This is sure to be a controversial take - if the IMDB reviewers are anything to go by - but I am enjoying the MacGyver reboot that has made its way to TV over here.
I used to enjoy watching the special agent series back in the 1980s and was intrigued to see how the new take on it would be received by my older eyes.
I've watched every episode that has aired over here in the UK so far. I guess we're on episode twelve or thirteen now. However, in one of the two episodes I watched last night, the head of operations turned out to be a mole and was arrested. Then - in the following story - a new chief was introduced.
The lady was built up throughout the episode as being a tough taskmaster with a reputation, so the audience at home - like myself - were being set up to expect someone different to who showed up at the closing scenes. The new character is played by a dwarf.
I thought it was actually a cool way to play with the audience. Just from her debut, we did get to realise that the stories about her were true - she did come across as the strict operator but - going in - I am sure that the viewers that had built their own mental image would have been surprised to see the character's debut.
Before I went to bed, I made a mental note to check out how fans on the Internet reacted to the episode. I did that a few minutes ago. I found one review that was sort of negative on the new appointment, but wasn't critical of the actress. The reviewer thought that the series is turning into 'screwball comedy'.
What I did find surprising was all the negative reviews the series has in general. Here are some of the things I've read today:
This is definitely NOT MacGyver
Nothing is sacred
Please, God, No!
Worst Reboot In History
And so on,
As noted, I was a fan of the original series. I didn't really expect much from the 21st Century take. Therefore, my expectations were low going in. I guess it's the hardcores who are hating on it. To me - it's forty minutes a week of popcorn TV. Something to sit down and not take too seriously. I guess that's the same way I approached the 80s edition back when I was a child.
The season has concluded over in the US. We have eight episodes remaining. The show appears to have been renewed for a second season.