Season 1 Episode 2

The Golden Triangle

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1985 on ABC

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  • A great followup to the Pilot.

    As an eight-year-old boy watching MacGyver back in 1985, "The Golden Triangle" stood up as my favorite episode of the first season. I still have a soft spot for it and feel it was an excellent and ambitious sophomore outing for a series that desperately needed to find an audience--and quickly--in its kamikaze Sunday time slot against three top-20 shows. In retrospect, the episode had significant flaws in both plot and acting, but it's still fun and cleverly crafted, raising the bar of action-adventure content on television with its imaginative escapes, stellar production values, and non-stop action. Unfortunately, the acting was almost universally abysmal and the villains were so cartoonishly stupid throughout the hour that it sort of undermined MacGyver's craftiness and the Swiss Family Robinson-style barricades he laid out for them. Still a great episode, but it doesn't hold up as well as many others do 20 years later.
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