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.


@azziria.. I hope you are right. I really really do!!!


I just saw that steve and danny will also be going to LA. That should be fun to watch!!!!


@Lena...I am with you!! I will be so upset I am not sure how I will respond. This is the perfect opportunity to off lori. Wo fat is a threat to his team and the core four better be safe. Plus I love katherine. She is the perfect GF for steve cause she understands his limitations and that he can only offer what he has offered her so far. She gets it. Steve is too busy and has too much on his hands to be with a needy full time girl. Katherine was perfect and I hope even if they dont keep her they dont kill her off. That honor should solely go to lori....most useless character ever! This will tell us if they are listening to the outcry over lori or if they are indeed ignoring us.


Well I'm sure fans of NCIS LA are delighted that there will be a two episode crossover. As I'm not a fan of NCIS and have no interest in characters from a show I don't watch. I'm totally bummed that once again we are getting screentime taken away from the characters I love.
I tune into H50 to watch Steve/Chin/Danny and Kono, NOT characters from other shows. What about Kono and Chin when Steve and Danny are off in LA. I'm sick of Kono and Chin being treated like guest stars and characters I've no interest in getting more screentime.
There are FOUR main characters on H50. It's bad enough that we have useless Lori taking up space and as much as I love Joe he gets more screentime than Chin and Kono. Thats just wrong imo. The show should be more balanced. It's the chemistry between the Fab Four that keeps me watching, not just Steve/Danny or the big name guest stars.


Again they took my post down! We get another crossover what will air in May Cullen/Sam go's to Hawaii and the next day we will see Steve/Danny in LA I soooo excited about it'!!! @amazingalex ..... I swear to God if anythings happens to Catherine I will quit watching!! I saw the Extended Promo and I am a bit scared what will happen to Rachel wish we got some Kono/Chin also in the promo they better be in the episode!!


Or maybe since the beginning we are looking the wrong way, and if the threat was from within the team H5.0 ultimately nothing is known of Lori, this is the fact that the Governor eastern part of the team does not mean it is completely innocent. Lori is perhaps the threat.
Especially since the beginning she is interested in Steve, and she showed curious about Catherine ... In the words Azziria "Only time will tell"


Reruns: according to the latest from CBS, there's a new epi next Monday (16th), then they're re-running 2.02 on the 23rd and 2.03 on the 30th, with the next new episode being 2.15 on the 6th Feb. Why are they choosing to rerun these episodes? One of three reasons: 1, they're just re-running in sequence; 2, they're reminding us about Lori's raison d'etre as a prelude to the Gov kicking her out; or 3, they're reminding us about Lori's raison d'etre because they're going to show the Gov calling her to account and her sticking up for the team in yet another attempt to give her role some meaning and make us all love her. Only time will tell.


I didn't think about Grace staying with Danny all the time. I would like to see more of him being a father. I think that's where I like him the best. I had read that the actress who plays Grace is only scheduled for 2 episodes this season, and 2.14 would be the 2nd. I hope they are able to change their minds and put her in more. I didn't think of Malia get caught in this. I hope not, I would like to see someone on the team have a stable and happy home life. But all of this does give us lots of possibilities for the remaining 11 episodes.


@zia..if they take out katherine and leave lori alive and well I will not even be able to speak. That would be terrible!! This is the chance to do the right thing for the majority of fans who want her gone. I dont know anymore. This would be the easiest solution for everyone. It is obvious someone is probably gonna go, and it better lori! Is it possible they kill off rachael and have danny have monkey all the time? I do remember now that the science girl is coming back so that does mean no reconciliation with danny and racheal. Wow all of the sudden there is tons of stuff going on..my head is spinning. But fun to have stuff to speculate about again. I just want new episodes all in a row, it is getting ridiculous.


@Zia...This is probably wishful thinking but the fact they are showing in intro could be somehow leading to her exit. We can only hope.

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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.