Season 6 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 1990 on ABC

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  • MacGyver's deprogramming of a brainwashed enemy soldier proved to be a very intriguing and worthy concept for the series to explore.

    This rare character-driven episode of MacGyver offers some fascinating insight to the mind of an enemy soldier brainwashed to support "the cause" since he was a young boy...and the slow process of deconstructing that mental manipulation unfolds through the course of the hour. "The cause" in this case was living out the will of deposed Romanian dictator Nikolai Ceaucescu, and a failed terrorist attack turns MacGyver into a hostage, bringing the odd couple together. The random viper in the Romanian woods was kind of a cheesy venue to deliver the required plot twist, but it ultimately accomplished its end and ushered in an intriguing stretch of character development. Rookie scriptwriter Lincoln Kibbee did an excellent job in drawing out Victor, and the exchange between Victor and Major Krik following MacGyver's capture was the high point of the episode. The sacrifial lamb ending was effective as well, but I have to dock a couple points for that ridiculous fishing line diversion that somehow successfully distracted trained soldiers long enough for MacGyver and Victor to ambush them. The imagery of MacGyver lifting Victor's leg back onto the stretcher in the epilogue was powerful enough to have poignantly ended the episode, so I also must call the series out for unnecessarily pounding the thematic message home with the pointless closing exchange between Mac and Pete. Still, a very powerful episode with a great premise and a fantastic script.
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