MacGyver (1985–1992)
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The Golden Triangle 

MacGyver is sent to Burma to retrieve a poison-filled canister from a crash site. While there, a drug lord mistakes MacGyver for a narcotics agent, forcing him into a confrontation.


Paul Stanley


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Joan Chen ... Lin
George Cheung ... General Narai (as George Kee Cheung)
Clyde Kusatsu ... Anek
Keye Luke ... Prasert
Benjamin Lum Benjamin Lum ... Truang
Bryan Price Bryan Price ... Chan
James Saito ... Ming
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... The General


In the opening gambit, Mac takes a diplomatic case during an criminal hand-over, and outsmarts he armed fiends making use of the site, a car demolition junk-yard, which almost ended fatally 'depressing' for him. - In the main story, the Pentagon lost an airplane carrying weapons, including a secret canister, over Burma (SE Asian, bordering Thailand) and Mac accepts the search mission. The region in the 'Golden Triangle' is controlled by the sinister war lord general Nairan, whose goons terrorize the rural villagers to work poppy fields for his opium - and arms trade. Mac observes the abusive overseer Truang at work, gets the brave teen boy Chan to show him the crash site but is captured by surprise; Nairan orders him slowly executed 'as an example', bound on a rack in the sun. Chan's sister Lin is too scared for reprisals -whole villages were brunt down for disobedience- to help, but Chan gets him a stolen army knife. In no time crafty Mac frees himself, overcomes his guard and his ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

6 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the junkyard, when Mac is trapped in the back of the car, the forks of the forklift break all windows, front and rear while picking it up to put it in the crusher. When Mac is pulling the rear seat to escape through the trunk, the driver's side rear window has magically reappeared, intact. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] People usually go to a Junk Yard looking for a bargain. I did.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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Do you hate snakes, MacGyver?
1 April 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

The second episode of "MacGyver" suffers from the white-man-sees-(and-saves)-the-world syndrome, but it is still a cool one.

Our hero is sent on a mission to recover a canister from a crash (again in the middle of Asia). There he gets involved with some local people and a drug warlord. MacGyver been a nice guy and all that decides to do his best to help the enslaved people free themselves.

As said above, it all reeks a little bit of white guy intervention, with little kid in love with MacGyver and Asian guy learning to be free and fight. Totally unnecessary, but something that keeps creeping up. Must be our society. Don't worry, at least this people are bilingual, as their English is quite good.

On the other hand, the action is top notch, the humor is nice, and MacGyver's resourcefulness is, again, otherworldly. Which is helpful as he seems to be prone to get into trouble and pretty easy to catch.

Good episode.

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