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MacGyver - (S01E05)


Using only an armrest, a curtain rod and a toothpick, MacGyver must fix a sabotaged train in order to protect a whistleblower who has proof that her boss is selling weapons to U.S. enemies.

Episode Title: Toothpick
Airs: 2016-10-21 at
  • Mark A. Perigard

    With the breezy action comes some valuable knowledge about magnets and ammonias. Who knew TV could be educational? ... This reboot looks to be a pleasant way to start the [CBS Friday] lineup and the weekend.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Webb Mitovich

    It’s almost shameless how quickly Mac plows through the “classics,” including using soot and packing tape to lift a fingerprint, and I’m still unsure of what principle he uses exactly to outwit a biometric scanner. But these quick fixes remain a good part of the fun. ... It deviates from the comparatively “lone wolf” nature of the original, though that’s not necessarily to its detriment; it simply makes it more familiar, CBS procedural-y.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Some of us won’t be able to watch MacGyver without feeling like we’re getting a lobotomy with an unwound paper clip; others will be delighted by this energetic, easygoing update.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    MacGyver isn't going to set prime time on fire. But it's watchable enough, and it seems like a good Friday night fit with CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods."

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The new MacGyver lacks [USA's "Burn Notice's"] creativity and wit. It’s clumsy and forgettable, and it’ll probably end up lasting seven seasons without anybody really noticing.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What you're getting here is a factory-made retread that is less MacGyver than MacGyver: Impossible, with the title character now just one member of an impossible mission team. ... The show does, however, have two saving graces beyond the easygoing charm of its stars. For one, the original was hardly holy writ, and tampering with it doesn't count as a sin. And for another, weightless may be just what you want on a Friday night.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Lucas Till, as the 2016 version of the title character, doesn’t make much of an impression in the premiere, which involves a bioweapon that has fallen into bad hands. It’s nice to see George Eads of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” back on TV as Jack Dalton, one of MacGyver’s partners in disaster prevention, but the show is bogged down by its premise.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    CBS must have reasoned that the new version would have to be bigger and flashier. This reboot accomplishes that, but in doing so, loses the whole point of MacGyver in the first place.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The slick action is soulless, the voice-over is awkward, and Till isn’t faceted enough to add a human dimension.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It’s fun but tedious.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Everything about MacGyver feels rote--from the constant bombardment of brotastic banter between Angus MacGyver (a bland Lucas Till, “X-Men: Apocalypse”) and ex-military sidekick Jack Dalton (George Eads, “CSI”) to the entirely predictable plot of the pilot that lays track for a seasonlong arc--and imbued with a CBS house style.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Megan Garber

    There’s something soothingly predictable about all this: We’ve seen it all before. Only here, there’s a strain of camp.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Craig Byrne

    While lead actor Lucas Till is charismatic as Mac, his voiceover and the tone of several parts of the show would remind viewers of another, better recent CBS show that was cancelled: Limitless. The pilot, directed by James Wan, at least keeps things entertaining on the action side; however, even with a near-complete retooling, some characters feel like the ones you’ve seen before on other recent CBS shows like Scorpion.

    Collider Full Review
  • Bernard Boo

    The cues are clunky and don’t add much insight into the mind of our hero, and the sense of suspense the original was known for (typically involving an explosive of some sort) is all but missing here, mostly due to the fact that the show insists on maintaining a zippy pace at all times. This is a major issue, but the show’s woes don’t end there. The more critical question of cast chemistry is ultimately what sinks the ill-conceived reboot, with Till struggling to find an easy rapport with his onscreen partners.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Comfort food television is a necessary and worthwhile product, but MacGyver is so bland it’s not even fun for a Friday night in.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    If you turn off your brain, this isn't the worst way you can spend an hour. But it's not a particularly good show.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The action is so predictable it feels, at times, like a joke. ... The reboot adds nothing to the archetype, which makes it less nostalgic than archaic.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    CBS came through with something that feels enough like the '80s-era ABC original to be a museum piece (if ticking time bombs were allowed in museums).

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The pilot travels the globe, but doesn't look like it moved too far off the backlot. There's no "wow" factor at all. And perhaps that boils down why MacGyver is just unnecessary, rather than being explicitly awful.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    MacGyver (played by Lucas Till, X-Men: Apocalypse) is soooo much smarter than us, his producers have helpfully slapped big bold chyron labels on all the household goods with which he builds Klingon battlecruisers and time-traveling Waring blenders. So yes, that black ashy substance is indeed "SOOT." And that tangle of wires? You guessed it: "ELECTRONICS." Then there are the moments—a lot of them—when MacGyver is boinking one of his chick assistants while whipping up a laser death ray with his free hand. You'll know when the MacGyver audience has reach its target IQ when you see a chyron reading "ORIFICE." Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's less MacGyver with better production values than a bad 24 retread (with a hint of imitation Shondaland DNA) that occasionally pauses for duct tape.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It looks cheap (even though CBS decided to scrap the entire original pilot and make a new one), the action sequences are rote, the dialogue is mostly generic, and the characters are all one-dimensional.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The resultant explosions look cheap and the cliche-pocked script keeps self-destructing--“We’re running out of time, Mac”--before the bad guys are neutralized. MacGyver deploys a few household items to make all of this happen, but not all that inventively or interestingly. Till’s acting remains a work in progress, if that.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A few of the critical “makeshift” moments defy logic, if not ridicule.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The premiere episode is OK but not much more. There’s a lot of action, fleet camera work and an annoying, anachronistic voice-over narration by our pretty hero.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Till’s delivery is wooden and clunky. The writing doesn’t help--the pilot script is full of silly plot short-cuts and painfully cheesy lines.

    Variety Full Review