly salesman. I loved how he responded to Reynard's annoyance at the sticker which would not come off of his case--"It's free!"--as though that made everything perfectly all right.



    On the other hand, wouldn't you think that security dogs would be trained to ignore such things as cats? I should think that it would have been more plausible to impregnate the sticker with "Essence of Gunpowder" or something like that.



    The business with the sleeping gas went very well. Notice that no one thought to shut the windows and doors, as suggested on the "news broadcast"--they just tried to run. Nicholas did a pretty good job of reacting to the sight of the crushed antidote disk.



    This episode shows off Jim's foresight--he had his "Plan B" all set up in advance. It was amazing how they were able to pull it off using just the members of the team--with presumably a few people operating equipment in the background.



    The "submarine" shots were well done, and the claustraphobic atmosphere added to the tension of the situation.



    After seeing the flaming contact lenses in "The Devils", a pair of blinding contact lenses posed no problem at all.



    I suppose that they wanted to make certain that the audience recognized the character of O'Neill when Nicholas made the mask, but it would have been a a lot more sensible for him to apply the "radiation poisoning" effects to the mask before he put it on.



    The excitement, tension, and Sheppard's anxiety all build up steadily, culminating in the "destruction sequence". There is something particularly terrifying about a submarine going down--it's not as though you can simply jump overboard, after all. Sheppard again shows his essential nastiness when he prevents "O'Neill" from joining him in the escape pod.



    I do think that Sheppard should have looked a lot more confused when he realized that he was still on the "sub". I liked that sequence, though--all the noise and tension gone, just some minor background sounds, as Sheppard slowly makes his way through the set, and the truth begins to dawn.



    I wish that someone on the team had smacked Jim upside the head for that silly closing line.



    (It would have been kind of fun if they had gotten David Hedison from "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" to play the part of Sheppard.)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)

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Captain O'Neill

Guest Star

Noel Sheridan

Noel Sheridan

Computer Operator

Guest Star

Malcolm Cork

Malcolm Cork

Radio Operator

Guest Star

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