Having been disappointed with the two Western dream episodes from seasons five and six, I went into this episode with very low expectations, particularly since the previews looked incredibly cheesy. However, the episode actually worked, thanks to excellent set designs, attention to detail in the production, entertaining characters, clever writing, and a strong juxtaposition between the past and present. I was surprised to see this episode almost universally panned in DVD reviews of MacGyver's seventh season, because at the time the episode was universally praised. The layout of MacGyver's ethnic history at the genealogy office, and the prospect of finally learning MacGyver's first name, effectively set the mood for the episode and the rest of Part 1 delivered with a consistently entertaining introduction of MacGyver to the Knights of the Round Table in King Arthur's Court. John Considine did an outstanding job with the scriptwriting of this episode, in both parts. The weakest link was the mystery surrounding King Arthur's poisoning, which was very obviously commandeered by Duncan, but even that eventuated nicely with the scene in which MacGyver unleashes the King's "seal of approval" to let the other knights know Duncan is the guilty party. The rivalry between MacGyver and the jealous Merlin the Magician was executed brilliantly, and the cliffhanger over the molten pit was gripping and intense. Sure, this episode was cheesy, but in a good kind of way. I was pleasantly surprised.
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