ABC really seemed to be proud of this episode back in October 1985, advertising it incessantly during the World Series (they even planned to air it following a World Series game to help the endangered series find an audience....but the game ran long so ABC held it over to Monday night, its future home). In retrospect, I can understand ABC's willingness to hype this very well made episode. From the opening gambit to the humorous duct-taped camera freeze frame ending, "The Gauntlet" was wall-to-wall fun with stellar production values and non-stop adventure, perfectly representing the over-the-top man vs. army conflicts of the early episodes. Even the acting wasn't too bad in this episode. The only weak point...the logic of his barrel-rolling escape across the border into Mexico still escapes me. How could a guy as smart as MacGyver ever believe something so far-fetched (the one barrel they didn't shoot was the one he was in) could work?
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