We had a conference with our son’s teacher this week. He’s doing well in everything, but his reading comprehension is needing some work. It occurred to me that if we can get him to narrow down the plot of what we’ve just watched into a couple of sentences, that would probably help him understand what he should be doing with chapter books as well.
He had something of a grasp on “The Assassin,” written by James Schmerer, but an important part of it eluded him. He thought that this was about a group of “assassinators,” because the dude, shown above escaping from custody in a scene that seems oddly like the later escape of Dr. Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, wears different disguises, like all good assassinators do. I enjoyed this more than the last few episodes we’ve watched, especially the terrific fistfight in a watchmakers’ shop, and our son thought it was mostly good, even if the number of bad guys had him stumped.
Tonight’s episode was a quick substitution. I’d intended to watch “A Prisoner of Conscience” because it has Marvin Kaplan and Jane Merrow in it, but I accidentally noticed the plot description on the DVD. It’s about MacGyver trying to escape from a mental institution, apparently, and we weren’t happy about showing our son that. “The Assassin” does have another familiar face, Corinne Bohrer, who has guest starred in everything but is probably best known as Veronica Mars’s mother, Lianne. Bohrer was back on TV last month as the Trickster’s sidekick, the wannabe villain Prank, in The Flash. I run hot and cold on the CW’s superhero shows, but I do adore their sense of history. Bohrer had played Prank alongside Mark Hamill’s original Trickster on the 1990-91 version of The Flash as well.
That’s all from MacGyver for now, but we’ve already picked out some highlights from season two and will be watching those in April, so stay tuned!