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

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

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The C-47 aircraft in the episode had a "normal" maximum load of 6,000 pounds with an "emergency maximum load" of 7,000 pounds. The plane was transporting $100 million in gold bars. Even using $400/ounce, more than the 1989 maximum price, the gold would have weighed over 15,000 pounds. If it was the WW II value, the gold weight would have been over 190,000 pounds. See more »

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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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Exciting, well done MacGyver; and yeah, it's liberal
17 May 2017 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

Contains Spoilers: I think there's a lot of truth in what the earlier reviewer says about the Soviet Union of 1989, but I also think he misses the good entertainment value here. Yes, the circa-1989 Russians are portrayed in a very positive way. This was hardly the only show to ever take that tack, especially after the Cold-War era days, and in films and TV there was a broad reaction against Russians as villains from the 1970's on. But, to the episode...

There are good scenes here of a long-downed WWII era plane and its interior, and a sort of ice cave filled with both treasure and booby-traps. The gold-crazed bad guy might have stepped out of "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"! The ice cave is a really good setting. There's a bit of romance and backstory for Mac with the attractive Russian woman, and his ingeniousness is well displayed. This qualifies as a good MacGyver episode: adventure in an interesting setting. They spent some dough on this episode, and it's on the screen. Recommended.


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