'MacGyver' Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Action and romance prove once again that this is the best season so far!

'MacGyver' Season 4 Episode 2 Review: Action and romance prove once again that this is the best season so far!
Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor, Lucas Till as Angus “Mac” MacGyver, and Levy Tran as Desi Nguyen. (Photo: Mark Hill © 2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

This article contains spoilers for 'MacGyver' Season 4 Episode 2 'Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed'.

The newly-reopened Phoenix Foundation is still trying to find its feet under the management of Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) but there are certain forces who seem determined to make sure they stay out of the game. Luckily, keeping Angus "Mac" MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team down isn't exactly an easy task. 

Season 4 Episode 2 'Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed' was yet another action-packed episode and it really feels as if this season might just be one of the best of the rebooted series. There's plenty of crazy hijinks, cool #MacHacks including a lesson in vacuum flasks, and just a touch of relationship drama, putting the "committed" in the title. 

The interactions between Mac and his ex-girlfriend Desi Nguyen (Levy Tran) were absolutely delightful as they keep sniping at each other with so much snark we never know if they hate each other or love each other deeply under all that rage. Plus, we also learned that Riley Davis (Tristin Mays) now has a boyfriend so that's interesting, even though we're kind of hoping she and Mac would start dating because they're so cute together.


Meanwhile, the mysterious organization that's been teased as the main villains for this season keeps making their presence known, this time by trying to take out the US nuclear defense system. We still don't know much about them but we do get to see their symbol for the first time — a red logo that looks a lot like the Eye of Sauron.

All things considered, the episode was a refreshing romp with the slightest bit of romance thrown in (it did release on Valentine's Day after all) but not so much that it distracts from the plot. And as a bonus, the idea that the US military might be developing remote-controlled cockroaches, which we see in the episode, is definitely going to be keeping us up at night. 

'MacGyver' Season 4 airs new episodes every Friday at 8/7c only on CBS.  


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