MacGyver: Season 2, Episode 9

Silent World (24 Nov. 1986)

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A teacher of the deaf, who is a friend of MacGyver's, is plagued by nightmares. MacGyver thinks these unexplained nightmares are connected to a plan to hijack a missile-guidance system.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Beth Barber ...
Carrie Linden
Abel Makepeace
David Crane
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Moorish Warrior / Rider
Helen Rubio ...
Dr. Janice Green
Gorman (as Carl N. Ciarfalio)
Erik Holland ...
Karl Held ...
Buyer #2 (as Carl Held)
Tom Maier ...
Buyer #3
Paul Joynt ...
Major Hansen
Jim J. Poslof ...
Throne (as James J. Poslof)
Sunshine Morrow ...
Shawna Estep ...


Mac and Pete present a Phoenix foundation invention to a school for the deaf/mute: it converts sounds into waves to feel. The teacher Carrie Linden has strange, scary, symbolic dreams involving lightening, a Moor on a horse, a steel skeleton, a limousine and Mac's dead. A U.S. Army jeep is robbed of secret Moloch missile warheads by a fake sheriff and his deputies in South Carolina, they travel far to steal from an exhibition another part of the rocket. After a lightening bolts-marked van nearly runs them over, Mac convinces Pete to bring Carrie to dream researchers. They decide to take her along to a military test of the device, where she recognizes the fake sheriff, whose team escapes after a fire-fight, killing one of their own, and Mac realizes they are stealing Moloch missiles part by part. Mac helps Carrie identify the Braden Lake from her dream by its shape, and takes her there do 'decypher' the rest of the dream, successfully, but they're attacked by the missile thieves who ... Written by KGF Vissers

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During Carrie's dream sequence of Mac being run down by the "phantom car of death", a very brief clip of an approaching forklift that's just about to "ram the camera" is seen, interspersed with the "speeding phantom car" footage (both dreamed images show a "killer vehicle" just on the point of striking its quarry). This seemingly-unrelated "additional flash of premonition" correctly predicts one of the events yet to come in Mac's life, and is shown in the subsequent MacGyver episode "Partners", where Murdoc uses the junkyard's huge forklift to crush the taxicab that Mac and Pete are inside of, prior to his loading it onto his box-trailer. A pity that Carrie didn't think to tell Mac about this additional "flash from the future", also, or Mac might have been forewarned of his and Pete's impending doom when he went to the junkyard to meet Pete. See more »


In Carrie's dream, she and Mac are shown crouching in a pit that is surrounded on all sides by a grassy meadow and with woods a short distance behind it, yet when they are later shown fleeing from the "phantom car on floats" that is rocketing towards them from across the lake, they are running along the pebbly beach next to the lake, which would mean that they have run **towards** the approaching car, not away from it into the woods. See more »


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Science and Dreams
19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This season 2 episode of MacGyver uses an intriguing interweaving of the military and the deaf community, both using the same high tech new device for far different purposes. MacGyver works with humor and respect among the deaf children who are to benefit from this device, and with precision and then alarm, among the military. Throughout is a dream sequence which slowly unravels into true life, helping MacGyver unravel the mystery of bad guys who appear on the base. I also enjoyed a "timing device" MacGyver rigged with near-nothing materials. Throughout, this episode focuses on interesting realms of science and technology just recently discovered and still in testing phases, which is fun. But already the bad guys have a use for it! Good cast.

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