Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- August 2014

The Hawaii Five-O Discussion Forum -- August 2014


The following are archived comments from August 2014. After looking around, please add your own comments!

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Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

What you Classic Hawaii Five O fans think about Wilcox Raiders & the re-enactment in Assault On The Palace Season 9???. Love that episode! Clu Gallagher plays the evil genius museum curator Arthur Lambert. I love the scene when the Box Man was released from jail. He picks up the piece of paper Arthur tossed at him. I think 9/10 people would have been curious & picked it up.

Dont understand the beginning. Arthur could have just buried Henry & he would have never been found. I dont know if he wanted to see the dead historian found. Amateur mistake. Lambert should have taken his wallet & watch . McGarrett knew robbery not the motive. Assault On The Palace is a classic. JC

Added: Sunday 31 August 2014 18:44:27 MST


Submitted by: Five-0 Mike
From: Honolulu Hi

I'm sitting outside the new 5-0 season 5 episode 505 Halloween set in Manoa... wish i could send a pic but you know the rules. Its really "scary"... Lots of shooting in revitalized Chinatown area bars this week and lots of our favorite Waikiki locations like Dukes statue at Kuhio beach for the season 5 premier... Check it out Fri Sept 26th. Oh by the way McGarretts classic car will be in a flashback scene in his dad John McGarrett's garage so you wont want to miss that one. Aloha from paradise... :!cool:

Added: Thursday 28 August 2014 23:39:50 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

People need provocation to protest or fight. In most cases, that provocation is a cause in which they believe. On the other hand, fraternities have been hazing for generations with no other provocation than to make pledges prove they are brave enough to do the deed. That's what the People's Attack Group was doing, albeit it on a far worse level than shaving heads and letting air out of tires. I always wonder, though: Don't the followers ever stop and think?

Added: Wednesday 27 August 2014 13:09:34 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I was wondering if you would have had more sympathy for the People's Attack Group in The Young Assassins say they had a cause or Reasons for their attacks. Wish they had developed more of what the People Attack Groups motivations or Reasons were. Instead, these guys were just terrorists who killed for thrills. A revolutionary group of killers. Always loved the scene when the tunnels blocked & the PAG unlock the escape tunnel which lets McGarrett & the team right in. That was a close shave for Danno. The Young Assassins 5 stars out of 6.

Sorry to see Hawaii Five O Classic only on 1 day Sunday Fall ME-TV schedule 2014 :( John

Added: Wednesday 27 August 2014 00:47:05 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

I'll take McGarrett any day!

Added: Tuesday 26 August 2014 09:35:08 MST


Submitted by: Joel D.
From: North Idaho

For all you classic Five-0 fans, Me-TV is bringing the series back in its fall schedule (albeit on a once-a-week basis).

The episodes air Sunday evening at 6 p.m. EDT and PDT, 5 p.m. Central/Mountain, beginning Sept. 7.

If you're sports fan, that might mean switching a bit between McGarrett and Al Michaels ... :!cool:

Added: Monday 25 August 2014 19:19:01 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"especially in the "human" scenes towards the end of the day between Jack and Audrey and President Logan and his wife."

Yep, Callery's human/emotional scoring can bring tears to your eyes. The end of season 5 features "Logan's Downfall" - a powerful score that leaves you numb! Especially as it's played against Palmer's casket being loaded onto the military plane.

The end of season 9 (i.e. 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY) also features some powerful emotional scoring by Callery. He always delivers. Never falls short.

My familiarity with Mark Snow actually is through T.J. HOOKER - he created a fantastic synthesized opening theme for the show's 3rd season: bit.ly/1tBWdHn
As for X-FILES I never watched the show although I'm familiar with its alien-sounding opening theme.

The clip you posted of Callery conducting is from the season 7 DVD special features. It's my personal favorite score of his - "The Bomb Detonates" from season 2.

Added: Monday 25 August 2014 10:10:41 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

You'll get no argument from me over whether Sean Callery is one of today's master TV composers. Even his score to Homeland is worth listening to, though it's pretty minimal compared to 24.

I just finished rewatching season five of 24. Aside from being regarded by many as the show's best season (despite the very stupid sequence where Defense Secretary Heller drives off a cliff into a lake), it has great scoring by Callery, especially in the "human" scenes towards the end of the day between Jack and Audrey and President Logan and his wife. There is a 10-minute mini-documentary on the special features DVD in this set which shows how Callery creates his score, well worth watching (I am sure this is on YouTube somewhere).

But ... we have to give credit to where credit is due. One of the main influences on people like Callery and this whole style of TV music was Mark Snow, whose years on The X-Files set the standard for this kind of synthesized scoring.

Speaking of YouTube, by the way, there is one video where Callery conducts a symphony orchestra in his score to 24 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQMCr3kIkhU -- showing that this can be done...

Added: Monday 25 August 2014 08:26:29 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Type-O: I meant the scripts did not turn out as they did by accident.

Added: Sunday 24 August 2014 22:58:39 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

John, I've seen a lot of people who complain about the last three seasons and some of Season 9. Again, it's a case of people choosing to ignore the facts. The shows in Seasons 10-11 did turn out as they did by accident. A new executive came into the picture at CBS, and he made them cut all the violence out of the crime shows. As Jack Lord once said, it's impossible to do a cop show without violence. That was why the shows in those seasons had a less urgent, suspenseful atmosphere. You just can't do a cop show that way (yet Cagney and Lacey did the same thing and won Emmys for it).

Added: Sunday 24 August 2014 21:35:16 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

I think the biggest myth on Classic Hawaii Five O DVD & other sites is stop watching HFO after Nine Dragons. Season 9 has many outstanding episodes Assault On The Palace, The Last Of The Great Paperhangers, Double Exposure, etc. Season 10 is weaker but worth seeing. Tsunami, Death In The Family. Season 11 has the 2 part Gem Number One With A Bullet & James Bond like Year Of the Horse plus Stringer. John

Added: Sunday 24 August 2014 17:13:35 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

"Rathman just takes out a pendant and starts swinging it in front of him. :D LOL! That was something right out of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND."

I saw a similar thing on Miss Fischer's Murder Mysteries. One of her associates rents a room in a boarding house to check on child abuse that's going on there, and one of the tenants was a hypnotist. The hypnotist approaches the man, looks him in the eye, and asks him why the lady detective sent him there, and the man tells him. The hypnotist overheard the man talking to a teenage girl who worked there and he told her about Miss Fischer and how she could help her. The hypnotist didn't even use a watch, just his eyes and two of his fingers. He was purportedly doing this to the girls who lived in that boarding house, to find out if they were hiding any money or jewels they stole.

Added: Friday 22 August 2014 18:31:55 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"The Sleeper takes a lot of heat for the ending but McGarrett knew Hansen jumped when the phone rang during the polygraph & the FED talked German."

Yeah I don't find the ending unbelievable at all. I was actually surprised it took so long for McG to figure out that the Fed Fallon was involved somehow. Especially with all the polygraph stuff with Hansen that somehow wasn't quite adding up (especially after she jumped). Plus Fallon's being stationed in Germany. The usually astute McG somehow failed to pick up on all these clues. The only really hokey part was Rathman hypnotizing that cop who was assigned to guard him. Rathman just takes out a pendant and starts swinging it in front of him. :D LOL! That was something right out of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND. Really stupid! But other than that an intriguing episode.

Hey John, check out my season 9 episode reviews here: imdb.to/1xZpETz

I reviewed the first 5 episodes so far. I'd post them here but they're a bit too long to fit here. There are also reviews by others done in the past (that I had reposted after the thread had disappeared).

Added: Friday 22 August 2014 15:22:01 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Agree Ringfire. The Sleeper had some interesting elements. The March Foundation was intriguing from the beginning. That was an incredible scene when the young subject ripped up the American flag picture under Dr. Rathman's instructions & denying that he committed the act. Also, I liked the demonstration of the missle being re-directed & shot down they were working on...Hansen had a natural beauty to her & was a good villainess.

I think they Did a masterful job of framing Dr.Rathman using a gun from his collection as well as putting the body in the hidden compartment on the boat. It starts falling apart when Hansen's car is stolen. What are the odds a common car thief would know or care about the March Foundation? Probably 100 million to 1. The Sleeper takes a lot of heat for the ending but McGarrett knew Hansen jumped when the phone rang during the polygraph & the FED talked German. It didn't seem to be as a leap of faith to me. I would give The Sleeper a solid 4 out of 6 stars. John

Added: Thursday 21 August 2014 18:16:01 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Ok, getting back to FIVE-0......

Watched "The Sleeper" which I thought was a solid season opener, especially by season 11 standards. Maybe I'm a sucker for spy fare because I enjoyed all the cloak and dagger stuff that was going on - even if much of it was rather far-fetched. Hey, it had a MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE vibe to it - hard not to like that. Not much in terms of action but I liked the cerebral aspect to it. Plus I enjoyed John Cacavas' classical-sounding harpsichord sound - added a sense of mystery to the atmosphere.

I still think "A Lion in the Streets" is my least favorite season opener. "The Sleeper" felt a bit like the season 8 opener "Murder - Eyes Only" which had a good dose of espionage, intrigue, and hypnosis.

Added: Wednesday 20 August 2014 15:35:25 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

"But yes, on the whole DC politics is dirty business. They are not public servants. They're in it for themselves. Even the men I admire (like Ronald Reagan) for the most part get into politics for their own satisfaction and not so much to serve the public. I think power is a mighty thing for many of them."

Very true - sad, but true.

Added: Wednesday 20 August 2014 13:02:27 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"I started watching "Matlock / The Power Brokers" after you posted it but stopped when it got down and dirty, very early into the show, actually."

Really? Wow! :D That's actually funny because MATLOCK is a fairly mild show. Even the DC shenanigans in that episode is grade-school stuff and is not offensive in the least. Certainly when compared to what is shown today. I thought it was a very engaging episode and the funniest part is when a hooker latches on to Matlock in his hotel room. :D Even that scene is not in the least bit offensive because nothing raunchy is shown and it's played mainly for laughs. Andy Griffith was brilliant in that scene! Ah, the good old days of television. When writers could get their point across without getting raunchy and dirty and foul-mouthed.

But yes, on the whole DC politics is dirty business. They are not public servants. They're in it for themselves. Even the men I admire (like Ronald Reagan) for the most part get into politics for their own satisfaction and not so much to serve the public. I think power is a mighty thing for many of them.

Added: Wednesday 20 August 2014 10:26:21 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

The visuals do help to set the mood, but the melody is still hidden beneath the bass. I've never seen the show and, after reading what you said about it, have no desire to see it. I started watching "Matlock / The Power Brokers" after you posted it but stopped when it got down and dirty, very early into the show, actually.

I saw too much of that sort of behavior when I worked in DC. All I could think was that the Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they could see what was -- and still is -- going on. When I left, I swore I'd never go east of the Blue Ridge again. The Shenandoah Valley, yes, but east of the Blue Ridge, no.

The problem with shows like that is that their message rubs off on their viewers. Now, people everywhere treat each other with little, if any, respect. But, then, the same thing can be said about H50. Several times, I've wondered whether the crime portrayed in an episode influenced an event that happened in real life -- even though McGarrett & Co. 1.0 stood up for what's right! McGarrett & Co. 2.0 definitely are a part of and contributing to the problem.

Added: Wednesday 20 August 2014 08:32:53 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

How about the full intro with the accompanying visuals? bit.ly/1pJoY4t

I think it works well to set the mood.

P.S. As for the show itself the acting is impeccable (particularly from Kevin Spacey) but it's difficult to watch a show where the "heroes" are so damn corrupt (morally and politically) and unlikable. You just get such a cold feeling from them. All they do is screw each other over and stab each other in the back to move ahead. Good writing and acting can only take a show so far, if you can't find someone to root for. Spacey has his humorous moments (such as when he breaks the 4th wall and addresses the audience) but he's such a conniving SOB. As is his wife - played by Robin Wright. That's really a reflection of most shows today. From BREAKING BAD to many others - the heroes are beyond flawed. They're downright evil. Whatever happened to the good old days of real heroes who stood for what's right? Guess that's why we have our reruns and our DVD collections. Thankfully!

Added: Tuesday 19 August 2014 19:53:18 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

I'm sorry, Ringfire. It just didn't appeal to me.

Added: Tuesday 19 August 2014 13:28:16 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Too much bass? Really? Well, perhaps it takes a few listens for it to grow on you. I've heard it quite a few times while watching the show and it works really well with the opening titles of the DC landscape changing from day to night (time-lapse video of DC).

But to each his own. I like it. :)

Added: Monday 18 August 2014 23:57:58 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Sad to say, I don't like that. It's impossible to hear the melody for all the bass. Yes, of course, the 3J's. I had not thought of them.

Added: Monday 18 August 2014 13:52:20 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I know Jeff Beal from his work on HOUSE OF CARDS. His main theme is outstanding: bit.ly/1n2Dks1

As for my all-time favorite film composers it has to be the super trio of John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams - the 3 J's. Of course I can't leave out the greatness of Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, or Miklos Rozsa either. Plus Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, James Horner, Hans Zimmer. I know Zimmer is more popular with the younger crowd and many older folks criticize him for using too much bombastic noise in his scores but I think he has composed some sublime scores like THE LAST SAMURAI, GLADIATOR, PEARL HARBOR, THE PEACEMAKER, BROKEN ARROW, CRIMSON TIDE, THE ROCK, INCEPTION. All fantastic scores!

Added: Monday 18 August 2014 12:20:25 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Here are a couple of links to music by Jeff Beal and Bernard Herrmann:

Jesse Stone (Jeff Beal)
Main Theme bit.ly/Ypcuov

North by Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)
Main Theme bit.ly/1qjSzOg

Added: Monday 18 August 2014 08:31:43 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Sean Callery's "Elementary" music, as posted, is good. Very snappy. Very contemporary. In his generation, however, I prefer the music of Jeff Beal ("Jesse Stone," "Carnivale").

In the previous generation, I prefer the music of Morton Stevens, but especially, Bernard Herrmann. No one is equal to or better than Herrmann.

Added: Monday 18 August 2014 08:07:30 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"There's some good music in it, too, Ringfire, especially the theme when the bogus McGarrett arrives in Geneva and walks to the bank."

Yes, that whole sequence - from when McGarrett leaves Honolulu to when the fake McGarrett enters the bank in Geneva - is beautifully scored. A nice classical sounding music piece by our sensei Morton Stevens!

Speaking of music, the new show obviously suffers from bad music and I can only imagine that the show would have benefited greatly from some good music. It wouldn't have fixed the issues at the script and acting level but at least viewers could enjoy some good music. I'm a big fan of Sean Callery (due to his sterling work on "24") and have been checking out some of his music from the 90s TV series LA FEMME NIKITA which he also scored - excellent work there too. Here I stumbled across his soundtrack for ELEMENTARY (the new Sherlock Holmes series on CBS). I don't watch the show (I think I caught a few minutes here and there) but his composition for the show is outstanding. Here's a 6-minute piece: bit.ly/1vZwwEP

Just think how much more pleasant the new show would have been on the ears with that music instead of the mindless droning that we currently get. But then maybe the show doesn't deserve good music. Its music is a reflection of its quality.

Added: Sunday 17 August 2014 20:51:27 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

It's been a long time since I watched "The Ninety-Second War." Today, I watched it, both parts. It is one of the most outstanding episodes, by sheer craftsmanship, alone. Beautifully made! But, then, it was Leonard Freeman's story, which John D. F. Black wrote into a teleplay. You can't find a better team than that!

There's some good music in it, too, Ringfire, especially the theme when the bogus McGarrett arrives in Geneva and walks to the bank.

Added: Sunday 17 August 2014 17:54:58 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Watched some Classic HFO over the last few weeks. Here are my FAV 20 HFO episodes Classic HFO for your enjoyment & discussion.

1.Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies? 2.The Singapore File 3.V for Vashon Trilogy 4.The Reunion 5.FOB Honolulu 6.Didn't We Meet At A Murder? 7.The Ninety Second War 8.Highest Castle,Deepest Grave 9.Nine Dragons 10.Hookman

11.Draw Me A Killer 12. Over Fifty Steal 13.King Of The Hill 14.The Bomber& Mrs. Moroney 15. All The King's Horses 16. The Ways Of Love 17.For A Million--Why Not? 18. Double Exposure 19. Number One With A Bullet 20.The Flip Side Is Death. Special FAV:Assault On The Palace.

Have a good Sunday!!! I always hated when the criminals struck on Sunday ruining HFO detectives day off work. Savage Sunday,The Sunday Torch,Practical Jokes...How many other episodes ruined Sunday for McGarrett & the team? John :)

Added: Sunday 17 August 2014 15:04:37 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Interesting info on about Capricorn men and Leo women.

This sounds a lot like Jack and Marie:

"This love match requires work because it seems at first glance the Leo woman and Capricorn man have nothing in common other than sexual attraction to get them past a first date. The Leo woman feels squelched by the Capricorn man’s reserve and sober approach to life. The Capricorn man feels the Leo woman is too showy and sexually up front. Still, deep inside he likes this about her and actually craves more. Once the Capricorn man lightens up and the Leo woman shows her committed side these two can be a fabulous pair. They can gain power, approval and long term stability through their union and will enjoy some stable and creative sexual encounters.

Leo’s value their freedom, independence and the hunt for adventure. They are in charge and want to shine in the spotlight of their friends. People are attracted to Leo’s magnetic aura, but whoever caters to Leo the most will win the love match.

Capricorns are grounded, but are social climbers. They do not immediately open up to people."

Added: Saturday 16 August 2014 13:33:44 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

"Blood Money is Hard to Wash" is a good episode. It pained me to see Steve injured so greatly.

"I wonder how many hospitals are in Honolulu. Jovonko had to gamble they would take him to same hospital as McGarrett." - John

Jovanko had to have had his diabetic attack in close proximity to the hospital where Steve was. He could not be miles away and hope they would take him to the right hospital. Ambulances will normally take a person to the nearest one.

Added: Saturday 16 August 2014 10:39:44 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Thanks Forever for the Post...I didn't know it was Marie Lord's birthday. You wouldn't think a Lion & a Goat would be compatible but they had a long happy marriage Jack & Marie.

August 16 also a big death day. The "King" Elvis Presley died on August 16 as well as bigger than life slugger Babe Ruth. My mom was a gigantic Elvis fan as a girl & into adulthood.

My Classic HFO review Blood Money Is Hard To Wash. McGarrett survives several attempts on his life including having his HFO office blown up & getting attacked after his haircut. Lucky to be alive. It was well-written & one of my FAV Season 9 or later episodes. I wonder how many hospitals are in Honolulu. Jovonko had to gamble they would take him to same hospital as McGarrett. The episode is enhanced by the appearance of the beautiful & sexy Lani who brought in the package to Steve. Good story & not too many holes. 4.5 stars out of 6 stars. Have a great August 16 Classic HFO fans.

Added: Saturday 16 August 2014 08:44:44 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Today, August 16th, is also Marie Lord's birthday.

Added: Saturday 16 August 2014 04:48:16 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Mr. Mike----The answer to the music quiz is The Finishing Touch. Cargill was going through the bonds...Touching up some & moving others around. I remember that cop was placed inside the room babysitting Cargill as he did his work.

The Finishing Touch is a better episode than I have given credit for...Cargill should have gotten away with the crime. That's what makes McGarrett a great detective. Everyone is a suspect. He had used Cargill over the years on cases & they had a friendly relationship. It must have been horrible for Cargill to be losing his vision. His eyes were essential for documentation. I agree with Steve that murder crossed the line. 4 stars out of 6 for The Finishing Touch. Might raise the score in future posts. John :)

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 23:35:45 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Happy Birthday August 16 Lois Nettleton HFO Alumni (1927-2008) who starred in Sing A Song Of Suspense. My mom was always a fan of hers & I looked up her bio. Did not know she had passed.

Found Six Kilos on a site one night & started watching it. A real James Bond type thriller. Loved how Danny chartered that fishing boat & snapped pictures from long distance. McGarrett asked many questions...Thought it would blow his cover. Questions though.

1. Why did Five O intercept Brown at the airport? Could they have waited at a hotel or on the road & taken possession of Brown then?

2.How could McGarrett adorn Brown's intricate tattoo so quickly on his arm?

3. That middleman who was intercepted by Kino when the hotel security blew McGarrett's cover....Wouldn't it get back to The Man that this man was booked?

4.The guys working on the job were experts at their craft...Wouldn't they have run into some other caper before? Was McGarrett's likeness close to Brown?

Love seeing Jack Lord flash his talent as Brown. A strong 5 stars out of 6. My Season 8 episode of the day. The Case Against (McGatrrett) McGarrett. John

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 22:33:33 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Here are some of those "extended" musical cues from Five-O:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/music/hookman.mp3

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/music/masterpiece.mp3

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/music/forging.mp3 (Quiz: which show is this from?)

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/music/turkeyshoot.mp3

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 20:28:52 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Two excellent ones, Ringfire. I love them, both, also the theme they play in "Masterpiece," as the cars play follow-the-leader, and the theme from "Hookman" that is later used in "The Flip Side is Death." Morton Stevens wrote them all.

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 18:40:31 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

That's very true, H50 1.0 FOREVER.

These short musical snippets are just enough to wet your appetite, and then just like that they're over. I suppose it makes sense because they're supposed to just set the mood for you and not treat you to a prolonged musical performance. But yes some of these pieces are way too good to be cut so short.

That's what I really loved about FIVE-0. You actually were treated to prolonged musical sequences when there was a prolonged scene with minimal or no dialogue. "Hookman" is a perfect example. It's like 5 minutes of nothing but fantastic Morton Stevens music until the actual murder occurs. The whole build-up to the actual shooting is incredible - both visually and musically. Can you imagine something like that with the new FIVE-FAUX? No chance! The attention span of viewers today (at least those targeted by the makers of FIVE-FAUX) is zero. "How to Steal a Masterpiece" is another great example of a prolonged scene of a crime occurring while Morton's music plays.

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 10:03:51 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Yes, Ringfire. Very nice Morton Stevens arrangement.

The thing that I was saddened to learn was that the composers only published (or maybe even composed) enough to fill the time needed for a scene. So often, when I hear something that I like, I wish it had been a complete, 3-minute (or longer) work. The one you posted the other day, from the "Matlock" episode in DC, is a perfect example, and it runs longer than many.

Added: Friday 15 August 2014 07:11:50 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Good storylines & the court scenes were well done. Matlock an A- grade. Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Duke was another show that got better each year."

Yep, that's what really made the show exciting - Matlock's courtroom theatrics. Perry Mason in comparison was just really stiff and by-the-numbers. Perhaps his courtroom stuff was more realistic but it certainly lacked the entertainment factor. I'm sure in the real world a lot of Matlock's antics wouldn't be tolerated but that's why it's just a TV show. Hey, in the real world you don't find detectives like Columbo either. It's all just make-believe. But great acting is what sells it all. DIAGNOSIS MURDER (from the same producers) I also used to watch in the late 90s. Very good show. Though MATLOCK was better. But I guess I have a preference for Andy Griffith over Dick Van Dyke. Though I love both.

Here is another fine piece of scoring from Morton Stevens. This is from season 1's "The Convict" (a very rainy episode, one of my favorites). It starts off with a very nice melodic piece of music over the credits and then after the lightning strikes it turns into something out of "Hookman" during the murder scene. Check it out: bit.ly/1yCiZPz

Then there's a nice rendition of the MATLOCK theme a bit later when Ben goes out to pick up his rain-soaked newspaper: bit.ly/1t0x8Gy

You'll note some recognizable guest stars also. Two of them were on FIVE-0 - Larry Wilcox (post-CHiPs here) and the lovely Lee Purcell. Robert Pine (who co-starred with Larry on CHiPs) also guest stars.

Added: Thursday 14 August 2014 18:32:19 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

On Matlock, he arrived on the scene at the right time. Most of the old detective shows Hawaii Five O,The Rockford Files,Quincy, Startsky & Hutch, etc. had completed their runs.

One of the posters made a good point comparing Matlock to Columbo. I agree strongly. Both had brilliant minds & could trap the criminals in their own words. Matlock looked like your Grandfather but he could be sharp & feisty when finding the truth. Great guest stars in both shows. Matlock was one of the few shows you could watch with your Grandma. Good storylines & the court scenes were well done. Matlock an A- grade. Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Duke was another show that got better each year. John

Added: Wednesday 13 August 2014 13:32:22 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Rainbow,

You can be thankful for that. Luckily, that was the one and only time that happened. I don't have too many Five-O dreams and usually, when I do, I don't remember much.

I did have another dream where Danno was trying to tell me something, but I don't remember what.

Added: Wednesday 13 August 2014 11:02:58 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Vrinda,

I can assure you that Scott Caan will never be in my dreams. I have enough of him in my nightmares while I'm awake every year between September and May. ;)

I love the classical music talk as someone who listens to it every day. Ah, Vivaldi!

Added: Wednesday 13 August 2014 06:48:16 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Really enjoyed these Season 8 & 9 Hawaii Five O episodes. Like McGarrett's new offices Nine Dragons time. I watched Practical Jokes Can Kill You. The hang gliding scenes were outstanding photography & I enjoyed how the boyfriend navigated the glider on the armory roof. Pretty average episode. I wish they had shown how the gliding crew stole the cape like the episode with Brandon de Wilde .

I had some questions why these guys in their late 20's would be doing pranks. The beginning mistakes by the hoods was an amateur hour ...Could have had the M-16's but butchered it. The ending was also unsatisfactory. Should have seen the crew taking out the M-16 in boxes or crates. A shrewd lawyer could get them off with tresspass. I guess they had the testimony of the hang gliders in their back pocket. 4 stars for this one.

I really enjoy the Assault On The Palace & Wilcox raiders :) Just an excellent episode. 5 stars. HFO fans what are your FAV Season 8 &9 episodes. John

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 18:50:44 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Did I make that many mistakes? I got the names from Morton Stevens' IMDb listing. My apologies.

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 17:37:35 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey H50 1.0 FOREVER,

On YouTube Matlock S01E14 is actually "The Chef" which does indeed sound like Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" -- an excellent classical-sounding opening theme which was actually nominated for an Emmy but it's not by Stevens. It's by DeBenedictis who composed many of the 1st season episodes as well as creating the iconic MATLOCK theme song.

The next episode (Matlock S01E15) is "The Author" by Morton Stevens which also has a beautiful opening theme. Very romantic sounding.

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 14:15:31 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Fantastic dreams, everyone! I'm not sure I want my dreams to be quite that lively.

Here's another note about Morton Stevens' music for "Matlock." The episode is "The Author" (Season 1, Episode 14), and the music is playing during the episode opening credits. It is written to sound classical and has hints of three well-known compositions, especially Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"/"Spring" movement. The other two are the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" and the introit to Vivaldi's "Gloria." Somehow, all are interwoven to conjure up memories of the authentic compositions while lending a classical air to Morton Stevens' composition. Interesting! You can listen to it on You Tube (matlock S01E14).

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 12:09:27 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

Funny dream, Rainbow. ;)

In one Five-O dream that I had, Jack Lord was a judge, complete with black robe and gavel, and Scott Caan was the defendant. It was a People's Court-like setting. I forget who the plaintiff was, though.

I had another dream where Steve and Danno were playing cards, and Steve drew the ace of hearts and showed it to Danno. Symbolic?

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 10:58:38 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Haha, Rainbow! Great dream! :D Love how vividly you can recall all the details. My recollection of my dreams are usually very fuzzy.

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 10:23:06 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

I had a weird dream last night out of the blue where I was in an episode of the old Hawaii Five-o, and Danno and I had to stop Steve from losing his mind and killing all the bad guys. Steve really lost it and started punching Danno and I, so he could slaughter the criminal gang he was after, and Danno finally shot Steve through the shoulder with an arrow so Steve couldn't raise his gun arm to do it. The end of the dream had Steve thanking Danno for stopping him, and James McArthur dusting me off after I got off the ground and saying "Fun, huh?" and I said "Yeah, right, my jaw will be sore for weeks." and then the end credits came up.

I guess I shouldn't eat a donut form Dunkin Donuts a few hours before I got to bed. Weird.

Added: Tuesday 12 August 2014 07:21:00 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I thought the first 6 seasons of MATLOCK were the best - when it was on NBC (1986-1992). Then for its last 3 seasons it moved to ABC and the cast changed. I never cared much for Daniel Roebuck (as Cliff) and Brynn Thayer (as LeAnne, Matlock's daughter). I much more preferred Linda Purl as Matlock's daughter Charlene back in season 1. Have no idea why they replaced her. She was a real cutie-pie!! :) Although I definitely loved Nancy Stafford as Michelle. She was great too!

It was also great to see Don Knotts pop in from time to time as Ben's next door neighbor Les Calhoun.

Basically I thought MATLOCK was everything that PERRY MASON was not. Ben seemed more human, more relatable than Perry. Plus the humor really made the show work! It's a joy watching Andy Griffith do his thing. Ben could curse like a sailor if you made him mad, but deep down inside the man had a heart of gold. He had that twinkle in the eye and that homespun humor that Perry never did.

Yes there were a few more episodes that Morton scored (mostly in the 1st season) that I need to rewatch. Most of the episodes are on YouTube.

Added: Monday 11 August 2014 12:49:09 MST


Submitted by: Glenn
From: Orlando, FL (USA)

I'm so happy to read the great posts regarding Morton Stevens.

I started collecting the MATLOCK series on DVD quite a while back originally just to hear the Stevens' scored episodes from season one and two, but ended up collecting all nine seasons for the wonderful stories.

Anyway, I sure hope we get a new Morton Stevens CD release soon - I could really go for that right about now - his stuff is just wonderful!...:)

Added: Monday 11 August 2014 10:38:35 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

All good articles, Mike. I had my hopes up when I saw the cover of the 1997 script. Any chance of seeing the rest?

Added: Monday 11 August 2014 05:29:45 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I went looking for more of these "Patch Me Through To..." newsletters (which I know are here somewhere) and found a bunch of other odds and ends which are now uploaded here:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/PDFs

Check out the first one. I will scan the whole thing in eventually...

Added: Sunday 10 August 2014 21:57:27 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

I checked a few snippets online, too, but the music changes dramatically, as if from theme to theme, within a piece. I would have to be able to listen to each one all the way through to know for sure whether the Filer-like theme came from "Act of Piracy / The Great White." I can say this with certainty: the themes share the same orchestration with tremendous emphasis on the French horn.

Although Morton Stevens played and studied the woodwinds at The Julliard, he seems to have felt a strong affinity for the French horn, which shares the woodwinds' moody tones. We hear the French horn in the Five-0 theme, but especially in the 2010 re-recording by the Lenkov group. It was recorded in stereo, and the French horns stand out.

Morton Stevens’ post-Five-0 music has a fuller sound, perhaps because stereophonic recording brought the full orchestra sound to the forefront, but also because music in general had a heavier sound at that time than it had in the '60s. To his credit, he did not hesitate to use a full orchestra.

Listen to the music from the opening Matlock sequence that Ringfire posted. The emphasis on the French horn is unmistakeable. Similarly, it is unmistakeable in the Filer-like passage from later in the same episode. The Filer passage in "Over Fifty, Steal," however, features the woodwinds, especially the clarinet.

Morton Stevens, where are you when we need you? You could tell us so much.

Added: Sunday 10 August 2014 18:59:59 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"I think the Filer-like theme heard on "Matlock" comes from Morton Stevens' "Act of Piracy" / "Great White" CD. Unfortunately, I can't find my copy right now. If you own it, check on that, would you, Ringfire?"

I'm not familiar with those works by Stevens. I googled some snippets of a few of the tracks but none of them sounded like that Filer-like theme.

Added: Sunday 10 August 2014 15:20:30 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

The Iolani Irregulars newsletters are fantastic, Mike! Keep 'em coming!

Added: Saturday 09 August 2014 11:56:39 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Before the internet, there was a Five-O fan club called the Iolani Palace Irregulars. I have many (if not all) of this "fan club's" newsletters, which I am going to convert to PDF files and put them on my WWW site.

http://fiveohomepage.com/patchme/

This is going to take a while...

Added: Saturday 09 August 2014 07:07:51 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I own the 2-CD soundtrack to Masada issued by Intrada in 2011 (which quickly went out of print). Stevens composed parts three and four of the show (there were four parts in total), with "themes" by Jerry Goldsmith, who was unable to finish the job after composing the first two parts.

Added: Friday 08 August 2014 17:26:36 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

I think the Filer-like theme heard on "Matlock" comes from Morton Stevens' "Act of Piracy" / "Great White" CD. Unfortunately, I can't find my copy right now. If you own it, check on that, would you, Ringfire?

Added: Friday 08 August 2014 15:16:12 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

I also thought Morton Stevens scored parts of the music for "Masada." Maybe he also scored his own arrangement of the main theme???

In any case, he was a wonderful composer, who wasn't afraid to bring on the big guns to make the needed statement. I wish more of his Five-0 music had won awards. It was that good -- and would have been even better in stereo.

Added: Friday 08 August 2014 13:45:37 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Yep, Morton Stevens was a fantastic composer. Even outside of FIVE-0 his music leaves a lasting impression. I'd never really paid attention to the music on MATLOCK but the haunting opening theme for "The Power Brokers" left a lasting impression on me, and it was only recently that I discovered it was written by our man Morty! What a pleasant surprise that turned out to be - especially since I always imagined that by the 80s he pretty much went into semi-retirement. Guess not.

Yes that guest cast is quite impressive but then MATLOCK always did tend to have a star-studded cast of guest stars (especially for the 2-part episodes). Here we have Ralph Bellamy, Robert Culp, Nancy Dussault, Scott Bakula, Gregory Itzin (pre-24 Charles Logan). Plus FIVE-0 alums George Gaynes ("Kiss the Queen Goodbye") and Alan Fudge. Gaynes is particularly great here as the stern DC judge who locks horns with Matlock. Plus, the episode was directed by Charles Dubin (as you mentioned). And the man who always played Judge Cooksey on the show (but not in this episode) was none other than Richard Newton, the FIVE-0 producer during season 8.

I know Jerry Goldsmith scored the MASADA main theme - a fantastic piece! I thought Stevens scored other portions of the score. But it looks like he scored his own version of the main theme. It's been a while since I saw this mini-series but I don't recall Morton's orchestration of the main theme. Anyway here it is on this page at the top: bit.ly/1kOOxBl
It's pure Mort Stevens! Even sounds like his FIVE-0 work.

Added: Friday 08 August 2014 11:20:34 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

Wow, Ringfire! Those musical themes are fantastic! Yes, the theme in the hotel was very Filer-like. The theme from "The Power Brokers" was excellent. I think it sounded very much like Morton Stevens' post-Five-0 work; e.g., "Masada." Both really came through especially well for having been taped in stereo. Just shows us how much better the Five-0 music would have sounded if it hadn't been monaural. Such a shame.

By the way, did you notice the Five-0 names in "The Power Brokers" opening credits? Charles Dubin was the director. Two of the actors, too.

Added: Thursday 07 August 2014 17:31:28 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I've always been a big fan of MATLOCK (always loved Andy Griffith and the down-home type of character that he played - whether it be the sheriff of Mayberry or the lawyer from Atlanta) and mystery shows in general. Ben Matlock was from the same school of sleuths as Lt. Columbo (unassuming but razor sharp). If you love COLUMBO (who doesn't?) you gotta love MATLOCK.

Anyway, the reason I brought this up (and yes it does tie into FIVE-0) is that there is a 2nd season episode of MATLOCK called "The Power Brokers" (a Washington DC power and corruption themed episode) which is scored by the great Morton Stevens. He composes a brilliant main theme for the episode which plays against a backdrop of famous DC landmarks, with a sinister tone to it that accentuates the power of a place like Washington. This episode aired in the fall of 1987 and I'm convinced that Stevens must have been inspired by Maurice Jarre's score for the 1987 political thriller (also set in DC) NO WAY OUT with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman (which came out in the summer). The main themes for both sound very similar.

It's actually a pretty unusual piece for Stevens and doesn't sound like his usual work but it's certainly great. Have yourself a listen: bit.ly/1osCjZJ

Here is another great piece from part 2 of the same episode. Unlike the main theme this one actually does sound very much like Stevens. In fact it reminds me of his Filer theme from FIVE-0: bit.ly/XFVDNH

Let me know what you all think. Gotta love Morton Stevens!

P.S. Of course the main theme of MATLOCK was composed by Dick DeBenedictis who composed a bunch of COLUMBO episodes as well as the exceptional score for "The Skyline Killer". bit.ly/V3jchw

Added: Thursday 07 August 2014 11:12:36 MST


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

It's a good metaphor for their audience which will start abandoning the show soon if this keeps up.

Added: Thursday 07 August 2014 07:18:15 MST


Submitted by: Joekido

Oahu abandon? Excuse me for a minute

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ok I'm done

Added: Wednesday 06 August 2014 13:48:44 MST


Submitted by: Vrinda
From: NJ

If they are going for a Twilight Zone-ish theme, then that might make sense. Steve and the rest of the team wakes up one morning to find that Oahu is deserted and it's all part of some mass-hallucination. Maybe that explains the past four years of this show.

Added: Wednesday 06 August 2014 09:51:08 MST


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: Under the Live Oak Trees

O'ahu mysteriously abandoned? That's like saying I-95 is wide open on a Friday night. It ain't gonna happen, brah. :D

Added: Wednesday 06 August 2014 08:23:01 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

From TV Guide:

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c

Where We Left Off: Catherine said farewell and Grover became a full-fledged member of the Five-0 squad. Wo Fat broke out of prison and needs to discuss something with McGarrett — but it’s unclear what that is.

What's Next: Though there’s no time jump in between the Season 4 finale and the Season 5 premiere, the season opener finds the island of Oahu mysteriously abandoned. "It’s like a ghost town," showrunner Peter Lenkov tells TVGuide.com. As the season progresses, the biggest shift will be the addition of Grover to the team. While he and McGarrett certainly have had their differences in the past, the two "definitely see more eye to eye" after the events in the Season 4 finale, Lenkov says. Also coming on board is Amanda Setton as a new eager-to-please protégé of Max’s. The loss of Catherine still weighs heavily on McGarrett’s mind, however, even as he meets a woman who has ties to his father and forges a connection with her. As far as the unanswered questions surrounding Wo Fat, those will be resolved by Episode 7, the show’s 100th episode.

Added: Wednesday 06 August 2014 07:25:14 MST


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Anti-spam is REALLY in effect now (I had it turned off for a while), so do NOT use full URLs and avoid certain words like d-r-u-g-s, or you will get denied access. - MQ

Added: Tuesday 05 August 2014 21:16:39 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey John Chergi,

There is a "Thoughts on Season 9" thread over on the FIVE-0 board on IMDB. I've started adding my reviews as I begin to rewatch season 9 (although I'm not going as quickly as I would like). I have added my reviews for the first 4 episodes of season 9 - you can read what I think of "Assault on the Palace" and "Oldest Profession-Latest Price". Here you go: http://imdb.to/1xZpETz

You'll see that there are plenty of reviews before me from a few years back by other posters where they covered all the episodes from season 9. Happy reading!

Yes, season 9 was a solid season!

Added: Monday 04 August 2014 17:31:21 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Some of these Season 8 Hawaii Five 0 episodes were better than I remembered. The Case Against McGarrett was a very strong episode. McGarrett helped stop Honore Vachon's parole & he tried to get revenge kidnapping dignitaries visiting the prison. It works as McGarrett exchanges himself for 10 or so dignitaries & warden. Love how McGarrett & Vashon went back & forth discussing the case. McGarrett had a more persuasive arguments & facts. Glad Danno & the assault team arrived through the prevent to prevent carnage. A grade.

Deadly Persuasion was another quality episode. The Stevens kid was brilliant but psychotic. He walked down the rope stealing the nerve gas & brilliantly framed Danno shooting one of Danno's old informants with a gun of his. His dad was a cop with Danny who committed suicide after he was charged with dirty cop kind of offenses. The Royal family became a target for the gas. Great suspense! A grade. John

Added: Monday 04 August 2014 17:16:58 MST


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"There were few episodes of either series where the villain was even bad enough to make the viewer mad."

I actually think the villains were somewhat more realistic/believable on ROCKFORD or MAGNUM than on FIVE-0 or CANNON or those other shows. Not more memorable, but more believable. Obviously ROCKFORD never had fantastic villains like Big Chicken or Filer or Jerry Parks or Matsukino or Johnny Oporta or Vashon or Eddie Josephs or Johnny Kling, etc. I think we love those FIVE-0 villains because they are so "out there", so larger than life. Obviously watching the Five-0 team trying to capture a twisted maniac is much more exciting than Rockford trying to prove that his client was out playing golf when the client's unfaithful wife was killed. But the latter is definitely more believable and much more likely to appear on the evening news (a woman shot in her house, husband suspected) than a crazed killer running loose or a funny crook robbing places while using various disguises.

It's true - Rockford will typically do mundane stakeout work and at times run into some "wise guys" who want him to stay away from whatever he's snooping into. Then he'll run some scam or pretend to be Jim Taggart of the tax assessors office (or something like that) to snoop through some files in some filing cabinet. Once in a while there will be a car chase. He'll get knocked out almost regularly by some thugs. Things like that. Perhaps it's not very memorable but it is more believable than having a PI chase down deranged killers or whatnot. What really makes it work is Garner's demeanor - he looks like your typical PI who would be hired to look into some shenanigans at the local union, as opposed to trying to stop a serial sniper or some foreign spy. Leave that to the cops and the feds. Garner (and Selleck) just had this "every-man" quality to them. You're right - their performances were often more interesting to watch than the actual cases they worked on.

There was a pretty dark episode on Magnum where he had to stop a KGB arch-enemy named Ivan (played by Bo Svenson) who was involved in torture and brainwashing and a plot to assassinate a foreign dignitary. Definitely a great episode and something closer in spirit to FIVE-0. But at the end of the day it just seemed too convoluted and complicated for a simple PI like Magnum to be involved in - even if there was a tie to his days in Vietnam. Another episode had Magnum trying to stop a psychotic killer of hookers who kept calling Magnum and taunting him with rhymes and riddles. Again, a great episode! But just didn't seem particularly believable in the world of an ordinary PI like Magnum. I guess I just see FIVE-0 and MAGNUM/ROCKFORD as 2 entirely different beasts.

Added: Monday 04 August 2014 11:05:18 MST


Submitted by: John Chergi
From: Pittsburgh PA

Recently watched some Classic HFO episodes from Seasons 8 & 9...I missed some of these episodes because I was born around that time. Missed some on syndication...They skip around.

1.Assault on the Palace. Excellent episode. Brought Hawaiian history in the mix with the Wilcox rebellion. Love Clu Gallagher as an actor & enjoyed the bank robbery & the re-enactment. A grade.

2.Loose Ends Get Hit. Saw this 3 times before. Enjoyed seeing Sandi Welles excel in her role as a police woman & driving McGarrett around. Darrow was convincing actor as the conflicted mob witness. The car explosion was an amazing scene. A- grade.

3.Oldest Profession...Ned Beatty played an outstanding role as Caldwell a psychopathic killer of prostitutes. I have never seen this one before. Char was very attractive & caring to her stable of girls. I was proud to see McGarrett treated the prostitute killings with the same care & investigation as a wealthy socialite. A- grade.

4.Sing A Song Of Suspense. This was the only dud of the group. Chelsea was a very good singer & attractive too. Witnessed the murder by Coco who punched a young female singer over a balcony & let her drop to her death. Just a real talky episode...I did like when Coco was outfoxed by McGarrett at the end. B- Grade.

5.The Last of the Great Paperhangers. I love HRH...What a criminal mastermind. I have seen this several times before. Perfect crime but McGarrett is too intelligent. Loved the scene when HRH takes the $200,000 dollars from the bank dressed as Naval Officer. A grade.

Seasons 8 & 9 shows McGarrett & HFO team still had their fastball. Great episodes really enjoyed Assault On The Palace. Will watch more from these seasons in the future. John

Added: Sunday 03 August 2014 12:48:05 MST


Submitted by: lorieta
From: USA

i never believe in spell casting, until when i was was tempted to try it. i and my husband have been having a lot of problem living together, he will always not make me happy because he have fallen in love with another lady outside our relationship, i tried my best to make sure that my husband leave this woman but the more i talk to him the more he makes me fell sad, so my marriage is now leading to divorce because he no longer gives me attention. so with all this pain and agony, i decided to contact this spell caster to see if things can work out between me and my husband again. this spell caster who was a woman told me that my husband is really under a great spell that he have been charm by some magic, so she told me that she was going to make all things normal back. she did the spell on my husband and after 5 days my husband changed completely he even apologize with the way he treated me that he was not him self, i really thank this woman her name is Dr Aluta she have bring back my husband back to me i want you all to contact her who are having any problem related to marriage issue and relationship problem she will solve it for you. her email is [removed], she is a woman and she is great. wish you good time. [I think I should forward this to Lenkov, sounds like the basis for another soap-opera style plot.- MQ]

Added: Sunday 03 August 2014 06:41:23 MST


Submitted by: L.B.
From: U.S.A.

A couple of posters have discussed The Rockford Files and Magnum, P.I., and I wanted to make a couple of points about my remembrances of watching them.

Obviously, both James Garner and Tom Selleck bring a lot to their respective roles here, and each show is worth watching almost based on this alone. However, Rockford and Magnum were both shows with a lighter tone, and there was never a real sense of danger in any of the stories. This was best illustrated by the character that Selleck played on Rockford a couple of times, fellow P.I. Lance White. White was the perfect detective who never made a mistake, which naturally drove Rockford crazy. While I respect others' views and preferences on this, there were too many stories on both series that were too cutesy-poo for words to me. There were few episodes of either series where the villain was even bad enough to make the viewer mad.

I liked other P.I. shows of the time better, such as Mannix, Cannon, and Barnaby Jones. Mike Connors, William Conrad, and Buddy Ebsen all had some light moments in their shows as well, but there was always a real sense of danger in these shows with some really nasty villains. Cannon and Barnaby in particular were always noted for their detective intellect, and you always wondered if they could overcome their respective handicaps of being overweight and elderly to bring their foes to justice. Mannix was equally competent, but used his fists in ways that Cannon or Barnaby could not.

This is just my two cents. It was just hard for me to take Rockford or Magnum seriously as detectives despite the talents of the actors who portrayed them.

Added: Friday 01 August 2014 17:26:50 MST


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