IN REVIEW: MACGYVER: SEASON 4 – Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin

As MacGyver works quickly to rescue survivors from a collapsed building in Germany, he discovers a new safety threat...

Synopsis: As MacGyver works quickly to rescue survivors from a collapsed building in Germany, he discovers a new safety threat—a 1,000-pound undetonated bomb from World War II hidden beneath the rubble.

Review: MacGyver and his friends must race against the clock to rescue 10 people from a partially exploded building in Germany.

The Story

When a building explodes in Germany. MacGyver and his team are called in to help with the rescue, but when MacGyver finds an undetonated world war II style bomb in the building the plan changes somewhat. While Desi works to get people out of the building. MacGyver and Riley must figure out a way to get the bomb safely out of the building without it going off.

Back at Phoenix Foundation Bozer is challenged to prove his worth by Russ Tyler and soon manages to show Russ what he can do when he helps troubleshoot MacGyver’s problem with regards to the bomb.

This episode is bookended by some scenes concerning a group of scientists from World War II. One of which apparently invented a time-delay fuse, which was used on Old style cluster bombs. This scene proves important a bit later on as it reveals that the secret organization that MacGyver and his team are up against has been going for much longer than they believed. It also reveals the name of the group.

The Acting

Lucas Till and Tristin Mays get some pretty intense scenes this week as MacGyver and Riley genuinely believe that their number is up. Having tried pretty much everything they can think of to get the bomb out the building. They begin to pretty much share a few secrets with each other. One of which is that MacGyver always thinks that he’ll die whenever he does anything stupid.

We also get a great performance from Levy Tran who shows Desi’s more vulnerable side as she is attempting to rescue a woman from the debris of the building. She is thinking back to a similar situation that her character was involved in. So we were given a brief glimpse of Desi having to push through her own PTSD in order to get to the woman.

Providing the comedy element this week were Henry Ian Cusick and Justin Hires. Basically Russ challenges Bozer to prove his worth, which leads to some fairly funny stuff as the two guys try to one-up each other.


A pretty good episode, which reveals a little about the organization that Phoenix Foundation is up against as well as some character development for some of the key characters. Insofar as MacGyverism’s this week. The biggie was the building of a stable support frame used to contain the bomb so it could be dropped, which is basically a bigger version of the old physics experiment with the egg.

MACGYVER: SEASON 4 – Windmill + Acetone + Celluloid + Firing Pin
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • MacGyverisms
  • Incidental Music

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