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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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (164 Votes)

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@martinelli Thanks for putting it up (hugs) I voted :)


ok, I think that's enough, I'm doing it with these names:
John McGarret,
Doris McGarret,
Steve McGarret,
Kensi/NCIS LA's father,
Joe White,
Hiro Noshimori,
Adam Noshimori,
Sang Min


@Martinelli.....Maybe Sang Min, he keeps popping up, and he tried to kill Wofat. @Jschoi......Hiro is good. The kid playing young McGarret is not that well known, and we aren't able to find anything on him as yet. Like Martinelli says after this, he will be famous. I'm sure he is in his teens, some people do look younger, but I can't imagine him being an adult.


Maybe the old men who died was Shellburne "Makoto" was his name if I am correct. or Adam Noshimuri is Shellburne.


ok, so let's see what we have so far John McGarret,
Doris McGarret,
Steve McGarret,
Kensi/NCIS LA's father,
Joe White,
Hiro Noshimori,


Ok, I saw the pic of the actor who plays young Steve and I only have one question. How old is he? My vote for Shellburne is Hiro. and even though you are probable right that Lori is here for at least the rest of the season, I will remain optimistic. The good thing is if she is still on in ep 18 when I wake up Tues. morning my life will still be good and I will continue watch for all the characters I like, who far outnumber the ones I don't.


@Zia - I am doing the poll, but let's have a few more suggestions first. As about tweeting it to P. Lenkov - ok, I'll do it, he visited my blog once, maybe I can convince him to do it again. I have nothing to loose. So ppl, let's have a couple of your suggestions about who Schelburn is.


@ Martinelli.....that would be good, and then tweet it to PLenkov by the end of the week, it would have to be before the showing of 2.14. You would have to have: John McGarret, Doris McGarret, Steve McGarret, Kensi/NCIS LA's father, Joe White, I don't know who else.


@Zia - The kid is really nice, he is cute and handsome, that's for sure. he'll be really famous pretty soon.


@ Jeffrey S K.....I think Lori stays. I'm not happy, but I think she stays.

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.