MacGyver (S02E12) “Mac + Jack”

The last episode left us on quite a cliffhanger. Cage (Isabel Lucas) was shot by Murdoc (David Dastmalchian), and we weren’t sure if she was going to make it. The writers of the show really know how to pull the heartstrings of viewers, especially when the team is waiting for news about Cage’s fate. You can’t help but think the worst in a situation like this, but we are met with a happy beginning. Cage is alive.

One small victory for the team. Now Jack (George Eads) and Mac (Lucas Till) can put their time and attention into the cryptic messages that MacGyver’s dad keeps sending him. The latest one in the form of a Christmas present. It seems befitting that everything MacGyver stumbles upon seems to be a puzzle, like father like son. The focus is quickly altered though when they get back to the house. It’s been rigged to explode. Mac and Jack are trapped.

This isn’t the usual suspect that has set the trap, surprisingly enough. It is The Ghost, who has a vendetta against MacGyver and his uncanny ability to sense and disarm bombs. It’s a twisted revenge, but they and a greater part of the city are caught in the middle of this twisted game. When the bomb proves to be more powerful than they expected, backup is called in with another bomb expert, Charlie (Emerson Brooks), who served with Jack and Mac overseas.

We get a glimpse into how the bromance between MacGyver and Jack formed, with aptly timed flashback scenes mixed in with the chaos. It was a nice break in the story, and gave us a better appreciation for the two characters. They didn’t always see eye to eye, in fact their first meeting was with their fists, but being forced to work side by side changes their thoughts and feelings about one another. From the very beginning they’ve had each others backs, and it’s nice to see that carrying over to present day.

Bozer (Justin Hires), Riley (Tristin Mays) and Charlie are on the biggest hunt of their life, finding the second bomb that has been hidden somewhere in the city. Knowing how The Ghost operates, they knew that there was something bigger and badder waiting for them. Fortunately they were able to track down something that seemed out-of-place, and holds one big scary bomb. Crisis averted. Well one would think so, but not in this case. The bomb’s happen to be sharing the same frequency, you disarm one and it arms the other. It may seem dire, but with someone like MacGyver on the job, nothing is impossible.

This episode seems to have it all. Dynamic story telling and an intense scenario with unknown outcomes. With the ingenuity of MacGyver and the trust of the others, they seem to work things out just in the nick of time. I find comfort in shows like this, that no matter how bad it gets there will always be a silver lining. And yes they do find an ingenious way to disarm both of the bombs, saving the day once more!

Now MacGyver can put some of his time and energy into figuring out the cryptic clues his father has left behind. The answers are out there and he is just the man to figure them out.

MacGyver airs on CBS every Friday at 7/8c.

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