Friday, September 23, 2016

So who else thinks the MacGyver reboot is going to be a burning tire dump?

Oh boy...
(via IMDb)
The funny thing is, I've wanted a reboot off and on for the past few years, but the one birthed forth by CBS looks like an absolute disaster. The only two characters from the original series that made it into the reboot are MacGyver himself and Jack Dalton, who was MacGyver's friend who showed up from time to time. Dana Elcar's Pete Thornton has been genderswapped and is now Patricia Thornton, but that doesn't bother me. What does is the non-existence of the Phoenix Foundation, the NGO that MacGyver worked for and Thornton ran in the original series. Instead, it's been replaced by the "Department of External Services" that MacGyver created himself. Lucas Till, who plays MacGyver is 26 years old and presumably, the character is at least close to that, but sure, he creates a secret government agency. Makes perfect TV logic. I'm guessing Donald Trump is president in that universe.

Honestly, I don't think the show's going to make it because the episode premiering tonight is the show's second pilot. The first one was scrapped back in June and every character not named Angus MacGyver and Jack Dalton went with it. I don't know, but it seems like ditching a pilot and shooting a new one like four months before the premiere bodes not well for a TV show's chances of survival. Add to it that it's airing on Fridays, a timeslot regular used as a dumping ground for shows on their way towards cancellation and for ones that aren't expected to make it and yeah, this thing is doomed. I give it three episodes before CBS scraps any further episode orders and six before it gets canned. The question will be if the remaining eps are still shown on TV or dumped on the CBS website.

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