IN REVIEW: MACGYVER: SEASON 4 – Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck

MacGyver and the team board a plane that’s mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.

Synopsis: MacGyver and the team board a plane that’s mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.

Review: Macgyver, Desi, Russ, and Riley wind up on a bit of a white knuckle ride in this week’s episode.

The Story

While flying home from a mission MacGyver and the team go from discussing the tactics used by the rebels in ‘Star Wars: Return of The Jedi’ to saving a plane from crashing while in midair due to its pilot having what appears to be a heart attack. Using a Zipline, which he creates out of spare parts. MacGyver and Desi manage to zip from one plane and board the Cessna, which only has a quarter tank of fuel left. With the lives of a very sick man and his young son in the balance. MacGyver and his team must do their best to save them and somehow get the plane down intact.


Lucas Till puts in a strong performance this week as MacGyver and Desi use the mission and the aftermath of it to resolve their differences, which is a relief because I’d have hated for it to drag out. As is often the case when you have two characters hook up as they did. Till is also kept busy with quite a few MacGyverisms to explain such as creating a zipline to transport people between two planes and building a defibrillator out of a plane’s air conditioning system to name only two. Henry Ian Cusick’s Russ Tyler continues to clash somewhat with Meredith Eaton’s Maddie, which I suspect could well be an ongoing thing given that the two characters are like oil and water.

Also putting in a solid performance was Christopher Convery who played the young boy Ashar who Mac and the team wind up making friends with while they save his dad’s life.


A thrill ride of an episode, which sees MacGyver having to use all of his creative thinking to get the team out of a jam. The way they land the plane is pretty unique in that they basically get it to match speed with a big old truck and use the plane’s battery or one of them in order to make the two vehicles magnetically stick together. Not sure if that would work in real life though. So a bit of a stretch perhaps.

MACGYVER: SEASON 4 – Kid + Plane + Cable + Truck
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  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • MacGyverisms
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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