In Review: MacGyver – Can Opener

MacGyver is tasked to go undercover as an inmate in a maximum security prison and break El Noche out.

Synopsis: MacGyver is tasked to go undercover as an inmate in a maximum security prison and break El Noche out.

Review: A bit of a tired and overused premise is when they writers send their hero into a prison as an inmate to either investigate the brutality of the prison guards or break out a notorious prisoner in order dismantle his network. I’m afraid this episode has absolutely nothing new to offer with the premise or story idea.

It was however an opportunity to isolate MacGyver a little from Jack Dalton and it also allowed from some of Riley’s backstory to play out as she struggles with Mac having to spend time in the same Prison where she was an inmate in the women’s block.

Raoul Max Trujillo provides a charismatic performance as El Noche, but even that isn’t enough to save this episode from being somewhat dull. 

Not even MacGyver’s box of tricks can save the episode either.

At the start. I thought cool. There sending MacGyver to prison, but again he wasn’t alone. Not fully. We still had Jack Dalton in there as a Prison Guard and Riley was able to observe through the cameras.  It would have been more interesting if someone had let off an electromagnetic pulse and took out all the electronics. Rendering Riley blind and unable to help. Which would see Mac have to break El Noche out in the middle of a riot because all the prison cells are broken due to electronic locks.

But instead we got what was little more than a bland by the numbers episode that offered up very little that was new or innovative.

If we get more episodes like this. The series is not going to go beyond a season. In fact as a reboot this reminds me a little of ‘Team Knightrider’. That only lasted a season and with very good reason. It completely messed up the premise of ‘Knightrider.’

MacGyver - Can Opener
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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