Season 1 Episode 17

To Be a Man

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 05, 1986 on ABC

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  • Exceptional production values and spiffy spyjinks elevate this episode above its drearier patches.

    After a long expanse of episode set either in America or Europe, globe-trotting high adventure finally makes a comeback in "To Be a Man", a marvelously produced episode with a compelling plot execution. Aside for the absurdity of pretending that the 80's Afghanistan Freedom Fighters were actually working with the Soviets against the West, the double-barreled assault of Soviet puppetmasters and local hooligans who know the lay of the land created an ominous sense of ever-present danger. The scenes with Ahmad and his mother got to be a little melodramatic at times, but actually lent itself to some character development as it asserted the pathological loner MacGyver as a father figure in a household that clearly needed one. While the boy was a marginal actor and the character seemed a bit immature for his age, MacGyver's chemistry with the mother was undeniable and made some curious scenes of undeniable sexual tension. The pacifist ending was also nicely done and bookended this adventurous episode well. One of the better efforts from the second half of the first season.