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Not Magnum at its finest hour, but necessary for the collect
Barry Allen | 05/14/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Beginning with Season Five, the writers of Magnum P.I. began to tinker with the shows format. Something not out of the ordinary when a show reaches beyond the four season mark. While most of season five's episodes work with this new formula, season six tries to continue with this formula, but instead misses the boat more times than not. Gone are the days of Magnum swimming on the beach or hanging out at the club to meet a client. Higgins no longer bargains with Magnum for guest house privlidges, and their customary banter only happens occassionally. This was done perhaps, the emphasize the fact that Magnum was getting older, and several episodes stress the fact that he may soon want to do something else with his life. Even though Magnum is quick to point out how great Hawaii is, one can get the impression at times that he's searching for something with a little more meaning.
Overall, the tone of the season is darker and much more serious. Come to think of it, most episodes of season six are shot entirely out of Hawaii (Deja Vu, Going Home), and several episodes go by where you see no trace of the guest house or estate for that matter. Episodes like the previous two mentioned and "The Way of the Stalking Horse," are some of the year's bright spots. I give the writer's credit for trying to branch out, but Magnum's sharp decline in ratings at this time(Number 8 in 1984 to out of the top 30 by 1985) was an indication that viewers preffered the old formula, and that the show was running out of steam. All is well however, because season seven and eight revert back (for the most part) to the show's old formula. Although I have not seen all of these episodes, the one's I have (Missing Melody, Laura, Little Girl Who) are, in my opinion, some of the best of the series."
Heart of Magnum
Rose Burkhart | 04/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This complete 6th season includes one two-hour episode, "Deja Vu" which alone is worth the price of the entire package. If you fought in Viet Nam, or if you know someone who tried to win freedom for the South Vietnamese people, Selleck, Manetti, and Mosely aptly portray three such men. Occasional flash-backs present an understanding of how these men became fine friends."
Not Enough Fuss!
T. Kerle | Qld, Australia | 04/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, being a die hard Magnum fan, I read other reviews with trepidation, dreading the arrival of my new purchase! To my delight, the change of scenery was refreshing, as was the deviation from 'run of the mill' episodes which always involve Magnum, TC, Rick, Higgins & of course, Zeus and Apollo! Sure it's different, but it needn't be bad - how you view this season depends on your true perspective as a "fan" - after all, a change is as good as a holiday! Sure there's a couple of lame episodes, but you get that with any series, writers aren't perfect."
Magnum P.I. Sixth Season
J. Broenner | Ohio | 03/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Love the series, just completed the set of seven seasons. These shows still hold up in the current t.v. world."
Fans should buy for their collection
J. Leffew | Commerce, GA | 05/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Magnum P.I. is viewing pleasure. This season is good, but some of the episodes are just OK (not bad, just OK). They are all worth watching, and it does give background into the lives of the characters. It is the history of the characters that explains how they ended up where they are. The show is not too deep or heavy in political or social correctness. It is fun. For a few short minutes we are in a tropical breeze playing in the warm crystal clear waters of Hawaii. It is no boreing trip; we get inside Robin Masters estate, get to ride along in a Ferrari, sail on yachts, visit exclusive clubs, Fight bad guys and injustice, and associate with interesting characters. The characters have heart. They are good, careing, honest, loveing, and loyal friends and people. I have all six seasons, and all of them are worth keeping."