Doc Ibold wrote:
So, in my 5 hour Magnum marathon last night, I watched this episode.
At first I thought a "Magnum/Higgins" role reversal - AWESOME.
Started watching the episode and I kind of felt it was lacking and not what I thought it was going to be and got pretty annoyed.
Exploding Macs, psychologists, made it kind of BLEH for me.
HOWEVER, the last 10 minutes were classic Magnum and to me, and epitomized what the show was about - true friendship.
Each of the gang was reacting differently to Magnum's coma.
Magnum -heeding the psychologists advice and "growing up"
Higgins - becoming Magnum
TC - Hovering about Magnum constantly (which I believe came from Ricks berating of him in "Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts")
But wait, there actually was a role reversal in that point, because in "IAJD", RICK was the hoverer and TC hung back. In "PP", TC hovered, and Rick hung back.
OK, back to topic,
Rick - getting culture.
And FINALLY at the end, when the 4 of them are sitting around, they disclose that they all did it because they were worried/affected by Magnum's coma, and I think FINALLY get over the events in "Limbo" and went back to their normal selves.
Whats cool is that "Limbo", "Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts" and "Pleasure Principle are all like one 3 hour movie. I like how they had the coma scenario play across all three, and they didn't treat it like some one off incident but more like the events os "Echoes of the Mind"/"Macs Back").
I also liked how when Magnum finally banished the hallucination of Mac, Mac told him that was all he wanted.
I THEN watched it with the commentary and was psyched because what I took away from the episode was pretty much how the writers intended to be.
Some key takeaways for me (over the 3 episodes....
1) From "I.A.J.D.", my take of Frank Peterson as a "jackhole" still rings true.
2) Apparently "Conga" was the only Latin song in 1988 since they played it like 4 times throughout the episode.
3) Higgins can bust a move, and has added another weapon to his arsenal - "The Dropkick of Devastation".
4) Higgins was so happy when Magnum came out of the coma. I thought he would start skipping or something! (But clearly that shows JH's range as an actor)