Hawaii Five-0

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Kanaka I Ha’ule Mai Ka Lewa Mai
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ke Kanaka I Ha'ule Mai Ka Lewa Mai television review

When an undercover CIA agent (David Preston) is abducted on-board an incoming flight to Honolulu (in an elaborate attack that looks good on camera but makes almost no sense as opposed to grabbing the man on the ground), Danny (Scott Caan) leads Five-0 into the jungle where they encounter Chinese agents. The attempted kidnapping ties back to Greer (Rochelle Aytes) and the death of Miller (Jack Coleman). While completely out of character for McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to give up the chance to hunt in the jungle, putting Danny in his place as a mentor to the younger members of the team freshens up the jungle chase the show has used several times over the years. Five-0 is successful in capturing both Greer and recovering the wounded agent, although Greer believes her knowledge of McGarret and their missions together can still cause problems for Five-0’s commander.

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ka owili oka’i

by Alan Rapp on October 1, 2018

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ka owili oka’i
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ka owili oka'i television review

In a nod to the original Hawaii Five-0, the show’s season premiere involves McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) being tortured in a deprivation tank. Director Bryan Spicer obviously loves the scene, and the odd design of the suit McGarrett is wearing, because he repeats various parts of it at least three times during the episode. The crime that eventually leads us there involves a dead agent of the CIA found washed up on the beach. Because the man was an old friend, and he’s one of several agents to die suspiciously over the past few months, McGarret and Five-0 begin an investigation (without sharing details to the CIA) which will eventually lead to Steve purposely getting himself captured in order to offer disinformation during the same torture process that killed his friend. As plans go, it turns out to be the usual mix of McGarrett bravery and stupidity.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Waiho wale kahiko
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Hawaii Five-0 - Waiho wale kahiko television review

Hawaii Five-0 can sometimes get a bit carried away with stories that strain the show’s credibility to (and sometimes past) all reasonable limits, as with the show’s Eight Season finale. When a Russian nuclear submarine shows up on the beaches of Hawaii, Five-0 goes on the search for a missing seaman who leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. What starts out as a search for a single Russian grows with the discovery of a sleeper cell of Russian spies all over the island. Eventually you get McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) boarding the nuclear sub, the entire Five-0 team shooting up a Russian embassy, the team forcibly taking a Russian spy from Russian soil (by blackmailing local officials), and somehow none of this causes an international incident.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Kōpī wale nō i ka i’a a ‘eu nō ka ilo
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Hawaii Five-0 - Kōpī wale nō i ka i'a a 'eu nō ka ilo television review

Over the years Hawaii Five-0 has provided several episodes sending McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), and occasionally the rest of the Five-0 team, out of Hawaii and into more military-style adventures. The penultimate episode of the show’s rocky Eight Season follows this formula as McGarrett hitches a ride with Junior (Beulah Koale) and his SEAL team after learning their mission could involving finding Joe White (Terry O’Quinn). Not all that subtly, the episode mirrors the McGarret/White relationship with that of McGarrett and Junior. We also get flashbacks to a younger McGarrett on Joe White’s team, and the lengths Steve’s mentor went to keep him alive. Although its unclear if the team was successful in their primary mission of killing their target, McGarrett does get his man and brings him home.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ahuwale ka nane hūnā
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Harry Langford (Chris Vance) returns to the islands working as protection for a British royal (Kate Beahan) and her teenage daughter (Alana Boden). When the daughter sneaks out of her protection detail, Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) help Harry track the girl down before the wrong type of people discover she’s unprotected on the island. Really just an excuse to get Vance back on the show, “I Ka Wa Ma Mua, I Ka Wa Ma Hope” is one of the more enjoyable episodes of the season with a nice balance of tension and humor. I smiled more than once when the show worked in Danny’s parenting skills of a precocious teenage daughter.

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