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Magnum P.I. Season 2 DVD Review

Season 2 of “Magnum P.I.” will appeal to fans of the show.

In the second season of the 2018 incarnation of “Magnum P.I.,” NAVY Seal turned P.I. and security consultant for novelist Robin Masters (Thomas Magnum) partners with Julie Higgins (a former MI6 agent who also works for Robin). Of course, that’s not the only main storyline here as there are plots about a pickpocket named Jin, Rick becoming a tiki bar owner, a serial killer, Magnum’s girlfriend Abby, an arms dealer, Kumu being kidnapped, undercover missions, Julie’s green card, a criminal named Icepick (who Rick is close to), and cases involving a  missing person, a missing tablet, deaths, an Afghani boy and a stolen urn. The supporting characters like Detective Gordon, Rick, Kumu (the curator for Robin’s abode) and T.C. (former Marine turned helicopter pilot) have a number of individual arcs as well. Of course, in typical network show fashion, there are plenty of guest stars such as Bobby Lee, Corbin Bernsen, William Forsythe, James Remar, Peter Facinelli, and even a couple NFL stars.

CBS continues to reboot (or remake) everything under the sun and one of their latest is this reboot of the 1980 hit “Magnum P.I.” which actually exists in the same universe as 2 of the network’s other reboots- “Hawaii Five-O” and “MaGyver.” In fact, there’s even a 2 episode crossover with “Hawaii Five-O” this season. If you’re a fan of these 3 shows and or the originals, you should know what to expect from season 2 of this series. It’s your standard comfort food network procedural show filled with dopey humor, drama, a dose of action, plenty of cliched bickering and tension between the lead characters, gorgeous Hawaii locals (the true star of the show) and references to the original series. It’s all very safe and not the least bit challenging. It feels very out of date as with most network shows these days.

Even though the series definitely lacks the presence of Tom Selleck, Jay Hernandez does a commendable job in the role. He’s a personable actor who plays off of Perdita Weeks (Julie) well. Their chemistry definitely keeps the rather needless series afloat.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? The episodes look surprisingly sharp in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? A satisfactory audio track.

Extras:
* Deleted scenes for episodes 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
* The “Hawaii Five-O” episode “Ihea ‘De I Ka Wa A Ka Ua E Loku Ana?” which is the first part of the crossover with the “Magnum P.I.”. The arc continues with the ‘Magnum’ episode “Desperate Measures.”
* A 4 minute gag reel
* A video diary with actor Stephen Hill.
* “Better Together: The Story Of Magnum P.I. Season 2”- A featurette on the sophomore season. 

September 12, 2020 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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