Magnum P.I. (Pilot Episode), 2018
Signed up the 29/03/2017
I’m back again with another pilot episode review and this time it’s for the 2018 reboot of Magnum P.I., the reboot stars Jay Hernandez, Zachary Knighton, Tim Kang, Perdita Weeks and Stephen Hill.
Alright so when I found out that the guy who directed about four Fast & Furious movies Justin Lin directed this pilot episode I was pretty excited because I was expecting high octane action with a little bit of heart and soul here and there. I was wrong, in the opening 10 minutes Magnum P.I. let’s you know exactly what kind of show it is, flashy, flat and soulless kinda like a Kardashian.
And maybe it’s not a bad thing because sometimes you don’t need a thought provoking show, sometimes you need pretty boys running around being private investigators who cause havoc in Hawaii. The show being modernized might work in its favour and help move it and build its characters and story and writing (which is horrible, the dialogue is atrocious) and not depend on the good action pieces so much. I’m also going to need this show to find its own distinctive voice ASAP because I felt like I was watching a discount Hawaii Five-O at some point.
Even with his charm and TV action hero aesthetics Jay Hernandez can only do so much to try and salvage the show. The characters are very meh and they feel like we’ve seen them before, this whole episode felt like a “been there, done that” type of vibe. Perdita has a pretty dope fight scene and she proves that she might be the highlight of the show.
Overall I feel like the show does have room for improvement and maybe it will improve overtime because the writing really needs to improve.
Magnum P.I.’s first episode wasn’t impressive, you’re not missing much and I’m sure if I skip the next 8 episodes and start watching from their I wouldn’t be lost because nothing would have happened apart from cool action sequences, but alas I encourage you to check it out yourself.
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