Why do people watch a reboot? That’s a good question with no simple answer.
I’m sure some want to relive, or continue the magic of their childhood. Some have only heard about an old show, and want to see it for the first time. Some want to see an old show in a new light thanks to new technology.
And I’m sure there are also some weirdos who simply want to see another show fail. These people I don’t get; all the others tuning in, I do understand, and I am one of them.
So, did this new and “approved” version of Magnum deliver?
Couple of years ago Mr. Lenkov also rebooted one of my favorite shows, and no, I am not talking about Five-0. I am talking about MacGyver. I loved the original show. Watched every episode more than once.
Like with most old shows it is hard to watch it today without laughing at the ridiculous things happening back then. But it still has a certain charm. 😉
I don’t watch the new show. I gave it a try for a few episodes, but honestly, the lead character is an absolute no go for me. That does in no way mean that he’s doing a bad job, it just means that I can’t stand him. Personal choice. So I stopped watching.
And now another reboot comes along. Magnum, P.I. – or as the new show is called “Magnum P.I.” without the, in my eyes, important comma.
The question about the creativity about such reboots needs to be allowed. It’s a little like writing Fanfiction, it’s not the most creative thing either. I mean, it’s not very original to take the characters and put them into new clothes, a little different background maybe, and write new stories for them.
That is always the dilemma with any reboot. On the one side I want to see more of the characters one has learned to love, but on the other side I would jump for joy to see a completely new, great show. With awesome new characters; but that is really rare these days. Anyway, there are certain expectations with a reboot.
Back in the day I really loved Tom Selleck’s Magnum. Looking back at it now, I can’t really see the attraction of the show. Yes, Thomas Magnum was charismatic; he was kinda charming, and all in all a good guy. And I certainly loved the show. Higgins was a joy to watch, the estate legendary.
So, as you can see, for me, it’s all about the characters, and the actors playing the characters. If I don’t like an actor, for whatever reason, it will be very hard to convince me to enjoy the character or the show. So, I really hoped it would not be like with MacGyver, where the actor ruins the show for me.
Enough blabla, let’s talk about the pilot episode. Right upfront, I really enjoyed it. I think they picked a great actor to play Magnum. He seems to be a perfect fit for the role; if you can say that after just 43 minutes. 😉
Yes, yes, I know, the action was way over the top. But, honestly, I was ok with it because it felt like they didn’t take it seriously. More like a comic strip coming to life. Think Deadpool; just not to that extreme. 😉
I think this show has great potential if they don’t overdo it with the outrageous action.
The secondary characters were really just that, secondary. It was even pointed out that they were sidekicks. I honestly love that.
I really enjoyed the new Higgins.
And I enjoyed all the little hints at Five-0. They actually did a rather subtle job with that. Most of them you only noticed if you actually watched that show.
All in all, a very enjoyable hour, with a good cast, of course, nice scenery. I can see myself becoming a fan of this new Magnum.
Next week I will start with real reviews for the new show.
And, finally, at the end of this week our show H50 will start it’s ninth season. Get ready to get reviews for all episodes. Cokie is on board for it, and LeiCa will spoil us with more of her glorious “Let’s Pic(k) Steve”.