Ki’ilua (Nov. 21, 2011)
While Five-0 investigates the death of a reporter, Jenna returns to ask McGarrett for help finding her fiancé in North-Korea – which is actually part of Wo Fat’s revenge plot to get McGarrett.
Please keep in mind that this review was written right after the episode aired. And it’s not really a review, more like some random thoughts sent out by email. So, all knowledge from now… well, you get the picture.
I have to say until this episode aired I never thought that anything would top the Pilot, but now I might have to rethink that. This was epic.
I debated if this might have been better as a two-hour show but I came to the conclusion, no it wouldn’t. This was a fast paced perfect episode. What would you expect from the second hour? More torture, more traipsing through the jungle? A tearful good bye to Grace is not what I need to see, I know how hard it was for Danny to go on a mission with the high possibility of not coming back. I don’t need to see that. No I think the way they did it was just perfect, of course I’d love to see those cut out minutes on the DVD.
I think I have a new favorite scene, when they flew into the sunset that was perfection.
Kudos to all the actors, but especially to Alex O’Loughlin and Mark Dacascos. I have seen thousands of movies and TV-episodes and so many torture scenes I really lost track of how many. But I have to tell you I flinched at every hit Wo Fat inflicted on McGarrett, those scenes where more than intense. And I loved it that Wo Fat lost his cool a bit, and McG figured out that Wo Fat has no idea what Shelburne means. Doesn’t even matter that Steve doesn’t either.
Giving you kind of a spoiler here, but a friend of mine pointed out that Wo Fat has NO blood on his hands in those scenes. To be honest, I never noticed it. I was concentrating too much on Steve I guess to pay close attention to Wo Fat’s hands. But she is right, it is kind of ridiculous that he has perfectly manicured hands after those scenes. No points for make-up for this one.
Loved it how Jenna died, she at least had the chance to redeem herself a little. Frankly, I can’t really blame her for trying to save her fiancé, even though it was pretty stupid not to go to McG with the truth, he would have helped her.
I was rooting for McG to escape from the bunkers but was glad his freedom didn’t last long. I think it would have been unrealistic if he would have been able to save himself. So, thank you for giving his team the chance to be the heroes for once.
Totally loved how Joe kept his hand on Steve’s shoulder in the helicopter, how he almost held him in his arms for protection I think it showed wonderfully how much Steve means to him. And Steve was quite comfortable being touched and held. Maybe not so much by Lori, but I think her hugging was very understandable, Kono would have done the same. They are just women after all, so it means nothing more than that they were really happy to see him alive again.
Speaking of Kono, I think it was perfect that she was not in the helicopter, because it was her job to do all the computer stuff. This was a very dangerous rescue mission and everyone was needed on the job they were most qualified for. That is why Kono did what she did. She stayed back for the team, I think it kind of broke her heart not to be among her friends, but she knew that she had to do it.
What I truly hope is that not everything is back to normal in the next episode. You don’t walk away from something like that and be your old self again. None of them would. So I hope we will get a little mention of that here and there.
Anything I didn’t like? Nope. Nada. This was perfect entertainment.