Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MacGruber: MacGyver Zeitgeist Parody?

Given that MythBusters have proven that even though some of MacGyver's methods of saving the day - though sound in scientific principle - seldom works in real-life situations, is SNL's MacGruber just a reactionary zeitgeist on MacGyver?

By: Ringo Bones

Every avid TV viewer by now are quite familiar with a Saturday Night Live parody skit called MacGruber poking fun at the iconic TV series whose hero goes by the name of Angus MacGyver even though he's kinda ashamed of his "uncool" first name. But is the poking fun getting more like life imitating art at this point of the game?

MacGyver - as he prefers to be called - became a classic during the latter half of the 1980s where he uses - sometimes - rather esoteric from Joe Public's perspective scientific principles to save the day or to get himself and anyone in distress from certain dire sticky situations. Most unseemly action hero ever?

Unfortunately, this is where MacGruber capitalizes in deconstructing MacGyver in a rather humorous way. Surprisingly, with nary a use of a cowbell. Funny or not, it didn't manage to stop MacGruber from turning into a full-blown feature film.

1 comment:

VaneSSa said...

Wasn't there a recent cease and desist court order issued to MacGruber by the MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff?