Much like "Obsessed" the week before, this MacGyver episode, featuring a serial bomber, got off to a rock-solid beginning exploring the rivalry between members of the arson squad (ultimately leading us to suspect Rachel might be Prometheus) and the suspenseful bomb defusal scene in the abandoned slum that killed Earl. The pyrotechnics were quite impressive for 1991 TV. Even though the pace and excitement level waned towards the middle, the stalking scene in the abandoned newspaper office was in keeping with the suspense level of the episode's early stages. Clearly, this episode was channeling the creatively disappointing hit film from the summer of 1991, "Backdraft", but I actually found this MacGyver episode to be more entertaining than that film.
It was not without flaws, however. Boardman's motivation was hard to swallow, especially considering he planned the fire that killed Victoria, and the multiple bomb defusals at the end of the episode got tedious. Plus, there was that universally discrediting element for any episode.....it had Mama Lorain in it. Overall though, it was one of the better efforts of the seventh season.