In Review: MacGyver – Large Blade

On the way back from capturing a war criminal. Mac and Jack's helicopter crashes in a remote area of Kazakhstan, injuring their pilot and allowing their prisoner to escape with Jack's gun.

Synopsis: On the way back from capturing a war criminal. Mac and Jack’s helicopter crashes in a remote area of Kazakhstan, injuring their pilot and allowing their prisoner to escape with Jack’s gun. Using a large blade and a water bottle. MacGyver must get help as the pilots condition worsens and before the war criminal takes them as prisoners.

Review: This entire episode was a wasted opportunity to have Mac on a mission on his own with the pilot. Jack contributed very little other than some lame attempts at humour and some tracking skills, which Mac would have had covered already in the classic run of the series.

The thing that kept this somewhat compelling was Riley and Bozer at the Phoenix trying to track them and keep on top of the mission.  But that only just worked. It was great to see Bozer taking things a little more serious and downgrading I am the annoying best friend factor.

Bozer even tells an interesting story about a camping trip he went on with Mac’s Grandfather and Mac. Which brought home another reason why this whole series is lacking. In the classic run we get to meet Mac’s Grandfather and although he only appears in roughly five or six episodes out of the seven year run of the show. He is a more fully realised and fleshed out character than anything we have here.

By the close of the episode it all descends into somewhat of a parody as we meet Patricia Thornton’s replacement who is played by Meredith Eaton who is best known for her comedic turn in Boston Legal. She plays Matty Webber who is small in stature, but has a no nonsense approach. The trouble is. This no nonsense approach she has is so over the top that it is complete parody. Eaton was brilliant on ‘Boston Legal’ because her portrayal was very sympathetic and real and a great counter point to the over the top Denny Crane. But in this instance it isn’t working. 

My verdict. No better than last week really.

7
MacGyver - Large Blade
  • Story
    5.5
  • Acting
    8.5
  • MacGyverisms
    7.0
  • Incidental Music
    7.1

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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