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|Magnum PI - The Complete Seventh Season|
Actor: Tom Selleck
Directors: Gilbert M. Shilton, Robert Totten, Ray Danton, Georg Stanford Brown, John C. Flinn III
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Magnum is back and better than ever in all 21 action-packed episodes of Magnum P.I.: The Complete Seventh Season! Tom Selleck returns as TV's most charming Primetime Emmy® Award-winning detective, heating up the exotic str... more »
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Probably the best season!
M. Hill | United Kingdom | 08/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On a personal note, and agreeing with the other reviewers this is the one I've been waiting for, Magnum Pi's seventh season is I would say the best.
Most magnum pi fans would agree that seasons one, two and three were great, the show lost its way a little with seasons four, five and six, but then picked up again brilliantly with seasons seven and eight.
Season seven has no doubt the most memorable episodes of the entire series, ask any fan and just to name a few they would immediatly shout out episodes such as 'death and taxes', 'paper war', 'little girl who' and the outstanding season finale 'Limbo'.
Any person who is on the fence with this one should just purchase as its fantastic entertainment!
J. N. lyons | Durham,NC | 08/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Definitely one of the best seasons if not THE BEST for the simple fact that it contains the episode "Paper War". This is the episode where Higgins and Magnum have an all out prank war, truly a fun episode. Also it contains the episode "Laura" with Sinatra himself!"
D. Sun | Vallejo, CA United States | 03/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a really good season with several touching and great episodes. I loved this show as a kid, but never saw many of the episodes in this season. The one feeling I had was there were several aspects of the storyline that the show carried through all season that were followed that was comforting and familiar. Some of the new additions were interesting as well.
My complaint is up until the last few episodes you really had no idea this was supposed to be the last season. It didn't wrap up any of the story arcs and many of the new arcs were left hanging. In the finale "Limbo," it felt like a decent season finale cliff hanger, but I have to say if they ended the series on that note I would be really angry.
I have no idea how the shortened season 8 will be, but I'm thankful they didn't end the series like this. The title "Limbo," is appropriate because it left all these arcs open and the fan in limbo, which is a crappy place to be considering there hasn't been any sort of Magnum reunion, movie, or anything since the show closed in the late 80's.
The last "Magnum" season (except for the real last season...
Craig MACKINNON | Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada | 11/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Magnum P.I. was cancelled in this, its seventh season. Tom Sellick was all set to take up the role of Indiana Jones, the character of Magnum was killed in a warehouse shootout (that's not really giving away a plot point since it happens in the first 5 minutes of the season finale). I think because of the impending end of the series, the producers "took off the gloves" and the result is a poignant and edgy season. That's not to say that Higgins (and Luthor Gillis) doesn't provide ample comic relief, but the "serious" shows are more serious and darker, much to the better for the viewer. Even when a show is basically a remake of an earlier episode (as is the case with "Solo FLight," a remake of "Home From the Sea" from Season 4).
So the really good episodes far outnumber the weak episodes, and even the weakest episodes (e.g. those early-season episodes that bring back "beloved favourite characters" from previous shows) have some great parts in them. The most important aspect of the season, however, is the formalisation of the Michelle plotline - in a few episodes we see the relationship between Magnum and his (ex?)wife and daughter play out. I normally don't like the introduction of small children into an action show or movie, but Michelle's daughter is exceptionally well played and brings the show to a new level of maturity.
Another obvious improvement in the shows of this season is the increased production value, or the impression of it. The shows feel cinematic in scope, using music to bridge acts, mixing up the visual styles, etc. Everything about the show is taken more seriously in this season than in previous seasons.
Anyways, the best shows of the season include:
Death and Taxes - sometimes known as the "Mama" episode (after the Genesis song that plays throughout). The first really "epic" show of the season. Magnum is taunted by a serial killer.
Little Girl Who - the aforementioned introduction of Michelle's daughter in an ongoing storyline.
Paper War - a comedy episode where Higgins and Magnum battle each other through practical jokes. Victims include the Bridge on the River Kwai model, and Magnum's rubber chicken. Not quite my favourite Higgins/Magnum battle (that would be the Season 8 episode "Pleasure Principle"), but probably it's second-best.
Novel Connection / Magnum on Ice - the crossover episodes with Murder, She Wrote (the M,SW episode is on the DVD, fortunately). As different as these two shows are (maybe because they were different), these episodes are very good. I think the tone is more Murder, She Wrote than Magnum (Higgins is oddly off-character in places, and there are the typical plethora of false leads in a M,SE episode). Works MUCH better than the Simon and Simon crossover from Season 3.
Murder By Night - an alternate reality, B&W episode with Magnum as Bogart.
Solo Flight - even the second time around, this story works. The writers wisely make it an homage, even having Magnum refer to events in "Home From the Sea" and using clips therefrom.
Laura - sometimes called the "Frank Sinatra Episode" - he plays a NYPD officer on the track of some bailjumpers. But there's something personal in his crusade..... I always thought of this as the "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" episode, as it is the second episode featuring a Genesis song this season.
Limbo - Magnum is "killed," but his spirit stays in Limbo in order to "say goodbye" to his friends (and, presumably, viewers of the show). Fortunately, there is enough wiggle room to allow him to return for Season 8, which has another series finale which isn't quite as poignant, but still very good.
What more is there to say? There are few extras (other than the Murder, She Wrote crossover episode), but the discs are good quality, and it's always nice to see these shows free of advertisements and syndication cuts. Well worth the cost for the quality of these episodes."