Decent episode. I like these type of episode located in a real area with believable stories. There's more of an emphasis on the story.
This was before MacGyver joined up with the Phoenix Foundation. He was essentially a freelancer for the government. The opening Gambit written by Terry Nation has nothing to do with the rest of the episodes but this was the style of the first season. The Gambit is nonetheless entertaining although MacGyver's accomplishment of the mission is totally ridiculous.
MacGyver arrives in Burma undercover but is spotted after he helps a village boy out. The warlord of the village thinks MacGyver is a narcotics agent and sends MacGyver to be killed.
The young boy comes back to help MacGyver escape. MacGyver tries to get the people to fight back against their oppressors.
They are unsure of whether they can do it. MacGyver must decide how involved he wants to get.
There's a nice moment basically the turning point of the episode where MacGyver has already complete his mission which is the retrieval of the toxin.
MacGyver can basically go home and not care about these people and their struggles. However, the helicopter leaves, and you see Mac standing there.
This episode has an all Asian cast including Keye Luke and the beautiful Joan Chen. Joan Chen is a great underrated actress doesn't quite get any media attention at all, so I am gonna mention it here.
She does nice work as the boy's sister. This is a realistic MacGyver episode once you get past that Gambit scenes. I enjoyed it.