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.


Good to know ZIA thanks I will check it amazingalex you seem to have a lot of wisdom about H5O, maaybe you should be a writer for the show!


@Zia, true that, Ziva only started season3. Theyve shown that theyre a big big part of each others lives. so if Hawaii five-o still runs after season 4-5 i wouldnt mind it a bit. Yea CIray's back T_T


@HFO...I think Tony and Ziva on NCIS flirted at times, but she has been on that show for 7 of the 9 seasons and they are just getting to that now. She is getting proposed to tomorrow night, not by Tony, so if they want to wait 9 seasons and then bring in a team romance on H50, then that would work for me. Hopefully someone else other then Lori.


@Zia..Yeah it probably is far fetched I just had a feeling about it recently. It seems like something the writers could do that they would think we would not see coming. But IF it does happen dont forget who guessed it?? LOL!!!


@amazingalex....I don't know if they would go that way. Lets say they did, then does that mean that Joe has been hiding Steve's mother, and she just told him Steve was his son? I would need more convincing, but anything is possible in TV. I hope his mom did not have an affair while married to Senior.


@Zia, Hawaii Five-O wont be ready for a teasing romance for at least 2 season i reckon, look how long it took to develop Tiva on NCIS, Hawaii five-o has so much more to explore before anything happens


@Jeffrey.......you might be interested. I just saw a review of a movie that Lauren German is in called "the Divide" which is due out this friday. It's about a nuclear blast. I came across it as I googled, "hawaii five o review", its actually a review on SPIN OFF ON LINE, by Keri Luna. It not a great review, but there is a short preview that you can view.


@Jeffrey.. I think it is a great idea. Her fans can watch her on her new show and we can have our team back to the four on H50. Everyone wins!


@Zia..he is like a father trying to protect his son, they will do anything even if it is unrealistic I suppose. That is actually why I have had thoughts that he is actually steves real dad. I think I am the only one that thinks that though. Just something about the way he calls him "son". If he were his real dad it would have to be written that he did not know until recently. He could never have known it and still been his leader at the seals.


What I am is speculating about is the possible exit of her character without making her quote miniorty few fanbase upset, it makes everyone happy!

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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.