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This season Leslie Ann Warren joined the cast, in essence replacing Barbara Bain who left a year prior with her real life husband Martin Landau. While it may sound sacrilegious to the show’s purist fans, I found her character to be a far better one. She not only looked much better, but she was a far better actress, and her role was more rounded and complete. Another strong addition to the cast would be western film icon Sam Elliott as Dr. Doug Robert. He would supply medical expertise in the missions. Elliott has always been a fine actor, and this role was no exception. Sadly, neither of these two new characters would last more than a year. Notable guest stars in this set include: Robert Conrad, Robert Alda, Sam Mineo, Dana Elcar, Larry Linville and Loretta Swit (not in the same episode), Mark Lenard, and Marion Ross. There were a couple of episodes less this season with only 23. That means you get 6 discs instead of the usual 7.
Each Mission Impossible episode is presented in its original television full frame format. We’re talking about a 40 year old television show, and your expectations should be adjusted accordingly. Overall the transfers are remarkably solid. While colors are a bit soft, the picture itself is rather clean. Print defects are minimal when you consider the age. Black levels are noticeably stronger than in other shows I’ve seen from this era.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track does what it needs to do, nothing less, nothing more. You get to hear the dialog and the famous theme perfectly even if not in a more modern dynamic presentation. Explosions are often muffled. The music even distorts at times, but for the most part this 40 year old soundtrack delivers enough to keep you in the mission.
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The new faces make this one of the more interesting seasons to watch. No matter what, you’re just not going to want to stop your collection here. The show might have added some faces, but the staple of the series remained the “Impossible Missions”. With more elaborate scams than ever, you won’t want to miss the 5th season of this groundbreaking show. You can own it now. But, “you must have some money”.