Only two more episodes left for Season 5. Tonight, we’re going back to Mission City; meeting Mama and Papa Bozer!
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About Episode 5×13 (MAC507)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×13 (Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer); written by Alessia Costantini and Andrew Karlsruher and directed by Katie Eastridge. We got 13 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.
Last week, we got a new BtS photo via Guest Star Peter Allas. Before the episode aired, we got some more BtS material; e.g. by Justin Hires or Meredith Eaton. Because the cast wasn’t busy filming for once, they had more time to post Instagram Stories and to tweet.
Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till, Henry Ian Cusick, Meredith Eaton and Justin Hires joined the live-tweeting. Writer Alessia provided little insights on how the episode came to be; also revealing that the Picture Car Team had to build two cars from scratch, starting three months before filming started.
The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. by Rat Wrangler Jamie Stimach, by MacGyverCBS or Tari Segal. On Sunday, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode, while Alessia continued to tweet little tidbits about the episode.
There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 5100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. In fact, the hashtag #SaveMacGyver never fell below 400 estimated tweets per hour during the 24 hours before the episode aired.
For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 156 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 2200.
To recap: Episode 5×12 had 4.335 million live-viewers and 0.49 in the important demo category. Episode 5×13 got more viewers, but a slightly lower demo; reaching 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47.
Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.
What you need to know about Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Tonight is the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins). It was written by Teresa Huang and Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson.
We got the Press Release with a First Still on March 29. In case you need a reminder, here’s the synopsis:
Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.
For the first (and probably last) time, we’ll meet Bozer’s parents (Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson). Also, we should see Young Bozer and Young MacGyver in a flashback sequence. Both flashback scenes with a young MacGyver for Season 4 had been cut, so I really hope one day we’ll get to watch those, too.
CBS released 12 Official Stills on April 8 and 4 Sneak Peeks yesterday.
Writer Teresa Huang tweeted on April 14 that the episode will introduce a non-binary character named Sara (played by Emerson Paige); member of Riley’s hacker collective. She also revealed that the scenes of hacker Brooklyn (Harlan Drum) had been cut from last week’s episode.
What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Next week, there will be a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). On April 30 is the premiere of Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.
When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.
Otherwise, we don’t have much information about the episode. I’m not sure if we can hope for some extra promotion (e.g. interviews). It’s a pity that there wasn’t much extra promotion during the season; considering they had a new showrunner.
The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale: The MacGyver Reboot has been cancelled. It didn’t take long for the fans to get over the stages of shock and denial and to reach anger; starting to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement.
The petition to renew the show for another season got more than 2500 subscribers within 24 hours; reaching 6000 by Sunday and doubling within two days; hitting 12’000 on Monday. While the numbers have slowed down somewhat, it has not stopped; hitting the 15’000 mark today.
Also, about 290’000 paperclips have been sent to the CBS Studios in LA and NY so far while fans started writing e-mails and letters.
There’s a lack of entertainment news due to the pandemic this Spring with movie relases pushed back and Fashion and Award Shows being streamed online. But it’s also due to fans reaching out to news outlets that the #SaveMacGyver Movement has started to make the news on the weekend.
According to this Facebook post, the stage location will be available for filming again starting June 1st, meaning that they will have to tear down the stages and sets and clean out the offices within the next few weeks (if a new production wants to start moving in by that date).
While the cast and crew are still under contract and can’t speak out openly, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts and would love continuing to work on the show.
Other MacGyver-related News
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:
- On March 27, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain was part of a WonderConAtHome panel called “Science Behind Smart TV”. A day later, Script Editor Teresa Huang joined a panel called “Inside the Writer Room: The Show Must Go On – Surviving the Room In The Age Of COVID”.
- Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The French Trailer (for the distributor in Canada) can be watched here.
- The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).