Most of the time, Mac’s inventions are something wildly absurd that no one in a million years would actually try under normal circumstances. Take “Deathlock,” the 10th episode in season one. Mac finds himself being kept in a booby-trapped home by a crazed maniac. Mac grabs a serving cart, suit of armor, batteries, a rubber band, and an electric mixer, and creates a motorized heat-seeking decoy. Pretty “out there,” right?
Sometimes, however, Mac uses items that people may actually have lying around their house to make his contraptions. In “Gold Rush,” season four, Mac is trapped in a plane that’s been swallowed whole by an avalanche. He uses a sleeping bag, oxygen tank and a bucket full of Russian vodka to create an explosion that gets him out from under the snow and ice.
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.
Mac may like using non-lethal methods of whoop-ass on his opponents, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t pull out the “big guns,” so to speak, every now and then. Take for instance the few times he’s worked with missiles. In the episode titled “The Prodigal” in season one, Mac uses a rope and pulley, telescope, mothballs and cleaning fluid that he finds in an attic to create a rocket-powered harpoon zip line.
He fires the harpoon at a tree outside and is able to make his escape. But of course, the action didn’t stop there, because he first had to zip over a yard full of attack dogs before landing in safety.
Acid Launching Catapult
MacGyver prides himself on making use of any and all resources, sometimes, those resources include living, breathing beings. In Season seven, episode five, Mac and his buddy use mind control on a dog to convince him to carry over a bottle of sulfuric acid that they use to burn rope restraints that are holding them hostage.
When they’ve gotten free of the ropes, they take the good dog and bust out of the warehouse the enemies were keeping them in. Reviews from this particular episode include being compared to a stunt that would be seen on MacGruber.