Michael Lerner ... Gantner
Dana Elcar ... Andy Colson
Paul Stewart ... Dr. Carl Steubens
Michael C. Gwynne ... Dr. Burke
Michael Fairman ... Gen. Relkwin
Shavar Ross ... Reggie
Darlanne Fluegel ... Barbara Spencer
In the opening gambit, Mac must retrieve a top-secret pentagon rocket which crashed in Central Asia on a desolate, barren rock mountain and is already guarded by hostile soldiers. Mac's mountaineering, engineering and flying skills are put to good, daring and ingenious use... In the main story, Mac's scientist friend Gantner calls a big favor: an explosion in his top-secret science lab has trapped a group of researchers and caused a leak of extremely corrosive acid which will take only hours to contaminate the water in several US states, so the whole lab will be destroyed using an even worse counter-agent, regardless of the trapped people, unless Mac can stop the leakage and pass the good news. First Mac must get past a laser security system, for him simpler then a smoke-screen. When he is trough one scientist refuses to be evacuated, she helps him get to her research partner trapped in a cave-in. The army is getting restless, preparing a nuclear warhead, and was the explosion even an accident in the first place?
** * In the pilot episode, MacGyver's aversion to using guns isn't yet established. When the Mongolian soldiers open fire on him, he returns fire with an assault rifle before handing off the gun to the rescued prisoner. »
* MacGyver tears his green flannel shirt to use as a gas mask, but later in the episode he's wearing the shirt again. edit »
* MacGyver blowing a hole through a wall with pure sodium and water has been "busted" by the Mythbusters. »
* Milk chocolate stops a sulphuric acid leak. This MacGyverism has been confirmed to work by the Mythbusters. »
**# A scene which would have given MacGyver the first name of Stace was cut before broadcast. edit »
# The original script for the pilot was written by Lee David Zlotoff for a 90-minute slot. Thackary Pallor re-wrote it for 60 minutes. »
# Michael Learner is listed in the opening credits just after Richard Dean Anderson, suggesting his role was intended as a permanent one. His character, Ed Gantner, fills the role that Dana Elcar takes on semi-regularly in Season 1 and full-time afterward. »
# The scenes at MacGyver's home were filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. »
# The German episode title is "Explosion unter Tage", meaning "Underground Explosion". »
# Appearing here in an unrelated role, guest Dana Elcar goes on to play the recurring role of Pete Thornton later this season, which becomes a starring role in the second season. edit »
# Many transmitted versions of this episode credit the director as Alan Smithee – which is a cover name for a director who does not wish for his/her name to be associated with the finished work, often because the film or episode was heavily recut. The actual director was Jerrold Freedman.
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