MacGyver (S03E16) “Lidar + Rogues + Duty”

With each passing episode of MacGyver, we are treated to an intricate story, woven with the intent to maintain the importance of family. With this episode, just like past ones, there is a sense that the writers are building towards something big. Each member of The Phoenix Foundation is coming into their own, but will it be enough?

The calm before the storm

Elwood (Billy Baldwin) is back in the picture, for now. With the departure of Jack (George Eads), Riley (Tristin Mays) needs a father figure, even if she won’t admit it. When she becomes victim to a “swatting” incident, the protective nature of Elwood comes out. If there is a sense that Riley could be in danger, he would do anything to protect her. In a time where her identity should be hidden, they must work swiftly to track down the perpetrator. Luckily, Riley is equipped with said skills to do just that. Uncovering more than they bargained for in the process.

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Three against the world. (Photo: Google)

Meanwhile, MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Desi (Levy Tran) are off on a heavy-hearted mission. Reese ( Chad Michael Collins), a dear friend to MacGyver is involved in a tragic plane crash while testing some software MacGyver himself developed. With such a personal connection to this mission, Desi is quick to give some well needed tough love to MacGyver. One must push aside emotions in order to focus on the task at hand, and in dangerous territory, they must have their wits about them. When it becomes clear that the recovery becomes a rescue mission, they must do what they do best. Track Reese down, against all odds, before it’s too late.

Impossible? Never!

In this episode, Bozer (Justin Hires) really shines. He has come a long way, and you can tell that he is starting to really come into his own. Not only does he have big ideas, but he is able to see things that others have overlooked. The team meshes so well together, even Desi is finding her place amongst them. In times of crisis, they are the ones you want in your corner. There are no impossibilities in their world, which makes for an entertaining show.

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Bozer and Riley, on the case! (Photo: Google)

Through these strengths, they are able to track down a very alive, but hurt, Reese. What can three people do against an army of baddies? With the mind of MacGyver and the kick-ass nature of Desi, I almost feel sorry for whoever crosses their path with ill intentions. It’s great to see the way Desi and MacGyver play off each other, able to work out each complex problem. When they find themselves dealing with rogue CIA agents, they must stop some very dangerous nuclear weapons from getting into the wrong hands. No task too big, right?

United together, divided they fall

Even from so far away, Matty (Meredith Eaton) is watching and guiding.  With teamwork, they are able to subdue crisis after crisis. This mission is no different. MacGyver is always one step ahead, always thinking, so it doesn’t take long for an idea to form and take shape. Desi works well in the moment, which is a must when working with this team. Together, they are able to contain a potentially deadly encounter. I know I have said it before, but Desi is proving to be a huge asset to the team.

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No matter what. Matty will always have their backs. (Photo: Google)

With the misguided CIA agents in custody and cooperation underway, another job well done. This is quickly overshadowed, leaving the episode on a cliffhanger. Not only do they have the person who orchestrated the swatting incident on Riley, but they have also uncovered some debilitating information. The Phoenix Foundation has been compromised, their personal information exposed to the diabolical intentions of the dark web.

The sense of urgency has never been so real,  this is going to change everything. No one is safe.

A new episode of MacGyver airs on CBS, Friday, March 8 at 8/7c on cbs