I don’t care if he can build a hydrogen bomb using a swizzle stick, a can of deodorant and a couple of deflated animal balloons, there’s no getting around the fact that the first look we got at the new MacGyver TV series remake was not a good one. The casting of Lucas Till in the titular role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson in the classic series, already didn’t sit well with some fans, and then that first trailer dropped and it looked painfully terrible. I mean terrible even by cheesy 1980’s standards.
Clearly somebody at CBS also thought so, as we recently heard that US TV network ordered the show’s pilot to be completely scrapped and redone, this time with acclaimed director James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw) taking the helm as well as producing.
So has Wan somehow managed to polish up this turd? Well, luckily there’s a new trailer out for it, so let’s see:
Well, that actually looks better. I mean that, honestly. No sarcasm at all. However seeing as we started at subterranean levels, there really was nowhere else to go but up. So yes, to quote that famous old adage: It looks like Wan has polished this turd. But a turd, no matter how shiny, is still a turd though.
MacGyver also stars George Eads, Justin Hires and Sandrine Bolt. It is scheduled to premiere on CBS on 23 September.
Here’s the full synopsis:
A reimagining of the classic series, CBS’ MacGyver is an action-adventure drama and revolves around 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Till), who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads). At home, MacGyver is entertained by his ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer (Justin Hires). Under the aegis of the Department of External Services, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.
Last Updated: August 19, 2016
August 19, 2016 at 13:21
This is better but only slightly.
Okay so he has had a haircut, he doesn’t use a garden hosepipe to trip bad guys and George Eads is not cheesy as hell in trailer #2.
The bomb over the shoulder bit is a tad on the nose from MacGyver 1980’s.
CBS has scheduled it for a Friday night…..that’s reserved for certain to be cancelled fodder.
I want this to work and be good….it’s not going to be either I’m afraid.
August 19, 2016 at 14:10
Man, it’s just so damn cliched!