MacGyver (1985–1992)
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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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Gantner
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Andy Colson
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Dr. Carl Steubens
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Dr. Burke
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Gen. Relkwin
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Reggie
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Barbara Spencer
Olaf Pooley ...
Dr. Sidney Marlowe
Charles Lanyer ...
Major Dennis
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Colonel Keel (as Lawrence Casey)
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Sergeant
Charles Bouvier ...
Technician #1
Michael Johnson ...
Captain Taylor
Jerry DeWilde ...
Jerry (as Jerry de Wilde)
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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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Trivia

The helicopter that brings Mac to the remote lab site is the same helicopter (N51BT) that was used in the Blue Thunder movie and TV Series. See more »

Goofs

Pure sodium is extremely reactive to oxygen. As soon as MacGyver opened the canister it should have begun reacting. What's more, it would have been stored covered in some kind of viscous oil, in order to keep any oxygen from reaching it and setting it off. In addition, the few grams that Mac used would not have been enough to have caused that big of an explosion. See more »

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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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Referenced in First Kid (1996) See more »

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Streets of Laredo (Cowboy's Lament)
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Whistled by Richard Dean Anderson
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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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