Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mark his Words!

It occurred to me that we should have a separate page to keep track of reader Mark from Minnesota's rankings. Mark brings to the blog well-reasoned opinions, a MacGyver knowledge that is world-class, and his own set of episode rankings -- and I thought I was the only person in the world crazy enough to do that!  And if you want more from Mark, check out his guest post and podcast on this blog.

Here are Mark's complete rankings (with mine in parentheses).

  1. Cleo Rocks (14)
  2. Brainwashed (33)
  3. Nightmares (71)
  4. Lesson in Evil (19)
  5. The Assassin (54)
  6. The Madonna (69)
  7. Strictly Business (8)
  8. Deadly Dreams (18)
  9. Legend of the Holy Rose 1 (81)
  10. Legend of the Holy Rose 2 (81)
  11. The Invisible Killer (15)
  12. Trumbo's World (119)
  13. The Challenge (131)
  14. Black Rhino (66)
  15. Halloween Knights (48)
  16. Partners (22)
  17. The Widowmaker (9)
  18. Pilot (65)
  19. Lost Love, Part Two (64)
  20. Phoenix Under Siege (10)
  21. The Human Factor (96)
  22. Eye of Osiris (121)
  23. The Outsiders (23) - a matching ranking! 
  24. Gold Rush (89)
  25. The Golden Triangle (35)
  26. Thin Ice (115)
  27. Good Knight MacGyver 2 (6)
  28. Kill Zone (133)
  29. The Heist (52)
  30. Good Knight MacGyver 1 (6)
  31. Lost Love, Part One (64)
  32. Easy Target (40)
  33. The Stringer (57)
  34. Obsessed (17)
  35. Hell Week (104)
  36. Passages (58)
  37. Out in the Cold (7)
  38. Murderers' Sky (26)
  39. Ghost Ship (4)
  40. Pirates (20)
  41. Jack in the Box (30)
  42. Blood Brothers (100)
  43. Hellfire (130)
  44. Countdown (63)
  45. The Negotiator (13)
  46. The Gauntlet (gambit, episode) (1)
  47. To Be A Man (112)
  48. Bitter Harvest (44)
  49. Deathlock (37)
  50. Log Jam (11)
  51. Two Times Trouble (124)
  52. GX-1 (46)
  53. Harry's Will (120)
  54. Ugly Duckling (38)
  55. Live and Learn (97)
  56. The Escape (123)
  57. Faith, Hope & Charity (49)
  58. The Road Not Taken (47)
  59. The Treasure of Manco (107)
  60. Twenty Questions (132)
  61. Jenny's Chance (60)
  62. The Lost Treasure of Atlantis
  63. Final Approach (129)
  64. The Wall (53)
  65. On a Wing and a Prayer (114)
  66. The Ten Percent Solution (72)
  67. The Survivors (5)
  68. The Black Corsage (45)
  69. Mask of the Wolf (3)
  70. Humanity (94)
  71. Deadly Silents (126) 
  72. The Eraser (110)
  73. The Visitor (25)
  74. Silent World (39)
  75. Back from the Dead (109)
  76. Thief of Budapest (34)
  77. Fraternity of Thieves (78)
  78. Eagles (83)
  79. For Love or Money (106)
  80. The Secret of Parker House (125)
  81. Birth Day (42)
  82. Tough Boys (90)
  83. DOA MacGyver (50)
  84. Three for the Road (16)
  85. The Endangered (12)
  86. The Prometheus Syndrome (99)
  87. Target MacGyver (62)
  88. Every Time She Smiles (86)
  89. Blow Out (28)
  90. The Wasteland (85)
  91. Off the Wall (98)
  92. Jack of Lies (82)
  93. Deep Cover (61)
  94. The Spoilers (41)
  95. Cease Fire (27)
  96. Twice Stung (101)
  97. The Prodigal (2) - don't let the low ranking fool you - he enjoys this one!  
  98. There But For The Grace (128)
  99. Runners (74)
  100. The Enemy Within (76)
  101. Renegade (105)
  102. Rock the Cradle (31)
  103. Second Chance (127)
  104. Fire and Ice (87)
  105. Trail of Tears (93)
  106. Serenity (95)
  107. Family Matter (56)
  108. Jerico Games (84)
  109. The Battle of Tommy Giordano (21)
  110. Children of Light (73) -  - a matching ranking with Al! 
  111. Last Stand (36)
  112. Squeeze Play (67)
  113. Blind Faith (59)
  114. The Wish Child (111)
  115. High Control (102)
  116. Gunz 'N Boyz (108)
  117. The Odd Triple (70)
  118. The Mountain of Youth (136)
  119. Bushmaster (32)
  120. Rush to Judgement (92)
  121. Flame's End (122)
  122. The 'Hood (24)
  123. The Gun (91)
  124. Early Retirement (29)
  125. Split Decision (88)
  126. Slow Death (51)
  127. A Prisoner of Conscience (118)
  128. Collision Course (80)
  129. The Lost Amadeus (134)
  130. Honest Abe (135)
  131. Hearts of Steel (116)
  132. Soft Touch (77)
  133. Ma Dalton (68)
  134. Dalton, Jack of Spies (75)
  135. The Coltons (55)
  136. Unfinished Business (79)
  137. Friends (103)
  138. The Trail to Doomsday
  139. Hind-Sight (117)
  140. Walking Dead (43)
  141. MacGyver's Women (113)

8 comments:

  1. Ha! I had this same idea of doing this at the halfway point but you beat me to it. I'll make one correction, however, that I most likely screwed up when giving my own rankings. I rated "The Wish Child" #114....but may have accidentally wrote #111 when giving my reviews. I've always found it simultaneously interesting and frustrating that MacGyver fans have such differing views on certain episodes. Most often what I find is that other fans agree with me on about two-thirds of the episodes while we differ on the remaining third and that appears to be about where we are. The best part of the series was that its thematic range was so impressive that was something for just about everyone at some point during the series. Even people I know for whom MacGyver just wasn't their thing can always point to one episode that for whatever reason was the exception.

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    1. You had it right on the Wish Child - I had mixed it up with my ranking but have now fixed it.

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  2. And by the way, I believe you said you won't be rating the two MacGyver TV movies. With that in mind, I might as well serve up my rankings for those two right now. "The Lost Treasure of Atlantis" was #62 and "The Trail to Doomsday" was #138. Both films had the British flair (produced in England with a mostly British crew) and the vibe just felt off for MacGyver, on top of other problems that kept the movies from being as good as I had hoped. The less I say about "Trail to Doomsday" the better.

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    1. Wow, The Trail to Doomsday sounds pretty bad! I am planning on reviewing the movies once I'm all done with the others and then picking a slot for them. I couldn't pre-rank them because I don't remember a single thing about them, but I have the DVDs and am saving them until the end.

      By the way, if you ever have any burning MacGyver thoughts to share or want to write a guest post about anything MacGyver related just let me know.

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    2. I may take you up on that.....further along into your countdown anyway. In the summer of 2013 I revisited all of the MacGyver DVDs for a nightly viewing and posted a couple of posts on my blog, one analyzing the series' musical legacy and the other a season-by-season overview. Perhaps later in your countdown I'll send them your way and see if you'd like to have them posted.....but only after some of the episodes I singled out to rave about make your countdown. :)

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    3. As for "Trail to Doomsday", it had its fans. Always surprises me but I run into a few people who really like it, although the consensus opinion has generally been that it was a major dud.

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  3. Just FYI, I rated Lost Love, Part 1 as my #31 and my Part 2 as my #19, the vice versa of what you posted.

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