I was very pleased to see the Mission: Impossible: The ’88 TV Season DVD set available, and it is my hope that they quickly come out with the final season as well. This was the sequel to the extremely successful Mission: Impossible series of the late sixties and early seventies. Peter Graves reprised his role as Jim Phelps, a team leader of the Impossible Mission Force. The technology was updated, even if not all of the show plots were. Never the less, I really loved this update.
The major con for the set is that there is not a “play all” option, which is very annoying. I love to use that play all to let the entire disk’s contents play, but here I had to always reach for that remote to start the next episode.
Another con is that there is no artwork on the disks. Instead, it is just a plain silver-gray matte that is labeled with the series name. At least the disks are numbers.
In all, there are 5 DVDs, each with its own dedicated slot, which is a definite pro for the set. Also on the pro side is that the DVD case is plastic and not cardboard. I love the security of that option as it feels very solid. When you open the case, you see the DVDs, which are presented like a flip book. The interior artwork lists the contents of the disks, and what I really get a kick out of is the simple “Good luck, Jim” that in the bottom right hand corner of that sheet.
The case cover is nicely done, naming the show and picturing Graves, along with the other regulars, Thaao Penghlis, Terry Markham, Phil Morris, Tony Hamilton, and Jane Badler. Badler, however, is only in the last half of the shows. She was brought in to replace Markham, who has the distinction of being the only regular IMF member to be disavowed.
This set is great, even though there are no extras. I love the feel of the DVDs and the opening menus. The shows are entertaining and include two guest appearances from the original series — Greg Morris and Lynda Day George.