Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver makes the leap from hour series to two-hour vidpix in a tale of adventure centered around a legendary piece of lost treasure. What could have been a much more entertaining TV film is hurt by a combination of many small problems. It’s easy to forgive the producers and writer John Sheppard for the derivative “Indiana Jones” storyline because, overall, the story is adventurous and imaginative. However, some of the subplots and dialogue are not so easily forgiven.
The opening finds MacGyver and his old professor (Brian Blessed) trapped in a cave in Greece, up to their necks in sand but in possession of a valuable medallion.
It’s a good tease but without explanation of their escape; the story fast-forwards five years when the gregarious Prof. Atticus is trying to convince his college sponsors to fund another adventure in which he hopes to locate the “lost treasure of Atlantis.”
One ingredient that made the series entertaining was MacGyver’s employment of the ubiquitous Swiss Army knife. It was like Wonder Woman’s golden lasso, 007’s Aston-Martin or Indiana Jones’ whip;but it’s reduced to a minor player here.
The show presents a lavish production, with the climactic scenes in the lost city being spectacular. These sets may have eaten up most of the budget, because there are remarkably few supporting players and extras.