MacGyver

MacGyver – Soft Touch

by Alan Rapp on May 11, 2021

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: MacGyver (1985) – Soft Touch
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MacGyver - Soft Touch television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the original improvisational MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) armed only with genius-level intellect, a Swiss Army knife, and whatever he can cobble together to solve the problems of the week. “Soft Touch” offers the return of Penny Parker (Teri Hatcher) who MacGyver finds living in his apartment after bringing a Russian defector (Elya Baskin) to the United States. The trouble from episode comes not from those seeking the defector but instead an assassination plot which Penny unwittingly stumbles upon when starting her new job as a singing telegram girl (mostly due to the fact that every house in the suburbs looks exactly the same).

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal
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MacGyver - Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal TV review

After five seasons, the rebooted MacGyver closes up shop. While predominately about the nanobots which the team discovered earlier this season, and which MacGyver (Lucas Till and Riley (Tristin Mays) were infected by, the episode begins with the disappearance of both characters who reappear a day later having been experimented on by a drug company and the U.S. Government hoping to turn the technology into a means of weaponized mind control. With various plot threads left dangling such as the fate of Desi (Levy Tran) and Mac’s relationship (once again the show strongly hints there’s far more than friendship between Mac and Riley), it’s obvious the show wasn’t meant to be a series finale. That said, the rushed wrap-up of the nanobots (who become infinitely more dangerous in this episode) works to end that hastily assembled final arc.

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – H20 + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins
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MacGyver - H20 + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins TV review

The penultimate episode of the MacGyver reboot introduces Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Bowser’s parents when Bowser (Justin Hires), MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Desi (Levy Tran) return home to deal with a death in the family. The episode fills in a bit of Mac’s past, revealing where he learned to to first apply problem solving to criminal cases, as well as clue-in Bowser’s parents on what he really does for a living as the group uncovers the death of a family friend was actually murder to hide local water pollution. The episode’s B-story continues the threads of the nanobots as Riley (Tristin Mays) snoops around the company that built them with the help of her hacker collective. With only a single episode remaining, it seems obvious where the focus of the series finale will be.

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer
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MacGyver - Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer TV review

“Barn Find + Engine Oil + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer” works on MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Desi‘s (Levy Tran) relationship when the nanobots within his bloodstream take away the use of his hands while the pair are working to get their hands on a vintage automobile that might lead to the capture of a criminal in hiding for decades. Having Desi work as Mac’s hands over the course of the episode helps relieve the building tension between the pair and find some common ground. The sudden issues Mac experiences help explain why the show didn’t move on from the nanobots. Although does this mean Phoenix thought there would be issues that could affect both Mac and Riley (Tristin Mays)?

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna
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MacGyver - Royalty + Marriage + Vivaah Sanskar + Zinc + Henna television review

MacGyver (Lucas Till), Desi (Levy Tran), and Russ (Henry Ian Cusick) go in undercover to protect those who want to prevent a a royal Indian wedding from taking place. The setting offers a chance to explain Desi’s reluctance to consider marriage (i.e. a never-before-mentioned dead fiancé whose body was never recovered) while also laying the rather obvious foundation of what will likely happen to derail their relationship (i.e. the inevitable return of the not-so-dead fiancé). The episode is more memorable for the setting than the mystery as the most obvious character is eventually unmasked as the one attempting to prevent the princess (Aneesha Joshi) from going through with the wedding.

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