Imagine you’re stranded on an island with only three possessions to your name. What items would you choose? We’d take a paperclip, duct tape and Angus MacGyver. Chances are Macgyver could miraculously transform those everyday items into a bull’s-eye hitting bow and arrow and “Macgyver” us off the island.
Angus MacGyver is known for getting himself out of any situation with everyday objects that, by themselves, aren’t useful. But in MacGyver’s hands, those harmless-looking items are bad-guy booty-kicking machines.
CBS is rebooting the original 1985 “MacGyver” series this fall, with Lucas Till – the actor known for his role as Havok in the “X-Men” movies – playing the brilliant scientist/secret agent. And the best part? The trailer teases some serious archery action, with Macgyver building his own DIY bow from everyday objects.
In the show’s recently released trailer, we see MacGyver somersaulting into a bowstring draw that subsequently sets fire to a (presumably) bad guy’s car. It’s hard to say how big of a role archery will have in the show, or if it will be a recurring theme, but judging by the trailer, archery will be epic when it’s used.
The cast and crew recently spoke on a panel for the Television Critics Association, and gave some teasers about what to expect. An article on Slash Film also gives a rundown of the pre-show gossip. For instance, the original MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, was offered a role in the television remake. It’s unknown what his role would be, or how regularly he would appear, but maybe fans of the original program will connect to his character and revel in nostalgia.
Lenkov confirms that the pilot episode includes a “hidden Easter egg,” which fans of the original show should get almost immediately. Peter Lenkov, MacGyver’s showrunner, said a slight variation in the reboot is that it will focus more on the character, and not just the action, as many recent television dramas try to do.
The show stays true to the original in having MacGyver avoid guns. Slash Film noted, “One of the trademarks of MacGyver was he doesn’t like guns, so he’d always rather find a solution to a problem that didn’t require firearms.” That could be where archery comes in.
The show writers want to make sure everything MacGyver creates could actually be a working contraption. “We also have a tech advisor … vet our scripts to make sure that all these things are real and they’re doable,” Lenkov told Slash Film. “That’s sort of the fun of writing the show, is painting yourself into a corner and coming up with a creative way to get out of it.” It’s safe to say the bow MacGyver uses is one of those creative devices.
Slash Film also notes that Till does his own fighting for the role, but whether or not he took archery lessons for his bow-and-arrow scene remains unknown. Even so, MacGyver’s skills are so legendary that “Saturday Night Live” gave a nod to the famous handyman with its running sketch “MacGruber,” said Slash Film. Till and the crew love it. In fact, co-star George Eads sometimes tells Till to act out a scene as MacGruber, just to ease tensions after a scene. We know SNL veterans and late-night comedians Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien are no strangers to archery trick shots, so will Till collaborate with Fallon and O’Brien for late-night bow-making, archery trick shots and a “MacGruber” remake? We hope so!
Want to be as talented with household objects as MacGyver? The YouTube video above demonstrates how to “MacGyver” your own bow and arrow out of paper and floss using only scissors and tape. This craft is worthy of MacGyver, and makes paper footballs look like child’s play. Literally.
“MacGyver” premieres Sept. 23. at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. Tune into the archery action, then try archery at your local range.