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ORIGINAL AIRDATE: February 1st, 1988 —
MacGyver must coach a local hockey team through the championships in a friend’s absence.
MISSION: When Mac’s old coach is hospitalized, MacGyver is tracked down to waste valuable Phoenix Foundation time coaching a minor league hockey team. Team leader Kirby has some lessons to learn about fair play if he intends to make the Olympic team.
This week’s highlights include:
Chekhov’s gun (Literature theory)
Chekhov’s gun is a dramatic principle that requires every element in a narrative to be irreplaceable, with anything else removed.
Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.
Check out the article on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekhov%27s_gun.
Watch S3E13: “Thin Ice” on CBS’s website or check the alternative streamability of this episode here.
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