Before I will post the review for 5.06 let’s reflect on season 5 for a minute.
Just imagine you had never seen Five-0 in the last four years, and for some odd reason you decided to start with 5.01. So, for a moment try to forget all you have learned about the team, about the cases, about their development.
You with me so far? Good.
If you were a newbie what would you get? A pretty cool show, with lots of action, decent cases and interesting characters.
You would encounter a really cool leader of an interesting team.
You would learn that he lost his father in 2010, but was cool with it. Who has good memories of his dad who was a cop himself and left him a strange box Steve kept in his garage along with an old car he worked with his dad on when he was a kid. Good memories all around.
And you would be happy to learn that he met an interesting woman, one who he obviously likes. Maybe there will be more for them in their future. They are cute together, right?
What else would you take from season 5 so far?
That one of the boys drives a Mustang and that IA is after him. The muscle car you might find a little ridiculous, at least he looks like a man in his first midlife-crisis and tries to compensate with a car fit for a spoiled teenager. At least if the car were black. Oh well.
You learn about a new member of Five-0 who came to Hawaii form Chicago and was recruited by Five-0 right away.
Then we have a female member whose biggest problem seems to be if she should marry her rich boyfriend or not.
And last but not least we finally have one with a few problems. Not just a criminal brother who got killed, nope Danny also became a murderer. But that was all cool, because the bad guy deserved it. Poor Danny only has a problem because he feels guilty that he let his brother get away with his crimes a few years ago.
And we have some interesting, if nerdy and at times annoying supporting characters.
So, all in all we have a bunch of happy go lucky people who solve the crimes on the island and have a pretty good life otherwise. Right?
NOW, reality hits you. You are not that newbie. You have watched and supported this show the last four years. You have worried about them, you fell in love with them.
You helped carrying this show to one hundred episodes and hopefully beyond that. You have a history with this show. Just like these characters have a history.
The cool leader, Steve McGarrett, is not that happy guy you have seen so far. He just lost the woman he loves. Uh, there was a woman in his life? Yeah, we know that he had a woman in his life long before we even met him in 2010.
And we know that he’s not cool with his father’s murder. And we know that his mother was supposedly dead for 20 years, and is also missing for over a year now. And we know that a dangerous criminal is out to get him. That he has an arch enemy who he battled with in the last four years.
Huh, sounds all kind of strange, doesn’t it. No word on all that in season 5 so far.
And what about the guy in his Mustang? Where did his Harley suddenly go to? How could he even afford the new car? Maybe the insurance money from his killed wife? What? He was married and lost his wife? Yeah, imagine that. And he’s a murderer, too. Also killed the guy responsible for his wife’s death in cold blood. But don’t worry, he never really mourned her death, and he has a new love interest. Which we might or might not see again. You never know with Five-0.
And the new guy from Chicago? Well, he didn’t come to the islands because of the nice weather. Nope, he also has a pretty dark history.
And the cop/surfer girl? Well, her rich boyfriend actually was/is the head of the Yakuza and she spent the better half of season 4 looking for him. Looking for a boyfriend who kidnapped her, duct taped her and threatened to kill her boss. But hey, who cares? He’s the best thing that ever happened to her.
And Danny? Well, Danny is pretty much just Danny.
Why am I even writing all this?
Because I feel season 5 so far is a betrayal to all the fans who carried this show for so long. It’s a slap in their faces. It’s pretty clear that they don’t care about our investment into their characters, into their show.
They rebooted the show with the 5th season and simply erased at least one character that was important to Steve for so many years. A character that many came to love.
A team member who helped finding Adam. A part of Five-0, but most importantly a part of Steve. None of his friends even seem to care. But why should they? He doesn’t seem to care.
And that is very unlike the Steve we have known for the last four years. He cares for people, all people. But especially the ones he considers his friends and family. People he loves.
I am sorry, but this bunch of happy people is not the show I fell in love with. They made a cut after season four and simply ignore the development that happened so far. They say they will deal with it at some point. What kind of crappy excuse is that for what we’re seeing right now? You can’t just turn off your feelings of guilt, of loss and mourning until it is more convenient. That is not how life works.
I think this is poor writing regarding the characters.
As I said if you came to this show just now, you would most likely really like it. But all the other fans should see that there simply is no contingency from season four. And to say it mildly… that pisses me off.
YES, I still love the show. But it gets harder and harder to overlook how the show butchers the characters into something unrecognizable. And all the people saying they don’t see it. Well, I’m sorry, but they must be blind on both eyes, or they simply don’t care..
This show we’re getting is still a good crime show, but it for sure is not the show it was the past four years.
And I think that is a shame. It’s a shame that they started great character stuff, and now they simply ignore and erase it.
And to make it really clear, I’m not miffed because Cath is gone. No, that’s not it. Yes, I loved Cath and Steve. But it was their decision to take her out. And I won’t speculate on why. I’m OK with it. Happens all the time. But they owe it to the characters, to Steve and Cath, and yes, damn it, to us fans to give this closure.
I don’t even mind the new girl. I really like her. And I can see her with Steve. I’m good with that.
I am not good with what they are doing to the characters in season 5 so far. That is simply not right. Not addressing what happened last season is not right. And in my eyes it is way too late to make it feel right even if they were to start with it now.
Do you want to hear my suspicion, I have deep down, why they didn’t address Catherine at all this season? Do you? Trust me, you don’t. As a hint, watch the promo for 5.07 again. 😉
OK, this was my pre-review rambling. I simply couldn’t ignore my mind screaming at me any longer. It had to come out.