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28 January 2007 @ 09:16 pm
And then I watched MacGyver  
Bwah! I watched the pilot tonight. Can I just say that it rocks? I was expecting something way way cheesier than that considering it was the 80's. And heck, I like The A-Team and that was the embodiment of cheese.

But dang. It was good. And RDA was hot. I may become an RDA fan yet. I probably already am but I'm just in denial about it.

RDA, MS, CJ, and BB can all fight for my time and affection. I'm cool with that ;)

But OMG, MacGyver. I need MORE.
Current Mood: sillysilly
Autumn Dandelion: NASCAR - Mikey in 1988autumndandelion on January 29th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I LOVE MacGyver!!

= D
Working for the Mandroid: Corporalmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
How did I miss this when I watched everything in the 80s? Good stuff :)
Autumn Dandelionautumndandelion on January 29th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I watched it in the early 90's, when USA played the re-runs. I looked forward to seeing that show every day after school at 4pm.
Jenn: mac-red hatsurreallis on January 29th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Uh oh! Beginning stages of RDA fangirl love! We were all in denial at first, and then suddenly you wake up one day and realize how far gone you are. ;)
Working for the Mandroid: War Storiesmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
So I don't have a prayer, huh?

Oh well. I'm not going to put up a fight.

But squee for the pilot! It was good! But just what the heck is he? Works for the government or...? I was cinfused over that part. Or maybe I was too bust staring at him instead of paying attention.

Now I'm going to have to sit down and decide when I'll watch more. I want to stretch it out.

Methinks this will keep my occupied during my SG-1 drought.
eregyrn: Mac - pleasederegyrn on January 29th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhh, Mac! So cheesy, so fun! And yes, really not unlike the A-Team. Except with the gayest theme song EVER. (I can't take credit for that observation, though I forget who first made it. But with all the tinkly, bouncy synthesizer? Yeah. Whereas the A-Team theme is *extremely* manly. It's hard not to be manly when your theme-song starts off with automatic gunfire. And then there's MacGyver, which kind of sounds like it ought to have men in legwarmers dancing to it...)

Don't worry, it'll get cheesier. Actually, for my mileage, the first season is rather unlike the subsequent seasons. I mean, the first season, they were really still feeling out their concept, and they wanted Mac to be a sort of folksy spy-guy, and sometimes with the look and the types of adventures, he strikes me as "updated Indiana Jones, sort of". It's an odd mish-mash. I thought it worked, though. And the thing is, for a lot of season 1, he dresses in this neutral regular-guy thing that has nothing to do with 80s fashion, and that's a *good* thing, believe me, kind of like his hair in season 1, which is just, normal.

I'm not saying the rest is bad. Just that season 1 isn't quite like the rest.

I missed the show when it was originally on in the 80s, too. (I eventually worked out why, and then it made sense to me, because I was sort of aware of its existence, like everybody was.) I only got to see it relatively recently, after I became an SG-1 addict.

I also thought that nothing -- NOTHING -- would ever make me nostalgic for the 80s. I didn't *like* the 80s. I was a child of the 70s and I clung to that when everything started going 80s all around me; I continued to be a hippie in a sea of New Wave.

But apparently the 80s seeped into my skin anyway. And now? Yes, I can almost feel nostalgic for parts of the 80s. Even the really bad cheesy parts. It's not that I think it's any better now than it was then; it hasn't aged well, it doesn't look cool. But... it gives me a really warm, squishy feeling. Awww! The 80s! Look at it, it's so cute!

So that's part of my great fondness for MacGyver. RDA is really, really hot. And the show kind of makes me feel like... it's summer, and I'm 13 again; and you can fight all the bad guys and never use guns and still win, because the bad guys are comically inept anyway. It's a nice feeling.
Working for the Mandroid: Unprotectedmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Aw, the rest of the series is different? I've only ever caught a couple of eps so I don't know the over all feel of the show. Does it get really really cheesy? Not that I mind. (Again, I watched The A-Team religiously.) But I sort of like the almost Indiana Jones/spy thing.

I fear the mullet.

I was young in the 80's so my nostaglia points always go to the 80's. I was a teen in the 90's. Didn't like the 90's too much. But I always will remember the 80's.

I still can't figure out how I did not watch this show. Like everyone else on the planet, I knew who RDA was. I knew what MacGyver was. I just never watched. I wacthed just about everything else though, which sort of scares me. How did I have time to watch so much TV?

But it's good so far, says she who's watched a total of 3 episodes ever.

And he's, well, hot. So that helps. I have a feeling that my already pre-existing love of Jack will only increase now as I jump between both series.

Not a bad thing ;)
eregyrn: Mac - b&weregyrn on January 29th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
The rest of the series... it's hard to explain, but... it does come up with a slightly more coherent concept, but one that does something a little different from what they seemed to be aiming for in S1, I guess. S2 is where they start up with the Phoenix Foundation, which as an organization covers a really disparate number of things, allowing for many different types of stories; but my feeling is that the aegis of Phoenix, while not a bad thing, gives a different flavor to the show.

What I hear a lot of folks talk about is the way the show can become "preachy". I can sort of see what they're talking about, but it never bugs me. But the Phoenix Foundation is really a do-gooder type of organization, and Mac fits in with that, and it's kind of... boy-scout, sometimes. Inasmuch as you can ever say the show had any edge, I think it had a little more of an edge of S1, because they weren't sure what they were aiming for, I guess.

So as I say, I don't think the rest of the show is bad. Just, to me, it feels a little different, a little less "action/adventure modern-day Indiana Jones" thing, a little more earnest. But I can't fault it for that, because its heart is always in the right place, even if it's very earnest about it.

And you know what? The Mullet is actually there less than all the jokes would imply that it is. Not that there aren't other hairstyles (the Hedgehog, for example) that aren't equally silly. Yeah, you just gotta brace yourself for the fact that he'll start wearing more noticeably 80s fashions, and his hair will start looking more New Wave, and just remind yourself, "This was VERY FASHIONABLE at the time, truly! He was the HEIGHT of fashion!" And for me, no matter how silly the fashions get (OMG some of the stuff the women wear!!!!!), Mac retains this core of hotness that can't be dimmed.

I was a little kid in the 70s and a teen in the 80s, basically. And I figured out in retrospect that I didn't watch MacGyver because for many years it was on at a time when I was *never home*. (Because I can tell you -- had I been home, I'm sure I would have watched it, and definitely not ALF!!! Which is what it ran against. They make a joke about that in SG S6's "Sight Unseen", actually, which is kind of cute.) The A-Team was on just earlier enough in the 80s that I was able to watch it (and I think it was on a weeknight anyway), but by the time MacGyver debuted, I wasn't watching anything on Sunday nights, and then, I was in college, without a TV; and then I was out of college but I had missed 5 years' worth of the show and so didn't catch the last 2 years of it.

(I watched so much TV because I actually watched TV while I was doing my homework in high-school. Apparently I was able to split my concentration like that. I don't know how! Because I can no longer really do that.)
Working for the Mandroid: Boredmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
It played opposite ALF? Well, that explains it. I watched ALF. Though, my mom watched Mac in the 80's, so I don't know how she managed that. In fact, I watched with her tonight. It's a bit weird to squee with your mom, but it was a bonding moment for us.

The other eps I saw had references to the Phoenix Foundation. I guess by brining that into the show that gave them some range, right? I saw one on voodoo which was weird. I saw one with illegal immigrants. And I saw one with hockey. That's been the extent of my knowledge.

I've seen pictures of the mullet and I'm still dreading it LOL But i'm willing to keep with this show and give it a try. Seems like its worth it.

It makes sense why you wouldn't have caught it, though. That was me in the 90's--started college, went out, didn't watch much TV. But that's what is great about DVDs right? :)
Chibi Hoshihoshi_reed on January 29th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
All time favs from teh 80's:
Knight Ryder
Muder She Wrote/Maginim PI
Working for the Mandroid: Readmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
I love it when a plan comes together!

I watched all those shows, save MacGyver and StingRay.

I need me some 80's nostalgia.
aurora_novarumaurora_novarum on January 29th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Stingray. Nick Mancuso and a muscle car. Tres cool. (I've since seen Nick Mancuso in something recently--he has not aged well).
aurora_novarumaurora_novarum on January 29th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Don't forget Simon & Simon, the Magnum spinoff

Wait, was there a crossover with MacGyver once? Am I imagining that?
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on January 29th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Simon and Simon was a spinoff? I didn't know that! I loced that show.

Heck, I watched just about everything in the 80's. Scarcrow and Mrs King. The Fall Guy.
suzannemarie on January 29th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Someone in another forum I attend provided this link a few years ago. I post it now because it's too good not to share: MacGyver vs A-Team Grudgematch

I didn't watch when the show was first on because I assumed I wouldn't like it and that it was stupid. Much to my surprise, I discovered a few years ago how much I really do like it. There is a certain level of cheese. But there's also a smartness and gentleness and heart to it that you don't find much anymore. Yeah, there are some episodes that are a little to earnest even for me. But overall, it's just fun and appealing.

And RDA is just kinda....dreamy. (To use an old fashioned word about an old fashioned-type show.)
Working for the Mandroid: Jack and Daniel (Urgo)moonshayde on January 29th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
That was hilarious! Keeping me occupied while I'm sick :)

I think I'll like it. I watched other 80's shows so how can I not? I just need to fuel my RDA love somehow.

It made me think, though. I bet there is some cracktastic crossover fic out there between MacGyver and The A-Team.
aurora_novarumaurora_novarum on January 29th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
I only have vague (but very fond) memories of MacGyver's plots and storylines. You may be influenced by the jokes and pop culture references (and yes some of Mac's clever uses go to extremes).

The show was much cooler than the A-Team though, and holds up better. Any time I see the A-Team on reruns now, I watch and say...I used to love THIS?! MacGyver I've caught once or twice and said, damn, this show is still good! And I still have my swiss army knife. See the influence of that show?

What's funny, is I'm the opposite of someone above. I was a child of the seventies and teen of the eighties. I can't stand 70s stuff, but 80s fill me with nostalgia.

But not for the mullet. Nothing can excuse the mullet.
Working for the Mandroid: Daniel (Heroes)moonshayde on January 29th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
The A-Team has not aged well. I've watched it a few times when I can and ouch. But I still love it anyway. For me, The A-Team is less about plot and more about the team.

I was a team fan even back then. Though, I was in love with the Faceman ;)
aurora_novarumaurora_novarum on January 29th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
Weren't we all? *sigh* original Starbuck.

I read somewhere that he's a conductor or concert pianist or something like that now.

Heh, yeah, the corny, teamy goodness of the A-Team.