In the opening gambit, Mac dresses down to a bath-towel to blend in with a Basque extremist group which holds captive a female scientist in the Pyrenees, then makes blow up their open air-shower as a diversion before they flee over a wild mountain stream. In the main story, Mac visits a biologist in Brazilian Amazonia, where an unknown phenomenon causes all kinds of animals to flee massively. Joining the head-strong plantation founder Lucien Trumbo, who employs whole villages of native Indians and created his own self-sufficient little world carved out of the huge forest, they soon find the natural force at work is the unexplained rare awakening of the marabunta, massed colonies of billions of soldier ants who form armies miles wide and long, unstoppable and capable of devouring anything, devastating the whole landscape from grass and grasshoppers to cattle and towering trees. Trumbo, his loyal local lieutenant Luis and Mac try every defense he can think up, from flooding irrigation ... Written by
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The plot for this episode was based on the short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" written by Carl Stephenson and published in the 1938 edition of Esquire (after originally being published in German in 1937). See more
When MacGyver puts on his "suit of armor" the legs are pulled tight in back and wrapped to the inside of his leg. In the next scene as he heads out the gate, they are pulled tight in back and wrapped to the outside of his legs. See more
Up in the Pyrenees, there's about as pretty a patch of country as you could ever hope to see. Peaceful forests, raging rivers, and Basque mountain men who've been feuding with France or Spain for as long as anyone can remember. Now and then, an American tourist gets caught in the middle of one of these private wars and that's when I usually get a call. When somebody's in trouble and needs some rescuing.
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