Magnum, P.I.

Season 8 Episode 5

Forever in Time

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Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1987 on CBS
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Magnum catches sight of a woman attending a funeral who, he soon learns, resembles a beautiful Hawaiian princess who tragically died in a fire in 1910. He becomes enamored with the elusive beauty, and the mystery deepens when he's sent a locket holding photographs of what looks like himself and the princess.moreless

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  • Thomas finds himself watching a funeral where he spots a beautiful woman. But soon after, he learns that she resembles a Hawaiian princess who was killed a mysterious fire in 1910 – a death that he somehow seems intertwined with. Fair but slow...moreless

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    This review contains spoilers.



    Ah, 'Magnum, p.i'. – it always cheers me up. When I came to watch this episode to review the following day, I had had a bad day for various reasons, and really wasn't in the mood to watch much TV. But – even though this isn't one of my favourite episodes – by a couple of minutes in, I was feeling much happier.



    This is the last in an occasional line of 'ghost stories' in the show, stretching back to the second season's enjoyable 'The Woman on the Beach', and also including season six's 'Rapture', not to mention several encounters with the ghost of Mac. However, unlike those earlier stories, most of this one is explained away as not being supernatural – although there are still some unexplained plot points.



    The backdrop for the episode is Higgins putting on another high-class show, in this case a Historical Society Pageant. The "putting on a show" plot device has been used in several episodes, such as the fourth season's (much underrated) 'Let the Punishment Fit the Crime'. In this episode, most of the humour subplot comes from Rick and T.C. trying to get a model volcano to explode properly.



    It is nice to see a story that involves a Hawaiian history setting – although there is the odd such thread woven into various episodes, the only real episodes that use it to any notable extent are the second season's 'Dead Man's Channel' and season seven's 'Kapu'. Although maybe it would have become a bit repetitive to do it regularly, it is a setting that maybe would have been nice to utilise a bit more often.



    Anyway, the plot itself is a fair one, but personally I find it a bit slow, not to mention a bit confusing and unclear in places. I don't dislike this episode, but at the same time it feels that it should somehow come off better than it ultimately does.

    The climax of the story, with Magnum and the possible princess in the fire, is quite good, although I found it little surprise who the culprit behind the trouble was – the fact that he just happened to be involved with the running of the pageant seemed a little over convenient to me.



    In its own way, this is actually quite a nice story, but I don't think they fully captured what they were going for, and it's not really one of my favourites.moreless
Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry

William Keyes

Guest Star

Lei Maa Richmond

Lei Maa Richmond

Victoria Keyes

Guest Star

Douglas Mossman

Douglas Mossman

David Kaimi

Guest Star

Elisha Cook Jr.

Elisha Cook Jr.

Ice Pick Hofstetler

Recurring Role

Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

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