MacGyver (S02E18) "Riley + Airplane"

After what seemed like a long hiatus, MacGyver is back in action with a brand new episode. This one certainly tipped the scales, giving us an action packed episode that makes the viewer go through a plethora of emotions. The writers are able to connect to the audience and bring a fantastic story to our screens.

Their latest mission finds the team tracking down a brilliant government tech guy who has gone rogue. He has eluded capture after all these years, but as we know people are bound to make a mistake or two along the way. He chose to gun down an officer. The team easily tracks him and his criminal counterpart down. But we all know that nothing can go off without a hitch.

Our favourite badass family, The Colton’s, just happen to be after the same guy and the large bounty that is on his head. It’s a small world, but they need to learn how to work together if they have any chance of bringing this dangerous man in. Both groups bring something to the table, and they seem to mesh well together in this joint endeavor. It’s great when the characters blend so well together, even with all the troubles along the way. It makes for an entertaining episode.

Mama Colton (Sheryl Lee Ralph) is a force to be reckoned with, but this proves to be useful to both sides. Needing a distraction to get past security, she supplies Jack (George Eads) and MacGyver (Lucas Till) with a boisterous cover. Not only have they tracked down the co-ordinates to where Beck is, they didn’t have to form an overly complicated plan to get into the compound. But don’t despair, there is plenty of MacGyver action to be had in this episode. We wouldn’t want to see that brilliant mind go to waste now would we?

Riley (Tristin Mays) and Billy (Lance Gross) have been assigned with the transporting of Beck’s criminal counterpart, Palmer (Jesse Luken). It seems like an easy enough task, until Beck uploads a virus remotely to the plane which causes it to go off-line and plummet to the ground below. Good thing Riley is there to save the day, although for a time we are left wondering if they will make it out of there alive. That’s what makes this show so great, they keep you guessing until the very end. Not only was Riley successful in her “no pressure” endeavor, she made an unlikely connection in the end.

With all the other story lines that seem to be entwined in each episode, it’s great that each character gets their own time to shine. With MacGyver seeking out aid in tracking down his father and Bozer (Justin Hires) busy in the lab working his magic, there is no way the word impossible exists in their world. We have learned that anything is possible, and when they work together there is no problem too big that can’t be solved.

With the undeniable fire brewing between Billy and Riley I am sure we will be seeing more from The Colton’s. Sometimes the unexpected is just what is needed.

A new episode of MacGyver airs Friday, April 6th on CBS at 8/7c. 

Photo: Screenshot taken by author of review.