Another weaker episode. The only thing I like about it is Rabbi Solomon. A shorter review than usual from me – I just don’t have so much to say about these weaker stories.
Higgins asks Magnum to collect an old friend, Rabbi Asher Solomon, from the airport, but on the drive back, they are ambushed, and the Rabbi’s sacred Torah is snatched. The pair team up to find the priceless artefact. Weak story saved by a good guest character…
Well, we’re nearing the end of the fifth season now, and ‘Torah, Torah, Torah’ sadly doesn’t break the season’s mould of being mostly quite sub par and disappointing, especially when compared to the quality of the first four seasons.
The only decent thing about this episode is the weekly ‘guest character’, Rabbi Asher Solomon, well played by Nehemiah Persoff. The Rabbi is a likable character, and is the only saving grace about this otherwise routine and uninspiring outing. Rabbi Solomon’s moments – particularly when he tells Magnum of how he first met Higgins – are the only little touches that save this one from totally plummeting.
Other than the interest of the Torah being grabbed, the plot plods on through the paces, having little of real interest and having an almost generic feel to it. This is a real shame – in earlier seasons, ‘Magnum, p.i.’ had its own real identity and character, but with episodes like these… they could just have easily come from any standard detective series of the day.
As I have said for a number of fifth season episodes, many of the stories might have made decent ‘filler’ episodes to other seasons, but so many of them in a row at once really saw the show’s quality dip, which is a real shame, because I still really love the show overall.
Other notes, bloopers and misc.:
* The opening trailer has a little used alternate version of the opening trailer theme. Unless I’m much mistaken, the only two instances it has been used previously is on the fourth season’s ‘Home From The Sea’ and ‘Luther Gillis: File #521’.
* Just something that made me laugh – T.C. even has an Island Hoppers cooking apron! (Maybe it was just me who found it amusing)
* I’m not sure if this is a flub or just down to the angle of shots – when Magnum and the Rabbi are ambushed in the Ferrari, the windshield smashes on the Rabbi’s side. Yet in shots afterwards, looking at the Rabbi from Magnum’s side of the Ferrari, the windshield doesn’t appear to be broken.
* Rick only appears in one scene in this story.
* Just to get REALLY trivial… Lt. Tanaka wears different glasses in this episode than in his previous appearances. …I have WAY too much time on my hands!
* When Rabbi Soloman tells Magnum that it is nearly the Sabbath, and that he will walk back to the Estate, Magnum says he will join him – but Magnum doesn’t lock the car, and even appears to leave one of the windows down. Aren’t there car thieves in Hawaii? (Not that it matters all that much, as a few seconds later, the car explodes anyway!)
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