Critical Condition: Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I. | Three, 9.25 Wednesday

☆☆☆ “An average, inoffensive and reliably amusing hour. Created by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, the new version  is unlikely to engender the hero worship that greeted Selleck’s CBS series, but it’s a serviceable entry in CBS’ slate of peppy procedurals, with action antics set against a beautiful Hawaiian landscape, not unlike the rebooted Hawaii Five-O.” — USA Today.

☆☆☆☆ “In the new reboot (with Jay Hernandez in the title role, and without that starchy appositive comma in the title), Magnum is a generic, chill dude with an aggro streak … The series is ungainly in its rush to get Magnum and Higgins together as a fondly squabbling couple, and it’s uncertain whether the stars share the chemistry to sell a Benedick-and-Beatrice routine, but they sail through the fight scenes just fine.” — The New Yorker.

☆☆☆☆ “Hernandez is quite charming and appealingly human — he gets beat up when he gets beat up — and time being what it is, there will be viewers for whom he is the primary Magnum. And Magnum P.I. is, after all, a milieu as well as a character, an atmosphere, a setting, a take on life, where likable, laid-back characters are sometimes roused from hanging out to solve a crime or help a person in need.” — Los Angeles Times.

☆☆☆ “Despite the calibrated charm of your star, Jay Hernandez (who casually assumes Tom Selleck’s defining role, knowing full well that a hint of a stubbly goatee is no match for the ’stache), your pilot episode is an uninspired slop of cornball action and opening misfires.” — The Washington Post.

☆☆☆ “It’s only limitedly fair to credit the Magnum P.I. pilot for its high production values and a couple fairly decent stunts, because director Justin Lin has become CBS’ go-to when it comes to spiffy pilots for shows that will never look nearly as expensive again … Even if the stunts and spectacle diminish in Lin’s absence, the Hawaii and cars aren’t going anywhere.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

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5 Responses to “Critical Condition: Magnum P.I.”

  1. Having seen the way that Mediaworks treats CBS’s other stablemate H50 I don’t have much faith in this getting past ep 5 before it gets moved to the graveyard shift or canned. Will keep watching the remaining episode on Amazon.

  2. Hi Paul. Can you let me know if this is worth watching? I have been wavering, but with some positive feedback I may well give it a bash!

  3. You can download it illegally to watch it now if you want. I still have yet to see the first episode that I downloaded last year!

  4. @Rosco. It’s a bit slow for the first 5 or 6 episodes but it gets better as the series goes on. Worth a watch.

  5. @ Paul W – Ok, Season 1 is downloading now (I am also downloading Season 1 of The Rookie my attempts at Freeview recording lost its series links) – so will try both out!

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