In Review: MacGyver (S5 – EP8) SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini

MacGyver and the team rush to help when Matty's former mentor, Ian Cain, and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness.

Synopsis: MacGyver and the team rush to answer an SOS when Matty’s former mentor, Ian Cain, and his embassy staff come down with a deadly, mysterious illness. Taylor and Bozer work with Jerry Ortega to infiltrate a Codex Cell.


The Story

When Matty’s old Mentor sends an SOS out. She sends MacGyver and Desy out to investigate. When they arrive they find Ian Cain. The man who helped Matty out of many a scrape. He tells them that he witnessed his team go mad and shut down the facility and asks MacGyver to investigate in order to find out what it was that drove his team mad.

Also, in this episode. The Phoenix Foundation gets an unannounced visit from former Five-0 officer Jerry Ortega. After a brief interrogation by Russ Taylor. Jerry reveals that he has managed to make contact with a local Cell of Codex. With very little time to act. Russ and Bozer talk Jerry into going undercover to attempt to get into the Codex Cell.


The Acting

This week offers up two brilliant guest stars in the former of Robert Patrick and Jorge Garcia. Patrick plays Matty’s old mentor Ian Cane who is definitely an old school spy that is leftover from the Cold War. Whereas Garcia reprises his role of Jerry Ortega who was a series regular on Hawaii Five-0.

Most of Robert Patrick’s scenes were with Meredith Eaton’s Matty. The actors did a pretty good job of selling us on the idea that they had a past together. I also enjoyed the playful irony of how old school Robert Patrick portrayed his role.

Jorge Garcia spent most of his time with Henry Ian Cusick’s Russ Tayler and Justin Hires’s Bozer. The three made a pretty nice team. It’s too bad we can’t have Jerry Ortega come back as a series regular or at the very least. A recurring character because there was really nice chemistry between him and Russ Tayler.



A pretty strong episode in which both storylines worked well and even complimented one another. Bringing Jerry Ortega in for this one was a great move. Especially given that he naturally would have found out about Codex given his background as a conspiracy theorist and truth seeker. I especially liked how Jerry seemed to work so well alongside Russ and Bozer and would love to see that combination of characters used again at some future date.

The storyline involving Ian Cain and the illness was also handled really well. I loved the fact that the Illness didn’t particularly turn out to be a viral infection. But was instead thanks to prolonged exposure to soundwaves. Also, the addition of an Alt-Right terrorist cell was a good addition. As to us seeing them used again in tandem with Codex remains to be seen. But it would make sense if there was a connection.

Insofar as MacGyver himself. He seemed to be relegated somewhat this week to just being the problem solver. So not really much character development. But his method of responding to the SOS and figuring it all out was cleverly done.

Overall. A fun episode, which marks a much stronger return for Codex than initially indicated.


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MacGyver (S5 - EP8) SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini
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