Hawaii Five-0

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali’i i luna
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Hawaii Five-0 - Kau ka 'ōnohi ali'i i luna TV review

A cop, a police cadet, and a former head of the Yakuza walk into a bank. “Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali’i i luna” offers some unusual pairings as circumstances put Junior (Beulah Koale) and the recently-returned Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) as McGarrett‘s (Alex O’Loughlin) back-up after the police cadet notices something suspicious at a local bank. Heading into the bank during a robbery in progress, the threesome are too late to catch the robbers, who blow their way out through the vault, but as McGarrett follows underground the pair provide support topside.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua
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Hawaii Five-0 - Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua TV review

Multiple-personality antagonists are a hard-sell as Hawaii Five-0 learns with “Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua” which casts Michael Weston as a traumatized schizophrenic off his medication who begins a series of violent acts. The unusual case allows for the return of Claire Forlani as profiler Alicia Brown who proves instrumental in ending things without further bloodshed. More of a running gag than a B-story, the episode also puts a stress counselor with McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) for most of the episode, hired by his friends in hopes of finding ways to lower Steve’s stress. Neither storyline is all that memorable, at least not in a good way, although Danny‘s (Scott Caan) attempt to look out for his partner is eventually appreciated.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Na La ‘Ilio
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Hawaii Five-0 - Kama' oma' o ka 'aina huli hana TV review

As is the show’s custom around Halloween, the latest episode brings a series of bizarre murders to the Five-0 task force’s attention, all of which appear to have been inspired by local myth and folklore. The episode’s B-story takes the long road to get Grover (Chi McBride) what he needs to take down his former best-friend who has, until now, gotten away with murdering his wife and putting a hit out on Grover. While the death row sequence involving an inmate with only hours left to live never quite pays off (and ends pretty damn gruesomely with the prisoner having to be electrocuted multiple times to finish him off) apparently the show is finally ready to put this thread to rest.

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Hawaii Five-0 – Na La ‘Ilio

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2017

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Na La ‘Ilio
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Hawaii Five-0 - Na La 'Ilio television review

Hawaii Five-0‘s Eighth Season got off to a rocky start with one of the worst episodes of the series. Things pick up a bit here, and the show finally takes time to acknowledge the absence of its two former cast members. “Na La ‘Ilio” is still far from one of the show’s best, but at least it’s a passable episode that introduces two more new members for the Five-0 task force in Eddie (the four-legged DEA agent shot in the opening sequence) and former Navy SEAL Junior Reigns (Beulah Koale) who basically just hangs around until McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) relents to give him a job – provided he can get through the police academy.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia
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Hawaii Five-0 - A'ole e 'olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia TV review

Most, but not all, of Hawaii Five-0‘s cast returns for the show’s Eighth Season which gets off to a rocky start. The departure of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park as series regulars opens the door for the new character of Tani Rey (Meaghan Rath), a brash young recruit who joins the team after a hacker (Joey Lawrence) releases a mad arsonist (Randy Couture) from prison. Honestly, I’m not sure Park and Kim could have helped save this episode which offers not one but two cliched bad guys, hacker computer magic, and half the island on fire to show off that McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is still the show’s resident Superman (despite the foreshadowing of potential health issues for the character).

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