Let’s start with the poll for this episode.
Well, this for sure was a very different episode. Do I need this every week? Surely not. But it was entertaining and somewhat refreshingly different. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ll continue this train of thought at the end of the review.
When the show starts everyone knows something different is going on. Actually I really liked this.
Seeing this I have to rip into another show for a minute or so, because I had a really good laugh about that one this week. Talking about Castle here. Yes, I do watch that show, so sue me. 😉 Couple of years ago I would have even called myself a fan, now I only watch it though. Big difference. Anyway. I have to laugh at the rip-off Castle is doing from poor Hawaii Five-0. And what a botched up job they are doing. I noticed a few eps back they used the cool thingy Five-0 used in the bank robbery ep a few months back.
This is what I’m talking about.
And a short while ago Castle came up with the same thing. Lame. Now they are wearing thigh holsters. That really cracked me up. As I told Cokie, they can wear all the thigh holsters in the world, that won’t transfer them to Hawaii, or make a McGarrett out of them. I actually think it looks kind of ridiculous. Kate’s holster is so low, she will never be able to even grab her gun; it’s at her knee.
But Monday’s episode took the cake. Really, Castle? One of your main characters triggers a bomb and can’t move for a few hours until it is defused? And in the meantime the partner is staying and ‘entertaining’ the trapped one? And we see flashbacks? Very original. Reminds you of an episode from Five-0, maybe?
But I guess imitation is the highest compliment there is, isn’t it?
Okay, back to our show.
I really liked the start of the show with the fake daytime talk show host. That was really nicely done. And I liked her little speech about her ride along with Five-0. Unscripted, unedited and unbelievable. Well, are you ready for the ride? Are you open minded enough to go into a very different episode of your favorite show? If you are and you are willing to come along, you will enjoy yourself.
I really enjoyed all the different views we got in this episode. It started with the introduction of Five-0 HQ and the information about it. They even managed to show us things we’ve never seen before. My compliments to the show to come up with a totally different style and view.
We start off with entering HQ and the introduction of the first member of Five-0, which happens to be their leader. Lieutenant Commander Steven McGarrett. Loved the introduction with the kid pictures. It was said that the little guy was Alex and the two others his son Saxon. Well, there is no doubt that the one in the football jersey is Saxon for sure. I think it’s really cool that Alex was comfortable enough for his son to do this and to use the pictures on the show. He is normally very guarded about his family. Which I’m totally cool with, but I think he is a lot more relaxed about it since he’s in Hawaii. There were even some pictures of Spike he was obviously okay with. I’m pretty sure we don’t have to wait 15 years to see little Lion. Guess as soon as he is running around. So, not much longer. (The picture with Saxon at SOTB 2012 is an official one and not a paparazzi picture, those you will not find on this blog. Only pictures Alex is comfortable with.)
And I loved it that they didn’t show any pics of Danny. And not for the reasons you think. No, I think it was perfectly in character for Danny not to cooperate. Steve on the other hand gets an order from his boss to cooperate with the talk show guys, and he will do his best to do so. Not so Danny. He tells her openly that he is strongly opposed to the whole idea, and I’m sure he would not provide her with any pictures. Maybe she could have gotten her hands on the Police Academy calendar pic though. LOL
So, no pics from young Danny. Well, Scott Caan didn’t look much different when he was a kid, so really not much we missed out on.
“Ehm, I’m sorry, was I supposed to say something back to you?” LOL I loved it how they all stayed in character and not tried to please the ‘reporter’. Well, except for Max, but we’ll come to that.
I totally loved those little things, like blurring some images in the background. They do that on the news sometimes, when there is something inappropriate or advertisements in the background. They did it here too. I like it that they are thinking about such small things.
There is another little thing I love about H50, they think about what happened to their guys last time we saw them. Look at Steve; you can still see the healing injury from when he was injured in North Korea. I really like it when the show remembers such things. It’s not always the case, but most of the times they do.
Kono was just as reserved as the others about giving out information or even talking to their ‘shadow’.
I was a bit surprised that we got the title sequence for Five-0, I thought they might skip it for this one. That would have been quite cool actually. But I guess that is not gonna happen.
But I liked it that they kept the fonts in the theme like the fake talk show.
Now we come to a part I think was really off. Max Bergman. I’m sorry, but Max was introduced three years ago as the socially awkward genius. And they kept that image up over the years. He got a little better with people he knows for a while, but no one would call him as someone who interacts with people ‘normally’. And to believe that he was a ‘party animal’ in college? I’m sorry, but I have a really hard time believing that. His whole behavior with Savannah was really off.
Uh, Max busted.
Oh, look who was also invited to the party.
Wow, shootout right in front of the camera. I bet Savannah expected something very different to what is happening. But I must say I’m getting a bit disappointed in our guys. This is the second time that they lost in a shootout with Wo Fat. Maybe it is time to send them all back to the shooting range. No one was able to hit him? That is quite unbelievable.
And please can someone tell me why they didn’t go after him when he drove off? They simply thought, oh well, he got away, let’s get HPD look for him? That was really stupid.
I liked it how kind of shy Kono was about her tech skills. Xbox – LOL
Any resemblance? Just kidding. They better NOT go there. Just saying.
First time I didn’t like Max. But as I said I think his character was totally off.
I totally loved Danny’s attitude regarding the camera team. “Beat it, go away.” LOL
I think it was adorable how different Charlie Fong looked during his screen time. Very cleverly done.
I liked it that they didn’t break their pattern and still went to Kamekona for lunch. And of course the big guy tried to use it for his enterprise.
This part I truly really loved. The cargument from the other side. That was great and a totally different perspective. Loved it. And she’s a clever one. They love each other. That is surely true.
And another great stunt from the amazing stunt team of Five-0. 58 feet down into 8 feet deep water.
“Welcome to my world.” Danny, this was a good one.
After they talked to the victim’s girlfriend they found out that the removed skin was a tattoo. So they went to the tattoo shop to hopefully get a copy of it.
Seriously writers? The victim tattooed the map onto his arm so he doesn’t forget where he buried something? I’m sorry but this whole storyline about the tattoo and Wo Fat going after it and the ‘treasure’ is really too far out there, and simply as Savannah told us in the beginning, unbelievable.
Loved how they got Catherine into the episode, and I liked all the information we got. Her CO and Steve going way back is valuable information. And I’m sure they both enjoy their little game playing about breakfast and dinner plans. 😉 And I loved her It’s none of America’s business. LOL
Well, Miss Savannah, 3D printers are great, but they work neither that fast nor that precise to duplicate an engraved plate to print 100 $ bills. But nice try though. That was really a bit farfetched.
After some brainstorming in the office we’re going out to find the hidden treasure and get some more information about Hawaii. Very nice.
Can someone tell what Steve has hanging from the safety hook on his vest?
No, Steve, not fair, we don’t want to stay back. We want in on the action.
I must say catching Wo Fat was kind of anticlimactic, but I actually liked it. He is such a brilliant villain, and getting caught in such a way was kind of cool. And I loved the use of the phone camera.
I really liked her tribute to the task force. I think it was great to acknowledge what law enforcement officers do every day to keep people safe.
Well, looks like Wo Fat is not going anywhere. At least for a short while.
I really liked the ending with Steve at the hospital. He does care. If he wants to admit it or not.
So, I guess it’s time for my verdict? Well, you already pretty much got it in the beginning. I thought the episode was refreshing and interesting. But I felt like an outsider, I had a hard time to connect to what was happening. I like it a lot more when I’m right in the middle of it. Their normal style makes me part of the team, and I missed that this time.
But I still enjoyed it. It had great fun moments in it and some drama. But all in all I don’t need this kind of show again.
Therefore this one gets a B minus.