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Hawaii Five-O Season Premiere Review: "Ha'iole"

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Ha'iole: Unbreakable, inflexible, stubborn.

The second season premiere of Hawaii Five-O reminded us why Steve McGarrett and his team are truly "Ha'iole."

If May's first season finale - with Steve being arrested, Kono on suspension, and Chin Ho back with HPD - left you on the edge of your seat and made you think this episode was going to let you relax like I did... then we were both wrong!

So much happened in the first hour of this season. Let’s break down what we learned ...

Steve McGarrett in Prison

Five-0 is Reinstated: Thanks to the Lt. Governor (Richard T. Jones), Steve, Danny, and Chin Ho are back on the job, but with some restrictions. They don’t have the total immunity they had before. Personally, given some of the outlandish stuff last season, I’m okay with it being brought down a notch or two it was getting into the realm of not believable.

Kono is still Out: While most of Five-0 is back, Kono is still under investigation for the money that was taken. Personally, I found it poetic that in the same episode that Chin Ho was offered his job back, Kono went under the gun. And, given that she took the money, this one may not turn out as well, but only time will tell for sure. 

Max Bergman, PhD: If you didn’t catch the opening credits, Max Bergman (Masi Oka) was shown as a regular cast member. I love the injection of a “little geek” to the show by seeing his private life. I didn’t like Bergman when he was first added last year. After seeing his “Warp 9” license plate and Enterprise key chain, I fully approve!

RIP Victor Hesse: Victor turned out to be the definition of “my enemy's enemy is my friend” as he helped Steve out of prison and it cost him his life. I’m sad to see Victor is really dead this time, given how fun James Marsters has been. Ironic that Season 1 and Season 2 both opened with Steven and Victor fighting.
Terry O'Quinn on Hawaii Five-O

Hello Lt. Cmdr Joe White: I will freely admit I have had a man-crush on Terry O'Quinn since the first season of Lost. And Joe White is not any different. His confident swagger and mentoring father-like quality in this hour made me cross my fingers that he will be on the show for a while to come.

Danny/Rachel Breaking Up: I’m sad for Danny that the baby was not his and Rachel is going back to Stan. However, given that Claire van der Boom (who plays Rachel) is not listed for any episodes this season (yet), I suspected the writers were going to move away from that plot line. BOOO!!!

Jenna Kaye working for Wo Fat: In what had to be the biggest shocker in the last minute of a show, seeing Jenna behind the wheel of the car that picked up Wo Fat nearly put me on the floor! I loved her quirky-geek-girl persona and was really hoping we would see her as a full blown Five-0 team member. Now I just hope they discover her quickly!

It is going to be a long week until next Monday to see what happens next. I’m not sure how they are going to keep up this pace. However they do it, all I can say is: welcome back Five-O. We missed you.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (285 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Hawaii five o “The Reckoning I watched this program tonight I couldn’t believe the stupid stunts they pulled in the name of law enforcement. They took a very outstanding old program and completely screwed it .so that it stupid. I know it only a show but at least it could have some realism in it.

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i just want to say dat i hope season 2 has twice d amt of action season 1 had i lov dis show devika ragoonath from trindad.

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HEY PLILIP YOU STUPID DEAF INSULTING FUCKER IF YOU CAN ONLY MAKE EXCUSES AND BASH THE ACTORS ON THIS GREAT SHOW WITH GREAT ACTING AND SUSPENSE I MIGHT ADD AT SUCH AN EXCITING PACE MAYBE YOUR OLD DEAF FUCKING SMART ASS NEEDS TO GET 1. BETTER HI FI TV AND AUDIO EQUIPMENT OR 2. GET A FUCKING HEARING AID YOU DUMB BASTARD WHO WOULDN;T KNOW A GOOD SHOW IF YOU HAD DOG HEARING AND 10/10 VISION. IT'S FUCKING INBRED HATERS LIKE YOU WHO GET THE RATINGS KNOCKED DOWN ON GREAT SHOWS LIKE HAWAII 5-0. YOU ARE A COMMON BITCH AND NEED TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND GET YOUR HEARING TESTED AND SOME BETTER QUALITY GEAR YOU MOUTHY INSULTING LOW LIFE!

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everyone seems to be saying how great the show is-I would'nt know-the G. D. music is so effing loud I cant hardly hear what the actors are saying. I guess the acting is so bad you gotta cover it with the loud music -and don’t get me wrong-many I talk to say the same . Dumb f's, turn down the music so we dont have to struggle to hear what the h*** they are saying. And your not alone actually-its the same with quite a few other shows -shows lke this are supposed to be with BACKGROUND music.

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What I want to know is, do danny and steve have their same funny banter like they used to ?

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To Jim G, I would love to know if or when you find out anything about why they just wrote that Steve was shipped out at 15 but in episode 3 had him playing high school football. I guess it's hard to keep everything straight. But since that was an integral part of the naming of this version of Five O, someone should have remembered I think. Thanks

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i like the series very much,,,but season 2 opening,,,steve was saved by the hidden camera,,,so the camera has been recording for more than one to two year without any pwer supply and where was all the video footage of the camera were saved ,it would really take a very big hard drive to save 24/7 footage for over ayear and if jenna was a double agent why in the first place she led steve to the place where he could find his father's evidence,that dosent make sense,,its a great serial with great actors and location i think the writers should put a bit more effort,,we dnt need miracle but something that make sense.

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I agree with Lyn, Danny and Steve's banter is just like Bill Cosby and Robt Kulps quips back and forth. Loved "I Spy" too. I do hope they keep a fair amt of banter in no matter who the guests are and where the plots go. Otherwise, it's just an ok show. I hope Jenna's story line shows she's loyal to five o. But, who knows.

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Watched 2nd episode of 2nd season and was real-l-y disappointed!Like others, I liked Jenna Kaye too.Yeah, she was a ditz but that's what made her character what it was!To send her off at the beginning of the season?? Also,there was no mention of Victor Hesse's murder(Investigate it later, but at least mention it now!)I thought(with WoFat) Jenna was off on her own doing things her way as she sometimes does!Now we have a new agent,another "Charlie's Angels" perhaps?? She doesn't fit.Bring Jenna back,even if she appears to be up to no good!Bring Rachel back too.I liked the storyline(She's not listed in any of the new episodes??)If she came back to Hawaii, then the writers can still bring her back!I like the bantering between Steve and Danny.It reminds me of the original "I Spy" series with Robert Culp and Bill Cosby"! They always had something to say to each other that made you laugh! Also,kudos to the writers for naming the new govenor "Gov.Denning"as the original actor who played this part in the original Five O was the late Richard Denning!Well the season has just started so there's time for some positive changes.Let's bring Kono back!She really held her own!!!

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Danny: So, what's up buddy? You've been ducking me for about a week.
Chin Ho: Been a little busy.
Danny: What are you doing? Putting more of your friends behind bars?

White: I'm Joe.
Kono: Kono.
White: Nice shooting Kono.

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