MacGyver (S03E04) “Guts + Fuel + Hope”

There seems to be a continuing trend with time-sensitive missions lately on MacGyver, and this episode is no different. The writers are skilled at hooking in the audience and bringing that action-packed pressure to life. Dire situations always make for great television, especially if it involves the vulnerable lives of sick children. Spoilers Ahead.

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Riley (Tristin Mays) find themselves in the middle of a rebel-infested area, with the guidance of Bozer (Justin Hires) and Matty (Meredith Eaton), they must beat the clock to get a tanker truck full of oxygen to the sick children who depend on it. No pressure right? Well if you are a fan of the show, you will know that things never go as planned, that’s why it’s good to have MacGyver and his bag of tricks on board.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. (Photo: Netflix)
Hope and Ingenuity can save the day

In a moment of “right place at the right time”, they are able to intercept the not-so-abandoned truck and procure its precious cargo. (Vasil C. Thomas Howell), who just so happens to be the father of a sick child in the hospital, was trying to get the vehicle to its destination before time run out. If it seems to good to be true, chances are that you’re right. With some minor upgrades, which included MacGyver’s phone, they were on track. But it wasn’t enough, not even with MacGyver’s quick thinking.

Time wasn’t on their side, nor was the “helpless” father. Vasil just so happened to have his own agenda, fuelled by fear and desperation. In times of war people often lose sight of the bigger picture, only to try and save themselves and the ones they love. Even though they weren’t able to save the precious cargo, they didn’t end up at the hospital empty handed. MacGyver has proven to be the best person to have in such tense situations, finding another way to save ailing lives.

The team doesn’t seem to think twice about putting their own lives at risk, especially when other peoples lives are on the line. In this case, MacGyver knows that he may not come out of this plan alive, but he needs to try. There are a few agonizing moments where it seems as though our hero will not be victorious, but he comes through, like always. In those life-or-death situations, it puts idle thoughts into a different perspective.

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Will time heal all wounds? (Photo: Google)
The clock is ticking

Riding off the high of saving the day, MacGyver chooses to take a chance on his father (Tate Donovan). The concept of family has largely been a focus of this show, whether it be the ones you choose, are the ones you cannot. People deserve a second chance, even if they don’t deserve to be forgiven just yet. Sometimes its just easier to expect nothing, and go from there.

If you were missing Leanna (Reign Edwards) and Jack (George Eads) this episode, don’t worry they will be back before the real chaos hits. There has been this foreboding feeling, an uneasy build-up to something of a destructive nature. With all this focus on family, friends and the importance of these relationships. Losing Jill is merely the beginning. Pain is in the future for the team, and nothing will prepare them for what is coming.


You can catch a new episode of MacGyver, Friday, October 26th on CBS at 8/7c.