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? 


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Hey guys Hawaii Five-0 just got nominated for 3 Teen Choice Awards:
Best action: H50
Tv action (I think) actor: Daniel Dae Kim
Tv action actress: Grace Park.
Please spread this around and get your love ones to vote, we're finally getting recognition and it'd be nice for our beloved H50 or Daniel or Grace to go home with a surfboard!!


@kelly - I know it's not easy to let these mistakes go unnoticed and if we let them go without mentioning them, sooner or later we are going to accept a low level show, which is not good. I remember season 2 there was the episode where the kids were kidnapped. H50 was chasing the bad guys trough the mud, there was a 1 - 2 hour deadline and before finding the kids, they just showed up at headquarters with their cars washed.


@martinelli. I'm trying to do the same. I rewatched the finale and tried to just enjoy the action and the characters and forget about all the things that don't make sence. But we shouldn't have to do that. These are professional writers and I don't think it's asking too much for their stories to at least make sence. I've no problem with a few plot holes. Ep 2.22 had some but I barely noticed because everything else was soo good. I know its probably being nitpicky now but where did that dog disappear to that rushed Chin and caused Steve to get shot. One minute it was there and then poof it was gone.


@Nichelle - You're right, good point. Would have been nice to know for sure but the writers decided this is not important at the moment :( And yes, NCIS LA has a two hour finale, which was awesome. @walter - I decided not to pay attention to these details any more. These things bothered me in the past but there are too many of them and if I let them bother me, I'll end up hating the show. It's strange that Danny is leaving his phone in his car, stays with Monkey outside, a call comes in from Steve, he does not hear it, then he goes to his car, calls his ex and not noticing the missed call, or does nothing about it. The other strange thing (someone mentioned it before), jumping from resolving the case right into the scene where Chin is bringing out Delano .... come on... or not warning Kono about what Delano've said about her ... and so on. I decided not to pay attention to these things.


Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't Delano in prison for Murder One? Didn't he kill the volleyball coach in the episode which revealed Kono was undercover? Makes it hard to believe Chin could spring him so easily in the middle of the night. Minor point though can't wait for September.


I love Adam (well Ian) and think there is great potential with Kono and would be an interesting storyline to explore. I do, however, wish they didn't make Kono forgive him so quickly and joke with him on the phone about duct taping her. I agree with others that that takes away from her character. I would have preferred him saving her and proving his love and winning her back in season 3. Anyways, I'm excited to see how things playout and I hope they learned from the Lori disaster not to mess with the team chemistry. I really hope Catherine stays by the computer like Garcia (Criminal Minds). I want Steve and Danny to remain partners in the field. The only problem with the cliffhanger is that Steve will be in Japan away from the team again in the premiere : (


We are all watching the show from different perspectives. I don't think there is any point in trying to understand why anyone feels the way they do. That doesn't mean that we can't disagree with each other. Voicing our viewpoint or disagreeing with someone elses viewpoint shouldn't be taken as some sort of attack. I think out of an audience of millions there are going to lots of different viewpoints.
Overall I didn't hate the final by any means but for me it was disappointing after last weeks amazing episode. It all felt too rushed and a lot of the writing didn't make sense. Danny is my least fav character on the show but I still think that ALL the actors and crew did an amazing job. It didn't come together as well as I had hoped. I'll tune in next season to see how things turn out and I'm hoping I'll enjoy more episodes than I did this season.


@martinelli: I'm sure that Adam has more than enough money to bail himself out. So unless his bail was remanded, he's probably out of jail.


Wow! Some of the comments here are ridiculous! Part of me wonders why we can't all just get along – we're all here because we love the show, after all — but then, the other part of me wishes people would just stop whining about the finale. No, it wasn't perfect, but I honestly don't get the hate for it. Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent episode. My only big complaint about the finale was the whole Chin thing at the end – not because I didn't like it, but because it didn't flow right to me. I would've liked to have seen that storyline play out more. NCSI: LA got a two-hour finale; H50 should have too. Then the Chin/Kono/Malia/Delano storyline wouldn't have seemed so rushed. That said, personally, I love that Shelburne is Steve's mom. Like many others, I called it months ago, but I am really happy that that's how it went down. There's so much potential there, and it could create some awesome storylines (seriously, we better see the scene where Steve tells Danny about his mother. I am dying to see that conversation), where Alex could show off his acting chops. I've seen a lot of people rag on his acting (not that I'm saying that the praise is undeserved, mind you – just that Alex doesn't deserve all the criticism), and he could really prove some people wrong with this storyline. Also, not gonna lie, I love angsty Steve – especially when Danny's there for comfort. LOL! ;) Finally, I'm waiting to reserve judgment on Catharine until we actually see her as a full-time character. I've enjoyed her appearances so far, and while I don't want her to break up the Danny/Steve partnership, I'm still interested to see what role her character will play.

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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.