Hawaii Five-0 Review: Off And Running

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"La O Na Makuahine:Mother’s Day

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 kicked off with the Chin-Ho, Kono and Malia-based cliffhanger we have been biting our nails over all summer. While my guess from the season finale of how Kono could be saved was really close (Adam saved her after Chin-Ho called him), my hope that Malia opening her eyes meant that she would survive didn't fair as well. 

Can we hope that Chin-Ho won’t go down a horribly dark path over Malia’s death because he was able to catch Frank Delano and shoot him in the face with a shotgun? I’m worried that we are going to have to deal with “Evil Chin-Ho” now for several episodes, which would drag down the overall feel of the show.

The premiere also gave us a complete answer to the questions that were asked most often during the show's sophomore season. To wit: What is Shelburne? It was Doris McGarrett’s code name when she was a spy before Steve was born. 

It was even better to receive the answer directly from Doris McGarrett herself as she explained why she disappeared for 20 years to Steve. I’m not surprised that Steve had some anger about his mom faking her own death. I was very glad that he got past it, though, towards the end of the episode when he called her “mom” instead of “Doris.”

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Premiere Pic

In addition to Christine Lahti coming on board as Mrs. McGarrett, Michelle Borth returned as Catherine Rawlins. She's now a series regular. While they didn’t explain why she is suddenly island-bound in the Navy, I enjoyed watching her and Doris together too much to really complain about it. 

Speaking of Doris and Catherine, I’m very curious why Doris didn’t shoot Wo Fat and, more importantly, why Wo Fat spent years trying to find her and didn’t even raise his pistol. I’m sensing that any relief I have over finding out who Shelburne was is going to quickly be replaced with questions about Wo Fat and Doris’ interaction and relationship. 

My only complaint about the opener was the way the writers decided to have Wo Fat escape. I just don’t get why it had to involve a helicopter picking up an armored car with a giant skill-crane style claw. Had they cut to a shot of the three-eyed alien from Toy Story pointing and saying Oooooh, The Claw!! it would not have surprised me... and might have made it better. 

I will say (claw-copter aside) that the rest of the action from Peter Lenkov’s story was great. I cheered out loud when Kono jumped straight up as the guy tried to run her down and then shot him through the windshield while standing on the hood.

In conclusion, this week’s premiere was excellent and the addition of Lahti as Doris made for some fun Hawaii Five-O Quotes. I’m excited to see where Lenov decides to take her and Catherine in relation to the core team. What did you think of the premiere? Do you like the addition of Doris McGarrett?


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After reading further, I think the accusations that Malia was killed off because she's Asian is just plain stupid. If that was the case, why even orchestrate a wedding between her and Chin Ho in the first place? Maybe she was killed off to add more depth to Chin Ho's character. How many episodes did Rachel appear in last season? Very little after having a bigger role in season one. Oh, and she's white, last I checked. When it comes to secondary characters, you're not going to see them often, and sometimes, the producers kill them off. Of the six main characters, three of them are Asian. Doesn't sound like "white-washing" to me.


Sorry, but I am done with this show after this episode. The Wo Fat escape was completely ridiculous and was pretty much the last straw for me. I kept waiting to hear Jim Carey going, "It's the Claw!!!". Then they have HPD looking worse than the Keystone Cops - always 2 steps behind any criminal. Why can't keep anybody in jail more than a couple of hours? Next, the bad guys are always racking up a huge HPD body count. Is there anybody left in the force? Last, that car accident shootout that reminded me of one of my computer games. It's Monday Night Football for me from now on.


Continued: The Catherine character is nice, but I'm not too concerned about any romance on HFO. Speaking of that, where is all this "chemistry" between Kono and Adam that I keep hearing about? I sure didn't see it the other night, and quite frankly, I don't even know where or when this romance started. It seems kind of forced. I always thought Daniel Dae Kim was/is the best actor on the show--certainly the best interrogator--and he proved it on Monday by taking a meaty storyline and running with it. Maybe I just misinterpreted the ending of season 2, but I kind of got the feeling that Malia wasn't in danger of being fatally injured. Maybe a bit of revisionist history over the summer? At any rate, I can't wait to get back in the routine of watching them catch the weekly "bad guy of the week." Although, I am a bit concerned about the ratings. Regardless of what you think of the show, it deserves to be on tv. Maybe a new night?


I really liked the season opener. I'm a huge fan of Hawaii Five O past and present, so I'll watch, no matter what. The problem with television today is people expect storylines to be wrapped up in weeks, and will not tolerate things such as a "Wo Fat" character being a main plot line for years. Hawaii Five O wouldn't be what it is without the carrot of McGarrett someday finally catching Wo Fat. Anyone who wants him gone just doesn't know about the history of the show and what the plot line means to the legacy of it. You don't bring Wo Fat back every episode, and I think the writers have been careful not to bludgeon us with it too much. It's something to be re-introduced every so often. I think the problem with the show last season was that they brought in the Lori character and made her a part of the core crew, and there simply isn't any room for five members of "the team." They brought in the Max character, and Joe White, and they worked because they're doing their own thing and not out there trying to catch the "bad guys" directly. The Catherine character may be a nice addition, just as long as we don't have to watch too many romantic scenes between her and McGarrett. Quite frankly, I could care less about any romance in a cop show, especially Hawaii Five O. I don't know where all this "chemistry" between Kono and Adam was. I mean, I love Kono and think she is quite sexy, but that "romance" seemed to come out of nowhere. I actually don't even know how it started, to be honest. I've always thought that Daniel Dae Kim was the best actor on the show--his interrogation scenes are certainly the best of the crew--and he took a meaty storyline and ran with it. However, I don't know about any of you, but I was kind of under the impression that Malia was going to be fine at the end of season 2. It seems to me that maybe they re-wrote a little history during the summer and made her injury a little more fatal than it originally was supposed to be.


Loved Christine Lahti; sp? Think she's great actress and scenes with AOL worked well. Like Kath on the show too. Ratings totally tanked--I was shocked at 1.8 in key demo. I am concerned that the show won't last the season.


For the nay-sayers...don't like...watch something else. I loved the episode... I also like James Bond movies...Everything about this episode was exciting, emotional, fun-filled and just enjoyable to watch.


I was really saddened that Malia died, Chin Ho had so little time to be happy, and Daniel Dae Kim is such a wonderful actor, he should have gotten more angst-free drama. I totally agree with Jodee on the rest of it, I love the chemistry between Kono and Adam, and while I was anxious to see Mama McG, I have to reserve judgment of her until we find out exactly how dirty she is, how far in league with Wo Fat, whom I'm beginning to be bored by, he always gets away and always kills everyone he wants dead. He's just too slippery and too black hat to be real. Though I am not a Kono fan, I loved that she jumped up on the car and got nasty, that made her character seem tougher and more realistic. Loved my Alex O moments, as usual...sad that he didn't take his shirt off in this ep, but you can't have it all. :)


Overall I enjoyed and loved the episode. I did predict that Adam would save Kono so I was totally stoked that it happened, I hope they show a bit more about Adam and Kono's relationship (Ian Anthony Dale is a dreamboat hottie!) I had also previously predicted that Shelburne would be Steve's Mom, an idea that started when her name was never mentioned in the first season.
I loved Daniel Dae Kim and his portrayal of a grieving husband, especially the scene in the end where he breaks down in the house.
Catherine was a great addition and have been waiting for that since she was introduced, she has awesome chemistry with Steve. The comment about how he didnt think her looking after his mom like her own came out wrong indicates that things might get serious between the two in the future.
The claw scene was silly, albeit could have been better if instead of the armored car being dropped in the ocean, it could have been set on the ship - much more believable. After all it has been done in a Bollywood movie, so why the hell not in Hawaii Five O.
Looking forward to the season and how the lives of the team are affected by the events, especially Chin Ho Kelly as well as Steve.


Opener was good ... but it's time to get rid of Wo Fat....tooo dragged out...bad guy must go


Gotta say I loved the episode! Yes, I knew what to expect, and most of it happened that way. Not a bad thing, just means I pay a lot of attention to this show and love to analyze it - maybe too much! Over the top helicopter escape? Sure! Fun to watch? Totally! And what is so wrong with that? We love it on James Bond - why can't H5-0 be Network TV's rendition of James Bond fun? Loved Christine Lahti - she played Mom McG perfectly. She's quirky, confusing, gritty, secretive and possibly a downright liar. Mother-in-law from hell? Ask Danny! Wo Fat as Steve's half brother? Don't think so - too many variables to consider there, but I DO think Wo Fat and Doris have had a "professional" relationship through the years - spy company-related. We'll find out by the end of the season! Catherine Rollins is a wonderful addition to the cast. She IS the person Lori could have been last season. The acting prize goes to DDK, for sure. He rocked all of Chin's emotions beautifully. Nothing disappointing about this episode to me at all.

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