catalenamara (catalenamara) wrote,

The more things change...

I had the chance to watch an old “Mission: Impossible” episode today, with Leonard Nimoy as Paris. This one featured Paris disguising himself as a faux Fidel Castro, busily interfering in the affairs of a faux South American country (amusingly named “Nueva Tierra”). (Though I guess naming a country “New Earth” is probably more amusing for SF fans like me, versus the general public.)

Startling moment: hearing Nimoy saying “Jim!” and meaning Phelps, not Kirk.

It was fun seeing all the 1970s era cutting edge tech - those huge reel-to-reel tape recorders! Room-sized computers spitting out printouts! Greg Morris's clunky electronics. And of course the teeny reel-to-reel tape recorders hidden in weird places, ready to self-destruct after Phelps listens to his instructions.

All of that – plus of course the early 70s hair and makeup and then there was Paris' bad beard – do date the show.

But one thing does not seem at dated:

The blithely cynical RealPolitik assumption of “Of course, we have every right to go and interfere with/manipulate the affairs of other countries any way we want to.”

The fictional part, of course, is there’s no blowback or unforeseen consequences.

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