Magnum goes rogue.
Awesome. This is a great episode, one of my top 3. It had been some time since I had seen this episode, and I forgot that this was the episode where Magnum learns that Michelle and presumably Lily are blown up.
After Magnum views Quang Ki's video tape, he transforms from all around good guy to predator with a single mission. He even looked like he was going to put a beat-down on Maggie when he met her on the deserted road.
One of the things I like best about this episode was Magnum's transformation and how he was not necessarily careless, but just daring someone to spot him, such as when he had infiltrated the compound on the French base on Ile Debonnevie. Magnum steps into the hallway after the two French soldiers run by with their rifles at port-arms. After they pass, Magnum comes out into view and cavalierly walks down the hallway and un-hitches his holster. It seemed to me that he didn't care if he was spotted, and if he was, he would gun them down. He seemed to be looking for a fight.
OK here is what I don't understand, Quwon Ki is set free--but at the end of the show he obviously has been held in captivity so they can exhange the men. Was his leaving the courthouse with his entourage staged by the military? just a way to make it look like he was a free man and the military was waiting in the wings to take him into captivity? And I'm not sure what his value was to the Vietnamese? It didn't appear to me he was running from them. What am I missing?
I believe the entourage that took Quang Ki after he was set free were U.S. Marines in civilian clothes. During the trial, Magnum looks back behind him and sees a Vietnamese man in a suit. This guy was a member of Quang Ki's entourage who whisked him away. This same guy is a Marine Captain and is seen sitting next to Quang Ki in the Jeep when he is driven to the field before the exchange, on Ile Debonnevie. So, I would imagine the entire entourage were U.S. Marines.
Just a few things I am puzzled about though. The report Magnum finds in Buck's house says transport to Ile Debonnevie. I am assuming that is in France? Is it? I tried to google it to find the area, but nothing came up. My French and French geography are lacking, but I am wondering if that is a real place? If it was France, Magnum took a boat from Hawaii to France?? Was he in Hawaii when he got the boat? That area didn't quite look like Hawaiian geography?
I was also wondering what Magnum was writing on the ammo box.
I guess he was trying to figure out the maximum capability of his gun? Not a weapons expert either.
I always thought Ile Debonnevie was a fictional island supposed to be in French Polynesia, or somewhere in between. There are many French held islands in the pacific, such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, etc. As far as Magnum writing on the ammo box, it is a crude way of zeroing his rifle.
The only flub I noticed was a repeat from "Solo Flight"
regarding Magnum's rank insignia on his jungle-fatigue jacket. I believe it is the same fatigue jacket he wore in the Solo Flight
episode, and has Lieutenant Commander rank insignia. As we know, Magnum was never a Lieutenant Commander.