Hawaii Five-O Review: "Po'ipu"

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There was a lot to love about "Po'ipu." This was an action-packed hour filled with hired assassins, gun fights and a few unexpected twists.

However, some things were lost among the crashing waves in this week's Hawaii Five-0. Read on to see what I mean.

The Entire Team

The sexy assassin was billed as the episode's raison d'etre, but she ended up being nothing more than a plot device. Fortunately, her small performance was employed well, and while there was not a lot of her on screen, her actions - from the opening of the episode, to her surprise bus ride into the pavement halfway through - stuck with me. I definitely learned a fancy new place to hide a garrote.

Meanwhile, the action sequences were all well shot and added to the suspense of the episode. They kept things fast-paced and interesting, but were not gratuitous. They serviced the story.

Danno had a few choice things to say about the assignment to protect General Pak, and his jealousy/suspicion of McGarrett's old friend and former comrade, Nick Taylor, was both endearing and a tad unfortunate. I know Danno doesn't have much of a filter and he goes by his gut quite often, but his distrust of Taylor acted as a big flashing warning light to the audience - so that when the character's true intentions came to light, it didn't come as the surprise I believed the writers wanted it to be.

One of the other nice little tidbits I enjoyed was seeing Kono assess the initial crime scene with Chin. It served as a nice reminder that she's still a rookie, learning the ropes of detective work. It was a fine bit of character insight.

Putting Out a Fire

The scenes with General Pak were a mixed bag. I could see where some sympathy for the character was trying to worm its way in, despite all the information and comments made to inform the viewer that the general was not a good guy. He was a killer whose war crimes in his country had yet been unanswered.

I'm not sure if the character's confession - that he was seeking political asylum so that he could testify and admit what he had done - was meant to make the audience understand why he should be protected, but it didn't quite work with me. What did convince me that it was okay for this horrible person to be protected were the simple words from McGarrett: "It's my job."

Overall, the episode was fun and exciting. The few hiccups it contained were not enough to keep me from enjoying the thrill ride it offered, and it all left me looking forward to what further adventures might await the Five-O next week.


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (59 Votes)

There is MUCH more to this episode than appears at first. Although the country that General Pak flees from is given a fictional name, it is clearly Burma, called Myanmar by the ruling military junta -- same abuses by the military, persecution of ethnic minorities, kidnapping and murder of civilians, and mass exodus of refugees. So, the producers are trying to tell viewers about the horrors in Burma. Unfortunately, so few people in the U.S. know what is going on in Burma that the producers' message is lost.

Mrs cleaver

After seeing this episode in repeat, it reminded me of why I like this show so much.
Great banter between Steve & Danno (they went nowhere with Steve's nickname "Smooth Dog". I was hoping to hear what THAT was about), fast moving action and a decent plot twist. Kono and Chin are also figured well into this plot, which sometimes isn't the case.
If they could have gotten Steve shirtless at some point, it would have been a perfect episode :O)


This week's episode 'Po'opi' was an excellent episode! I hope they keep that up. It had an terrific plot that kept me hanging to the very end. Not to mention the shot of the island are always nice. I think that McGarret's dad is still alive. I just have feeling, also because of the way that scene was done, we didnt see what happened to the father after. I hope he is!!!


I liked scenes with Kono and McGarrett. I hope there are more scenes with Kono and McGarrett


I also enjoyed the show for the reasons you listed. I knew "Nick Taylor" would turn out as the bad guy because the actor always guest stars as the bad guy (after playing a good guy on The Unit). But I did not expect the bus crash! Nor the shots from from Hickam Field. In one quick glimpse, the audience could see the roofs from my neighborhood. Since I see the reception area every day as I exit my neighborhood, I can't believe I missed the taping. But it has become second nature to see the red carpet out on the tarmak. Hawaii Five O is a fun adventure in eye candy, car chases, and bromance banter.


I loved this epi too. It did have some plot holes, but most hour shows do. And it was incredibly exciting. Plus we got to see some very nice interaction, that for once was not all about shouting, from McGarrett and Danny. And some nice fight action from O'Loughlin. He does that stuff really well.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

David Atwater: I'm meeting someone.
Erica Raines: Then I'll stay long enough to make her jealou

McGarrett: Do you realize how much of your life revolves around food?
Danno: Do you realize how much of your life revolves around armed conflict?