An underground lab is destroyed by a mysterious explosion. MacGyver is sent in to rescue the trapped scientists and stop a deadly chemical leak.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Colson
Dr. Carl Steubens
Dr. Burke
Gen. Relkwin
Barbara Spencer
Olaf Pooley ...
Dr. Sidney Marlowe
Charles Lanyer ...
Major Dennis
Colonel Keel (as Lawrence Casey)
Charles Bouvier ...
Technician #1
Michael Johnson ...
Captain Taylor
Jerry DeWilde ...
Jerry (as Jerry de Wilde)


In the opening gambit, Mac must retrieve a top-secret pentagon rocket which crashed in Central Asia on a desolate, barren rock mountain and is already guarded by hostile soldiers. Mac's mountaineering, engineering and flying skills are put to good, daring and ingenious use... In the main story, Mac's scientist friend Gantner calls a big favor: an explosion in his top-secret science lab has trapped a group of researchers and caused a leak of extremely corrosive acid which will take only hours to contaminate the water in several US states, so the whole lab will be destroyed using an even worse counter-agent, regardless of the trapped people, unless Mac can stop the leakage and pass the good news. First Mac must get past a laser security system, for him simpler then a smoke-screen. When he is trough one scientist refuses to be evacuated, she helps him get to her research partner trapped in a cave-in. The army is getting restless, preparing a nuclear warhead, and was the explosion even an... Written by KGF Vissers

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29 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


If the laboratory sets in this Paramount pilot episode look familiar it's because they are redresses from Paramount's "Star Trek Wrath of Khan" from 1982.The most intact set shows the Enterprise's photon torpedo room with launch tube door. See more »


The hole that MacGyver has blasted in the wall and then climbs through changes shape as he enters and exits on the other side. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] It's funny, you know, the kind of stuff that pops into your head when you're trying to work. I remember there was this horse... a golden palomino. Ol' Man McGinny had got him in a trade, I think. I couldn't of been much more than nine or ten, at the time, but I made up my mind I was going to ride that horse. Course, knowing Ol' Man McGinny, that was going to take some doing.
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The Pilot episode for the best TV series ever created!
16 November 2000 | by (Chaguanas, Trinidad) – See all my reviews

This is the Pilot episode that kicked the MacGyver series off. MacGyver is the best show ever created for television. It has enjoyed a successful run for seven seasons and also produced two made-for-tv movies. Simply the best series ever. Had a great combination of science and action. MacGyver had some wonderful values and a refusal to use guns that made the show unique. He'd always use his Swiss Army Knife and duct tape as well as things around to get out of trouble. It was an incredible show and the best ever made.

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