MacGyver: Season 1, Episode 19

Slow Death (2 Apr. 1986)

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MacGyver finds himself on a train that gets hijacked by Indian tribesmen. He tries to help them find the Westerners who sold tainted medicine to their tribe and resolve the situation peacefully.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Bergen ...
Eleanor Kingman
Kenneth Danziger ...
Peter Kramer
Anthony De Fonte ...
Paul Webster
Carrell Myers ...
Laura Dillon
Tracy Reed ...
Andrea Collins
Diana Kingman
Warwick Sims ...
James Grant
Mark Tymchyshyn ...
Andy Ellis
Noel De Souza ...
Batu Das (as Noël de Souza)
Tom Simmons ...
Thomas H. Middleton ...
Gerald Papasian ...


Mac dashes out of a taxi to run and jump onto the rain to Rashmir with proof about illegal arms trade in the Indian subcontinent. Alas the train is hijacked in tribal 'bandit country' by local men who consider it a matter of justice to find and execute two criminals. Mac gets the train out, but they catch up at the bridge Hassan's other band of villagers blows up. In order to prevent fellow Western passenger-hostages starving, Mac and the others must identify the two Anglo-Saxon businessmen who sold the village dispensary poison instead of medicines; an escape attempt and a luggage search fail, but Mac improvises a lie-detector. Meanwhile some of them deal with their halted lives and reconsider their past and future... Written by KGF Vissers

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Refreshing mystery
7 August 2008 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

After two not-do-great episodes this one was truly a pleasure. MacGyver's actual mission is already over and he's just returning from it. The way he tries to make it to the train is genuinely funny. When on board, Mac meets several people, who - for once - aren't cardboard clichés. They actually have depth! Even better, we don't know why the locals are preparing to blow up a bridge. There's a sense that we have pieces of a puzzle, but can't figure out how they fit together. Then two of the locals take over the train and it is revealed, that they are looking for two specific men, but not why. The purpose of the explosives on the bridge turns out to be a perfectly logical back-up plan, not one of those "evil genius one inexplicable step ahead of the hero" things we see way too often. Then, when the train is forced to stop, we finally are explained why all the trouble. These are not some bandits. They have a mission which makes perfect sense. And they are not "evil", rather "grey", which makes them believable. When we are told what the two men did to the locals, we aren't sure which of the characters previously introduced are the guilty ones. There are interesting twists which keep us guessing about which are the guilty ones. Pretty much everything makes sense in this episode, except for the cliché of one of the bad guys dying accidentally by his own hand, which happens WAY too often in MacGyver. It's as if he were some sort of black cat that brings bad luck. Or perhaps even Death itself, like in the Final Destination film series. The guise of a man who refuses to take a life would be the perfect disguise...

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