As with Season 1, I’m looking back at the Official Stills for each Episode of Season 2; picking my favorites and writing down some of my thoughts. (Because I just can’t keep quiet, as you all know by now.)
If you missed Part 1 (Episodes 2×01 to 2×05), you can find the post here.
Episode 2×06: Jet Engine + Pickup Truck (no Still Photographer listed)
For this episode, there was only a single Official Still on the Press Release. That’s not how successful promo works?
MY FAVORITE: Well. Not much to choose from, huh?
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Well. Don’t need to say much here. At least they chose one of the main mission with all the field agents present.
Episode 2xo7: Duct Tape + Jack (Still Photographer: Jace Downs)
For the seventh episode of Season 2, we got 7 Stills via SpoilerTV. One of them features the main mission while all the others feature the same scene inside Jack’s appartment.
MY FAVORITE: MacGyver consoling Jack after he realizes something with a lot of emotional value got robbed.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: Nothing to be disappointed about.
NOW THAT’S FUNNY: In one of the Stills, you can see Cornell Willis (Second Second Assistant Director) giving directions. Looks like someone should have used his photoshopping skills before releasing that photo. If you haven’t seen the episode, you have to assume there’s a bad guy hiding…
Episode 2xo8: Packing Peanuts + Fire (no Still Photographer listed yet)
For Episode 2×08, SpoilerTV delivered 5 Official Stills. Two feature the same scene with Jack and the bad guy. One features Leanna, one Bozer and Leanna and another one Riley and Elwood.
MY FAVORITE: Elwood and Riley sitting at the table. Riley looks tense and uncomfortable and you can only guess how the first get-together with her father after years of not seeing him will turn out.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: I think it’s always weird when the character that lends the show its title isn’t to be seen in any of the Official Stills.
Episode 2xo9: CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil (no Still Photographer needed)
The only Episode of Season 2 that provided not a single Still. What a shame.
MY FAVORITE: Harhar. Very funny. Guess I’ll provide one of my favorite BtS pictures instead. So here’s George Eads and Lucas Till with Director Bobby Roth.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: I’m pretty sure providing some Official Stills after editing is finished is not that much work. At least not as much as putting together a preview or Sneak Peeks. But what do I know, I’m not in the TV business, after all.
Episode 2×10: War Room + Ship (Still Photographer: Kim Simms)
Episode 2×10 brought 8 Official Stills via SpoilerTV. And after realizing they had no Stills at all, they brought in a new Still Photographer.
MY FAVORITE: Mac and Jack talking outside of Jack’s quarters.
NOW THAT’S DISAPPOINTING: The episode has a more unique storyline than others, so it would have been nice to see a Still about the main storyline with Mac and Zoe and not Stills about the book-endings of the Episode.
During the next few days, cast and crew were seen filming in the streets. Both Extras and people passing by posted some pictures and videos of the filming process. Lucas Till, Meredith Eaton, George Eads and their stunt doubles were seen on set.
Two days later, they filmed scenes with Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Life) who seems to portray a Voodoo Priest. It will be interesting to see if there are “Zombies” as well as a nod to the Original Show. George Eads shared a picture of himself with Garrett, joined by Lucas Till and Meredith Eaton. Many of the crew members posted pictures as well, e.g. director Mike Martinez himself or Kevin Marshall Pinkney, Stand-In of Justin Hires.
Meredith Eaton has shared an Instagram Live Story with George and Lucas holding skulls. Today, Justin shared another BtS picture that’s probably from this episode – behind a freightened-looking Bozer, a skull is visible.
Until last week, cast and crew have been working on Episode 2×13 (Carbon Monoxide Sensor + Tree Branch according to IMDb). Both Justin Hires and Ashley Tisdale shared many Instagram Live Stories. Last Sunday, Justin uploaded a compilation-video of the different filming days. Besides filming in a van and at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, they also shut down a highway. Production had rigged a motorcycle and prepared a drone to film. Looks like there will be some chasing scenes.
Overall, it’s nice to see that despite all their work, the cast still has fun. During breaks, they like to do some Karaoke, for example. While visiting the Writer’s Room on the Paramount lot, Tristin showed us how much fun the writers have when they’re not writing.
Isabel Lucas posted a BtS picture of her and Lucas in Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck), thanking Lucas for being so much fun on set despite working consecutive 15-hours-days.
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov hasn’t posted anything MacGyver-related in weeks, but shared some short videos while editing Episode 2×12 where we might get to see Jack’s Karaoke skills.
While there had been no Sneak Peeks in advance of Episodes 2×06 and 2×07, we got 2 of them on November 16 for Episode 2×08. TV Line added another Sneak Peek of Riley meeting her biological father Elwood, played by Billy Baldwin. Justin Hires was so excited that he uploaded practically the whole Spy Camp Introduction Scene beforehand.
On the same day, we also got the Press Release for Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil). So far, there are no Official Stills yet, only the short preview trailer that played a the end of Episode 2×08 last week.
Season 2 Ratings
The Season 2 ratings remain stable: On average, every episode pulled in 6.82 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.84.
Cast, Crew and Character News
Last Friday (in Episode 2×08), Reign Edwards joined the cast as a recurring character and Bozer’s love interest for at least 3 episodes “and possibly more” (according to TV Insider). So far, we don’t know if she will be back this season. Also, Billy Baldwin as Riley’s father had his first guest-spot. He will be back in Episode 2×09 (CD-Rom + Hoagie Foil) on December 1st, as will Grant Springate as “Little Mac”.
Other upcoming guest-stars are “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill (in Episode 2×11: Bullet + Pen) as Detective Greer, Emerson Brooks as EOD-Specialist Charlie Robinson (in Episode 2×12) and Ashley Tisdale (in Episode 2×13) as a CIA-Agent.
Isabel Lucas hasn’t been on set lately. She travelled back to Australia on November 16; meeting up with friends and family and doing a photoshoot. It’s not clear yet if she will be back on set soon – or even if she’s still a member of the regular main cast.
MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×09 (Chisel) and 1×10 (Pliers) reached 76’000 resp. an impressive number of 105’000 viewers. The German-speaking TV-Premiere of Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors) managed 80’000 viewers while the Midseason Finale 1×12 (Screwdriver) broke the record with a whopping 109’000 viewers.
There will be no episodes for two weeks due to the upcoming Winter Sports Events. Sadly, while German channel Sat.1 never aired 3 Episodes (1×11, 1×16 and 1×19) of Season 1, ORF1 will continue with Episode 1×15 (Magnifying Glass) on December 9, therefore completely ignoring Episodes 1×13 and 1×14 and picking up the programme as if the Sport Events never happened.
German fans have another chance in January next year – but because the Reboot will air on PayTV channel FOX, not everyone can catch missed episodes. If you’re a German-speaking MacGyver fan, it’s certainly a challenge to enjoy the first Season without any hindrance.
Last Friday’s Episode managed to reach more than 7 millions live viewers, setting a new live audience record for Season 2. Also, “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill will guest-star in an upcoming episode!
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 2 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
Work, work, work
It looks like production is gearing up for a well-earned holiday break because filming continued on the last two weekends. Due to evening and night shoots, cast and crew didn’t get to watch the latest episodes because they were still on set when the show aired.
Meredith Eaton just posted an Instagram Live Story today, revealing that she’s doing ADR for Episode 2×09.
Filming in “Afghanistan”
On October 25, Tristin Mays had shared a video of her driving a Sanitation Truck. As it turned out, this scene will be part of another “explosive” Episode because Emerson Brooks (who played Charlie Robinson in Episode 1×06: Wrench) was back on set and most likely, “The Ghost” will make a comeback as well.
Last week, they had lots of Extras on set; mainly SWAT, FBI and Bomb Techs. Meredith Eaton called it “a situation”, so I guess there will be lots of action.
Months ago, Executive Producer Peter Lenkov had promised we would get to know how Mac met Jack. The fact that both Tristin Mays and Justin Hires have been on this desert set as well means the episode is set in current time, but set location pictures, Instagram Live Stories by Lucas and and the most recent BtS photos by George hint at flashback scenes to Afghanistan when Jack was still with Delta and Mac an EOD Tech.
Isabel Lucas doesn’t post much, but shared a BtS-picture of Episode 2×06 that shows her on the hood of a car. Interestingly, she hasn’t been seen on set pictures or videos for weeks. Either Samantha Cage has very good Ninja Skills or she went to travel the world with Murdoc.
Interviews and other Promo
On October 26, CBS Watch! Magazine had posted 14 BtS Set pictures of Justin Hires with various cast members; giving a “tour of typical MacGyver moments”.
Some of these photos are on-set-pictures from last week’s Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck); making up for the lack of Official Stills. We also got a glimpse of Jack Dalton’s “homebase” that we will visit in tonight’s Episode 2×07 (Duct Tape + Jack).
On October 27, CBS shared a short interview with Meredith Eaton about her character Matilda “Matty” Weber. Asked about her favorite scene she has filmed so far in Season 2, Meredith answered:
One of my favorite scenes that Matty has in Season 2 is with Murdoc’s son. There’s a real poignant moment where she’s talking to him, and Matty reveals part of her own past to his son. It’s a really sweet scene between the two of them. That was really enjoyable.
(Meredith Eaton for CBS)
Interestingly, that’s actually a scene for Episode 2×04 (X-Ray + Penny) we never even got to see. It’s still a possibility that it ends up in a later episode, but more likely as a Deleted Scene on the Extras of the Season 2 DVD.
For Halloween, CBS additionally posted an interview with Sarah Downer, Costume Designer on the Reboot. Besides giving tipps on Halloween costumes (e.g. which substance to use for fake blood), she also talked about how they had decided which costume of the “Zombie Wizard of Oz” theme to use for each actor.
Season 2 Ratings
While the Season 2 ratings for the first four episodes hadn’t been overwhelming, they were stable: On average, every episode pulled in 6.65 million live viewers per episode so far with a rating of 0.8.
Cast, Crew and Character News
Today, TV Insider revealed more infos about Bozer’s new love interest, an ambitious operative-in-training called Liana. Reign Edwards will join the cast for at least 3 episodes “and possibly more”, starting on November 17. It’s possible they’re testing the waters with Edwards as a potential recurring (or even regular) cast member since many fans didn’t take Isabel Lucas joining Team Phoenix so well.
Probably the most exciting casting news is that none other than “Original Jack Dalton” Bruce McGill will guest-star in an upcoming episode! On November 3, news about Bruce McGill’s appearance in the reboot hit the internet. As Entertainment Weekly reported, McGill will play Detective Greer, a seasoned LAPD veteran who reads MacGyver his Miranda Rights for murder. Greer believes that MacGyver is a bomb maker who took down a warehouse, killing someone, and intends to charge him with domestic terrorism.
In the press release, McGill said:
I was happy to make a guest appearance on MacGyver. It’s unusual for an actor to be on the original series and then, 30 years later, be on a newer version. The cast and producers were warm and embracing, and I enjoyed being a part of the new show.
MacGyver in Austria
Episodes 1×07 (Can Opener) and 1×08 (Corkscrew) garnered 69’000 resp. 73’000 viewers. Episodes 1×09 (Chisel) and 1×10 (Pliers) reached 76’000 resp. an impressive number of 105’000 viewers.
Tomorrow, Austrian channel ORF1 will air the German-speaking TV-Premiere of Christmas-Episode 1×11 (Scissors). There will be no episodes for the next few weeks due to the upcoming Winter Sports Events. There’s no information yet when fans finally get to see the German-speaking premieres of Episodes 1×16 (Hook) and 1×19 (Compass).