Hawaii Five-O kicked off the 2011 with non-stop action in "Ke Kinohi," as the energy and focus of the story led to one of the best episodes of the season.
The consequences of McGarrett's investigation into his mother's murder started to come to light. The tool box left by McGarrett's father, filled with cryptic clues, was stolen and the detective's sister was kidnapped for trying her hand at the investigation.
Within 15 minutes of the episode, McGarrett was a man on a mission.
McGarrett's intensity and deep personal involvement in the case were well-tempered by Danno, who acted as the voice of reason throughout.
That voice wasn't enough to keep McGarrett from over-stepping some rational boundaries, but I think having it there helped ease the character down when the governor also had to step in.Jean Smart, as Governor Pat Jameson, was a treat as always. She had some subtle, albeit telling, moments in her interactions with McGarrett. Loved how she needed a beer after receiving bad news, but still layed down the facts of the matter honestly, as the immunity she extended the Five-O could only go so far.
I was sad to see Mary McGarrett led out of the picture at the end. While her departure leaves one fewer person for McGarrett to worry about, the opportunities for the character seemed high. The reach of the Yakuza is far, though, so it's plausible she could turn up again.
It's interesting to note McGarrett's selfishness in this case. It was personal and hit straight home for him, which was why he acted with such ferocity, but the character seemed blinded to the danger he puts the rest of the Five-O in when he jumped at such powerful forces without enough evidence to support his gut feelings.
With his sister safe in L.A. he doesn’t have much to lose as he pursues his mother's killers, but Danno has plenty. I'm hoping this point comes up in future installments.
This episode was a stepping stone for the series, bringing us closer and closer to a bigger showdown. There's still a lot for McGarrett to learn, and there are still consequences to be paid for actions the Five-O took in the past. It's exhilarating to watch all the action unfold one piece at a time.