Season 2 Episode 21

D.O.A.: MacGyver

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 1987 on ABC

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  • The "amnesia" theme is usually pretty ridiculous, but this episode had enough other things going on to hold its own.

    This episode got off to a great and suspenseful start with the murky espionage theme in full effect and the thugs chasing MacGyver through the warehouse after killing Braddock. I always roll my eyes at the far-fetched "amnesia" theme because writers never seem completely effective at flawlessly pulling it off. "DOA: MacGyver" did a pretty good job, but still managed the faux pas of having MacGyver tell young Jason that "the chain on his bike used to break all the time when he was a boy" right in the midst of his amnesia. Beyond that, however, commercial fisherwoman Carol Varnay was one of the few three-dimensional female characters featured on the series, not easily fitting the typical categories of "bimbo of the week", "damsel in distress", or "femme fatale" and was well played by actress Nana Visitor. The ragtag team of villains were not as convincing and seemed far too disorganized to be taken seriously as shadowy assassins. Nonetheless, the final scene with Pete was done about as well as one could expect and gave some dramatic momentum to the episode. The final scene before the epilogue, where Mac tucked the bomb into a conveniently placed metal can and tossed it under Lancer's motor home two seconds before it exploded, was kind of weak, but the episode was nonetheless satisfying overall. And unlike "Friends", flashbacks were used effectively in this one.
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