As reported by Vulture, the “MacGruber” TV show will kick off with MacGruber having been in prison for the past 10 years. “[A]fter rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (played by Forte) is finally released,” the logline read. “His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth.”
We also know that Vicki and MacGruber, who got married in the film, have since divorced. Fishburne’s character, General Fasoose, is not only a respected military man; he is also Vicki’s new hubby. The plot description for the new series hints that “evil may be lurking within,” meaning someone on the MacGruber team is in cahoots with Queeth. Is it the new man in Vicki’s life? Or has St. Elmo herself gone to the bad?
In many ways, however, plot is irrelevant in a “MacGruber” film. The action-comedy is a send-up of formulaic films and TV shows like “MacGyver” and “Lethal Weapon.” The plot is less the reason for showing up and more like a very nice coat rack on which to hang goofs. Then the coat rack explodes. That’s the charm of “MacGruber.”