Synopsis: Using a fish scaler and some fishing wire, Mac and Jack track down a corrupt FBI agent who has framed a man for murder. Also, everyone on the team is terrified to get their first performance review from Matty, their tough new boss.
Review: The team gets their first mission under new team leader Mattie and thankfully it isn’t all comedic, but instead a pleasant surprise.
When introduced in the prior episode Mattie was introduced as a comedic foil for Jack, which gave me a pretty bad first impressions. She started off as too tough and dictatorial, but thankfully she got to show a little more depth in this episode and could actually be what the series needs. Especially after the blandness, which was Patricia Thornton.
The story is a by the numbers one for Jack and MacGyver. Jack continues to be somewhat of an annoyance to me given the clowning around element to him. I just wish the writers would perhaps change his personality somewhat so it doesn’t seem like they are trying to mirror the humour that the original character had from the classic series. Fact is it does not work here because this version of Jack is a an agent. The original Jack Dalton was a hapless and good intentioned loser, which was part of his charm.
Frank Whaley puts in a sympathetic performance as a man who had fallen victim to the machinations of a corrupt FBI agent and plays off well against Lucas Til’s MacGyver.
The evaluations featured in this episode served as a useful plot device to reveal a little more about the new core characters on the show. For example. We learn that Riley had hacked the Pentagon before she got caught for hacking Homeland, and Mattie was both impressed and weary of this, but agreed to put Riley on probation.
We also learn that Bozer could have a promising career as an analyst. If this defuses the annoyance factor of his character somewhat. I am all for it.
Meredith Eaton gets to put in a much more layered performance in her second appearance as Mattie and I think over time. We could grow to like her. What is interesting is the fact that she doesn’t like MacGyver’s way of doing things, which means that he has something to prove to her. Lets hope its the beginning of an interesting relationship where the two grow to respect each other.
- Mattie gets a few more layers to her
- Story was very by the numbers
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