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Posted on 26 December 2007 - 08:52 PM                                    
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A Phoenix Foundation scientist whose work appears to deal mainly with environmental studies, although he did appear to be knowledgeable in electronic surveillance technology in the episode “The Wall”.

It is quite conceivable that Willis was employed by the Phoenix Foundation because of his broad range of scientific knowledge, with surveillance and environmental science being his specialties. It could also be that Willis was the head scientist or departmental head, which would explain why he was called upon by MacGyver and Pete


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Posted on 27 December 2007 - 03:15 PM                                    
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He seems like an early version of Daniel on SG-1--slightly naive and awkward, but intelligent. The actor who played him did a nice job making him a credible character. Not only did he "look" the part of a scientist, he also sounds as if he understands the nature of what he's discussing. I wish they had done more with him.

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Posted on 27 December 2007 - 07:35 PM                                    
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I love Willis! I realize he was only in... what? 3 episodes... but I still have a great fondness for the character. He is honest, intense, and solid--very solid. I think that is why his character made such an impression on me.

Bruce Harwood is one of my favourite actors. I cheered when he appeared in X-Files as Byers, one of The Lone Gunmen. He plays the character with the same kind of straight intensity... slightly paranoid, idealistic, and charmingly naive ... like a grown-up version of Willis. biggrin.gif


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Posted on 27 December 2007 - 08:02 PM                                    
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Ok, actor love bleeding over here...love Willis because I love Bruce!

John Fitzgerald Byers forever!!!

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Posted on 28 December 2007 - 05:19 PM                                    
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Well, I could care less about Bruce Harwood, so I like Willis because I like Willis. tongue.gif biggrin.gif

It was nice to have another part of the Phoenix Foundation staff on hand and one who apparently specialized in science and environmental projects and such.
He was a good companion for MacGyver in the 3 episodes he showed up in.
Willis is actually a bit higher up on the list of recurring characters for me just because he showed up in 3 episodes and was portrayed by the same actor! (Who did a great job, by the way. wink.gif )

I love Willis' quote about MacGyver in "The Wasteland" - "In the corner of my mind as I was going down, I knew you'd show up. You're always on time." smile.gif cool.jpg


 
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Posted on 3 January 2008 - 11:32 AM                                    
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Willis is great! He reminds me of a couple of characters I work with. happy.gif I would have liked to have seen more of Willis in the series.

 
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Posted on 24 April 2009 - 03:51 PM                                    
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Willis is a very realtable character in the MacGyver universe , he reminds me of so many people I meant in real life.

 
                                                                     
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They should have done more with him. He had a lot of potential, but they relegated him to the sidelines. I wish he had stuck around longer in The Wasteland, instead of disappearing after the first sequence.
But yeah, I liked him. Good addition to the cast, but sadly underused.

 
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Posted on 3 July 2018 - 11:11 AM                                    
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Which episodes did he appear in? "The Wasteland" I remember, and the description says "The Wall", but I don't remember.

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Willis also appeared in "Trail of Tears". He was in the courtroom with Mac. After the hearing he returned to Phoenix to research the location of the reservation and send the info back to Mac.

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And Hind-Sight. He was in one scene with MacGyver at the computer desk.

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Posted on 7 July 2018 - 09:24 AM                                    
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Okay, I remember the "Hind-sight" scene.


Honestly, I don't think Willis was that memorable. Not that there's anything wrong with him, but nothing I'll remember 30 years from now.

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