Hawaii Five-0 Review: New Year, Same Five-0

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"Ka Ho'oponopono" - The Fix

In our first offering of 2012, Steve and Five-0 took on a complex case that ended up being about more than was initially believed. I really enjoyed the twist and turns that it took, as I kept changing who I suspected and never saw the truth coming. 

Sadly, that was the majority of my enjoyment for this episode, as there were some moments that forced me to yell at the TV is disbelief.

To start, I’m really done with Shelburn. I was hopeful that when Joe and Chin Ho were in the car after the Yakuza drove by, we would get some sort of information. Sadly, nothing. Then, at the end when Steve pointed out he was tortured and Jena Kaye died and he wanted answers, I thought we might finally get the next bread crumb . Nope, nadda. I’m so tired of the show bringing up Shelburn but not moving the plot forward that I’m at the point where I simply don’t care anymore.

Joe and Chin Ho

Wait, we did learn that Joe help Hiro fake his death. Is this connected to Shelburn? Who knows?!? Joe got out of the car and walked away. Then again, Joe did a lot of walking out in this episode. At the police station, for example. Since when can the suspect be the one who decides when he is done and strolls out? I guess if the head of Five-0 is working as you’re personal chauffeur you can. Really, are you kidding me?

Then again, Steve had his fair share of beyond believable moments as well. First, he decided that Joe’s method of getting answers was a good one when he kidnapped the replacement jury member to get answers out of him by pretending to hold him off a cliff edge, then arrested him afterwards for the answers he gave. Really, are you kidding me? 

Afterwards, he decided to go solo into a Yakuza compound to rescue Joe. I’m not what I was more shocked by on this one: That he did a commando style raid, that he went alone or that he didn’t just arrest them all for kidnapping. After all, he had no problems arresting a guy he dangled off a rock ledge with a bag over his head.

Okay, to be fair, I did enjoy Lori and Kono at the school, especially Lori's reaction to the kid trying to run. While they seem to still be trying to figure out what image they want for Lori, I think she and Kono made a pretty nice team and hope we see them do more "girl power" scenes together.

In closing, I fully acknowledge that this series is a work of fiction and that many shows take liberties in the name of entertainment. However, that doesn’t give the writers carte blanche to assume the viewing audience knows nothing about the subject material or that we would believe anything they write. How about this: if you’re going to take reality off the table, could you write in some light sabers, phasers or an elf or two? Just to keep things interesting.


Editor Rating: 2.9 / 5.0
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How many episodes are there in a H50 usually!
I wonder of they are going later!


So I guess Makoto knew what or who Shelburn is and Wo Fat knew that Makoto knew, so he went to his house and killed him.
Putting together these pieces, I guess Makoto (Japanese) knew about some dirty things between Hawaii (handled by Governor James) and Japan (handled by Wo Fat and who knows who else).
Then at the end Joe tells Steve: "We did this. Our questions got Makoto killed. You continue to go down this road son, you got to ask yourself how many more lives is that going to cost."
I'm glad I watches these scenes again, now i can see things more clearly. At this point I think Joe is on Steve's side and he's protecting him, even though he's not doing so well. Finally, sorry for my English, I tried to do my best.


In epi 2.04, Kensi is analyzing the video:
- McG Senior tells Wo Fat: "I want to know about Shelburn"
- Wo Fat asks McG Senior: "Who told you about Shelburn"
- Joe asks Steve if that means anything to him. At this point we don't know whether Shelburn is a place or a person, that will be clarified later.
So after this, half of our guesses are incorrect. McG Senior can't be Shelburn, can't be his wife, can't be Steve, can't be Makoto, can't be Joe either.
Then Steve tells Kensi Makoto hired his father to investigate Governor James. Investigating the Governor? No wonder he was killed.
Later Wo Fat pays Joe a visit, asking him why is he asking questions about men that are no longer with them. Joe tells him he'll stop asking those questions when Wo Fat tells him about Shelburn and also asks Wo Fat what is that (Shelburn) mean. Wo Fat looks surprised, worried actually, I guess he wasn't expecting this.


In epi 2.04 Joe says to Steve: "Did you ever think that maybe you are not the only one I am trying to protect? Risk vs reward Steve. How much damage do you want to do to your family, to your family's name? Cause whatever it is on that video, it's not gonna bring you father back." I guess this is the only time when he is telling him something even though it doesn't make much sense to us. There is one very important thing here: How much damage do you want to do to your family, to your family's name?
How could Steve damage his family's name by finding out the truth? What damage is Joe talking about? As far as we know Steve's father was after the bad guys because if he would have been dirty, he wouldn't let Steve know what he was after. Who is/are the other/others Joe is protecting? How can he protect these people by covering up who knows what? I think I should finish my questions here.


@Amazingalex....I think Chin goes back and forth from boss to Steve, and I only recall Danny calling him Steven, when he is irritated with him. Regardless, I don't think someone who was that new would insert herself that fast into a team, nor would the team trust her that fast since she was placed there by the new governor after they just found out the old one was so crooked. By the way, I saw that PL tweeted that Danny's girlfriend, the science woman or whoever she was, will be making another appearance this year. So it does not look like he is getting back with Rachael.


OK, no China, but I think someone else mentioned China in another comment.


@Martinelli......I did not remember anyone from China, so if China, North Korea, (since they have been there twice), and Japan (Yakuza and Shelburne hiding there), are all involved, then there has to be some sort of international connection. Along with the previous Governor of Hawaii being crooked. You are right politics are connected one way or another. But why is Joe so adamant about keeping things from Steve? Who does not know what has happened over the last 20 yrs. He is a Navy Seal who Joe trained, so why would he not think that he could help solve this? If the Senior McG is dead and he told Steve he was sorry he lied and then led him to the lock box with all the clues, wouldn't Joe realize that he wanted Steve to now know what was going on?


@amazingalex - sorry, of course I meant Japan. Sorry.


@martinelli..I think you meant japan not china.:) Joe keeps going to japan and the postcards are from japan. That connection confuses me more then anything so far.


@zia..actually lori is the only one on the team who does not call steve boss...she thinks she is his equal apparently. Go back and watch, you will only see her call him steve. I find that irritating. LOL but what else is new with me in regards to lori. @martinelli..what does it mean that I am obsessed with both things, my hatred of lori and my love for steve.LOL!!!!

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Chin Ho: HPD is not going to just let this go.
Joe: Apparently neither is the Yakuza, we've got company.

Luke: Listen man.
Steve: Sir, you call me SIR.