Background information Edit
The actual production life of this series, from 1966 to 1973, was noted by the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 47). This reference work said that "the series dealt with a group of secret agents who engaged in extralegal adventures on behalf of their government."
Star Trek and Mission: Impossible have shared many connections throughout the years. Like Star Trek: The Original Series, Mission: Impossible was produced at Desilu Studios. The latter show was filmed on Stages 7 and 8, while the former was filmed on Stages 9 and 10. (Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 47))
Many Star Trek alumni have made appearances on Mission: Impossible, most notably Leonard Nimoy, who was a regular during the series' Season Four (1969-1970) and Season Five (1970-1971), playing "The Great Paris", a master of disguise (Nimoy's character replaced Martin Landau's Rollin Hand). After appearing in the TOS episode "A Piece of the Action", William Shatner incidentally appeared in a 1971 Mission: Impossible episode "Encore," in which he played an aged gangster who thinks he has been transferred back to the 1930s.
From 1988 to 1990, the series was revived under the same title and featured several characters from the original series or their children. One of those characters, Grant Collier (son of Barney Collier), was played by Phil Morris. The series was produced by Paramount Network Television.
Mission: Impossible II, the sequel to the film that relaunched the franchise, was written by longtime Star Trek writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore. The set of the same film included autoclave ovens that were reused as silver wall panels with round, light blue lights in Enterprise's sickbay in Star Trek: Enterprise. ("Broken Bow" text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD) Mission: Impossible III was directed and produced by Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, under the production of his company Bad Robot Productions, and the fourth movie in the franchise was also produced by Abrams and Bad Robot. Both franchises are owned by Paramount.
Crossover performers Edit
The following is a listing of the actors who have made appearances on both Star Trek and Mission: Impossible.