MacGyver officially left his mark on primetime television with this pivotal and wildly ambitious early episode, getting heavy promotion during ABC's successful 1985 miniseries "North and South" and scoring an impressive 15.6 rating, snatching second place from "Amazing Stories" on NBC for the week. While the special effects and stock footage seem kind of cheesy today, nothing like this had ever been seen on television before and people took notice. The opening gambit was a masterful production itself, and the polished execution certainly confirms why the gambits had to be abandoned due to budget strain and production delays. My only complaint about the main story is that it took off a little slowly. We didn't even have a sense of the threat until the episode's second half, at which point many viewers may have been bored. But even accounting for the excessive use of stock footage, the episode was done well enough to continue impressing me today.
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