Ka Makua Kāne
Five-0 investigates when the young daughter of a Navy Seal currently on a top-secret mission is kidnapped. Meanwhile, with his brother’s life on the line, Danny must locate the $18.5 million he owes his captors.
CBS translated the title to Family Man
I was very tempted to not even write a review for this episode.
A fair warning right up front, you might not like what you will read in this review.
This is not an objective view of the episode. I don’t even try to write objectively. Why should I? I’m not a paid writer who has to simply state the facts and keep their opinion to a minimum or completely to themselves. After all, they want to keep good relations to the people they want to interview.
I don’t have to do that, and I don’t have to agree with anyone. I don’t have to love every episode, and quite frankly no show in the world gets it right every time.
You are allowed to dislike one episode and still love the show. No one is going to take your ‘fan-card’ away because you don’t like everything.
That said you will see that I don’t like everything Five-0 produces, and this episode is a prime example for it. Such wasted time.
Wow, what? Don’t I think this episode was worth my time? How can that be? There was drama, heartache and even some action in it. Yeah, it was. And it had some really good scenes.
And McG in jeans and a light gray shirt.
But this episode never managed to hold my interest or managed to make me feel entertained. You know, an hour well spent? This was an hour of my life wasted.
This whole episode felt recycled. Another kidnapping of a little girl? Please, think of something new.
They even used the same evidence to show the kid was taken.
Super daddy Danny to the rescue and talking to the distraught kidnapper? Hear me groaning. I can’t stand the show’s daddy-issues anymore. That is getting so damn old.
As if the others, non-fathers and mothers don’t know the hardship of losing a loved one. As if Danny would be the expert for that. Seriously. Every time a kid is involved he gets to save the day. Please, stop with this crap. Let someone else be emphatic for once. Grover, Chin, Steve, Kono… I don’t care. They would be just as good and maybe even better than he would be. Steve and Chin have lost loved ones to violence. Both in a big way. Show, don’t tell me they couldn’t relate to the horror that man felt for losing his kid in an accident.
And quite frankly, Steve or Grover would have been the better choice in this scene. (Not Chin though because he murdered his wife’s killer in cold blood. So, he did take his revenge.) They both have lost people in a way that makes them feel responsible for their deaths.
Just because Danny has a daughter shouldn’t be a good enough reason for the writers to put him in the spotlight every darn time. As I said it is getting old and ridiculous by now.
Jerry. Please get him off this show. OR, even better give him a role that is not bordering on ridiculous and stupid. I yelled at the idiot when he was in the house looking for ghosts. What kind of idiot is he?
I’m sorry, but that was not even remotely funny. That was nothing but annoying.
And Chin calling him for help to look at photos? Because every other cop is on the street looking for the girl? Yeah, right as if any detective would be on the street looking for the girl. No street cop would be going through the photos anyway, so it doesn’t matter what they are doing. I’m sure they have more than enough capable detectives in Hawaii who would have been able to help Five-0. For sure they don’t need Jerry.
I didn’t even find the Captain America comment funny. Steve is not an oversized superhero. He’s just a normal guy who worked really hard to get some really extraordinary things done. No superhero in sight, in my eyes.
The ONLY thing I liked about him in this episode was that he actually printed something out. On a printer he found hidden in Steve’s office. I think that is pretty much the first time they used paper on Five-0. 😉 (Except for 4.10 when they changed the whole ‘feel’ of the episode to match it the time they were honoring.)
About the case. They are so darn predictable. As soon as they mentioned car seats I knew what was going on. Didn’t know that only the mother was involved, but I knew a father who lost his kid due to a malfunction was the killer. And, surprise surprise, I was right. Jeez.
But I did like that they used the real Navy guy who had a few guest appearances on Five-0.
I don’t freaking care about the lost brother or his money. Even though it would be totally cool if Danny took that money. That would at least explain how he could suddenly afford his house and life style, which changed a LOT after he lived in shabby apartments and even on his buddy’s couch for so long. That would be an interesting plot. But of course that is not what is going to happen.
I don’t care where the money is, or the brother, or if he gets him back or whatever. I didn’t care four years ago, and I certainly don’t care now. And it seems that Steve isn’t very interested either. He simply told Danny to book him for burglary, he didn’t seem interested to me. I’m with you Steve. 😉
OK, so much to rant about, how about something that I did like? 🙂
Well, there really isn’t that much if I don’t want to mention that they all looked pretty good.
This whole episode felt dead right from the start. There was no life, no fire behind it. I even felt the actors were not really ‘there’. It totally lacked in drive, and I don’t mean action with that. It felt very much like the episode from season 2 when AOL was missing due to his illness. That one also lacked the normal drive and force behind it.
Some might accuse me of being biased because I think Steve is the most interesting character on this show and I’m miffed because he’s not in the focus right now.
No, that’s not it. I would love to see interesting plots for the others as well. For years I’m saying they are mostly used in a stupid way. But the meaning is on interesting plots.
Danny’s brother was lame four years ago, and that plot isn’t getting better or more interesting with time passed.
And Chin’s struggle with IA is getting more than lame and old. That ship, it being interesting, sailed at the end of season 1 when it was resolved. To get it out again and again is just lame.
Kono and Adam are just boring to me. Sorry, but the cool Yakuza boss is nothing but a love sick puppy now. And I really don’t care how Kono learned to surf.
And Jerry? Don’t even get me started on that one.
I am miffed. You wanna know why? They built up a great part of the Steve-story with Catherine leaving and him suffering from PTSD, and him and Grover getting closer. What happened to that? What we see right now is SO out of character that it is not even funny anymore. He’s not mourning or struggling at all. They put that on hold to get back to it later? I’m sorry, but that is not how it happens. People can’t just turn off their mourning or put the PTSD on hold. That is something that is with them every minute of their lives. And the show totally fails in that regard.
On twitter there was the best tweet about it ever. You know who you are 😉
“Alex is acting the shit outta the mourning … offscreen. ;-)“
It feels like a lot happens offscreen again. And that is what has me miffed.
They work on a story and then they leave it hanging in the air. I don’t even want to mention that we were promised answers for every question right at the beginning of season 4. Oh, we also got that promise in season 3. And now we again got the promise for episode 100. Well, we will see if they will finally deliver on that promise from so long ago.
You know, I had a really good laugh yesterday when I watched 4.10 with the commentary. Peter Lenkov had me rolling on the floor. He said he was asked by a lot of viewers why Catherine hadn’t been in uniform at Pearl Harbor. And his answer was that if they had paid attention they would know that Steve was still in the reserves and she had retired from the Navy. (He didn’t say it like that word for word, but that was the gist of it.) Well, it seems that he doesn’t know his own story very well. Because in episode 4.12 she is suddenly on reserve duty to explain her absence. RIGHT, she decided later to go back into the reserves. And he just didn’t remember that little fact when he made the commentary. Silly me.
The point of all this is that they are not paying attention to what they are doing. It feels like that at times. I just think it’s poor penning to start a story and then forget about it for, well, forever. Like with Danny’s brother who was not mentioned for years. Not even in passing. Like Steve asking his friend about him; or Kono digging into data bases. Or anything really. Nada, there was nothing.
Same with Steve’s mother’s disappearance. She was mentioned once in season 4. Or now the worst, giving Steve a serious mental condition, and forgetting about it. PTSD is not something you mess around with. That is not something you just mention in passing. They had Steve go to group therapy, why the heck did they take that out? If they didn’t have the time, why not at least mention it if not showing. Are they paddling back with this storyline?
Yes, a huge part of my disappointment with this episode lies in the lack of contingency from previous episodes.
This season will have 25 episodes, I will take this one as the odd one out. There are still 24 that will hopefully be as great as they normally are.
But this one gets an F for the absolute failure to even remotely entertain me.
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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.