Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ohana"

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For anyone who might have had fears about Hawaii Five-O, last night's episode should have put those worries to rest, as "Ohana" was a solid follow-up to last week's premiere.

Allow me to start with a big thank you to the writers and producers for not using numerous gun fights and explosions to carry the series, instead relying on the actual on-screen.

As I discussed and hoped for last week, the show reduced the gun play down to two fights, one that opened the show and one that ended it. This was the perfect amount; it showed great action but still allowed for more character development. Additionally, we got to see a lot of both guest stars, Ivana Milicevic and Peter Stormare.

Governor and Her Team

With fewer weapons blazing, we watched the cast stretch their legs in this episode and really start fleshing out the characters.

Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan continued to have wonderful chemistry and banter. From Axel Foley with Rosewood/Taggart to Beckett and Castle, having good chemistry and banter is one the key parts of any show or movie that is crucial for success. That being said, I do hope they will carry this outside the pair sitting in the car. That could get old quickly.

Moreover, Kim and Parks both expanded their range. Chin coming to terms with guys he trained not speaking to him, and Kono learning there is more to being a cop than walking across the stage, were both strong seeds for character development.

The writers also did a great job of putting in a subtle nod to the original series.  Danno’s insistence that proper detectives wear a shirt and tie was a wonderful reference to Jack Lord (Steve McGarrett) and James McArthur (Danny Williams), as they always wore impeccably clean suits and ties.

This episode really came down to the last 10 minutes. When Kono walked out of the locker room after missing her graduation and not only saw the whole team there in the full dress uniform, but also received a gift from each, I realized that I am completely hooked on this show.  Action, comedy, warm fuzzy feelings... how could I not be?


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


I like the series, but this is the 2nd episode and I can see it falling into the classic "insert convenient clue instead of plot advancement" syndrome. I.E. 'traffic cameras' that happen to be zoomed in and focused exactly on a grassy section by the beach that just so happens to be EXACT spot where a van, moving a sufficient velocity to push and ROLL OVER A FULL SIZED ARMORED SUV, came to a rest, and captures the take down in intimate detail. Then another that's sole focus is a close up of a back entrance door to a hotel where one of the kidnappers who gets shot happens to run too...two places that are decidedly not traffic related at all. First of all, if the kidnappers are so good, why do it in front of cameras anyway? Wouldn't they have known where he was heading and just preform the take down someplace out of view of the general public/cameras? And if it HAD to be there for the "clue" to advance the plot, why not say the take down took place in the vicinity of the hotel and zoom in on wide angle security camera footage? Then there's the shot kidnapper who NEVER SPEAKS. Since all the info they need is culled from his fingerprint, why does he live? Why not have him wander off and die? Would have been easier than the following: Right beside a VERY PUBLIC KIDNAPPING that consisted of a large, loud car accident, men in face masks, and the murder of two armed security by a team of obviously trained men using full auto P90's with large barrel extension silencers, said shot heavily bleeding kidnapper wanders through the front lobby of a BUSY BEACH SIDE HOTEL, waits by the elevator, heads up to the 36th floor, goes through a conveniently unlocked and un-alarmed door to the roof leaving a trail of bloody finger prints and one very obvious BLOODY HAND PRINT on the wallpaper and nobody notices? Really? And don't even get me started on how they happen to drive directly under the flight path of an unmarked plane that just so happens to be heading toward the location of the quarry and arriving in JUST the right second to stop the execution of a team member who at the exact same time just managed to extricate herself from her bindings, etc. Come on people, that's just lazy writing right there.


although it should be Kona. No wahine here would be named Kono.


Great review, and I agree with you on pretty much all points...plus I really enjoyed Colin Ford as Evan. The kid can act. Can you please fix the typos in the actors' and characters' names?
Alex O'Loughlin (with an o after the L, not an a)
Grace Park (not Parks)
Kono (not Kona)

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Steve: This is densely layered ballistic glass, laminated onto a shield of resilient polycarbonate.
Danny: Why can't you just say "bulletproof."

Steve: Nobody in Hawaii wears a tie.
Danny: Oh sorry, I like to look professional.