MacGyver (2016– )
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Special agents Angus MacGyver and Jack Dalton join forces to recover a missing bio-weapon, with the ability to destroy hundreds of thousands of people with one single drop.


James Wan


Peter M. Lenkov (developed by), Lee David Zlotoff (based on the series 'MacGyver' created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Lucas Till ... Angus MacGyver
George Eads ... Jack Dalton
Sandrine Holt ... Patricia Thornton
Tristin Mays ... Riley Davis
Justin Hires ... Wilt Bozer
Vinnie Jones ... John Kendrick
Tracy Spiridakos ... Nikki Carpenter
Don DiPetta ... Armed Guard
Alessandro Folchitto ... Doorman
Kenneth Israel ... Pilot
Craig Newman ... Lead Tech DXS
Michael E. Sanders ... Co-Pilot
Elizabeth Tavares Elizabeth Tavares ... Lead Tech / Dying


Special agents Angus MacGyver and Jack Dalton join forces to recover a missing bio-weapon, with the ability to destroy hundreds of thousands of people with one single drop.

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Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Series star Lucas Till and Guest star Vinnie Jones appear in the X-Men film series with Jones portrayed Cain Marko/Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Till portrayed Alex Summers/Havok in X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). See more »


MacGyver runs after the private jet and jumps into the landing gear just before the jet leaves the runway. The jet's speed at that point would be at least 100 MPH. It's unlikely that MacGyver could run that fast. However, because there is a cut shot, it is possible that, after MacGyver got into the landing gear compartment, some time could have elapsed until the plane could reach take off speed. See more »


Riley Davis: What exactly do you do, Mr. MacGyver?
Angus MacGyver: You know how you hack computers? Well, I hack everything else.
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26 March 2017 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

If you choose to call your TV show "MacGyver" you will get comparisons with the 80s, awesome, one-man-can-do-all TV show headlined by the great Richard Dean Anderson (afterwards in Stargate the TV series). That MacGyver went around the world all by himself, doing things with a paperclip and a mirror and being charming and cool. So, if you base your TV show on an old TV show that left an everlasting impression on its fans... you will have a huge wall to overcome.

This new "MacGyver" is very different from the original. Slick, too clean, a little bit in your face (really, do you need to put on the screen the names of the materials MacGyver is using?; well, probably they thought the voice-over of the original was too much too), this new MacGyver is a little bit too cocky and full of himself. He also works for the government instead of being a lone wolf, and has, from episode 1, a team around him. So, basically, nothing to see with the old MacGyver apart from the name and...

And the use of stuff that is around to do other stuff. However, where the old TV show was low-key (a thing of the era too), here it is all a little bit too flashy and, at the same time, simplistic (the invents in this episode are not original or interesting).

The plot is also very very poor: betrayal, silly MacGuffin and introduction of the characters. Characters that are not very charismatic (Lucas Till is a little bit bland, but it is great to see Sandrine Holt). The direction, though, by James Wan, is good, with great and original camera-work in the action scenes, and a secured pace (even if the plot doesn't help, as happens with many pilots).

What can be said then about this pilot? That is a very different beast from the other show (basically it uses the name and the excuse of creating things from what is around; oh, and MacGyver doesn't shoot, at least in this episode) that seems to be just another police/detective procedural with a bad-of-the-episode style. Little originality, but good enough for one hour in front of the screen. Let's see what future episodes have on offer.

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