Magnum, P.I. – The Complete Second Season

by Alan Rapp on July 7, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Magnum, P.I.
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magnum-pi-second-season-dvdThe Second Season of Magnum, P.I. includes what may be my favorite episode of the series – “Memories are Forever” which introduces the character of Michelle (Marta DuBois), Thomas Magnum’s (Tom Selleck) wife. Although Michelle would not make another appearance for five seasons her impact to the show is immeasurable.

Other highlights from Season Two include Magnum’s frustration when a suspicious woman shows interest in Higgins (John Hillerman), the arrival of Mad Buck Gibson (Darren McGavin), an old friend (Tyne Daly) from Vietnam on the trail of a dangerous story, a car accident that leaves Magnum with a gap in his memory and on the hook for murder, the introduction of (Kwan Hi Lim) as Police Lieutenant Yoshi Tanaka, an affair between Rick (Larry Manetti) and the wife (Nancy DeCarl) of Magnum’s latest client, and the rescue of a young friend (Ann Dusenberry) of Robin Masters which leads to some deadly serious problems for Magnum and his latest girlfriend (Mimi Rogers).

Of course not all of the episodes are winners such as Hillerman’s double-role as Higgins and his half-brother Elmo Ziller which starts out amusing but has nowhere to go, and Magnum going undercover as a football player to protect an old friend (David Wilson).

The Second Season is worth picking up for “Memories are Forever” alone. Although there may be a couple of weaker episodes included here, the show continues to improve and add supporting characters such as Colonel Buck Green (Lance LeGault) and Lt. Tanaka, both of whom will continue to make appearances through the show’s eighth, and final, season. The double-sided three-disc collection also includes a bonus Second Season episode from both The A-Team and Knight Rider.

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