Skip to comments.The Abomination Called the Magnum P.I. Reboot
Posted on 08/22/2018 7:43:01 PM PDT by pboyington
Oh my God Magnum!
Another reboot is coming to CBS this fall and my first reaction was Sergeant Major Jonathan Quayle Higgins famous expletive, Oh, my God Magnum!
CBS is attempting to resurrect one of the greatest character driven TV shows of all time, Magnum P.I., and thrust it into the dystopian, PC-driven, diversity obsessed world called 2018 America.
CBS first look trailer is like a constantly re-buffering Kafakesque nightmare that seeks to remind us that one; Hollywood has no one left who can write, Hollywood has no one left with any original ideas and Hollywood is run by left wing PC obsessed fools.
In the pilot episode, directed by Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame, Magnum, played by Latino actor Jay Hernandez, is a highly decorated Navy SEAL who leaves the service and begins a career as a private investigator, while living on the Robin Masters estate. Sound familiar? Thats where the familiarity rapidly ends. In the first episode, Magnums SEAL buddy, Nuzzo, is murdered and Magnum is determined to find the killers.
In 1980, having a character as an ex-Navy SEAL was unique and frankly, cool. In 2018, every action figure on the screen is now an ex Navy SEAL, an active duty SEAL, or a SEAL wannabe. Apparently, there are no other US special operations units except the SEALs.
Jay Hernandez looks and sounds like a Latino-American. Which is fine if the show were called Lopez P.I. and the setting was Los Angeles. Instead of butchering a character, the CBS producers could have had the ingenuity to create a new series. But, that would have taken imagination.
The last time I checked, Thomas Sullivan Magnum isnt exactly a name youd associate with the Latino-American community. Thomas Sullivan Magnum is a name youd associate with the Chesapeake Bay area, which is where Magnum grew up.
But, its 2018, and we have to all practice diversity, even if it means destroying our society and its entertainment mediums.
Perhaps they should have gone all the way and made Magnum a transgender Latino.
Worst of all, and something that is not only inexcusable, and what Don Corleone would call an infamita, Magnum is now sans moustache. Yes, thats right, Magnum no longer has a moustache, but sports a half-assed Fu Man Chu that looks like it came right off the face of a 14 year old.
The new Magnum P.I. maintains the characters T.C. (Stephen Hill) and Rick, (Zachary Knighton) who are also veterans, like Magnum, of our current wars in the Middle East. According to Magnum, Rick is a guy who can get things done. Especially, when Rick can get Magnum free valet parking for his Ferrari with Corinthian leather.
Where the show really goes off the rails, if it wasnt already a total Ferrari wreck (actually 2 in the pilot), is in the casting of Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins. Yes, thats right, Higgins is no longer a former British Army Sergeant-Major; a veteran of W.W. Deuce, the Suez Campaign, the Brush Wars and the Troubles, a man who knew everyone from the Queen to Rommel. Higgins is no longer a man, but a 95 lb., yoga pants wearing dominatrix who formerly worked for British Intelligence.
Weve gone from toasting the Regiment and building a matchstick Bridge on the River Kwai, to a character who looks like a vegan chick shopping at Whole Foods with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her Prius.
As with all modern TV shows and movies, Juliet Higgins, a size 2, is capable of dispatching half a dozen armed Spetsnaz commandos and MS-13 gang bangers, three times her weight and height with a mere karate chop.
In 2018, Magnum is not only hounded by the hounds, but hen-pecked 24/7 by a character with essentially none of the character and none of Jonathan Quayle Higgins backstory.
The new Magnum P.I. is missing a moustache, Hawaiian shirts, Tigers caps, military unit crest caps, a mobster named Icepick, a ruthless Marine Corps colonel named Decker and most sadly, the portly and always donuts bribable, Navy intel officer extraordinaire, Mac.
But, thats only part of the reason the new Magnum P.I is a bloody shambles. The real reason the new Magnum P.I. is lousy is that the show completely lacks any realism that the old show emanated. Tom Selleck, looked and acted the part. You believed he was actually a Vietnam vet, who had served in Navy Intelligence and the SEALs, before the SEALs became a household product, tantamount with Jello and Ajax. Sellecks character was human and thats why we kept tuning in every week.
Hernandez looks like a Gap model who borrowed his dads Ferrari for the night.
Most importantly, Magnum P.I. was the first show that portrayed Vietnam vets as just normal guys who fought an unpopular war with incredible bravery. The camaraderie Magnum, Rick and T.C. experienced in the military transcended time. From the beginning, Vietnam vets flocked to the TV show, for no other reason than they could see a mirror of themselves, something they had never seen before from weirdo Hollywood.
Magnum, the Vietnam vet, represented youth in his appearance, demeanor and views of society and governmental institutions. This was juxtaposed with Higgins Greatest Generation formality and absolute trust in government and hierarchies.
Yet, the two, had a bond, the eternal bond all combat veterans share. What bond does Magnum have with Venice Beach Yogini Higgins?
The new Magnum P.I. is littered with car chases, ridiculous stunts, gun fights and obscenely cheesy lines that makes the pilot look like an hour long Fast and Furious Oahu trailer.
The Magnum P.I. reboot comes on the heels of the successful Hawaii 5-0 remake. But, Magnum is different. Hawaii 5-0 was a plot driven show more than anything. Magnum was a show where the plots were designed around the main character.
Time will tell if Generation Buttercup embraces the show. Millennials werent even crying in their first safe space, when the original Magnum pilot aired in 1980. But, the show offers a few things theyre used to: terrible acting and writing, politically correct characters and a plot line that is designed for a generation with the attention span of toddlers.
As for Tom Selleck, hes washed his hands of this cluster. He wished the producers and cast well, but wanted nothing to do with it.
For good reason
Even if I had cable/satellite, which I don’t, I would pass on “Magnum, P. C.”
I have the DVDs of the original, why watch a poor imitation?
Totally. Cant they come up with something original?
With the current social and cultural norms I’m expecting a reboot of Mr Rogers for the below 50 audience.
Taking the Lord’s Name in vain is more than serious. Hollywood is so far gone . . .no one probably noticed it. God is in charge and in control of everything. . .including everyone’s next breath. . .including mine.
I challenge the Buttercups to watch the two part Magnum episode called "Did You See The Sunrise?" then we'll talk.
“Hollywood has no one left who can write..”
Which is why I like old movies. Well written.
A Mr. Rogers remake today would have a transsexual hermaphrodite in the titular role.
Could have called it El Torro PI.
"a character who looks like a vegan chick shopping at Whole Foods with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her Prius."Too funny! Perfect!
And if this Magnum debacle isnt bad enough, CBS is reportedly working on a reboot of Gunsmoke.
It’s of His mercies we are not consumed
No, Hollywood's been out of original ideas for decades. That's why we get crappy remakes of good shows and movies.
Just think, this is only the second worst “reboot” on CBS this season.
I’m not going to watch it, but I sure enjoyed reading this writer ripping on it!
A Gunsmoke “reboot”? Seriously?
I bet it lasts longer than the Murphy brown reboot
El Torro PI....lol.
What someone should do early in the season....dub it into Spanish, with everyone having a Latino name. Too bad Luis de Alba is not in his 50s...he’d be perfect for Higgens.
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