I have to say this was the best episode yet this season. Of coursed I missed Danny, but the writers did a great job explaining his absence and with the phone conversation. Chi McBride is probably the best idea TPTB had for this show in a long time, and it's paying off. Viewers love him and what he brings to the show. His arguments with Steve are pure fun, although in a much different light from the Danny/Steve bromance. Up until this episode, it appeared as if Grover wouldn't make much effort to back up a Five-0, but after working together, albeit grudgingly, both men at least respect each other. I hope they keep this relationship edgy - it adds a new dimension to the show - someone who begrudges Five-0's immunity and means and makes no bones about it! Also love how the writers incorporated Catherine into the team dynamic. This is exactly what I had hoped to see - put her to use with her computer and intel skills so when Kono returns full time after the first of the year, she'll partner with Chin and leave Cath in charge of the magic table (hopefully, by then, she'll know how to use it!) Nick Jonas did a very convincing job as a brilliant sociopath/computer hacker. Shocked but intrigued by the ending - I feel Ian might be the new nemesis Peter Lenkov alluded to in an interview last summer - someone to take Steve's mind off WoFat for a while. Great episode, great writing and acting -Season 4 is right on track!
Well, hello there, Jim! So nice to see a new H5-0 review finally up! It's been sorely missed! This was indeed a fun episode - I loved Three Men and A Baby and especially Danny's fairy tale, but I'm mostly intrigued with the Capt. Grover/McG relationship! Very cool little touch of undermining McG's authority Grover attempted by trying to buddy up to Chin! I would love to see a scene with Grover and Danny sharing longboards and commiserating about dealing with superSEAL! But we know, when all is said and done, Danny will always have Steve's back. Looking forward to more of this dynamic in future eps. Catherine on the team is just fine with me. Remember in S1 everyone complained about pencil-thin Kono taking down Sang Min's thugs and she hadn't even graduated from the Academy! Catherine has been on active duty in Navy Intel and survived several oversea deployments - why is it hard to imagine she could take down a Yakuza pretty boy? Welcome to the team, Catherine.
I see some things haven't changed over the summer! Still not enough characters for us more long-winded commenters! Grace has her reasons for wanting time off, and apparently for not wanting the world to know what they are! Looking forward to more Chi McBride and a new season of action (and a new Camaro - loved the Chevy commercial after the Silver Bullet's demise)!
This was a fun, fun, fun premiere! The opening scenes flowed so perfectly from the S3 finale right into the S4 premiere, as if there had not been a 4 month hiatus between the episodes! Was the scene in the Max security lock up a little video game-ish? Yes, and I loved it! Such an action-packed premiere, but not so easy to follow the first time through, I will admit. My 2 cents on the brotherhood of McGarrett & WoFat? It's too easy. The McGarrett family story line is complicated and convoluted, and making them brothers is way too simplistic an outcome. Doris is an extremely complex character, can't wait to find out her connection with WoFat, but she's not his mother. Kono will be back! Not so sure about Adam! PLenkov says we will see Kono back with the team but not until mid season. I would also like to see -either a written or video interview- where Grace Park says she no longer wants to be on H5-0. Pretty sure one does not exist. She has her reasons for wanting time off, and apparently for not wanting the world to know what they are! Looking forward to more Chi McBride and a new season of action (and a new Camaro -loved the Chevy commercial after the Silver Bullet's demise)!
Not a bad episode! Kind of fun to watch - very much a Mission: Impossible mock up! I got the feeling early on in the heist that H50 was making fun of itself a bit. Love or hate this show, you have got to admit the writing team and producers enjoy taking risks and dance to a different drum beat with their plots and story lines. It's not a strict cop procedural. Neither is it simply a character-driven drama or action hero movie each week! It's a combination of all of the above - and it's willing to take risks. I love that about this show. It doesn't work perfectly every week, but when it does, it's awesome! I for one, appreciate the risk taking!
Fantastic episode! One of the best of the season. The plot was gripping right from the get-go. The story line may have left us scratching our heads wondering why these people did what the did and who was actually in charge of the abductions and welfare scam, but the thrust of the story was to find little Emma before it was too late! It almost needed to be a Law and Order episode where the first half is finding the perpetrator and the second half is trying the case in court! But then, I don!t really care about the legal stuff on this show (and neither does 5-0!) The actors, including the guest actors were spot on, and the inclusion of Tip Gilbert - the father of Maile Gilbert for whom the Maile Alert system is named for, brought home the reality of child abductions. H50 my be considered "frivolous" television - but it's nonetheless current in it's story lines.
Thoroughly enjoyed this episode. The format was jarring enough to throw me out of my comfort zone with this show and made me think about the characters a little more. Instead of me feeling like an invisible member of the team this week, I had to look at them and their actions from the outside. It's a good think to have to do once in awhile. Seems a strange way to bring about the recapture of Wo Fat, but really kind of cool, when you think about it. Wo Fat has been the master at blending into the background and being virtually invisible. If it wasn't for Savannah Walker's desire to get the details about the murder scene by physically grabbing hold of the cop walking away (who just happened to be Wo Fat), would McGarrett and team have even realized Wo Fat was involved? Although the mockumentary was awkward and jarring, it did it's part to advance the Wo Fat/Steve storyline along in a convincing way! Wo Fat was the victim of opportunistic journalism!
Cont. Everyone likes to blame a particular character or actor for the down turn in ratings. I think that's unfair. Many different things influence a show's ratings, including time slot, competition, demographics, lead ins, it's a pretty convoluted subject, and saying the ratings are down because let's say, Catherine is on screen too much, is pretty silly. Of course, since everyone is so adamant about confirming they have a right to their own opinion, I proudly say: In My Opinion!
I quickly became engrossed in the story telling in this episode. It was a very good example of a flashback scenario in that it moved back and forth in time in logical and gripping ways. This story explained many aspects of Steve McGarrett's make up, who he is as a person and as a leader of men. The episode would have made zero sense if any or all of the Core team tagged along to North Korea. It clearly started out as a sanctioned military exchange of personnel -live North Koreans for a fallen soldier. Obviously, the situation changed, but I have no problems with Catherine going into North Korea with Steve. She might not be a SEAL, but she's highly trained and who's to say she hasn't been on her own fair share of covert operations? Hey, I watch this show for the pure joy of it, and I refuse to detract from it's impact by nitpicking at the irrationalities on screen! Everyone watches television for individual reasons, but what's the point in watching something you despise? Everyone likes to say they are entitled to their opinions, and I agree, but at the same time, everyone's also entitled to change the channel.
Not going to lie - I'm just not impressed with NCIS:Red. I didn't feel any affinity to the new team. I'm afraid without the interaction with the established NCIS:LA team, these new characters are going to fall flat. I felt no chemistry between the actual Red team members, and I just don't understand what they are supposed to do! Laverne and Shirley, really? Wasn't that whole "HQ in a semi" done eons ago on Night Rider? It still takes a couple days to drive a semi across the country, how can that be more mobile than flying the team where ever they are needed? I do wish the show well, but I doubt I will be going out of my way to watch this come fall - especially if there's something better on!
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