Lisa’s Week In Review — 4/6/20 — 4/12/20

Happy Easter!  Hopefully, next year, we will be able to enjoy the holiday under happier conditions.

Interestingly enough, while I was putting this rundown together, it occurred to me that, when you’re in lockdown, it feels like each day lasts a year.  I find myself looking over my week and thinking, “Wow, Monday was only 6 days ago?”  I’ll be glad when all this finally ends.

Here’s what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969)
  2. Ben-Hur (1959)
  3. Breathless (1960)
  4. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
  5. The Experiment (2001)
  6. Forty Nights (2016)
  7. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  8. King David (1985)
  9. King of Kings (1961)
  10. Moses, the Lawgiver (1974)
  11. Past Life (2016)
  12. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  13. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  14. Throne of Blood (1957)
  15. Two Orphan Vampires (1997)
  16. Zombie Lake (1981)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. Blockbusters
  3. The Bold and the Beautiful
  4. Classic Concentration
  5. Dark Shadows
  6. Easter Sunday Mass
  7. Easter Vigil Mass From Rome
  8. Ghost Whisperer
  9. Head of the Class
  10. Lotsa Luck!
  11. Magnum P.I.
  12. Match Game
  13. The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour
  14. Oz
  15. The Paul Lynde Show
  16. Survivor 40
  17. Twin Peaks
  18. Twin Peaks: The Return
  19. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (2004) by Michael W. Kauffman
  2. John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him (2018) by E. Lawrence Abel

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Active Child
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. Beat Market
  4. Big Data
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. The Crystal Method
  7. David Guetta
  8. Dillon Francis
  9. Elohim
  10. Fatima
  11. Grimes
  12. Jakalope
  13. Moses Sumney
  14. Nicole Scherzinger
  15. Nine Inch Nails
  16. The Pussycat Dolls
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Selena Gomez
  19. SIA
  20. twenty one pilots
  21. UPSAHL
  22. Windows 96

News From Last Week:

  1. Austin’s Vulcan Video closes permanently amid coronavirus losses
  2. Louisiana police apologize for using siren from ‘The Purge’ to signal coronavirus curfew

Links From Last Week:

  1. Why we love to hate celebrities
  2. Bob Dylan’s First #1 Hit! The Singer’s “Murder Most Foul” Tops The Charts! My “Songs For Sunday” Has The Lyrics!

Links From The Site:

  1. Ryan reviewed Fine and The Cutaneous Adventures of P.L. Dermes!
  2. I shared music videos from Dillon Francis and Windows 96!  Plus, I reviewed King David, The Experiment, Moses: The Law-Giver, Past Life, The Ten Commandments, Breathless, Aguirre The Wrath of God, and Charge over You!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, John Prine, Motley Crue, and Stray Cats!  He reviewed Tequila Sunrise, Dead Presidents, The Ballad of Andy Crocker, Get Christie Love!, Tactical Assault, Black Brigade, and Did You See The Sun Rise?
  4. Erin shared The Racy Covers of Exotic Novel Magazine and: Sex Before Six, Smash Detective Stories, Scandalous Lady, The Fire That Burns, The Velvet Knife, Death out of Focus, and Looking For The Sun!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon, to which you should subscribe!
  2. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed Survivor!
  3. At SyFyDesigns, I shared: I Just Want To See Black Widow
  4. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Weird College Dream!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from Grimes, Moses Sumney, The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, Elohim, Beat Market, and Fatima!
  6. At her photography site, Erin shared: What A Day It’s Been, Trash, Today’s Sky, Watching, To The Side, Looking Up, and Faith!
  7. At Pop Politics, Jeff updated his lockdown journal: 4-6-20, 4-7-20, 4-8-20, 4-9-20, 4-10-20, and Bernie’s Out!
  8. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared: She’s Gone Away by (The) Nine Inch Nails

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Did You See The Sun Rise? (1982, directed by Ray Austin)

Ivan (Bo Svenson) is a KGB colonel who, working under the guise of being a diplomat, has set up operations on Hawaii.  During the Vietnam War, Ivan tortured and brainwashed an American POW named TC (Roger E. Mosely), placing a hypnotic suggestion in his brain on just the off-chance that Ivan would need a Manchurian candidate to do some dirty work at some point in the future.  With the help of another former POW, Sebastian Nuzo (James Whitmore, Jr.), Ivan plans to activate TC and then use him to assassinate the visiting prime minister of Japan.  What Ivan hasn’t counted on is that TC has two friends looking out for him, a club owner named Rick (Larry Manetti) and a laid-back, Hawaiian-shirt loving private investigator named Magnum (Tom Selleck).

Did You See The Sun Rise?  Is it a movie or is it just a two-hour episode of the original Magnum P.I.?  I think it’s both because, while it’s definitely an episode of TV series (it was, in fact, the premiere episode of Magnum‘s third season and the fact that it was a special, extra-long episode shows how popular Magnum was back in the 80s), it’s also good enough that it can stand on its own and be viewed and appreciated even by those who have never seen any other episodes of the show.  For the most part, Magnum P.I. was a breezy detective show that mixed comedy and mystery-solving.  Occasionally, though, the show would do a more serious episode and, more of than not, that episode would deal with Magnum, T.C., and Rick’s time in Vietnam.  (At the time it premiered, Magnum was unique in that it was one of the only shows to feature characters who had served in Vietnam without portraying them as being unhinged, unemployable, or potential threats to society.  Magnum and his friends had been effected by their experiences in Vietnam but, unlike someone like Rambo, they were not solely defined by their status as being veterans of what was then America’s least popular war.)  Of those serious shows, Did You See The Sun Rise? is the best example.

There’s a lot to recommend Did You See The Sun Rise?  It’s well-acted by series regulars Selleck, Manetti, Mosely, and John Hillerman.  Bo Svenson plays a great villain and even his Russian accent is more credible than you’d probably expect it to be.  The Vietnam flashbacks are handled well.  The episode has an unexpected twist, one that daringly kills off one of the show’s semi-regular supporting characters.  Even the entire Manchurian candidate plot, even if it is a little more out there than Magnum usually got, is handled well.

And then there’s that final scene.  Did You See The Sun Rise? ends with a freeze frame of Magnum doing something that TV show heroes didn’t normally do in 1982.  You can’t blame him, of course.  It’s a satisfying ending but it still leaves you knowing that nothing is ever going to be same for any of these characters ever again.  In that final scene, Did You See The Sun Rise? takes things further than most shows would have the guts to do.  The ending may not seem as shocking today but you have to remember that this episode aired long before networks like HBO regularly challenged the assumptions of what a show’s main character could or could not do on television.

The original Magnum P.I., including Did You See The Sun Rise?, is available for free on Amazon Prime.