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MacGyver Review: Murdoc vs. Murdoc

It’s the showdown we’ve been waiting for since the MacGyver reboot was first announced. The original Murdoc, Michael Des Barres, guest stars as a cold killer with a dark agenda. How is that different from his role on the original MacGyver? Because this time he is Murdoc’s sadistic, vengeful mentor. Des Barres carries himself with charisma and focus, but his alter ego this time around has a very specific axe to grind. It’s Murdoc vs. Murdoc, and only one is left standing. But does the ‘how’ of it all rise to expectations, or fall flat? Riley is feeling very optimistic about life, so much so that she wants to play matchmaker between her mom and Jack again. All of that goes out the window when former school teacher/hired assassin Fletcher shows up on MacGyver’s doorstep, just as mom is there to witness it all. That makes for an interesting conversation about Riley’s true profession later. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: That Woman Is Not Mrs. Jack Dalton

We don’t much think of Jack Dalton as a man who needs to be in a relationship. The kind of relationship that keeps him grounded and happy, and is someone he loves so much that he counts his blessings every night for this person. That’s what MacGyver is for. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be nice to see Jack go on a date that lasts longer than one course of a meal. Again, I’m sure MacGyver has treated him to many fine meals. If one day there is a Mrs. Dalton in the picture, we’d be happy with that. That day is not today. You know things are serious when Mattie has her angry face on. Half the time she uses that face because of impending doom. The other half of the time that face comes out because of Jack. This time it’s about Duke Jacoby, one of Jack’s old CIA aliases. Duke Jacoby was created to run crime out of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was so well-connected, so hated, and so expensive a cover that even the CIA wanted to take him out. It would be too on-the-nose if it wasn’t true. When all of Jacoby’s old accounts are reopened, Mac, Jack, and Mattie have to go down to NOLA to investigate. But the information is expensive. Jack finds out from his old friend Willie that his wife, Dixie, is opening his accounts. That’s funny because neither Jack Dalton nor Duke Jacoby has ever had a wife. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: Reminiscing Over A Bomb Threat

What better way for MacGyver to ring in the new year than with several mysteries to solve? The question for more than one of the people MacGyver is looking isn’t who they are, but where they are. The biggest mystery for awhile has been the search for Mac’s father. That trail was dead for a good long while, but burned brighter than the Christmas lights when a package from the man himself appeared under Mac’s tree. As if that mystery wasn’t puzzling enough, MacGyver gets a visit from his second greatest enemy: The Ghost. (On a side note, can we take a moment to appreciate that MacGyver has so many enemies, we have to rank them? He must be doing something right.) Team Phoenix spends Christmas at the hospital waiting to see if Cage survived her gunshot from Murdoc. Thankfully, she does. After hours at the hospital, instead of taking a nice nap, MacGyver has to dismantle a bomb set in his house by the Ghost. The problem is that the bomb seems to be everywhere, and the slightest electrical surge could trigger it. That means no phones or computers of any kind; or at least, almost any kind. The Ghost didn’t know Mac could make a photo phone, which uses light to communicate. Pay attention in Physics, kids. This invention would actually make a very cool school science experiment. Second thing to remember: Stoichiometry, which is covered in chemistry. It is a huge pain, but maybe it’ll save your life one day. Or maybe it will just cause someone like Jack to compare you to ‘Bill Nye, The Science Guy’. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: Twice The Jack Dalton

Merry MacGyver Christmas everyone! As if we needed another reason to love MacGyver, this show provided a two-part holiday gift. The first, MacGyver still believes in Santa! At the very least, he has done the math that has convinced him that the existence of Santa cannot be ruled out. The second, this week’s intense case brought back Bruce McGill, otherwise known as the original Jack Dalton. While we’re happy to see his face, we’re not so happy as to the reason for his visit. His mission is to put a permanent lump of coal in MacGyver’s stocking, by arresting him for murder. If you think that’s bad, just remember that’s the enemy who makes himself known. The enemy who lives in the shadows until the last possible moment is the one who really wants to ruin MacGyver’s Christmas. The LAPD claims that MacGyver accidentally killed a civilian maintenance worker on an undercover mission. Phoenix thought the mission was textbook, seeing as they accomplished ridding an entire warehouse full of illegal German rifles the CIA wasn’t allowed to retrieve. Phoenix is caught completely off-guard, and must go over every single step of the case. This is all while trying to find out how the LAPD found out Mac was responsible for the bomb. Ironically, it is harder for Riley to crack LAPD security because their system isn’t up to date. Jack climbs the walls, desperate to figure out how there could have been a dead body in the rubble. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: How To Be MacGyver

MacGyver is the funnest of fun procedural shows, with the titular star always ready to get himself out of any tight spot. If there’s a way, MacGyver will find it. What do you do when there isn’t a way? How do you deal with the awful probability, not possibility, that things are going to go horribly wrong? Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try, or how many Star Wars references Jack can make. When there isn’t a way out, that’s the true test of sacrifice. MacGyver just hasn’t had to feel the weight of that sacrifice in a very long time. Bozer is sacrificing a lot to continue in spy school, but remembering his brother’s death took a lot out of him. He can’t survive that kind of loss ever again. Bozer and Leanna face their last test together. The school drugs, kidnaps, and handcuffs the two in a room together, all before sicking a machine gun-wielding man on them. They survive by relying on each other, and reach the end of the line successfully. Just as they admit their feelings toward each other, they’re told that for security reasons, they can never see each other again. After everything they’ve been through together, Bozer and Leanna aren’t about to split up now. They’ll find a way, rules be damned. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: The Roles We Fill, and The One Riley’s Dad Doesn’t

MacGyver‘s family just experienced an intense paternal reunion, but it wasn’t the one that’s been building since last spring. The mystery behind MacGyver’s father is simmering, but Riley is the one who reunited with her dad. Recall that Riley’s dad (played by Billy Baldwin) had some pretty serious issues before he finally took off for good. It took a serious beating from Jack to push the guy out the door, and that backfired on Riley in several ways. She lost both of her fathers. Is there a chance she could have both of them back in her life? The case of the week is what helps Riley figure this out. The Phoenix Foundation went after Enzo Lamaire, an art trafficker who transfers the funds to terrorists. Mac and Jack go in as art thieves, complete with proof to back up their claims. Suffice it to say, Jack does not scream "art thief". He’s the one who sits on art. He is, however, as tough as they come. He’s at his best when he’s protecting someone, which is exactly what he does for Riley. He’d gladly take any amount of torture in Riley’s place. Not a hair on Riley’s head is touched (even by MacGyver’s crazy fiery packing peanuts). Still, bloodied and bruised, Jack’s first concern is if his surrogate daughter is alright. READ MORE...

MacGyver Season 1 Finale Recap: Grade the Reboot's Freshman Run

CBS MacGyver wrapped its freshman run on Friday night with a finale that served up few MacGyverisms yet delivered some dramatic stakes for a character who pulled the trigger on their first kill. In fact, if you were to ask me the highlight of the hour, Id point not to any pyrotechnics or vexing villain [] //tvline.com/2017/04/14/macgyver-recap-season-1-finale/

MacGyver Review: MacGyver’s Road Not Taken

Contrary to popular belief, MacGyver has friends outside of the Phoenix Foundation. Usually he is able to balance them just fine. The only real conflict MacGyver had was keeping his work a secret from Bozer. Now that Bozer knows, the gap between MacGyver’s past and present, and his private and public life, seems to be filled. However, there was a time when MacGyver needed the company of other minds similar to his own. If Jack thought he was impressed with regular MacGyver, he is doubly impressed by stories of College MacGyver. Fresh off of accidentally putting Jack in the hospital, Mac gets a call that his best friend from M.I.T. was killed in a random accident. Once MacGyver and Jack get to Boston for the funeral, their suspicions and eyebrows are raised. Why would Frankie’s graduate supervisor get into an accident a month before her own? Why would someone be taking pictures of her funeral? Why would Frankie’s case be deemed an accident when all MacGyver sees is a bomb site? READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: A Leader Worthy of the Phoenix Foundation

MacGyver and the rest of the Phoenix Foundation have been sorely lacking in quality leadership. Finally the new sheriff in town is going to take the reigns and guide the team towards a more productive, cohesive working environment. Now as we’ve already established, Jack and Mattie have some very scary history together from their time at the CIA. Everyone is nervous about their evaluations with Mattie, except for MacGyver, whose evaluation keeps getting mysteriously postponed. As Mattie gets to know the members of the team this week, they all learn something about themselves and how their roles will be clearer moving forward. Mattie’s first case with the Phoenix Foundation utilizes a new facial recognition software that Riley has been developing. The software recognizes Douglas Bishop, a Philadelphia mobster at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted List for killing an FBI agent. Mattie thinks that the FBI can’t be trusted because they have almost caught him multiple times. Jack and MacGyver head to Atlanta to catch Bishop, and aren’t there for two minutes before the FBI shows up. The problem is that those FBI agents are from Bishop’s hometown of Philadelphia, making it more likely that there is a mole in the FBI. The regional director for the FBI calls Mattie personally to confirm that the agents are in Atlanta without authorization. Once Jack and MacGyver do catch up to Bishop, they learn the FBI was using Bishop to get what they wanted. The way Bishop tells the story, he never killed an FBI agent because she was trying to help protect him and expose FBI corruption. READ MORE...

MacGyver Review: How To Keep the Man Alive Who’d Like to Kill You

What does a secret spy organization do when their director is arrested for treason? Evidently go back to business as usual while they wait for a new boss. Just because Thornton is gone, doesn’t mean the Phoenix Foundation stops working. That doesn’t mean that their plans work well. Luckily MacGyver thrives in an environment where he has to improvise, even if his partner would prefer their plans go well the first time around so they don’t have to risk their lives as much. In the field in Kazakhstan Jack and MacGyver capture a war criminal to bring him back to the U.S. They barely get into the air when their helicopter is targeted by missiles. Mac does some quick thinking to take out the missiles, but the blowback from the blast takes down the helicopter. Jack, MacGyver, and their pilot Cynthia crash 50 miles from the Kazakhstani border, sans war criminal, with no way to communicate where they are. Riley and Bozer struggle to keep it together while their friends search for a criminal on the run with Jack’s gun. How do you survive circumstances which are too scary to deal with in the moment? Riley and Bozer joke about Mac making a coconut phone while Mac bugs Jack about not speaking up before Sarah got married. Let’s just call it a survival technique to deflect. READ MORE...