Hawaii Five-O Review: "Na Me'e Laua Na Paio"

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I don't like Jenna Kaye.

I know she's new and it will take some time for her to develop, but the introduction of Larisa Oleynik's character did not endear her to me. In fact, I'm a little shocked that McGarrett would allow her to join his investigation after her little sob story about why she was chasing Wo Fat.

Larisa Oleynik on Hawaii Five-O

"Na Me'e Laua Na Paio" was filled with little problems, making it feel like a filler episode. Its sole purpose was just a deliberate way to pepper some interesting things around a fairly run of the mill story. Or at least that's what it felt like when Hawaii Five-O splits its focus on two things at once.

If this had just been about McGarrett and Agent Kaye, or if it had just focused on the story regarding the murder of the man at the comic book convention, more could have been accomplished.

There were some interesting twists and turns in what was meant to be the main plot. It veered from the convention and brought back a murder from a few months before through some seamless detective work. But when will the convenience of a suspect suddenly confessing when faced with all the evidence stop being used?

It was as if the writers realized they had to wrap things up.

Even though the suspect asked for a lawyer, the sudden pressure from the Five-O for him confess automatically worked. Obviously, there had to be time to get to the little showdown between McGarrett and Wo Fat, but there are other ways to go about it.

The comic book convention was a bit of a backhanded compliment to geeks. Mostly because no one really said anything negative, but not one person in the background of the event was dressed in just jeans and a T-shirt. I know some of the people involved in this series have been to a similar show. Not all of us geeks dress up. And furries? Really? I thought it was a comic book convention.

Also on my nitpick list has been the blatant product placement. Between the Bing mentions, and persistent flashes of the Chevy logo, it's beginning to feel like commercials taking place during scenes. It's not cool, and it's starting to get on my nerves because there is nothing even remotely subtle about it.

Even though all of Wo Fat's appearances have been brief and cryptic, I have to respect a villain willing to openly face an opponent. McGarrett is in for one bumpy ride now that he knows about Wo Fat, but that should make things more exciting for the rest of us.

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Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 19 Quotes

You're like a devourer of dreams. You eat them. You're like a little Pac-Man in cargo pants.

Danno

McGarrett: Must you know every detail of my life?
Danno: Hey, this is the CIA you are dealing with here, okay. They wrote the book on advanced interrogation techniques, which I am absolutely positive you have sitting on your bedside table right now.