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.


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Superb acting. This show should be nominated for awards.


Love this show! It's entertainment in the purest form. It's got a plot, an arc plus lots of drama and humor combined. One of the best shows and most talented casts on TV. The nitpickers will always find something to complain about. It's the reason they live and breathe. Keep on nitpicking peeps, that way we know you're still watching! ;-)
I was exhausted by the time this first episode was over! Had to go back and watch it a couple of times again just to take it all in. Can't wait to see all the new twists and turns coming up on this season. I still say, nothing is what it seems except that we got Danno & Steve back together.
It was like magic when they were reunited in Max's home and started arguing... I'm pretty sure Chin was more than ready to hang up the bromance shoes with Danny and return him to his rightful partner, Steve McGarrett. Those two were born to be thorns in each other's side. :) I loved the new characters and it's nice to know that Kono doesn't need anyone to rescue her, she did quite well on her own, thank you very much! It was good to see them all back together, sitting around that table drinking Longboard beer. *sigh*
Have I mentioned that I LOVE this show!


A lot of bad writing. Maybe Jenna's playing a long con.


i really hope they by making jenna a member of wo fat's team, she will be leaving the show soon. her character is a distraction from the great chemistry of the original team. and it looks like they are bringing in yet another new female team member next week... i'm sure they're trying to find a love interest for steve or danny, but why mess with something that is clearly working?? that's what ruins tv shows.


That's when you knew she wasnt a kama'aina.


It was great except Grace needs to learn how to say HAOLE!


omg! Best season opener we've ever seen. Awesome!!!


I loved the opening of season 2. I liked the new characters. I was totally shocked by Jenna Kaye and Wo Fat, did not see that coming. Wo Fat needs to go on longer to explain more why McGarrett's parents were murdered and the back story of how John McGarrett, (not Jack Lord's character, please stop comparing the old show with the new), got involved with Wo Fat, which led to the Five-O task force being created to keep an eye on the younger McGarrett.
There is more to explain, so Wo Fat needs to hang around longer. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.


Mrs. Cleaver, Sadly I adore Claire Van der Boom, and while I disliked Rachel when they introduced her, I like the soft side of Danny she brought out at the end. PS. all reviews here on TVFanatic assume you have watched the episode, hehe.


I will never understand why when a show is a hit with a certain group or theme they have mess with it. This was a great show that they are going to ruin by adding more and more people. Let the stars be the stars. (Cann should have been nominated for emmy).

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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.