Season 1 Episode 14


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

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  • 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.
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