Mac can literally take a string and a paperclip and create something that can save him and an entire school bus full of children from a homicidal maniac. That’s probably why he always carries a few must-have items with him. You’ll never catch Mac without his Swiss army knife, paper clip, chewing gum, an ID card, and his trusty roll of duct tape.
He used to flatten the roll of tape out to carry it with him. Apparently, Mac hadn’t thought of the duct tape wallet yet, which would have made things easier on him (and held his ID card.) In episode 17 of season one, “To be a Man,” Mac, stranded on top of a mountain, dismantles a satellite and uses pieces of it, along with a plastic shield, to create a hang glider. A few episodes later, he uses newspaper, a soccer ball, cotton, and kerosene to fashion a hot air balloon and bust a falsely accused missionary out of the slammer.
The Show’s Influence on the World
MacGyver has had an impact that spans across multiple generations. Sure, the show only aired during the ’70s and ’80s, but reruns and the reboot continue to breathe new life into the franchise right on into the 2020s. Perhaps Mac’s love of non-lethal weapons, along with his dislike for guns, will continue to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.
There were, however, two occasions when he had to use a gun to get out of the situation that he was in. One of those times, however, he dismantled the gun to create a hand wrench.
MacGyver on Ice
No, unfortunately, there isn’t an ice show currently in the works for this franchise, although that would definitely be entertaining. Richard Dean Anderson, however, has a huge connection to the ice. When he was a child, he absolutely loved ice Hockey.
Anderson’s love of the sport can be seen sprinkled throughout the series. For starters, Mac was raised in Minnesota, the state of ice hockey. You can catch him in jerseys of his favorite players in different episodes, like in the one titled “thin ice” where Mac heads back home to help his high school hockey team make it to the state championships while dealing with a star player that has some violent tendencies.
Same Old Differences
Peter M. Lenkov is the creator of the reboot of the MacGyver series that debuted in 2016. The show, which is currently filmed in Atlanta, follows along with a lot of the same storylines and plots, but also separates itself from the original. Lucas Till hadn’t even been born with the first show was on the air, though he seeks to do its creator and stars justice. And so far, it’s been pretty well-received.
George Eads played Mac’s best friend, Jack Dalton, in the first few seasons of the reboot. Unfortunately for Mac, he left for the show’s third season, which means his buddy will have to find his own way out of each deadly situation. Apparently, there was a dispute about his salary.
MacGruber was originally a recurring sketch on NBC’s prime time comedy show, Saturday Night Live. Will Forte stars as MacGruber, a parody version of MacGyver. In 2010, they decided to turn the sketch into a film – and the 2010 comedy, MacGruber, was born. The guys from The Lonely Island (the parody band) directed the film, which stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Val Kilmer, and Maya Rudolph.
In the film, former military badass MacGruber is sought out to aid the military in stopping the detonation of an enemy nuclear warhead. Initially, MacGruber tells the military he’s not doing it, but once he remembers the man behind the missile is responsible for killing someone he loved, he accepts. Action and comedy ensue as MacGruber, joined by his hilarious team, works to retrieve the warhead.