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  • These bits lasted anywhere from a couple of minutes to ten minutes, or more, and they cost more than the entire regular show, which is why they only lasted one season
  • I think I know why Richard Dean Anderson enjoyed 'playing dumb' in his O'Neill role on Stargate SG-1, a show that he starred in for several years after MacGyver

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      I have always loved Richard Dean Anderson so couldn’t wait to watch his new series, MacGyver, when it debuted in 1985. It was the beginning of real success for Anderson and the start of a new culture, one filled with MacGyverism and TV parodies like MacGruber on Saturday Night Live.

      The opening of MacGyver: Pilot is one of my favorites. In the first year of the show, they did gambits, scenes that had nothing to do with the actual mission or subject of the


      show. These bits lasted anywhere from a couple of minutes to ten minutes, or more, and they cost more than the entire regular show, which is why they only lasted one season.

      We learn alot about our hero in the pilot, including that he hates guns and heights. He’s a resourceful and educated man who can think on his feet, and he’s willing to put himself at risk to save the day. We also find out that he loves kids.

      Interestingly, the pilot guest ...


      • stars Dana Elcar. He and MacGyver are a bit at odds in the opener. In time, Elcar returns as another character and becomes a regular. MacGyver’s task here is to rescue some scientists and stop a leak in a top security lab. Along the way, he gets his first kiss from the beautiful woman in need. MacGyver and beautiful women go together, though never permanently.

        I think I know why Richard Dean Anderson enjoyed ‘playing dumb’ in his O’Neill role on

        Stargate SG-1, a show that he starred in for several years after MacGyver. In MacGyver, he spouts off a lot about science. In essence, he does the exposition, explaining how everything works so we, the audience, can understand. Ten years later, he gave that job to another member of the cast. I think he was tired — too much talking! By playing dumb, he didn’t have to say a word.

        In all seriousness, MacGyver: Pilot is a good start to a great TV series.




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