Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0 – Ka ‘i’o

by Alan Rapp on November 11, 2019

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ka ‘i’o
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ka 'i'o TV review

“Ka ‘i’o” is the obligatory send McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) off on an impossible mission episode. This time around it’s to Columbia and Mexico in search of Doris (Christine Lahti) who the CIA believes has been turned and is now working against American interest. The episode is a bit odd, with several gaps in the story, making me wonder if a two-part episode got truncated into something that would fit in the show’s normal hour-long framework. Other cast members make cameos here, but aside from Junior (Beulah Koale) who goes in with a team to assist Steve when he gets stuck, the rest of Five-0 is mostly here to stand around headquarters and await news. As is usually the case with these episodes, the action is quite good even if the plot struggles to remain credible. The episode marks the final appearance of Lahti’s character (except perhaps in flashbacks) as the show does surprise me in allowing Doris to be a traitor and meet her end. It’s a nice send off for a recurring character, and I’ll be curious to see if the show simply moves on from this or if Doris’ death lingers in the coming weeks.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – A’ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka halau ho’okahi
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Hawaii Five-0 - A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka halau ho'okahi TV review

McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) investigate a computer-controlled car involved in a hit-and-run which uncovers the use of the new technology by a savvy drug ring. In the episode’s B-story, Tani (Meaghan Rath) and Quinn (Katrina Law) investigate the murder of an apartment complex’s most hated tenant which babysitting a pair of YouTubers (Tom Allen and John Parr) who are along for the ride while helping the state with a recruitment video. Other than Danny’s Knight Rider references, neither story is all that memorable in this standalone episode. The return of Caan also allows for the return of the Steve-Danny dynamic, but there’s not much action in the latest episode (and what little there is, in the opening chase sequence and the technician using the car to save her father at the end, doesn’t involve Five-0). The pay-off on the B-story is rather weak as well, as the video made by the stoners (like the rest of the episode) lacks any punch.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – He ‘oi’o kuhihewa; he kaka ola i ‘ike ‘ia e ka makaula
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Hawaii Five-0 - He 'oi'o kuhihewa; he kaka ola i 'ike 'ia e ka makaula TV review

Halloween comes to Hawaii Five-0 with its usually odd events. This year’s episode includes two strange cases. The first, involves a home robbery, murder, and the escape of a man living in a locked vault for the better part of three decades. While offering a bizarre situation for the team to bicker about, the truth behind the events turns out to be far less interesting than their initial theories. The other case involves the theft of the corpse of a recently-recovered murder victim from the morgue by a killer who wants to prevent an autopsy. The case seems personal to Noelani (Kimee Balmilero), but there’s no set-up to events here (although the episode kinda, sorta, but not really hints at this being more than just a normal case to her), and (other than the body being stolen from her morgue) no apparent motive for the medical examiner to take events so personally. Although it’s unusual to have an episode without Danny (Scott Caan), Hawaii Five-0 does bring back Masi Oka to allow for Max Bergman‘s Keanu-themed Halloween costume (and to make use of his adopted son to wrap-up on of the two cases).

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ua ‘eha ka ‘ili i ka maka o ka ihe
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Season Ten of Hawaii Five-0 largely glosses over the events which ended last season, other than to reveal it was Jerry (Jorge Garcia) who was shot at the end of the season allowing Hawaii Five-0 to write off the character as a series regular (although possibly bring back Garcia in a recurring role somewhere down the line). Other than Jerry’s recovery and subsequent life-change, the episode deals with the introduction of a new character in Quinn Liu (Katrina Law), former staff sergeant with Army CID, who is looking into the disappearance of some missing veterans that have turned up on the island as mercenaries hired to take out a list of gang targets.

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  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Hewa ka lima / Hana Mao ‘ole ka ua o Waianae
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Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence) resurfaces in the final two episodes of Hawaii Five-0‘s Ninth Season as a cyber-terrorist working for the NSA. When his field office is hit and the other hackers are killed, Wright goes to Five-0 for help. The evidence points Five-0 to a medical manufacturing company who one of the hackers was blackmailing after he discovered the company’s latest, and most profitable, invention killed three people in testing. While all the facts are true, it takes Jerry (Jorge Garcia) too long to discover that Wright has played the team, and the NSA, for fools as he orchestrated the entire attack in order to obtain his freedom and a profitable hard drive full of the best cyber-terrorist software ever invented which he plans to sell to the highest bidder prior to sneaking off the island.

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