Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Dare to improvise: ‘MacGyver’ delivers action-packed season finale

- BY K.A. TAYLOR

In the era of Pinterest and Maker magazine, anyone can attempt to create, well, pretty much anything. If you don’t have all of the supplies you need, fear not — there’s likely a substitute lying around that can be used to make it work. Perhaps you can even ... MacGyver it?

The series that spawned that quirky verb inspired a 2016 reboot, and the two versions share more than just the leading man’s innovative, unusual quick fixes to life-threatenin­g and dangerous situations. The season finale of “MacGyver” airs Friday, May 4, on CBS.

While technologi­cal advancemen­ts have been made, much of “MacGyver’s” core premise is heavily reminiscen­t of the original series. Angus (Mac) MacGyver (Lucas Till, “X-Men: First Class,” 2011) is employed by the top secret Phoenix Foundation as a field agent, acquired for his experience as a military EOD technician full of innovative, non-lethal ways of dealing with any possible threats.

Assisting him is a diverse and talented team. Jack Dalton (George Eads, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigat­ion”) supports Mac with both his military background and penchant for firearms, while also bringing a slightly lighter, devil-may-care attitude to the field. Riley Davis (Tristin Mays, “The Vampire Diaries”) brings sharp wit and tech grit to the team as a highly skilled hacker who has a heavy, familial past with fellow team member Jack.

Mac’s best friend, Wilt Bozer (Justin Hires, “21 Jump Street,” 2012), rounds out the team with his relatable, fish-out-of-water perspectiv­e. Wilt’s lack of experience relating specifical­ly to covert operative fieldwork — having previously worked as a film director — often lands him in less-than-desirable situations, but his perceptive personalit­y and varied skill set proves to be of formidable value to the team.

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