Monday, March 8, 2021

MacGyver - Diamond + Quake + Carbon + Comms + Tower

The identity crisis that has plagued MacGyver's Fifth Season continues here as Codex appears again as a major threat and then is completely dismantled (again) off-camera. In-between we get MacGyver (Lucas Till), Desi, and Riley (Tristin Mays) in Mexico City searching for a Codex headquarters where they become unsuspecting pawns of Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) and Andrews (Joe Pantoliano) who create a man-made earthquake in an attempted power play to grab control of the disorganized Codex. The earthquake sequences provide some pretty good special effects for the show providing one of the better aspects of the episode as does the reveal of Andrews' real plan of attempting to earn a role as Codex's new leader by eliminating MacGyver and his friends (even if the events following it are anti-climactic).

Codex, Murdoc, and Andrews are all defeated (again), but the lasting effect of the pair hacking the Phoenix Foundation's comms and revealing personal secrets to the team will likely leave some fallout to deal with in the episodes to come. One of those secrets involves the fate of Reign Edwards's character Leanna Martin who was written off the show, promptly forgotten about, and never spoken of again. The other involves the truth coming out about Riley's feelings for Mac, complicating things as Mac was just about to propose to Desi (with a diamond he created himself inside the kitchen). While at first it appears the trio will put events behind them, the epilogue suggests the possibility that the love triangle may continue to be a major plotline going forward.

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