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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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The scene where Steve confronts Doris was nothing short of amazing..."don't give me the hurt feelings..." yikes! That scene was phenomenal. I know it's the cliffie but I really wanted to know what Doris knows and who is cutting through the steel door to get to WoFat....now we just have to wait. I sure hope Wo-Fat is not Steve's half brother...maybe a step brother if we have to go that route. The make up for Wo Fat..Ouch!
I did like the ending with Gabby and Lelani coming into the picture. Best of all, I really liked that Chin supported Kono's decision to go into hiding with Adam. Chin is willing to give Adam the benefit of the doubt and with that, so do I. I hope Adam lives up to Kono's expectations. And that promise between Steve and Kono...it's not forever..aaack! Poor Steve looked so sad to see Kono go and the TBC with Mom, Kono's teary eyed aloha to Chin...OMG what a satisfying ending, the cliff hanger not withstanding..And I want to see where Cath and the Ex's storyline goes...he's staying at the Ilikai (a nod to the original H50) The acting by all was amazing. Bravo!!

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Wow! Great Finale! I'm on the West Coast and all the wild tweeting about the awesome plot and action was killin' me! And then the tweet from "@PLenkov: #H50 fans. Don't fear... Kono's story is FAR from over." So, I knew going in that Kono was fine : ). Whew! I love the entire cast, but Kono ...kick-ass Kono is special : ) Thank you, Peter : ) I loved the finale! So much action, so much to absorb, loved Adam fighting his bro to protect Kono even though we all know Kono can take care of herself, yes, even injured. Loved that Adam is so in love with Kono that he wasn't horribly angry at her for cloning his phone. When the gun went off, my heart stopped. I felt Adam's grief and angst at killing his own brother but Michael was evil and I am glad to see that story arc over. But cutie Fong got hurt. : ( And Fong does favors too ; ) He is a good friend.
The scene where Steve confronts Doris was nothing short of amazing..."don't give me the hurt feelings..." yikes! That scene was phenomenal. I know it's the cliffie but I really wanted to know what Doris knows and who is cutting through the steel door to get to WoFat....now we just have to wait. I sure hope Wo-Fat is not Steve's half brother...maybe a step brother if we have to go that route. The make up for Wo Fat..Ouch! I did like the ending with Gabby and Lelani coming into the picture. Best of all, I really liked that Chin supported Kono's decision to go into hiding with Adam. Chin is willing to give Adam the benefit of the doubt and with that, so do I. I hope Adam lives up to Kono's expectations. And that promise between Steve and Kono...it's not forever..aaack! Poor Steve looked so sad to see Kono go and the TBC with Mom, Kono's teary eyed aloha to Chin...OMG what a satisfying ending, the cliff hanger not withstanding..And I want to see where Cath and the Ex's storyline goes...he's staying at the Ilikai (a nod to the original H50) The acting by all was amazing. Bravo!!

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I loved the finale ! I love that we weren't given all the answers.
I certainly hope Grace isn't leaving - love her portrayal of Kono. If she's pregnant, this ending makes sense. I'm sure we'll hear soon. 5-0 and Blue Bloods on Friday nights are going to be GREAT !! Thanks to the cast and crew for another great season and I hope for many more !

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@George, clearly you haven't spent a lot of time in san diego. less then half of the population is white, with the rest being largely hispanic, as well as asian and african american. not exactly a "white washed" city! lol!!! really disappointed in this finale. i cant believe we didn't get any closure or answers on the doris arc. and like someone else said, it felt like there were 2 teams of writers who didn't communicate with each other. but not just for this ep, for the entire season. lots of disjointed stories, plot holes and under-developed characters. it seems like they're setting up a lot of female replacements for kono next season, with catherine, leilani and gabby. seems like it'll be more of a character/relationship show, rather than a crime procedural. i'll miss the core team, but i hope they at least keep the mcdanno bromance going.

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I believe it'll be a mistake to drop Kono (Grace Park)off the show. It will never be the same - she's an irreplaceble member of the team. I for one will probably stop watching... its not Hawaii Five-O anymore if any member is gone....

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If Fong and Kono disappear from the show, it would be one step closer to complete white washing of not just Hawaii Five-0 but Hawaii itself...with Chin Ho Kelly the final domino to fall. If they want an all-white show how about basing the show somewhere in Orange County, CA like Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach, or even better San Diego?

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I would have liked to see the transition or continuation from the last mintues of last mondays episode ot yesterdays opening scene. I mean the moment Max told Steve that Konos gun was fired to the moment of the opening scene yesterday where they were already in the car chased by the police, ther was a gap in between on that. That was a miss and a flaw from me from writers or Peter.

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Fans were worried about Kono's fate for next season so Peter tweeted something not so long ago about the character and he said: "H50 fans dont fear, Kono;s story is far from over". Fans are starting to speculate that Grace Park is really pregnant, I have read this on many site forums already so maybe rumors are true, she is indeed pregnant. There is nothing official though but the news are out there so there might be some true about it. If that is really true my guess is that Grace will miss part of S4 or half probably someone will take her place until she comes back. Maybe the story of Kono leaving with Adam makes a way to hid her pregnancy. They say that at some wrap up party pics it clearly shows she is hiding a bump.

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Leilani, I don't know, I'm not sure I like that. What I don0t like for sure is that the writers brought back Gabby, I really don't get why, it's not like we saw Danny missing her all these months, now we are supposed to believe they are still in a relationship? And sadly they sidelined the Steve/Danny relationship in this episode (and lately), I really think it's a mistake... a great, great part of this show's success rests on their relationship. Focus on that, please...

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This season finale gave us more questions than answers, I liked some parts, some others I didn't like at all. I liked that the team was there for Kono, as the family they are. I liked the Kono/Noshimuri brothers storyline, but I suspend my judgement about the writers's choice to make Kono running away with Adam, because I don't want her to leave the team permanently... hopefully she won't, she promised this won't be forever. And please don’t kill off Fong! I like his character so much! As for Catherine, is this Billy guy going t be a character in the next season? The only way I could like this storyline is if it will put an end to the Steve/Catherine boring and forced romance. I loved the Steve/Wo Fat interaction and also Steve's scenes with Doris, these two episodes made me regain some interest in this storyline. I'm happy the Steve/Wo Fat half brothers theories didn't end up being right, I think it could all be a CIA related storyline, I'd prefer it this way. About Chin calling Leilani, I don't know, I'm not sure I like that. What I don0t like for sure is that the writers brought back Gabby, I really don't get why, it's not like we saw Danny missing her all these months, now we are supposed to believe they are still in a relationship? And sadly they sidelined the Steve/Danny relationship in this episode (and lately), I really think it's a mistake... a great, great part of this show's success rests on their relationship. Focus on that, please...

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 24 Quotes

Good, all we gotta do is stop an anonymous maniac who butchered five people from getting off the island.

Danny

Police Officer: I hope you know what you're doing, Steve.
Danny Williams: You know what you're doing, right?

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