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20 February 2030 @ 07:57 pm
Fanfiction List  
Beneath the cut is a list of all of the fanfiction that I have posted in one of several places - sometimes more - on the 'net. Usually Dreamwidth (formerly on my LiveJournal), at my website, or over on the AO3's Archive of Our Own. I've linked to all three of those if a work is posted at all three, otherwise, only to the ones where it lives.

Fics listed beyond... )

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04 October 2016 @ 12:20 am
MacGyver - The Countdown #87  
#87 - Final Approach

Season: 2

Plot: Mac takes over a 'take city kids into the wilderness' project and has to rescue everyone when their pilot dies.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]



Mac's flying a plane in terrible weather, everything is awful and he's about to go down... oh no! Then we hear a robotic voice tell us that he has crashed. The fact that it was a simulator didn't seem to make Mac any less nervous about going down.

Something I caught in the dialog - Mac says he'd rather fly a P-38. Now, I'm not sure if I should file this under 'Expansion Pack Past' or what. I think I will, because it's sort of random that Mac knows how to fly otherwise. I mean, aside from knowing Jack Dalton, that is.

Anyway, Mac is told that he's going to be able to go out to take over, or help with, the 'take city kids into the wilderness' program that he'd wanted to do but wasn't allowed b/c the 'board' wanted someone else - some social scientist who is clearly not qualified. Especially since he gets pissy about Mac showing up to help out.

Gina - one of the kids - starts hitting on Mac. He's not impressed. The episode skips over the two days Mac spends in the woods with the kids so we can get to the 'big trouble' part. On the flight back, the pilot has a heart attack and Mac has to get the plane out of a dive and try to land it with everyone else still alive. This is how that flight simulator bit from earlier fits into the plot.

There's tension between the kids b/c they're all parts of different gangs, so there's that in-fighting going on. On top of that, there's a rattlesnake in their make-shift tent. Mac uses a sock for an ovenmitt to pick up a smoldering log to lure the snake out of the sleeping bag so he can snap its neck and turn it into lunch.

Then he's gotta go save Tommy from some stock footage of a mountain lion. The hollowed out log he uses to divert some water is a pretty simple, but effective set-up. Mac also left the other three gang kids back at the camp after they promised not to try to kill each other while he was gone. They're not so good at promise-keeping and the one kid goes after the other kid b/c of some bullshit about one of their brother's being killed.

When Mac breaks up the party, he also finds out that the one kid has some pretty bad internal injuries. So, this means they've gotta get out of there pretty quick so that one kid doesn't die.

He sets up a couple of the kids working on some things - clearing the brush so they have a clear path for a runway and gathering sticks so they can sight it out.

The injured kid says he lied about killing the other kid's brother so he could 'make his bones' in the gang. The other kid doesn't believe him, but leaves the injured kid alone anyway. He still doesn't want to help the rest of them get things geared up for their flight - they're making a mud trough since they blew out the tire when they landed.

When I first saw this episode, I recognized two of the kids. One is Ricky Paull Goldin, who was on a soap opera I caught bits of at the time; the other is David Harris who played a slave on the tv mini-series "North and South" (the Patrick Swayze one). It wasn't until a little later that I realized Gina was played by Pamela Gidley, who would later play Brigitte on "The Pretender".

Finally, the one kid who wasn't helping jumps in and they get the plane all set and load up the injured kid. Mac gets the plane in the air - with a little bit of tension as it takes most of their mud runway for him to get the plane off the ground.

I'm pretty sure the flight simulator part at the beginning and the 'round up' part at the end got cut out of the USA Network syndicated runs of this. I don't remember the opening bit and the end doesn't feel familiar at all, but I've only seen the DVD release versions for the last several years that it's hard to remember.

Overall, this is a good episode, the writing is pretty solid and the story works, but it's not one that's up there in the 'must watch' column. Solid, but not excellent.

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02 October 2016 @ 02:18 am
MacGyver reboot - episode 2  
I know I said I probably wasn't going to watch any more of these, but I wanted to give it one more shot to see if they had any chance of getting it right. So far, nope. I've not decided on watching more than this. If I figure out when they got a chance to sort of ease back on the throttle and get into a rhythm, maybe I'll speed through a few at once. I know they had to backtrack a bit and reshoot the pilot after the internet exploded with vitriol, but, we'll see. I only have so much slack to give them on this.

#2 )

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30 September 2016 @ 07:47 pm
Fic in June - September  
Most of these are for [community profile] fan_flashworks... I've been on a pretty decent roll. Even managed to get the ones in around my vacation.

Lunch Break - Suits - Donna & Rachel talking during lunch
Hop and a Shower - X-Men, Logan/Bobby watch a movie and take a shower
All of It - Suits/QaF - Donna/Harvey/Brian - there's a wager involved
Time to Go - White Collar - Neal & Mozzie - safecracking
So... Pancakes? - White Collar/Suits/Psych - Mike, Shawn & Mozzie - these three together briefly
Always There - Suits - Harvey & Rachel - Rachel's on her way to school
Goddammit, Harvey - Suits - Harvey playing baseball
Make a Home a House - picspam, not a fic, w/ bonus Easter egg
Double Date - Suits - AU version of a scene from s01e11
Integrity Maintained - Star Trek AoS - Kirk/Bones - yet another wager
I'm Done - Van Helsing - VH & Carl - VH musing on his job
Fever Dream - MacGyver - Mac w/ Murdoc along for fun
Hints of the Past - for [community profile] rarepairfest - White Collar - Neal/Sara - a reunion
Nothing to Say - for [community profile] mm_rares - Suits - Tony Gionopoulos/Harvey Specter - an arrangement

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24 September 2016 @ 12:22 am
MacGyver reboot...  
So, I decided to sit down to watch the pilot episode of the "MacGyver" reboot. Needless to say, despite going in with a fairly open mind about it, I wasn't impressed. If you want puppies and rainbows and praise, this is not the write-up for you, please show yourself the door.

Spoilers if anyone cares... )

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17 September 2016 @ 04:17 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #88  
#88 - A Prisoner of Conscience

Season: 1

Plot: Mac and Pete have to get a political prisoner out of a Russian mental hospital before the government decides he's not 'useful' anymore.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BananaInTheTailPipe - it's actually a potato, but same premise


We open on some stock footage of Moscow, then move on to a boat puttering up to a dock.

I think Mac might be the only person in the history of picture media who can eat an apple and *not* look like an asshole.

Pete insists that he's going to do this mission alone, but Mac is a persistant bugger and convinces Pete to let him tag along - since he's already come all this way.

Right off the bat, we get Secret Police showing up to take Pete's friend's daughter in for questioning - which she refuses. The police want to just haul her in, but Pete 'convinces' them to go for a swim. Then, he's really glad Mac's around, despite telling him to stay behind, b/c they need an escape. My question here is, wasn't Pete a secret agent of some flavor? Isn't that exactly what the premise of this entire episode is based on - Pete's agent actions and him feeling guilty about an asset that was killed? So, why is he suddenly stupid about normal 'how to be an agent' stuff when MacGyver's around? I get it that Mac's awesome and the main character, but Mac's already smart, you don't need to try to 'prove' it by making other characters who should also have some inate skills and abilities, sudden morons. Bad writing strikes again.

I love that Mac just jumps into the boat, not worried about whether he's standing up or sitting correctly; he's just concerned about getting on the damned boat. This is one of those things, I don't know if it was a decision by the writer, the director or RDA, but it's so simple, yet very effective. When you're being chased by bad guys and need to get into the transportation in a hurry, the last thing you should be worried about is getting dirt on the seat, or facing the right way, or whatever - just get in the damned vehicle! And RDA does this beautifully here - he just flops onto the back of the boat, feet in the air, watching the shoreline, and worries about turing around later. In addition to this, there's the little fisherman guy whose boat gets all jostled around as Pete and co take off. It's kind of funny.

However, then Mac totally validates Pete's stupidity with one of those 'aren't you glad I didn't listen to you?' lines.

Okay - I don't know what movie they swiped this stock footage from, but they didn't even TRY to make it match up. The footage has three men with big bushy 70's hair all ducked down behind the windscreen. Given the James Bond-sounding music over the scene, I wouldn't be surprised if the boat chase is from one of the James Bond movies.

Then they learn that Maria Karsoff's father - Pete's friend - isn't actually dead; he's in a mental hospital. And now they plan to break him out. Maria's going in as an aide, Pete as a doctor and Mac as a patient.

I don't know if this is an accurate depiction of mental hospital practices in Cold War Russia or a depiction of what Hollywood *thought* went on, but they come in and whack MacGyver in the head when he gets a little rowdy. It leads to a (amusing) scene where Mac and Pete are alone to talk about their plan, but still.

Today, Mac would have a hard time making a lockpick from a lightbulb, since we have all of these non-incandescant bulbs now that don't really have filaments in them.

I do like that Mac is one of the few people who locks the door to the room he just broke someone out of as a means of misdirection. It's a good tactic that I don't think is used as often as it could be.

Okay - this is more sloppy writing. They need to make the Russian doctor supsicious of Pete for dramatic tension reasons, so they have Pete not put the meds he stole into his pocket until AFTER he exits the closet he was hiding in, despite him putting other meds he stole into his pocket already. This makes zero sense in the 'the way humans act' department. When Pete heard the cleaning lady coming, he would've shoved the drugs into his pocket AS he was getting into the closet. That would've been a good time to drop something and the cleaning lady could've seen it and reported it to the Russian doctor guy. Of course that would also take out the uber!suspicious 'walking across the hall, pretending you didn't hear someone call your name' bit that Pete does as Russian doctor guy is coming down the hall.

Then the Russian doctor dood accuses Pete and the Russian doctor lady of wanting to sell the drugs on the black market. He puts them under 'house arrest'. The Russian doctor dood goes to accuse Mac of being part of the drug ring; Mac claims to be undercover KGB, but doctor dood threatens 'chemical interrogation', which gets the prisoners riled up. A fight breaks out, including a classic MacGyver punch-fall. Seriously, for a guy who plays hockey and slams into other people as part of that game, he is really clumsy with throwing punches and stuff a lot of the time.

Maria looks very suspicious when she's pouring the drug into the tea urn. Slightly averted here when the guy asks what she just put in the urn, but just slightly.

The scene with the chess-playing patient playing with the trussed up doctor is pretty hilarious. The doctor looks really pissed off and I think he's wanting the prisoner to untie him, but I think he should maybe reflect on some of his life choices, b/c he treated some of these patients pretty terribly.

Everyone escapes. And Alexander says that it's the gov't who wanted to silence him, not Russia herself. He's willing to stay behind and speak out to help his country, but he sends his daughter away so they're both safer.

The lazy writing hurts this one a bit. And the bad stock footage usage. I understand why they used stock footage - it's to save money, but nothing matches except the color of the boats. It's pretty bad. Worse than the use of the footage from "The Italian Job" in s01e03. The story itself is good, but there are enough problems that this one can't move much higher up the list.

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16 September 2016 @ 10:44 pm
The big Gatecon thank you post  
The con report was yesterday. This is the big post of thank you. To everyone who helped with the con - the organizers, the volunteers, the guests, the attendees.

Special call-out to everyone who helped with the photo sessions and photo printing. You all were amazing!

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15 September 2016 @ 11:39 pm
Gatecon 2016 - long con report is long  
This will probably be either amazingly short or weirdly long. A lot happened, but a lot of it happened really really fast. OMG.
Gatecon 2016: The Homecoming )

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14 September 2016 @ 04:38 pm
thefridayfive - a few days late  

1. Where were you on September 8, 1966? Did you watch the first episode of Star Trek that evening? If you are too young -- did your parents watch it?

That was a few years before I was born, so, no, I didn't watch the first episode that night. My parents may have watched it. I'd almost guess my dad did; he's a big fan... in the most subtle of ways.

2. Who is your favorite Star Trek captain, and why?

I don't know that I have a favorite, but I'm rather fond of Picard. I don't know whether I saw episodes of original Trek first or TNG, but I remember Picard the most.

3. Who is your favorite Star Trek character of all time, and why?

I like quite a few characters, but give me snarky Dr. McCoy any time.

4. Which Star Trek series is your favorite, and why?

I really like TNG, but that may be b/c it was the one I saw the most of before I watched the rest of them.

5. Which Star Trek movie is your favorite, and why?

IV and VII are probably my top 2, but II is also up there. For the reboot - Beyond did a better job with the 'Star Trek'ness of things than the previous 2 did.

this took way to fucking long thanks to the cold i'm sporting, so imma stop now.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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03 September 2016 @ 03:15 am
Suits - Season 6 - or, wtf did they do to this show? pt2  
Episodes 1-4 are here

Suits s6 episodes 5 - 8 )

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01 September 2016 @ 02:34 am
Suits - Season 6 - or, wtf did they do to this show?  
This is going to be a sort of running commentary on the first eight episodes of season 6 of Suits. While they haven't gone the way of House, MD and booted off an amazing character in favor of some stupid bullshit, they have gone the way of introducing some stupid bullshit. This is sort of my way of 'coping', so to speak. I'll put it all behind a cut in case you want to watch and not be spoiled.

Suits s6 episodes 1 - 4 )

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22 August 2016 @ 12:24 am
my turn, i guess...  

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?

I signed up because I wanted to help get it launched. I signed on as a beta tester and spent a couple months breaking stuff for the greater good.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?

It's my long-standing screenname on the interwebs. The name itself originated as an inside joke between a college professor and myself.

moar here )

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24 July 2016 @ 10:34 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #89  
#89 - Flame's End

Season: 1

Plot: Some bad things are going down at a nuclear power plant and Mac gets a call from his old girlfriend to come check them out.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewOldFlame - Amy Austin
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LandingGearShot - Mac flying into wherever he's going to meet Amy


Why, exactly, are the police telling Amy that her boss' car ran off the road and that he's dead? If they're still investigating, they wouldn't tell her that the car ran off the road, since they're still looking for suspects. And, unless she's his next-of-kin, they aren't going to call her about this. And, I'm not sure they'd tell her over the phone. These police fail at policing.

Mac is playing rod hockey with his landlady - and affecting a Canadian-style accent to go with all of the legit hockey gear that he's wearing. I think Mac may be the only person to wear hockey gear while playing rod hockey.

Amy, meanwhile, is finishing that phone call, then she grabs a confidential audit file from a filing cabinet (those things people used to store paper data in before we got these new-fangled computer gizmos. *g*) She hides it in one of the nuclear reactors. Oh yeah, did we mention the file said some U-235 was missing?

She calls Mac and asks him to help. She's also being chased by a guy in a radiation suit - creepy horror movie tactic that is scary because you can't see the scary dood.

Then we get a flashback to Mac and Amy on 'their' beach. Amy's in an old truck and Mac rides up on a Triumph motorcycle. (This - the motorcycle - builds continuity with stuff in later episodes, so \o/.) I'm good with Mac on a motorcycle. That works for me. Mac wants to travel and be sort of a vagabond. Amy wants to 'settle down' and get a job at the nuclear plant.

A car blows up and we get a silent 'Amyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!' from Mac. Then, while Mac is somehow able to put his grubby fingers all over the crime scene, Freddy Krueger shows up - though, a lot less Freddy-like. He is wearing a striped tie though in Freddy orange-red and blue-black. Not sure if that was intentional or not.

Why is Mac allowed to touch all of these pieces of evidence without wearing gloves? Actually - why is he allowed near the crime scene AT ALL? He's not part of the police force and the police aren't usually keen on having random civilians, especially those linked to the deceased, partaking in the investigation. I know that Mac is doing all of this as part of the plot, b/c a lot of this is relevant later, but this is just shitty writing. It's not like there weren't a dozen police procedurals on TV before MacGyver started up as a show. C'mon, Hollywood, you're better than this even in 1985.

Also - how the shit did they get a funeral arranged so damned fast? That car *just* blew up! Are you seriously telling me the M.E. already did the autopsy and released the body - to apparently non-existent next of kin - so they can have a funeral the next day? If there's no one to claim the body, who the hell is going to the funeral? Sorry, no, but no system works that fast. And no way Amy's body wouldn't be autopsied after a potential homicide. Besides, with the autopsy, they would learn what we learn in about 2 mins - that it wasn't Amy in the car. WTF writers, you can't just decide there won't be an autopsy so your plot will work. That's lazier than the failsauce police procedure.

And don't give me that 'it's been more than one day' bullshit, b/c in the next scene, Mac's telling Amy that he arrived 'yesterday', saw the car blow up, then went to the funeral today. So it wasn't several days. There is no way in hell the turn-around on that dead body was less than 24 hours. Fuck you screenwriters.

Mac, honey, you're a smart guy, but, the woman you're talking to just faked her death - unintentionally - why the hell are you having this conversation ON THE STREET?!

Exposition phone call #2 - why is the coroner's office calling the nuclear plant to inform a random worker there that it wasn't Amy in the car? (Seriously, if CinemaSins did tv shows, they would have a field day with this episode. Holy shit.)

Time for Mac to snog his old girlfriend while she's emotionally uneasy. I'm not knocking it, he's doing it for comfort reasons and she partially initiated it. Plus, it's Mac, he's not being a creepy creeper.

He is, however, being followed. Did the guy in the car that was following them get out, put on the radiation suit and go hide in the basement?

Why do they stay in the damned chamber to read the report? WHY? Plot, yes, I know, but OMG DROP THE IDIOT BALL! Meanwhile, Freddy Krueger is all Homer Simpsoning it up at his post and not paying attention to a damned thing.

Speaking of 'damn' - Mac utters that word, and 'hell' a little later.

And, what's with the timing? Didn't Amy say they had 10 minutes before it would be 'too hot to breathe', which would be several minutes before the sludge ever made it to the chamber. So I get that they're in a hurry to shut the door, but the sludge shouldn't already be hitting the chamber as they do.

Freddy Krueger turns out to be the bad guy and Mac isn't surprised. Mac does think that he's not a killer though, thus subverting the 'talking instead of shooting' trope. Mac's right... at least about Freddy not wanting to kill them. (The guy's name is Tim, but it's Robert Englund, so he's Freddy for this review.)

But wait! There's another bad guy! It's the cop Mac gave all sorts of evidence and info to earlier! He's selling uranium to... the Canadians. Or something.

What kind of jackass fires a weapon without aiming at the people he's trying to kill? Oh, right, one that the writers need to shoot the important panel that keeps the reactor from blowing up. And where did this random 'blockage' come from in the reactor? Or in the coolant system, the bad cop dood shot a control panel; he didn't stuff too many socks into the reactor pipes.

The jackass mishandles his gun again, only this time he earns himself a good solid dose of radiation.

Mac says the word 'damn' three times, and 'hell' once in this episode. This is 13 episodes in, so I don't know where they get the idea that Mac would 'curse' quite this much. Back in "Target MacGyver" he says 'aw, doggoneit, Harry', I think - or something akin to that. Why would he suddenly shift over to the actual words if he hadn't been saying them all along?

The writing in this one is really sloppy. The action parts are mostly okay, but wow, the police procedure and the random expositional phone calls - how even did I rank this one this high?

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30 June 2016 @ 01:12 am
MacGyver - The Countdown #90  
#90 - Thin Ice

Season: 3

Plot: A hot-head hockey player is on his way to the NHL, but Mac has to talk some sense into him first.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ExpansionPackPast - Mac's hockey career that flopped


This whole town apparently shuts down for a hockey championship game.

Mac is coaching the college hockey team - but I have a question here, can someone not on the school's payroll officially coach the team? I mean, I know Mac has friends everywhere, but doesn't the school team have to be coached by a school faculty member? (Though, this is MacGyver, so he may be some sort of adjunct or something.) [btw - the imdb summary for this episode says this is high school hockey, which - wrong, per the giant banner on the rink]

There's a hockey scout at the game for a team known as the Mustangs. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be an NHL team or more one of the minor leagues (I'll update this if it's clarified later.) This scout though, he's all about 'dirty hockey'. Now, this is a thing that has happened in hockey and may still - though the NHL has introduced rules to cut down on the 'fighting' element a lot. Back in the 80's and 90's teams used to bring in 'enforcers'. Sometimes they were used as 'bodyguards' for valuable, top-tier players - for example, Marty McSorley was in place to protect Wayne Gretzky when they played for the Edmonton Oilers and the LA Kings. These were big, stocky guys meant to be brick walls between the scorers and the other team. They also tended to be pretty rough in their style of play and frequently spent time in the penalty box. That was their role. (Seriously, these guys were NOT going to win the Lady Byng!)

Anyway, Mac's not overly pleased about this scout hanging around trying to talk Kirby (the star college player) into playing this rough 'bad boy' version of hockey. Especially since it's this sort of crap that got Kirby booted off Team USA... though this has me confused too.

This episode aired in 1988, so which Olympics was Kirby supposed to have participated in? This is college hockey, and he's a senior, that puts him at about 22 years old. Assuming it's 1988 in the show, I suppose he could've been chosen for the 1988 Olympics and fucked it up right at the beginning (this episode aired in February prior to the Olympics). But, Kirby's dad says that he got off a plane from Finland, as though that's where the Olympics were being held. The 1988 games were in Calgary (decidedly NOT in Finland) - and that was decided in 1981, so the show writers would've been able to find that out. It's also possible that Kirby played in the 1984 games, he would've been 18 and fresh out of high school. But those were in Serajavo (also not in Finland). So, I'm a little confused about which games he was supposed to play in. Or, like the 'Mustangs', did they make something up? Do they have to pay for the rights to use the official Olympmic venue cities like they would for utilizing 'real' sports team names in dialog? (Obviously team logo placement isn't an issue - there's a NY Islanders banner on the wall in Kirby's dad's shop and, later, Mac has LA Kings jerseys.)

I don't know if someone legit shot that puck at the goalie, or if it was added in later, but it is DEFINITELY a set-up. That goalie moved exactly on cue and didn't look like he was trying to save that shot at ALL.

I love Mac's commentary for rod hockey w/ the all-star team - Esposito, Sanderson, etc... =)

Quickly back to the Olympics thing - they mention that the coach (the one in hospital) was at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960. This is the correct venue. So, I'm not sure what that earlier reference to Finland was all about. Also - Mac mentions that he was 8 years old when Turk (the coach) won that medal in 1960, which officially puts Mac's birth year in 1952 (though, apparently, his passport in "Every Time She Smiles" says 1951 - given that the Winter Olympics are in February, if 1951 is correct, Mac would've been 9 for the 1960 Olympics).

Okay - maybe the Finland thing was pre-Olympics? Like qualifying rounds or something? Though, it still doesn't make that much sense - why would they be in Finland for the Olympics in Calgary?

I am still confused about whether this is supposed to be high school or college hockey, since Mac says he couldn't wait to get to high school to play for Turk.

BTW - this episode has the game footage that the guys are watching in a later episode - "The Battle of Tommy Giordano".

Staged fall is staged. That didn't look natural at all. It also looked cobbled together from about 3 different shots.

Ah, Kirby's dad is trying to justify Kirby knocking out Eddie (the opposing team's guy) and putting him in the hospital. It's Eddie's fault for taking off his helmet and picking the fight. Sorry dad-dood, but no. If Eddie started it, all Kirby had to do was walk away and boom, no fight, no concussion.

Update from earlier in the ep - the Mustangs are supposed to be an NHL team. And apparently they can mention NHL teams, just not that someone might be drafted to play for one, b/c the Mustangs are supposed to play the Flyers. Either way, Kirby says 'nope' when he finds out the NHL team only wanted him b/c he would beat people up. He tells the guy to fuck off and then he decides to quit hockey altogether.

Cue Mac's speech/story about his potential shot at the Olympics and pro-hockey after high school, but he got himself busted up playing hard-nosed hockey and told himself it wasn't worth it. (Gotta say, self-defeatist doesn't really sound like Mac, though it comes up again in "The Widowmaker" and a couple references when his mom's death/funeral is mentioned, so there's some consistency, at least.)

Kirby changes his mind and comes back to play in the last game. Meanwhile, Mac talks to Kirby's dad again, trying to figure out a way to mend their relationship.

Oh Mac, what *is* that jacket?

And there's Garry Chalk again (we saw him back in "The Ten Percent Solution") as an Olympic committee guy.

Every time Kirby just lays on the ice after a hit, he irks the shit out of me. What the hell is he waiting for? Someone to come pick him up and kiss his booboo? (I know it's for 'dramatic tv', shut up.) Good hockey players don't lounge around face-down on the ice unless they're seriously injured. Kirby was board checked and lost his feet... get the hell up and go help your team, you mook. (Note that 'board checking' and 'boarding' are two different things. One is totally 'legal' and the other will earn you one hell of a misconduct penalty.)

And, I'm pretty sure that's Dan Shea (RDA's stunt double) as the equipment manager guy there by the bench. That made me giggle. And, I think this is the first time in the countdown that we've legit seen him. Oh, I'm sure he's been there in the episodes being 'stunt double' guy, but he wasn't seen as a legit character. (He shows up in two other episodes as not!stunt double a little later.) He is credited as the 'hockey technical consultant', so that probably is him.

Dan Shea was a stunt double and actor on RDA's other show - Stargate SG-1. He played Sgt Siler - sort of a fix-it/handyman guy. He could frequently be seen in the background of shots, often with, I think, Martin Wood. (Obviously I need to do an SG-1 re-watch.) Shea is also a really fun guy to talk to or listen to. He's been to several Gatecons and he's got a great sense of humor. And stunt stuff is fun to hear about. He actually sometimes has stranger stories than the actors. =)

I am pretty sure I talked more about hockey in this write-up than I did about the episode. I like this episode *b/c* of the hockey, but it's not necessarily one of my 'go-to' MacGyver episodes. I feel like I say this a lot, but I don't actually *hate* any of the episodes. (The closest I get is that "Trail to Doomsday" movie, omg, wth is that thing?) But I don't hate any of them. I do like some more than others, obviously, but I'll watch 'em all. Except the clip shows. Ugh. *g*

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10 June 2016 @ 11:46 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #91  
#91 - Gold Rush

Season: 4

Plot: A lot of gold went missing at the end of WWII with a downed plane, now Mac has to retrieve it.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DirtyCommunists - the general feeling of Col West


We start off with a flashback to 1944 over the Arctic Circle with a plane having some technical difficulties, then crashing. This plane happened to be carrying bars of gold.

Skip to present day with Mac narrating about a tropical vacation he was going to take, except he's been redirected to less balmy climes. He's supposed to locate this missing gold and bring it back for the Russians - who will be helping to locate it of course.

Then we're intro'd to a woman Mac hasn't seen in five years, only, he's far less thrilled to see her than she is him. Though, he still holds the door for her, maintaining his characterization.

There's a storm brewing nearby and the winds could shift again and re-cover the recently exposed plane. This would, of course, be BAD. So Mac has them leaving that day to try to find the plane.

So, they find the plane. And, b/c it's that easy, you know the gold won't be there. And it's not. So they're trying to figure out where it is and Mac starts looking around the plane, noticing things, except the one thing that West noticed - the coordinates on the back of the lone bar of gold left on the plane.

Turns out, the Russian guy saw West looking at the bar, so he looks too and sees what West saw. Then he sees West sneaking off and follows him. Do these guys not realize this will seem very suspicious to Mac and the Russian lady?

Well, Mac might speak a little Russian, but he doesn't read it, so he has Natalie translate for him. And they find old recordings, including one the crew made after the crash. The newest recording has instructions for how to find the rest of the gold - it's meant for West. The crew was a little pissed off to find out that West had sabotaged the plane.

West set charges to create an avalanche - Stock footage of avalanche is stock - and Mac and Nat are locked in the plane b/c of snow.

But Mac sees a bunch of goodies lying about the plane that he can put to use to force the snow out of the way. B/c that's what Mac does.

West moves along to find the gold and locates the cave b/c of the piece of a door with the plane's markings. Then he very quickly sets off a booby-trap... b/c of course he does. Anyone else think this would be a Jack Dalton plot if not for West? I mean, there's a missing treasure and Mac has to help someone find it and there's a bad guy who wants to get there first - and is a greedy bastard - and makes Mac do all the work. Sounds like a Jack-plot to me.

So, here's a question - how do all of these people figure out how to set up all of these traps? MacGyver is one thing, maybe a few other folks in history, but everyone from the past that they peg Mac up against? That's a stretch.

Incredibly convenient cave set-up is convenient. And the setting looks a lot like both "Out in the Cold" and "The Eye of Osiris".

Okay - the one thing I haven't figured out in all of the times I've watched this - what the hell is it that Nat did 5 years ago that pissed Mac off so hard? Just being Russian? Being Communist? There was something about her uncle... but the dialog isn't all that clear on what they're talking about. Was the defector story a lie? A ruse? What happened? Just her lying can't be all of it. People lie to Mac all the time, he doesn't go all 'I hate you, GTFO' on them. Is there another bit of dialog I'm missing that gives more to this backstory? B/c I don't think there is.

This is part of why I have such a hard time with this episode - we don't have enough of this backstory to make the connection work. Had Nat just said 'hey, I heard you're the best at doing the impossible, so I wanted you on the team' and there was no dislike-feelings from MacGyver on this, it would've worked just as well, if not better. But, alas, we're stuck with another episode where Mac is supposed to somehow end up romantically involved with the female guest star. And this isn't one of the episodes where it works.

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Highlander II
04 June 2016 @ 11:43 pm
fic in March - May  
These were written in March, April or May. All of them were written for [community profile] fan_flashworks, except one. (The last one was posted in June, but was written in May.)

Strike Out Looking - Suits, Harvey Specter, backstory scene

Standing in the Wind - Suits, Harvey Specter, he does a bit of reflecting

Rho-fourteen - BtVS, AU, Spike/Xander, written for [community profile] smutswap

Pinned - Suits/Dresden Files crossover, Harvey Specter and Karrin Murphy, written for both [community profile] fan_flashworks and [community profile] intoabar.

Scene from a Game - Van Helsing, Carl/Van Helsing, kinky game-play

Tempered Here - Dresden Files, Harry Dresden/Carlos Ramirez, Harry's having ideas

For You - Suits, Harvey Specter/Donna Paulsen, Donna has a secret admirer

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04 June 2016 @ 02:59 am
MM swap letter  
lists and things... )

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27 May 2016 @ 12:53 pm

1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?

I'm not so keen on being in the spotlight, so I don't know that I'd want to be either one.

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?

I did a photoshoot thing for my dad's store way back when I was like 5 or 6.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?

No one I know of. Though, I know a guy who came thisclose to being in a porno once.

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?

I've met a few folks who fall in the 'famous' category. Richard Dean Anderson, Jim Butcher, James Marsters, Michael Shanks, a whole host of other SG-1 folks... Conventions are good for that sort of thing. =)

5. Who would play you in a movie?

Some random extra who might get a credit at the end of the film. I'm totally not the star. See above re: not liking the spotlight.

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12 May 2016 @ 08:57 pm
since i've been doing some reading...  
book meme thing (snatched from [personal profile] delight)

What are you reading right now?

I am currently re-reading Proven Guilty. I may or may not turn on the audiobook by James Marsters to go along with it when I'm at home. Though, I can't run the audiobook through my kindle app on my phone b/c it's not sync'd correctly - and I can't figure out why.

I like this book - I like the whole Dresden Files series - this one is the one about the horror movie convention - SPLATTERCON!!! =)

What did you just finish reading?

I just finished reading both Cold Days and Dead Beat - re-reading, actually. Apparently I'm in a Dresden re-read mode. At least, the back section of the existing series of books. I've read the first 6 several times already. Also - Dead Beat has zombies and a dinosaur. XD

What do you think you'll read next?

There's a theme here, see if you can figure it out. Next will probably be White Night, if I decide to keep reading in order. So Small Favor, Turn Coat, Changes, Skin Game - skipping Ghost Story b/c I just re-read that one not too long ago and, Cold Days, b/c that's where I started just a little bit ago.

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05 May 2016 @ 01:36 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #92  
#92 - The Assassin

Season: 1

Plot: A master-of-disguise assassin is going after an unknown target and Mac and Pete have to stop him.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArchEnemy - subverted


We start off with someone ominously approaching a door. Or someone approaching an ominous door. There is lock-picking afoot. And a woman packing - clothing, not carrying a gun. The woman is attacked.

Then her sister? comes in and sees the woman laying on the floor having been stabbed. The sister is whining, but she'd be much better off CALLING AN AMBULANCE. Medical personnel would be much better at saving your sister than crying.

Mac and Pete are trying to figure out who some assassin is who is supposedly really crafty. And Pete's pretty nervous about it.

The sister (Terry) goes to get a job at the woman's old job - an escort service. Apparently she thinks that the woman's last client is the killer or something.

Anyway - Mac's posing as the watchmaker who specializes in timers for explosives and such when Piedra comes in. Things go well until Piedra decides Mac needs to die. The fight is pretty good until we get to the part where Piedra pulls out a pair of butterfly knives. I'm sorry, I can't really take an assassin seriously if he uses butterfly knives un-ironically. They are probably the WORST knives to try to use for any sort of fighting. Oh sure, they'll cut if they're sharp, but unless the person you're going after is stupidly slow at everything, they're gonna clobber you with a club or run away before you get those stupid knives open - assuming you're doing the fancy flipping action, which, why the hell else would you even HAVE butterfly knives? Sure, they look scary, but unless you know how to open them, you just look like a ninny who watches too much tv. (Mac got himself backed into a corner, so the stupid knives might've been effective.)

Knife-related rant over... back to Mac and his really destructive fight with Piedra. B/c holy shit - grandfather clocks are NOT cheap, man. And Pete saves the day.

They're talking to Piedra - though he isn't saying much - and they go through some of his arsenal and they know he uses call-girls to do the pick-ups for his payments and such. Mac is gonna go undercover as Piedra. At the pick-up site, there are some other guys - probably looking for Piedra - and Mac has to try to lose them. Which he does by slotting a board in front of a series of tire spikes designed to make sure people don't drive the wrong way into a lot. The goons following him clearly can't read, so they blow two tires.

Terry tries to kill Mac, ttly convinced that he's Piedra, but he throws some exploding toothpaste and gets her gun away from her. Then he has to convince her that he's not the bad guy and didn't kill her sister - which happens really easily. For someone so convinced that Mac killed her sister, Terry gives up and changes her mind really fast.

Meanwhile, back at chez prison, Piedra is having lunch by way of removing his fake mustache and scar - which the Feds clearly forgot to check - so that he can get out of his cuffs and make a blowgun. Though, Piedra, is it really smart to hide a poison-tipped bit of metal under your fake scar so close to your own skin? What if you move just wrong and stab yourself?

And you know those other guys who were chasing Piedra? They catch up w/ Mac and nab him and Terry and shove them into a car. Meanwhile, Piedra has turned into goddamned Spiderman and crawled up into a space near the ceiling where he has to hold himself up against hallway walls, and he managed to get there w/o making noise.

Mac and Terry convince the other guys that Mac isn't actually the assassin. Then they go to warn the archbishop, who tells them that he isn't going to kowtow to terror. He's going to make an appearance just as he planned. When Mac leaves Terry to stay on the phone, all she manages is a 'please hurry', then hangs up, making her all but useless as a character.

Mac does convince the archbishop to let him stand in the man's place for the blessing, at least until they find the assassin. Turns out, he's dressed as a nun. He attacks Mac and they roll their fight outside where Piedra tries to use his blowdart thing, but Mac ducks and Piedra misses. Terry shows up ready to shoot Piedra, but Mac stops her and there's a tussle and Piedra ends up landing on his own dart.

Then Mac's all bummed b/c he says he'll never know whether or not he could've beaten Piedra.

This is another episode that isn't bad, necessarily, just not one that grabs me and pulls me in. I think they tried to do a little too much - Terry chasing Mac, Feds chasing Piedra, the other Spanish/Mexican guys chasing Mac as Piedra, Piedra after the archbishop - there are too many moving parts, so everyone starts sort of tripping over each other.

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Highlander II
23 March 2016 @ 10:30 pm
it's a meme thing...  
from [personal profile] sixbeforelunch - I got the letter 'J' (finding 'j' words is hard, yo)

Something I hate: jellybeans - the regular ones you get at Easter, not the JellyBelly flavored ones. The boring ones - can't stand 'em. Especially the licorice ones.

Something I love: jam - homemade jam. It's some of the best stuff ever. I'd make my own if I had the patience and the equipment for it. But, I don't (more the equipment part than the patience - canning takes things I don't have at the moment), so I wait for my mom to send me 'care packages' with jam in them. *g*

Somewhere I've been: James Madison University - 2 marching band competitions in high school and a SFF convention where Jim Butcher was a guest. It's up in the damned mountains and it can get ugly-foggy up there.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Juneau, AK might be cool to visit. During the summer months, b/c I'm not so much with the cold, but the mountains are really pretty.

Someone I know: Jim Butcher. Granted, I haven't seen him in forever, since he got super popular and his appearances now bring all the geeks to the yard. But he's a pretty cool guy and he writes books and stuff. I'm not his BFF or anything (that'd be Fred from over at Evil Hat), but he wouldn't run me over with his car. =)

A film I like: Joe's Apartment - it's stupid, but Rockapella performs "Funky Towel" and, really, that alone is worth watching CGI cockroaches.

A book I like: Jurassic Park - this was gonna be my movie, but I haven't read that many books that start w/ the letter J, but I have read this one. It's pretty good. Though, it's been forever since I read it.

If you want a letter, just drop a comment, and I'll set you up with one.

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Highlander II
26 February 2016 @ 03:24 pm
SmutSwap letter  
dear nifty writer person - )

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06 February 2016 @ 10:00 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #93  
#93 - High Control

Season: 6

Plot: Mac's 'old friend', Earl Dent, is in a spot of trouble with guys from his old motorcycle gang and Mac has to help get him out of it.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles - the whole episode
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BadassBiker - everyone in the episode
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CoolBike - ALL the bikes
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AllBikersAreHellsAngels - Kluge's gang
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MyCarHatesMe - a little at the end with Kluge


I like Mac's black facepaint - he sneaks into a truck trailer to investigate what they're smuggling. It turns out to be bio-hazard something or other stuffed into teddy bears. The guys who were in charge of the truck chase him and he gets stuck in the middle of a fight until Dent shows up to help him out.

I think this is also the first time we see the early canonical evidence of Pete's glaucoma. He's putting eyedrops in when Mac shows up to talk about the bio-toxin he found in the toy bears.

Check out the Bridge Studios lot!

Dent asks Mac to vouch for him w/ his Parole Agent. Mac, understandably, is a little reluctant to help Dent out.

Parking meters that require change. Do we still have those or have they all been converted?

There is snow on the ground - where the hell are they supposed to be? Because they are clearly not in balmy Los Angeles. I know they're filming in Vancouver, but it's really hard to make Canada look like not!Canada w/ piles of snow on the ground.

The PA is whinging about Mac prolonging the interview, but she's wasting more time yapping about how much she already knows about Dent and what he's going to do. She plays the cynical 'I've seen/heard it all before' well, she's just annoying.

The kid in the fast food place - same kid who played Tommy Giordano.

"You've got 24-hrs." - everything's always 24-hrs.

Two things - 1) I love that Mac has a motorcycle; 2) I love that he keeps an old school manual typewriter in his storage shed.

Convenient clue is convenient on Kluge's bike.

Mac tries to keep Kluge from killing the other gang's minion... sadly, it doesn't work. Even more that doesn't work? Dent's PA shows up to completely blow the whole operation, though it does lead to what is probably the most honest conversation in the episode with Dent and his PA yelling at each other to 'make some noise' so Mac can do his thing.

My sister's favorite line from this episode (she walked in during a scene one time) is when Dent asks Mac what he's doing and Mac answers 'Mixin' stuff'. It really is such a simple line. It's also effective. It describes what Mac's doing without digging too far into details. Though Mac usually does get into a bit of the details, here I think he's exasperated with Dent and his PA (they've pretty much been fighting the whole time), but he's also aware of his audience - Dent and his PA - and that neither of them are likely interested in the details. Also, he'd probably aware that Dent isn't likely to understand the details either.

Blackhawks jacket there on MacGyver. \o/ hockey!

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Highlander II
26 January 2016 @ 11:30 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #94  
#94 - Live and Learn

Season: 5

Plot: The Phoenix Foundation is piloting a program to prevent quite so many kids from dropping out of school.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BrilliantButLazy - sort of, not sure the kid's actually lazy, but he's definitely indifferent
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeyItsThatGuy - Chris Judge and James Sloyan and Jerry Wasserman (tho the latter two I know from other eps of MacGyver, as well as countless other things) [Also, check out Nick's interview w/ Mr. Wasserman over here at his blog: http://themacgyverproject.blogspot.com/2014/12/jerry-wasserman-conversation.html]


Chris Judge is not impressed with MacGyver at all during science class. Until Mac drops his ass to the floor using physics.

And we're deep into one of the 'cause of the week' style episodes; this one dealing with high school dropouts and hard cases. One such hard case is a pretty smart kid who just doesn't think it's worth it to do school things... or something.

Phoenix wants to set up a mentor program to help potential dropouts keep from dropping out. George Fraley - the skeptic teacher - thinks the idea is stupid and won't work.

Then Mac brings in the 'Martian toothbrush' to check the soil density. It's a class demo and Tony - the potential dropout - knows some things about structural engineering and that soil density is important when setting up pilings for buildings. Tony even starts getting excited about school... until his dad tells him that he got him a job; thus, he drops out of school to go to work.

Then Tony overhears/sees the foreman bribing the inspector to avoid code violations. He tries to tell his dad, but no go, then the foreman burns the form. Tony's no idiot, so he knows that means something. He gets Mac's help to retrieve the burnt report and prove that some shady stuff is going down.

The episode comes full circle with Mac and Tony having to use a lever to get Tony's dad out from under a load of collapsed building. And we end on a high note with Fraley getting interested in teaching and education and not being such a cynical shit and Tony's dad is gonna learn how to read.

This isn't an awful episode - and I feel like I'm saying that a lot, but the episodes at the bottom-ish of the list aren't necessarily bad, they're just episodes I don't enjoy watching as much as some of the others. They're not my 'go to' MacGyver episodes.

Keeping with the theme of 'people from MacGyver that I've met', Chris Judge - who was also on Stargate w/ RDA - was at Gatecon a couple of times. The one time I met him, he was a bit tipsy during the photo sessions. I didn't really get a chance to talk to him, but he was pretty nice for those couple of minutes during the photos. I think that was the year that I worked the merch table and ended up sitting in the back-40 of the auditorium (despite my ticket that should've had me sitting up closer since I didn't get to go into the auditorium until just as the panel was starting b/c of my volunteer shift) for the panel with Chris, Michael Shanks, and Amanda Tapping. Still fun though!

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Highlander II
23 January 2016 @ 10:14 pm
MacGyver - The Countdown #95  
#95 - GX-1

Season: 3

Plot: A top secret aircraft goes down over East Germany and MacGyver is sent in to retrieve the proprietary coolant system.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]



Mac seems to be taking a vacation and takes in a hot air balloon rally with a local woman. They have champagne (though I'm not really sure why, whether Mac drinks or not).

Then we cut to some stock footage from Top Gun that's supposed to clue us in to what's going on in the episode - super secret aircraft that some of the 'bad guys' would love to get their hands on. Question is - why are we flying it in potentially 'bad guy' air space? Or - why are the bad guys allowed to fly over into where we're flying it if we have permission from the owners of the airspace we're using?

So Pete shows up to tell Mac that they need him to sneak into enemy territory to retrive some parts of the secret aircraft since the Pentagon can't go in legally. Pete also brings another agent to help Mac - Nikki Carpenter (which would be less jarring if she hadn't also been Lisa Kossof, who died in the 2nd episode of this same season).

Nikki is also irritating as hell right here. Her immediate assumption is that Mac doesn't want her along b/c she's a woman, when, it looks more like it's b/c she's obnoxious. Though, Mac doesn't do a very good job of proving he *isn't* sexist in this regard. (Not that it would have actually done any good, since getting defensive about it usually just pisses people off.) But then Nikki's disdain for Mac's friend being named 'Heidi', like she's a porn star or something is pretty catty. Granted, the writers didn't give Heidi much personality, but Nikki's automatic assumption that b/c Heidi is a pretty blond woman, she must also be an idiot is really grating. (Pretty sure Nikkie is a big part of what I don't like about this episode.)

Next up - Pete is telling them about how the Russians have a psychic on hand to help them find the plane faster. Mac isn't convinced the guy's legit - he wants straight up science on his side. Nikki thinks the guy could be for real.

And yes, Nikki thinks Mac's friend Heidi is an airhead just b/c she's blonde and pretty. So, I'm with Mac - who's the sexist now? Especially when Nikki turns around and starts hitting on the guy from the spa (she's supposed to be play-acting being married to Mac, btw).

She's also kind of not a very good agent - she didn't try to learn any German on her way over and she came ill-equipped with her lack of warm clothing when she went to follow Mac up the mountain. I don't know what she thought she was going to do, find him two feet up the trail and then turn around?

As much as I am not a fan of Nikki, I'm even less of a fan of the writers making her kind of a moron, which, if they are pairing her up with MacGyver, she shouldn't be.

Starkoss tells Mac and Nikki that he wants to defect. Mac, the humanitarian, says he'll take him along. Starkoss knows Mac won't leave until he's finished his mission, which is fine, b/c Starkoss has to finish his too.

A couple of credits scenes - pulling the compass apart for the explosives timer and Mac skimming down the edge of the hill.

Mac almost buys Starkoss' gig when he brings up Mac missing his mother's funeral. (This turns out to be one of the best bits of continuity in all of MacGyver.)

One of the coolest MacGyver-isms is in this episode though - he makes a freakin' hot air balloon. And it's pretty awesome. The one thing that I'm not quite clear on - Mac needs the pilot's parachute, but did he use it for the hot air balloon or to put on Nikki? Or are there two chutes? B/c I can see Mac using the escape chute from the aircraft for the hot air balloon, but where did the packed chute Nikki was wearing come from?

Then Starkoss has to ruin it by saying that Mac will 'grow to love her', referring to Nikki. Nikki, whom Mac made jump out of the balloon b/c they needed to lighten the load and she was already wearing the parachute.

Between the psychic and Nikki - this one doesn't drive itself to the top of the list. Again, it's not a bad episode; it's just sort of 'an' episode.

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