Previous Entry | Next Entry

Title: More Deadly
Fandom: MacGyver/Highlander
Pairing: MacGyver/Murdoc
Categories: AU, angst
Length: long
Warnings: n/a

Jane on Greatest Journal: http://www.greatestjournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=janecarnall
Jane's Website: http://hjc.akicif.net/index.html

Review:
Murdoc finally kills Mac. It doesn't stick.

Thus begins the first MacGyver story I've ever read. Despite the fact that Murdoc has a suspiciously detailed knowledge of immortals, he doesn't kill Mac permanently. Instead, he bundles Mac up for a road trip to prove that Mac is immortal (for some reason Mac isn't willing to take Murdoc at his word. Imagine that.) and they proceed to get a lot more intimate than you might expect (certainly more than *I* expected -- there's something to be said for going into a story cold). They end up in Paris, because Mac needs a teacher, and everyone knows Paris is the best place to go for that sort of thing.

Not having much experience with the MacGyver fandom (though I'd love for that to change, hint hint), I don't yet have an OTP. Mac/Murdoc is probably not going to be it, because I like my fictional relationships to be loving, which isn't really possible when you are trying to pair two mortal enemies. That said, Jane and Julie did a pretty good job of laying the groundwork for a relationship that could some day turn healthy and by the end of the story I can almost understand Murdoc's motivations (no clue on Mac, but then he just died, so he's allowed to do the occasional stupid thing). Plus you have an *awesome* showing by a Highlander character (who will remain nameless for spoiler purposes).

Final verdict: no MacGyverisms (boo!), but some great characterizations of both Mac (especially with regards to the conflict between his pacifism and the necessity of fighting if he wants to remain alive, now that he's immortal) and Murdoc (especially with regards to his motivation for wanting to keep Mac alive and his subsequent semi-creepy possessiveness) make this a must-read for MacGyver fans.

More Deadly 

Comments

[identity profile] titc.livejournal.com wrote:
Nov. 14th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
YES! I turned you to the dark side of the force ;-)
I'm glaf you enjoyed it. I read this story out of curiosity, not really knowing what to expect, and I was really surprised by how much I liked it. I'm glad you did too!
[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com wrote:
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
And I thank you for it:)

Unfortunately, now that I've tracked down some other MacGyver fic, I've been very disappointed. I hope I haven't read the only story in the fandom worth reading...
[identity profile] peppymint1986.livejournal.com wrote:
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't suppose there is a sequel to this story. I would love to see what happens next.
[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com wrote:
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
So would I but, alas, it doesn't appear that there is a sequel. The links above work (or they did when I posted this rec, anyway), so you could always try nagging the authors:)
(Anonymous) wrote:
Jun. 24th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
There is a sequel: "Dead Time", about 14K words. It was finished back in 2000 and published soon afterwards in a zine. I never made it available online because I never knew anyone was reading the first MacGyver-is-immortal story: it seemed to sink without trace into the realm where weird crossovers go.

Jane Carnal.
janecarnall.insanejournal.com
[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com wrote:
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ooo, is there any chance you will make it available online now? Cause I'd really like to read it:)

Also, thanks for a wonderful story!
(Anonymous) wrote:
Jun. 29th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was in a zine, um, quite a few years ago now - but just recently enough that I didn't put it online when I put the first story up on my website.

And, you know: no notion anyone was reading or liked the *first* story, so no motivation to update the series.

[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com wrote:
Jun. 29th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to admit that I suck at feedback, but I usually make up for it by reccing stories I really enjoyed. Of course, I'm still falling waaay behind on contacting authors....

So any details on the sequel? Pretty please? :)

Profile

epic_recs: (Default)
[community profile] epic_recs
Epic Recs

Length Guidelines

Short: under 2,000 words
Medium: 2,000-15,000 words
Long: 15,000-40,000 words
Epic: 40,000-100,000 words
Super Epic: 100,000+ words

Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios
Designed by [personal profile] chasethestars