The other thing which is going to make that new MacGyver feel different, is the story style. In the original they used Plot / Action-Driven stories and now it seems they are more into Character-Driven.
There was an interview in ”themacgyverproject” website with Paul Margolis, who wrote couple MacGyver episodes. And in the end of the interview he was asked, what he was thinking about new MacGyver reboot. He mentioned that “Because when MacGyver came out in the 80's, it was a very different dramatic form. It was a basic, very clear 4 act structure and a tag, and there was basically one story line -- a very simple kind of storytelling. But now television has evolved into a complex, deeper character driven medium now”
And Peter Lenkov also said in one interview that ”I think the characters are different, and the original show, it was very plot-driven. Nowadays, we have to really look at why people are tuning in. They’re tuning in for the characters”
There isn’t any rules that which story style there should be in any Movie or TV-show scripts. But In my experience I like more Action-Driven stories than, Character-Driven. And Action-Driven worked for MacGyver. But if they’re going to change that story style, it really is going to affect to the show, and it’s going to feel very different. Most of the other shows and movies in the 80s-90s had more Action-Driven stories too. That’s why I somehow like those more.
Here’s the test what you can take to see, if you are more into Character-Driven or Action Driven stories.https://www.writersstore.com/character-driv...-action-driven/