'MacGyver: Season 3'
(Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: In this third action-packed season, MacGyver leads his crack team on one high-risk mission after another, crisscrossing the globe to keep the world safe from harm – while using little more than bubble gum, a paper clip, and his unending supply of resourcefulness.
DVD Verdict: Sometimes we can get stuck on a self righteous path guided by sentimentality. Shows like Knight Rider, Street Hawk, Airwolf, Manimal, The A-Team were great when we were kids because of our ability to suspend disbelief, but none of them have stood up to the test of time!
Dare I say it, they are actually pretty awful. Weak plots, over acting, standard fight choreography, and far too much reliance on the show's unique gimmick.
Luckily for all of us, 'MacGyver' is not one of those shows! Yes, sure, plots can be a wee bit too thin, but they are highly entertaining! The show is also chock full of impossibly beautiful people, which to be fair who doesn't like looking at, and they are all great at their day jobs; which is rather nice!
There is plenty of action, as expected, and all are helped along by modern SFX and thus the "gimmick" of the '80s Macgyver (he being Richard Dean Anderson back then) is still alive and kicking (now within Lucas Till), that's for sure!
For those not in the know, the show is a classic action packed weekly adventure based around a secret organization. The only difference is that the protagonist uses his brain and logic instead of brawn when in tight spots.
It's a refreshing take on a secret agent and his team with the cast diverse and every one having their own skill set nicely tucked away! The weekly plots are filled with adventure, humor, friendship, explosions, and heartbreak galore!
Not to mention the plot twists that rewrite the very essence of the show! Ergo, it's these intriguing plots that kept me anticipating the next episode and the adventure waiting therein.
In this third action-packed season, MacGyver leads his crack team on one high-risk mission after another, crisscrossing the globe to keep the world safe from harm – while using little more than bubble gum, a paper clip, and his unending supply of resourcefulness.
Personally, I like the cast, and the light-hearted jokes are fun to bounce off one another and the different captions they put up on screen for the various locations are inspired!
In truth, a lot of the original plots simply would not work nowadays. A lot of old school MacGyver plots could be solved by having a smartphone, or simply by googling!
Indeed, the original MacGyver was in a completely different time (literally) where simply cutting a phone line meant you had no communication whatsoever! Pagers were cutting edge technology and cell phones cost $10 a minute to use (oh, and if you can recall, they were also bigger and heavier than your typical cinder block!)
These reimagined shows are great and worth a watch with some new school MacGyver "tricks" lovingly just as unrealistic as the original; but still fun all the same, of course.
In closing, Lucas Till has the MacGyver torch passed to him and he fits the role brilliantly. I grew up loving the classic series with Richard Dean Anderson but this fresh, modern reboot has my happy approval!
It's a show the whole family can watch together, emphasizing intelligence, optimism and practical science instead of guns and gratuitous violence. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
The third season of CBS’s hit reboot of the ‘80s classic comes home when 'MacGyver: Season 3' arrives on DVD January 14th, 2020 from Lionsgate.
The 'MacGyver: Season 3' DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98.