In Review: MacGyver (S5 – Ep12) Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna

MacGyver, Desi and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger.

Synopsis: MacGyver, Desi, and Russ go undercover during a royal Indian wedding to protect a princess whose policies could put her life in danger. Also, Russ and Sophia come face-to-face at the wedding. Bozer suspects Riley is up to her old hacking ways and Matty runs down a lead in hopes of getting to the bottom of Mac and Riley’s ingested nano-trackers.


The Story

MacGyver, Desi, and Russ are sent to India to protect Princess Rani from an unknown assassin. However, the event and the fact that MacGyver admitted that he was going to propose. Dredges up some horrible memories for Desi who lost her Fiance while on a mission several years ago. Additionally, Russ meets Sophia who left him during the first Lockdown in April 2020. It seems that Sophi has been going after some treasure that Russ and his late father were searching for. She also happens to have a lead.

Back in Los Angeles. Matty with some help from the new computer analyst Parker continues to search for the dealer that sold the nano-trackers. And they have a possible lead. Also, when Bozer catches Riley using her old hacker name. He becomes a little concerned. Riley tells him that she is mentoring young girls that are very much like she was. But what is she mentoring them for?


The Acting

Levy Tran puts in a solid performance as we see Desi begin to come to terms with the grieving process with a little help from Mac (Lucas Till). As well as added help from Princess Rani (Aneesha Joshi) who proves to be quite resilient. We also get a strong performance from Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor who finally gets to catch up with Sophie and find out why she left him.



This episode seemed to be a bit more about character development for Russ and Desi than it was for too much plot advancement. Though I did love the fact that the writers gave us an Indian Royal Wedding Plot as opposed to the usual European Royal Wedding plot. So its a big up for inclusivity as well as a different spin on a well and truly-established trope in US television. That said though. I was hoping for something a little bit bigger. You know something akin to the Moldavian plot that Dynasty had back in the 80s.

Joking aside. I did quite enjoy the way in which this storyline was juxtaposed with Desi and Russ’s backstories. In particular. The scenes where Desi was bonding with the Princess were very well performed and written.

I also enjoyed that we got to see Parker doing her thing again. And the subplot with Riley using her old hacker name in order to mentor young hackers is quite an intriguing one. It will be interesting to see where that is going to go.


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MacGyver (S5 - Ep12) Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna
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