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.


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


Everyone is invited for my party!!! @jschoi....They are not behind It is just the opposite H5O is far ahead and also with broadcasting! They have aired episode 2.13 already. They have aired 12 episodes in a row at a times when other shows occasionally had a break. Episode aired till January 5 2012 other shows. The Vampire Diaries 3.10
Grey's Anatomy .....8.10
Gossip Girls .......5.10
NCIS LA ............3.12


@Zia - I will try to type it here, hawaii dash fiveo dot blog spot dot com
Let's hope this one will last a bit longer :). So put it together.
With the Shelburn thing I guess we are asking the wrong question. I think the big question is WHY? WHY would someone go trough so much trouble (killing people)? What's the reason? Political power, drugs?


@jschoi: I believe they are a little behind in shooting because of bad weather in Hawaii before Christmas, not because of production issues.


out of curiosity i typed in steve and kono fanfic on both google and tumblr, and surprisingly so many five-o fans that are so called Steve/Kono shippers. Not saying i want a romance, but wouldnt really hurt the show would it?


It kind of bothers me that all the shows on Global tv are showing new shows this week except 50. I'm wondering why they seem to be the only show behind in shooting. If they are so far behind makes wonder how good a job the production team is doing.


I know I'm in the minority here, but I again hope she stays and isn't killed off, not trying to sway opinion or change minds, just expressing my desire she continue on!


@jonathan...I hope she is cause that will mean she will def be killed off. But seriously who in the world would be afraid of lori????


@zia..we dont know yet that it is falling on deaf ears but we will know soon. It is irritating though that I personally have yet to hear such a fan outcry about a new character without a response from a show. I dont know that that has ever happened before. That is why I am actually exhausted and needed to step away. I even go on twitter to see if LG leaves any hints as to whether she is still filming or not. She has been strangely quiet lately though. SHe used to post pics of herself on set all the time and now nothing! That could be a good thing or a bad thing. One thing we do know though, that they even recognize that she is not fitting the role she was hired for. They stopped with trying to make her like a female steve and stopped making her a love interest for steve. At least it seems that way.


@Lena.....I am so there!! Party on the forum!! :) Then we can get back to fully enjoying the show!! Steve being shelburne would be such a twist. I never even thought of him. Okay that would take his hotness up another notch if that is even possible. Wo fat running like a scared little wuss from steve when he finds out he is shelburne.....priceless!!!


I think Shelbern is Lori. I also think she is definitely here to stay. Don't care either way- just my opinion.

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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.