The second review of double review Friday. I quite like the character of Luther, but found the actual case rather dull.
Magnum finds himself working on the same case as old-school St. Louis P.I., Luther H. Gillis, as they search for a runaway teenage girl. But can they get along for long enough to crack the case? An average story raised by some humorous moments…
This review contains spoilers.
After the all-time classic 'Home From the Sea', anything was going to be a comedown, but I find this episode mixed at best.
It marks the first of a number of appearances of Eugene Roche as St. Louis private eye Luther H. Gillis. The character seems to split fans – some love him, some loathe him. Personally, I don't mind him too much, and found myself warming to him more in subsequent appearances.
Roche certainly puts in an amusing performance as Gillis, but I found the story itself rather dull and hard to really get into. Thankfully, it is saved from being a truly terrible episode by some amusing scenes and moments; Tom Selleck and Roche bounce well off of each other, and is no doubt the reason that Luther would be brought back so many times in the future.
Saying that, the story still sags in places, and winds up as average at best.
A shorter review than usual from me for this one, simply because I don't have much more to say about it. It is watchable, but hardly one of the greats of the season, or the series overall.
Other bloopers, notes and misc.:
* After getting Rick and Higgins to always take messages from him, Magnum finally has his own answerphone from this episode onwards (though it’s hinted that he may have stolen it from Rick!). One early first season episode made mention of him having an answerphone, but it quickly disappeared.
* I’m terrible at identifying cars, but am I correct in that saying from the fourth season onwards, a later model Ferrari was used? (Or was it the fifth season? I’m sure they changed it at some point).
* The DVD version of this episode has all of the commercial breaks abridged.
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