ORIGINAL AIRDATE: September 18th, 1989 —
MacGyver’s kidnapped by a friend and sent on a quest for the Holy Grail
MISSION: After rescuing a senator’s son from Columbian druglords, MacGyver is looking forward to some rest when a childhood friend drags him on a globetrotting quest for an ancient religious artifact.
This week’s highlights include:
Keep your ears peeled for a cameo from my daughter toward the end of today’s episode.
Here is the Mythbusters test of MacGyver’s cold open ultralight…
Pendulum (Torture Device)
The pendulum was an instrument of torture and execution claimed to have been used by the Spanish Inquisition as recently as the early 19th Century. The allegation is contained in the book The history of the Inquisition of Spain (1826) by the Spanish priest, historian and liberal activist Juan Antonio Llorente. A swinging pendulum whose edge is a knife blade slowly descends toward a bound prisoner until it cuts into his body. The method of torture came to popular consciousness through the 1842 short story “The Pit and the Pendulum” by American author Edgar Allan Poe but there is considerable skepticism that it actually was used.
Check out the article on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendulum_(torture_device).