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DashboardOnFire Posted on 11 April 2019 - 10:10 PM
  Blog Post by Technical Advisor Rhett Allain about the MacGyverisms in this episode:
MacGyverGod Posted on 16 October 2018 - 10:05 AM
  Great Riley-centric episode with lots of emotions, especially from Jack.

Shame that a new character is immediately gunned down here after appearing in only one episode. Not so long ago, I nearly unliked the Facebook page of the soap that I watch because of all the negativity it gets. How storylines keeps dragging on for months, how characters are chewed up and spat out if they do this or this out of the ordinary or suddenly do something bad and that's it better they leave the show immediately or else they threaten to no longer watch it, as if that's going to make any difference. It's like all social media is good for: to complain. And that's when I usually side with those characters.

Also what's wrong with strong female characters? Is it ever good enough? The original was criticized because every woman was a damsel in distress he needed to save. They came with strong characters like Nikki and Maria Romburg who didn't back down from a fight and it was not good enough. Now we have Nikki, Riley and Cage showing great hacker and combat skills and again it's not good because they also use other things like their bodies? What do you people want? Life is more then just work.

Let's just get started from the beginning.

The plane opening gambit was great but as it was already said here: it wouldn't hurt if we see some more closure on the gambits one way or the other. I don't care if we only see it after the opening credits but I really would want to know how they landed that plane.

Riley's first solo mission was great and I love it how Jack tries to protect here. I really connected with him this time. Or should I say for the first time. Jack is tough on the outside but on the inside he is so mellow, it's endearing. I understand how he felt when you can't help the person you love, because I've actually been there. So yeah, I was kinda hoping on some sort of explosion of him, maybe not a breakdown but that he would just explode. Maybe he should've hit Mac hard at the warehouse and that Mac jumped on his back or something. Or maybe Mac should've hit him first because I don't think Jack would've expected that, even if it was just a slap in the face. Then he gets his head chewed off by Matty at Phoenix. If I was Jack, or if it was me there, I reached the point that I would stopped listening to her. I would've gone back out here against her orders and if Bozer tried to stop me, I would've simply pushed him out of the way. If that's all the reason she needs to fire me, it's her loss. All I can hope than is that the team's got my back. I think the whole team should stand up to her once to make their point. I wonder what she would do then? But she practically reached the point with me that I would start ignoring her during missions debriefings for as long as I work there. I would just stick around for the team and I'll be taking my orders from Mac directly and only him or Jack when Mac's not around. The pizza scene made something up but not enough if she can't drop that attitude.

And I really felt for Jill as well. I assume she fully replaced the other assistent by now but if I was her, I would've either pushed the tablet in Matty's arms or simply destroyed it and left. Actually MacGyver is more then competent to follow-up missions or give out new assignments and to go with them at the same time.

Very great moment on Mac's stakeout when Cage asks him to unzip her. He unzips her, there's a shot of the hackers breaking in and that next close up of Till is downright hilarious how he sits there, thinking apparently: don't look at her, don't look at her. That was a great shot.

What Cage is concerned... first thing came to mind: 2 missions in one episode? Is she going to go on missions of her own? If so I wonder how they will integrate then on the show, or is this part of a bigger storyline. But I think the same thing here goes as what goes for the opening gambits and that is that has closure of some sort or else we're going to have a lot of loose ends here.

I agree on the ages though. They indeed look like they're just out of college and need to do some soul searching first. Mac is 24-25 and all the others doesn't look much older except for Jack and maybe Mattie. Should that be a problem? No. Most of the people in the original were all in their early to late 30's and a lot of them weren't so serious either like the original Jack. Sometimes it freaks me out they teamed up Mac with teens or other people barely in their twenties. Tony Milani, Breeze, Ray, Lobo, Jenny, Kelly Dobbs, Maria Romburg. All people that could've been his kids.

Don't forget Maria Romburg was 23 herself when she met MacGyver, yet she managed to become a fully trained (yet from childhood) Stasi-agent doing missions all over Europe and the United States at that age. So the accident that broke her jaw in several places must've taken place when she was like 20-21 years old, before the Wall came down if she was fully recovered by the time she met him. So is it that weird? No, I don't think so.

I think original Nikki was about 28 when she met MacGyver. I don't think Riley is much younger then that. Yet her relationship with Jack seems less freaky but mainly because he considers her as a daughter.

Thirty years ago, I think this Jack would've been more like Pete, wearing suits pushing pencils behind a desk but that image doesn't fit anymore in this day and age. In the 80's, you were an old guy when you were 50, I no longer think that's the case nowadays.

What I learned of this episode is that everything is a computer. I was actually a little shocked that pacemakers are in fact computers in our bodies and that with one push of a remote you can just kill a guy by shutting down his pacemaker. That's one dangerous weapon. Maybe even more dangerous than those course changing bullets from the Hawai episode. If just one deranged person thinks of shutting down peoples pacemakers nobody will be the wiser. Scary thought.

Other than that, good and emotional episode.
DashboardOnFire Posted on 26 October 2017 - 11:27 PM
QUOTE (Joe SAKic @ 26 October 2017 - 05:19 PM)
The actors are all good. How/how much they are used / per episode is the issue/question/concern to many ....


This episode was a story-arc for Riley. So of course she has some of the important scenes. On the other hand, she had no business of being on that cargo-plane. Why did they need to take the hacker with them?

The same goes for Bozer in Episode 2x04. Yes, he wanted to help. But he had no business of going with Jack and Cage to that warehouse. Matty should have made him stay back - especially since his presence didn't bring anything to that scenes. He sees the dead bodies lying there, getting a bit more traumatized by seeing people who had been shot in the head. And that's it. His character brings nothing to the scene; so there's no point using him here.
Joe SAKic Posted on 26 October 2017 - 07:19 AM
  The actors are all good. How/how much they are used / per episode is the issue/question/concern to many ....
Syracuseanne Posted on 26 October 2017 - 04:54 AM
  Boy, i totally agree. George Eads, (Jack), is a big part of the show and becoming more so week after week. I like it. The interaction between him and Mac is wonderful and makes the show. I never watched CSI when he was in it, but did catch an old episode last week just to see him. My, my......he is SO much better in Macgyver. Maybe because he is older and more rugged looking but definitely better. My opinion....
DashboardOnFire Posted on 25 October 2017 - 12:14 AM
QUOTE (jack01 @ 13 October 2017 - 03:37 AM)
I also think that George is as poignant as Lucas I do not consider him a supporting actor.

I think Eads is the most talented actor on the show right now and he has a lot of screen presence. And the writers obviously love his character and write good scenes for him; especially scenes doing the emotional work on the show.

So no, he doesn't feel like a supporting actor but because the show is still titled "MacGyver" and not "Mac & Jack" or "Team MacGyver" or "Team Phoenix", he should have been written as a supporting character.

But that's just my opinion tongue.gif
DXS Posted on 16 October 2017 - 04:38 PM
  Commented on wrong episode.
jack01 Posted on 12 October 2017 - 05:37 PM
  The episode for me was magnificent. I really liked that it shows the relationship of Jack and Riley and although the protagonist is Mac it is very good that some episodes focus on the other characters. I also think that George is as poignant as Lucas I do not consider him a supporting actor. Ceo Matty has to change his stance and stop verbally attacking both Mac and Jack, but mainly Jack despises him, treats him as someone who does not know his work and I think he is the best in his field so it's there and they do not let it show, I think someone has to stop Matty and I think maybe Mac should do it, because Jack already had a talk with her and she did not change. With regard to Cage I have no idea what role he plays, so far it's like the team does not fit it's like he wants to take Jack's place and that's not possible. Maybe it would be better as a recurring character. I hope this relationship between Riley and Jack continues like this and more and more.
MiracleMac Posted on 11 October 2017 - 11:24 AM
  By the way, can anybody read anything in Jack O'Neill's/MacGyver's voice?

I can pretty much imagine him saying any word or sentence. Is this rare ability?

Jediferret Posted on 10 October 2017 - 12:23 PM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 10 October 2017 - 02:20 PM)
I will never be able to read "for crying out loud" without Jack O'Neill's voice in my head again laugh.gif

Believe it or not, I have an alert on my phone of Jack saying "for crying out loud". biggrin.gif RDA is awesome...