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MacGyver - Series 2 - Complete [DVD] [1986]

Richard Dean Anderson , Dana Elcar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D14M6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



MacGyver's second season begins by following the same blueprint as the first (although the opening gambit is gone). Richard Dean Anderson is back as the eponymous secret agent. So is Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar), operations director of the Phoenix Foundation. In addition, Mac's ditzy pal, Penny (Teri Hatcher), and beloved grandfather, Harry (John Anderson), return for a few episodes. In the season premiere ("The Human Factor"), a skeptical military man says to Thornton, "So this is your main guy. He doesn't even have any gear." Responds Thornton, "That's what makes him so special." As before, Mac doesn't drink, smoke, or carry a firearm. He puts it plainly in the fourth episode ("The Wish Child"): "I hate guns." Mac would rather use non-violent means, i.e. "MacGyverisms," to fight crime. Midway through the 22-episode year, however, creator Lee David Zlotoff (Remington Steele) decided to shake up the formula by introducing two new characters. First there's Mac's college buddy, Jack Dalton (busy character actor Bruce McGill from Animal House, The Cinderella Man, etc.), who makes his first appearance in the sixth episode ("Jack of Lies"). Then there's Mac's arch-nemesis Murdoc (actor/musician Michael Des Barres from Melrose Place), who makes his in the eighteenth ("Partners").

Other notable second season guest stars include Fast Times At Ridgemont High's Vincent Schiavelli ("Soft Touch"), Murphy Brown's Robert Pastorelli ("Out in the Cold"), and Star Trek's George Takei and Wayne's World's Tia Carrere ("The Wish Child"). MacGyver also had a tendency to bring back actors from previous seasons for different roles. Second year returnees include Mean Streets' Richard Romanus ("Twice Stung"), Barney Miller's Gregory Sierra ("Jack of Lies"), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Nana Visitor ("D.O.A. MacGyver"). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Features every episode from the second season of the popular television show.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same - in a good way 31 Mar 2006
MacGyver season two sensibly sticks with the winning formula of the first year. Mac has now left his government job to work for the rather loosely defined Phoenix Foundation, but that's really just a cosmetic change to give the writers more options. (Not that it reduces the number of episodes where he just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, of course.)
Another, more concrete change is that the role of MacGyver's buddy/boss Pete has been bulked up, and another recurring character added in the form of Mac's old friend Jack Dalton. It's a good move, since Mac's at his best with somebody to play off, and the show's been let down before by inconsistent chemistry with guest stars.
The quality of the episodes varies - I found some brilliant, others a bit dull in places - but overall, this season is just as entertaining as the first year. MacGyver is one of the most human heroes I've seen in an action series; he may be endlessly inventive and an implausibly nice guy, but he also spends a lot of his time visibly scared or nervous, he gets winded, and it hurts his hand when he punches people.
The plots are sometimes predictable or silly, there's some blatant actor re-use and some endearingly bad 80s visual effects, but none of that detracts from the show's main strength in the slightest: it's enormously fun to watch. If you liked the first season, you'll like this one. If you haven't seen the first season... well, you can probably watch this one first without spoiling anything. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macgyver finds the right solution 17 Jun 2013
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The series really comes into its own in this second season. Now becoming an addict. Some recurring characters add a good dimension to the action and Richard Dean Anderson is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MacGyver - Series 2 - Complete [DVD] [1986] 4 Jun 2013
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Collector of the series and this was no dissapointment. I would definitely recommend it. Great if you are a MacGyver fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gift gone mad 15 May 2009
MacGyver - Series 2 - Complete [DVD]
I was actually bought this dvd for Christmas with Season 1.
I had seen and liked the series on TV. I ended up buying a multi region dvd player so that I could watch all the series as some of them were only available in region 1 format (seasons 5 - 7) Richard Dean Anderson is my man of the moment and he is so convincing as MacGyver the man who can make anything work given a swiss army knife a paper clip and a roll of duct tape.
Fantastic series.
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