MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Golden Triangle 

MacGyver is sent to Burma to retrieve a poison-filled canister from a crash site. While there, a drug lord mistakes MacGyver for a narcotics agent, forcing him into a confrontation.



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Episode complete credited cast:
General Narai (as George Kee Cheung)
Benjamin Lum ...
Bryan Price ...
Angus Duncan ...
The General


In the opening gambit, Mac takes a diplomatic case during an criminal hand-over, and outsmarts he armed fiends making use of the site, a car demolition junk-yard, which almost ended fatally 'depressing' for him. - In the main story, the Pentagon lost an airplane carrying weapons, including a secret canister, over Burma (SE Asian, bordering Thailand) and Mac accepts the search mission. The region in the 'Golden Triangle' is controlled by the sinister war lord general Nairan, whose goons terrorize the rural villagers to work poppy fields for his opium - and arms trade. Mac observes the abusive overseer Truang at work, gets the brave teen boy Chan to show him the crash site but is captured by surprise; Nairan orders him slowly executed 'as an example', bound on a rack in the sun. Chan's sister Lin is too scared for reprisals -whole villages were brunt down for disobedience- to help, but Chan gets him a stolen army knife. In no time crafty Mac frees himself, overcomes his guard and his ... Written by KGF Vissers

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6 October 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Chan brings MacGyver his pocket knife to cut himself free, the blade was still tucked inside, and there was no way Mac could have opened it with his hands still bound to the rack like they were. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] People usually go to a Junk Yard looking for a bargain. I did.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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Do you hate snakes, MacGyver?
1 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

The second episode of "MacGyver" suffers from the white-man-sees-(and-saves)-the-world syndrome, but it is still a cool one.

Our hero is sent on a mission to recover a canister from a crash (again in the middle of Asia). There he gets involved with some local people and a drug warlord. MacGyver been a nice guy and all that decides to do his best to help the enslaved people free themselves.

As said above, it all reeks a little bit of white guy intervention, with little kid in love with MacGyver and Asian guy learning to be free and fight. Totally unnecessary, but something that keeps creeping up. Must be our society. Don't worry, at least this people are bilingual, as their English is quite good.

On the other hand, the action is top notch, the humor is nice, and MacGyver's resourcefulness is, again, otherworldly. Which is helpful as he seems to be prone to get into trouble and pretty easy to catch.

Good episode.

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