Magnum, P.I.

Season 5 Episode 6

Fragments

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Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1984 on CBS
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A psychic hires Magnum to save her from the future she's seen for herself—being murdered. Meanwhile, Magnum also finds danger in trying to get paid by a client, and Higgins organizes a benefit variety show.

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  • As Higgins prepares for a telethon to try and save an endangered species of coral worms, Magnum is hired by a woman wish psychic visions, to try and protect her from being murdered as she "sees" in her latest vision. Not bad, but not outstanding either...moreless

    8.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    This episode very much sums up the fifth (and sixth) season of MPI – it is watchable, but hardly outstanding, and feels particularly flat when considering some of the great stories that have gone before in the series.



    The story is the first of several directed by British actor David Hemmings. Hemmings would go on to appear this season in 'Compulsion', and as another character in the seventh season's 'Out of Sync'. (He also plays 'Airwolf's twisted creator Dr. Moffett, and directed a number of third and fourth season episodes of 'The A-Team').



    The episode can be considered a 'Hallowe'en' story, with it's "spooky" elements involving graveyards, psychic visions of murder, and dead bodies, and being broadcast the day after Hallowe'en 1984.



    The story starts off well enough, and is fairly interesting with Laura Bennett's visions of death. However, as the story progressed, I didn't feel it had the good pacing of some episodes. I note that the episode has an unusually high number of writing contributors, so maybe this had something to do with it.

    (Also, the opening trailer has a spoiler that it is not Laura's own death that she keeps seeing, but instead Magnum's. Ordinarily the opening trailers don't give away too many spoilers, but this one slipped up).



    Higgins' preparing for the telethon starts off quite amusingly, and has several good moments, but ultimately it doesn't go anywhere, and the final result is slightly disappointing.



    I found it easy to deduct who the real villain was – Archie the used car dealer was given far too much screen time and prominence for it not to be obvious.



    There are some good moments in the story - there is a good car chase involving the Ferrari mid-episode for example, but the episode never feels to really live up to it's premise. I can name far worse episodes of the series, but as with many stories of the season, it's sadly not very memorable.moreless
Samantha Eggar

Samantha Eggar

Laura Bennett

Guest Star

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars

Archie Rankin

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Vic Leon

Vic Leon

Eddie

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Gillian Dobb

Gillian Dobb

Agatha Chumley

Recurring Role

Esmond Chung

Esmond Chung

Kenny

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Magnum: (narrating) I've always loved John O'Hara's story of the servant who saw death coming towards him in a Baghdad marketplace. So he fled to Samarra only to learn that it was there that death had an appointment with him. Laura felt I had an appointment in Samarra. I had to find out if she was right.

    • Magnum: Higgins, we are talking about saving my life.
      Higgins: What is that, compared to saving an entire species.
      Magnum: Of worms?!
      Higgins: I rest my case.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The German episode titles are "Mordvision" ("Vision of Murder") and "Die Hellseherin" ("The Clairvoyant"). The French title is "L'extralucide", meaning "The Clairvoyant". The Italian title is "Frammenti", an exact translation.

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