Mission: Impossible (1988)

Genres - Spy Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Once the 1988 Hollywood writers strike had been settled, the Mission:Impossible series revival could stop offering remakes of episodes from the earlier Mission:Impossible and start concentrating on new material. The first "original" episode of the new series was "The Wall," which aired December 11, 1988. In the middle of delicate trade negotiations between East and West Germany, the daughter of West German representative Ilse Bruck (Anya Molina) is kidnapped by an insurgent group. The villains hope to maintain tensions between the two Germanys in order to continue their thriving illegal activities. But the IMF agents don't intend to let that happen. Written by David Phillips, "The Wall" ironically appeared a scant few months before the Berlin Wall was finally destroyed; small wonder that the episode's rerun value was nil.