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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Fridays on M-Net channel 101 will never be the same again, with the much-awaited reboot of the 80s jack-of-all-trades, MacGyver, followed by the hot new subversive teen drama Riverdale at 21h30.

Flashback to 1985: no smartphone, 4D or HD TV. If it weren’t for the extremely resourceful antics of secret agent Angus MacGyver, there would have been nothing to entertain on television. Now, fast forward to 2017, a fresh-faced new MacGyver (Lucas Till, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is the talented, laid-back young man, with the same set of extraordinary skills. And just like his predecessor, this rebooted agent prefers the non-violent approach, especially when he’s recruited into a clandestine organisation within the US government.

With this problem-solver at the centre of the action, “Mac’s” team consists of maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads, CSI), ex-field agent turned director of operations Patricia Thornton (Sandrine Holt, Mr Robot), as well as Riley Davis (Tristan Mays, The Vampire Diaries), an unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder. At home, MacGyver is entertained by his ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer (Justin Hires, Rush Hour).

Who else but Macgyver can find unique ways to use tin foil and safety pins?

The show’s stunt coordinator Jeff Wolfe, an experienced industry expert who has worked on shows like Rush Hour, True Detective, and movies like Terminator Genisys, Furious 7 and Stalker, told the media that he had a lot of fun on MacGyver but admits that it was a lot of responsibility. Wanting to stay relevant, Wolfe admits that coming up with stunts to wow modern audiences does put a bit of pressure on the project, adding that the most challenging aspect of being a stunt coordinator on this show was the audiences’ expectations. And the show manages to meet them, as Wolfe puts it, the bar is set and the ceiling of the old show is his floor.