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Mission: Impossible

Season 2 Episode 7

Target Earth

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1989 on ABC
6.8
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Target Earth
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When the pilot of a commercial orbital launch site goes missing, Shannon impersonates a NASA pilot, only to find herself trapped on a space shuttle in orbit when terrorists take it over to launch a global blackmail scheme.

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  • This episode is a case of a really absurd premise being pulled off because it is so beautifully presented.

    8.7
    That's not to say that it doesn't have its problems. The main one, of course, is Shannon's presence as a pilot candidate when she doesn't have the slightest experience whatsoever. This would have been the time to call in a guest agent--or else have Grant in that role. Presumably the reason that they did not do so was to increase the sense of danger--people would not be so concerned about the experienced Grant's safety up there in orbit.



    The idea of a privately funded, international space program is really cool. However, given the circumstances, don't you think they should have been just a teensy bit more on the ball with their outside security? Robard and a seemingly small group of men got inside with no trouble at all, and there is no indication that there were more than the two traitors at the base.



    The team settled right in. Even Max, who arrived at the base later than Grant and Shannon, seemed thoroughly at ease with the work. However, when Nicholas first arrived, he seemed to jump instantly into the testing, when you'd think that there would be a little more of a settling in period.



    Why did Max indicate to Rhine that the test they were doing that day was going to be for all the marbles? It seemed to precipitate the takeover.



    I realize that the team went in expecting to ward off trouble of some sort, but I liked how swiftly they put together their plans. I also liked how Shannon was able to communicate with them, although she had to work on it--her first blunt comment, "I read you" earned her a well-deserved stare from Rhine, and her attempt at glossing over it was clumsy.



    Once their plan was in place, it was child's play to get control of Robard--Max having gotten all of them jittery with his talk of radiation. Grant showed off a talent for really quick changes; he seemingly got out of his Haz-Mat suit and back to Shannon in a matter of seconds.



    The whole space-walk and tumble was nicely done. I liked Shannon's voice, barely under control.



    Once they had everything secured, presumably it was the actual Eurospace team that talked Shannon and the shuttle down. Given that everything was computer controlled, it shouldn't have been too terribly difficult.



    And no pompous final line! The emotional reunion was all that they needed.moreless
  • I liked the space agency.

    8.6
    I liked this episode because I like the space agency.I use to live in Florida and visited Kennedy Space Center.I was always empressed by traveling in space and coming back.I was also a huge fan of Star Trek.This episode came out after the challenger tragedy and they did a fine job.The one low point was where that man hit Nicholas in the stomach.But I think they really paid tribute to the space program.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)

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Everyone pronounces Phelps' alias as "Lie-man," including one of Robard's men, except for General Robard, who pronounces it as "Lee-man."

    • After the initial systems test, Alina is shown in a close-up watching the test on the large screen wearing headphones with her hand up to her ear. In the background Rhine has a serious look on his face. When the scene switches to a long shot she is no longer wearing headphones, her hands are behind her back and Rhine is now smiling and facing the screen.  She proceeds to turn to a man on her left and shakes his hand.  When the scene switches to a close-up she is facing the screen again watching the test and Rhine is facing her. 

    • Jim collects his assignment at a library. The librarian distinctly states that the library is closing. When Jim turns on the microdisc, the voice says, "Good morning, Jim." What sort of library closes in the morning?

    • At the end, Shannon lands the shuttle single-handedly without any instruction - there are several shots of the guys just looking on. When did she learn to land a shuttle?

    • Couldn't they find a specialist to become the IMF pilot? It seems kinda silly to have the unqualified Shannon take on such an important role.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jim: Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped. It's been a favorite of mine since I was a boy.
      Librarian: I think you share that with most boys, from nine to ninety!
      Jim: Well, there aren't many heroes like Alan Breck Stewart.

    • Nicholas: It's crazy, why destroy a communications satellite?
      Jim: You know, to get a mule's attention, the first thing you do is hit him over the head with a club.

    • General Ransom: Stand by to launch conventional missiles. One hundred and twenty-eight innocent people. But against 14 million in New York, 10 million in Moscow, 3 and one half million in Sydney. The Australian Government have agreed to a non-nuclear strike. We'll try out damnedest to get out of this peacefully, but if not, we'll wipe out the base.

    • General: How the hell did you get there?
      Jim: Sorry, General, we seem to be losing our connection...

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