Season 6 Episode 13

The Wasteland

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 1991 on ABC

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  • An episode that started strong progressively lost steam, but the quicksand escape that starts the episode is reason enough to recommend this one.

    There was a steady trajectory downaward for this episode, which burst out of the starting gate with an awesome quicksand rescue of Phoenix environmental whiz Willis (perhaps the blandest recurring character featured on this series). From there, the episode still goes strong through its first half, with the Machiavellian son and daughter of the Andrew Bartlett empire scheming to hijack the company from him....and tipping off construction workers to shanghai MacGyver in the middle of his dinner presentation to Laura Bartlett about the ecological damage her company's project would befall the region. The episode goes downhill after the bomb goes off in MacGyver and Andrew's van out in the wasteland boondocks, when it's revealed that the Bartlett children's motivation is not about blind ambition and greed, but petty grievances from their childhood when their father "pushed them too hard". I just couldn't fathom the idea that these children of privilege were killing their father because he had the audacity to request they wear suits at business meetings in his company. Furthermore, MacGyver's landlocked parasailing configuration was clever enough, but the execution of the final scene where he swoops in to disarm Scott and pick up Andrew with his legs was inexcusably hokey. Still a solid hour of television, but again, the show was starting to feel old.