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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.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (164 Votes)

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

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So you guys think Lori should die, who kills her?

Amazingalex

@martinelli..I dont think it is his mom for some reason. I dont know why I just dont. I tend to lean that it is his dad. Lately I have wondered if it is joe..I mean wouldnt that really throw us all off?

Amazingalex

@Zia..you said it perfectly! I really cannot even post about her right now cause I am so annoyed with the lack of info we are getting as to the future of this character. I took a break from posting because of it. I have decided I will hang in there and just FF her scenes BUT if she is added to the photo of the team for the shows stills or releases for the network or if they add her photo to the opening credits and not just her name then all bets are off. Then I will know for sure that they dont give a fig what we want. Lenkov said 2.17 is being filmed at around the third week of january so that means they will have 2.15 and 2.16 ready by then. That means they are catching up at least.

Martinelli

I'm surprised to see that 47% of the voters think Steve's mother is Shelburn. I can't think of a good reason why should be her. If I'm not mistaken they've said the car bomb was for his father and his mother got in that car accidentally. Anyway, let's hope Mr. Lenkow will be kind and let us know soon.

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I would love for young McG to become a recurring character, but I'm just not sure how that could happen.

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This is a link to a picture of Alex and the actor that plays the younger McG side by side. Not a bad likeness.
pic.twitter.com/AhMBV1Rl

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I've already said a 100x's why I don't like the character of Lori, so I won't repeat it. Lori does not need to be replaced, nor does she need a different partner, she needs to no longer exist. Catherine should not be on the team either, and I like her. I understand the need for recurring characters, Max is the M.E., Kamekono is the street connection, Fong is the lab guy, Joe is the link to Steve's family's past, Wofat, Sang Min, Hiro, are the bad guys, etc.

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@Jeffrey Sean Keith....I'm using the numbers from Martinellis blog which have 80& wanting Lori of the show, this with well over 300 people voting. My point is, would it be easier to remove Lori at the end of her contract, which I think is 16 eps, but have found nothing to verify that, or add another team member which would take more time from Danny, Chin and Kono and inflame people even more.

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I think the show isn't broken, true it didn't need fixed but it is what it is now and they may have to try to let things fall as they may!

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Fixing 50 is not this complicated. Crossover with NCISLA, although nice,is not necessary. Replacing Lori with someone else is not necessary. Adding a 6th team member is not necessary. The answer is simply getting rid of Lori.