Hawaii Five-O Season Finale Review: Who Died?

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"Oia'i'o," the season finale of Hawaii Five-O, left a lot of things hanging.

The fate of Kono and McGarrett is really up in the air, for example. Also, Chin has made another tough personal decision; and, of course, Danno is going to have to make some major choices in the near future.

Overall, there were a lot of thrilling and unexpected moments, but there were some things that were slightly predictable.

Hawaii Five-O Finale Scene

From the start, events a were not going the way the Five-O expected or wanted. The first hint of that came with the H.P.D. discovering the charred remains of the money the Five-O had stolen from the police forfeiture locker. They had used that money to ransom Chin's life.

I knew that money was going to come back and haunt the team sooner or later. I am a bit skeptical that Wo Fat or the governor seemed to have someone waiting out in the bushes to collect the burnt remains, though. It would make more sense that someone tipped I.A. off to look closely at the serial numbers on the money currently in the locker. After all, it was the serial numbers that forced Chin to come clean about the money his uncle had stolen.

Kono was identified in a police lineup as a suspect in the theft. As a young officer, that's something that will forever tarnish her career, just as it did for her cousin. She has the unfortunate position of actually having stolen the money, however.

Chin went back to the H.P.D. as soon as McGarrett went rogue. It's very important to note his actions there and compare them to what he did for his uncle. The Five-O are in hot water, and Chin knows that they'll need help from inside the department. It'll take a while before some of his teammates realize what he's trying to do. Danno immediately misunderstood when Chin arrested McGarrett for killing the governor, but after the long years of covering for his uncle's crime, it's clear that Chin never chooses the easy road. 

Danno had a surprise from Rachel. She's pregnant, and because she's divorcing Stan she's moving back to Newark. Danno is going to have make a tough choice between staying in Hawaii to help McGarrett or reuniting with Rachel and his daughter. I think it's fair to say that Danno will probably stay in Hawaii or else there wouldn't be much of a show.

Well, okay, some of the viewers out there would probably tune in to watch an hour of McGarrett removing his shirt, but let's be a little reasonable. The show can't be all eye candy and beautiful scenery.

Speaking of which, I loved those shots of McGarrett driving the old Mercury Marquis towards vengeance.

Governor Jameson turned out to be just another crooked politician. Though I really do have to wonder about her motives. If she wanted to give McGarrett a chance to find his parents' killers I'm sure she could have done it without giving him full immunity and a special task force to run. I'm trying to figure out why she thought McGarrett would put aside whatever his father was trying to investigate.

Wo Fat is a tidy villain with the way he set up McGarrett and then murdered the governor. His ninja skills must be superior to McGarrett's to have been able to sneak up on him so easily with that taser. Even under the stress of the situation McGarrett is a trained S.E.A.L., but he didn't even catch the attack coming out of the corner of his eye.

Why is that none of the security details or police seem to be advised in advanced about McGarrett's training? I suppose you can only ask for so much with hired help. Minions do give the bad guys the extra time they need.

It'll be an interesting wait for next season. I'm curious how the Five-O are going to get out of their current predicaments. It definitely won't be an easy journey for any of them, and hopefully it'll be worth the wait.


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Hawaii Five-0 Season 1 Episode 24 Quotes

Why are you dressed like a ninja?


Jenna Kaye: That's crazy.
Danno: Welcome to my world.
Jenna Kaye: I like it. What do we do now?