In Review: MacGyver (S5 – E5) Jack + Kinematics + Safe Cracker + MgKNO3 + GTO

MacGyver and the team must solve Jack Dalton's final case and bring the culprit to justice.

Synopsis: Using a cryptic postcard as their only clue, MacGyver and the team must solve Jack Dalton’s final case and bring the culprit to justice.


The Story

When Jack Dalton’s body is returned home from his final mission to capture a terrorist. MacGyver and his friends begin to suspect that their friend had some unfinished business and when they find a cryptic postcard. MacGyver and his friends are spurred into action. Added to that. When Mac and his friends wind up at Jack’s Safehouse they learn that the terrorist that Jack was after may well have survived.


The Acting

Lucas Till and Tristin Mays do some fantastic work in this episode. As the two people that are most affected by the personal loss of a close friend. To Mac Jack was very much like a big brother. Whereas to Riley, he was pretty much her substitute father. This was very much well conveyed by the emotional impact that the loss has on them. Furthermore, there are times when their remembrances of Jack pretty much created a presence for the character on the show. At certain points, it felt like Jack was actually with them. Which are a combination of good acting and some pretty good writing.

Additionally, we also get some solid guest appearances. One noteworthy cast member is Nick E. Tarabay who plays Tibor Babic who was helping Jack. Babic is a somewhat shifty character, which is a specialty of Tarabay, who is perhaps best remembered for his role as the treacherous Ashur in ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’. We also get a great performance from Bojana Novakovic as an Interpol agent who is not on the side of angels.


To begin with, I must confess that I was never a fan of George Eads’s take on Jack Dalton, but for the time he was on this series. He was a key player and heavily involved in the interpersonal storylines of Riley and to some extent Maddie. Likewise, the established history between Jack and Mac was fairly important to the show’s early storylines. Love or hate him. He was a very essential part of helping establish and make the reimagined MacGyver series the success it has become. And this episode does a great job of acknowledging that. But it also eliminates any chance for Eads to return as a guest star. This is probably a good thing given that the show has moved on.

Overall. A pretty solid episode with some great performances. It’s a touching farewell to a character that played an important role in the early development of the show. The final scenes where Mac and Riley drive off in Jack’s old GT pretty much says it all.


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