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Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Very Cold March
10/2/2012 3:51 PM
I have to say I'm rather surprised at your vehement dislike of Ep. 3.02, Jim! I usually agree with most of what you write, but I'm afraid I just can't get behind your review this week. I honestly enjoyed the episode and I felt a return to the Season 1 vibe that so many fans have been asking for. Action, drama, humor, compassion and Ohana moments were all present - is it possible that we are just having too good a time complaining to realize it? August March was a great villain, but let him go,folks - there will be more dasdardly villains in future eps., I'm sure. (Jeez, it could even be Mom McG who turns out to be the nastiest of the bunch considering what we learned in the last minute of the ep.)! I particularly liked the car chase scene with the bus and the untimely demise of Mr. March. Chin and Danny's scene on the beach was very moving - in the future I see Danny being the friend who grounds Chin in the present and gets him through his "dark time". It was a very well done scene. Of course, there's always room for improvement, and a trip to "Shark Week" next time should spice things up! Thanks for the review, Jim (I think! LOL)
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Off And Running
9/26/2012 12:38 AM
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.
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Ending With A Bang
5/15/2012 3:41 PM
Cut off again! To finish my sentence: deep bond of friendship these two partners have developed.
Poor Chin! He's NEVER going to get out from under that "bad cop" moniker. The real shock of the night was even though we knew from previews that Kono had been kidnapped, we didn't know that Malia had been, too! (There were enough spoilers out there to spill the beans to many of us, though). Kono and her swimming skills will survive, Malia on the other hand, is still questionable, but Chin will have a lot of music to face for helping Delano just walk away from Halawa! Next season, Chin's going to have a lot of 'slaning to do!
Gonna be a fun ride, again! Happy summer hiatus, folks!
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Ending With A Bang
5/15/2012 3:32 PM
Excellent season finale! I have whiplash today from trying to keep up with all the action on screen. This was not such a shock and awe finale as last year's - no really jaw dropping surprises, especially since Mom McG as Shelburne has been batted around the ballpark ever since Joe kidnapped Hiro from the elevator. The vast majority of followers predicted Fryer to be the opening dead body. Have to admire Fryer, even if I didn't like him! Sizemore played him as a tough, old school cop - true to his convictions and determined to get the job done no matter the price. He had an honorable death. Good for you, Show!
I, for one, enjoy and appreciate the friendship that has grown through the two seasons between Steve and Danny. Let's face it - there is no H5-0 without them together. They can do "apart" for a few episodes, but their relationship is truly front and center in this series. This week's cargument was not so much an argument but an affirmation of the deep bond and friendship that's developed between these two partners. Kudos, Show!
Lets not forget poor Chin and the mess he's in! It's going to take more than the S3 premiere to get Chin out of all the hot water he's going to be in personally and professionally! Kono will survive, Malia is questionable at the moment, and once again, Chin will be in hot, hot water with HPD!
Happy summer, everyone! It's been quite a fun ride this season!
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Welcome Home Steve
5/8/2012 12:41 PM
What storyline do I want to see wrapped up? Shelburne!! Also, Joe White! I'm ready for this chapter to end - not Wo Fat, though. That man is awesome. Just wait until Steve finds out the CIA has be "handling" Wo Fat for 15 years (wasn't Mom McG killed about 15 years ago? Hmm?)
Want more Kono and Adam - what onscreen chemistry! Wow!
Alex looked better than ever - good for him (and good for us, too!)
Oh, Danno! Your troubles are just beginning! Getting in bad with the CIA - I see major dilemmas on the horizon for you, my golden-haired boy!
Can't wait for the finale! My nails have a week to grow back before they get torn off again!
NCIS: Los Angeles Review: The Four Angels
5/4/2012 3:52 PM
I enjoyed the crossover, although probably not as much as the pre-show hype told me I would! I watch both shows, even though H5-0 is my current favorite. I feel you really have to watch both parts of the crossover to see the entire flow of the storyline. It all begins in Hawaii with the death of the first smallpox victim and expands to include the NCIS:LA team because the buyer identified by 5-0 is on the NCIS:LA watch list - enter Callen and Sam to paradise. It moves on to LA and introduces the NCIS:LA team who get to finally put a name to the villain and both teams get to solve the case together. The story was a little difficult to follow with all the different suspects, but it all eventually worked. There was plenty of good banter, although a few mistakes happened, too. The cargument between Sam and Danny failed, IMO. Others can have arguments in a car - only Steve and Danny can do a cargument. It's an H5-0 brand. Danny and Deeks, and Danny and Hetty were spot on encounters. I really like how the NCIS: LA writers get good screentime for their actors each week - H5-0 writers, please take notice. It's one of the weakest parts on 5-0 and probably THE major 5-0 fan complaint.
I would watch another H5-0/NCIS:LA crossover, especially if McGarrett was it it, although I do like my shows separate but equal!
Bones Review: Cold Cut
4/18/2012 3:21 PM
I got cut off! Just wanted to finish my train of thought by saying we will all have to get used to the product placement because sponsors are who pay for our favorite shows and they have to get something back for their buck!
Bones Review: Cold Cut
4/18/2012 3:19 PM
Interesting to hear complaints here about product placement in Bones! Reality check, people! It's happening in just about every TV series now! I've read some articles about this phenomena, and basically we are seeing more of it because people are no longer actually watching commercials! We have this wonderful thing now called DVR - so television viewers can record their favorite shows and watch at a later date, at which point they can just fast forward right over the commercials. So, makes sense that marketing whizkids have figured out how to get a sponsor's products to the viewers, they place them in the actual episode where they won't be missed.
On Hawaii 5-0, the good guys all drive Chevys (sponsor), the bad guys drive Fords. Kamekona eats FIVE foot long Subway sandwiches in the middle of an ep, and everyone eats, sleeps and swims at the Hawaiian Hilton after flying in on Hawaii Air! It's all product placement, everyone knows it, and life goes on in paradise. We all will have to get used to it in all the shows we watch, since sponsors pay the way for our shows to be on, and they have to get something back for their buck!
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Marching In
3/20/2012 3:26 PM
Whoops, must have done something wrong - only half my comment posted!
I started to say I gave the episode 5 glorious stars. Ed Asner still has it! Tom Sizemore is deliciously annoying which means he's playing Fryer very well, indeed. Taryn Manning as Mary is back and "trying" to straighten out her life (what Nov. were you refeerring to, Jim? We last saw Mary in Jan. 2011 when she was kidnapped by Noshimuri).
The best part of the episode last night was seeing Danny take charge of the case. With Alex on the mend for awhile, we'll be seeing alot more of Danny, Chin and Kono handling the business as usual. I have no fear that they will be able to keep H5-0 alive and well for the duration. Congrats to all for the Season 3 renewal, as well!
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Marching In
3/20/2012 3:08 PM
Hmm, you gave the episode 4 stars, Jim, but I'm not sure you've stated what you didn't like about it to only give it 4. It's a little bit of a lean review this week. You zeroed in on some suspected discrepancies to consistency - namely the use of a "McGarrett" as August March's arresting officer. One of the other commenters has already set you straight on this - not a discrepancy at all but an indication that this is a "reboot" and not a "reprisal" of the original H5-0.
Also, don't know what your point was with the Kaleo and Mary thing. The fact that Mary and Kaleo reappeared in the same episode does not mean a thing to me! I have no idea where you were going with the writers needing to expand their ways of incorporating returning characters...huh?
Did you like the story line? You really don't say much about that. I thought it was a smart, tightly written, well executed plot this week. Joe Halprin is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers for H5-0!
I gave the episode 5 glorious stars. Ed Asner still has it! Tom Sizemore is annoying as ever in a good way...meaning he's doing his job with the Capt. Fryer character, and Taryn Manning was back in good form (what Nov. were you referring to, Jim? We last saw Mary in Jan. 2011 when she was kidnapped by Hiro Noshimuri.)
I think the biggest plus for me was seeing Danny step forward and take command of the action. He proved he can handle whatever case is dropped in 5-0's lap. With Alex gone for a while now, Danny/Scott will have to take command of the situation with support from Chin/Daniel and Kono/Grace. They are up to the task, and H5-0 is alive and well. Congrats on the Season 3 renewal, as well!
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