Wednesdays review. This ep always felt like it should have been far better than it was IMO.
Magnum returns from a case to find that the Estate is being used the location for a movie. Soon he finds himself collared into being a stunt double, but then one of the actors is shot dead when a prop gun is replaced with a real one. Should be good but just doesn’t work
This review contains spoilers.
This episode should have been a series great, but in my opinion a number of things render it quite weak. I know some probably love this episode, but for me it just didn’t work.
Things start off with some promise, with Magnum being collared into working as a stunt double. This could have been fun, if the episode has been played as a comedy, but instead it tries to be a serious drama, which ends up quite boring in places.
The stars and director of the film feel very stilted and are unengaging, none more so than Dana Wynter as Olivia Ross. She is unconvincing as the huge star that Ross supposedly is, and is one of the key things wrong with this episode.
From the start, I guessed that Ross was behind the fatal shooting, but we still have to churn through the motions for Magnum to deduct that she was behind it.
The episode is also another that desperately could have done with a b-plot, and this is where Rick and T.C. could have been utilised more. Rick is trying to become an actor, much to the distain with T.C., and much more fun could have been had with this.
Not much more to say on this one, other than to say once again that it could have been a really good episode but sadly didn’t come off as such.
Other notes, bloopers and misc.:
* Just a small note, but the opening trailer music for this episode is a different edit from standard, and plays on into a different piece.
* One Good Friday in the early 1990s, ITV southern region Meridian broadcast this episode, in a very heavily edited form. It had no trailer, NO opening credits, and the story was cut down in several places. They were the only region to carry this heavily edited version. …Just thought I’d mention it!
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