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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Here's my point if and I mean if she stays, this is the best scenerio available,IMO!


@Jeffrey - Two teams are enough, that's my opinion. NCIS only has 2 teams, NCIS LA also has 2 teams. H50 is not the army or the navy. (so Lory can go home :) )
If Catherine comes back, she'll jump into Steve's bed, believe me. She wouldn't go near H50 headquarter.


How about 3 teams Steve and Danny, Chin and Kono and Lori and Catherine, then Steve and Catherine would be a couple and Danny and Lori would be one, Chin has his new wife and Kono could hookuop with the lab tech guy!


On the 10th we have a new NCIS LA episode. Let's hope this over-eager fancy pants Granger will question Kensi although I'm not sure Kensi would tell him anything important.


@loretto - at this point, after all Joe's lies anything is possible.


Are we being taken for a ride?? Consider:
1) Joe had Kensi over to lipread and that's how Shelburne came up. He didn't need to bring over Kensi to do this; she may have owed him and they could have already discussed what she found with Joe prior to telling Steve. And did she really "read" Shelburne?
2) Joe is working with Noshimuri and had Steve come to hear Noshimuri say that Shelburne is a person, not a "what."
Could Joe have deliberately set Steve down the path of thinking Shelburne is a person, not a place, operation or other?
Does a Shelburne really exist or is it a red herring? I had previously called that Noshimuri and John McG had been working together on an undercover op. So - - - you have to admit, they have us enjoying the guess, but time to lead us further in knowledge and not continue to have Joe mutter "Shelburne" at every opportunity (and that's another hint that it may all be a fabrication).


yes Catherine joining Five-O would be better than Lori, After all shes a marine


How about Catherine joining five-o in place of Lori!


Who said trade H5O gets Kensi Lori goes nowhere!


NCIS La will never agree to trade Kensi for Lori, No way in hell ==
It will never be a fair trade, since Lori is disliked by many Five-O fans, and Kensi is like amongst most of NCIS LA fans. Though i would love for the swap to go through, but i just dont see it happening. Oh btw, were pretty close to surpassing the amount of comments (the most was 318 comments in Welcome to Margaritaville). Keep it coming guys

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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.