In Review: MacGyver – DIY or DIE

Using a cell phone and soccer balls, MacGyver and the team search for a Navy SEAL who is believed to be alive in captivity in the Middle East. 

Synopsis: Using a cell phone and soccer balls, MacGyver and the team search for a Navy SEAL who is believed to be alive in captivity in the Middle East.

Review: Team MacGyver is back for another year of formulaic mayhem and the team is expanded with the addition of a new former CIA agent. When said agent seeks help to rescue her Navy SEAL friend from a Middle Eastern Terror cell. Mac, Jack, Bozer, and Riley.

As always the action is fast and furious, but like last year the story suffers from overcooked character beats, which is not only very obvious but also boring. George Eads version of Jack Dalton continues to annoy and Lucas Till’s MacGyver continues to be the nerd in the room, but with far more of a swagger than you’d ever see the shows original namesake have.


If honest. It looks like CBS writing staff for this show will continue to keep it a team-based show. In spite of the show being called MacGyver, who happens to be an individual. Not a team. I love to see them try and switch it all around though and give us at least a few episodes this year where MacGyver is out on his own with no Jack, Bozar or Riley.

Out of the surrounding characters in MacGyver’s life. It is Matty (Meredith Eaton) and Riley (Tristen Mays) who are the most interesting and useful to have around. The new Jack Dalton just seems to be around to shoot at things and people and continually stroke MacGyver’s ego. It just does not work.

The addition of Isabel Lucas in the role of CIA Agent Samantha Cage brought a bit of friction to the group and it seems that she’ll be sticking around. 

For those who are sticking around for the rest of the season. You have an arc in which you’ll see MacGyver track down Murdock as well as try to find his father.

The MacGyverisms this week was pretty neat. But am not likely to be sticking around for a show, which is just gimmick of the week show. I don’t really feel that invested anymore. I’m done.

What we’d like to see is a show that is stripped back of some of these characters. Put MacGyver front and centre without all the backup. He is supposed to be a spy after all.

In Review: MacGyver - DIY or DIE
  • Story
  • Acting
  • MacGyverisms
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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