CBS’s Magnum P.I. reboot teased viewers in Friday evening’s episode, “The Lengthy Approach House,” by making it look like they could observe within the footsteps of their fellow cop drama Blue Bloods and depict the unfair treatment police and their loved ones are facing in in the present day’s anti-cop tradition. However sadly, they not solely dropped the ball, they kicked it out of the park by as a substitute stating, “the system is damaged,” and defending BLM activism, which has led to violence and riots, as “a type of patriotism.”
Detective Gordon Katsumoto (Tim Kang) has performed the anti-hero to personal eye Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) in a playful method 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 turning into a pal and ally of Magnum’s.
However, 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 purported to be at. Katsumoto reveals up on the get together, and that’s once we get a primary glimpse of anti-cop language:
Woman: Oh, Mr. Katsumoto, hello.
Boy: Oh, man, he is a cop.
Dennis: Dad, what are you doing right here?
Det. Katsumoto: You will have 30 seconds to get your ass within the automotive.
Dennis: So that you’re stalking me now?
Det. Okay: Did not must, genius. You bought a surveillance gadget in your pocket.
Dennis: Nicely, I did not notice I used to be dwelling in a police state.
Det. Okay: Excuse me?
Dennis: You violated my privateness!
Det. Okay: Hey, after you lied to my face, which just about throws any proper to privateness out the window.
Dennis: Unbelievable! Do you will have any concept the hell I am gonna get for this in school?
Det. Okay: Spare me.
Dennis: Proper. I have been taking crap for you all yr. Why care now?
Det. Okay: What the hell’s that purported to imply?
Dennis: You are a cop, Dad. Do you will have any concept 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 considered one of them. The dangerous guys. And also you simply proved them proper. Simply go. I will get dwelling by myself.
There was nonetheless hope for redemption, nevertheless, because the present may have taken the chance to function a heart-to-heart discuss 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.
As a substitute, they very a lot did the alternative, making Katsumoto appear to be the one good officer inside a “damaged 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. Okay: Can we discuss for a minute? Guess I will begin. I am not going to apologize for being indignant that you just lied to me. However I’ve had an opportunity to consider what you mentioned.
Dennis: Look, Dad, I should not have mentioned…
Det. Okay: It is okay. That is one thing we ought to have the ability to speak about. And I am sorry it is taken me this lengthy. You recognize… …When your child is little, you get to be the hero. It is one of the best feeling on this planet. And, after all, you recognize sometime that’ll change. I imply, youngsters develop up, be taught to assume for themselves, see you as you might be. You count on it. However 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 individual, Dad. It is simply… It is exhausting to really feel caught within the center, you recognize? It is like, responsible by affiliation.
Det. Okay: It is loads to ask of a child.
Dennis: And truthfully? I get why persons are mad. The system is damaged. Even I can see that.
Det. Okay: Yeah. It is failed lots of people, and so they have each proper to be indignant. We have to do higher. Interval. Look, I consider activism is a type of patriotism. However I believe change, actual change, wants to return from the within. So, I am nonetheless proud to be a cop. And I’ll proceed to indicate up day-after-day and do my half to be higher at my job by being a greater man.
Dennis: However why do you wish to? I imply, you do not care what folks assume?
Det. Okay: Simply 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 the vast majority of good law enforcement officials.
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