MacGyver (S03E18) “Murdoc + Helman + Hit”

After yet another hiatus, MacGyver (Lucas Till) is back in action with the rest of the Phoenix Foundation crew. The writers are excellent at shaping these intense and captivating stories, and this episode is no different. When Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) is involved, you can bet chaos will follow. (Spoilers Ahead)

Chaos is a friend of mine

Michael Des Barres reprises his role as Nicholas Helman, his unapologetic ruthlessness makes him a force to be reckoned with. Determined to finish what he started long ago, no one is out of the realm of harm. Matty (Meredith Eaton) is quick to gather the team, hoping to stop his reign of mayhem before it’s too late. Dispatching MacGyver, Oversight (Tate Donovan), Desi (Levy Tran), and Bozer (Justin Hires) to pay an old friend, an overdue visit.

The devilish Murdoc has unattained knowledge into the inner workings of Helman. He was his prodigy after all. It seems so out of character to trust in what Murdoc is telling them, but there is no other way. There is an unspoken bond between the King of Mayhem and MacGyver, the chemistry is undeniable. So many talented actors bring these characters to life, and it’s a treat to see the end result on our screens.

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Can Murdoc really be trusted? (Photo: CBS/Twitter)

As the team works tirelessly to try to intercept Helman before his killing spree extends, things may not be exactly as they seem. Significant crumbs have been left behind for them, but something doesn’t seem right about the whole ordeal. They are being led off on their own wild, goose chase. Although Desi’s life was spared when Murdoc suggested that they may be walking into a trap.

Murdoc did an excellent job at lulling the team into a false sense of security. Riley (Tristin Mays) uncovers the real method to the madness, as she often does. Helman was hired to kill someone, that comes as no surprise, it’s the who that adds another twist to the story. Murdoc is the target. While the rest of the team is occupied with Helman’s tricks of the trade, he has found his way to the secure facility.

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Helman doesn’t dole out mercy, he kills at will and shows no remorse. There is a lot of unnecessary death in this episode, no one is safe. Bozer finds himself caught up in the line of fire, with no way out, or is there? Murdoc may be a psychopath, but he is also a skilled killer in his own right. Having no choice but to trust their arch nemesis, Bozer releases the evil mastermind. A fight between prodigy and teacher ensues.

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Helman, not one to back down from a fight. (Photo: Screenshot Taken By Author of review)

This whole spectacle was merely a way for Murdoc to find his way to freedom. He was the one who ordered a hit, on himself. Bozer saves the day when Murdoc finds himself temporarily incapacitated. This saved Bozer’s life in turn, as the madman makes off, hoping for brighter skies. Let the chase begin. It doesn’t take long for the father and son duo to track down Murdoc. Two MacGyver’s are better than one, and this is proven when they halt the madman’s escape before he can get too far. It’s back to the depths for Murdoc, yet this time he won’t be alone. Talk about an apt punishment, although this won’t be the last we see of Murdoc or Helman.

Changes, Time and Heartache

During this episode, MacGyver isn’t quite on his A-game. His mind has been preoccupied with the eventual decline of his father. Struggling to find a way to help, in any way possible, he has lost sight of the bigger picture. The time he has now is all that matters. There isn’t going to be some “easy” cure, but he can choose whatever time he has left, to be there for his dad. There are some sweet moments between father and son in this episode, it really tears out the heartstrings. I feel like we are being prepared for a sad outcome, shortly.

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Father and Son, together again. But for how long? (Photo: Screenshot Taken By Author of Review)

Desi is finding her place, and it shows. I know her character may not be for everyone, but she brings something dynamic to the show, in her own way. She isn’t ever going to be a replacement for Jack (George Eads), she is just a much-needed addition to the team. A badass in her own right.

A new episode of MacGyver airs Friday, April 12 on CBS at 8/7c.
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