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Magnum Reloaded: Potential partnerships key to season 2 of ‘Magnum P.I.’

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    In the April 1 season finale, Magnum (Jay Hernandez) makes an earnest proposition to Higgins (Perdita Weeks) for her to become his private investigations partner.

As “Magnum P.I.” begins its long hiatus, fans will spend the next six months wondering what the second season of their favorite show will bring. It’s only natural to speculate, and dissect past episodes, and try to figure out what the show will focus on when the freshman series returns to television in September. If we look back at the season finale, “The Day It All Came Together,” a few major plot points come to mind. All have to do with Magnum (Jay Hernandez) creating potential partnerships within the overall storyline.

The plot usually revolves around Magnum, but it also involves other main characters who have almost equal footing as the lead star. In the season finale, Magnum asked Higgins (Perdita Weeks) to be his investigative partner. And after hiding the truth about helping his ex-lover Hannah (Jordana Brewster) get her father back, Magnum has to really work hard next season to earn back the trust of HPD detective Katsumoto (Tim Kang).

One of the strongest elements of the rebooted “Magnum P.I.” is the relationships built between Magnum and the newest characters within the franchise. While Magnum’s best friends and fellow brothers-in-arms, Rick (Zachary Knighton) and TC (Stephen Hill), as well as Det. Katsumoto existed in the original series — the characters of Kumu (Amy Hill) and Dr. Noelani Cunha (Kimee Balmilero) did not. And while Higgins is now female and quite a few years younger than the original version of the majordomo, she plays a much bigger role in Magnum’s life than the character did in the beginning of the original series.

While the show’s naysayers have a hard time separating the original incarnation of “Magnum P.I.” from the reboot, the changes within the newer version have certainly helped to refresh the series. The show now has a second year to further prove itself as a standout. Yet, what really made it a success during this first season is how much of a bond Magnum shares with his friends Rick and TC, and even the reluctant Katsumoto, as well as the obvious chemistry he has with Higgins.


While the series finale wasn’t technically a cliffhanger, it did leave us hanging about Higgins taking up Magnum’s offer to be his partner. We’re curious to see where this partnership takes them. Since Magnum learned that Higgins suffered a similar betrayal of love as he did with Hannah, and they both helped each other survive being stranded in the middle of the ocean after being yacht-jacked, he holds her in much different esteem than he did at the start of the season.

Like Magnum, Higgins was double-crossed by a friend and colleague. While Magnum was in love with the woman who sacrificed him and his team to the Taliban, Higgins’ MI6 mentor Ian Pryce (Nigel Lindsay) was really the assassin The Viper who killed her lover, Richard Dane. It was Magnum who helped her bring Ian to justice. And when Higgins returned the favor by helping Magnum find out the truth of Hannah’s betrayal in the season finale, it seems to seal her place within their team. At the end of the finale, Magnum, Rick and TC embrace Higgins as part of their family.

Still, it seems as if Magnum and Higgins have a strong attraction to each other. Perhaps it is the fact that they both have lived similar lives and understand the pain and necessary stress of being special operatives for their countries. Their relationship has only just begun to be fleshed out on the series. Although they make very good friends, it would be interesting to see if a romantic dynamic comes into play next season.


Magnum’s interaction with Katsumoto has changed from a reluctant acquaintance to almost an ally — until Magnum reverted back to his earlier reputation. In the finale, after keeping Katsumoto in the dark about helping Hannah and saving her father from captivity, Katsumoto tells him, “just when I was starting to trust you, you go and do something stupid like this.”

Magnum and Katsumoto’s relationship started off rocky, yet they seem to have found a happy medium between police work and Magnum’s style of investigation. While Katsumoto, always the consummate professional, often bristles at Magnum’s way of skirting legalities — he seems to realize Magnum always wants to do what’s right, even while he cuts corners in his way to the truth.

It is Magnum’s desire to do what is right that keeps him from being completely hated by Katsumoto. It saves their potential partnership and makes for good humor within the storyline. As much as Katsumoto dislikes how Magnum catches a bad guy or solves a case, he is aware Magnum is always on the side of justice. For a police officer who wants the same for his victims, Katsumoto just might come back around and trust the private investigator once more. It’s what fans are definitely banking on for the second season of “Magnum P.I.”

Wendie Burbridge writes the “Five-0 Redux” and “Magnum Reloaded” blogs for Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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