After a preposterously exciting opening act with MacGyver hanging from the hood of a speeding car (yet still able to perform intensive car repairs that require both hands) in East Germany, there was a lengthy expanse of plot development that plodded on a bit too long, at least by this series' standards. It wasn't until the preacher started shooting people at the episode's halfway point until this series heated up again. The ultimate revelation that Craig Bannister's wife was a Communist mole brainwashing him to turn over classified DXS operation was nicely done, save for the fact that "Ingrid" was played by a horrible actress. Also distracting in this episode was the complete lack of chemistry between MacGyver and female protagonist Victoria, the Soviet defector, who was supposed to represent a romantic interest for Mac. The MacGyverism that wrapped things up, reviving Bannister with makeshift defibrillators jerry-rigged with candlestick holders, was solid, but this episode doesn't stand out as one of the most successful efforts of the first season.
MacGyver is in the middle of moving house and Pete would like him to protect a Russian defector, Mac doesn't want any part of it. Mac's friend's wife is the mole and influences him to kill Mac and the Russian defector as they know too much...
I personally think this episode is pretty average, the ending is very weak and rushed in my opinion.
The opening gambit had some action, with some good stunts as MacGyver fixes a car while it's driving - no brakes!. A bullet hits the brakeline and fluid is rushing out, MacGyver suggests that he can pump some of the power steering fluid in the brake cylinder - viola, we have brakes.
MacGyver's quick thinking was also good as he grabs two metal candlestick holders and wraps some microphone wire around them, also cutting some rubber matting to not get himself electricuted. He jump starts his friends heart - brilliant.
Overall, the storyline was pretty average and thought it was a little rushed.
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