Well I did rather enjoy Magnum PI ...
... the show from the 1980s shown on demand. Fun stories, good character interaction, a little action, loyalty, and weakness.. It's not Shakespeare but ... then ... Shakespeare wasn't Shakespeare.
Why would I bother to count the words and do an analysis of the script? He simply shared the origin of the material and recounted the content. The dude wasn't curing cancer. He was describing a kid's game.
Don't hate the man cuz he makes an old man smile.
However, I did in fact do analysis to determine why the pit was where it might be ... and after ... thousands and thousands of runs, the pit could be wherever. Further, the denizens of the Underworld have their own reasons why a pit might be there. Basically, it might as well be random. Thanks for asking.
The empathy was in his friends praising his good fortune and then 10 minutes later laughing at his misfortune (with him). Why, I haven't seen that ... in ... well ... 2 weeks. Some nostalgia.
Don't fret because Gollem's mind doesn't understand.