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This review is from: Macgyver - the Complete First Season [DVD]  (DVD)
As somebody who missed the original run of MacGyver but became a big fan of Richard Dean Anderson through Stargate SG-1, I picked this box-set up on a whim. Based on what I'd heard about the series, I expected it to be cheesy but fun. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that actually, it's much better than that. The quality of the acting is on the whole quite decent, the dialogue is fairly fresh, and (despite some use of archive footage that stands out rather obviously when watching on DVD) it really doesn't feel particularly dated.
The main draw of the series is, obviously, RDA and his great personal appeal. MacGyver is not really a slick James Bond figure, although he gets up to some similar capers; he's a pacifistic government agent who comes up with inventive solutions to rescue hostages, capture bad guys, defuse bombs, and generally do good deeds. The morality behind the episodes is not at all subtle, but like everything else about the series, it goes down easily enough thanks to its overall charm.
The violence is naturally not remotely graphic, this being an 80s show, but it's also non-cartoonish; when someone gets hurt, whether it's our hero or the bad guys, they obviously suffer from it instead of bouncing right back to keep going (which adds a helpful flicker of realism to the 'somehow, no one ever quite dies' action-adventure antics). And while MacGyver often 'gets the girl', it never leaves a bad taste; he's portrayed as being friends with women as often as ending up in bed with them, and you get the impression that a good time is generally had by all, no hard feelings involved.
The show is not without its flaws (most of them attributable to being an American TV show made in the 80s, with all that entails) but on the whole it's so enjoyable that they really don't stick with you. If you're a fan of RDA or of light-hearted adventure shows in general, this one certainly worth checking out. Here's hoping the later seasons will get a region 2 release sometime soon.