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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@Zia - Thanks, and on some points I agree with you. Even though he's not my type, he's athletic and he looks good.
I guess I have to deal with my problem somehow, have no choice. :(


@Martinelli.....I was not suggesting that you did not know the story, I was just pointing out that he is forced to be in Hawaii, and that is why he has a lot of anger issues which is shown in his acting. There are others that feel the same as you, they find him nagging and whining. I just disagree. Also he may be short, but he is in great shape. They have only shown him once with his shirt off, but he is not bad in the abs area. Not AOL, but not bad at all. You have a right to your opinion and to express it.


@Zia - I know his story, I've been watching H50 from the beginning. I know he's part of H50 and H50 can't exist without him. I believe you this is the way they speak in the New Jersey. I know he's the opposite of Steve, and that is why they work well together but I can't change how I feel, how he's way of speaking makes me feel. Like I said before, unfortunately I can't explain exactly what I am talking about.
I tried to suppress it. I tried to ignore it but yesterday made me so angry I had to quit watching the show. I think we all have something we don't like, this is mine.


@Martinelli.....I have to disagree with you on Danny. The way he speaks is how they speak in the New Jersey, New York area. The actor, Scott, is from Los Angeles, but his father may have come from that area, I'm not sure. I think he is a very good actor, he is able to show emotions with a look. The character was forced to come to Hawaii because this is where his ex-wife married and brought their daughter, so he is frustrated and misses his family back in New Jersey. He is the opposite of Steve, and that is why they work well together. If you take Danny away, you take a big chunk of how the show works well out. The writers this year concentrated on Lori for too long,(without success), and Danny was pushed aside. They have been correcting that in the last few episodes. You may not want to watch 2.14 and 2.15 because there is going to be a lot of Danny.


I don't think the show is boring. I like the plot line, it keeps us guessing. It has dragged out a little long, but hopefully it will be worth it. The repeats in-between make it seem so much longer. The promo for next week makes me think that they may end the Yakuza going after Joe. Maybe that is how they reveal Shelburne? Who Knows.


Yesterday I finally was forced to admit I hate Danny. Tried to deal with it, to hide it, to ignore it but I can't any more. Unfortunately my English is not good enough to explain it properly but I can't stand the way he speaks. I expect people to speak clearly but what he does is anything but speaking. Why can't this guy just open his mouth and speak normally like others? Why does he have to do all those faces and noises while speaking? That does not make him, any sexier or smarter. I guess he's frustrated because he's the shortest. Yesterday was aired that episode where his brother is in Hawaii doing some dirty business and escapes at the end. I just couldn't watch it so I choose Covert Affairs instead. I love Auggie, he's character is amazing. At least you Lori "dislikers" have some hope to get rid of her, I don't. He will stay here definitely. I was wondering am I the only one in this position?


Maybe the Senior McGarrett is not his real dad
and that the steve's real dad is Shelbourne. Shelbourne is not the enemy of Steve, it is only that of Wofat and Wofat is the enemy of Shelbourne and Steve. Would complicate things necessarily, but it would strengthen and maintain the plot until the end of the season. Of course, this is just my imagination :-)


@ Jeffrey Lori is my only problem with the show. Other than her I'm very happy with how season 2 is progressing. @ cate
The show is far from boring for me. I find this season more exciting than last season and every show has its implausible moments. I can't wait to see how the Shelburn thing plays out. I also think Steve is awesome this season and it shows how great an actor Alex is. I just wish we didn't have all these breaks.


So it's not just the Lori character, there are other big problems as well right Cate!


agree the show is getting boring - too many implausible, cliched plots, too little of the character interactions that made the show so much fun last year, draging the Shelbourne mystery out too long without giving us any further clues to keep it interesting, and now grim gaunt Steve with the prospect of the remainder of the season being all angst ridden Steve whilst whatever this mystery is gets brought to the season ending cliffhanger. Soap opera show.

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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.