MacGyver: Season 4, Episode 14

Gold Rush (27 Mar. 1989)

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A downed World War II plane in the Arctic is suspected of containing lots of gold. As a joint US-Russian team goes to retrieve the gold that turns up missing, MacGyver thinks that a US soldier is the man responsible for the theft.



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Episode cast overview:
Colleen Winton ...
Natalia Velskaja
Lee Patterson ...
Turk West


A downed World War II plane in the Arctic is suspected of containing lots of gold. As a joint US-Russian team goes to retrieve the gold that turns up missing, MacGyver thinks that a US soldier is the man responsible for the theft.

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MacGyver: I was ready for a lazy week of serious scuba diving off the Grand Keys. A Spanish galleon load with treasure had gone down over 4 centuries ago, and I was gonna spend my vacation lookin' for it. But, Pete Thorton had another idea. It also involved treasure hunting, but he told me I could leave my Hawaiian shirt at home.
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Ridiculous Marxist propaganda
23 December 2011 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Macgyver is on assignment to retrieve Russian gold lost during world war II. Soviets need this gold to feed victims of Armenia earthquake. He leads joint Yankee-soviet expedition to the Arctic and one of the "scientists" is his old love Natalia, who duped him in Helsinki five years earlier (we can assume then she is affiliated with KGB) but now wants "to atone for her mistake". MacGyver's partner is retired colonel Turk West who distrusts the soviets and their motives.

This incredibly naive (and yet very tricky if you know American public) story calculated to increase trust to the Soviet Union and Russians in general. The underlining theme about just how Soviets desperately need gold to feed "poor children of Armenia" is completely ridiculous to anyone familiar with realities of 1980s Soviet Union. It was so utterly corrupted and inefficient organism plagued with criminal bureaucracy that even main activity of the Soviets i.e. armaments was seriously hampered. Supposedly MacGyver found the gold after the episode, you can be sure it never reached "victims of Armenian earthquake" or even war ministry - it landed in the pockets of Moscow bureaucrats. Yet main characters keep talking about saving Armenian children and Dr. Commie (we know she has ties with KGB) is particularly concerned - up to sacrificing her own life.

This brings another propaganda ploy, that is misrepresentation of the Soviets. Soviet representatives Dr. Commie and war veteran Barenov are jovial, warm and altruist characters who love to help other people. Anyone versed in soviet history knows that only people Soviet Russia allowed outside her borders were more or less affiliated with KGB and GRU and certainly were not warm or altruist - they were ruthless intelligence operatives bent on undermining its western adversaries. If you had contact with soviet officials during cold war you could bet they were spying on you and reporting about you to Moscow. There were no ordinary Russians traveling to West during soviet times - and especially no during such important mission as retrieving gold. The main premise of Dr. Commie atoning for her earlier spying on MacGyver is a nonsense - in real world she would be a professional KGB-trained whore without any compassion.

Only other American is shown to discredit traditional America - he distrusts the Soviets and their motives, is a war veteran and accidentally main villain who's greed turns him to murder. Yeah Soviets are warm and nice people but American colonel is a murderous villain - and all this in American TV? Who's behind such obvious psy-op? This is not the only episode of MacGyver which falsifies the image of Soviets but it goes to show you how deeply America was penetrated by Marxist sympathizers, covert communism and Russian spies who undermined every effort of combating Soviets for real and brainwashed American public on every occasion. Interesting piece for analyzing late-cold war Marxist subversion inside USA.

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