A Prisoner of Conscience

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    MacGyver pretends to be a mental patient to rescue a patient inside a Russian mental hospital.

    By marvelfan89, Feb 27, 2008

    Not a bad episode overall. A good episode that showed that MacGyver wasn't just an action show but could have good acting to lead an episode. Both Mac and Peter are in Moscow where MacGyver learns that one of Pete's friends needs help.



    It's also an episode where a guest star (Mr. Dobkin) playing the character of Alexander Karsoff, a Russian patient would later play in the series a completely different character in Professor Ryman, an American professor. LMAO (I always love it when writers to do that sort of switch almost to tell the audience to wipe a previous character from the memory).



    As mentioned this episode has a lot to say from my view about mental institutions perhaps implying that people with mental illness aren't better off there as they might be subject to the abuse of crooked doctors and staff.



    Richard Dean Anderson actually shows again that he can act by using a Russian accent through half the episode.



    Overall it's not bad it may not be as flashy as the other MacGyver episodes but it didn't have to be.moreless

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  • 6.4

    After a snazzy start, here's another episode that crashes and burns with an anti-climactic escape sequence.

    By mark_28, Apr 26, 2007

    Writer Stephen Kandel was stretched to his limit in the first season one of MacGyver, contributing to nearly half of the season's 22 scripts. Late in the season, it got to be evident as stories full of potential such as this one eventually spiral into humdrum, generic retreads. Particularly following the clever prison break fare from "The Escape", this episode's escape sequences via slipping a psychotropic drug into the mental hospital's community coffee pot and turning the entire staff into intoxicated louts seems lame. I also failed to understand the dynamic that separated the "political prisoners" from the actual mental patients in the hospital. With the exception of Demetri, all of the patients at the hospital struck me as crazy. Were they simply being drugged out of their minds? Whatever the case, the story didn't work for me and lost almost all of its momentum in the episode's second half. With that said, the high-voltage speedboat chase that began the episode, complete with James Bond-esque background music, will still go down as one of the series' coolest action-adventure sequences.moreless

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