Season 3 Episode 3

Back From the Dead

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1987 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • A helpful second act to the Jimmy "The Eraser" Kendall saga.

    An edgier and more ominous tone to the mob theme helps make for an entertaining second chapter to season two's "The Eraser" with former hit man turned informant Jimmy Kendall's new identity uncovered. While the cameo by Hank Aaron was generally uninspired, the story unfolded in an intriguing and edgy way, with my favorite moment of the episode being Jimmy's coded language with his "priest" on the phone, ultimately leading to Jimmy's receipt of a gun through the confessional window. The acting by Jimmy's daughter and grandson was fairly shaky, but the sense of imminent danger helped the viewer overlook it. The closing scenes in the canning factory, after MacGyver got shot, were some of the most suspenseful scenes produced for MacGyver up to that point in the series. This episode was at least as good as the episode that inspired it.
  • A friend needs help

    This was a decent episode. It seems like MacGyver can't have a personal life because of his commitment with the Phoenix Foundation. At least his job allows him to make friends and this time one is back and needs his help.

    Sometimes people make bad decisions and this was an example. Jimmy couldn't stay under the radar and when his daughter was in danger he even had to betray MacGyver to try to save her. And the grandson.

    Nice to see a baseball legend like Hank Aaron on the show. The MacGyverisms were not spectacular but they were okay. But at least that saved his life.