In Review: MacGyver (S5 – E3) Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma

When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous General Ma, now pacifist, from prison to help find him.
Ma

Synopsis: When Russ is kidnapped, Mac and the team must break out a previously murderous General Ma, now pacifist, from prison to help find him. Also, while on the run, Mac and Desi are forced to confront their relationship issues.

 

The Story

When the remnants of Codex kidnap Russ. They task MacGyver and his team with obtaining the release of General Ma aka Eric Andrews. However, there is a small problem. During his years in custody. Ma has become a devout pacifist and daily meditator. This leads to MacGyver and Desi wondering what Russ’s kidnappers would want with a pacifist. Eventually, after Riley and Bozer do some digging. They learn that the former leader of Codex Leland was Ma’s commanding officer during the Vietnam conflict.

With Eric Andrews in custody. Macgyver and Desi work to get him to the trading location so they can get Russ back. However, they are not aware that their charge is wearing a tracker.

 

The Acting

Tobin Bell makes a notable return as Leland. The former leader of Codex, who MacGyver and the team defeated in last season’s finale. Or did they? It would seem that Leland and his most loyal heavy Roman (Zach McGowan) somehow survived the explosion that took Codex out. Nevertheless, it was great to see that Leland survived given that he was a fairly charismatic villain.

We also get a solid performance from Joe Pantoliano who plays the somewhat reformed Eric Andrews also known in Vietnam as General Ma. The scenes where he was talking Desi through how he deals with anger was pretty cool. And the tapping that he was doing on his face when saying his mantra’s put me in mind of EFT Tapping, which I occasionally use to help with anxiety.

 

Overall

A pretty solid episode with a welcome return of some of the more compelling characters that we met in last season’s story arc. Although, I could use a bit of a break from all of the relationship drama, which got revisited as Desi and Mac decide to give things another go.

9.2
MacGyver (S5 - E3) Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    8.8

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: [email protected]
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