MacGyver: Season 1, Episode 12

Deathlock (22 Jan. 1986)

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An enemy of MacGyver's fills a supposed safe house with several deadly booby traps to exact his revenge on MacGyver.


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Episode credited cast:
Karen Blake
Beulah Quo ...
Mrs. Chung
Erik Holland ...
Tom Maier ...
Karl Held ...
Man #2 (as Carl Held)
Frank Holms ...
The German
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Beginning
Wolfgang Völz ...
Pall bearer


After returning from a dangerous mission in East Germany, MacGyver is sent to a safe house by his friend Pete Thornton. Unknown to the two men, an agent who is after MacGyver knows about their hiding place and will stop at nothing to finish the two of them off. Written by Lindsay Duke

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The Pall bearer in the opening is played by Wolfgang Völz, the german voice actor for Dana Elcar's character. See more »


The bottle of vinegar is about 4/5 full when Mac takes it out of the cupboard and sets it on the table, but when he and Karen leave the kitchen, the bottle is full again. See more »


Karen Blake: He's getting away!
Quayle: Don't worry, I'll get him back.
Quayle: Macgyver! Come back!
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Edited from Funeral in Berlin (1966) See more »

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Dress Rehearsal for Murdoc
20 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story has all the hallmarks of later MacGyver episodes featuring the indefatigable Murdoc, but Quayle is given the usual James Bond villain dialogue. Astute "Doctor Who" fans will recognize Christopher Neame as the villain Skagra from 1979's unfinished storyline "Shada." I also thought the tepid romance could have been dispensed with, as it seemed very contrived, even for television. I think the blackmail motivation had been done more effectively in series such as "Danger Man." MacGyver's creators certainly wanted to follow in this well-tooled Cold War tradition, but it's not always very convincing.

I did enjoy the trapped manor, even if the familiar setup might make older viewers think fondly of a classic "Avengers" episode, "The House That Jack Built." It's a pity more could not have been made of the beautiful gardens and outer grounds, but this story relied too much on indoor electronic surveillance and booby traps to allow this scope.

Overall, "Deathlock" is mildly disappointing, with Pete Thornton being introduced only to suffer a serious shock, letting MacGyver handle all the action. I enjoy the adventures where Pete and Mac complement each other, and "Partners" from Season Two is a much better "origin" story. One should read Season One stories quite selectively for continuity.

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