In Review: MacGyver – Pliers

Mac and the team have no time to reminisce while visiting Mac and Bozer's hometown when they immediately start searching for a kidnapped prodigy from Mac's old middle school

Synopsis: Mac and the team have no time to reminisce while visiting Mac and Bozer’s hometown when they immediately start searching for a kidnapped prodigy from Mac’s old middle school, Valerie. With just pliers and speaker wire available, Mac works doggedly to rescue the young genius he has so much in common with.

Review: This weeks episode sees the show developing a similar social conscience that the original show exhibited with things like the Challengers Centre, but in this instance its not as big as that or as relevant.

In short. When Mac returns to his middle school as a guest speaker in science class he meets a young girl who shares much in common with him when it comes to science and creative solutions to scientific and engineering problems.

However when the girl is kidnapped and Mac’s old teacher is hurt. Things get a little personal as Mac and his term work together to rescue the kid and get the drug dealers that are using her as leverage so that he father will drive for them.

The fact that we are now exploring Mac’s past a little more by using the present is pretty good, but do we really have to use Bozer so much to actually do thing.

Yup. Bozer in his new capacity as an employee of the Phoenix Foundation is along for the ride and seems to delight in telling stories about how he and Mac met and the sort of stuff they got up to together. A little to much time was spent on this. I think it might have been better to have maybe done this via flash backs to them when they were kids.

All that said. Bozer is still the weakest link in this show and obviously meant for comic relief of which there is none. He’s just annoying.

I did like MacGyver’s sense of kinship with the young girl and would liked to have seen more of that, but in the context of her being a kidnap victim. It would have been impossible to do so and Jack and the other assemble cast members pretty much got in the way of how that sort of thing could have played out

For me this episode is the absolute low point of this series and a huge wasted opportunity. The reason being is it promised so much, but was ruined by virtue of the fact that it was pretty much an unimaginative kidnapping formula with to many characters and not really to much story.  This episode would have been a great opportunity to have had MacGyver out there on his own. But no. The makers of this show are just to bloody scared to give Lucas Till an opportunity to develop the MacGyver character without the other team members.

I dare them to actually give us a MacGyver episode without Jack, Riley or Bozer. Just once. Lets see the shows titular character actually cope on his own.


MacGyver - Pliers
  • The Good: Mac's friendship with the young genius
  • The Bad: The fact that Mac did not get more time to work with the young geneus
  • Story
  • Acting
  • MacGyverisms
  • Incidental Music

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:
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