"No one does anything to harm the brand"
I became an instant fan of Mission Impossible when the first one came out, likely because I never really saw the TV show. The original actors all hated how it was handled. Brian De Palma even told the guy who directed the most episodes 'don't bother to hang around, this movie isn't going to be anything like the show'. Considering the vast majority of the IMF team is murdered in the first few minutes, it's no surprise that the original crew thought that was bogus.
After all, they were about getting in and out without ever being there. IMF in the movies is just a hyper version of a spy agency, doing Fast and the Furious style stunts with an ounce more credibility (actual training that didn't involve 'the Street'). Still, even with that, Mission Impossible truly is just another super hero movie series that didn't come from the pages of DC or Marvel and while that part is neat, there are some problems that have have come along with it.
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