Miami Vice (1989) -Hard Knocks, and Fruit of the Poison Tree

Switek’s (John Talbott) gambling addiction is getting worse as we find out in Hard Knocks. Written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward, Scott Shepherd and Solraz, this episode first debuted on 20 January, 1989. Switek sinks into drunkenness, and increasingly poor gambling choices getting him in more trouble with a gangster,who has…

Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead (2009) – Steve Perry

Haiti 1943. Steve Perry pens the last (to date) canon novel in the Indiana Jones series, that is set five years after The Last Crusade, and takes place in the midst of the Second World War. Indy is older now, in his forties, he is working for the OSS, and he is joined by his…

Quantum Leap (1991) – Heart of a Champion, and Nuclear Family

Sam is one part of a wrestling team, when he leaps into Terry Sammis in Heart of a Champion. With an airdate of 8 May, 1991, Sam finds himself in all manner of trouble in this script by Tommy Thompson. It’s 23 July, 1955 and Terry and his brother Ronny (Jerry Bossard) are professional wrestlers,…

Magnum, p.i. (1988) – Resolutions Part I & II

  This is it, after eight seasons, one of my all-time favorite series comes to its conclusion. Chris Abbott and Stephen A. Miller wrote both parts of the two hour conclusion that aired on 1 May, 1988. Part one sees Magnum (Tom Selleck) is visiting home in Tidewater, Virginia, recalling his life, his time with…

Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Pleasure Principle and Innocence… A Broad

  Things get a little weird in Hawaii this week with the Pleasure Principle. This one was written by Jay Huguely and aired 14 October, 1987. For some strange reason, Thomas (Tom Selleck) is acting like Higgins (John Hillerman) and Higgins is acting like Magnum. Thomas, still recovering from his injuries (including being partially blind…

Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Limbo and Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts

  Originally meant to be the final episode of the series, before they were picked up for a shortened 8th season, this week’s trip to Hawaii has a sense of finality to it. Limbo was written by Jay Huguely, Bruce Cervi and Chris Abbott from a story by Chas. Floyd Johnson and Tom Selleck. It…

Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Murder By Night and On The Fly

  It’s time for a classic noir whodunnit in the first episode up this week. Murder By Night originally aired 14 January, 1987 and was written by Robert Hamilton. This episode sees Magnum (Tom Selleck) as a private investigator in the 1940s, nosing around the murder of a newspaper publisher, Maxfield. All the familiar faces…

The Gunfighter (1950) – Henry King

  More western goodness flows from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, as I dig into the first recommendation following my screening of High Noon. The Gunfighter sees Gregory Peck ride into town as the notorious Jimmy Ringo. All he wants to do is see his true love, Peggy (Helen Westcott), who…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Tran Quoc Jones and Luther Gillis: File #001

  It’s back to Paradise for the Thursday visit with Thomas and company… Up first is Tran Quoc Jones. This episode was penned by Chris Abbott and had an airdate of 29 November, 1984. The titular character, Tran Quoc Jones (Roland Harrah III), is an illegal Amerasian boy, who sells knick knacks on the streets…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Mac’s Back and The Legacy of Garwood Huddle

  Thomas (Tom Selleck) is having a rough time of it as Mac’s Back opens. Written by Bellisario, with an airdate of 11 October, 1984, this is an episode that is almost a direct continuation of the events from the previous episode, something that didn’t happen a lot in episodic television during the 80s, but…

The Newsroom – Season 3

  I have two big problems with The Newsroom Season 3 that releases today from HBO on blu-ray and DVD. The first is that this is the last season. Boo to that! The second, is that it is only 6 episodes long. Not enough! That being said, Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant drama goes out on a…