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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Ending With A Bang

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"Ua Hala:" Death in the Family.

I have to hand it to Peter Lenkov, he certainly knows how to shake things up and give us a dramatic ending to Hawaii Five-0’s sophomore season while still leaving a few hooks for us to come back to in the fall... without ending entire story on a cliff hanger. 

Joe, Chin Ho, and Steve

Before we get into the exciting things, I have to mention something that really bugged me and detracted from the overall story: how Max got shot. In what reality would the cops have not completely roped off both ends of the alley before the coroner was called in? And assuming that it was a breach in protocol that caused it, why would Hilary (the shooter) still be in the alley if she was mobile enough to outrun Steve and the rest of Five-0? 

Okay, that convenient story-plot aside, a lot of big things happened and I will just run them down.

Shelburne is Steve’s Mom: While it doesn’t appear to be the complete end of the Shelburne story, watching Steve’s reaction and him saying “Mom” when the door opened was awesome. I was glad that the “reveal” we had in January turned out to be a fake. Besides, after it was discovered that the real Shelburne had not been revealed, I called it being his mom!  

I’m curious what this means for Joe White. As Steve and Joe seem to have buried their differences, will we see Joe again? Will Joe continue to move Shelburne? Did Wo Fat let himself be caught to bait out Shelburne? 

Goodbye Captain Fryer: I will admit that Tom Sizemore as Captain Fryer has grown on me over the season, so I am sad that he was killed off. That being said, I stand by my earlier comment of seeing too many Haoles in important roles and I really hope that we see more Samoan or Hawaiian (looking) actors in positions of authority next season. 

Frank Delano Released: While the commercial break from Kono going into her house to Chin Ho signing out Delano confused me for a few minutes, Baldwin’s portrayal of Delano was great. It’s not very often that I want to reach into the TV and slap someone, but Delano made the list this week.

Chin Ho has to pick, Kono or Malia? As mentioned above, Delano was exceptionally nasty and to make Chin Ho decide who he wanted to save was the icing on the cake. Correction: Chin Ho getting home and the audience realizing that Delano went back on his word was the icing on the cake. What a real scumbag! I’m looking forward to Chin Ho catching up with him next season.

As for Kono and Malia themselves; Malia opened her eyes, so there are good odds she will survive and Kono spends a lot of time in the ocean, I’m feeling confident she can swim “dolphin style” and get her head back above water. Given that she was on the phone with Adam when we last saw her, maybe he realized something was wrong and will end up saving her. 

Did anyone catch Kono’s teasing him on the phone about “playing with duct tape is wrong?" Clearly she has forgiven him for tying her up last week

In conclusion, it was a good season. I’m look forward to this fall when the show returns, as we know we are gaining at least one new regular cast member. What did you think of this season? Are you looking forward to Season Three? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (421 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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OK, I'm with you. I think H50 deserves some of this stuff. I the season 2 DVD comes out early in the summer. Would love to see all the cut scenes. Walter....I understand what you are saying, but I just don't mind the unrealistic. It is TV, and I just want to be entertained, and this show does it for me. I like coming home and having the work day and reality put behind me for a little while. I have police officers in my family, and if everything was done by the book, no one would watch because its too long and boring for the most part. I know we hear about officer involved shootings a lot, but compared to all the officers across the country and in the world, most of them actually have to fire their guns very few times during their careers. H50 does it every episode, that's why we watch.

Martinelli

@Zia - An extra hour means another episode, so I guess that has to be planned, paid for it and so on but on the other hand it would have been a nice surprise for the fans, just as it was NCIS LA for me. We never get two hours of H50, I mean new episodes.

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@HFO....Thats awesome news so thrilled that Grace is finally getting the recognition she deserves, outside of Canada and the Sci Fi world. Happy for Danial also. Just finished watching final 3 eps of BSG and Grace is awesome. Maggie Q is tough competition and she is the star of her show so she gets to show more of what shes got.

Martinelli

@Zia - I guess teens can vote, but if we are smart at registration, we can do it lol

Martinelli

@HFO - Thanks, I got it and posted it :)

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@Ofc not! It's just another award show that has the most popular shows Teenagers would like. Like all the teenage series eg vampire diaries, gossip girl etc all reign supreme. It doesn't matter how old you are, just spread the word because I want H50 to win something :)

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I meant, one of the original Charlie's Angels would be another good choice. Did not want to make it sound as if Lindsey Wagner was an angel. @H50...Do you have to be a teenager to vote on the award?

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I get conflicted at times watching the show. I love the action, the scenery(especially in HD), the characters and their interactions with each other, so I try to forgive the holes in the plots and disconnects with reality. Example- the broken gas line. I don't think it was broken that long to blow the whole building plus all gas lines have shut off valves for just such situations but it added to storyline and props to the H50 special effects guys for a great piece, so I let it pass.

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@Martinelli....NCIS LA was awesome also and H50 could have been 2 hours, but I don't know if that takes an extra week or not to film a 2 hour. I don't know if these have to be planned well in advanced, NCIS LA did 23 episodes also, but the last one was 2 hours. I would have liked to have Chin getting Delano out of prison explained more, I still thought this was an awesome finale, but it could have easily been 2 hours. Fryer's wife got cut out, so maybe they cut out a lot to fit into the 1 hour. How about who will be playing Steve's mom. Betty White was the joke, but she is more his grandmother. Lindsey Wagner was one who played the Bionic Woman in the past. One of the original Charlie's Angels. Steve has dark hair and Mary is blonde, so it does not seem to matter what color hair she has. It will be interesting.

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@Martinelli, I am on my phone so I cannot PM or copy and paste links unfortunately ATM, but if you don't wanna wait, just type in TCA 2012 In google and the voting option should be on the upper left hand corner.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 23 Quotes

Danny: Alright with the Navy Seal death stare, what are you going to water board me till I tell you about my private phone call?
Steve: No, I'm just trying to get you to tell me because we're friends and I'm worried.

Joe: Now that Wo Fat is in jail it's time for you to meet Shelburne.
Steve: Oh you're just going to take me to Shelburne.
Joe: That's why I'm here.

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