Magnum P.I. is my favorite show of all time. Season 8 is the last season.
The original plan was that season 7 was to be the last season. "Limbo," the last episode of season 7, was originally broadcast as the last episode of the series. However, after that episode was broadcast, they decided to do one more season. When season 8 first aired, they broadcasted an edited version of "Limbo." Whereas the original version of "Limbo" closed up the storyline, the edited version sort of left things hanging.
Universal has announced that the season 8 DVD set will contain the episode "Limbo." I am guessing and hoping (but am not certain) that this will be the edited version, because the original version was already included on the season 7 DVD set.
For the record, I do not like the idea of changing something after it has already been officially released. For example, I love the original theatrical versions of the "Star Wars" trilogy, and I hate the changes that George Lucas made for the "special editions."
However, having both versions of "Limbo" is a good thing, because the edited version sets up the stage for season 8.
Here are the episodes from season 8:
Infinity and Jelly Doughnuts - It's hard to talk about this one without giving away any spoilers. So let's just say that this is a very heartwarming and moving episode. My only criticism is that in order for the plot to work, it requires rewriting the past history of what had happened in "Limbo." Some Magnum fans wonder if it's really fair to consider this episode (and all of season 8, in fact) an official part of the Magnum storyline. Some fans have suggested that the entirety of season 8 was just a dream. I guess if you analyze it too much, it can ruin your enjoyment. So I recommend that you try not to think about it too much. Anyway, this is a wonderful episode.
Pleasure Principle - The immensity of what had happened in previous episodes means that Magnum still needs some more time to recover, adapt, and adjust. So Magnum is still dealing with what happened to him. Also, Magnum and Higgins sort of switch personalities with each other. This episode has the most realistic depiction of a psychiatrist in any episode of any TV show that has ever been made. I love how Magnum imagines Mac eating so many pastries that he explodes!
Innocence, A Broad - One of the things that I love about this series is that the women tend to be quite intelligent and interesting. So I was disappointed that the writers decided to use an idiot bimbo in this episode. I really do not like this episode.
Tigers Fan - While this is certainly one of the better episodes of this season, I was saddened that the writers decided to kill off one of the recurring characters that I had come to love over the course of the series. I like this episode, but it kind of hurts to watch it.
Forever in Time - This is one of those episodes involving Magnum investigating someone who died a long time ago. But it's not as good as previous episodes of that type, such as "The Woman On The Beach" from season 2.
The Love That Lies - Magnum discovers that his friend Carol is adopted. This is kind of like one of those horrible "After School Specials."
A Girl Named Sue - Back in the season 4 episode "Rembrandt's Girl," Carol Burnett was the guest actress. Now I love Carol Burnett. But the script for that episode was way too cliched and unoriginal - Magnum and Burnett got locked in a bank vault! What were the writers thinking? Well now Burnett is back again in this season 8 episode, playing the same character. Fortunately, the writers did a much better job this time around. In this episode, Burnett now has a license as a private investigator, and she and Magnum unknowingly get into a shootout against each other. This is one of the better episodes of this season.
Unfinished Business - This is my favorite episode of this season. I really, really don't want to spoil the plot for you. Let's just say that this episode is a gift to the long term fans of the series - the ones who have really been paying attention. In order to fully understand this episode, you need to be familiar with quite a few previous episodes. Right off the bat, you need to know what happened in "Memories Are Forever" from season 2 and "Little Girl Who" from season 7. But beyond that, there are other things that are not necessarily so obvious. For example, take the relationship between the woman and her father in this episode, and compare it to the relationship between Magnum and his own father in the season 4 episode "Home From The Sea." Also, compare Magnum's decision at the end of this episode regarding Quang Ki, to Magnum's decision regarding Ivan at the end of the season 3 episode "Did You See The Sunrise." A lot of work went in to the writing of this episode, and it pays off in so many ways. This is a truly powerful, emotionally charged episode. There's a series of very tense scenes with no dialog, combined with a musical montage where Magnum uses his espionage and spying skills. Will Magnum get caught or not? It's quite nerve wracking to watch. The song playing during the montage is "The Brazilian" by Genesis, from their "Invisible Touch" album. There's also a humorous scene where Higgins reads Magnum's grocery list.
The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company - There are two plot points going on in this episode. In one of them, Magnum (unsuccessfully) decides to start his own tourist company. This is credible, as Magnum was always willing to try new things. The other plot line is like one of those awful "After School Specials." Over the course of the series, it has been well established, with plenty of realistic credibility, that even though T.C. didn't have any children of his own, he was still very good with kids. As coach of a Little League baseball team, T.C. was consistently an excellent role model, and always inspired the best in the children that he spent time with. But then during the season 7 episode "Missing Melody," the writers, who apparently couldn't think of any good ideas at the time, decided that all of a sudden, T.C. had two children who appeared magically out of thin air, and that one of them was kidnapped. Now in this season 8 episode, the writers, who are again apparently short of good ideas, have decided that T.C.'s son has joined a street gang. What were the writers thinking?
Legend of the Lost Art - Tom Selleck (the actor who plays Magnum) would have played Indiana Jones in the movie "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," except that he had already signed on to play Magnum. So in this episode, he finally gets to play Indiana Jones. This episode is a great parody of "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," with many scenes and lines of dialog making references to the movie. I love the movie, and I love this parody.
Transitions - The paper manuscript for Robin Masters's latest novel is stolen. Of course in the season 1 episode "J. Digger Doyle" we learned that Robin Masters didn't type out his manuscripts - he dictated them into a tape recorder. Luther Gillis also shows up, which can be good or bad, depending on your feelings toward him. In my opinion, this episode is largely filler.
Resolutions - This is the two hour series finale. You know I won't spoil the plot for you. I always enjoy watching this episode. Good night!