Little Garwood wrote:
This is totally unexpected, not really part of the main storyline, and very "Miami Vice-ish".
"MV" was known for very "blunt" and almost "hanging" but shocking endings. This "Magnum" episode used that style perfectly! You were not expecting the woman to just suddenly be thrown over the side...and then Rick's surprised look, then the credits. That was awesome...I liked to be surprised sometimes...and hey, something interesting always happens in Thomas' cases!
The original Hawaii Five-O
had "downbeat" endings..a lot of them! Season three alone had "Trouble in Mind"; "To Kill or Be Killed"; and "Beautiful Screamer." Hugely
depressing, in fact.
Actually the original "Hawaii Five-0"
many depressing or "downbeat" endings.
Most episodes ended with McGarrett and Danno getting the bad guys and an ironic one-liner from McGarrett before the credits rolled.
Now, there were a few more depressing endings--a few with the episodes you listed. There were also the episodes that delt with Wo Fat, where he would somehow always get away in the end. But, that wasn't really sad or depressing...that just let you know that somewhere down the road Wo Fat and McGarrett would be up against each other again.
"Beautiful Screamer" is one of my favorite episodes...because it was
so much more "personal" (with Danno) than the usual episode. Most episodes focused more on the action and police procedure than the personal lives of the main characters.
However, no show can really surpass "Miami Vice" as having the most shocking or "blunt-in-your-face" endings. It was just something totally different and new...and it was captivating at the time. Actually, though, I still
find it captivating today
...as most present shows still have some kind of "closure" scenes.
The more shocking, "blunt", ending to this "Magnum" episode reminds me of this style, and that's why it's my favorite aspect to the episode (even though the rest of the episode was not really that wonderful)...it was shocking and not expected.