The original series had already started to dumb it down by season 5. Season's 6 and 7 even went so far as to set up the story with "The Syndicate" before Jim Phelps received his mission. The audience had already seen the target of the IMF and the whole backstory, making the tape scene superfluous. You now had two scenes to figure out the plot. To me, the 88' series was better than many of the the stories in the 70's. Don't forget that Lynda Day George and Greg Morris appeared as their characters Casey and Barney on the 88' show. And Bob Johnson once again provided the voice giving the IMF their mission every week.