On tonight’s sequence finale of MacGyver, MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Riley (Tristin Mays) stumble onto a thoughts management conspiracy, which leads them to query their dedication to the Phoenix Foundation.
Directed by David Straiton, from a script by Alessia Costantini, Stephanie Hicks, Andrew Klein and Monica Maser, “Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal” hinges on a plot thread arrange in Episode 11, during which Mac and Riley are uncovered, by way of tear gasoline, to nanoscopic monitoring gadgets.
The episode opens in seemingly atypical style, with Mac, Riley, Desi (Levy Tran) and Bozer (Justin Hires) endeavor an undercover operation at an underground poker recreation. Desi stealthily locations a tracker on the again of a goal, and all goes effectively—till Mac and Riley out of the blue go lacking.
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When Phoenix Foundation Head Matty (Meredith Eaton) discovers that Mac’s comms have gone offline, she initiates a restoration operation, sending members from varied authorities companies out to search for him.
24 hours later, Mac and Riley are “still ghosting” their crew—till they out of the blue reappear, with no reminiscence of the place they’ve been or what’s occurred to them.
Matty and her colleague Russ (Henry Ian Cusick) have the pair put by way of a sequence of medical checks, and a health care provider notes that they’ve “collapsed veins,” after being poked and prodded greater than 237 instances. It appears clear that somebody has made lab rats out of the duo, and that the nanobots inside Mac and Riley have one thing to do with this plot. But who would do all of this? And why?
While Matty continues to chase solutions, Mac is placed on lockdown at dwelling with Riley, Bozer and Desi, confronting a way of violation that’s adopted his abduction. Before leaving the Phoenix base, although, he swipes one of many vials of his blood that has been examined, in order that he can conduct his personal analysis.
Given the bizarre coloration of the blood, Mac deduces that he and Riley have been drugged, resulting in selective amnesia. He then makes use of the idea of “state-dependent memory” to his benefit, restaging the occasions of that night time in his condo, till particulars begin to come again to him.
After falling asleep on the sofa, each Mac and Riley are hit with the identical intense reminiscence flashes, which make them an almond grove in Lost Hills. From there, they can observe down the deserted warehouse the place they have been held captive.
“I could have you all fired for this,” says Russ, who together with Matty has tracked the actions of Mac and his crew. Russ is disillusioned in them for disobeying Matty’s lockdown orders, however by no means thoughts that. Because Mac’s gusto leads him to search out Jennifer Pool (Shi Nel Nielson), the right-hand lady to Orson Marcato (Tom Nowicki). Marcato, they consider, is the person behind the nanobots.
Russ interrogates Jennifer about Marcato’s endgame, whereas Riley palms Pool’s pc onerous drive over to a few her hacker pals. From the drive, a video file emerges, exhibiting a zombie-like Mac and Riley underneath thoughts management, being compelled to combat one another, and Mac capturing a apply dummy within the head a number of instances, with out flinching, underneath the management of nanobots.
As Mac goes by way of an ethical disaster over the actions he’s been compelled into, the Phoenix workforce unravels the total story behind the nanobots. Originally, Marcato developed them as “new, experimental tech” to assist with despair, however he discovered that they yielded “unintended, fascinating side effects.” Mac and Riley confirmed for Marcato that his nanobots may be the last word weapon, and subsequently, he units out to disperse them into the air, by way of fireworks at a “military appreciation” occasion he has deliberate in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of households will probably be in attendance, unwittingly surrendering any sense of private company. The worst revelation of all, although, is that Marcato’s experiments have been funded by the U.S. authorities, which has prioritized the “next industrial revolution” over the rights of its citzens.
After shedding belief in each himself and his nation, Mac heads to D.C. along with his workforce, racing towards the clock to get to Marcato’s “finale bank” of nanobot-laden fireworks. Being the tech wiz that he’s, after all, Macgyver isn’t merely going to disable them. Instead, he manipulates their contents to create a “super rocket,” able to safely dispersing the nanobots into the ozone layer.
After saving the day, all that’s left for Phoenix to do is get these pesky nanobots out of Mac and Riley, with compelled cooperation from Marcato. Russ does so by putting every of them in hyperbaric chambers, which is able to enhance the absorption of oxygen of their blood till the bots die.
Riley is well cleared of the nanobots, however for a second, it looks like our hero Mac may die as effectively, as strain throughout the chamber causes him to convulse and flatline. But after slowly dialing down the strain within the chamber, Mac regains consciousness, and is compelled to look at plans for his future.
The U.S. authorities funds the Phoenix Foundation, and regardless of all the great he’s been capable of do there, he can not abide their “disgusting” latest actions. Instead, he’ll discover one other discover to serve his nation.
But simply as Mac is saying his resignation, with Bozer, Desi and Riley following, Matty makes the foremost announcement that Phoenix is absolutely autonomous, having simply minimize all ties with the U.S. authorities. If Mac will be part of her, she says, he’ll be capable to get round their corruption, and tackle solely the missions that matter to him.
In the top, a champagne toast seals the deal, and the Phoenix household sticks collectively, paving the best way for a lot of extra thrilling adventures.
CBS’s Macgyver reboot, developed by Peter M. Lenkov, debuted in September of 2016. It was abruptly announced earlier this month that Season 5 can be the motion drama’s final. MacGyver is one among a number of long-running CBS sequence coming to an finish this season, the others being NCIS: New Orleans and the Allison Janney-starring comedy, Mom.