Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 1987 on ABC

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  • Despite high-adventure theme and plenty of cleverness throughout, the energy level just wasn't that high on this episode.

    On paper, "Bushmaster" seems like it should have been a great episode. The adventure level in the Central American one-horse dictatorship was certainly on-point. Clever MacGyverisms, ranging from the use of a refrigerator's free-on cartridge to freeze a lock to using egg whites to plugging a radiator full of holes, also impressed. Nonetheless, the subdued tone of this episode, along with some marginal acting and a general lack of energy keep me from giving it a ringing endorsement. The opening scene with the war game didn't get things off to a great start as the acting was unconvincing by all. Also preposterous was Kelly's theory that she had to commandeer the rescue of her father so she could prove her credentials as "a son". All in all, the episode seemed rushed and kind of forced, clever at times but lacking in narrative inspiration. It would have been a good episode by the exhausted seventh season, but doesn't hold up as well as most in season two.