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Posted on 11 February 2007 - 08:00 AM                                    
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Episode 127 – Obsessed

MacGyver’s obsession that Murdoc is still alive is interfering with his job and threatening Pete’s position at the Phoenix Foundation.

 
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Yeah, I like this episode. I like the ones with Murdoc. But the thing that gets me,is that I forgot that Murdoc DID NOT die. Even at the end of the last episode with him. And I would do as MacGyver did, when he knocked his head on the back of his sofa. He was frustrated that Murdoc is , possibly, not dead. Poor MacGyver !
I think if " MacGyver" was still running on t.v. today, that they would still find ways to get MacGyver to chase after his nemesis. And try to get Murdoc killed. But Murdoc just doesn't die. I am , firmly , convinced of that. But as usual, we all know that in the end,
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As a kid, my brothers and I lived for the "Murdoc" episodes of MacGyver. So basically they all rule! But this one in particular, I remember not seeing for the longest time because I missed seeing it in the original run (for some annoying reason) and I had to get told by my friends at school about how incredibly cool it was! mad.gif
But that's okay- I'm over it now. biggrin.gif I finally got to see it later on in syndication and "Obsessed" is definitely an excellent episode! We have the last appearance of Murdoc in this episode. I particularly loved the spooky opening with MacGyver's dream. It helped add to the idea that MacGyver might have gone over the edge with "this Murdoc thing". This is one episode where Murdoc's whole amazing longevity thing and the fact that he keeps coming back to haunt Mac is kinda explored and I thought that was interesting. It was also great how Murdoc had convinced everyone that he was dead (except for MacGyver of course) and he tried to discredit MacGyver through that.
And it was neat to see how MacGyver and Pete knew each so well that Mac knew Pete would never fire him and he was setting things up so that MacGyver would be free to do some work on tracking down Murdoc.
And we also see something new to Murdoc as he has joined forces with a dictator and he himself states that now he prefers killing for money and power. Of course, the dictator turns on Murdoc, as all criminal alliances tend to do.
As for MacGyverisms, it was a pretty intense scene watching MacGyver escape from being strapped to a rocket! (echoing one of Mac's lines from the opening gambit of the Pilot episode- "You might as well strap yourself to a- well, to a rocket." wink.gif )
And he managed to stop the rocket from reaching its destination and he tripped up the dictator with the cleaning liquid at the light bulb trick.
Note MacGyver is also now using a cell phone. I wonder if this was the first appearance on the show or if he had used them before. (I know he's used car phones, but I can't remember if he's used others before.)
Anyway, this is a great episode and probably one of the best of the 7th. Season- though of course, you know I love them all! tongue.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif sak.gif duct.gif

 
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Posted on 11 February 2007 - 11:40 AM                                    
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I somehow wondered why he did not tape the calls by Murdoc so that he could prove he was still alive... Wouldn't that seem a logically thing to do?


But yeah, the "strapped to the missile"-scene was very intense. He only had two shoes after all... so what, if both of them missed? ohmy.gif

I also liked the creeping moments where Mac seemed to see Murdoc everywhere.

 
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Again with using the boots to save himself? Whats this... the third time now?

How likely do you think it would be to have bottles of liquid nitrogen in an army camp... let alone right next to where they are launching a missile?

I can't get past any macgyverism involving accurately flicking or throwing boots at objects.. it just seems too far fetched for me, and, I think, over used.

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Note MacGyver is also now using a cell phone. I wonder if this was the first appearance on the show or if he had used them before. (I know he's used car phones, but I can't remember if he's used others before.)

He used one in "the black corsage"

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So I'm thinking he did the shoes thing in " Legend of the Holy Rose" when he was strapped to the sarcophagus. With the big knife swinging lower and lower. I liked that " fancy foot work " was what he said to Zoe. And it is true that he did his " fancy foot work " in the " Obsessed " episode.
I , also liked that MacGyver could see Murdoc everywhere. It made me think " Oh, no ! MacGyver IS really flippin' out. Because the stress of the work was gettin' to him. Or was it ?
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I voted excellent on the final Murdoc episode. This was indeed a great and one of the better episodes of the 7th season. Plus it's episode 128.
The rocket scene is one of the best scenes in the episode. When you think he succeeds in getting the liquid nitrogen, it stops very close by but not close enough. Murdoc was also very great and actually that general suit suited him well.

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Note MacGyver is also now using a cell phone. I wonder if this was the first appearance on the show or if he had used them before. (I know he's used car phones, but I can't remember if he's used others before.)

You call those cell phones? I call them portable phones. tongue.gif They don't need to be reloaded with money.

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But yeah, the "strapped to the missile"-scene was very intense. He only had two shoes after all... so what, if both of them missed?

Continue banging on the missile with his foot? Didn't see the point there what he was trying to do anyway.

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Again with using the boots to save himself? Whats this... the third time now?

Second time, me thinks. But it's the third time he's strapped down under something.

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I can't get past any macgyverism involving accurately flicking or throwing boots at objects.. it just seems too far fetched for me, and, I think, over used.

There's always a way in escaping, far fetched or not, he's just a very lucky man. Too lucky maybe. Over used? What about all those smoke screens he made, huh?

 
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QUOTE (Astra @ 11 February 2007 - 11:50 AM)
I somehow wondered why he did not tape the calls by Murdoc so that he could prove he was still alive... Wouldn't that seem a logically thing to do?

I wondered about that myself. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

This eppy ranks as one of my favorite Murdoc eppys, though it also features one of my least favorite characters... Cindy Finnegan. Stupid know-it-all b****. She clearly had a lot to learn, and was too proud to admit it (until the very end, of course). I wonder if by this time, Mac had developed some sort of sixth sense when it came to Murdoc. He'd certainly had plenty of previous experience dealing with him.

I also liked that unspoken understanding between Pete and Mac. Mac seemed to sense that Pete was only "firing" him for show.

I do agree that the throwing-boots-at-something MacGyverism was a little old by this time, and a little far-fetched, but what other option would he have had? It's clear that by now Murdoc has figured out that Mac will do just about anything to get out of his traps, and maybe Murdoc thought that this was the only way to get rid of his worst enemy once and for all. As usual, however, he underestimated Mac's creativity. Maybe, since this was the final eppy to feature Murdoc, the writers decided to dial up the tension as much as they could. But maybe they were running out of ideas by this time, and decided to fall back on something tried-and-true. And besides, let's face it, a LOT of the MacGyverisms were at least somewhat far-fetched. In addition to the smokescreens, I think of all the flying devices he made... three over the course of the series, by my count: To Be a Man, The Wasteland, and Bitter Harvest (if I'm remembering right).

 
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He also made an ultralight plane in "Legend of the Holy Rose" (Part 1).

And yeah, MacGyver's only used his shoes for escape twice that I know of. And even if it's a bit far-fetched, so what? It's a tv show- I don't want it to be realistic all the time. You gotta allow for a little suspension of disbelief and just say, "Hey- he's MacGyver!" That's all the explanation you need for why he can pull something off! biggrin.gif smile.gif word1.png

 
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He used one in "the black corsage"


Ah, yes- the Zack Morris model! biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (MacGyver @ 12 February 2007 - 11:17 AM)
He also made an ultralight plane in "Legend of the Holy Rose" (Part 1).

And yeah, MacGyver's only used his shoes for escape twice that I know of. And even if it's a bit far-fetched, so what? It's a tv show- I don't want it to be realistic all the time. You gotta allow for a little suspension of disbelief

I just can't seem to get my head around it for some reason.

So anyone know why there where bottles of liquid nitrogen there?

doesn't seem like the kind of "everyday item" you would expect to be laying around beside a missle.. and that is what macgyverism are suppose to be all about... finding different ways of using the items around him.... this seems like a planted item needed to make the macgyverism work.

 
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I voted good. Normally I love Murdoc episodes (well, except for Cleo Rocks)
But this one was a little too obvious for me.

I liked the fact that Pete trusts Mac "blindly" and that they set that brat Finnigan up. It shows that they go back a long time and that they have a unique friendship.

My favorite part of this episode is when Mac is caught and Murdoc asks for a firing squad (is that the name for it?) And Mac totally aggrevates Murdoc by saying he''s weak. Something like "So many times you've tried to kill me and failed and now you need a firing squad?"

(Mac in army clothing is always a big plus!)

The thing that bothers me most about this episode is:
Murdoc has always been determined to kill MacGyver. Now that he has the chance to "settle" things once and for all, he walks away from the missile!
Wouldn't you watch from a distance that he actually gets killed, when you know he ALWAYS finds ways out of things?!?! That was a little too easy.

And did you take a close look how Mac was tied up? Three lowsy strings?? Come on Murdoc! You should've known better!!! Even a 10 year-old boyscout would be able to wiggle his way out of that! Heck, even I would get out of that!

Nah, this one was way too obvious! dry.gif


 
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My favorite part of this episode is when Mac is caught and Murdoc asks for a firing squad (is that the name for it?) And Mac totally aggrevates Murdoc by saying he''s weak. Something like "So many times you've tried to kill me and failed and now you need a firing squad?"

Yes, dangerous move but a great one.

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And did you take a close look how Mac was tied up? Three lowsy strings??

If he tied his feet too, he'd never gotten to the nitrogen.

What I also like is their actual final confrontation with the jeep. MacGyver sees the dead soldier, you hear the starting car and the music going over from suspense to action. biggrin.gif

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I dunno if I wanna vote excellent or good yet! It's one of the highlights of season 7 and it's a Murdoc ep, but it's also my least favorite Murdoc ep. i think mostly because I don't buy the Murdoc becoming a dictator thing. I thought that premise was kind of dumb...but other than that, I love it! Whether there should have been liquid nitrogen there or not, that whole scene was pretty intense...Mac's frustration added a lot in that scene. And I really liked the beginning where you had to wonder if Mac had finally really lost it.

 
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Ok...went back and voted excellent! Sheepy mentioned the scene where Mac gets sassy with Murdoc and that put me over the top...love that! biggrin.gif

 
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I'm with Rocky on the shoe flick. huh.gif And the liquid nitrogen.... on a kinda military base.... next to a rocket launch pad??? dry.gif The writers seemed a little lackadaisical, but then, that's come up before.

What sends me on this episode is at the end, the "stand-off"? Murdoc backs the Jeep up, aims at MacGyver, and guns it for him. Mac rolls out of the way and there goes Murdoc off the cliff.

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Did Murdoc think that hitting MacGyver would stop the Jeep?? The cliff was there, MacGyver surviving a thudding or not. unsure.gif Anybody?

 
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QUOTE (MacNymph @ 14 February 2007 - 04:41 AM)
Did Murdoc think that hitting MacGyver would stop the Jeep??

Actually the question should be: Did Murdoc really think he would not try to roll away?


The only explanation may be that he was totally blinded in his hate. Then people start to do insane things. Just like Deborah.

 
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Murdoc was certain he would've had MacGyver and figured it would be great that they both died.

 
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This episode alternated between mwah and over-the-top, but the opening makes up for a multitude of sins--what a nail biter!

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I love this ep because it has Murdoc in it, and he is so wonderfully sneaky, I can be forgiving for the plot loops.

 
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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 15 February 2007 - 01:37 AM)
Murdoc was certain he would've had MacGyver and figured it would be great that they both died.

huh.gif I never pegged Murdoc as the murder / suicide type. wacko.gif

 
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QUOTE (MacNymph @ 20 February 2007 - 04:00 AM)
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 15 February 2007 - 01:37 AM)
Murdoc was certain he would've had MacGyver and figured it would be great that they both died.

huh.gif I never pegged Murdoc as the murder / suicide type. wacko.gif

Well Murdoc is a lunatic.

 
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QUOTE (MacNymph @ 19 February 2007 - 10:00 PM)
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 15 February 2007 - 01:37 AM)
Murdoc was certain he would've had MacGyver and figured it would be great that they both died.

huh.gif I never pegged Murdoc as the murder / suicide type. wacko.gif

Yeah, I never did either...too arrogant to kill himself off. But I guess when it's the last season and you've failed to destroy the target over and over again, lunacy prevails... Maybe? *shrugs*

 
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Maybe because Murdoc had survived 'certain death' so many times, he thought that he was indestructable? I'm pretty sure that he was so irked at MacGyver that he wasn't thinking of anything other than killing Mac.

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QUOTE (Lothithil @ 20 February 2007 - 03:25 PM)
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unsure.gif As evidenced by many of us here... tongue.gif

 
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I recently saw “Obsessed” again and thought it very much shows a real side of Mac, getting angry, losing temper, circumstances getting on his nerves after episodes of stoically enduring all sorts of situations with such balance. I do not remember seeing him get so mad at someone boxing.gif , banging the table and all, or looking sooo tired (he really does look exhausted at certain points in the show, doesn’t he?), even unable to sleep. Here I also learned that Phoenix operatives go through medical assessment (logical enough). One thing I did not understand, though, is why in the final scene he did not tell Pete about the phone call... Any ideas here?

 
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Sounds dumb, but... they ran outta time...?

Seriously... with Mac's fragile mental state, who'd believe him? Well, maybe Pete, but certainly not Cindy - that is if she still is employed by The Phoenix Foundation. (I really wanted to "Punch her lights out"- she made me so angry...)

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I am watching this episode as I type this. What always gets me is that for the first time during the show, we really see that Murdoc has had a powerful impact on Mac's psychological and mental state. Mac always seemed collected before, freaked a few times. But here we see Mac having nightmares (caused greatly by prank phone calls from Murdoc), job difficulties, loss of appetite, loss of attention span, and what some consider to be delusions.
Cindy Finngan is a female character that gives professional women a bad reputation. Being a professional doesn't give one the right to be a -----(you fill in the blanks). Yeeesh.
I am watching the scene where Mac finds the chess piece under the car, and that lead into the scene where Murdoc is dressed as a waiter (great) and kills a Phoenix agent, Jay Gibbs was his name if memory serves.
I love the part toward the end where MacGyver is in the compound with Murdoc, Delasora, and the girl, and Mac says, "Blew it again huh Murdoc" The look on Murdoc's face and Mac's little speech about Murdoc's failures-perfect!!
The rocket scene-well I can forgive the boots.
Favorite part: the part where Pete has to get Cindy off his back and so he makes it appear that he has fired Mac, then he shows up at the loft, and they talk. You can tell how long they have been friends.

 
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The thing which stands out about this episode is how different the first and second halves are.

In the first half we see Murdoc really doing MacGyver's head in and the whole tone of the show has a dark and sinister psychological feel to it.

Then when MacGyver goes to the army base the whole episode suddenly turns into a more typical Murdoc farce. Was a bit of a let down actually.

Oh and as a side note my 12 year old son laughed at how ridiculously lucky MacGyver would have to be to hit that button on his first flick of the boot.

He said it was too unbelievable.

 
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QUOTE (Rockatteer @ 28 November 2008 - 06:28 PM)
The thing which stands out about this episode is how different the first and second halves are.

In the first half we see Murdoc really doing MacGyver's head in and the whole tone of the show has a dark and sinister psychological feel to it.

Then when MacGyver goes to the army base the whole episode suddenly turns into a more typical Murdoc farce. Was a bit of a let down actually.

Oh and as a side note my 12 year old son laughed at how ridiculously lucky MacGyver would have to be to hit that button on his first flick of the boot.

He said it was too unbelievable.

I would remind you and your son that Mac is ridiculously lucky all the time in his little escapes (some of which are worthy of Houdini). I know what your son means about the boots but it's MacGyver and there are only so many minutes in an episode. biggrin.gif

 
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I'm with you, Rocky--I loved the first half. It had a lot of potential and could have been one of the darker Murdoc episodes, even darker than Strictly Business, nearly driving MacGyver mad. ohmy.gif Then the second half became cartoonish, over the top even for Murdoc. happy.gif Also, this idea that he wants to work for a corrupt government is out of character for him. As MacGyver points out, he always works alone. The explanation that he now somehow wants power and position doesn't work for me. Of course he wants validation and wants to be recognized for his work, but he also operates in the shadows, not in a group. Overall, what started as a promising episode became a very weak episode. Such a disappointment for the final Murdoc/Mac confrontation. Strictly Business should have been the last one as it was the best. Oh well. That's why we have fan fiction, right? To further explore their relationship. wink.gif

 
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I guess it does fit with season 7 though.

That whole season was screwed up one way or another.


 
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Yep. laugh.gif Everything and everyone was out of character, wacky, and silly, one way or another. It was slapdash, so haphazardly put together, as if they were in a hurry and couldn't wait to finish with the series instead of giving the viewers/fans something of quality ot appreciate. Such a shame. dry.gif

 
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I am sorry, I have to respectfully disagree with some of the recent comments about Obsessed, because to me while it is not perfect, it's the best of season 7.

 
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Yeah, I liked this episode it was a good one, it had Murdoc (evil laugh in background). smile.gif

 
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One of the best Murdoc episodes.

This is how I like murdoc best: evil emotionless killer with a hint of supernatural. (Of course he shouldn't be supernatural character, I mean only that how he has survived from death many times and how a character like him should be somewhat mysterious.)

I didn't like more humane Murdoc in 4th and 5th season, but Halloween Knights is still excellent episode.




 
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Loved the cat and mouse game Murdoc plays so well.

 
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Finally got to see this one online. I never saw it on TV, like the other MacGyver and Murdoc shows. I really liked it! Both MacGyver and Murdoc looked nice in millitary uniform. I really like how they don't get along with each other. boxing.gif

 
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Here's what I don't quite get about this episode-- Is Murdoc supposed to be psychic? Mac has a dream about Murdoc (I assume it was just a dream since the pillow isn't damaged and Murdoc isn't there), and then Murdoc calls him a split second later and laughs at him. How did Murdoc know Mac was having a dream about him? That seemed to be a bit of a stretch, as if they were trying to make Murdoc almost like Freddy Krueger (notice, too, that the music played while Mac inspects Murdoc's hideout is quite similar to the NOES theme song.)

And what about the dart at the press conference? Was there actually a dart that Murdoc somehow hid after shooting it, or was Mac really losing his mind and imagining things? If there really was a dart, why didn't anyone else see either the dart or at least Murdoc? And how did Murdoc have time to hide it without anyone noticing him? If Mac was just imaging the whole thing, then how did Murdoc get the photos of everyone at the conference?

 
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I think the dream and phone call were just a coincidence, but were aimed at showing that MacGyver was so obsessed with Murdoc that he was even thinking about it in his sleep - hence the dream.

As for the other stuff, I'm not sure we're really suppose to know. I would guess that since Murdoc is a master of disguise and (apparently) escape he probably was really been there with the dart. I would expect he had it all well planned on how to get the dart and escape while all the chaos happened.

 
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Regarding the dart...
It just occurred to me that Stryke (or whatever his name was) probably helped Murdoc escape. Remember Stryke was at the press conference when Murdoc fired the dart, and he was the same one who told Mac that there was no sign of a dart anywhere. Later we find out that Stryke is working with Murdoc, so my guess is he hid the evidence to "prove" that Mac really was losing his mind.

 
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A Song For Murdoc:

* to be sung to the Freakazoid theme tune *

He drives MacGyver crazy 'cause he's a lunatic assassin

Sorry, couldn't resist that one smile.gif

 
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I saw the courthouse from this ep on Parks and Rec last night. They use it as th outside of their office. I couldn't hear what was said during the scene because I kept pointing out the details to my wife, Cindy:)

 
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Actually, with regards to the liquid nitrogen - I wonder if it should have been liquid oxygen (LOX), which is used in rocketry as the source of oxygen for the fuel to burn, but someone on the writing team got their elements mixed up?

 
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QUOTE (Miasma @ 28 July 2009 - 02:09 AM)
Regarding the dart...
It just occurred to me that Stryke (or whatever his name was) probably helped Murdoc escape. Remember Stryke was at the press conference when Murdoc fired the dart, and he was the same one who told Mac that there was no sign of a dart anywhere. Later we find out that Stryke is working with Murdoc, so my guess is he hid the evidence to "prove" that Mac really was losing his mind.

Works for me smile.gif


 
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QUOTE (SakLumberjack @ 20 October 2009 - 09:32 AM)
Actually, with regards to the liquid nitrogen - I wonder if it should have been liquid oxygen (LOX), which is used in rocketry as the source of oxygen for the fuel to burn, but someone on the writing team got their elements mixed up?

Yeah could have been a mistake on the writers part, or maybe a mistake by the props department.

In any case isn't it very unlikely that you would leave any kind of pressured cylinder or bottle beside a missile that was about to be fired?

It seemed very much like one of those horrible situations where the surroundings were set up specifically to make the MacGyverism work rather than the other way around.


 
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I finally saw this one after years of anticipating it's greatness. I was not let down.

 
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Bad episode. Very unrealistic...General Murdoc! My God! Excellent the dialog between Murdoc and Mac about military costumes, but bad final, Murdoc driving the jeep to the cliff and......MacGyyyyveeeeeer!!
Murdoc is not tha kind of lunatic.

 
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Probably the best episode of the seventh season!
Disturbing in the first part ( Mac is going crazy or not?), all action and "Macgyverisms" in the second.
Mac Gyver are always lucky?
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" la fortuna aiuta gli audaci"

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After a couple of really lame episodes, I think this is about as close to a return to form as one can expect for the seventh season. (To be fair, there are still a few S7 episodes I haven't seen.) Murdoc is as delightfully evil as ever, but what really saves it in my opinion is seeing Pete and his office at the Phoenix Foundation again. Up to that point, it's hard to pretend we don't know they moved the production for this season, and the discontinuity is pretty jarring. That scene was the first time all season that I was able to say, okay, it's still the MacGyver universe I know and love. I also loved the interplay between Mac and Pete, and how they fooled the antagonistic do-gooder (her name escapes me at the moment...) That sort of thing is what really made the show great, and however fleetingly, we've got it back.

The liquid nitro was the episode's one unforgiveable mistake. As others have pointed out, there's no good reason why it would be there and a couple of excellent reasons why it wouldn't be. If I had to guess, I'd say that was a Macgyverism they'd been waiting to use, and threw it in because they knew there were only a few episodes left. Surely Mac could have found some other way to free himself.

I'll go against the prevailing opinion a bit here on the "boot trick": since it's worked for him before, why not use it again? Also, it was indeed pretty unlikely that he'd hit it on the first try, but if he missed and had to use his other boot, then it would have been an exact copy of what we saw in "Legend of the Holy Rose".

On why Murdoc didn't seem concerned about going over the cliff: would that concern you if you had cheated death that many times before? What is less clear to me is why, after failing to kill MacGyver so many times before, it didn't occur to him that Mac would just jump out of the way as he did.

I voted good. By S7 standards, that's excellent. smile.gif

 
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