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Old March 31 2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

I've read I Am Spock and it occurs to me that basically, as an actor, he was spoilt by his experience on Star Trek. I don't mean that in a derogatory fashion. Just that he got to play one of the greatest characters in all time in that show, a fascinating (no pun intended), rounded character who continues to appeal 40 years later. Spock was as fully-fleshed out as any character you may think of in today's perhaps more sophisticated tv series (your Sopranos, BSGs, Mad Men etc).

Little wonder that playing a character who was little more than a sipher - and to be fair to the writers of MI, most tv characters were at that level in the 1960s - was boring after his Spock years (or ears).
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Old March 31 2010, 07:52 PM   #17
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I suspect that is probably true of many actors with similarly iconic and memorable roles. Often typecasting is blamed for the lack of standout followup roles for them. But maybe as often its dissatisfaction with the scripts they are offered.
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Old March 31 2010, 08:19 PM   #18
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Little wonder that playing a character who was little more than a sipher - and to be fair to the writers of MI, most tv characters were at that level in the 1960s - was boring after his Spock years (or ears).
Actually M:I was worse in that regard. Look at the very early episodes, the first half or so of the first season, and you'll see the characters have more personality. We see more of them being themselves, either during mission prep or when the mission goes wrong and they have to break character. We see them trading banter and dialogue that gives them personality. We sometimes see them having doubts about their ability to pull off the mission. In "Old Man Out," we actually see Dan Briggs (Jim Phelps' predecessor) trying to convince a reluctant old flame to help him on the mission, the one time we ever saw the recruitment process. Sometimes we even saw conflict within the team, as in "Memory" where the other team members doubted the ability of an alcoholic team specialist to do his part, or in "The Short Tail Spy" where Dan suspected Cinnamon of losing her objectivity and falling for an enemy agent. At that point, it was about on a par with the level of characterization you'd typically get in a '60s show. You didn't get deep into their innermost souls, but at least you had a sense of who they were when they weren't roleplaying, and they had a texture and humanity to them.

But by the second season, and arguably the end of the first, all that had been quashed. Bruce Geller decided he wanted to focus solely on the missions, and almost never had the characters break character outside the apartment briefing scene. That's when they became ciphers, far more so than was typical for the era.

I suspect Nimoy was drawn to the role because it let him play a different character every week, since Paris was always pretending to be someone else. He probably welcomed the opportunity to stretch his acting and emoting muscles after three years learning to be as reserved and internalized as possible. But maybe eventually he got tired of the fact that Paris had no personality of his own, or maybe he just came to find the stories too formulaic and repetitive despite the chance to play different characters.
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Old April 2 2010, 12:28 AM   #19
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I've often thought it would be cool if they occasionally came up against an enemy equivalent of the IMF, a recurring foreign team employing the same tactics.
I've had exactly the same thought. The closest they got was 'The Mind Of Stefan Miklos', but actually showing a full-on Iron Curtain IMF - or even breaking series format and showing events from the black hats' point of view as they try (and fail, obviously) to bring down the IMF - would have been fantastic. After all, considering the number of times Jim and co appeared in the media all over the world as part of their covers, somebody on the other side should have noticed the same white-haired guy constantly popping up under different names...

Also, no thread involving Leonard Nimoy and Mission: Impossible would be complete without this.
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Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?
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After all, considering the number of times Jim and co appeared in the media all over the world as part of their covers, somebody on the other side should have noticed the same white-haired guy constantly popping up under different names...
TV shows back then didn't have the same approach to continuity that most shows today do. The favored dramatic form was the anthology, since the classiest early shows had been the showcases that did different plays (adapted or original) every week, whereas serialization was limited mainly to less respectable stuff like soap operas. So even a lot of series with continuing characters were structured like anthologies; there was often a quite deliberate avoidance of continuity from one episode to the next. So even though there were all those episodes where the team members exposed their faces to the world, they were still able to keep going unrecognized week after week. It was more as if each episode represented a different parallel timeline than adding up to a continuing timeline.
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