Okay, so I gave the new MacGyver a chance. After the first few minutes of the cold open, I was starting to warm to it. It had the classic narration, it had the science lessons, it called back one of the original Mac's tricks with the palm scanner. I found it a bit incongruous that a character called Jack Dalton was described as someone you'd always want to have your back, but otherwise, it seemed promising. And then Mac caused a boat crash that killed a bunch of henchmen. No. Just... no. MacGyver should not be a killer. Overall, his characterization was okay -- smart, idealistic, maybe not as charismatic as Richard Dean Anderson and too implausibly brilliant at everything, but a fair approximation. But the casual willingness to kill and feel no remorse -- that's completely wrong for MacGyver. The rest just felt like a generic spy show. Character names were reused, but the characterizations were different. Patricia Thornton was just a cool, detached boss, not the best friend that Pete Thornton. Jack was your generic wisecracker -- and it's so obvious that Riley is his daughter, so it's disingenuous to delay that reveal. (At least, it seems obvious. I guess there's a chance the "guy who slept with her mother" story is the real explanation, but it totally felt like a father-daughter dynamic from their very first exchange.) The Chris Tucker-esque roommate is almost as obnoxious and unpleasant as the actual Chris Tucker. And the end bit where they revealed that the DXS had abruptly been shut down and had it renamed as the Phoenix Foundation was clumsy, rushed, and arbitrary. If it's just going to be doing the same hush-hush spy work as the DXS, why call it a foundation? Why even make the change? That's just homaging the form without the substance. What was cool about the Phoenix Foundation was that it was a philanthropic think tank involved with everything from government contracts to scientific research to environmental protection to crimefighting to inner-city outreach, so the range of storytelling possibilities was limitless. I don't like the idea of MacGyver being just a super-secret agent. Especially not one who kills casually. Even aside from the comparisons to the original, I just didn't find this very impressive as a series pilot. None of the actors wowed me (Vinnie Jones is very good, but he was given little to work with), the writing was mediocre, and the climactic CGI explosion was pretty badly done, which is kind of inexcusable given that this was a pilot and they must've had plenty of time to get it right. They certainly tried to pay homage to the original all they could -- reusing character names, staying fairly true to MacGyver's background (even the obscure bit about bomb disposal for the Army), recreating the title montage and several notable shots from the titles (although the one with Mac carrying a rocket on his shoulder was set up in a massively contrived way). They even featured a few shots of the Griffith Observatory, which was bizarrely used as MacGyver's home in the original pilot. But it's all just superficial, tacked onto a by-the-numbers spy show. I don't think I'm interested in continuing to watch.