A thought occurred to me as I was watching a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, coincidentally a Sutton Roley-directed episode from around 1971 called "Blast", and that is something that I think was mentioned before, but it just sank in - that Season 7 was where MANNIX was on the air alone of the former "Desilu Big Three".
For yet more coincidences, I'd also just watched a FUGITIVE episode from the third season of that show called "Wings Of An Angel". It was made prior to the start of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and co-starred Greg Morris as a prison inmate. Flash forward to last evening and I'm watching "Climb A Deadly Mountain", and who shows up? Greg Morris, fresh from his now-former MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE gig, playing an escaped prison inmate. Sometimes it boggles the mind.
Unfortunately, Mr. Sandman got the better of me and I nodded off about 15 minutes into the story.
Along those lines, notice how Joe's office was re-decorated, almost re-modeled, for season 7, lasting into season 8. It sort of morphs from a kind of Spanish-Mediterranean kind of office into a hunting lodge with Spanish-Mediterranean influence. They add this dark wood around everything, and put lots more pictures on the wall, along with an old rifle, a large American Eagle and at least one sailing ship. The basic furniture remains the same, but the couch and guest chairs change from leather upholstery to a striped, cloth pattern.
When it happened, it was kind of shocking. I liked the simplicity of the old office. But, that simplicity served a practical purpose -- going back to the Desilu big final three. Watching Mission: Impossible closely reveals that sets were shared quite a bit between the two series, especially Joe's office and apartment. They would remove the pictures from the office walls, move most of the furniture out, add a cheap and slow-moving paddle fan overhead and viola -- Joe's office would serve as some third world dictator's office.
But, all this moving around meant that the stagehands didn't pay a whole lot of attention to where the pictures belonged on Joe's office walls. The basic things mostly -- mostly -- stayed put, like the barometer/thermometer and the picture of Joe in his football jersey. But, the secondary pictures moved all over the place as they didn't put them back properly.
There is this scene in season 4's "Bang Bang, You're Dead" where Peggy is straightening the pictures in her office. I thought it was sort of funny in that she would have been the logical one to keep moving all of those pictures around -- I still wonder if it wasn't some sort of inside joke.
So, after Mission went away, Joe finally got his own office without having to share it, and the pictures on the walls never move around in seasons 7 and 8. His apartment did not get the same kind of remodeling job -- maybe because he could not get a tax write-off for that?
We've noted here before how easy it is to fall asleep while watching Mannix. I'm sure -- sure -- many detractors of this thread will say it is because the series is boring. But, that certainly isn't the case for me. The series -- and character -- are actually incredibly comforting. It makes you feel good that there are people like that around, and even comfort that it is OK to wind up getting hurt yourself. Life is never so full of anxiety as when you feel so protective of pretty much anything.
Actually, one of the great benefits I've experienced by being re-united with the series is that I sleep much better. And, when it comes right down to it, sleeping well and with less anxiety eliminates all sorts of problems.
"Climb a Deadly Mountain" is one of my favorite episodes of the series. I love the whole theme -- lots of symbolism in that episode, the scenes with Peggy and Art and especially that great ending.
Just imagine seeing that first-run, after being invested with those characters for the previous seasons.
Makes me want to watch it again...
Edited by jompaul17, May 13 2013 - 08:28 AM.