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Barry Rowland
Posted on 9 January 2016 - 12:18 AM                                    
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I always liked the opening voiceovers....I think they really added to the fun of the show. I could watch the entire 1st series over and over again!

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I did a deep dive on the original pilot script and compared it to the episode. You'll never guess where MacGyver's apartment is located!
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QUOTE (themacgyverproject @ 5 June 2016 - 04:07 AM)
I did a deep dive on the original pilot script and compared it to the episode. You'll never guess where MacGyver's apartment is located!
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Very nice! ohmy.gif

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QUOTE (BigMac @ 31 December 2007 - 11:48 AM)
I really liked this episode. I thought Barbara Spencer was great. Her character actually helped MacGyver instead of relying on him to do everything.

Back in the 80s, women on screen didn't always have much to do. This could so easily have gone really wrong, with someone saying, "Oh, we can have a lady in a nice pink dress and heels for Mac to rescue" and the other male producers and writers agreeing that it would be nice for Mac to rescue a lady. I mean, obviously many ladies would like to be rescued by Mac, but it's nice to see women on screen not being portrayed as wet lettuces with nothing significant to do.

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Posted on 13 November 2016 - 05:35 AM                                    
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QUOTE (MacDriver @ 15 August 2009 - 07:42 AM)
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Probably part of that "angry young man" behavior he keeps talking about in interviews. laugh.gif

Haha, yeah I always got the idea he had as dark a past as Mac, but it sounded more like he tried a few thingsin his youth and moved on, unlike most other people in Hollywood that make the news every third week for something their mother's not proud of tongue.gif He actually gets pretty deep in some interviews for someone as famous as he is. I think he had too good of a head on his shoulders, plus he said over and over he felt like he didn't know what he was doing and had to work really hard at being good (eh, whatever RDA, you were born good!) and also that the cast on Mac was his life for those 7 years. I think it all adds up to say that there was little desire for self destructive patterns (including smoking) and little opportunity with the intensity of the seasons. Plus I don't know, is it part of the scene in Hockey to smoke? I have never heard of that, and in general I don't think sports/being active agrees with smoking.

It always amuses me when I read an interview with someone who appears to be hinting that their past was all about sex and drugs, but they don't want to say so directly in case their parents or children see the interview.

I'm pretty sure the parents knew.

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Posted on 13 November 2016 - 05:52 AM                                    
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QUOTE (NightTinkerer @ 28 July 2012 - 04:10 PM)
Since I'm still suffering from a cold ala "Blowout" (my poor neighbors, for the last 24 hours I've been sneezing so loud!) I've started re-watching the MacGyver episodes all over again (I did it rather recently, for those of you who haven't seen my introduction post at the reception lounge).

Hopefully, I'll be recovered way before I'm through, but in the meantime, since I'm pretty house bound, I'll throw another MacGyver marathon and add some thoughts (and votes) along the way, starting with the pilot.

I really liked the opening gambit, the gun firing aside. (In fact, I'm rather fond of all of the opening gambits, but I'll discuss them separately).

I don't know whether it was a deliberate move from the filmmakers, but having Mac climbing that nightmare of a cliff is a heck of a way to introduce a guy who's supposed to be so afraid of heights! I can't help wondering if they just forgot about it or wanted to show us that he is the kind of person that will face his fears.

I also noticed that after he rips up his flannel shirt, he's wearing this undershirt with a wide open neck, something rarely seen after the first/second season, where he often buttons his shirts all the way up, and you don't often see him shirtless. I know part of the reason is probably weather/temperature related as they switched shooting locations, but it definitely seems like that aspect was toned down along with the decreasing numbers of girlfriends and romantic interests.


We don't often see him shirtless. Kind of a pity, as I think reasonably muscular arms look good (on women or on men). but maybe someone thought he had too many scars on his arms.

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I voted excellent - I love the pilot. Yes, there are a few rough edges, the silly red hat on a stealth mission, an thicker Mac accent, almost too much voice over, the gun shooting - but it also establishes the character and series well, has a a good intro and suspenseful plot, lots of macgyverisms, and as pilots go it's a really strong episode! Nice having Pete in it, even as someone else. I can see why they picked him up.

As far as the heights issue, he goes climbing quite a lot, Widowmaker, Eagles, so although he doesn't like them, he certainly doesn't hold back from them!

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Hi all!

Have you seen that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iiIwdUvO3c

In the past another fan posted part of the Czech version of the pilot, but now we can see some new differences from the "official worldwide version"!

At the opening, for few seconds, there is a different background music of Randy Edelman,i love that little part of the theme, more heroical.

I'd like to watch the entire episode. Probably this copy of the pilot was an unofficial version never aired in the rest of the world, and I think maybe of 90 minutes.

 
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We have a whole discussion about that pentagon scene from when Reptile originally uploaded it for us.

It's a pretty interesting discussion....

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