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 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Slow Death" (Dennis McCarthy)
Only one cue stood out for me, one whre MacGyver chases one of the guys who sold the bad medicines to the train conductor's room.

"The Escape" (Dennis McCarthy)
A fun prison escape cue, and some plucky good guy gets the bad guy to tell what's he's doing underscore. And look at this -- Dennis McCarthy and John de Lancie before ST:TNG.

"A Prisoner of Conscience" (Dennis McCarthy)
A fairly exciting jetboat chase sequence in the episode recieves a movie-like action score -- nicely done, in my view. A rousing cue during MacGyver's attempt to find MAria's grandfather, and then the floowing continuation of the cue (after the commercial), as he attempts to break him out.

"The Assassin" (season finale; Dennis McCarthy)
Some dramatic tense music for a number of scenes.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"The Human Factor" (season two premiere; Dennis McCarthy)
The dramatic build to MacGyver disabling the lasers blocking an entrace way. And the cue when MacGyver and the lab lady try to take out the heat-sensing drones.

There's a disappointing slight decline in the scoring and size (at least it sounds that way) for the first episode of the next season.

Also made it threw "The Eraser" with nothing worth noting.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Twice Stung" (Dennis McCarthy)
There a nice uplifting cue as MacGyver is flown in, in a fighter plane and gets out.
Also, an action cue when MacGyver and Joanne Remmings prepare for Crowe's henchmen, then fight and escape. And a fun rousing cue as they make the swindle at the police station.

And on an unrelated note, what the heck were the show's producers thinking? A still frame leading out into a commercial, with a black screen closing in as a circle on MacGyver's face? It looks like some kind of cartoon crap. Aside from that, it's one of the better episodes of the series.


"The Wish Child" (Dennis McCarthy)
A fun action piece as MacGyver and the "Wish Child" escape the freighter. And look, two Star Trek ties: McCarthy and George Takei.

"Final Approach" (Dennis McCarthy)
The dramatic cue as the plane is going down with MacGyver and gang members.

It occured to me: MacGyver in an earlier episode had to ask somebody else to fly a helicopter, but knows how to skillfully fly a T-38 Talon supersonic jet plane in another.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Jack of Lies" (Randy Edelman)
A fun cue as Jack gets purposefully caught, that leads out to the commercial. Two fun cues when MacGyver sneaks into the monistary and then walks around.

Oh, and look: Patricia McPherson got away from "Knight Rider" for a tad. Too bad she's not accomplishing anything that wasn't in "Knight Rider": few lines, someone else is the star, and a vehicle crashing threw a door.


"The Road Not Taken" (Dennis McCarthy)
The action piece as MacGyver and the run for the helicopter; very ST: TNG like.


Perhaps now that Paramount seems willing to open the vautls some, maybe something like this is possible now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Silent World" (Randy Edelman)
The music for the deaf ladies dream.

There have been some crummy and even poorly written episodes the last dozen. Repotedly the last season or two of the show has it decline a lot; if it's worse than this, I may not be able to make it through all of Ken Harrison's efforts


"Three For the Road" (Randy Edelman)
A nice, though short, western cue playing while MacGyver works on his stranded car.
There's also a nice little upbeat cue as Guy pulls into the body shop.
I'm used to McCarthy's orchestral action scoring, so hearing a drum machine in a long car chase piece, was a reduction in quality, cheap sounding, and a real let down.


I made today sort of a "MacGyver" day.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 9:51 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Some seasons were recorded in Canada which make a definitive project cost prohibitive. The Canadian AFM doesn't play ball like the US AFM. A set is certainly being considered but sadly some of the middle seasons will have to be left off.

MV

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

Some seasons were recorded in Canada which make a definitive project cost prohibitive. The Canadian AFM doesn't play ball like the US AFM. A set is certainly being considered but sadly some of the middle seasons will have to be left off.

MV


Interesting, I never thought of that. Hopefully there will be a day when this issue can be resolved, but aside from that, season 1 alone would offer enough material for a solid 3 disc set at least.

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Exactly, dfrolik -- you practically took the words out of my mouth.

You know what I'm thinking of right now? A song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

Some seasons were recorded in Canada which make a definitive project cost prohibitive. The Canadian AFM doesn't play ball like the US AFM. A set is certainly being considered but sadly some of the middle seasons will have to be left off.

MV


MV - sorry, another question: do you mean that it's an issue to release the MUSIC that was recorded in Canada (which I believe was the case with Ken Harrison's scores), or do you mean all music to all EPISODES that were filmed in Canada? I just remembered that Stargate was filmed in Vancouver as well, and some scores have been released in the past. So I guess what I'm asking is, would McCarthy's season 3-6 scores and William Ross' scores have a chance of being released? If that were the case I would already be 90% happy :-).
I live in Vancouver, let me know if I have to stir some sh... here :-)

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Some seasons were recorded in Canada which make a definitive project cost prohibitive. The Canadian AFM doesn't play ball like the US AFM. A set is certainly being considered but sadly some of the middle seasons will have to be left off.

MV


MV - sorry, another question: do you mean that it's an issue to release the MUSIC that was recorded in Canada (which I believe was the case with Ken Harrison's scores), or do you mean all music to all EPISODES that were filmed in Canada? I just remembered that Stargate was filmed in Vancouver as well, and some scores have been released in the past. So I guess what I'm asking is, would McCarthy's season 3-6 scores and William Ross' scores have a chance of being released? If that were the case I would already be 90% happy :-).
I live in Vancouver, let me know if I have to stir some sh... here :-)


Anything that was recorded with a Canadian orchestra is an issue.

MV

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

Some seasons were recorded in Canada which make a definitive project cost prohibitive. The Canadian AFM doesn't play ball like the US AFM. A set is certainly being considered but sadly some of the middle seasons will have to be left off.

MV


MV - sorry, another question: do you mean that it's an issue to release the MUSIC that was recorded in Canada (which I believe was the case with Ken Harrison's scores), or do you mean all music to all EPISODES that were filmed in Canada? I just remembered that Stargate was filmed in Vancouver as well, and some scores have been released in the past. So I guess what I'm asking is, would McCarthy's season 3-6 scores and William Ross' scores have a chance of being released? If that were the case I would already be 90% happy :-).
I live in Vancouver, let me know if I have to stir some sh... here :-)


Anything that was recorded with a Canadian orchestra is an issue.

MV


I see, thanks for clarifying. So I guess most of Ken Harrison's scores would be in this category then. Definitely a shame if his scores have to be left out (for the time being). However, Dennis McCarthy composed some of his best music in season 4 and 5, and William Ross in season 6, so between season 1, and 4-6 there would be an abundance of fantastic music to select from. Thanks for considering, your efforts are always greatly appreciated.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   fommes   (Member)

That's very bad news. I hope not ALL of Ken Harrison's scores are too expensive to license? I have no idea if he recorded all of his scores with Canadian orchestras or only the seasons that were filmed in Vancouver.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

So, are there anyone who knows what (episode scores) actually is recorded and what is NOT recorded with a Canadian orchestra?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

So, are there anyone who knows what (episode scores) actually is recorded and what is NOT recorded with a Canadian orchestra?

I do recall reading somewhere that Ken Harrison resided in Canada since the early 90s, and that he would compose and record at home and send the scores to the producers daily. I don't remember exact details, but I assume this means that most, if not all of Harrison's scores were recorded in Canada. Since Dennis McCarthy was already composing for Star Trek starting 1987 (MacGyver season 3), I'm fairly certain that all of his scores were recorded in LA, unless he sent his music sheets to Vancouver for their orchestra to record, I really doubt that though. I think I also recall McCarthy once mentioning that he worked with the same musicians for V The Series, MacGyver and ST, but I'm not 100% positive on that.

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Oh, crap -- that probably means half, if not all, of the "Due South" scores are likely recorded in Canada.

Well, I guess it could be worse; the tapes up north could have been erased, recorded over, or thrown away, as sometiems happened elsewhere in the world.

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Phoenix Under Siege" (Randy Edelman)
Not much good in this episode, though around the end when MacGyver is trying to disable the bomb, there's a cue that sounds good. McCarthy is just better at scoring television than Edelman.

Season two has been a low point in scoring for the show so far. I'm up to episode 14, with little to show.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Birth Day" (Dennis McCarthy)
A nice guy in the opening and a plesant redition of the main theme briely after that. And a nice car chase music cue. There's also a nice, although brief, action cue when MacGyver grabs the huband while under the jeep.
Too bad there were a number of annoying synth sounds (some cues sounded almost, if not entirely, synth; maybe the budget wasn't that big for a full score).

Only in MacGyver's world could a pregnant woman running on foot scream for help, have him ask her what's wrong, her reply she's about to be murdered, and he says "Hop in!"


Season two has been a real let down in scoring thus far, and I'm threw most of it now. Also, the show has been a let down. There are few strong episodes. It seems it's more hype than delivery; if it hadn't been Richard Dean Anderson and no inventive MacGyver character, it probably would have failed during the first season. So much wasted potential.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

"Birth Day" (Dennis McCarthy)
A nice guy in the opening and a plesant redition of the main theme briely after that. And a nice car chase music cue. There's also a nice, although brief, action cue when MacGyver grabs the huband while under the jeep.
Too bad there were a number of annoying synth sounds (some cues sounded almost, if not entirely, synth; maybe the budget wasn't that big for a full score).

Only in MacGyver's world could a pregnant woman running on foot scream for help, have him ask her what's wrong, her reply she's about to be murdered, and he says "Hop in!"


Season two has been a real let down in scoring thus far, and I'm threw most of it now. Also, the show has been a let down. There are few strong episodes. It seems it's more hype than delivery; if it hadn't been Richard Dean Anderson and no inventive MacGyver character, it probably would have failed during the first season. So much wasted potential.


You will find that similar to ST:TNG, MacGyver season 2 was the weak point of the series, with like you say a few strong episodes but overall well below season 1. The good news is though that also like in TNG, the show really picks up in season 3. Scoring wise season 2 will not get better, plus a few episodes to come will not even have an original score but merely re-use music from previous episodes. You may or may not have noticed, but even "the road not taken" has no original score.
When Harrison joins in season 3, the scoring really picks up, and McCarthy also doesn't disappoint especially starting season 4. Trust me, you have a lot to look forward to, even in season 2 you still have a couple of good ones ahead.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 9:41 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Thanks, Dave. sounds like I have something to look forward to.


"Partners" (Dennis McCarthy)
Much better. This time the electronics McCarthy used in the score, worked with it (in and '80's sort of way, but still it meshed well), and overall it was probably one of the best, if not thee best, score of the season.

Also, this episode was a consideralbe improvement. One down, four more to go until the next season.

 
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