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DashboardOnFire Posted on 11 April 2019 - 10:07 PM
  Blog Post by Technical Advisor Rhett Allain about the MacGyverisms in this episode: https://rhettallain.com/2019/04/11/macgyver...es-x-ray-penny/
Dragondog Posted on 17 October 2018 - 06:28 PM
 
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 17 October 2018 - 08:44 AM)
Wasn't so hot on Bozer insisting to tag along with Jack and Cage. The guy practically crapped his pants the first time he met Murdoc.

To be fair, he didn't have a clue who Murdoc was when they first met, or even that Mac was involved in spy stuff. Who wouldn't have been freaked?
MacGyverGod Posted on 17 October 2018 - 05:44 AM
  Oh, another Murdoc episode already? We are so spoiled. Dastmalchian is already in his fifth episode.

This episode starts with a bang. Well maybe not quite with a bang. The start in Paris and Mac having a glass of wine on his own. I'm not sure on how I feel about making it clear that Mac needs Jack whether he likes it or not. The flashback of his childhood was great. Amazing how the actor who plays the grandfather is immediately gunned down again. So sad.

And for the record, yes: James MacGyver is Harry Jackson's son-in-law and Ellen MacGyver is his daughter. So her maiden name is actually Ellen Jackson. She clearly calls him dad in Passages. I don't know yet how it goes for this version, maybe he is the son.

Back to the flashback scene. I do have to say his first line spoken gave me a bit a cold feeling. It gave me the idea his relationship with his grandfather was also a little distant until they started on the paperclip and the grandfather gave him the Swiss Army Knife. More I can't say about the grandfather. He was not in there long enough but since MacGyver obviously has father issues and grandfather gave a first distant look, I had the idea this MacGyver may have had a not so warm home.

Then, bam, Murdoc kidnaps him and the first half of the episode is dark and reminiscent of Nightmares. He's taken, drugged, alone and needs to escape. All very MacGyverish. But I think they should've made the whole episode about him alone and the team looking for him. That whole teacher thing in the second half kinda came out of the blue and didn't make much sense at first until the very end. So Murdoc is recruiting? Is this the beginning of Homicide International Trust?

Wasn't so hot on Bozer insisting to tag along with Jack and Cage. The guy practically crapped his pants the first time he met Murdoc.

I also liked the fact that Cage apparently is not who she says she is and that Murdoc knows about this and he proved her wrong about him by simply shooting her. I'm sure he didn't kill the actual Murdoc but a Murdoc because if he did kill the actual Murdoc he might in a lot of troubles.

The ending with the rocket launcher was great and let's just say a nod to The Wasteland instead of Strictly Business. Again MacGyver was not harmed, no head injury, scratch, bruise or blood just like in The Wasteland while he was practically sitting on the bomb while in Strictly Business half his face was covered in blood, even bleeding out of his ear. But who knows maybe in later episodes.

When it comes to Murdoc's stories, not everything will always be a lie just because he lied about the peanuts, which I bought btw. I mean the story, not that I bought peanuts.

I also don't think it's too obvious the team are playing in Murdoc's hands. Seems only natural that whatever comes up from whoever it is and maybe especially Murdoc that they would go out to investigate, even if it means it's a trap. Sometimes it's better to snap the trap than not risking it and making a mistake.
DashboardOnFire Posted on 17 October 2018 - 05:22 AM
 
QUOTE (Dragondog @ 4 May 2018 - 10:14 PM)
I'm pretty sure Original Mac's dad was Harry's son-in-law, and Mac's mom was his daughter, not the other way around.

Oh, just saw your post now. Yeah, makes sense since he's called Harry JACKSON, not MacGyver. Duh me tongue.gif
Dragondog Posted on 4 May 2018 - 12:14 PM
 
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 21 October 2017 - 09:37 AM)
QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 21 October 2017 - 10:22 AM)
So what did everyone think of the new Grandpa Harry?

As Miasma said, very different from the original version. I missed the "grumpy, grouchy-yet-still-charming" grandpa-feeling of the original character.

On the other hand, it was necessary to make him so different after changing Mac's backstory.

If I remember correctly, Original Harry had lost his son and his wife in a car accident, right? Losing your child AND the love of your life; there's a lot of grief. I guess he couldn't really connect with his grandson and his daughter-in-law any more and was already emotionally distant when he left. So I guess even living with them in the same house, Harry didn't have such a close relationship with Young MacGyver

In the reboot, Harry lost his daughter-in-law. He probably helped out when his son and grandson were grieving, but I'm assuming he returned to his own life after a while (we don't know if "Grandma" was still around?). Nevertheless, he presumably stayed in close contact and had a different emotional connection to Young MacGyver than in the Original - especially one that wasn't complicated due to being reminded of his own loss when looking into MacGyver's eyes.

But I have to say, I'm not that happy with the choice of actor. Not that I know him and/or his project. I guess I just can't help comparing it to how RDA would have done it; knowing that this was the role that Lenkov had intended for RDA's cameo.

Also, it's still not really clear to me if Harry is still alive or not. I'm guessing not. It might have been different with RDA accepting an offer for a role - I think there might have been more scenes and earlier in the first Season. Age-wise, RDA probably wouldn't have appeared in flashbacks either, but as a present character.

I'm pretty sure Original Mac's dad was Harry's son-in-law, and Mac's mom was his daughter, not the other way around.
Sanguine Posted on 28 October 2017 - 05:12 AM
  Is it just me, or was it a little too obvious that the team was playing into Murdoc's hands?

I mean, *obviously* Murdoc left that photo behind on purpose. Obviously, he wanted them to go after Fletcher. And I think it was obvious from the beginning that Fletcher wasn't innocent and they were walking into a trap.

Kinda like Mac escaping Murdoc's lair. He may have gotten out of that room on his own, but think about it: Mac was drugged and stumbling around, and breaking through that door made quite a bit of noise. How could Murdoc not hear that? And wouldn't it be easy for him to follow the splashing/stumbling sounds and recapture Mac? No. He wanted Mac to escape and track down the lair, and they didn't seem to realize that when Mac got back to Phoenix. Murdoc is too smart and he's run in with Mac too many times to have left him on his own. Mac escaping was part of Murdoc's plan all along. But the Phoenix team never even considered that as a possibility. At this point, shouldn't they have gotten past the point of underestimating Murdoc?

I mean, c'mon... Even the peanut allergy thing from last season was obvious. Obviously Murdoc was lying, because he would never openly show that kind of weakness. It's not in his character and it wouldn't make sense for a professional assassin to do that.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it drives me crazy when the Phoenix team just stumbles into stuff that Murdoc does when those kinds of things are very obviously a trap. C'mon, people! You're chasing down a homicidal maniac. If you want to win, you have to think like he does!
Shouldn't they be experienced enough to figure some of this stuff out on their own?
Sanguine Posted on 28 October 2017 - 05:02 AM
 
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 28 October 2017 - 06:38 AM)
Definitely another missed opportunity. I think if they already made the effort to bring this character in, they should have used her more often. Like they should have used her and Bozer as recurring characters.

Then maybe make Bozer a regular for Season 2 and keeping her as a recurring one. I feel like changing the core team twice every half season (Thornton > Bozer > Matty > Cage) is a bit much.

Oh, I agree wholeheartedly. There isn't a whole lot of point in introducing a classic character and then not making any effort to make that appearance meaningful. If they weren't going to use her, they shouldn't have included her at all. At least the Coltons got a proper episode. They could've easily done the same with Penny.

Also, I agree about changing the regular team too often. It makes it hard to get used to the characters and get attached to them because they're always changing the dynamic. It's a lot of people to keep track of.
DashboardOnFire Posted on 28 October 2017 - 03:38 AM
 
QUOTE (Sanguine @ 28 October 2017 - 07:36 AM)
Is anyone but me disappointed that Penny Parker wasn't in this episode? I mean, c'mon, it's not fair to throw "Penny" into the title and not have her show up somewhere!

Oh, I definitely was!

But there was no evidence Bianca had been back on set at all this Season, so I kinda knew she wouldn't show up...

Definitely another missed opportunity. I think if they already made the effort to bring this character in, they should have used her more often. Like they should have used her and Bozer as recurring characters.

Then maybe make Bozer a regular for Season 2 and keeping her as a recurring one. I feel like changing the core team twice every half season (Thornton > Bozer > Matty > Cage) is a bit much.

But Episode 2x07 is titled "Duct Tape + Jack" and it will definitely be Jack that's used as a "tool" or "ingredient" for a MacGvverism.
Sanguine Posted on 27 October 2017 - 09:36 PM
 
QUOTE (Miasma @ 26 October 2017 - 07:41 AM)
But yeah, it would be awesome if Michael Des Barres showed up in this series.  It seems safe to say RDA won't be appearing, and obviously Dana Elcar won't be, so Michael Des Barres or Bruce McGill would be great, and Des Barres seems more likely to do it.  Maybe he could be Murdoc's superior at HIT.  They could do a variation of the Halloween Knights episode, with Mac and Murdoc teaming up to take down Des Barres's character.

If they don't do a spin on Halloween Knights, then they're missing out on a huge opportunity.


Is anyone but me disappointed that Penny Parker wasn't in this episode? I mean, c'mon, it's not fair to throw "Penny" into the title and not have her show up somewhere!
DashboardOnFire Posted on 26 October 2017 - 02:23 PM
 
QUOTE (Jediferret @ 26 October 2017 - 02:13 PM)
I'd totally watch it... XD

Who wouldn't? blink.gif

That would be amazing! People asked MDB since the beginning about the reboot and he always said he would be up for it, but that they haven't asked him so far.

So please, all you people involved in Casting - just ask him already!