The final review has been written, and it's time for The MacGyver Project to ride off into the sunset. I wouldn't call it an ending, however.
- For starters, the already written reviews and conversations with cast and crew aren't going anywhere -- click here for links to them. Hopefully people will continue to read them for years to come as a new generation gets exposed to the greatest show on earth, and I encourage everyone to leave comments at any time if you have anything to say.
- Though I can't promise any more interviews, I do have a few people who have said they'll get back to me when they have more time. There's also several more people who I never got a hold of and who I may keep searching for, so it's possible that there may be some new Q and A's at some point in the future.
- I will still continue to write about other topics on this blog (more on this later).
This was the first time I ever did a blog. In Autumn of 2013 I had finished my book and wanted to keep writing, but I didn't feel like doing another book. They always say, "Write about what you know," and I thought "why not write about MacGyver?" I didn't really know what to expect out of the blog, but it turns out that it was way more fun than I ever imagined. It was great to meet people from around the world and talk about the show. It was fun to have something to write about. And most of all, it was just fun to have MacGyver back in my life on a regular basis. I learned so much about the show, and I realized that I still have so much more to learn.
There are a lot of people who I would like to thank for being part of The MacGyver Project:
- First and foremost, I want to thank every one of you who have visited this site in the last two years -- I really appreciate it.
- Thanks to all the members of the show who took time to answer my questions (which in some cases were very numerous). Their participation was really fun and exciting for me, and the information they revealed was often new and fascinating.
- Thanks to all the great people at rdanderson.com: KTI, Nicole, Annellies, BFT, Tvero, Claudia, Frenchwriter, Jack, and of course KateR. I hope I'm not forgetting anyone. It was fun being part of your online community, talking to you about the show, and playing the "guess the screenshot game" - I still can't believe how good you are at that!
- Thanks to all the members of the MacGyver Online community (too many to name individually). Thanks for sharing in the interviews and for posting some of them on the MacGyver and MacGyverOnline twitter/facebook.
- Thanks to Anne from the Rusted Crush MacGyver fansite for linking to my site and for being my very first twitter follower!
- Thanks to my wife for putting up with my constant watching, writing about, and talking about MacGyver. It is much appreciated!
- Thanks to my mother for faithfully watching the show with me throughout my childhood and making it our special show.
- And last, but certainly not least, thanks to those that commented on my blog. It was so much more fun to have such knowledgeable, passionate people to discuss the show with. A few shout-outs here:
- Corey and Robert, thank you for commenting several times!
- David, thank you for your contributions. You and I share a passion for the music from the show, and it was always great to get your input!
- Highlander, you're the best! Always looked forward to hearing your take -- you had great insights and a true love for the show.
- Al, your reviews were a ton of fun! They were always witty, clever, funny, and thoughtful, and I really appreciated your perspective.
- Hmm, is that everyone? I feel like I'm forgetting someone....oh yeah, this guy named Mark who just happens to be the world's most knowledgable MacGyver fan (this is not hyperbole) with powers of recall that never cease to amaze. Mark, the blog simply would not have been the same without you -- I'm so glad you found it and that you shared your knowledge and love of the show with all of us.
So, now what? I've decided that I'd like to keep writing about tv series and ranking episodes since it's a fun format. There are no series that I know as well as MacGyver, so I will have to watch the episodes in order and rank them as I go. The next show that I'd like to dive into is Quantum Leap, a series that I watched around the same time as MacGyver and that made a big impression on me. But first, I had the idea to do a reverse countdown of my favorite Disney songs. I have a long history with Disney (more on that in a future post), and I thought it would be fun to really dive into the rich history of Disney music. I will do all of this in the same "MacGyver Project" blog as opposed to creating new blogs -- I realize that may be confusing for some new readers but it's easier for me that way. Also I like the idea of other shows being under the "MacGyver" umbrella as if MacGyver is the father of all television.
While I'm gone, if you need a MacGyver fix you can check out the aforementioned forums at rdanderson.com and MacGyver Online, and you can listen to the excellent Phoenix Foundation podcast which reviews an episode every Friday, often with special guests.
When will I start my Disney project? I'm looking forward to taking a break from writing, but I don't know when I will get the creative itch. It could be next week, it could be in 6 months, or maybe somewhere in between. Stay tuned!