Saturday, May 15, 2010

MacGyver - Los Angeles Times: 'MacGyver's' pop cultural hold on us

At the Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA):

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'MacGyver's' pop cultural hold on us

There's a universal appeal in being able to bust out of jail with nothing but chewing gum and wire.


Richard Dean Anderson from the made-for-TV movie, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis

May 16, 2010

When Josh and Ada Cottrell were expecting their first child four years ago, they wanted to give their son a name that embodied their beliefs and stood for something attainable. They wanted their little guy to be known not so much as a dreamer but a doer.

So the Sherman Oaks couple named their son … Macgyver.
"We got a lot of flak for it," Ada says. "People would tell us, 'You're setting him up to fail.' But my husband is a 'MacGyver.' And if he's going to be anything like his daddy, which I'm sure he is, he's going to be the kind of guy who can put together a sink with a paper clip and some chewing gum and 'MacGyver' it, so it'll work."

With the "MacGyver" spoof "MacGruber" arriving in theaters Friday — and with movies, TV shows and advertisements continuing to namedrop the '80s adventure series — "MacGyver" is enjoying something of a pop culture renaissance. But that would imply that the show, which ended its seven-year network run in 1992, went away in the first place. And it never did.

"MacGyver" followed the exploits of mullet-sporting secret agent Angus MacGyver, a troubleshooter dedicated to using scientific principles (along with a lot of duct tape and his trusty Swiss Army knife) in weekly campaigns against drug lords, dictators and communists. The ABC show established its template with its pilot episode in which MacGyver, among other feats, disarmed a missile with a paper clip, stopped a sulfuric acid leak with a chocolate bar and fashioned an explosive using sodium metal and a cold capsule.
"We verified the viability of the science, but we often stretched the principles," chuckles "MacGyver" star Richard Dean Anderson who has been playing another hero in Syfy's "Stargate" franchise for much of the past decade. "That chocolate would have sealed the leak in the sulfuric acid vat. We just would have needed a half-ton of chocolate to make it work..."



At Amazon:

MacGyver: The TV Movies

Series: MacGyver Rating: NR (Not Rated) | Format: DVD

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Included on this DVD are:

MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis - made for TV May 1994
MacGyver returns as the wily adventurer, this time teamed with an eccentric archaeologist and a young female scholar in a quest for legendary loot from the lost city of Atlantis.

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Brian Blessed, Sophie Ward, Christian Burgess, Oliver Ford Davies and Tim Woodward.

Directed by Michael Vejar and written by John Sheppard.


MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday - made for TV November 1994 (Note: during the broadcast of this movie on November 24, 1994, a movie trailer for the feature film Stargate was aired. Richard Dean Anderson went on to play Col. Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG1 on TV.)
In MacGyver's next adventure, he travels to England to celebrate his friend's birthday, only to witness instead his friend's death. An investigation reveals that the murder is linked to mysterious interests seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Beatie Edney, Peter Egan, Alun Armstrong, Bob Sherman and Lena Headey.

Directed by Charles Correll and written by John Considine.

Many thanks to the Richard Dean Anderson Official Web site for the movie synopses and the photo from MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis.

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