Sunday, April 22, 2012

Themes Like Old Times

MacGyver

8 comments:

  1. Theme song seems to have an Andrew Lloyd Webber flavor.

    I watched several episodes on Netflix a few weeks ago. Certainly has a leftward slant, but apparently lefties could be brazenly patriotic back then. Times have certainly changed.

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    1. Part of the leftward slant seemed to come from MacGyver's abhorrence of firearms, which made watching his Stargate character, Col. Jack O'Neill, that much more fun, seeing as how Jack was a "shoot first, shoot second, and ask questions maybe never" kind of guy.

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  2. The intros from the first couple of seasons were a little longer and in better sync.

    It was never as good once they gave MacGyver a boss.

    PS Regarding the Lefty slant (Fonzie, after all, was executive producer) remember this was on at 7pm on Sundays originally, so they had to be careful what they showed. This was back when the anti-war Lefties were still telling us how much they were against violence (unless committed by the VC or Ayers and Dohrn)

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    1. I never watched it first run. After my youngest son and I went through all the Emma Peel Avengers, I picked up a couple of seasons of MacGyver and watched them with him a few years back. Not bad as long as you don't take any of it too seriously.

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    2. Get the first season; as someone once described it, Indiana Jones meets low-tech James Bond.

      One of the interesting hooks was that the first 10 minutes or so was a completely separate mini-story (the pilot and the one where he steals an evil Sheik's prize Arabian (which tells you how old they are) are worth it). You also see the beginnings of the quirky recurring characters, including a very young Cuba Gooding.

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    3. I don't remember CG, I guess I'll have to go back a look one of these days.

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    4. Three brothers, slightly off center - Frank, Jesse, and Billy (outlaws, get it (wink, wink)?) Colton.

      Cleavon Little was Jesse, can't remember who played Frank but it was another oft-seen black actor, and Gooding was Billy.

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    5. I'll have to check it out!

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