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Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Matter of Trust

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And then there were three.

Alongside some averted terrorist events, fratricide and comingthisclose to finally getting to the bottom of the Doris-Wo Fat situation, "Aloha, Malama Pono (Farewell and Take Care)" also saw the team undergo a fundamental change. Due to the loss of Kono.

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But did it, really? Count me as skeptical that Kono is going to stay on the run for very long or that the actions of tonight's episode will have lasting ramifications.

Don't get me wrong - there were many things to like about the Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 finale, including some zingy Hawaii 5-0 quotes and a truly vicious murder for the crew to solve. But ultimately, the episode was about promising higher stakes than could be delivered.

I blame the Noshimuris. Through a season that gave us plenty of heinous baddies to watch the gang take down, Michael Noshimuri was something of a flat villain. Sure, he was capable of some heartbreaking works of staggering badness and the show worked overtime to give the battling bros all manner of exciting problems over the past few weeks.

But his plot never gained enough momentum to truly drive the show. And, honestly, he just didn't have that much charisma.

Hawaii Five-0 excels at creating the kind of bad guys that you just can't look away from (see: Fat, Wo). But Michael Noshimuri never quite got there for me. Even in his death scene, what should have been shocking violence between two brothers barely registered. And Hawaii Five-0 is certainly a drama that knows how to make the pain register.

However, so little was invested in the Noshimuri plot line - aside from Kono's well-being, of course - that to watch the brothers fight each other was a wasted opportunity. Unfortunately, over the course of the entire season, neither of the Noshimuris were able to summon up the charisma and character that Doris McGarrett can inject in a brief scene at the supermarket.

Yes, I was hoping this season finale would focus on Doris, and maybe take us a little bit closer to unearthing Mrs. McG's mysterious motives. And yes, I'm disappointed that I have to wait til the season premiere (if then!) to have all my questions about America's favorite post-menopausal ex-super-spy answered. Of all the plot threads that wove in and out of this season, Doris's was both the most fun and the most intriguing - and the case with the actual highest stakes. Which is probably why the show saved her story for another day.

I'm not going to offer a send-off to Kono because I don't imagine that we've seen Grace Park wearing body armor over a tank top for the last time (I mean, I hope not! For all of our sakes!).

But I can imagine a Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 where the show's shape has mutated into one that's 3/4 island crime-fighting and 1/4 Kono being an international (fugitive) woman of mystery. I'm not saying I'm lobbying for it, but I could imagine it. Some sumptuous helicopter shots of Shanghai at sunset, perhaps?

However, I'm more inclined to believe that Adam and Kono's jaunt will be coming to a close just around the time of the show's fourth season premiere - not only is it simpler, but having the 5-0 all in one place just makes for better TV. And so knowing that Kono's defection will only probably last the length of a summer hiatus lowered the stakes on that, too.

Not to say that I'm disappointed in the finale; season finales often have the thankless job of trying to tie up every single loose plot thread, come up with a few cliff-hangers to keep fans interested all summer and still make time to fit in a few commercials (my favorite was for Cascade, if you're keeping track - calm down about how clean the inside of your dishwashers are, you maniac-ladies!).

And so, in the grand scheme of season finales, this did a fine, serviceable job. I'm more eager to see next season than reeling from tonight's revelations, but perhaps that was the plan all along.

What did you think of the season finale? Do you think Kono will stay away for long? Who could be on the other side of that steel door?

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Good episode. Jorge Garcia was great as Jerry (again) and hope he will be in it on a regular basis. Could do with more Kono. It seems like she and Masi Oka have been getting short changed this season. I was expecting that after Grace returned to the set that there would be at least one Konocentric episode this season but that doesn't seem to be the case and I find that odd since the ratings seem to taken a jump with her return. Coincidence? Maybe.

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Good beginning with a couple of exceptions:
- wacky timeline
- not nearly enough Kono and just when we get some more screen time for her the episode ends
And WOW, all the cars/SUVs wrecked were Chevys! That brought a smile to my face as did seeing "Toast" again and Danny looking for love advice from McGarrett at just about the worst possible time. Lots of action and fun especially with Chi McBride. Hope to see him in many more episodes.
Looking forward to next week and to later in the season when Kono comes back to Hawaii.

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(continued from cut off) a much better story line. Kono is a beautiful woman and she rarely gets to express being more feminine or emotional, without having to always take her clothes off (no complaints but not all she is), currently this story line now is to far fetched for anyone to believe and personally I find more it aggrevating to watch and wouldn't if her beauty didn't win out over the stupidity.

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Will someone please end the ridiculas relationship of Adam and Kono. NO other relationship on the show is so unrealistic its annoying to watch. No cop would date a international crime boss even if trying to go legit, their whole relationship has been arguementative, distrusting, emotionless, and spent saving each other because of his affiliates and because of the little time they spend together it comes across as more of a booty call than a relationship. No "I love you's" or anything real to make you believe it, the beggining of season three finale they are arguing about their distrust in each other then at the end she tells her cousin how much she loves being a cop and then leaves the country to be with a man who has had her doing more kicking ass, and killing Yakuza to survive being with him then she does fighting crime as a cop. Can we get real, a relationship taking her away from Adam and providing more normalcy, and emotion in her life like the rest of the cast makes a much better story line, its like your trying your hardest to off her at every moment, when does she get to be real. Konos character would play far more interesting if she had a more realistic life all around, and wasn't always kicking ass and was more femine and emotional in her off work time, she is a beautiful woman and she should get to show that more often and not just by taking off her clothes to do it.

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Will someone please find better writers for kono. This relationship with Adam is totally rediculas, and so far fetched its annoying. Adams character is totally killing Kono in every way possible. No cop in their right mind would be involved with a international crime boss, the relationship has show little if any time,true feeling,

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Kono surely will be back ..!!

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I think it was an AMAZING season finale. I support everyones opionons, but what some people are saying like "oh the writers are dragging it out too long" is bull crap. I think is fine. It makes me want to keep watching it. The steel door is a "cliff hanger" which is meant to bring people back the next season for those who dont know. If the writers told everything at once, no one would watch because the drama and suspense would not be as great of an impact. Do you guys want them to say the answer to every thread/storyline on the season finale? Did you want them to say what the connection between Steve's mom and Wo fat is? Did you want them to show you exactly who's behind the door? If they did that, than why would you watch the next season? There would be not as great of a feeling or the need to see the next seasons first episode. It makes no sense what some people are saying in these comments. The writers are doing a GREAT job at the show and need to keep it up. The show is AWSOME

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I wanted to know what people thing about Wo Fat and a couple of days ago set up a poll on my blog. Check out my profile and you'll find the link. 230 people voted so far and 62% of them thinks Wo Fat is Steve's brother. I'm not among them, somehow I don't think he's Doris's son.

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I agree with Fernanda, Steve and Fat are brothers or 1/2 brothers.

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Hope the show doesn't lose its way. I hope that writers reel it in a little bit and get back to what they do best, which is solving crimes.