Season 2 Episode 4

The Wish Child

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 1986 on ABC

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  • Intriguing opening descends into a routine outing.

    Even though the plot was clearly derivative, at least on the surface, of Eddie Murphy's "Golden Child" film, "The Wish Child" starts off on a strong note with the mysterious ceremony in which Paul's unique powers are showcased to overeager historians, followed by MacGyver's entrance and subsequent escape from airborne fireworks crate. Unfortunately, the episode peaked at that point. Far too much time was dedicated to various conversations about the wish child mythology....and WAY too much time dedicated to characters walking up and down the corridors of Mr. Li's ship....all leading up to an ending that wasn't particularly satisfying. The gorgeous Tia Carrere was underutilized as even gratuitous scenes with her would have been more satisfying filler than the patched-together filler that constructed the middle and final scenes of this episode. It was kind of a bad omen for the second season that the writers seemed this spent by only the fourth episode, but thankfully things would quickly pick up again in subsequent installments.