Friday, September 28, 2007

Macgyver vs. Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer, as played by Kiefer Sutherland on the TV Show, "24" is the psychopathic, torturing 'hero' agent who stops terror threats, not with his mind, not with his wits, not with his Swiss Army Knife, cleverness, duct tape or even principles, but with his fists and bullets, and sometimes more disturbing methods.

Macgyver, is the non-gun toting thinking-man, who with his people skills is able to defuse situations as well as bombs.

Okay, these are fantasy shows, fiction. However, the heroics of the fictional character, Macgyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson are more principled, moral and intelligent. Both shows are lacking in reality in some areas, and there can be no doubt that the situations depicted in both come with serious flaws, but the principles of Macgyver soar far above the sewer of amoral hypotheticals of "24."

In one episode of Macgyver, Angus Macgyver while in Romania confronts a trained killer, one of Ceaucescu's mindless thugs. He is given the opportunity to take his life, but instead attempts to reason with the man, by rising above him, attempting to teach the man a lesson in life, not through brutality, but through humanity. This mindless death-squad thug is more like Jack Bauer than Macgyver, and my comment here is that something has seriously gone astray, when this 'Jack Bauer' can even be called a hero.

Both shows involve dangerous plots by various terrorists and tyrants, and Macgyver, as the Agent, must save the day.

The lesson of Macgyver, is just how he succeeds, and the territory of conscience and principles. It doesn't attempt to frighten you with possible terrorist scenarios with overblown drama, and does operate close to the realm of the far-fetched A-Team, but the Tyrants and Terrorists in Macgyver are based on the same types of figures of current events that "24" is. Macgyver was battling terrorists way back in the 80's when Kiefer Sutherland was just a thug in a Stephen King movie. Macgyver also fought commies. Someone will say, "Macgyver is weak on terror."

Macgyver is stronger on terror than the Jack Bauers of the world, because in the show, he doesn't try to simply defuse the bomb, but the circumstances which led people to put that bomb into place.

Much is made out of Macgyver making explosives out of chewing gum, but in most episodes, he was defusing bombs, not making them, and he never killed anyone with any of his own improvised explosives, nor did he torture or beat anyone to death. Much was made of the fact that the people who did that were fascists, or commies.

Student's Life Ruined for Having Swiss Army Knife?

Okay folks, this is insane. More "Homeland Insecurity" from the same kind of folks who continue trying to ruin the good name of Macgyver by calling criminals' pipe bombs "Macgyver Bombs" as if Macgyver is the real inspiration for pyromania.

Swiss Army Knife In Cobb School Parking Lot Should Not Be Prosecuted

County's 'Zero Tolerance' Program Ensnares Another Student

Atlanta, GA (September 5, 2007) – Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr today blasted school officials in Cobb County, Georgia, a northwest suburb of Atlanta, for seeking to bring felony charges against a 12th grade student, Wilford Ray Chandler, Jr., for simply having a small Swiss Army knife in his car in a school parking lot at Wheeler High School.

Okay, so a kid has a swiss army knife, they're not illegal, they're not illegal for people under 18 to own, and let's not investigate the student, let's just blanket call him a 'terrorist' for having one...At least someone is willing to speak out against this tyranny:

"The student posed no threat to anyone, and he was not using the knife in any threatening manner," Barr noted, "in fact, he was not using the knife at all - it was simply in his car." "Trying to ruin a student's career before it even begins, by treating such an innocuous activity as having a Swiss Army pocketknife in a car, is nothing short of an unthinking, stupid, and vindictive exercise of government power," Barr, a former federal prosecutor, said.

So, are Boy Scouts also included in the Terror watch list now too? This kind of crap has gone too far. Anyone who has watched the show, "Macgyver" will tell you exactly what Macgyver would do...he would talk to the student, not smear him, not have him arrested, and perhaps use the circumstance as an opportunity to teach. Modern fear-mongering fascists are a bigger threat than a student who has a swiss army knife, watches Macgyver or even kids who endanger themselves with risky pyrotechnics. There won't be a decent country to live in when this happens:
School Guards Break Child's Arm And Arrest Her For Dropping Cake Pandemic of police and security violence continues unabated

Macgyver Trail to Doomsday, Lost Treasure of Atlantis on DVD

Movies Unlimited has listed the new Paramount Macgyver Complete Series DVDs as including the two sought after Macgyver TV Movies,

"Special collection includes the boxed sets of seasons one through seven of "MacGyver," plus the 1994 made-for-TV movies "Lost Treasure of Atlantis" and "Trail to Doomsday."

I must add however, that I have had bad experiences with this company when I purchased their DVD of 1984 starring David Niven.

They sent me a disc scratched to hell, AND it was a DVD-R with a crappy sticker on it. I called them to tell them I didn't want a scratched disc, and they acted like they could care less. They said for me to send it back for a replacement which I did. I had told them that the box was also damaged, and that it arrived unsealed.

They sent the same disc that was scratched back to me in a brand new box! Go figure. I let loose on them on the phone and they acted like "what's the big deal?"

Needless to say, I will never buy from these morons ever again, and I strongly advise you from buying any of their stuff either.

see also: Macgyver Complete Series Math

Macgyver Soundtrack?

There is no Macgyver Soundtrack. I repeat: There is no Macgyver Soundtrack currently available.

I bought this piece of crap "Soundtrack" on ebay. I immediately turned around and resold it as soon as I listened to it.

There is no music from the series on this CD. I can't say what the hell this is from but it isn't from Macgyver.

Not a single track even remotely resembles anything from Macgyver. It has weird clips from somebody speaking in German, and saying the name "Macgyver." It isn't techno music, it sounds like the worst crappy 80s synthesizer music you've ever heard. I would avoid this CD at all costs, no matter what company lists it as "The Macgyver Soundtrack." If you can buy it for a dollar, that's about all its worth. Maybe its from the german version of Macgyver, or something else I don't know of, but do not buy this crap from any company, or on ebay. First of all anyone who thinks this guy on the cover even remotely looks like Richard Dean Anderson is crazy, and what in hell is "Macgyver" doing with an AK-47? (Let alone
riding a missile.)

As far as I know there has never been an official or unofficial "Macgyver" soundtrack. We do wish there was, but until then, this crappy CD will never do, no matter how much you like Macgyver.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Macgyver Top Ten Lists

Check out these Macgyver Top Ten Lists:

Macgyver Online Flash Game

Check out this online flash-game.


Macgyver Lighter

Macgyver Lighter?

This lighter was purchased on ebay.

My product review: CRAP!

Inside the lighter says: "NOT A ZIPPO MADE IN CHINA" if this is any clue to you.

Basically this piece of crap is a cheap fake zippo, that doesn't work half the time, won't flip open like a zippo, and has a cheap sticker on the front. This sticker will fall apart and chaff off while in your jeans pocket.

I don't recommend it at all.

Perhaps one should buy a magnifying lens or wooden stick matches, or use an actual Macgyverism to start a fire...

Or you could go all out, and get a real Zippo lighter, here are a few options:

The Victorinox Zippo lighter.

Good luck trying to get one of these.

Most of these lighters are only available overseas.
Don't ask me why. Don't give those ebay thieves your money, you probably can find one somewhere on the internet cheaper than 200-300 dollars than the ones you'll find on ebay.

Then there's this WENGER Lighter, which once again is hard to find. (Go figure, do these companies want to sell us their stuff or not?)

"Zippo Top"

Wenger WL1 Lighter

This one is more readily available, and we actually have a name for it. Comes in red, black, etc.


Yet another nearly impossible to find cool lighter, what the hell is wrong with these companies?

The Ultimate Macgyver TV Show Website


Mika Laasonen's MACGYVER Website is perhaps the best Macgyver website on the internet. He has a well organized and unbelievably complete and detailed episode guide, with pictures and other incredible features. All awards go to Mika, above all other Magyver sites.

Check out the website now!

Macgyver Sunglasses

Macgyver's Sunglasses:

One pair of sunglasses Macgyver is often seen wearing are the familiar Aviator style sunglasses. There is no way to be sure what brand he actually used in the series, but there are two high quality brands that we recommend.


GENERAL Aviator Sunglasses


AVIATOR Sunglasses

Both types of sunglasses from both companies are high quality lenses and frames, and most likely one of these two were used in the show.

Macgyver For President 2008

Macgyver Launches HALO 3: Richard Dean Anders in Ireland

Richard Dean Anderson launches the video game HALO 3 for Microsoft, in Ireland:

"We are bringing Richard Dean Anderson to Ireland, which will be his first time in the country, for the launch as the characters he has played such as MacGyver are heroes and pop culture phenomenons like Master Chief.

"Both are ordinary individuals who, despite in surmountable odds, have stepped up to the challenge to come out of extraordinary situations."

MacGyver Rocks


Over the following weeks, we will provide you with a special MACGYVER GEAR search Update. In each update, we'll tell you where you can get great Macgyver stuff like Macgyver's Jacket, Knives and clothing like the ones used in the TV series. Everything Macgyver really had in the show, from replica props to the same kind of gear he really used. Stay tuned!

Macgyver Complete Series DVD Set Math

Paramount to release the Complete Series set of MACGYVER on DVD, October 16th, 2007.

There is nothing confirmed as to whether there will be any special features, or the two Macgyver TV Movies: LOST TREASURE OF ATLANTIS, TRAIL TO DOOMSDAY.

This will most certainly upset Macgyver fans if these two movies are not released on DVD soon.

There is some speculation from some internet posters that the running time of the series, 110 hours and 23 minutes might be longer the 139 episode series actual running time.

6623 minutes = stated running time
6255 minutes = 139 x 45min episodes

There appears to be a 368 minute discrepancy.

Lost Treasure of Atlantis = 93 Minutes
Trail to Doomsday = 93 Minutes
Total = 186 minutes

still 200 minutes left!

Perhaps there is something I'm missing, or there is a mistake in estimated running time, or there are actually some bonus features, plus the the movies, but how do they arrive at this running time for 139 45-minute episodes?

Duck Macgyver!

Duck Tape!, the website for the company that makes DUCK Brand tape has their own Macgyverism-Duct-Tape uses page. Find out many possible creative uses of duct tape, from the makes of "DUCK TAPE!"

"As you probably know by now, duct tape has many uses. The following ideas have been submitted by users of duct tape. We hope that you use duct tape wisely; however in the event your duct tape enthusiasm outweighs your common sense, our lawyers would like to remind you that, "Every consumer needs to evaluate and determine whether duct tape is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for the user's method of application."

Americans Want Macgyver!

"In the survey, commissioned by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, participants were given a choice among seven fictional heroes for help in an emergency.

Twenty seven per cent of respondents said they would want MacGyver to help them out should disaster strike."

Viva Macgyver!

Welcome to the new VIVA MACGYVER! BLOG!

This blog will review products, score useful information and news involving the world of Macgyver, Macgyverism, and related subjects, movies, books, media, etc.