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The Original Magnum P.I. Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Blimpoy06, Sep 12, 2018.

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  1. Jeff Flugel

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    Great story, Randall!, thanks for sharing!
     
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    1.10 "Lest We Forget"

    Really enjoyed this episode. No, there isn't much "mystery" in this week's case, but it's an engrossing story, with the legacy of Pearl Harbor looming large, buoyed by a stellar guest cast. Magnum is asked by an impending Supreme Court judge (Jose Ferrer) to find an old flame (June Lockhart) who he lost contact with 40 years previously. Not a lot of danger or action this time out, just an interesting tale with some great moments of humor, as Higgins showers Magnum with uncharacteristic acts of kindness in order to secure his help in an upcoming bridge game - mistakenly thinking Thomas is a former U.S. team champion bridge player. Needless to say, Magnum does not disabuse him of this notion.

    There's a nice moment of sober reflection at the site of the USS Arizona Memorial, preceded by footage cribbed from some WWII epic (I'm guessing Tora! Tora! Tora!) It works well enough though the image during these scenes is painfully squeezed when it should have been panned and scanned or cropped to fit in better with the rest of the episode.

    One of the nice conceits of the show is that the older stars' children, Miguel Ferrer and Anne Lockhart, portray them in the 1941 flashbacks. We also get a nice cameo by Scatman Crothers, and our first featured native Hawaiian, Elizabeth Lindsay, as the pneumatic Magnum "Babe of the Week." A certain song by the Commodores comes to mind.

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    You mean Miguel Ferrer, not Mel Ferrer. Miguel was a fine actor that died last year at a young age from cancer.
     
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    D'oh! I always mix those two actors' names up, even though they look nothing alike and are not related...thanks for the correction.
     
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    This episode has always been a favorite of mine. Series creator Donald Bellisario tells a classic love story involving a Supreme Court nominee whose youthful indiscretions may keep him off the bench. (Yes, I see the parallels to current events. No comment.) The cast is one of the best in the show to that point.
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    The beautiful woman next to Tom Selleck is Elizabeth Lindsey. She was Miss Hawaii 1978 and began her acting career shortly before appearing in this episode. She would have a small role in Bellisario's next TV series, Tales Of the Gold Monkey.
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    In 1999 she earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology and become the first female National Geographic fellow. She was also the first Polynesian explorer at the National Geographic Society. She received the Visionary Award from the United Nations for her work in intercultural understanding.
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    “True navigation begins in the human heart. It’s the most important map of all... For centuries, cultures throughout the world have used indigenous technologies to navigate life’s complexities. From navigator-priests in Micronesia to mystics in India, vast sums of knowledge are available if we but recognize it.” - Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey
     
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    Thanks for the additional information on Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, Darin! Not only is she a highly accomplished woman, she's perhaps even better looking now than she was as a young starlet!
     
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    1.11 "The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club"

    Well, this was different - good, but different. About as close as Magnum P.I. probably comes to a Halloween seasonal outing (in other words, not very), as Thomas has to deal with kahunas, curses and other sinister goings-on that threaten to close down the King Kamehameha Club, right before a big surf-ski competition. An old kahuna puts a curse on Rick and the club, one of the athletes competing in the event suddenly dies, and business at the club plummets. It's up to Magnum to lay the so-called curse to rest.

    This episode does a good job showing the brotherly bond between Magnum, T.C. and Rick - especially when Rick's health takes a turn for the worse. Of course, just because they're close doesn't mean his buddies have enough faith to bet on Magnum winning the surf-ski competition...

    We also get a good look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the club, beginning with Higgins annoying other board members with his "complaints corner " (all complaints specifically targeting Magnum). There's not much action here, other than an aborted chase in a cane field fire (where it looks like Selleck and Roger E. Mosely got pretty dang close to actual flames) but the story is engaging in its own right. There are nice guest turns from Gretchen Corbett (James Garner's lawyer friend and sometimes squeeze Beth Davenport on The Rockford Files) as an obnoxious reporter, and Lew Ayres as the old man who owns the land lease on the club.

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    All in all, a nice change of pace episode, with lots of screen time for all four main cast members, and a mystery that zigs and zags to a satisfying conclusion.

    But I'm still waiting for the "real" Magnum P.I. theme to kick in during the opening credits...
     
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    200.

    Things have been rather quiet on the estate, without Magnum, allowing Higgins and the lads to enjoy other pursuits.
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    But they always knew it would not last. Or will it?
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    Heh. Never fear, Bob...Magnum will once again return to the estate, to keep Higgins on his toes.

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    Just taking a little break. I'm not one to binge a series, generally. I breezed through the first 11 eps of Magnum season one, and then got distracted by other shiny objects. Will resume at some point soon...Thanks for taking a peek into the dusty corners of this thread, anyway. Not sure where my compadre in crime, Darin a.k.a Blimpoy06, has gotten to. Life does tend to get in the way of these fun pursuits of ours.
     
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    FYI the complete Magnum series in HD is on sale again at iTunes, this time for just $29.95.
     
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    Dusting the cobwebs off this thread...

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    1.12 "Thicker Than Blood"

    And finally, we get the proper Magnum P.I. theme, at the start of the episode.

    Also finally, Magnum gets a chance to repay T.C. for all the times he's saved Magnum's life, when T.C. gets nabbed by the coast guard while on a clandestine helicopter run to smuggle an old army buddy off a merchant ship and onto Oahu. The friend happens to be a drug-addicted deserter who once saved T.C.'s life in 'Nam, and T.C. feels honor-bound to help him out, even when it might result in serious prison time. Magnum soon figures out that T.C. was set up by the crew of the ship, and goes undercover as a dock worker to sneak on board and find out what's really going on.

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    T.C. is on a real grump this episode, and there's even a moment when he and Magnum really go at each other. Magnum also gets so fed up with Higgins bartering with his privileges at Robin's Nest in exchange for a favor, that he heatedly volunteers to move off the estate. Higgins is naturally surprised at this dramatic gesture and finds a very Higgins-like way of undoing the bargain. It's obvious at this stage that he's rather fond of Magnum, in his own peculiar way.

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    There's no Magnum "Babe of the Week" at all this episode - at least, not one we see. Magnum listens to a tape recorder left by an unseen writer's agent and sometime lover, and seems pensive at her premature departure...but will we hear more about her ever again? Highly unlikely.

    All in all, this was a good character-based episode, penned by series creator Donald P. Bellasario, and yet another example of the wide variety of stories that this show can handle.

    There's a sad postscript to this episode reported on the IMDB, relating to the Coast Guard helicopter seen near the beginning, but I'll let our resident Magnum guru Darin, a.k.a. Blimpoy06, give more details on that...if and when he feels so inclined.
     
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  12. Message #92 of 93 Dec 13, 2018 at 6:43 AM
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    Jeff, the Higgins and Magnum scene at the end is actually touching. And, as usual, Higgins provided Magnum with the clue that broke the case. But at this point, seeing that episode weeks ago on COZI, I don't remember what it was.

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    COZI is on Season 4, now, and recently ran the episode with Higgins teaching his posse, Kung Fu, pictured in post #88.

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    It is S4Ep2, "Luther Gillis: File #521". This is the first episode with Eugene Roche as, mainland private gumshoe , Luther Gillis.

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    Funny episode with Magnum and Gillis providing their own point of view narration.

    Gillis and Kolchak must shop at the same men's store.

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    Thanks for the reply, and for the screencaps of those season 4 episodes, Bob! Looking forward to getting there at some point.

    Agreed re: the final scene between Higgins and Magnum. If Higgins doesn't exactly like Magnum (yet), he definitely respects him, and the lengths he'll go to in order to help his friends.
     
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