Season 3 Episode 9

Hell Week

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

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  • A true MacGyver original, featuring a festival for science geeks and one of the series' best-executed and most suspenseful ticking time bomb climactic sequences.

    A number of people felt this was the best MacGyver episode of all, particularly the science geeks who respected the clever barricades in the contest. I actually conned my high school physics teacher into showing this episode in class...and she liked it so much she made a copy to show to future classes. And there was much to like. Larry Dobkin and Andrew Sabiston played their respective roles as the hard-nosed workaholic professor and the burned-out college student amazingly well. The extent to which absentee parenting contributed to David snapping was overemphasized, but the building suspense of the episode's second half, in contrast to the fun of the first half which felt more like a really good afterschool special, really makes this episode shine. The attention to detail in regards to the science also shows that an impressive amount of research went into this episode before the first scene was filmed. A true MacGyver original that stands out as a shining example of how badly screwed this series was by the television industry which never recognized its quality come Emmy season.
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