3 thoughts on “When Did Mission: Impossible Jump the Shark?

  1. A couple of years ago, I came across an episode of MI that was just starting on TVLand. I hadn’t seen the series in at least 30 years, so I gave it a try.

    The episode was called “The Contender,” an early entry from season 3. It guest starred Sugar Ray Robinson as a former boxer forced into retirement due to injuries. The bad guy of the week, the global threat to life and liberty that requires the intervention of an extra-judicial team of secret agents to defeat, was… a crooked boxing promoter.

    That was pretty much it. The Impossible Mission Force was recruited to thwart a guy who fixed boxing matches. This particular Mission seemed not just Possible; it was downright Trivial. Surely the police could have handled this, or if they were too busy, just call the Nevada Gaming Commission.

    So, did the IMF succeed in their crusade to bring down the naughty bookie? Beats me. It turns out this episode was the first of a two-parter, and ended on a cliffhanger. I never did see the finale, and wasn’t enthralled enough to seek it out.

  2. I thought every season had its moments…very fine series…I used to have fantasies about Lynda Day George!

  3. I would say the beginning of season 6 when the missions changed focus to taking on organised crime in almost every episode combined with the departure of Leonard Nimoy.

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