5.18 Pono Kaulike
Danny and Chin are arrested for deadly past transgressions. McGarrett enlists Joe’s help in the investigation.
CBS translated Pono Kaulike to Justice for all.
Let me say something right up front. This is not a review, not really. I just wrote down random thoughts in a completely jumbled order. So, please bear with me and keep that in mind. 😉
So, PL said we should have popcorn and tissues ready for this episode. Huh, frankly, I didn’t need either.
At what point should I have felt like I was watching a big ‘popcorn-movie’? During the thirty seconds they spent in a helicopter and shooting out of the windows? Or the even less seconds they flew a CGI helicopter over a CGI field with bullets flying and a little bit of black smoke? Or maybe during a bunch of people beating one guy senseless?
Help me out here. Where were the great rescue scenes? Where was the action? Certainly not in this episode.
And tissues? For what? There was not one second I was near tears. Not even close. I’m sorry, but they completely failed to evoke any sympathy for Danny in me. He finally got what he deserved. At least it was some kind of punishment for the murder he committed in cold blood.
Or should I have cried for Chin? Please. People, really? Was there any person watching who thought they wouldn’t both be exonerated at the end of the episode?
But let’s not jump the gun here. Let’s start with the stuff that did evoke some strong emotions in me.
Let’s start with the good stuff. And there was plenty of that, too. 🙂
This episode was the prime example why Steve is the team leader, and why Alex is number one on the call-sheet.
Steve is the real glue behind Five-0. They are nothing without him. He gives his support, his strength to every one of them. He leads them, he supports them, he fights for them, he is there for all of them. Even for kids he takes under his wings. Loved the scenes on the beach with Nahale.
I loved, really loved how Alex showed the tension Steve felt the whole time. One could feel what a powerful person Steve really is, how he was ‘in’ the problem, how he made it all his own. How he was the driving force behind all their actions. But at the same time was their rock and gave loving support. Nobody messes with the people he loves. People should really think twice before they take on the power that is Steve McGarrett.
I loved it how he was there for Kono, and for Gracie. That were both really great scenes. But I also loved how he made it clear that no one man is more important than the other, but that at times one man needs to be made a priority. I bet that was a decision he had to make many times during his active career.
OK, now the rest. 😉
First some questions.
Do they have a new car deal? Ellie drives a cool Audi.
Why is Joe still in Hawaii after his quarantine? Doesn’t he have a farm in Montana, or something? He doesn’t live on Hawaii.
And why the heck didn’t he call Danny directly, surely he does have his phone number, or why didn’t Steve call him? And quite frankly, what change would it make if Steve got to Danny in time or not? Maybe that he wouldn’t have been arrested in front of a bunch of kids. That was really smooth, and I highly doubt that would have happened like that. They would have waited, or would have asked him to step outside. This was a ridiculous ‘dramatic’ move.
And why did Joe suddenly drive around Oahu on his own? Where was Steve? Did they drive around for a bit and then Joe brought him back to his truck at the detention center? For a moment I thought Steve went to talk to Gracie, but NO, he waited a whole day before he talked to her. As if he would have waited that long.
So, let me get this straight, they knew Danny and Steve were in the room with Ryers? They had them on film, or what? How did they know Danny was the shooter? Oh, well, they did know after Steve was stupid enough to confess to being with Danny. Steve wouldn’t be that monumentally stupid. Come on, writers, that was just stupid with a capital S.
And speaking of stupid, why the hell did Danny sign that waiver? To save his friend? From what? They gave him a free pass, they never threatened him with anything. If Danny had any kind of brain power he would know that they would never ever extradite a Navy SEAL to any foreign country. He has way too much valuable information to risk getting him into the wrong hands. Steve’s safe from any punishment for anything he might have been a part of. They could only charge him for not bringing Danny to justice anyway. He didn’t pull the trigger and he was in no position to prevent the murder. Anyway, there was no need to sign any waivers to save anyone. That was really ridiculous. And how the hell was it clever in regards to Grace? That was even more stupid.
And… more importantly why the hell did Sam even bother sending Danny to Colombia? As an apology for the killed drug lord, or for the missing dope? Doesn’t make any sense to bring himself in such danger to being exposed of taking money to pull such a stunt.
Explain one thing for me. Danny killed Ryers a few months ago. What the hell were the guards still doing guarding the tons of dope? Didn’t they hear their boss was dead? Was there another player at the top of the food chain by now? Why was the dope even still in that plant? That was total nonsense, if you ask me.
So, Chin was arrested because Coughlin has a personal grudge against him and becomes a dirty cop himself to get him. Even makes a deal with the devil to get him. Huh. I guess this was all necessary because DDK needed time off to do his directing thing. Frankly, I thought this part of the show was really ridiculous. His death was really programmed from the start, even though how he died surprised me. By the way, was Gabriel alone there, or did he also kill half a dozen guards? And why was Chin released? Just because Gabriel escaped and Coughlin was dead? Are you really telling me he had been arrested in the first place just because of Coughlin saying he had some evidence? I highly doubt they would have arrested a member of the Governor’s Task Force without hard, bullet proof evidence. Where is that? Just Gabriel’s word? That is ridiculous.
That Gabriel Winecroft is now the new bad guy was also clear. But that is actually something I really like. He’s great. I like Christopher Sean as Gabriel. Looking forward to seeing him again.
I had a really good laugh at Danny telling Sam Alexander (Raphael Sbarge, who I always enjoy watching) that they gave the 18 Million to an orphanage. Yeah, right, and nobody ever heard about that.
And now another big fat question mark. Why and how was Frank Bama oh so conveniently in Colombia? With such a nice helicopter none the less?
If I would ever dare to write such convenient crap without any explanation I would get my butt kicked. Just saying.
I have no idea why people think Doris only saved Steve and didn’t care about Danny. They got it totally wrong. She gave Steve the means to save them both. That was the plan, and it worked to perfection. I wonder however for how long she’s already been on Oahu, avoiding her son. And Joe, if you want Steve to trust you, maybe you should play with open cards from now on. I really like Joe, and I hope he comes clean with Steve. I really like them working together. Loved his “stay focused’ to Steve in the office. They are working great together.
So, what did I think of this episode?
Steve was awesome. But what else is new?
Joe was great.
Danny, I didn’t care or feel for.
And plot holes the size of Texas in this episode.
But all in all I’ll give it a good. But with the Season-5 standard in mind. This is by far not the same quality as a good in previous seasons. Not even Larry Teng could save this writing.
But at least it was not a two-part-episode. Thank God for small favors. There was just nothing in it that needed any more time. More Danny in Colombia? Don’t need that. More time of Chin behind bars? Nope, don’t need that either. More running around and trying to deal with the CIA? No, nothing I need. What we did need though were some more scenes on the ground taking down the plant. And not just a few scenes on a cell phone. But other than that, this episode had no potential for being a two hour show.
It could have been awesome, but unfortunately it was not. Again due to sloppy writing. They have such great actors, the writers are simply not getting their act together. At least I feel like such convenient writing and plot holes like in Five-0 makes for bad writing. Sorry to say that.
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