Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0 – Na La ‘Ilio

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • 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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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua Malo’o Ka Wai
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While the episode’s backstory allows the show to work in Adam‘s (Ian Anthony Dale) current job, and his discovery of a bone at construction gives him reason to suspect that human remains may have been buried there, the episode’s main focus involves a group of former soldiers turned bank robbers whose latest score causes the death of a Pearl Harbor veteran on the way home with his granddaughter (Lexi Atkins). Dylan Bruno becomes the latest Numb3rs alumni to make an appearance on the show as the leader of the robbers who have deeply personal reasons for their crimes and have no intention of being scared off by Five-0.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua Malo’o Ka Wai
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ua Malo'o Ka Wai TV review

A ship full of dead bodies sends Five-0 to the island of Lanai where McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny (Scott Caan), Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono (Grace Park) believe Yakuza big wig Michelle Shioma (Michelle Krusiec) has set up a new drug smuggling operation. Captured by Shioma’s men, but still outgunned, it takes Jerry (Jorge Garcia) sending in the cavalry to save the day, which also earns Five-0’s special consultant the prize he’s been waiting years for.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Huikau na makau a na lawai’a
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Hawaii Five-0 - Huikau na makau a na lawai'a television review

After his stakeout turns into a kidnapping, private eye Harry Brown (William Forsythe) enlists the help of a Five-0 to find a missing woman (Lena Georgas) whose husband believed was having an affair. After his refusal to pay, the man’s mistress (Melanie Rains) is taken by masked men as well, leaving McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his team limited time to find both women. The case has a twist you’ll likely see coming if you are paying attention, but the tension still works well-enough. The showdown with the kidnappers also shows off Kono‘s (Grace Park) sharpshooting skills.

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