Blow Out

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  • 9.0

    Very intense episode

    By OnePerCentClub, May 17, 2010

    One thing that came to mind went was the similarity between the plot to bomb the builing and the one of the Oklahoma bombing several years ago. I liked that subplot of the revelation of Nikki's deceased husband. I think it gave Elyssa Davalos an opportunity to show her acting skills and I think she passed the test. Her partnership with MacGyver is doing well so far and even when I liked to see MacGvyer alone, they make a great team.



    The last scene had me on the edge of my seat. I was basically counting the seconds until MacGvyer was able to defuse the bomb, his way. One other thing that I found funny is the technology that we see in this episode was so brand new at that time, with those printers and that software that made us all very excited that they were able to identify bad guys with it.moreless

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  • 8.5

    The third season rolls on nicely with a terrorist-themed episode and a flu-stricken MacGyver.

    By mark_28, May 17, 2010

    Was Richard Dean Anderson really sick during the filming of this episode or did writers simply think it would be a fun quirk to see how Mac would operate with the flu? I don't know the answer to that and am curious if anyone else does. Whatever the case, the episode's best moment was the baking-soda-in-a-hot-water-bottle cocktail that was most directly connected to MacGyver's influenza, so his illness fit proved to a productive subplot either way. The main story was entertaining as well with a terrorist bomb plot that turned out eerily similar to the Oklahoma City bomb plot seven and a half years later. The action was steady and suspenseful throughout with an exciting high-speed race-against-the-clock climax in which the mail truck bomb was cleverly thwarted by drowning the explosive device in cement. I had two grievances with the execution of this episode, however, and both involved the terrorists. Here was this well-organized terrorist group who would seem capable of hiring a professional to pull off the assassination against Nikki rather than farming it out to their errand boy. Furthermore, why on Earth would they leave all the photo evidence of the target of their terrorist attack laying around in the warehouse for law enforcement to find when they already knew (due to the paint can tracking the movement of Eric Dunlap) that the authorities were onto them. These plotholes aside, this was a fun and engaging episode. Unfortunately, it had been nearly a month since another new MacGyver episode had aired, and ratings continued to suffer for it even when this episode did air, scoring a weak 11.4 rating. This was the final episode during the football season, however, so things would be on the upswing.moreless

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