Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 1986 on ABC

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  • MacGyver is called up to help diffuse a number of bombs located on a cruise ship in the North Pacific with 1100 passengers. The terrorist is named "Viking" and demands 6 million dollars. Can MacGyver and his friend from back in 'Nam Charlie, diffuse the

    This episode is quite intense and exciting. MacGyver reunites with his good friend Charlie Robinson, who he used to diffuse bombs with back in 'nam - 51 bombs in total to be exact and this was going to be number 52 (54 counting all three).

    MacGyver was a little hesitant that Pete would call Charlie as he had a little one on the way... and I was very shocked when Charlie didn't make it through the mission.

    I really enjoyed the bomb diffusion sequence at the end when MacGyver and Carol had to diffuse the 3 bombs in a matter of minutes - very intense!

    Overall, the episode was a good one and highly recommend it.
  • An early favorite with an extensively-researched script that gives it gravitas.

    This episode was fun throughout, and was very clearly researched thoroughly given its elaborate bomb defusal narrative. The acting was competent, the story imaginative and original, and the execution was suspenseful throughout. The developing chemistry with DXS operations chief Pete Thornton was progressing steadily at this point, establishing a needed permanent ally for MacGyver....and having an excellent character actor like Dana Elcar bringing his talents to a series plagued by no shortage of cheesy acting up to that point was an additional bonus. Aside from the obvious plotholes in this episode (Viking's apparent ability to be everywhere at all times, the fact that bombs were going off on this ship and the passengers didn't seem to know without being told), the biggest problem for me with this episode was how the narrative about MacGyver's past (a Vietnam War veteran????) conflicted so badly with the narrative in place for the rest of the series' run. If the writers are gonna make things up as they go, they should at least remember the things they already established to avoid contradicting past precedent. That grievance aside, the main storyline in this episode was compelling and exciting....and actually featured a female character who wasn't a raving bimbo.
  • Macgyver really rocks.

    This is another Macgyver classic episode. I really enjoyed watching this. It's so fun watching the show's setup, Macgyver gets a briefing from his boss Dana Elcar, then he is sent to the field to deal with the problem at hand. Even though he goes through the same routine each week, it's still a fun thing to watch. The stories are great, it's really entertaining, you're treated to a good drama. This is what good tv should be. The plot's really riveting, it's very engaging, you know it's fiction but you don't mind, you'll be drawn to it just by watching.