Before I start, I just want to preface this piece by saying what I always say. This is my personal opinion only. It is in no way any attempt to tell others how they should feel nor to suggest that what they are feeling is wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and no one can tell anyone else how they should feel. In that spirit, and since this is my blog and I can say whatever I want, this is how I feel.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been watching many H50 fans getting their knickers in a twist because Peter Lenkov was Instagramming a ton of pictures from the set of his new show, MacGyver. Then he went to San Diego ComicCon to sit on the MacGyver panel and posted even more pictures and videos. Through all of this, he didn’t post one thing about H50. Many expressed their displeasure with this, seeing it as evidence that Peter has abandoned H50 for MacGyver. There were a couple of people who said they would refuse to watch MacGyver because, obviously, Peter doesn’t care about H50 anymore.
Now, I know there are those who will accuse me of kissing ass again. And while I freely admit that I am very fond of Peter, I don’t see how looking at this in a logical manner equates to ass kissing. But, once again, as much as I may disagree, they are entitled to their opinion. And while it is easy and completely understandable to react in an emotional manner, I’d like to try to look at the last couple of weeks from a logical angle instead of an emotional one.
Peter was in Hawaii for the Blessing of the new H50 season, just like he has always been over the years. What was different this year was that instead of staying for the entire first week of filming as he has done for the last 6 years, he had to leave to oversee the filming of the MacGyver pilot in Atlanta. In my opinion, this was not a slap at H50 nor an indication that MacGyver is more important to him.
I think back to 2010 and the start of H50. In July 2010, H50 was filming the first (or rather second) episode of the first season, the Pilot having been filmed in the Spring (April, I believe). It took a couple of weeks to get the H50 pilot filmed, much longer than the usual 8 or so days for a regular episode and Peter was there the entire time. Now flash forward to 2016. The original MacGyver Pilot, also filmed in the Spring was scrapped. It was at that point that Peter was brought in to be one of the Executive Producers. The Pilot was re-written, I believe there were some recasts, and the Pilot needed to be filmed again. So, come July, when the show should have been filming it’s second episode, they are only filming the Pilot. And because it’s July and not April, they are filming it in the same time frame as a regular episode, instead of the weeks it would normally take. Also by filming the Pilot when they should be filming the first regular episode, it throws the entire production behind schedule before they’ve actually really started.
Of course, this is supposition on my part, just observations from what I’ve read about the production on line. (Enews, TVLine, SpoilerTV, etc.) But, if what I’ve read is all true, then it is perfectly logical Peter would want to be there, on site, to make sure everything ran smoothly since time would be of the essence. They wouldn’t want the production to get even further behind.
I had no problem with him not being in Hawaii for the 7.01 filming. By now, H50 is a well-oiled machine that pretty much runs along like clockwork. There are also several other producers who can monitor and make sure things go smoothly. It was more important that the rookie get Peter’s attention than the seasoned veteran for that week.
So that covers Peter’s physical presence on set but what about all those pictures and videos? How dare he bombard his followers with dozens of MacGyver posts and totally ignore the H50 fans? Really? Again, what people feel is what they feel but I just don’t get this at all. Perhaps Peter is under the misguided belief that people who follow him do so because they follow him and not because of a specific project. I would agree, if that’s the case, it may be a foolish notion. Personally, like many others, I only began following Peter because of H50 but, as time went on, I came to genuinely like the guy and I will probably continue to follow him even after H50 ends (hopefully many years from now). I also wish him all the best of luck with his other projects and am excited to see this new MacGyver and see if he can capture lightning in a bottle once again like he did with H50. But it seems others don’t all feel that way. They follow Peter for H50 and only H50 and resent when he spends time doing anything else. To each his own, of course.
Peter was in Atlanta, giving 110% to get MacGyver off the ground and running. He did the exact same thing in 2010 for H50. In 2010 Instagram was in its infancy but I’m willing to bet my TeamLenkov hat that if IG was then what it is now, he would have bombarded his followers with H50 pictures and videos from that set too. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been blessed with dozens of pictures and behind-the-scenes videos from Hawaii. So what if they weren’t from Peter. I think this fandom has gotten a bit spoiled and there is a feeling of entitlement that may be just a bit over the top. I try to remember that everything we get is a gift. Whether it’s from other fans who generously post their pictures and videos for the rest of us to enjoy or from the actors who IG personal set pictures or from Peter himself. I’m extremely thankful for whatever I’m lucky enough to get. It seems a bit ingracious to me to complain it’s not enough, or not good enough or not from the right person. Maybe the better response would be to just say “thank you”.
So yeah, Peter posted a ton of pictures from the MacGyver set and ComicCon and nothing about H50 for over a week. I’m looking at it like this; When a family welcomes a second child, they are, of course, over the moon with the new arrival. The parents go to work, and begin to show picture upon picture of the new baby to anyone and everyone who gets within eye-shot. Probably to the point that the people in the office might just want them to go away. They are thrilled for their co-worker and happy about their new addition but they really don’t need to see a million pictures of the baby. But the new parent is just so thrilled with their new baby all they want to do is share the excitement and enthusiasm.
But what of the older child in the family? The first born? If the parent isn’t showing an equal number of photos of their first child at the same time as the dozens of photos of the new baby, does that mean they love their first child any less? Does it mean they have lost interest in that child? Well, of course not. They are simply overwhelmed with excitement for the new arrival. It will all even out soon enough.
As a matter of fact, it has started already. Peter wasn’t back from ComicCon more than a few hours when he began to post all kinds of H50 goodies for us to enjoy. It promises to be another great H50 season full of all kinds of stuff for us to enjoy and debate together. I’m looking forward to it very much. And I hope with all my heart that MacGyver can capture that lightening like H50 did. Not only for the sake of Peter and all the cast and crew of MacGyver but for H50 as well. It’s about time we had a strong lead in for our show on Friday nights. For those who refuse to watch, that’s up to you, of course. But biting off your nose to spite your face isn’t usually a good idea. I, for one, hope MacGyver is a huge success.
Ok.. off my soap box for today. Have a wonderful week my friends. Aloha. Malama Pono.