Light The Fuse - A Mission: Impossible Podcast

By Charles Hood & Drew Taylor

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This podcast is all about Mission: Impossible. We interview people who worked on the franchise, including Oscar-winning directors, writers, cinematographers, and editors. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to press that "SUBSCRIBE" button.

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201. Maggie Q, Part 1 ("Zhen" in 'Mission: Impossible 3')
44:07

This week we are so lucky to be chatting with IMF team member Zhen Lei herself Maggie Q! We discuss her history in Hong Kong cinema, learning from Jackie Chan and how Brett Ratner was being courted for “Mission: Impossible III” before J.J. Abrams accepted the gig. We also get great stories about costume designer Colleen Atwood, her iconic red dress and working with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also, lots of dog-talk and dog noises!

Aug 12, 2022
200. Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, Nick Offerman, Eddie Hamilton, Mark Gatiss, Erik Jendresen, Greg Tarzan Davis, Glen Powell, and Danny Ramirez
02:29:29

Here it is! The moment you’ve been waiting for! For our 200th episode we are joined by Tom Cruise himself! But that’s not all, we are also joined by “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, editor Eddie Hamilton and actors Mark Gatiss and Nick Offerman. Plus, we get a cameo from “Top Gun: Maverick” stars Glen Powell, Greg Tarzan Davis and Danny Ramirez. This episode is very much worth the wait!

Aug 03, 2022
199. Robert Towne's Draft of 'Mission: Impossible' from February 28th, 1995
45:16

This week we dip into the “Mission: Impossible” multiverse by exploring the Robert Towne draft of the first movie. We go through the script, picking apart the changes from the final film, both subtle and substantial, while comparing it to the David Koepp drafts that both preceded and followed this draft. It’s a peek at a never-made ‘Mission’ that very nearly was!

Jul 29, 2022
198. Kerry Warn (Chief Hair Stylist on 'Mission: Impossible 2')
38:25

We’re back, baby! It’s time for a new episode of Light the Fuse and this time we’re talking to perhaps the most important guest ever, Kerry Warn, the chief hair stylist for “Mission: Impossible 2.” Yes, this is the man behind the longest, wildest haired Ethan! Warn talks about how it was his suggestion to John Woo to leave Tom Cruise’s hair longer, what it was like working on “Eyes Wide Shut” with Cruise, and a screen test with a wind machine to watch how the hair moved. Just glorious.

Jul 22, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Lorne Balfe, Part 2 (Score Producer for 'Top Gun: Maverick')
37:17

While this is technically another episode of Light the Fuselage, we do veer into Light the Fuse material as we talk to “Top Gun: Maverick” score producer/composer Lorne Balfe, who is also composing the score for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.” We talk a lot about the music for the “M:I-7” trailer, whether or not the music from “Fallout” carries over and what the chorus is singing in the trailer music.

Jul 15, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Lorne Balfe, Part 1 (Score Producer for 'Top Gun: Maverick')
33:05

We’re still firmly in Light the Fuselage territory with “Top Gun: Maverick” score producer/composer Lorne Balfe. Lorne breaks down the contributions of every composer on the movie (which also includes Lady Gaga, Harold Faltermeyer and Hans Zimmer), the challenges of composing during the pandemic and how initially the score was more ‘80s-indebted.

Jul 08, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Kevin LaRosa Jr. (Aerial Coordinator for 'Top Gun: Maverick')
35:44

This week we continue our exploration of the Danger Zone with Kevin LaRosa, Jr., the aerial coordinator for “Top Gun: Maverick.” LaRosa, Jr. tells us about his CineJet project and how he captured the flying stunts in the movie, when Tom Cruise leaps into action and the movie’s seamless mixture of CGI and practical effects. We also get him to talk about his favorite “Mission: Impossible” movie!

Jul 01, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Eddie Hamilton, Part 3 (Editor of 'Top Gun: Maverick')
35:10

It's time for the conclusion of our Light the Fuselage chat with “Top Gun: Maverick” editor Eddie Hamilton. We talk about the first training montage (including how an unreleased Rolling Stones song from the 1960s nearly scored it!), what Edgar Wright contributed to the movie and Tom Cruise’s very best note. You don't want to miss this!

Jun 24, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Eddie Hamilton, Part 2 (Editor of 'Top Gun: Maverick')
35:50

We’re back for part two of this special Light the Fuselage epic with “Top Gun: Maverick” editor Eddie Hamilton. This week, he talks about approximating the look of Tony Scott’s original “Top Gun” (and how they had to stay away from the HD remaster), we go in-depth on the introductory bar scene in “Maverick” and discuss what went into the big scene with Val Kilmer. Plus learn what Chris Lebenzon and Stephen Mirrione contributed to the final edit.

Jun 17, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Eddie Hamilton, Part 1 (Editor of 'Top Gun: Maverick')
39:01

This week on Light the Fuselage we are joined by “Top Gun: Maverick” editor Eddie Hamilton, who we had on the main show many years ago (he also edited “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”). This week we talk about how editing “Top Gun: Maverick” was like climbing a mountain, we get into the Screen X presentation and just how laborious the action production was. Also learn how long he’ll have been on “Mission: Impossible 7” and “8.”

Jun 10, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Greg Tarzan Davis ("Coyote" in 'Top Gun: Maverick')
39:02

We’re back in the Danger Zone this week, chatting with Greg Tarzan Davis, callsign “Coyote.” Tarzan tells us about what the audition process was like, bonding with Tom Cruise and starring in another little movie called “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1” (he originally just wanted to follow McQ and Cruise around while they filmed). We also get his “Mission: Impossible” rankings and his thoughts on Tom’s hair! We’re pulling some G’s this week!

Jun 03, 2022
Light the Fuselage: Joseph Kosinski (Director of 'Top Gun: Maverick')
37:54

We kick off our Light the Fuselage miniseries dedicated to all things “Top Gun: Maverick” with the man himself, director Joseph Kosinski! This week we talk about what the director brought to the long-simmering sequel (he pitched Tom Cruise on the set of “Fallout!”), working with Val Kilmer, the emotional core of the movie and, of course, Tom Cruise’s hair!

May 27, 2022
Bonus: The 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part 1' Trailer Is Out!
08:46

It is upon us! Paramount has just unleashed the teaser trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One” and we are breaking it all down. Join us for this bonus episode of Light the Fuse, with an even more in-depth analysis on our Patreon!

May 23, 2022
197. David Vickery, Part 2 (VFX Supervisor for 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
40:11
We’re back with David Vickery, visual effects supervisor for “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.” This week we discuss everything that went into the A400 sequence, the “biscuit rig” for the motorcycle chase, and the parachute rig at the end of the cold open. Also we get stories about Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and “Jurassic World: Dominion!” Plus we get his movie rankings and his thoughts on why he loves Tom’s “Top Gun” haircut.
May 20, 2022
196. David Vickery, Part 1 (VFX Supervisor for 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
35:12

This episode we are joined by David Vickery, the visual effects supervisor for “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.” This week we talk about DNEG's (formerly called Double Negative) contribution to the project, Tom Cruise’s commitment to hold his breath underwater, and how they captured the shot of him jumping into the Torus (and how long they worked on that sequence). Also: some good-natured Robert Elswit antagonism! Get ready! 

May 13, 2022
195. Josh Tate (EPK Producer on 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
54:54

This week we are joined by Josh Tate, who produced behind-the-scenes material for “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.” Josh tells us about wanting to capture the making of the A400 stunt so people would understand that it was really Tom Cruise and not an effect, talks about the special relationship between Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, and we discuss the “biscuit rig” used to film the motorcycle chase. A must-listen for ‘Rogue Nation’ maniacs!

May 06, 2022
194. CinemaCon Recap: 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part 1'
38:55
We just got back from CinemaCon, where we saw the BRAND NEW trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1” and the entirety of “Top Gun: Maverick” (making this the first impromptu episode of Light the Fuselage). Get ready for our non-spoiler thoughts on “Top Gun: Maverick” and our frazzled analysis of the “M:I-7” trailer (we have a title!). Put on your aviators, crank up the Kenny Loggins, and let’s fly!
Apr 28, 2022
193. BenDavid Grabinski Has an IMF Tattoo, Part 2 (Writer/Director of 'Happily')
40:47

We are back with part 2 of our chat with independent filmmaker and “Mission Impossible” enthusiast BenDavid Grabinski. This time around we talk about the power of the “Fallout” trailer, why he’s excited (but nervous) about “M:I-7,” and Grabinski shares stories about the making of his Jackie Chan action comedy “Skiptrace.” Plus we get his “M:I” (and “John Wick”) rankings and absolutely nothing about his upcoming “Scott Pilgrim” anime.

Apr 22, 2022
192. BenDavid Grabinski Has an IMF Tattoo, Part 1 (Writer/Director of 'Happily')
40:14

This week we are joined by independent filmmaker and “Mission: Impossible” enthusiast BenDavid Grabinski, who tells us about his IMF tattoo and his “M:I-2” fan website that he began in the late '90s when he was just 15 (inspired by a similar site for “The Lost World”). We also talk about Joe Carnahan’s version of “M:I-3,” why he prefers “Days of Thunder” to “Top Gun,” and what changed about Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt from the fourth movie on.

Apr 15, 2022
Revisiting Oliver Stone's 'Mission: Impossible 2'
01:00:10

Of all the unmade “Mission: Impossible” movies, few tantalize like the version of “Mission: Impossible 2” helmed by Oliver Stone. It’s been a mystery… until now. We go into detail on the script for this film, written by David Marconi with revisions by Michael Tolkin. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a “M:I” movie with an evil computer looks like, here we go! Welcome to a truly fascinating alternate universe.

Apr 08, 2022
Revisiting Our First Christopher McQuarrie Interview
01:13:31

This week we’re revisiting our very first conversation with writer/director (and franchise stalwart) Christopher McQuarrie. In this super-sized episode we’ll go into detail about his contributions to “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” learn about some hidden Easter eggs in “Rogue Nation,” of course talk about “Fallout” (which at the time was just-released) and, of course, discuss Tom Cruise’s hair.

Apr 01, 2022
DEBRIEF: The Cinematography of Mission: Impossible, Part 4 (with Adrian Peng Correia & Andy Rydzewski)
21:28
It’s the grand finale of our discussion with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia (“Ramy,” "The Flight Attendant") and Andy Rydzewski (“PEN15”) about the look of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise! This week we dig deep into Ethan’s hair, get their film rankings, and Drew has to leave early, leaving Charles alone and scared. Also, Andy introduces a deeply cursed alternate timeline where Michael Bay made a “Mission: Impossible” movie.
Mar 25, 2022
DEBRIEF: The Cinematography of Mission: Impossible, Part 3 (with Adrian Peng Correia & Andy Rydzewski)
21:53
It’s part three of our discussion with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia (“GLOW,” “Kevin Can F**k Himself”) and Andy Rydzewski (“PEN15,” “Dollface”). In this episode Adrian gives us his thoughts on the style of some of the later films, while Andy argues that “Fallout” is messier (in a good way), and we talk about the switch from film to digital for aspects of “Fallout” and how digital might change the franchise forever.
Mar 18, 2022
DEBRIEF: The Cinematography of Mission: Impossible, Part 2 (with Adrian Peng Correia & Andy Rydzewski)
21:01
This episode we continue our chat with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia (“Love Life,” “Ramy”) and Andy Rydzewski (“PEN15,” “Dollface”), who analyze the look of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. This week Andy argues that the first two films are more playful than later entries (we disagree), we talk about J.J.’s growth as a filmmaker following “M:I-3,” and we discuss Robert Elswit’s style for “Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation.”
Mar 11, 2022
DEBRIEF: The Cinematography of Mission: Impossible, Part 1 (with Adrian Peng Correia & Andy Rydzewski)
21:18
This week we kick off a mini-series with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia (“The Flight Attendant,” “GLOW”) and Andy Rydzewski (“PEN15,” “Dollface”) discussing the look of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. In this episode we talk about the first film – how different it looks than the other installments and Stephen Burum’s old school approach to the material. Plus we get into the use of color in “M:I-3” and how its photography is very much of its time.
Mar 04, 2022
191. Jim Bissell, Part 2 (Production Designer on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and 'Rogue Nation')
38:39

We’re back with part two of our amazing interview with production designer Jim Bissell, who worked his magic on both “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation.” This time we get into the finale of “Rogue Nation” (he says that it was always set in London, take that ship graveyard!), the record store (and how it switched from “Ghost Protocol” to “Rogue Nation”), and he shares stories from the production of “E.T.” and “The Rocketeer.” Plus, a little bit more about Brad Bird’s abandoned (for now!) “1906.”

Feb 25, 2022
190. Jim Bissell, Part 1 (Production Designer on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and 'Rogue Nation')
39:20

This week is the first part of our chat with legendary production designer Jim Bissell, who worked on both “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation” (another one of the rare two-time department heads!). This week we talk about the train car, the car park, and how when he finished “Rogue Nation” he felt like he had made three movies. Also, learn why Brad Bird’s “1906” couldn’t get off the ground. Get ready, this is a good one!

Feb 18, 2022
189. One 'Rogue Nation' Minute with Blake Howard, Part 2 (Host/Producer for One Heat Minute Productions)
44:57

Welcome back for part two with Blake Howard, host of One “Heat” Minute and many other amazing podcasts (including “Zodiac” Chronicle and Miami Nice), with our breakdown of a minute from “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” We finally get to the minute (minute 13), talk about why he chose it, and discuss the horniness of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. We also get his hair and movie rankings, and Blake weighs in on the new film being shot on digital!

Feb 11, 2022
188. One 'Rogue Nation' Minute with Blake Howard, Part 1 (Host/Producer for One Heat Minute Productions)
48:41

This week we are joined by Blake Howard, host of One “Heat” Minute and many other amazing podcasts (including “Zodiac” Chronicle and Miami Nice). Together, we are breaking down a single minute of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” but before that we get his “Mission: Impossible” origin story, why “Rogue Nation” is his favorite installment, and how the franchise connects to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the 007 films. It’s a good one!

Feb 04, 2022
187. Miraj Grbic ("Bogdan" in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
35:17

This week we continue our celebration of “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" by speaking with Bogdan himself, Miraj Grbic! Grbic tells us about getting the role of our favorite “big hairy Russian,” bluffing his way through speaking Russian, and where Brad Bird ranks amongst the filmmakers he’s worked with. Plus, funny Tom Cruise stories and a brief discussion of “F9!”

Jan 28, 2022
186. Ilia Volok ("The Fog" in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
37:29

This week we are joined by Ilia Volok, who plays shady underworld character The Fog in “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.” In this lively interview, Volok tells the story of how he was cast, what it was like sharing a scene with Tom Cruise, and his experience with director Brad Bird. Also find out what Cruise suggested about his performance, and stories about Volok working with Mike Nichols and David Fincher. Foggy indeed!

Jan 21, 2022
185. Anthony Giacchino, Part 2 (Director of 'Soaring in Dubai' and Other 'Ghost Protocol' Bonus Features)
40:08

We’re back with Anthony Giacchino, who produced the behind-the-scenes documentaries for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” This week we get into his relationship with "Ghost Protocol" director Brad Bird, his Oscar-winning documentary short “Colette,” and what his relationship is with the other movies in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. Also find out who has more energy: Brad Bird or Tom Cruise! And yes, we get some much-needed hair rankings.

Jan 14, 2022
184. Anthony Giacchino, Part 1 (Director of 'Soaring in Dubai' and Other 'Ghost Protocol' Bonus Features)
36:24

This week we are thrilled to be joined by Anthony Giacchino, who produced the behind-the-scenes documentaries for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (he’s also composer Michael’s brother). In this episode we talk about his approach to the documentary footage, interacting with Tom Cruise (and Cruise’s commitment to the film), and how far his access reached on set. Also, we get a delicious story about Cruise indulging in a forbidden snack!

Jan 07, 2022
Revisiting The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'
01:50:44

As we continue celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” we have compiled our “making of” episodes in one handy compendium. Using reporting from the time of production, we chart the development, production, and release of the fourth film in the franchise. It’s the perfect complement to our ongoing anniversary programming.

Dec 31, 2021
Revisiting Our Brad Bird Interview
02:04:44

As part of our celebration of the 10th anniversary of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” we have a special treat for you – our complete chat with director Brad Bird! This extra-long conversation was originally split into three parts in the fall of 2018, but here it is in one jumbo sized episode. Get the story of the making of the film from the man himself. Light that fuse!

Dec 24, 2021
183. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec, Part 2 (Screenwriters of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
42:15

We’re back with the second part of our wide-ranging conversation with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” writers and co-producers Josh Applebaum and André Nemec. In this episode we get new details about Vanessa Redgrave’s would-be return and how much she would have appeared in the movie, the original MacGuffin of “The File,” an abandoned Benji mask gag, and the subtle evolution of Tom Cruise’s character. Also, we get their hair and movie rankings!

Dec 17, 2021
182. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec, Part 1 (Screenwriters of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
36:44

This week we reach the centerpiece of our ongoing “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” celebration, as we chat with screenwriters and co-producers Josh Applebaum and André Nemec. In this episode we talk about the genesis for the project, discuss how Tom Cruise astutely nixed the Harrison Ford casting, and confirm that the record store opening of “Rogue Nation” was actually conceived for “Ghost Protocol.” And, of course, we get new details about the abandoned snowmobile sequence.

Dec 10, 2021
181. Teddy Newton (Mission Briefing Voice in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and 'Rogue Nation')
55:20
This episode we chat with Teddy Newton, who provided the voice of the mission briefing in both “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and, he confirms this week, “Rogue Nation.” Learn how Newton is inadvertently responsible for matching composer Michael Giacchino with director Brad Bird, how J.J. Abrams wasn’t crazy with his voice, and various stories about his time working at Pixar and with Bird. Plus, he gives us his hair rankings and movie rankings!
Dec 03, 2021
180. Kris Peck, Part 3 (Property Master on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
42:17
This week we’re back with the conclusion of our chat with Kris Peck, prop master from “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” This time we get into the nuclear football from the end of the movie, and go through an impressive book of sketches Kris brought along. Plus we hear stories about working with Gore Verbinski, Christopher Nolan, and Rian Johnson (on the “Knives Out” sequel!). Also, Kris gives us his hair and movie preferences. They might surprise you!
Nov 26, 2021
179. Kris Peck, Part 2 (Property Master on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
41:36
We’re back with Kris Peck, prop master for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Get ready for more Burj talk – everything from the door number generator to Benji’s third arm to the mask making machine, plus we get into the video projector technology utilized for the Kremlin hallway scene and how Tom Cruise cleared the Bruce Springsteen T-shirt. Also learn more about Tom Cruise catering choices!
Nov 19, 2021
178. Kris Peck, Part 1 (Property Master on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
45:09
This episode we’re joined by Kris Peck, prop master for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Peck talks about how the record store opening of “Rogue Nation” was actually developed for “Ghost Protocol,” making gadgets that wouldn’t be immediately dated, and the abandoned snowmobile sequence (including how the Paramount logo would be utilized). Also, we get into the specifics of the “gecko gloves” and custom goggles and where the “red is dead, blue is glue” line came from. It’s a blast!
Nov 12, 2021
177. Ben Rosenblatt, Part 3 (Associate Producer on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and Post Executive on 'Rogue Nation')
38:13
We’re wrapping up our chat with Ben Rosenblatt, a former Bad Robot executive who worked on both “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation.” This week we talk about the scenes they reshot for “Ghost Protocol” (and how a scene in the van was actually commenting on the film’s production), learn what scene Tom Cruise was giggling through, and discuss the snowmobile chase (once again). There’s also talk of an unused mask gag and Ben’s hair and movie rankings.
Nov 05, 2021
176. Ben Rosenblatt, Part 2 (Associate Producer on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and Post Executive on 'Rogue Nation')
42:58
Once again we are joined by Ben Rosenblatt, a former Bad Robot executive who worked on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation.” This week we talk about getting IMAX dailies in Dubai, what Tom Cruise indulges in (food-wise), and why ILM didn’t return for “Rogue Nation.” He also takes responsibility for putting Eddie Hamilton on Christopher McQuarrie’s radar for “Rogue Nation,” accidentally deleting Rebecca Ferguson’s audition, and that initial plan to shoot “Ghost Protocol’s” title sequence in IMAX.
Oct 29, 2021
175. Ben Rosenblatt, Part 1 (Associate Producer on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and Post Executive on 'Rogue Nation')
41:28
This week we are joined by Ben Rosenblatt, a former executive from Bad Robot who worked on both “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Rogue Nation.” In this installment of our three-part chat we talk about getting started with J.J. Abrams during post-production on “Star Trek” (2009), who they wanted to get as the IMF Secretary in “Ghost Protocol,” how our BFF Paul Hirsch was hired for the movie, and the testing process of that film.
Oct 22, 2021
174. Chris Soldo, Part 2 (First Assistant Director on 'Mission: Impossible')
44:11
In this episode we conclude our chat with Chris Soldo, first assistant director on “Mission: Impossible.” We talk about how, er, tense the first film’s production was, get some great Tom Cruise stories, hear about a Kristin Scott Thomas reshoot, and talk about additional films he worked on with De Palma. Also, hear stories about Amy Heckerling, Richard Donner, and Barry Sonnenfeld.
Oct 15, 2021
173. Chris Soldo, Part 1 (First Assistant Director on 'Mission: Impossible')
39:49
This week we are joined by Chris Soldo, a legend in his own right and the first assistant director on “Mission: Impossible!” We chart his relationship with Brian De Palma, starting with “Sisters” when Chris was 15 years old, talk about an early version of the movie that would be filmed in the Rocky Mountains, and find a version of the script on a floppy disk he can’t read. Plus, some bonus details on some additional De Palma films!
Oct 08, 2021
172. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015), Part 4
33:55

We have finally made it to the conclusion of our epic making-of chronicle with the release, marketing, and response to “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Learn about the various activations surrounding the release (including an escape room!), how well the movie stacked up to the other movies both box office-wise and critically. And find out the movie’s relationship to Disney’s “Star Wars” saga.

Oct 01, 2021
171. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015), Part 3
32:38

We’re back with the continuing saga of the production of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” This time we cover the in-camera mask gag, what they re-shot late in the game, and how they were able to come up with a new ending. Plus, we talk about the movie’s wonderful score by Joe Kraemer and the race to complete the movie before its big Vienna premiere.

Sep 24, 2021
170. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015), Part 2
34:48

This week we’re continuing our deep dive into the making of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” In this episode we’re looking at the movie’s physical production, from elaborate sequences shot in Vienna, Morocco, and London, to things like the opera sequence and the death-defying (literally) motorcycle sequence. Also: get details on the Torus sequence and all that BMW product placement!

Sep 17, 2021
169. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' (2015), Part 1
30:54

We start our deep dive into the making of “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” this week. In this episode, we go through the movie’s somewhat unusual development process (including a peek at who made up the writers room), what the goals for the sequel were, and the pre-production process, including the selection and hiring of key creative personnel and cast members.

Sep 10, 2021
168. David Naylor (Producer of 'The Making of the Mission' and Other 'M:I-3' Bonus Features)
47:39
For this episode, we talk to David Naylor, who produced the special features for the “Mission: Impossible III” home video release. We talk about his relationship with J.J. Abrams, the shot he got that J.J. wishes he had used in the movie, and the insane premiere that had Tom Cruise arriving by land, sea, and air. (It’s bonkers.) Plus – stories about Syd Mead and Philip Seymour Hoffman! You don’t want to miss it!
Sep 03, 2021
167. Our Trip to CinemaCon Featuring 'Mission: Impossible 7' and 'Top Gun: Maverick' Footage
30:51

Drew and Charles travel to Las Vegas to attend CinemaCon and get first look glimpses of both "Mission: Impossible 7" and "Top Gun: Maverick."

Aug 27, 2021
166. Craig O'Brien (Skydiving Camera Operator for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout')
50:21
This week we are thrilled to be joined by Craig O’Brien, the skydiving camera operator for the HALO jump from “Mission: Impossible - Fallout.” Learn everything about the unforgettable sequence, to the type of camera rig Craig had to wear, to how badly Henry Cavill wanted to do the jump, to just how committed Tom Cruise was to getting the sequence right. Also, we get Craig to rank the “Mission: Impossible” movies and to talk about his work on “Iron Man 3,” “Godzilla,” and “Kingsman.”
Aug 20, 2021
165. Greg Powell, Part 2 (Stunt Coordinator for 'Mission: Impossible')
35:50
In the second part of our interview with Greg Powell, stunt coordinator of “Mission: Impossible,” we discuss other parts of his career, including his history with the James Bond franchise, working with Vic Armstrong, what he did on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and his recent collaboration with Jackie Chan. Also: stories about Peter Sellers, Peter Jackson, Alfonso Cuaron, and “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.” And he ranks the “M:I” movies!
Aug 13, 2021
164. Greg Powell, Part 1 (Stunt Coordinator for 'Mission: Impossible')
31:03
This week we are joined by Greg Powell, the stunt coordinator for the first “Mission: Impossible!” In this episode, Powell tells us about blowing up the car in Prague (and how it does that incredible vertical flip), shares a story about Tom Cruise getting mad at him (it has a funny ending!), and get into the details of Emilio Estevez’s death scene and the exploding aquarium sequence. There’s also a bit of info about Cruise and “Interview with the Vampire.” Scary!
Aug 06, 2021
163. David Leitch, Part 2 (Co-Director of 'John Wick')
37:57
Welcome back to Light the Wick, our deep dive into the “John Wick” franchise. This week we are joined once again by David Leitch, superstar co-director of the first “John Wick.” In this installment, Leitch talks about his most recent film (as a producer) “Nobody,” and his upcoming film (as a director), “Bullet Train,” starring Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock. (Spoiler alert: it sounds very cool.) Also learn what he took from working with David Fincher and hear stories from the set of “Anchorman 2.”
Jul 30, 2021
162. David Leitch, Part 1 (Co-Director of 'John Wick')
41:37
We’ve checked back into the Continental for another installment of Light the Wick. This time we are chatting with David Leitch, co-director of the first “John Wick.” We talk about why he doesn’t actually receive co-directing credit on the first film, discuss the differences from the script to the film version, and what his involvement in the franchise is today. Plus, we attempt to get him to agree to make “Atomic Blonde 2.” We get pretty close.
Jul 23, 2021
161. Dan Laustsen, Part 2 (Cinematographer of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
33:33
For this all new episode of Light the Wick, we’re once again chatting with master cinematographer Dan Laustsen, who shot “John Wick: Chapter 2” and "Chapter 3." This time we discuss the challenges of bloody squibs before moving onto his long collaboration with Guillermo del Toro (set to continue with this year’s “Nightmare Alley”), including a few projects that never happened. We then quiz him on several of his other projects including “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”
Jul 16, 2021
160. Dan Laustsen, Part 1 (Cinematographer of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
31:56
We’re back in the bullet-riddled world of Light the Wick, as we interview the genuinely incredible cinematographer Dan Laustsen, who shot “John Wick: Chapter 2” and "Chapter 3." In this installment we speak to Laustsen about the fun of shooting action sequences, working with Keanu Reeves, the challenges of filming on location in New York City (especially Chinatown), and how important lighting is in the franchise. Also: find out what colors are off-limits in the "John Wick" universe!
Jul 09, 2021
159. Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman, Part 2
36:08
We are once again joined by the legendary filmmaker, “Are Snakes Necessary?” author and director of the first “Mission: Impossible” film Brian De Palma and his co-author Susan Lehman. In this episode we discuss the unmade prequel films to some of his earlier projects, why he isn’t interested in “Mission: Impossible” sequels, and what happened with the musical score (with Alan Silvestri replaced by Danny Elfman). We also get into some potential future projects, which is really exciting.
Jul 02, 2021
158. Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman, Part 1
37:21
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – we interview living legend and the filmmaker behind the first “Mission: Impossible” film, Brian De Palma. We are joined in the conversation with Susan Lehman, De Palma’s co-author for his debut novel “Are Snakes Necessary?” In this installment we discuss the foundation of the book, where the title came from, and get into some “Mission: Impossible” talk, including the crucial feedback George Lucas provided. Buckle up, this was worth the wait.
Jun 25, 2021
157. Pete Romano, Part 2 (Underwater DP for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' 'Rogue Nation,' and 'Fallout')
42:51
This week we continue our fascinating chat with Pete Romano, an underwater director of photography on four of the “Mission: Impossible” movies. We talk about the challenges with “Fallout,” working with Wade Eastwood, and some of his other collaborators, including Wes Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow, and Michael Bay! Also, we get some new “Color of Night” details. Caution: you may get wet.
Jun 18, 2021
156. Pete Romano, Part 1 (Underwater DP for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' 'Rogue Nation,' and 'Fallout')
37:58
We are beyond thrilled to be joined this week by Pete Romano, an underwater director of photography who worked on four of the “Mission: Impossible” movies. He talks about beginning on the franchise with an uncredited role and how there might be a big underwater sequence in the eighth movie. Plus, get details about what it’s like working with James Cameron. No scuba gear necessary!
Jun 11, 2021
155. Sean Gerace (Assistant to JJ Abrams on 'Mission: Impossible 3')
57:25
This week we are thrilled to be joined by Sean Gerace, who was one of J.J. Abrams’ assistants during the production of “Mission: Impossible III”! He tells the story of how Tom Cruise got interested in Abrams (it involves “War of the Worlds” and a box set of “Alias”), discusses the shoot in Italy, and shares a tidbit about one of the filmmakers previously associated with the project coming to set. It’s a wild trip down memory lane!
Jun 04, 2021
154. Bilge Ebiri, Part 2 (Writer and Editor for New York Magazine)
43:33
We’re back this week with New York Magazine film critic and editor Bilge Ebiri, this time talking about how “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is like sex, his need to revisit the second and third films, and his confusion over "Rogue Nation" (Drew is not alone). Also, Bilge explains how the franchise is all about the crew that puts these movies together aka the true IMF. Plus a brief discussion of Malick, Kubrick and Coppola!
May 28, 2021
153. Bilge Ebiri, Part 1 (Writer and Editor for New York Magazine)
49:08
This week we are joined by New York Magazine film critic and editor Bilge Ebiri, who has written about the franchise extensively in the past. He discusses the movie’s place in modern action cinema, talks about why he hates “Mission: Impossible 2” and discusses how the first film is a perfect Brian De Palma movie (and how there are hints of weird sex). It’s a blast.
May 21, 2021
152. Return of Paul Hirsch, Part 3 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Ghost Protocol')
40:21

In the final installment of our latest chat with Paul Hirsch, editor of “Mission: Impossible” and author of “In a Cutting Room Far, Far Away,” we talk more about his work with Brian De Palma, how Steve Martin would just park illegally since he could afford the ticket, and how his job as a “movie doctor” on “Exorcist III” was true hell. Also, get details on an unproduced (and never discussed) John Hughes project.

May 14, 2021
151. Return of Paul Hirsch, Part 2 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Ghost Protocol')
36:09

In the second part of our latest chat with Paul Hirsch, “Mission: Impossible” editor and author of “In a Cutting Room Far, Far Away,” we get funny stories about Danny Elfman’s stuffed cat, how he nearly worked on “Taxi Driver” with Brian De Palma, and how Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books influenced the opening of ‘Ghost Protocol’ (amongst other chestnuts).

May 07, 2021
150. Return of Paul Hirsch, Part 1 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Ghost Protocol')
39:53

We are back, talking to legendary editor (and recent author) Paul Hirsch again. Paul edited the first “Mission: Impossible” movie along with ‘Ghost Protocol,’ and in this episode he shares his thoughts on some recent Oscar-season movies, reveals an unused chapter from his book (read by Paul himself) and tells a funny story about Stanley Kubrick.

Apr 30, 2021
149. Filmograph, Part 2 (Title Designers for 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' and 'Fallout')
38:27
And we’re back to Light the Fuse on the second part of our chat with the Filmograph team of Aaron Becker, Seth Kleinberg and Amador Valenzuela. And this time we’re talking about the creation of the subtitles in “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (the ones that go from Cyrillic to English as Ethan is figuring it out). We also hear about an unreleased “Mission: Impossible 3” teaser that sounds incredible.
Apr 23, 2021
148. Filmograph, Part 1 (Title Designers for 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
48:34
Welcome back to Light the Wick. Your reservation at the Continental has been confirmed, and this week we’re speaking with the team from Filmograph – Aaron Becker, Seth Kleinberg and Amador Valenzuela. In this typically spirited conversation, we discuss their contribution to the “John Wick” movies – not only the title sequences but also the subtitles. It’s illuminating and a lot of fun!
Apr 16, 2021
147. Rob Nederhorst (VFX Supervisor for 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
48:59
This week on Light the Wick (yes it’s still going on, just deal with it!), we talk to “John Wick” visual effects supervisor Rob Nederhorst about what it was like working his invisible magic on the franchise – we learn about squib hits, the difference between violence and gore, and the shot that they had to tone down because it was a little “too much.” Content warning: explicit descriptions of fake muzzle flashes.
Apr 09, 2021
146. Luca Mosca (Costume Designer for 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
57:35
We are thrilled this week on Light the Wick to be joined by Luca Mosca, costume designer and actor. Mosca not only comes up with the killer style Keanu Reeves wears, but he also plays the tailor in “John Wick: Chapter 2.” Talk about range! Mosca talks about the evolution of Ian McShane’s character, dressing Laurence Fishburne’s hobo army, and mentions a deleted scene from the third film that had Halle Berry’s character in New York City. This bespoke episode is a good fit for sure.
Apr 02, 2021
145. 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Editors Roundtable, Part 2 (Evan Schiff, Matt Evans, and Gina Hirsch)
36:58

We’re back with part two of our Light the Wick look at the editorial process on “John Wick 3” with editors Evan Schiff, Gina Hirsch, and Matt Evans. But – surprise! – we sneak some Light the Fuse material in the mix since Schiff and Hirsch worked on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” So you’ll get to hear about the nearly 3-hour cut of “John Wick 3” alongside learning that Gina was the voice of some of the computers in “M:I-4!” This is a double whammy that fans of both franchises will get a huge kick out of.

Mar 26, 2021
144. 'John Wick: Chapter 3' Editors Roundtable, Part 1 (Evan Schiff, Matt Evans, and Gina Hirsch)
39:18

On this very special episode of Light the Wick, we are joined by “John Wick 3” editor Evan Schiff and additional editors Gina Hirsch and Matt Evans, who jumped in to help. They talk about what it was like working with director Chad Stahelski, how the movie was different before they arrived, and what, exactly, they were tasked to do. It’s a funny, fascinating peek at an integral aspect of the filmmaking process.

Mar 19, 2021
143. Mark Stoeckinger, Part 2 (Supervising Sound Editor on 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
42:55
Mark Stoeckinger returns this week for a very full episode of Light the Wick! Mark was the supervising sound editor on all three “John Wick” installments and shares some great details on how he got involved in the franchise, how he differentiates gunshots, and (of course) how he got realistic dog sounds (including a scary story about wolves). Also: bits about “Jack Reacher,” “Cruella,” and working with Alexander Payne.
Mar 12, 2021
142. Mark Stoeckinger, Part 1 (Supervising Sound Editor on 'Mission: Impossible 2' and 'Mission: Impossible 3')
43:46
We’re back to Light the Fuse this week as we talk to Mark Stoeckinger, supervising sound editor of “Mission: Impossible 2” and “3.” Stoeckinger confirms the existence of a much longer cut of the second film (#ReleaseTheWooCut) and what went into whittling it down, talks about the importance of the lighting the match sound effect (to both films), and the unlikely place he got sound effects for some of the gadgets in “3.” It’s a blast!
Mar 05, 2021
141. Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (Editor of 'John Wick')
43:14
We’re back with another episode of Light the Wick, your encyclopedic guide to all things “John Wick.” Today we are chatting with Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir, editor of the first film, for an illuminating and surprisingly emotional chat. Find out Keanu Reeves’ involvement in the editorial process, why that scene of Keanu driving angry caused so much controversy, and about teaming up with co-director David Leitch on “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2.”
Feb 26, 2021
140. Kevin Kavanaugh, Part 2 (Production Designer for 'John Wick: Chapter 2' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
35:33
And just like that we return to Light the Wick, with our second Kevin Kavanaugh installment. Kavanaugh was the production designer for the latter two “John Wick” films. In this episode he discusses nailing the tone of the “John Wick” universe (tip: big bathtubs), the connection between “Casablanca” and “John Wick,” and getting the ending of the third film just right. Plus he ranks all the “Mission: Impossible” and “John Wick” movies!
Feb 19, 2021
139. Kevin Kavanaugh, Part 1 (Art Director for 'Mission: Impossible 2' and 'Mission: Impossible 3')
41:41
We’re back to Light the Fuse this week as we chat with Kevin Kavanaugh, art director for both “Mission: Impossible 2” and “3!” He talks about working on the Los Angeles portion of the “M:I-2” shoot (the catering truck was incredible), the original plan to shoot in Spain and how they achieved the infamous “car tango” moment in the chase. We also get into the differences of production on the second and third film and the bridge sequence in “3.”
Feb 12, 2021
138. Chad Stahelski, Part 2 (Director of 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
38:54
We’re back with another episode of Light the Wick, dedicated to the “John Wick” franchise and we’re back with the director behind the trilogy, Chad Stahelski! This time he talks about how he was roped into subsequent films (by Keanu Reeves, of course), the importance of dogs to the franchise (including teasing dog activity in the upcoming fourth film), and how Reeves is basically the coolest dude on earth.
Feb 05, 2021
137. Chad Stahelski, Part 1 (Director of 'John Wick,' 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' and 'John Wick: Chapter 3')
37:07
Long promised and finally delivered, we are here with the first part of our Light the Wick miniseries dedicated to all things “John Wick.” We kick things off with one of the franchise masterminds, director Chad Stahelski. In this installment, we talk about how he got involved in the movies, his relationship with Christopher McQuarrie, and how his production process mirrors the “Mission: Impossible” movies. Plus, so much more!
Jan 29, 2021
136. Matthew Pearl, Part 2 (Author of 'The Dante Club' and 'The Poe Shadow')
37:35
This episode we continue our discussion with bestselling novelist Matthew Pearl (“The Dante Club,” “The Poe Shadow”). Pearl talks about how he wishes they would retroactively add fun subtitles to the second and third movies, defends Philip Seymour Hoffman’s lack of screen time, and he gives us his “Mission: Impossible” rankings. It’s the culmination of a very fun chat.
Jan 22, 2021
135. Matthew Pearl, Part 1 (Author of 'The Dante Club' and 'The Poe Shadow')
43:45
This week we are joined by bestselling novelist Matthew Pearl (“The Dante Club,” “The Poe Shadow”) and we talk about his research into Eliot Ness and the connection he made between “The Untouchables” Odessa steps sequence and the climax of the original “Mission: Impossible.” We discuss other connections between the films, go over some unused script pages, and Pearl brings up a fascinating “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” mystery.
Jan 15, 2021
134. Eric Vespe & Scott Wampler (Co-hosts of The Kingcast - A Stephen King Podcast)
54:43
It's time for our crossover extravaganza with The Kingcast and its hosts Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler. This episode we talk about the connective tissue between Stephen King and the “Mission: Impossible” franchise – the great Brian De Palma, who created the first King adaptation and directed the first “Mission: Impossible.” We also talk about “Blow Out,” the horniness of “M:I-2,” and get their rankings. It’s a scream!
Jan 08, 2021
133. David Dozoretz, Part 2 (Pre-visualization Supervisor on 'Mission: Impossible,' 'M:I-3,' and 'Ghost Protocol')
39:54
We’re back this week with David Dozoretz, who did the pioneering pre-visualization work on the first “Mission: Impossible” and returned for the third and fourth films. This week he talks about the evolution of pre-vis from the first to fourth movie, working on JJ’s “Star Trek” movie, and gives us great stories about “Jurassic Park,” “Disclosure,” and “Forrest Gump.” Plus why the first movie is his favorite!
Jan 01, 2021
132. David Dozoretz, Part 1 (Pre-visualization Supervisor on 'Mission: Impossible,' 'M:I-3,' and 'Ghost Protocol')
37:23
We are thrilled to be chatting with David Dozoretz, a pre-visualization pioneer whose work on the first “Mission: Impossible” changed the way blockbuster movies are made. He came back for the third movie, and talks about working with JJ Abrams on the windmill sequence, and returned again for "Ghost Protocol" (he worked on the snowmobile chase). Dozoretz also unleashes one of the biggest bombshells we’ve ever heard about "Ghost Protocol." You don’t want to miss it!
Dec 25, 2020
131. Lesley Ann Warren ("Dana Lambert" in the Mission: Impossible TV Series)
01:03:47
We are so lucky to be joined this week by Lesley Ann Warren, who starred on the original “Mission: Impossible” series. We get great stories about her replacing previous guest Barbara Bain, how she became friends with Leonard Nimoy, and how much she loves Peter Graves. Plus amazing stories from elsewhere in her career, including “Clue,” “Victor/Victoria,” “The Limey,” and her appearance on “The Muppets!”
Dec 18, 2020
130. Greg Grunberg, Part 2 (Actor in 'M:I-3')
32:35
We’re back with part two of our chat with Greg Grunberg, who appears in the party scene in “Mission: Impossible 3!” In this episode, we talk about where he got the name for his "M:I-3" character, watching an early version of the movie in the editing room, and he shares stories of working with Paul Verhoeven, Al Pacino, and Barry Levinson. Plus Charles tells a fun “Felicity” story!
Dec 11, 2020
129. Greg Grunberg, Part 1 (Actor in 'M:I-3')
35:44
We are so thrilled to be joined by Greg Grunberg, who appears in “Mission: Impossible 3.” He talks about his close relationship with JJ Abrams, tells some great Tom Cruise stories (and shares his memories of watching the bridge sequence being filmed), and recalls how he forced JJ to create a character for him in “Felicity.” It’s a blast!
Dec 04, 2020
128. James Bond vs. Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 2
01:08:02

It’s week two of our Light the Fuse/My Favorite Album mash-up, as we are joined by Jeremy Dylan to do a much broader look at how the “Mission: Impossible” franchise compares to James Bond. Also, you’ll be delighted to hear that Jeremy adds in clips from the actual movies, something that we are far too lazy to accomplish.

Nov 27, 2020
127. James Bond vs. Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 1
01:05:15

On this episode we re-team with the great Jeremy Dylan of My Favorite Album and do a deep dive into the "Mission: Impossible" versus James Bond franchises. On this first episode we discuss how “Rogue Nation” might be the best unofficial 007 movie of the last decade. We also eulogize the original James Bond, Sean Connery. This episode is best enjoyed shaken (not stirred).

Nov 20, 2020
126. Michael Giacchino, Part 2 (Composer of 'M:I-3' and 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
47:27
We’re back with part 2 of our incredible chat with Michael Giacchino, composer for “M:I-3” and “Ghost Protocol” (whose new album “Travelogue, Volume 1” is out now!). We get more details about “Ghost Protocol,” including how he suggested Brad Bird to JJ, and the diversity of the score’s sounds. And we discuss the very pun-filled track titles on all of his albums, including the alternate pun-y version of “Rogue One.” Plus stories about “War for the Planet of the Apes” and Space Mountain!
Nov 13, 2020
125. Michael Giacchino, Part 1 (Composer of 'M:I-3' and 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
44:04
Finally! An episode you have all been requesting and we have been dying for, our chat with Michael Giacchino, composer of “M:I-3” and “Ghost Protocol.” We begin by discussing Giacchino’s amazing new solo album “Travelogue, Volume 1,” and talk about his inspirations for the new record. Then we talk about his work on “M:I” – how he got involved with “3,” working with Brad Bird, and the influence of the original series.
Nov 06, 2020
124. Barbara Bain, Part 2 ("Cinnamon Carter" in the Mission: Impossible TV Series)
36:06
We’re back with Barbara Bain, legendary actress who portrayed Cinnamon Carter on the first three seasons of the “Mission: Impossible” TV show. In this episode we talk about how she was an inspiration for many women the world over, working with Steven Hill, staying in touch with the original cast members, and how her real-life claustrophobia made it into the show. She also talks about her role in the new Sofia Coppola movie, “On the Rocks.”
Oct 30, 2020
123. Barbara Bain, Part 1 ("Cinnamon Carter" in the Mission: Impossible TV Series)
41:27
This is it – a chat with a genuine legend and one of the founding members of the IMF, Barbara Bain, who portrayed Cinnamon Carter on the first three seasons of the original “Mission: Impossible” TV show. Yeah it’s huge. She talks about her early days, hanging out with Jack Nicholson and future IMF member (and her husband) Martin Landau, the true story behind her exit from the show, and the similarities between herself and the character.
Oct 23, 2020
122. David Koepp, Part 2 (Screenwriter of 'Mission: Impossible')
43:25
This week it’s part two of our epic conversation with genius screenwriter David Koepp, who wrote “Mission: Impossible.” In this part, we talk about the train climax and how contentious it was, why he doesn’t enjoy doing sequels, several further unrealized reunions with Brian De Palma, and of course his great new Audible original story “Yard Work” (narrated by Kevin Bacon). This is a whole lot of fun.
Oct 16, 2020
121. David Koepp, Part 1 (Screenwriter of 'Mission: Impossible')
43:13
This is it – our interview with David Koepp, the ridiculously talented and successful screenwriter behind the first “Mission: Impossible.” In this in-depth conversation, he talks about what a fan he was of the original series, Luther’s original fate in the script, a military wedding that was part of an early draft, and the construction of the Langley sequence. It is a really hilarious and insightful chat you’re going to love.
Oct 09, 2020
120. Evan Schiff, Part 2 (Associate Editor on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
55:54
We’re back with part 2 of the amazing interview with Evan Schiff, associate editor and first assistant editor on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” This time Evan tells us about his time working with Guillermo del Toro on “Pan’s Labyrinth” (and how Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu helped cut 10 minutes), doing pre-production on del Toro’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” and lots of stuff about “John Wick 2” and “3.” Plus another Cruise story!
Oct 02, 2020
119. Evan Schiff, Part 1 (Associate Editor on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
49:40
This week it’s back to the edit bay with Evan Schiff, associate editor and first assistant editor on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” In today’s episode, he talks about learning from and working with master editor Paul Hirsch, differences between the director’s cut of the film and the final cut, and reveals who did the Russian-to-English subtitles. Also, get ready for some Tom Cruise stories! This is a fun one.
Sep 25, 2020
118. Riccardo Bacigalupo (First Assistant Editor on 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout')
58:50
This week we are joined by Riccardo Bacigalupo, who served as first assistant editor on “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” meaning he worked very closely with our favorite person on earth, editor Eddie Hamilton. Riccardo shares stories about just how much work was done while Cruise was out with a broken ankle, how Eddie was cutting "Fallout" and the second “Kingsman” simultaneously, and more!
Sep 18, 2020
117. Dan Mindel, Part 2 (Cinematographer of 'M:I-3')
49:51
We’re back with part 2 of our epic conversation with Dan Mindel, cinematographer for “Mission: Impossible 3.” This time around we discuss other aspects of his incredible body of work, including but not limited to working with Jackie Chan (and how that changed him), what happened on “John Carter,” and some not-so-great memories from “Zoolander 2.” With a career this vast and varied, we had to get into other parts of his career.
Sep 11, 2020
116. Dan Mindel, Part 1 (Cinematographer of 'M:I-3')
37:43
This week we are joined by the ridiculously talented Dan Mindel, cinematographer for “Mission: Impossible 3.” On the episode, Mindel talks about how he and J.J. Abrams came up with the visual language for the movie, how it was partially inspired by “Enemy of the State,” and what it was like working with Industrial Light & Magic and our past guest, the amazing Roger Guyett. Plus – Tony Scott stories!
Sep 04, 2020
115. Chiabella James (Still Photographer for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
55:55
This week we speak to Chiabella James, the amazing on-set photographer for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Fallout” (she worked with her father, David James, who we’ve had on the show and is also awesome). Find out how the “Fallout” poster was designed from some of her images, what it was like working on Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” and “Jack Reacher,” and how she felt being on set the day Cruise broke his ankle. And, oh yeah – we almost FaceTime Rebecca Ferguson!
Aug 28, 2020
114. Kevin Yagher, Part 3 (Special Makeup Effects for 'M:I-2')
33:48
Sadly, it is the end of our super-sized chat with Kevin Yagher, who did the make-up effects for “Mission: Impossible 2” and whose new movie, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” will be out very soon. This week, we discuss “Sleepy Hollow” (a movie that originated with Kevin), the creation of Chucky from “Child’s Play,” and Kevin does his Nicolas Cage impression (which is also a Keanu Reeves impression). Plus we get his hair and “M:I” movie rankings! This episode has it all.
Aug 21, 2020
113. Kevin Yagher, Part 2 (Special Makeup Effects for 'M:I-2')
37:48
It’s time for part two of our chat with legendary make-up artist/filmmaker Kevin Yagher, make-up artist on “Mission: Impossible 2!” In this installment we dig into Kevin’s incredible history with horror filmmaking, including his contribution to “Child’s Play,” his experience designing the Crypt Keeper for “Tales from the Crypt,” and how he gave some ideas to Steven Spielberg for “Small Soldiers.” It’s a worthy excursion to R-rated territory.
Aug 14, 2020
112. Kevin Yagher, Part 1 (Special Makeup Effects for 'M:I-2')
42:13
This week we are joined by the truly legendary make-up artist/filmmaker Kevin Yagher, who was responsible for the make-up effects for “Mission: Impossible 2” including all those masks! Yagher shows off his Tom Cruise mask, including the flowing hair which had to be inserted one-by-one! We also get some great Cruise stories and find out how excited Dougray Scott was to start filming “X-Men” next (whoops). And we get into Yagher’s work on the “Bill & Ted” series, including the new movie!
Aug 07, 2020
111. Seth Grahame-Smith (Member of the Writers' Room for 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
48:53
For the fifth anniversary of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” we take a peek behind the scenes of the film’s writers room with Seth Grahame-Smith! Find out who else was in the room, what the process was like, and what ‘M:I’ cast member also contributed to the story development! Plus, we talk to Grahame-Smith about “Dark Shadows,” his “Gremlins” and “Beetlejuice” sequels, and his new Disney+ show. It’s a blast!
Jul 31, 2020
110. Liz Hannah (Writer of 'The Post' and 'Long Shot')
56:21
For this very special episode we are joined by screenwriter Liz Hannah (“The Post,” “Long Shot,” “Mindhunter”). We find out why she loves the franchise (especially “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), her appreciation for Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa and what she wants out of the two new movies. She also talks about working with David Fincher. And we also get Liz – and her husband – to rank Tom Cruise’s hairstyles!
Jul 24, 2020
109. Gary Rydstrom, Part 2 (Sound Designer/Mixer for 'Ghost Protocol' and Re-Recording Mixer for 'Mission: Impossible')
39:14
In the second half of our conversation with Gary Rydstrom, seven-time Oscar winner and the sound designer/mixer for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” who also mixed the first film, we get into some of his other incredible work, including Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love,” James Cameron's “T2," and he also shares stories of his work on abandoned Pixar feature “Newt.” And we even get his favorite “M:I” hairstyle!
Jul 17, 2020
108. Gary Rydstrom, Part 1 (Sound Designer/Mixer for 'Ghost Procotol' and Re-Recording Mixer for 'Mission: Impossible')
43:05
This week we are lucky to be joined by seven-time Oscar winner Gary Rydstrom, a true visionary who was the sound designer and re-recording mixer for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and the re-recording mixer for the first film. In this installment Gary talks about what it was like working with Brian De Palma, how Brad Bird had designed some sequences for sound, and teases the abandoned snowmobile sequence in "Ghost Protocol."
Jul 10, 2020
107. Roger Guyett, Part 2 (VFX Supervisor for 'M:I-3')
51:55
We’re back with legendary VFX artist Roger Guyett from Industrial Light & Magic, who was the VFX supervisor for “M:I-3.” This week Roger shares a great Tom Cruise story, talks about Simon Pegg improvising and then we take a detour into Roger’s other work, including “Mars Attacks!,” JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Harry Potter.” He also details the recreation of the Overlook Hotel in “Ready Player One.”
Jul 03, 2020
106. Roger Guyett, Part 1 (VFX Supervisor for 'M:I-3')
54:20
This week we are joined by another visual effects legend, Roger Guyett from Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects supervisor for “Mission: Impossible 3.” In this episode Guyett talks about the creation of the Shanghai skyline, the trickiness of two Philip Seymour Hoffmans, and a shot he thinks doesn’t hold up. Plus so much more!
Jun 26, 2020
105. Joe Kraemer, Part 2 (Composer of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
39:55
In the second part of our interview with Joe Kraemer, composer of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” he tells us why he didn’t do a cameo in the movie, talks about the challenges of incorporating pre-existing themes into a new musical score, and describes his complicated feelings towards the movie. He also signs off on our CBS All Access show idea.
Jun 19, 2020
104. Joe Kraemer, Part 1 (Composer of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation')
45:30
This week we’re tickling the ivories with Joe Kraemer, the composer for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” In this episode, we talk about his relationship with the original series, how he became attached to the movie, his approach to the score for "Rogue Nation" (plus his general philosophy on film music) and the making of the opera sequence (which he was on set for). It hits all the right notes.
Jun 12, 2020
103. Mitchell Leib, Part 2 (Soundtrack Producer for 'M:I-2')
59:12
We return with the second part of our epic conversation with Mitchell Leib, the man responsible for the “Mission: Impossible 2” soundtrack. This week, we hear how the album was saved from obscurity (with some help from Cameron Crowe), how Leib is returning to work with Metallica for “Jungle Cruise,” a long discussion of Daft Punk’s involvement with the “Tron Legacy” soundtrack, and some finally thoughts from Leib about the state of the soundtrack industry. It’s a riot.
Jun 05, 2020
102. Mitchell Leib, Part 1 (Soundtrack Producer for 'M:I-2')
01:00:28
This week we’re continuing our look back at the majesty of “Mission: Impossible 2” by chatting with Mitchell Leib, who produced the blockbuster soundtrack for the film. This week, Leib talks about the origins of the movie, flying to Australia to play a demo for Tom Cruise, and why he set his sights on Metallica. And you’ll want to stick around – this episode ends on a truly suspenseful cliffhanger, as the whole project is thrown into jeopardy! Eep!
May 29, 2020
101. Ronald D. Moore (Co-Screenwriter of 'M:I-2')
47:49
This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Mission: Impossible 2” by chatting with Ronald D. Moore, one of the writers on the movie! Moore lets us know what the development process was like, shares stories about working with John Woo and Tom Cruise, and describes the absolutely out-of-control Hollywood premiere for the movie. We also get him to talk about his time on George Lucas’ live-action “Star Wars” series and what it was like writing dialogue for Darth Vader.
May 22, 2020
100. Christopher McQuarrie, Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, and Lorne Balfe
02:26:42

This is it! We made it to episode 100! And we brought some friends! Initially just a conversation with Christopher McQuarrie about how he’s doing and how the two sequels are shaping up, it soon became much, much more, as Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, and Lorne Balfe contributed to a truly epic Zoom bomb scenario. We learn all about the new movies, including confirmation of returning cast members and some truly tantalizing information about Hayley’s character.

May 13, 2020
99. The Long History of Mission: Impossible's (Mostly Terrible) Video Games
36:43

This week, Drew and Charles give their poor guests a break and instead travel on a journey through the admittedly spotty history of games based on the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. From the lukewarm to the better-left-alone, this great franchise has not been served well in video game form, but from the original Nintendo to mobile and Facebook games, we’ve got this thing covered.

May 08, 2020
98. Michael Kaplan, Part 2 (Costume Designer for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
40:27
It’s part two of our interview with costume designer extraordinaire Michael Kaplan, who made the costumes for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” In this installment he talks about how he made costumes for the deleted snow sequence, a leopard print dress Brad Bird rejected, and Tom Cruise’s favorite suit. (And yes we bug him about “Star Wars.”) Amazingly, he also discusses his favorite Cruise haircut and ranks the movies.
May 01, 2020
97. Michael Kaplan, Part 1 (Costume Designer for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol')
43:39
This week we are joined by Michael Kaplan, the genius costume designer for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and one of the coolest people we’ve ever met. Various aspects of "Ghost Protocol" are discussed, including Tom Cruise’s quick-change outfit, the gecko gloves, and Paula Patton’s green dress. We also delve into other parts of his career, including “Clue,” “Flashdance,” and his history of designing super cool leather jackets.
Apr 24, 2020
96. David James, Part 2 (Still Photographer for 'M:I-3,' 'Ghost Protocol,' 'Rogue Nation,' and 'Fallout')
40:48
Here's the second part of our interview with David James, author of the “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary” and still photographer for ‘M:I-3,’ ‘Ghost Protocol,’ ‘Rogue Nation’ and ‘Fallout.’ In this installment, James tells us about how the paparazzi actually helped with his promotional shots of Cruise on top of the Burj, shares stories of working with Steven Spielberg, and reveals that he's a big “Rock of Ages” fan. Plus, he ranks the hair styles and movies (sort of)!
Apr 17, 2020
95. David James, Part 1 (Still Photographer for 'M:I-3,' 'Ghost Protocol,' 'Rogue Nation,' and 'Fallout')
42:25
This week we speak with David James, author of the amazing “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Shooting Diary” and still photographer for ‘M:I-3,’ ‘Ghost Protocol,’ ‘Rogue Nation’ and ‘Fallout’ (!) James tells us stories about first working with Tom Cruise (way back on “Legend”), details the iconic shot of Cruise on top of the Burj, and how he captured images of Cruise leaping across rooftops in ‘Fallout’ (but couldn’t do the HALO jump sequence).
Apr 10, 2020
94. Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey, Part 3 (Editors of 'M:I-3')
36:46
It’s the final installment in our interview with ‘Mission: Impossible 3’ editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. In this episode we do a deep dive into other areas of their career – and even get their thoughts on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ (Warning: controversy ahead!) Also this will be the only podcast you’ll ever hear that has a story involving forgotten dog movie ‘Bingo’ and George Lucas. And they rank their favorite ‘Missions!’
Apr 03, 2020
93. Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey, Part 2 (Editors of 'M:I-3')
45:37
We’re back with Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, editors of ‘Mission: Impossible 3.’ In this episode, we discuss the making of the Vatican sequence, what was wrong with the movie’s audio commentary, and address a plot hole Charles has been dying to discuss. We also go deep on JJ’s other projects, including ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ (including some juicy tidbits). Some great stuff this week!
Mar 27, 2020
92. Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey, Part 1 (Editors of 'M:I-3')
39:19
Welcome to the first part of our chat with legendary editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, who cut ‘Mission: Impossible 3’ and are generally amazing. In this entry, we talk about the process of working on ‘M:I-3,’ including their relationship with Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams (including stories from ‘Super 8’ and ‘The Force Awakens’), the line of dialogue Maryann spoke, and the often overlooked importance of editors in the film business.
Mar 20, 2020
91. John Knoll, Part 3 (VFX Supervisor for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
36:24
In our final installment of our chat with legendary visual effects supervisor John Knoll (we don’t want it to end either), we talk a little bit about his work outside of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, from “The Abyss” to “The Hunt for Red October” to (of course) all things “Star Wars.” But don’t worry, we still get his “Mission: Impossible” rankings and Tom Cruise hair rankings.
Mar 13, 2020
90. John Knoll, Part 2 (VFX Supervisor for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
36:19
Once again we are joined by legendary visual effects supervisor John Knoll, and this time we do a deep dive on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Knoll talks about working with director Brad Bird on the unmade earthquake epic “1906,” filming the Burj and sandstorm sequences, and the gentlemen’s agreement that “Star Wars: Rogue One” (which Knoll worked on) had with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”
Mar 06, 2020
89. John Knoll, Part 1 (VFX Supervisor for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
34:53
This week we are joined by legendary visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who served that role on both “Mission: Impossible” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” In this episode we talk primarily about the first film, working with Brian De Palma, and what it took to pull off the train chase. Also, we get clarification on the face replacement debate!
Feb 28, 2020
88. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (2011), Part 4
34:59

Yes, there’s even more to our making of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” episode! Included in this episode is the domestic premiere, the box office and critical reaction and we recount the day that we saw the movie and then went to a Q&A with Brad Bird (and Drew shared his “Ratatouille” theory). We also share some random tidbits and track Bird’s favorite baseball caps!

Feb 21, 2020
87. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (2011), Part 3
33:36

For part three, we take a slight detour into the crown jewel of dog cinema, “Togo,” and continue our deep dive into the making of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” with post-production (including a lot about Michael Giacchino’s incredible score), promotional tie-ins (did you play the Facebook game?) and the typically extravagant world premiere.

Feb 14, 2020
86. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (2011), Part 2
30:56

We’re back! Part two of our in-depth look at the making of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” takes a look at the movie’s lengthy and complicated production, including (of course) every detail we could dig up about the Burj Khalifa sequence, including how they got that amazing promotional photo of Tom Cruise sitting at the top.

Feb 07, 2020
Bonus - Kittridge Confirmed!
05:12

Christopher McQuarrie just told the world via social media that Henry Czerny AKA Kittridge from the first "Mission: Impossible" movie is back.  This is real.  This is actually happening.  All our dreams are coming true.  Kittridge is returning in M:I-7 and M:I-8.

Feb 01, 2020
85. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (2011), Part 1
32:11

This is it – the deepest of deep dives into the making of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol!” In this first segment, we get into the project’s development, the pre-production phase, and the many returning department heads who return from the first film. Get the inside scoop on the movie that inspired this podcast!

Jan 31, 2020
84. Mission: Impossible the Original TV Series, Part 3 (Plus Mailbag)
29:16

We’re returning to the classic “Mission: Impossible” TV series this week and taking a look at the most beloved episodes – “The Carriers” and “Submarine.” Find out our thoughts on these installments, and take a look inside the official Light the Fuse mailbag, including some truly incredible art pieces made by our fans!

Jan 24, 2020
83. Tommy Harper, Part 2 (2nd AD on "M:I-3" and Co-Producer of "Ghost Protocol")
51:03
In part two of our chat with Tommy Harper, second assistant director on “M:I-3” and co-producer of “Ghost Protocol,” he talks about the scrapped action sequence that originally opened “Ghost Protocol,” Tom Cruise’s secondary job while dangling in Dubai, and we very vitally get his hair rankings. Also we get some weird stories about his time working as a PA on “Showgirls.”
Jan 17, 2020
82. Tommy Harper, Part 1 (2nd AD on "M:I-3" and Co-Producer of "Ghost Protocol")
42:52
This week we’re joined by Tommy Harper, who was a second assistant director on “M:I-3” and a co-producer of “Ghost Protocol.” Harper recounts the relatively smooth production on “3,” discusses the evolution of JJ Abrams’ style, and discusses how the humor of “Ghost Protocol” changed the franchise – we even get more details on the scrapped ending of “M:I-3.”
Jan 10, 2020
81. Paul Hirsch Strikes Back, Part 3 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
37:26

In the conclusion of our second trilogy of interviews with legendary "Star Wars" editor Paul Hirsch, he questions why we both love "Blow Out" and generally get into the nitty gritty of working with Brian De Palma. He also refuses to give us his Tom Cruise hair rankings, even though people's facial hair is a huge part of his memoir "A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away."

Jan 03, 2020
80. Paul Hirsch Strikes Back, Part 2 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
35:53

We're back with Paul Hirsch, the legendary editor and author of "A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away," who tells us about George Lucas' style of watching rough cuts, why the first "Mission: Impossible" was sent to theaters with the sound out of sync, and shares amazing stories from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Dec 27, 2019
79. Paul Hirsch Strikes Back, Part 1 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
37:46

Amazingly, Paul Hirsch, Oscar-winning editor, agreed to come back on the show! The author of the new memoir "A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away" shares the truth about the rat in the Langley sequence of "M:I," discusses how they fixed the opening of "Ghost Protocol," and lets us know which shots weren't Tom Cruise in the aquarium sequence in the first film - and much more!

Dec 20, 2019
78. Jack Howard, Part 2 (Filmmaker/Comedian/Podcaster)
49:49
We are once again joined by Jack Howard (@JackHoward), a filmmaker and podcaster who also loves "Mission: Impossible" as much as us. In this installment, we talk about the just-announced casting of Pom Klementieff in the upcoming sequels, the bathroom fight in "Fallout" and we get Jack's hair and film rankings. Pow!
Dec 13, 2019
77. Jack Howard, Part 1 (Filmmaker/Comedian/Podcaster)
49:07
In this episode, we sit down with Jack Howard (@JackHoward), filmmaker, podcaster, and, as it turns out, "Mission: Impossible" superfan. Jack tells us why "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is his favorite film, we compare the "M:I" films to the 007 films, and Jack tells us what he's learned about filmmaking from "Mission: Impossible." Boom!
Dec 06, 2019
76. Michael Kamper, Part 2 (Sound Effects Editor for 'M:I-3')
40:18
Hope you've still got your headphones on, because we conclude our conversation with Michael Kamper, one of the sound effects editors for "Mission: Impossible III." Learn the surprising animal sound that was utilized in the bridge sequence, plus hear Michael's overarching theory about Tom Cruise's many "Mission: Impossible" hairstyles. And learn what it was like to work on Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler."
Nov 29, 2019
75. Michael Kamper, Part 1 (Sound Effects Editor for 'M:I-3')
41:15
Put your headphones on because this week we have Michael Kamper, one of the sound effects editors for "Mission: Impossible III." Find out what sequences he worked on and what he contributed to the film. Plus, hear a really hilarious anecdote from the equally hilarious "Team America: World Police" and find out which version of "The Exorcist" prequel he worked on. This episode really has it all.
Nov 22, 2019
74. Scott Chambliss, Part 2 (Production Designer for 'M:I-3')
45:47
We’re back with the second part of our conversation with production designer Scott Chambliss (“Mission: Impossible III”). In this half of the chat, he tells an amazing story about Tom Cruise and we probably talk too much about Brad Bird’s retro-futuristic “Tomorrowland.” Boldly go!
Nov 15, 2019
73. Scott Chambliss, Part 1 (Production Designer for 'M:I-3')
46:01
We’re so excited to talk to our first production designer, the incredibly awesome Scott Chambliss (of “Mission: Impossible 3”). Chambliss, if you don’t know, is a longtime JJ Abrams collaborator, having worked on everything from “Alias” to “Star Trek” (2009). In this episode he shares an alternate finale for “M:I-3” and tells us how he almost killed a guy in Shanghai! It’s a hoot!
Nov 08, 2019
72. Keith Campbell, Part 3 (Tom Cruise's Stunt Double for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I-2')
41:36
In the final installment of our epic conversation with Keith Campbell, a renowned stunt coordinator and Tom Cruise’s stunt double for ten years, he tells even more great stories from some of your favorite movies, with anecdotes about the making of a “Friday the 13th” sequel, “The Aviator,” “Batman Returns,” “Analyze This,” and “Forrest Gump.” We end this one on a bang!
Nov 01, 2019
71. Keith Campbell, Part 2 (Tom Cruise's Stunt Double for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I-2')
34:59
Keith Campbell, stunt coordinator and Tom Cruise’s stunt double for ten years, gets into the production of “Mission: Impossible 2,” including a great John Woo story and the acknowledgement that he is basically Tom Crooze, Ben Stiller’s character from the famous parody. Also, he tells us about his part in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” and tells us how he started working with Gore Verbinski. This is so much fun.
Oct 25, 2019
70. Keith Campbell, Part 1 (Tom Cruise's Stunt Double for 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I-2')
35:57
We are so thrilled to bring you the first part of our interview with stunt coordinator Keith Campbell who, for ten years, was Tom Cruise’s stunt double! In this interview, we get into how he got to double Cruise, his experience on “The Firm,” being Batman for most of “Batman Forever,” and his unforgettable role in “Men in Black.” Also: lots of “M:I” goodness, of course.
Oct 18, 2019
69. Mission: Impossible Set Pieces with Kendra James & Patrick H. Willems
52:36

In this shortened version of our epic conversation with friends of the podcast Kendra James and Patrick H. Willems, we break down the set pieces from the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. And if you want more of this conversation (including digressions ranging from Michael Bay to how Kendra got Tom Cruise’s autograph), sign up for our Patreon for the uncut episode!

Oct 11, 2019
68. Todd Vaziri, Part 2 (Digital Effects Artist for 'M:I-3' and 'Ghost Protocol')
56:48
In the second half of our interview with Todd Vaziri (@tvaziri on Twitter), we do a deep dive into the visual effects of “Ghost Protocol,” including some secrets from the car park sequence, where the A113 Easter eggs are hidden, and what he contributed to the gecko gloves. Also, we get him to dish about what it was like working with Steven Spielberg, Rian Johnson, and Michael Bay.
Oct 04, 2019
67. Todd Vaziri, Part 1 (Digital Effects Artist for 'M:I-3' and 'Ghost Protocol')
58:29
An interview a year in the making (seriously), we talk to Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor Todd Vaziri (@tvaziri on Twitter), who worked on two installments in the franchise! We talk about how he got into the series, working on “Mission: Impossible 3” (including the bridge sequence), the shot J.J. Abrams did himself, and where you can spot R2D2 in the movie! We also get into the Dubai sequence from “Ghost Protocol,” so hang on tight!
Sep 27, 2019
66. Stu Maschwitz, Part 3 (Digital Effects Artist for 'Mission: Impossible')
43:56
In the epic conclusion to our chat with visual effects wizard Stu Maschwitz (@5tu on Twitter), he tells us about his work on other action franchises, including “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Iron Man,” plus he recounts a hilarious story about reading the script for “Star Wars: Episode One.” Also, we get his hair and movie rankings and he tells us about working on “Blade Runner: The Final Cut.” 
Sep 20, 2019
65. Stu Maschwitz, Part 2 (Digital Effects Artist for 'Mission: Impossible')
38:20
In the second part of our incredible interview with visual effects maestro Stu Maschwitz (@5tu on Twitter), we continue our discussion of the train chase from “Mission: Impossible,” including the model and miniature work, along with the CGI helicopter, plus he tells us stories about De Palma’s “Mission” follow-up “Snake Eyes,” and working with Bong Joon-ho on his monster movie classic “The Host.”
Sep 13, 2019
Bonus - 'Mission: Impossible 7' Casting News!
08:12

We break down some VERY BIG casting news, including a statement by “Mission: Impossible 7 and 8” director Christopher McQuarrie!

Sep 08, 2019
64. Stu Maschwitz, Part 1 (Digital Effects Artist for 'Mission: Impossible')
47:41
In this week’s episode, we talk to visual effects veteran Stu Maschwitz (@5tu on Twitter), who early in his career worked at Industrial Light & Magic on the first “Mission: Impossible.” He tells us about the helicopter chase, Tom Cruise’s unreal commitment and the big mask reveals. Plus, we discuss the CBS/Paramount merger and what it could mean for the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.
Sep 06, 2019
63. Mission: Impossible Theme Park Rides, Part 2 (Interview with Carlye Wisel)
32:45

On the second part of our wide-ranging chat with theme park journalist Carlye Wisel (Travel + Leisure, Syfy), we discuss what we'd like from a "Mission: Impossible" theme park attraction or experience (spoiler: we want the restaurant from the first film!) Carlye also tells us about a cool "Ghost Protocol" reference in "How I Met Your Mother," and she gives us her hair rankings and movie rankings (both are controversial).

Aug 30, 2019
62. Mission: Impossible Theme Park Rides, Part 1 (Interview with Carlye Wisel)
34:36

This week we are joined by theme park journalist Carlye Wisel (Travel + Leisure, Syfy), as we discuss the plans for the Paramount parks in England and South Korea. She gives us some background on these proposed (still unbuilt) parks and we spend a good amount of time discussing what is feasible for the parks in terms of rides, shows and attractions based on "Mission: Impossible."

Aug 23, 2019
61. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Vinyl Soundtrack (Interview with Mo Shafeek of Mondo)
56:21

On this very special episode, we are joined by Mo Shafeek from Mondo a.k.a. the man responsible for the amazing vinyl releases of the scores for "Mission: Impossible" and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout!" (Fun fact: he was the very first guest on the show!) We get the scoop on these vinyl releases, as well as Mondo's plans for the remaining scores.

Aug 16, 2019
60. Mikey Neumann, Part 2 (Creator of the YouTube channel FilmJoy)
37:28
In the second half of our conversation with FilmJoy video essayist Mikey Neumann (@MikeyFace), we discuss the climax of the first “Mission: Impossible” and how awesome it is, get Mikey’s rankings of the films and dissect them in detail, hypothesize about how the franchise could expand to television and, once more, get into the nitty gritty of IMF middle management.
Aug 09, 2019
59. Mikey Neumann, Part 1 (Creator of the YouTube channel FilmJoy)
41:09
This week begins our chat with video essayist Mikey Neumann (@MikeyFace) from FilmJoy, who recently did a tandem video with friend-of-the-podcast and recurring guest Patrick H. Willems. In this episode, we discuss “Mission: Impossible 2” and its place in the franchise, Mikey’s soft spot for “Mission: Impossible III,” and we read an email from a linguistics expert that sheds light on the code they make Philip Seymour Hoffman read in the third movie!  
Aug 02, 2019
58. The Music of Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 4
46:29

In the epic finale of our multi-part crossover series with Jeremy Dylan of the My Favorite Album podcast, we bow down once more to Lorne Balfe and his “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” score. We also do our rankings of the themes and scores and get Jeremy’s rankings of the films (obviously). Plus we talk about who we’d like to see tackle a “M:I” score for future installments (only if Lorne Balfe is too busy or has a cold or something). What a wild ride this has been!

Jul 26, 2019
57. The Music of Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 3
31:43

Chapter three in our crossover series with the wonderful Jeremy Dylan of the My Favorite Album podcast sees us dissecting Michael Giacchino’s music for “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (plus there’s much talk of the Dean Martin song) and Joe Kraemer’s music for “Rogue Nation.” Also for some reason we talk about the current state of dog movies and play a clip from a bizarre novelty song from the 1960s that uses the original series’ theme. This is a weird one.

Jul 19, 2019
56. The Music of Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 2
30:52

In the 2nd part of our epic crossover series, we continue our chat with Jeremy Dylan of the My Favorite Album podcast, this time zeroing on the highly controversial “M:I-2” and Hans Zimmer’s operatic score (also that Limp Bizkit song). We cover Michael Giacchino’s music for “M:I-3” too. Plus, we get Jeremy’s hair rankings, which might be the most controversial moment in our entire podcast history.

Jul 12, 2019
55. The Music of Mission: Impossible with Jeremy Dylan, Part 1
44:17

In our very first crossover series, we’re joined by Jeremy Dylan of the My Favorite Album podcast and we discuss the “Mission: Impossible” music – we even include clips, courting further litigation and putting us in the same legal hot water as our frequently targeted composer Kevin Blumenfeld! We even do a side-by-side comparison of the music Alan Silvestri composed for the first film and the Danny Elfman tracks that wound up in the movie! Put your headphones on and turn it way up!

Jul 05, 2019
54. Our 'Mission: Impossible' (1996) Commentary Preview
31:40

This is it – twenty minutes of the moment you’ve been waiting for, a preview of our commentary track for “Mission: Impossible,” normally available to our Patreon subscribers but teased here for your listening pleasure. Also, we run through some fascinating “Mission: Impossible”-related news, including a chart discussing the average length of Brian De Palma shots and a current cable ad that apes the Langley sequence from the first film! Listen and become a Patreon subscriber! Please!

Jun 28, 2019
53. Paul Hirsch, Part 3 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
42:16
The third (and final) chapter in our three-part interview with Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch sees us asking many questions about some other little movie he made called “Star Wars,” including him debunking the rumors of who really wrote the opening crawl, his surprising thoughts on the prequel trilogy, plus he comments on the “special edition” versions of the original trilogy. He also talks about his relationship with John Hughes and, yeah, probably says some stuff about “Mission: Impossible” too.
Jun 21, 2019
52. Paul Hirsch, Part 2 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
32:06
We continue our conversation with Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch, who has edited two “Mission: Impossible” installments and is one of the greatest editors of all time. In this week’s wide-ranging discussion, topics include his long-standing relationship with Industrial Light & Magic, his thoughts on screen-size, and confirmation that they actually shot a sequence for “Ghost Protocol” where Paula Patton cuts a bad guy open and manually keeps his heart pumping. (Yes, seriously.) You’ll get so much insight into the making of “Ghost Protocol” that you might faint. But don’t faint.
Jun 14, 2019
51. Paul Hirsch, Part 1 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible' and 'M:I - Ghost Protocol')
39:54
Yet another Oscar winner joins us this week as we chat with Paul Hirsch, genius editor of both the first and fourth “Mission: Impossible” installments! In this jam-packed episode you’ll hear about Hirsch's relationship with Brian De Palma (including a story about De Palma shooting his wedding), a detailed explanation of how Danny Elfman replaced Alan Silvestri, and an incredible anecdote about how Brad Bird approached editing. You’ll learn a whole lot and you’ll have fun doing it.
Jun 07, 2019
50. Marketing Mission: Impossible with Kendra James, Part 2
39:41

In part two of our awesome conversation with StarTrek.com managing editor Kendra James, we continue our deep dive into the marketing of the franchise, this time looking at the three most recent films. We talk about how things changed with the “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” trailer, talk about our favorite posters and trailers, and get Kendra to rank the movies (from least great to greatest)!

May 31, 2019
49. Marketing Mission: Impossible with Kendra James, Part 1
34:46

This week we talk to StarTrek.com managing editor Kendra James about the marketing of the first three "Mission: Impossible" installments, including breaking down the trailers and the posters, once again get into Alan Silvestri's unused score for the original film, and, in a Light the Fuse first, we play clips from the movies! That's right, we could be sitting right next to our composer Kevin Blumenfeld in a court of law!

May 24, 2019
48. Barney Burman, Part 2 (Makeup Effects for 'M:I-3')
42:16
Hope your mask is on tight, because the second half of our Barney Burman interview is a wild ride! We talk about the benefits of Philip Seymour Hoffman having a large head, what sequence from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was originally intended for JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek,” and why he didn’t return to do the make-up for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Also learn why the Oscars aren’t so glamorous and hear Barney’s official “Mission: Impossible” rankings!   
May 17, 2019
47. Barney Burman, Part 1 (Makeup Effects for 'M:I-3')
37:26
This week we talk to Oscar-winning make-up effects artist Barney Burman, who provided the make-up effects for "Mission: Impossible III." We get into his history in the business, including the famous movies his family worked, and dive deep into the secrets of "III," including doing the masks on Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Plus, you know you want it, we get into the origins of Les Grossman, Cruise's character from "Tropic Thunder" (Barney also did those effects).
May 10, 2019
46. Mailbag
34:50

This is it – the episode you’ve been waiting for! Our first-ever mailbag episode! That’s right, we’re tearing into listener questions from as far away and exotic as the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, even Canada! We also discuss “Mission: Impossible” as it relates to the 007 franchise, whether or not Ethan will go into space in parts 7 and 8, and what we can glean about the sequels from Christopher McQuarrie’s Instagram account.

May 03, 2019
45. Never-Before-Heard Stories from the Set of 'M:I-3'
36:03
On this week’s episode we take a look at a “Mission: Impossible” production from the ground level, as camera PA Luke Allein gives us details about the domestic shoot of “Mission: Impossible III.” Learn what it’s like working with cinematographer Dan Mindel, which cast member’s voice carried above all others, and how Tom Cruise rewarded the crew on the super-long days.
Apr 26, 2019
44. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible III' (2006), Part 3
30:40

In the conclusion of our extensive making-of “Mission: Impossible III” saga, we learn about a promotional stunt gone spectacularly wrong, detail the insane premieres, go over its box office results, and agonize over the special features from a lost HD-DVD edition of the movie. Ah, what could have been.

Apr 19, 2019
43. The Making of ‘Mission: Impossible III’ (2006), Part 2
31:26

Continuing the epic saga of the making of "Mission: Impossible III," we move into production, including Rome, Shanghai, and a giant field in Calabasas, California, that doubled for the Chesapeake Bay. We also get into the stunts Tom Cruise performed, alternate casting and the incredible music (including a Kanye West song!).

Apr 12, 2019
42. The Making of ‘Mission: Impossible III’ (2006), Part 1
26:24

It’s time to do a deep dive into the making of one of the most controversial entries in the franchise, “Mission: Impossible III!” On today’s episode we get into the movie’s thorny pre-production, when David Fincher, Joe Carnahan, and Ang Lee were all interested, and how the “Superman” reboot affected plans for the film. Also: we have a Patreon now! 

Apr 05, 2019
41. Brad Bird, Part 3 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)
43:27
In the final installment of our epic Brad Bird interview, we finally get to the issue that you have been waiting for… a frank discussion of Tom Cruise’s hair. (The answer is as satisfying as it is matter-of-fact.) We also talk more about IMAX, why Luther isn’t on the team, and the three running shots that aren’t Tom! Don’t worry, we end on a bang!
Mar 29, 2019
40. Brad Bird, Part 2 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)
50:54
This is it! The sequel you’ve been waiting for – part two of our conversation with the amazing Brad Bird! In this installment, we attempt to get to the bottom of those location cards, find out what James Bond movies were an influence, the role “Die Hard” and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" played in the making of the movie, his intention with the Paula Patton/Lea Seydoux fight and how he wanted to end the movie on a VERY different note. Also, find out why you should never use rich people as extras! It’s another wild ride.
Mar 22, 2019
39. Brad Bird, Part 1 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)
48:24
This is it! The first part of our epic conversation with the one and only Brad Bird, director of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol!” In this episode we discuss what made him choose “Mission: Impossible” for his first live action-feature, his vision for the title sequence and how he wanted it to be different from other entries, and just how close Vanessa Redgrave came to reprising her role of Max in the sequel (it’s probably much closer than you’d think). Bird also recounts an alternate opening that had us shook. All of this and much more in this very special episode!
Mar 15, 2019
38. Filmograph, Part 2 (Title Designers for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
21:40
We conclude our conversation with the ridiculously talented team from Filmograph, talking about how the music from the film influences the title sequences, whether or not they’ll return for future missions, and a very cool Easter egg they smuggled into the ‘Fallout’ curtain call. And, of course, we get them to rank the movies! Plus, we get them to discuss some of their amazing work, including “Aquaman” and “Glass!” 
Mar 08, 2019
37. Filmograph, Part 1 (Title Designers for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
32:54
This week we sit down with Aaron Becker & Seth Kleinberg of Filmograph to talk about their amazing title sequences for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” We discuss what makes for a classic title sequence, how other title sequences from the franchise influenced their approach (including the work of their old boss Kyle Cooper) and get into the nitty gritty when it comes to the “sparkiness” of the fuse. It’s a spirited discussion of one of our favorite aspects of the films!
Mar 01, 2019
36. Oliver Stone's 'Mission: Impossible 2'
54:23

We do a deep-dive into a little-read screenplay for what would have been Oliver Stone's "Mission: Impossible 2." Written by David Marconi with revisions by Michael Tolkin, this would have been a VERY different sequel, with returning characters from the first film and, um, an evil supercomputer as the villain. Plus, we go into what changed once John Woo took over and uncover a lost sequence from David Koepp's 1994 draft of the first movie. It's an awesome excursion into the land of what-if. 

Feb 22, 2019
35. Robert Elswit, Part 2 (Cinematographer of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and 'Rogue Nation')
46:35
If you thought last week was a doozy, just wait until this week. We're back with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, who does a deep dive into how they filmed the plane stunt for "Rogue Nation," how his background in effects helped him conceptualize the underwater sequence, and what went into the opera set piece. We also got some details of his working relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson and were blessed with a genuinely incredible "There Will Be Blood" story. Praise be.
Feb 15, 2019
34. Robert Elswit, Part 1 (Cinematographer of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and 'Rogue Nation')
55:34
This is a big one! We got to sit down with Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, who also has the distinction of being the only man to shoot two "M:I" movies -- "Ghost Protocol" and "Rogue Nation!" On this week's episode we dive deep into "Ghost Protocol," and get his thoughts on working with Brad Bird and shooting the Burj sequence (it sounded as hairy as it looked). And as for some bonus content, Elswit describes what it was like shooting a James Bond and Jason Bourne movie, as well. It's an embarrassment of riches, really.
Feb 08, 2019
33. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible 2' (2000), Part 2
33:55

On this week’s episode we pause (briefly) to discuss the SAG Awards before continuing our deep dive into the making of “Mission: Impossible 2,” including the post-production and marketing of the movie. Learn all about the 11th hour editing of the movie, its lavish premiere party, and whether or not Drew can tell which tag line belongs to which movie.

Feb 01, 2019
32. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible 2' (2000), Part 1
30:44

Hang on to that precarious cliff face! This week we go back to the turn of the century to look at the series’ very first sequel, “Mission: Impossible 2!” Learn about the sometimes circuitous development of the highly successful follow-up, including a version connected to visionary filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai (and much, much more)!

Jan 25, 2019
31. Mark Bristol (Storyboard Artist for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
27:51
You might not know his name, but Mark Bristol is one of the key collaborators on “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” As the key storyboard artist, he helped stage and plan the action sequences that have thrilled us so breathlessly for two films. And we got to talk to him! He goes into his collaborative relationship with Christopher McQuarrie and what it’s like seeing his storyboards, shot for shot, on the big screen!
Jan 18, 2019
Bonus - Two Mission: Impossible Sequels Coming Soon?!
09:19

Some huge news broke today as Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise announced that two more “Mission: Impossible” sequels will be coming in 2021 and 2022. We break down our initial thoughts and observations about the news and speculate on what these new missions will bring us!

Jan 15, 2019
30. Awards & Critics' Top 10 Lists for ‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout,’ Plus News Roundup
34:13

2018 was the year of "Mission: Impossible." From the unprecedented critical and commercial success of "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" to potential Oscar glory, it seemed like everyone was accepting this particular mission. We run down the highlights of the year, from top 10 lists to theme park news, and discuss the movie's Oscar potentials. Here's hoping!

Jan 11, 2019
29. Christopher McQuarrie, Part 2 (Director of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' and 'Fallout')
36:03
It’s part two of our in-depth chat with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie! In this episode, he takes us inside the “Rogue Nation” writers room, tells us who he would love to see make a “Mission: Impossible” movie, and spends several minutes discussing his favorite Tom Cruise hairstyles – plus much, much more! Strap in, it’s a wild ride!
Jan 04, 2019
28. Christopher McQuarrie, Part 1 (Director of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' and 'Fallout')
38:14
Christopher. McQuarrie. What else is there to say? We got to interview the man who wrote and directed the last two "Mission: Impossible" movies and did rewrites on "Ghost Protocol." This week he tells us in detail what he contributed to "Ghost Protocol," reveals some hidden references in "Rogue Nation" and "Fallout," and much more. Part 2 coming next week!
Dec 28, 2018
27. Eddie Hamilton, Part 2 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
41:18
We continue our interview with superstar editor Eddie Hamilton, who goes further into the making of “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible Fallout,” and we get him to rank his favorite movies in the series! (Because of course we did.)
Dec 21, 2018
26. Eddie Hamilton, Part 1 (Editor of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')
37:38
We were lucky enough to chat with Eddie Hamilton, the brilliant editor behind “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” (amongst many other amazing movies). Learn what drew him back into the fold and what made the production so tricky!
Dec 14, 2018
25. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Stunt Team Interviews
20:31

In this episode, Drew reports back from a “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” press day that saw him driving in a BMW with stunt supervisor Wade Eastwood, plus exclusive interviews from the team that brought the movie’s amazing stunts to life!

Dec 07, 2018
24. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Home Video Release
28:13

This week we discuss the digital release and upcoming blu ray of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." Hear about all the special features and find out which is the best version to purchase!

Nov 30, 2018
23. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible' (1996), Part 2
25:11

Behold! Today's episode is the second part of our in-depth look at the making of Brian De Palma's "Mission: Impossible." We discuss in detail the post-production, promotion, and release of the 1996 film. Find out all the behind-the-scenes drama!

Nov 23, 2018
22. The Making of 'Mission: Impossible' (1996), Part 1
30:33

We’re starting a new series of research-heavy “making of” episodes with the first part of our look at the production of Brian De Palma’s “Mission: Impossible.” Choose to accept it for all the behind-the-scenes goodies that you’ve probably never heard (or if you have, most likely forgotten).

Nov 16, 2018
21. Mission: Impossible the '80s TV Series, Part 1
22:04

It’s the episode you’ve all been waiting for, when we start to discuss the short-lived 1980s “Mission: Impossible” TV series! Hampered by a writers strike and the constraints of filming exclusively in Australia, this series is really… something. Throw another shrimp on the barbie and grab your Vegemite sandwich, this is an extra-special episode!

Nov 09, 2018
20. Patrick (H) Willems, Part 2 (Video Essayist/Filmmaker)
43:22
We continue our chat with the great video essayist Patrick (H) Willems, talking even more “Mission: Impossible.” We also get him to rank all of the movies, and his answers might surprise you! Actually, they’ll definitely surprise you!
Nov 02, 2018
19. Patrick (H) Willems, Part 1 (Video Essayist/Filmmaker)
33:16
This week we’re joined by video essayist Patrick (H) Willems, as we talk about all things “Mission: Impossible” and delve even deeper into our “M:I”-related obsessions, including his wonderful analysis in the video "Who is Ethan Hunt?"
Oct 26, 2018
18. Lorne Balfe, Part 2 (Composer of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout')
35:14
This week we continue our interview with “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” composer Lorne Balfe. Learn more about what it takes to put one of these scores together and hear Lorne rank his top three “Mission: Impossible” movies – you’ll be surprised by his picks! Think of this as the “Fallout” to last week’s “Rogue Nation.”
Oct 19, 2018
17. Lorne Balfe, Part 1 (Composer of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout')
37:51
On this week’s episode we talk to Lorne Balfe, the man who composed the brilliant music for “Mission: Impossible - Fallout.” In the first part of our interview, we talk about his inspiration for the music and just how long he had to work on the score (his answers might surprise you). It’s pretty awesome.
Oct 12, 2018
16. Mission: Impossible Toys
16:15

There is alarmingly little merchandise that was produced for the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, but that made it all the easier for us to track it down! Today we talk about the toys inspired by the film and TV series and try to figure out if Kevin is in jail!

Oct 05, 2018
15. Ranking the Mission: Impossible Films, Part 2
31:31

This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting your entire life for … Our definitive ranking of the “Mission: Impossible” films. See if we disagree and our friendship is ruined forever, or we’re in sync and come away from the experience even closer and more committed to one another.

Sep 29, 2018
14. Ranking the Mission: Impossible Films, Part 1
33:28

This week we start ranking our favorites from the entire “Mission: Impossible” film franchise. That’s right – get ready for us listing our favorite running sequence, cold open, and, yes, BMW product placement! Find out if Drew and Charles pretty much have the same opinion on everything or if their thoughts differ wildly. It’s a fun one!

Sep 21, 2018
13. Mission: Impossible Title Sequences
20:13

We’re going back to the beginning (of the movies that is), as we talk about the title sequences for each of the movies. Find out what went into the creation of these mini-movies and which ones are our favorites!

Sep 14, 2018
12. Mission: Impossible Spoofs
18:33

“Mission: Impossible” is hugely influential, particularly in the realm of comedic spoofs and parodies. We dissect some of our favorites, including the incredible “Mission: Improbable,” starring Ben Stiller. This is our most (intentionally) funny episode yet!

Sep 07, 2018
11. Mission: Impossible the Original TV Series, Part 2
30:18

It’s back to the IMF archives this week as we watch several more episodes of the original “Mission: Impossible” TV series and discuss them in excruciating detail!

Aug 31, 2018
10. Unmade Missions
29:27

If you think six “Mission: Impossible” movies is a lot, wait until you hear about all the entries that didn’t make the cut, including installments made by David Fincher, Frank Darabont, Joe Carnahan, and Oliver Stone. It’s a wild trip down alternate timelines and parallel universes.

Aug 24, 2018
9. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
01:02:42

Here it is. Get ready for our deep-dive into all things “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” (at least until our next episode about “Mission: Impossible - Fallout”). It’s more exciting than the HALO jump and helicopter chase combined!

Aug 24, 2018
8. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
39:06

On this week’s episode we break down “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” in excruciating detail. What more could you want?

Aug 10, 2018
Bonus - Danny Elfman's 'Mission: Impossible' Vinyl Soundtrack from Mondo
35:11

On this special bonus episode (!) of Light the Fuse, we talk to Mo Shafeek, who works for the insanely cool Mondo in Austin, Texas, and who just this week released an amazing vinyl edition of Danny Elfman's "Mission: Impossible" score. Find out why this was a passion project for Mo and learn about the fascinating intricacies of licensed consumer products!

Aug 06, 2018
7. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
38:12

We are incredibly excited to talk about the fourth entry in the "Mission: Impossible" film franchise, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol!" Hear a heartwarming story of how Drew and Charles saw the movie together in New York and made the lives of their fellow audience members a living hell. Oh and a lot of other great stuff too.

Aug 03, 2018
6. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' (2018) First Impressions
30:15

The time is now! We take a look at the BRAND NEW "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." Find out our SPOILER-FREE first impressions and find out what is coming up on future episodes.

Jul 27, 2018
5. Mission: Impossible the Original TV Series, Part 1
24:55

We take a break from the film franchise to go back to where it all began – the original “Mission: Impossible” television series from the 1960s! We tackle the first three episodes, one of which is a bona-fide classic! Exclamation point!

Jul 20, 2018
4. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
35:49

Things get personal with our episode devoted to “Mission: Impossible 3,” arguably the most romantic entry in the franchise. Find out what makes this installment so important and be the first to hear Kevin’s legally dissimilar theme music!

Jul 13, 2018
3. Mission: Impossible II (2000)
37:58

In this episode we kick it into high gear with our analysis of “Mission: Impossible 2” (because Tom Cruise really kicks a lot of people in this one). Find out what we loved about this controversial installment and whether or not we think it deserves a reappraisal.

Jul 06, 2018
2. Mission: Impossible (1996)
34:26

We take a look at the very first film in the franchise, Brian De Palma’s “Mission: Impossible.” Find out where we were, what we thought, what we think of it now, and whether or not Charles’s dad loves him.

Jun 08, 2018
1. Intro
04:44

Get to know your hosts for the only podcast dedicated to the "Mission: Impossible" franchise and learn where the series is headed. If you choose to accept it, that is.

Jun 04, 2018