Before I start this, I’m just going to say that my twitter handle is @mynamejohn and I was kinda live tweeting it but not.
I had high hopes for this, and I’m being serious, because well, it’s MacGyver.
I can’t remember when or how I started watching the show, but I did, and basically have every season on dvd, minus one and haven’t really seen the two tv movies that were made.
Anyways, while I was watching this, I felt like I was let down, along with everyone else who watched the originals. Now I know there were a lot of comments from everyone, but I wonder how many of those actually watched the original and not just this? It seemed like a few of them did watch the original though.
I was actually debating about not watching this at all. Namely because of one reason – Richard Dean Anderson. Now, I know he’s getting up there in age, but he’s MacGyver. Or well, not because you’re trying to modernize the show and I understand it. But honestly, he could have been put in a supporting role as in running the Pheonix Foundation, maybe helping out Lucas Till. There was the car commercials from a few years ago (I think it was for a German car company) and they made a series of ads with Richard Dean Anderson reprising his class role as Mac along with his daughter. There was no Richard Dean Anderson so why would I watch it?
No I know you have to replace Pete for The Pheonix Foundation, and I’m guessing since it’s the same last name that she is his daughter? Maybe they could co-run it maybe?
Also, it’s weird not seeing Dawson as a big guy, just the muscular guy, that tv wants now and doesn’t doesn’t care much about anything else. They just want to be perfect.
Another thing, please redo the intro CBS. You shortened the amazing theme music, taking out amazing parts and scrapped them. You did a better job with the Hawaii FIve-0 keeping all of that. Do the same just with MacGyver.
Talking about the main character, let;s talk about Lucas Till. I think the writing needs to be better, the whole show seemed more likea not great James Bond thing, and MacGyver is not James Bond whatsoever. So Dear writers, please fix this.
The popups when he’s working on what he’s doing need to go, especially the words. we don’t need to know that he’s working on the millionth paperclip to unlock something. It was annoying and kind of ruined things. Like that airplane scene, we know what’s going to happen, you don’t need to make us feel like we’re stupid and don’t know anything, let things play out.
A major things I think they need to do is not make MacGyver like every other CBS show. It seams like they have a formula and what that formula needs is a team. Look at every other CBS show that has a team, and if you think about it, it’s basically the same show, just changing a few things here and there. Please don’t make MacGyver like this, because it doesn’t need to be. It’s kind of annoying.
Make MacGyver original, don’t make it like everything else. Make it modern while also still having the feel of the original classic.
And please, don’t make the character’s so tight, they need to loosen up a little, it doesn’t always have to be serious, which is another minus. THe original was serious, but also light hearted.
And it seems like every CBS show has the whole team at the end either going to a bar or having a drink, honestly, what I really want to see, and maybe others, but maybe just me, is that MacGyver needs his houseboat. It’s something that mad the show unique and it was just really cool.
Honestly, there is so much potential with this, and there is so much with the pilot that could have been better.
CBS, you really need make this the MacGyver that we all deserve.