MacGyver: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (6 Oct. 1985)

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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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Angus 'Mac' MacGyver
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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
Lawrence P. Casey ...
Colonel Keel (as Lawrence Casey)
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Charles Bouvier ...
Technician #1
Michael Johnson ...
Captain Taylor
Jerry DeWilde ...
Jerry
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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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The cave entrance to the undergound lab seen in the beginning of the pilot is the same entrance seen years later in Richard Dean Anderson's next big series Stargate. See more »

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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 »

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[repeated line]
MacGyver: God, I hate heights.
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MacGyver is definitely my favorite TV series ever, and I love watching the reruns. This series combines science and creativity with a really cute, kind, and smart main character, to give a show that is genuinely fun to watch. Although some of the plots were kind of lame and a few were very fake (the nuclear plant one--come on!), overall this show was and still is great.

Richard Dean Anderson and most of the other actors/actresses on the show were perfect for their parts, and I still enjoy watching Anderson in other shows and movies. (Although I do have to admit that whenever I see Anderson I think of him as "MacGyver.") The very first episode of MacGyver really did start the show off to a great start, and I do think that the first few seasons were better than the last couple. However, there ARE good shows after the third season.


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