In Review: MacGyver (S5 – Ep7) Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage

While working on an experimental cancer treatment, which uses venom from a Golden Lancehead. MacGyver and Frankie's lab is discovered and ransacked.
Golden Lancehead

Synopsis: While working on an experimental cancer treatment, which uses venom from a Golden Lancehead. MacGyver and Frankie’s lab is discovered and ransacked. It soon transpires that the culprits plan to use Mac’s research for a deadly bioweapon.


The Story

A secret that MacGyver has been keeping comes back to bite him. When visiting his friend Frankie to check on the progress of a secret cancer drug they have been working on. Mac finds that he has been tailed by Desi. When he explains his intentions and takes her to see the lab and meet Frankie. They discover the lab has been ransacked and Frankie has been taken.

As the Phoenix Foundation is brought in to help investigate. Mac has to reveal all that he knows, which includes the illegal use and capture of a rare snake. The Golden Lancehead and its venom in the development of the drug. We soon learn that Frankie was approached by the Department of Defense because the research that they were doing could have potential use for a biological weapon. Armed with this new information. MacGyver and his team must race against time to rescue Frankie and all her research.


The Acting

The real stars of this episode are the Golden Lancehead snakes that were used in making the episode. An endangered species that comes from Brazil. These snakes are deadly. The scenes in which they feature are absolutely filled with tension. MacGyver has to avoid being bitten without harming the snakes. Though I have no doubt that CGI was most likely used for some of the close-up scenes.

It was good to see Aly Michalka as Frankie who was last seen in the first season episode ‘Compass’. The chemistry between Lucas Till and Michalka remained intact from that last outing.

We get a nice performance from Henry Ian Cusick as Russ is reminded of an experiment that he had involvement with, which had similar implications to MacGyver’s side project. The scene where he tells Maddie about it was well performed and gave the story more gravitas.



A solid episode, which ends with a twist, which the writers seem to be have been building too for a while now. The return of Codex from last season. It’s fair to say that the Codex group is a team of villains, which are very much the Murdoch for the modern iteration of MacGyver. A real thorn in his side.


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MacGyver (S5 - Ep7) Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage
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2 Comments on this post.
  • Steve Crow
    10 February 2021 at 4:06 pm -

    Codex got short-shifted last year because of the foreshortened season, so I’m not surprised they’re back this year.

    • Ian Cullen
      10 February 2021 at 5:43 pm -

      If honest. I agree. Codex did get short shrift last year. But had that not been the case. I think they’d have still brought them back eventually anyhow.