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27 August 2007 @ 09:35 pm
Did You See the Sunrise?  
Yes, I'm still on my Magnum kick.

I didn't realize that "Did You See The Sunrise?" was the first two episodes of S3. For some reason, I thought it was much later. so I wasn't expecting it to show up so soon on the Sleuth reairings I've been watching. Damn! It's been many years since I've seen the episode, but it's still one of the best episodes of television ever. Two moments: when Mac turns the key in the ignition and the Ferarri explodes, and that last moment when Thomas asks Ivan if he saw the sunrise that morning. He replies, yes he did, then the camera pulls in close so all you see is one side of Magnum's face, and then the flash as his gun fires. I was totally shocked the first time I saw it on its first run, and it still holds a punch now, more than twenty years later.

On a related note, I was telling 'V' today at work that I realized Thomas Magnum is the man I always wanted to marry. He's funny, and annoying, compassionate and a bit dorky, a loyal friend, and an officer and a gentleman in the truest meaning of that. And yeah, he's easy on the eyes, but that really is secondary. 'V' said he could see that, and then offered to loan me his Magnum DVDs!

Beccabeccadg on August 28th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
When the "List five fictional people you had a crush on as a child" meme was going around I checked the years I first saw my earliest crushes in, and listed them in chronological order when I posted it over here. Given that I first saw Thomas Magnum when I was 5, and was still watching him at 13 Thomas Magnum had a profound impact on my idea of "The Right Man." ;)
Sinanjusinanju on August 28th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh yeah!
That moment when Magnum kills Ivan has stuck with me ever since I saw that episode. I was in an agony of suspense watching the end of that episode. I was so scared that they would wimp out, that Ivan would do something stupid like try to kill Magnum, thereby allowing Magnum to kill him justifiably--"in self defense".

I was thrilled--and frankly shocked--when Magnum just blew him away. Freeze frame on the muzzle flash...and fade to black. Roll credits.

I was shocked, I tells ya. TV heroes just didn't do things like that! Not that Ivan didn't deserve it, but it just Wasn't Done.
Chris: Sharpesharpiesgal on August 28th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Another fandom we have in common. I love Magnum.

I'm with you. I hadn't realized that Mac's death/Magnum's revenge on Ivan were so early in the shows run. Seeing the Ferrari blow up was like getting sucker punched. For a second there, I didn't think Magnum had it in him to kill Ivan, so I was shocked when he pulled the trigger. I guess that was a good lesson on what revenge and self-preservation can cause an honorable man to do.

I wanted to marry Magnum as well.

captnofmyheartcaptnofmyheart on August 28th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)

I had more of a crush on Remington Steele and the blonde haired brother of Simon & Simon, but I did love Magnum as well. Bellasario put out some FABULOUS shows...I wish there was a producer like him nowadays.

I need to see if there is the same thing going on down here.
Chris: Stellasharpiesgal on August 28th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Remington Steele and AJ Simon....oh hell yes!!!!!!!!!!