Even Television Shows…
Kris and I started watching the revival of Magnum P.I. which was very similar to the old one. But this new version has a lot of heart and more themes. We were actually surprised by the quality, as it is clear many others have been since it just got renewed for a second season.
On thing they did right was add in a couple of elements on the team. (If you don’t understand team in fiction, this would be a good show to study and then take the Teams workshop.)
There is a detective who does a great job of slowly becoming part of the team over the first season. And a housekeeper who is wonderful and sort of the sanity voice as well as great humor.
And in this new one they aren’t hiding information at all. Magnum’s past with TC and Rick is all out there and right up front from the start. And no stupidity about Higgins being Robin Masters. And thankfully, at least so far, none of the stupidity of Magnum being dead for an entire season and having the season be all a dream. (Way, way over the shark.)
But the best change they did for this new show was Higgins. This time around Higgins is a woman. She is young, MI6, and smarter in many ways than Magnum. And between the two of them, there is a fantastic chemistry sort of like the first year of Castle before that show got stupid.
It is stunning how changing one supporting team member can change a show and a story so much. Turning Higgins into a young woman MI6 agent instead of an old guy added so, so much.
In this new Magnum, Higgins as a team member changes everything. And adds a ton of levels to the show that the old show didn’t have. And brings the show up to the modern world. In fact, it could be argued at time, just like in Castle, the show is both of them.
So if you were a fan of the old Magnum show, this new one is worth watching just for the writing exercise. Compare the old Higgins to the new Higgins and learn the value of team members.
Team members are critical to depth and theme and plots of novels for the readers. To see a real master class on how to do a team well, watch the new Magnum show. Worth your time.