5.01 A’ohe Kahi e Pe’e Ai
The island of Oahu goes on lockdown when Five-0 hunts a terrorist who starts using weaponized drones on civilians. Meanwhile, Steve and Danny must go for a mandated review with a psychologist.
CBS translated the title to “Nowhere to Hide”
So, Five-0 is back. And we start the show with a few postcards from Hawaii, or at least it seems so. But soon everyone can see something is very wrong with these pictures. Where is everybody?
Maybe they haven’t heard that the hiatus is finally over and they have to be back on our screens? Or is there something sinister going on?
The show did a great job showing us a deserted island. Great scenes, even though totally implausible that people would leave their stuff like that. But really, who cares?
But before we’ll learn what is going on, we see Steve and Danny at their psych-evaluation. I was always wondering when we would see something like this.
As officers they have these evals on a regular basis, so it was just natural to finally show that. Let’s not fret about that it wouldn’t happen like this. I guess it was a nice way to show new viewers how it all started. For me, those flashbacks are always wasted screen time since I have seen every episode, and if I wish to see them again I simply do so. But at least this was short, and they showed one of my all-time favorite scenes. So, all is good.
I had to laugh that Danny is still not over the fact that he won’t drive ‘their’ car. Besides, Steve is right, he does drive it sometimes.
I think Steve made a good argument why he has to drive all the time. I had him say that years ago, and I think he was not lying. 🙂 Why can’t he get car sick, Danny? Maybe not like puking-kind-of-car-sick, but queasy and uncomfortable.
Besides, remember back in 3.20? Cath said all she had was a ready smile and a pack of Dramamine. That’s medication for motion sickness. Who says that was not Steve’s?
There are many forms of motion sickness. I, for example, can ride every rollercoaster, fly around and do all kinds of high speed things. But put me in the back of a car in stop-and-go traffic, well, you should be prepared to clean your car.
So, I’m on Steve’s side with his excuse. Besides, he’s the boss, he gets to drive the car. 😉 And he’s a control freak. LOL
Five and a half minutes into the show and we can finally start with the crime of the week. Well, OK, to be fair, we actually started with it right off the bat, but went back all those hours. But you know what I mean.
And still no credits in sight. I’m always looking forward to the new title sequence when the new season starts. Silly, I know.
And here it is, the new title sequence. I know they had to get a lot of people into that short sequence, but I thought all other seasons had a better sequence. This was not very exciting. I know, totally not important.
You hear me groaning, right? They have reduced the bad ass Yakuza boss Adam to a lovesick puppy. Ugh. And I totally laughed at Kono’s „You take such good care of me.“ Yeah, right until he again takes you hostage and threatens to kill your friend. Nope, haven’t forgotten that.
I so wish Adam will emerge as the really evil, genius crime boss. Still hoping this whimp will be left behind soon and we’ll get the real Adam back.
This whole storyline is still such a waste of time for me. But since he said „Nothing’s gonna happen to me“ (or something to the effect), I guess his death is a done deal. 😉
I like Ian Anthony Dale very much, but I think this Adam character is just… boring. The whole relationship is just boring. Sorry.
But I must say, they do look good. 🙂
Uh, nice ride.
But after this you could hear me groaning even louder. Seriously, IA is still after Chin? Jeez, show get it over with, this is getting so old. Stop recycling this storyline over and over and over again. So sick and tired of it. Five seasons now. Don’t you think that is more than enough? Give this great character a decent storyline, not this crap. OR, make him dirty and have him fool all the people around him all this time. Now, that would be a bold move. I mean, he already killed a person in cold blood, why not going all the way and get him behind bars? Whatever you do, please stop this boring IA stuff.
The new guy on the force. YEAH! I couldn’t be happier about that.
And we get another new member. A new ME. Or ME assistant? Well, whatever, she seems to fit perfectly with Max. And of course, Danny is going right after her. But to be honest, if that will be his new love interest, that will be fine with me. Anything will be better than that kid Amber. So, be my guest, Danny. Go get her. 😉
After they exchanged the normal pleasantries they go to work, and it doesn’t take them long to figure out what killed those two people.
From the intense crime scene we switch to a fun scene with Jerry. OK, right up front, I don’t like Jerry. And I simply don’t see the need to have him at all. To see him once or twice a year would be more than enough for me. I find him rather annoying. But, I guess we have to live with him for now.
But I have to admit this conversation was funny. But not because of Jerry, but because of Steve and Danny. Loved them in this.
Here again comes a part where you have suspend your belief. As if Jerry would really be of any help. I’m sorry, but I guess I simply find that too out there to believe Jerry would be capable of what he does in this episode. I feel like he was more in it than Chin and Kono combined. I’d rather see them doing some real work and not this nutjob. Sorry, but Chin and Kono are underused. NO, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean nesecarily more screen time. I mean use them for other things than typing in information on the computer or standing around. But that is a whole other can of worms.
By the way, I don’t agree with all the people saying we need more women on Five-0. Sure, they missed their potential when they had Catherine on the show. Cath and Kono together would have been awesome. But I was never ever interested in any female detective character. Sorry, but they just don’t cut it for me. So, only having one is just fine with me.
What I do wish for are some strong female characters outside of Five-0. That would be awesome. But I don’t need or want them on the Force. Just my two cents.
After they got their information from Jerry they went to Venpax, the corporation that has ‘lost’ a drone recently. At least according to Jerry. To get them to admit it was a bit harder. But Steve and Danny had pretty good arguments for the guy to cooperate. 😉
With the gathered information Steve and Danny inform the rest of the team about what they have learned.
They come to the conclusion that they have to deal with a very smart SOB. And said SOB makes his next move, which was pretty scary. Why? Because it felt a little like Terminator. If you are faced with a gun man, a real person, you still have the false sense of hope that you might be able to talk him out of killing you. If you come face to face with him. But a drone? You can’t talk a drone down. It’s a programmed cold object that is on a mission to kill you. I think that is the scary factor about it.
I have a technical question. Why was Lou at the crime scene long before Steve and Danny? He must have been since he already knew witness statements. Did the two boys stop for coffee on the way? Just wondering.
After Chin and Kono couldn’t find any correlations between the victims, this seems to be a random act of terrorism. Even if no group claimed to be responsible. But maybe Steve is right and they are not done yet.
Sorry, but the disclaimer was just wasted blabla time. This character is just too much. Too much of everything. Tone it down a little and it would be way better. At least for me.
And here comes Jerry again. Telling them how he will stop the drone. Yeah, right. But, I will just smile and move on.
Here comes a part with really bad acting. Come on, kid, you can do better than this. That was a really bad job.
So, they got a call from the ‘terrorist’ telling them to expect more attacks. The trace fails, and so Steve orders to get all people off the streets.
And now we’re finally back at the beginning. Of course, this evacuation would not happen like this, but it was fun to watch. And another example to simply suspend your belief for a bit.
Didn’t take them long to figure out who the caller was, or where to find him.
Of course, he wasn’t home. That would have been a bit too easy. But after the boys were done with their search, they were informed by Kono that something doesn’t add up. He got money wired to him. For doing what?
Lou is right, if they wanted to make an impact it would be more effective on the mainland. So, there must be some other reason why they keep shooting up Hawaii. And it’s again Kono who comes up with a reason.
Jerry gets another moment with his self-made drone. At least he makes a suggestion that promises us some action. Steve and Danny should be the bait. 😉
Danny, stop whining. This was a solid plan, one that for sure would lead to disaster, but it was still solid. 😉
And now we get some really great action. With Steve getting shot, with the drone attacking, and amongst all the action with even some funny lines.
Yeah, Danny, don’t get used to driving the car. 😉
And we get more action with the boys on the run from the drone, and Jerry taking it out with his self-made thingy. Well, Five-0 is good at all the action scenes, so not much to say about that. Except that I wonder how much fire power that little drone had. Ever thought about running out of ammo?
IF there was something to complain it would be the bad CGI for the airplane. But, this is a crime show, not a SciFi show where I demand to see great CGI, so I will let this slide. For a Crime-TV-Show it was kind of OK. Even though a little less, in the form of a small real plane would have been better. But I bet they would not be allowed to land a real plane on the streets. I highly doubt the support of Honolulu goes that far. 😉
OK, I have to admit, I laughed out loud when Jerry came along and took the plane down. First of, how did he get there that fast, on foot no less, and then how did he even see what he was doing? But you know what? This whole thing with the plane was SO over the top, that this didn’t matter anymore. 😉
So, when the plane was down, the guys had to chase after the baddies. At least Steve took the unarmed one. And he didn’t forget to limp along. Do I want to point out that he would not be jumping out of the car after being shot and the blood loss? Nah, who would want to see him sit in the car waiting for the ambulance. 😉
Before the chase we switch to Chin and Kono going after Redwood. I’m sure many thought it was cool when Kono decked the guy. I thought it was uncalled for. There was no need for it, and I think actions like these shouldn’t be glorified, no matter who does it.
Now we get a very cool chase sequence with Danny. Maybe they should give him more action, but if they do, they need to work on the stunt work. It was more than easy to spot when his stuntman did the job. I don’t want the actors do any dangerous stuff, but I don’t want to see on the first glance when it’s not them doing something. Normally they are really good with it, but not so this time. But it was pretty much the first time Danny did any real action, so I’m not gonna hold it against them. LOL
Some very cool scenes. Reloading the gun was for sure the best Danny scene of the whole show.
After Danny got his guy, we were not done with the chase. Now it was Grover’s turn. Also really well done, and it fit the character.
And last, but not least, we had Steve chasing after the bad guy. Good thing that man was just a paper pusher on the run, or Steve would have been in trouble.
I really loved the ending. First the pictures of Hawaii, how it should be in contrast to how it was at the beginning of the episode. And of course, how they all went to pick up Steve from the ER.
Great scenes. Wonderful Ohana moments.
Huh. This wasn’t the end yet. Nope, more scenes to come. OK, I could have gone without all of them, to be honest.
Kono and Adam. Not gonna talk about that again.
Jerry. Just ugh. Please stop now. So not interested in that storyline. More wasted time.
Chin. Boy, how stupid was that! Not to mention that this whole thing is totally old, but why would anyone give a f/ck about any affidavit the guy would give? Does Chin really believe that would clear him of any investigations? How ridiculous is that? Seriously!
Danny. Well, now, after four years we hear about Matt again. Not really interested in him, but it might give us some good scenes. This is the only new storyline I might be mildly interested in. Mildly.
So, now that was really it. The end of the episode. What did I think about the season premiere? Well, I was well entertained. That’s a good start, right? It had some really good moments in it.
But the big blockbuster to top all the other season premiers? Nope, sorry, that it was not.
I think it can’t compete with 4.01 or The Pilot, well, OK, I don’t think any episode will ever top the pilot.
Last season after 4.01, I knew it would be really hard to top that episode, and in my eyes they never did. This season I KNOW they will easily have episodes that will be better.
I don’t know if it will be better this way around, that they have potential to do better. Maybe.
Even though, I give this episode a B plus I was a bit disappointed. It felt like too much in too little time.
But hey, B plus is great, so, I’m not really complaining.
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And please remember, I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective. This is how I perceived this episode. If you disagree… that is just fine. I don’t claim in any way that my opinion is the right and only one. This is supposed to be fun, so, don’t take any of this too seriously.