Hawaii Five-0 Review: Marching In

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Kalele: Faith.

Welcome back to Hawaii Five-0, Ed Asner! The veteran actor is not the first to have appearance in the original series and then come on board 30 years later in the same role. However, he is the first one who we actually watched in both universes, as "Kalele" aired a clip from 1975.

Ed Asner on Hawaii Five-0

Beyond the depth that was added by the use of this flashback, Asner's portrayal of August March was very well done. I did not see him double crossing Angela at all. And it was really needed given that I had guessed from the outset that Angela had faked her own kidnapping.

Did anyone else catch the ever-so-slight change they made to the McGarrett lineage from the previous series to now? March said "There was a young officer named McGarrett who transported me to prison, I offered him 100 grand to help me." But in the original episode, McGarrett was a full detective, not a young officer, and Jack Lord was in his 50s at the time.

I'm okay with the change, though, given that Alex O'Loughlin was born in 1976, when Lord was 56 years old. I'm surprised they didn't play the original Steve McGarrett off as his grandfather. Especially given that William Sadler - who portrayed Jack McGarrett, Steve's father - was born in 1950 and it would have fit in the timeline.

Mary hasn't appearance since November - on the episode where they busted Kaleo (Jason Scott Lee) - and  then she turned up here and suddenly they have reason to go see Kaleo? It's either way to coincidental, or the writers need to expand their range when attempting to tie in earlier episodes from this series.

Finally, I have to admit that Captain Fryer has grown on me. Maybe Tom Sizemore has finally settled into the role or maybe I'm softening on him as he grows a little hair. Either way he had one of my favorite Hawaii Five-0 quotes this week.

What did everyone else think of the outing? Are there any other characters/actors from the original series you would like to see turn up?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


So happy to hear Cat will be a regular. @martinelli & amazingalex, yes she's adorable! Steve needs good loving! Something to look forward to in S3!


@Amazingalex - Good for her? Sure! And good for us. We're going to see Alex shirtless, lol.


@zia,.thanks for that. I could not figure out the schedule. :) Pics of 2.20 are out but alex is not in any of them.:( I have a feeling he will only be in the beginning of the epi but that is alright. @martinelli..oh that is exciting, she is adorable. Good for her.


Michelle Borth has made the occasional appearance as Lt. Catherine Rollins, but according to Deadline Hollywood, Borth will be now be a series regular. Yesssss!!!!! She's adorable.


Very pleased that Alex will make an appearance in ep 20. I have advocated him taking as much time as needed, but I believe he could be in the rest of season and just be more of a boss and avoid the heavy action and not risk further injury.
Being around people who support him, like the cast and crew, can be the best medicine at this point.


@Amazingalex.....Yes, 4/2 is pre-empted due to basketball. 2.20 is scheduled for 4/9, then another 2 weeks of repeats. We will see the last 3 episodes in a row starting 4/30/12. Then one long wait until the middle of September. At least they all get a long rest, hopefully, before they start filming in July.


@zia..I hope he does too. 3 months is a long break so let hope he gets nice and healthy and takes good care of himself.


@Zia and Lena.....Oh my gosh, alex will be in 2.20?? Even if it is brief that really makes me so happy. I miss that guy!! Thanks for the updated girls. Hey when is 2.20 airing? I thought 4/2 but my dvr says basketball. I am confused. Lenkov tweeted he gave the studio the final episode of season 2 and he is on to writing season 3. Yayyy!! Could not be happier we get a season 3.


@Amazingalex....great news that Alex will at least make an appearance in 2.20. I hope he takes it easy over the summer break.


From twitter: [Mary � @erienne1983
@PLenkov In ep 2x20 Steve's presence will be strongly reduced or he will be absent at all? #H50 Peter Lenkov � @PLenkov
@erienne1983 he'll be in the ep] It seems Steve will have a few scene's in next episode makes me happy :)

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Kono: The airline gave us her cell phone number, but it goes straight to voice mail.
Steve: That makes sense right? If she's been kidnapped.
Danny: You trying to convince us or yourself?
Steve: Maybe a little of both.

You can't own a wave, and while we are on the subject; Spam is not part of any food group that I care to recognize and last but not least, an appetizer should never ever, under any circumstances be referred to as "poo poo."