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Legend of the Holy Rose: Part 1 

An archaeologist friend pays MacGyver a visit to get his help in using a map to find an ancient artifact called the Holy Rose.


Michael Caffey


Lee David Zlotoff (created by), Stephen Downing | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Dana Elcar ... Pete Thornton
Lise Cutter Lise Cutter ... Professor Zoe Ryan
Robin Mossley ... Alexander Shannon
Michael Ensign ... Professor Wycliff
Tony Perez ... Escobar
Judd Omen ... Shima Luca
Christopher Neame ... Erich von Leer
Claire Vardiel ... Eunice (as Claire Brown)
Gerry Bean ... Ahriman
Howard Storey ... Coach Grogan
Kevin Hayes Kevin Hayes ... Newscaster
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Pilot (as Stephen Dimopoulous)
Vladimir Kulich ... Mammon
Pedro Salvín Pedro Salvín ... Worker


After a haranguing episode in South America, MacGyver returns home to find himself taken hostage in his own houseboat by an old archaeologist friend. She is there to garner his help in tracking down a hidden treasure for which only she has the clues. But at what cost? Written by clbw

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18 September 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When MacGyver is flying through the air in the box, the clouds in the background are standing still. See more »


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Newscaster: Leaders of the economic summit in Geneva vowed to ratify the interim agreement. In other news, the war against the powerful drug lords of Colombia has taken a new and dangerous direction. Narco-Terrorism has been unleashed on the United States soil with the same degree of arrogance as the declaration of war made by the Medellin cocaine cartel leaders against the Colombian government last month.
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »


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MacGyver and the Next Crusade
17 March 2014 | by justinbogganSee all my reviews


On the heels of the third Indiana Jones film about finding Holy Grail (indded, the film is briefly referenced by MacGyver), yet another TV series decided to cash in on the success. But where The Last Crusade succeeded, this failed.

Similarly to the major film, MacGyver finds himself on a hunt for the lost Holy Grail.

We are introduced to an "old friend" of his, Zoe Ryan, a short-haired liberal moron who's more than high on life, she's confused by it. Zoe serves as nothing more than a stand-in female version of Jack Dalton (since the actor sort is disappears this season and only shows up less than a handful more times before the end of the series' run), only sans the common sense and and humor. Indeed, after this two-parter, she's never seen again. What a shocker, I know.

Henry Jones, Jr. faced a real life situation of the National Socialist Party (the Nazi's) looking for artifacts such as the Holy Grail, with a real struggle for the right thing. In this half-bailed MacEpisode, we have some lib' professor who just has feel-good, uninformed, truly idiotic ideas of about real life and history (the last one surprising, since she's supposed to be an archaeologist) that drive her to find the Grail. And replacing the National Socialist Party we have some nondescript bad guys; maybe they're German, who knows (perhaps the second parter reveals this). And replacing Indy, we have MacGyver, in filing a role that just wasn't meant for his character.

Remember that annoying little boy in the second Indy film? Well, now imagine he's older. A woman. Has red hair. And is liberal moron. Okay, now you're got your annoying character for this romp! Compelte with the little boy haircut.

This idiot, we are lead to believe, not only finds a priceless artifact, but some how she alone finally deciphers the old clues. No, not the Nazi's; no, not the Vatican; no, not treasure hunters world wide; no, not archaeologist for centuries before her, she alone is some how smart enough.

At least Dalton, while easily mislead by easy money and short-cuts to wealth, had brains and good sense. Here, not so much.

Some acts later and we are left with the utterly predictable capture by the bad guys after finding a clue. MacGyver finds himself in torture device, slowly leading up to his death, ending this first parter. You expect to start hearing Nelson Riddle's "Batman" scoring, William Dozer's voice-over, and yellow text on screen, saying something along the lines of: "Oh no! Our hero in peril?! The bad guys are prevailing? That pendulum is getting lower and lower! Will our hero become MacHalfed? Will the bad guys get the Holy Grail? The worst is yet to come! Tune in next week -- same Mac-time, same Mac-channel!" And I'm sure after this set up, the worst IS yet to come. Ever since season three, some more in-your-face Leftist crap has been shoved into some MacGyver episodes. They sort of died out late season four and I was looking forward to never hearing them again, but it's back. The writer of this episode would later go on to write the blasphemous "Young MacGyver" failed pilot, about a relative who joins the Phoenix Foundation (one which in this series, MacGyver said he didn't have); do yourself a favor and don't watch that. If you thought the "Hunter" re-vival series was bad, oh boy! The plot is nothing special here, the writing is pretty standard fair, and the friendship between the sudden Zoe MacGuffin character, just isn't there. If you are a completest and want to see every episode, then have at it, but if you want to skip filler crap, this is filler crap. At least we get some good cues by composer Dennis McCarthy in here.

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