6-06 Na Pilikua Nui
“Na Pilikua Nui” – It’s Halloween, and Five-0 must track down a serial killer inspired by Frankenstein. Also, Jerry calls Five-0 for help when an armed gang raids a blood bank, and Danny must track down Grace who lied and snuck out to a Halloween party, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Na Pilikua Nui to Monsters
Most of the times I kinda dread the “Season’s-specials” like for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or in this case Halloween. Often TV-shows simply try too hard. And Five-0 is no exception to that rule. We had some really awful “Season’s” episodes.
So, this year’s Halloween episode was a really nice surprise. Yes, I can say it right up front, I really enjoyed this one. Of course, that won’t keep me from some nitpicking and from some serious complaints. But also some praise. 😉
Let’s start with the nitpicking.
Timeframes. I thought Danny was driving right over to the mainland. How long did that short drive take? It was kinda midday when he got the call, but he drove, and drove, and drove. It felt like he was driving forever. And when he finally arrived it was pitch black. Did he get lost on the way, or what? And then what? They spent all night to get back to civilization? The arrive the next morning at the hospital. Seriously? Where the heck have they been?
Same with the Vampire/Blood/Case. One minute they were with Kamekona, probably at lunch time, and next it was dark. Where the heck was that clinic?
The show should really watch their timelines. If they point out the time, like when they are on a very early run, the sun shouldn’t be high up in the sky. Same with this week’s driving around the island. It always makes me scratch my head asking if they think nobody will notice such things. I mean, come on.
While at the first crime scene, they already had lights put up along the way (maybe the camp guys did that?); had many technicians there, half of HPD and CSI was already working the case. Then our two heroes come along and Steve needs to tell them to get a K-9 unit and ground radar? Come on, that made me laugh out loud. I’m sure they were already on the way, I mean, they do have procedure for stuff like that. The writers don’t need to let Steve say such obvious things. It’s like stating the obvious for the dumb viewers. We all know that he’s the leader of the investigation, but don’t make the others look stupid and not knowing their job.
Speaking of that crime scene. I think for being there for ten days in the humidity and heat, the body parts looked really good. Really fresh and almost clean. That was kinda strange.
OK, let’s move on to the complaints. Actually there is only one. Yeah, yeah, you read it right, just one.
Eric Russo. Talking about murder victims like he does is not humorous. It’s unprofessional and just wrong on every level. His lack of respect towards the victims is just disgusting. I find his behavior regarding the brutally murdered people disturbing, to say the least. I find him disturbing and disgusting.
So, my wish for Christmas is either change him to a likeable, professional CSI guy, or send him back to where he came from.
I’m actually a bit disappointed in Danny and in Steve for not putting him in his place. For not making it clear to him that his behavior is not acceptable. Just leaving in disgust like Steve did in an episode before or making him stop talking like Steve did again in this ep, and Danny telling him to tone it down a notch is by far not enough.
For me, Eric is the most annoying character they ever came up with.
You know, I’m sure there are people out there who find him just hilarious and an enrichment to the show. But for me, this show is still a crime show. I expect a certain kind of seriousness from it. Especially regarding such a serious science like the CSI part. That is not the part where humor should come from. And quite frankly, this is no kind of humor. I fail to see any kind of humor in this moron’s behavior.
And I don’t freakin’ care if he were the best CSI guy ever walking the grounds. With a behavior like that he has no business in that business.
But enough of that idiot, on with the review.
The Crime of the Week. We actually had three crimes, if you want to call committing a crime what little sneaky Grace did. 😉
When I saw the sneak with Jerry, I groaned about having him in the show again. But you know what, I actually really liked him in this. And I loved the assistant at the blood bank. She was hilariously cool.
I loved how they made fun of Jerry being a ‘heavy guy’, a rather kind description of him. And I certainly loved her remarks “No… because you’re a vampire.” Now, that is humor. It’s dry, it’s to the point and delivered with a straight face. Not overacted, loud or with arms flailing. Brilliant.
But since she was really good, we will probably never see her again. 😉
I liked it how Jerry called Chin and Kono for help, but I wonder if you would really make a video call in that kind of situation. Anyway, I truly enjoyed how they all split up.
But first let’s look at the Chin/Kono case. It was great how they worked with Jerry, HPD and SWAT. Using all resources to first find out what was going on, and then to free the hostages.
Five-0 is saving the State of Hawaii a lot of tax money. The bad guys rarely survive if they encounter any member of Five-0. Their track record of actually booking someone for their crimes is not really good. I would imagine using deadly force to end a ‘situation’ would result in even more paperwork and investigations than the arrest of a suspect. So, that leaves me wondering when is Five-0 doing all this paperwork? 😉
Anyway, the baddies are dead and the good guys are safe and sound.
Danny and his wayward daughter.
It was about damn time that Miss Williams would rebel against her mother and father. It was long overdue. So, I really enjoyed it.
And yes, I even enjoyed Danny. Huh? How can that be? First of all, he wasn’t ranting against his friend. Well, he did in the beginning, GI-Jerk was totally uncalled for, but anyway. I enjoyed his solo-cargument. Can we have that from now on, instead of him constantly insulting other people? That would be cool. I also liked how he handled the whole Grace situation.
And I laughed out loud when he crashed the car. Maybe Steve should give him some driving lessons.
I also liked seeing him with Charlie. That was kinda cute.
So, all in all I enjoyed Danny in this one, but I mostly do when he’s not with Steve, or rarely in the episode. Strangely enough I really like him working with Kono, for example. I don’t know why he’s mostly so nasty and unbearable when with Steve. Well, I do have my theory, but that would be another post. 😉
Anyway, this was a good use of the character.
Lou and Steve’s hunt for Dr. Frankenstein.
As you all know, I love them working together. They are a great team. Well, they weren’t alone on that case right from the start. I also liked the scenes with the hung guy, Danny and Steve. And of course in the blue room. Uh, love the new shirt.
There is really nothing I need to complain about. Well, OK one thing. 😉 What is it with Hawaii and all the houses having no lights and creepy basements? And why did Lou and Steve go to the guy’s house all alone? Sure, for effect, but seriously, that wouldn’t have happened. Maybe all other personal was on the other case? Might be that Hawaii doesn’t have that many police officers. 😉
And what does Lou need all the ammunition for a shotgun for when he’s not carrying one? Anyway, I loved the short fight, and when we see Lou going toward the basement and we only hear the fight. Great scene.
And now to another highlight of the episode. Max and Steve. How great were these two together! Right at the beginning when Steve realized that Max was personally involved. Loved how he offered him to excuse himself from the case.
And then the absolute golden moment thanking him and telling him that he will find his mother in his heart. I loved that.
So, what is my verdict this week? I’ll give it another awesome. But still keeping in mind that there are always different kinds of awesome.
There is the awesome 1.01, 5.07 or 5.24 category. And then there is something like this episode, better than good or great, but, well, you get the idea.
Let’s hope for another, really awesome next week.
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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. Always remember, this is just a TV show.