CBS’s Magnum P.I. reboot teased viewers in Friday evening’s episode, “The Long Way Home,” by making it seem to be they could comply with within the footsteps of their fellow cop drama Blue Bloods and depict the unfair treatment police and their loved ones are facing in right now’s anti-cop tradition. But sadly, they not solely dropped the ball, they kicked it out of the park by as an alternative stating, “the system is broken,” and defending BLM activism, which has led to violence and riots, as “a form of patriotism.”
Detective Gordon Katsumoto (Tim Kang) has performed the anti-hero to personal eye Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) in a playful approach for the reason that present’s inception, as Katsumoto is consistently peeved at Magnum for interfering in his police work and investigations. The present has given Katsumoto extra of a job this season, nevertheless, and has depicted him in a extra pleasant mild, even to the purpose of changing into a buddy and ally of Magnum’s.
But, if viewers had hoped that this was an indication that the present wished to defend law enforcement officials, Friday’s episode sadly dashed these hopes. The scenes in query contain Katsumoto and his teenage son, Dennis (Lance Lim), as Dennis lies to his father and heads to a celebration he’s not speculated to be at. Katsumoto exhibits up on the social gathering, and that’s once we get a primary glimpse of anti-cop language:
Girl: Oh, Mr. Katsumoto, hello.
Boy: Oh, man, he is a cop.
Dennis: Dad, what are you doing right here?
Det. Katsumoto: You have 30 seconds to get your ass within the automobile.
Dennis: So you are stalking me now?
Det. Ok: Didn’t should, genius. You acquired a surveillance system in your pocket.
Dennis: Well, I did not notice I used to be dwelling in a police state.
Det. Ok: Excuse me?
Dennis: You violated my privateness!
Det. Ok: Hey, after you lied to my face, which just about throws any proper to privateness out the window.
Dennis: Unbelievable! Do you may have any thought the hell I’m gonna get for this at college?
Det. Ok: Spare me.
Dennis: Right. I’ve been taking crap for you all yr. Why care now?
Det. Ok: What the hell’s that speculated to imply?
Dennis: You’re a cop, Dad. Do you may have any thought what that is like for me? Me and my friends– we’re not youngsters anymore. We watch the information, we see the movies. Some days, it is all anybody ever talks about. And so far as all people else is worried, you are one in all them. The dangerous guys. And you simply proved them proper. Just go. I’ll get residence alone.
There was nonetheless hope for redemption, nevertheless, because the present might have taken the chance to function a heart-to-heart speak between father and son that offers law enforcement officials the respect they deserve for placing their lives on the road whereas they and their household face unfair discrimination on this present anti-cop local weather.
Instead, they very a lot did the alternative, making Katsumoto seem like the one good officer inside a “broken system” whereas praising “activism” which, if he means Black Lives Matter, has led to billions of dollars’ worth of damages and dozens of deaths from rioting.
Det. Ok: Can we speak for a minute? Guess I’ll begin. I’m not going to apologize for being indignant that you simply lied to me. But I’ve had an opportunity to consider what you mentioned.
Dennis: Look, Dad, I should not have mentioned…
Det. Ok: It’s okay. This is one thing we ought to have the ability to discuss. And I’m sorry it is taken me this lengthy. You know… …When your child is little, you get to be the hero. It’s the perfect feeling on this planet. And, after all, you already know sometime that’ll change. I imply, youngsters develop up, study to assume for themselves, see you as you’re. You count on it. But what I did not count on was to grow to be the dangerous man due to what I do.
Dennis: I did not imply that. I do know you are not a nasty particular person, Dad. It’s simply… It’s exhausting to really feel caught within the center, you already know? It’s like, responsible by affiliation.
Det. Ok: It’s rather a lot to ask of a child.
Dennis: And truthfully? I get why individuals are mad. The system is damaged. Even I can see that.
Det. Ok: Yeah. It’s failed lots of people, and so they have each proper to be indignant. We must do higher. Period. Look, I imagine activism is a type of patriotism. But I feel change, actual change, wants to return from the within. So, I’m nonetheless proud to be a cop. And I’ll proceed to point out up daily and do my half to be higher at my job by being a greater man.
Dennis: But why do you need to? I imply, you do not care what folks assume?
Det. Ok: Just you.
I suppose it was an excessive amount of to hope for there to be multiple present in Hollywood keen to defend the exhausting work, dedication, and sacrifice of nearly all of good law enforcement officials.
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