In Review: MacGyver (S5 – Ep15) Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal

When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a cornfield with no memory of how they got there

Synopsis: When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a cornfield with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.


The Story

Picking things up from previous week’s. This series finale sets about the problematic task of wrapping the story up and hitting the reset button.

While on a mission to try and gather intel on the person that created the Nanotrackers in their bodies. Mac and Riley go missing for an entire day and return with no memory of where they had been. In order to protect them as best as Pheonix Foundation can. Russ orders Mac and Riley to go home and rest and places a security detail around their home. While in isolation with Bozer and Desi. Mac and Riley set about trying to regain their memories by reconstructing events the led up to their abduction. Eventually, this works and Mac, Riley, Bozer, and Desi stage an escape so that they can find the site where Mac and Riley were taken too.


The Acting

Lucas Till and Tristin Mays did a great job of expressing Mac and Riley’s sense of powerlessness at being experimented on without their knowledge. Mac’s reaction at learning some of the things that he was made to do was proportionate to the situation and not overplayed. Justin Hires provides a little comic relief as he channels Bozer’s paranoia. I thought the scene where he suddenly stopped eating his nuts was quite fun.

Overall. The acting throughout was pretty solid.



Sadly overall. This finale felt rather rushed. I had no sense of time having passed when it was revealed that Mac and Riley had gone missing for 24 hours. Russ and Maddy showing their concern over the coms. Didn’t really sell the fact that Mac and Riley were gone for that long. It felt like more of a coms malfunction than anything else. It wasn’t really until Mac and Riley met Bozer and Desi a few miles short of their planned meeting that it became apparent. I really think the writers probably needed a little more time to better sell these initial scenes. Too much plot was crammed into the first 10 minutes here.

The scenes where Mac and Riley enlist Bozer and Desi to help them reconstruct events were really well played out. I liked the fact that they only get their memory back when they decide to fall asleep while watching ‘Die Hard’. Which is a playful nod to Jack Dalton’s favorite movie.

Overall. This episode felt very rushed given the magnitude of the storyline and the plot reveal.

MacGyver (S5 - Ep15) Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal
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