6-09 – Hana Keaka – Five-0 goes back to school when a college professor is killed and Danny goes undercover as his replacement, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 10
CBS translated Hana Keaka to Charade
A young writer and an experienced director seems to be a great mix.
Ok, let me begin this review with a complaint I have mentioned so many times that it isn’t even funny anymore. Previously on…
I totally get that you want to have a previously on at the beginning of your episode after the summer hiatus, or the mini winter break, or when there haven’t been any episodes for two weeks or so. BUT I do not understand the need for it when the last episode was just last week. And then to put almost only stuff about something into it that will only be barely mentioned in this episode makes no sense at all.
Oh, but it does! You fill up 1 minute and 23 seconds with boring stuff from a previous episode. Which means you don’t have to film any new material. Considering that an episode these days is only 42 to 44 minutes long, well, I’m sorry, but I consider that cheating.
Adding to that the scenes of the scenery, which would be great if it were new scenes and not the same we have seen again and again, the actual episode is down to about 40 minutes. I don’t like this shitty trend to fill the minutes with useless stuff.
And don’t tell me ANY new viewer would have gotten anything out of this previously on. That was just stupid and a filler. Nothing more. And I think they should be ashamed to fill the precious minutes a show runs with such crap.
So, that out of the system let’s go to more delightful things. And there were plenty in Hana Keaka.
The Case …
One of the best aspects of this episode was that it was just one case, and all of them were working on it. Having a little personal story on the side was just the icing on the cake. This was a pretty much perfect example of how I want an episode to go. One case, everyone involved, one small personal story as an extra kick.
That is so much better than two or three cases with all members all over the place. Yes, on occasion I like to see them working different things, but emphasis on occasionally. It seemed like they were doing that all the time lately, and I didn’t like it one bit.
This case however was a delight to watch. Not because it was so well thought out, or it was such a clever crime. Honestly, I didn’t even care much about the how, why and who. I just enjoyed them all working on it. With a case like this I don’t even think about plot holes or inconsistencies. Simply because the crime is not important, it’s the work on it that draws me in. And this was a really fine example for team work on a not so interesting case; but watching them made up for any and all flaws.
I have to say though, walking out of the gun range with the gun? Yeah right. You can forget to give the gun back and walk right out of there. Sure. I’ll buy that. And IF that actually happened I for sure hope they will close down that place.
Kono made me laugh, and in a positive way. Can you believe it?! “I’m done eating bacon.” 🙂 This seems to be the season where I like Kono. Took only six years to warm up to her. LOL
Let’s talk about Adam while we’re at Kono. She said she thinks Adam considers taking the deal. And that the procecutor only wants him because he’s the son of Hiro, who was the high boss of the crime cartel. Well, to be honest, 24 months would be a pretty sweet deal. Yes, one might argue he acted in self-defense, but I don’t think so. He killed that guy without the need of defending himself. He killed him. Period.
And considering all the other crimes Adam committed, maybe it isn’t such a bad thing he has to pay the price for it. You ask what other crimes? Kidnapping Joe White; torturing Joe; holding Kono at gunpoint (assault of an officer of the law); duct-taping her and locking her in the house (kidnapping), assaulting the head of Five-0 (pointing a gun at him and threatening to kill him is considered assault, no physical harm needed for that charge); illegal possession of a firearm. He was never ever charged for any of that. And those are only the things we actually saw. Who knows what else he did.
So, two years actually is a really sweet deal. And maybe he’s considering to take it because he knows what they might also find if they start digging. 😉
Learning curve … 😉
So, they do know the cyber-crime division. 😉 Wiping their server was probably a good idea.
Steve had that windows watch thingy on and off. What was that? Just product placement or is Steve testing new gadgets?
LOL – “Give it time. I’m sure by tomorrow you’ll make their life as miserable as you’re making mine.” Yep, Steve I’m sure he will. Although I think he is a way better teacher than he’s a detective. In my opinion his detective skills are non-existing, but he could fake to be a teacher. To a point at least. I was so hoping he’d stay at the university. I wonder if he could impersonate that persona while he’s with Five-0, or at least when with Steve? That way he wouldn’t be such a nasty person. I could even learn to live with that version of Danny.
But I’m afraid we’ll get the idiot back as soon as the next writer takes his shot at writing him. Sigh.
So, again, Kudos to this week’s writer for making Danny a likeable person. She seems to have a very good handle on all their personalities, something I often doubt when others write for the show. The character traits are often all over the place, like they are interchangeable. Which they are not. But it often feels that the writers never even heard of the characters he/she is writing for. Not so this time. It was very nice and refreshing to watch something where the characters were actually in character.
Anyway, back to Danny. I liked him as the professor. I’m not going into the absolute ridiculous idea any of them going undercover since I did that every time they came up with that oh so brilliant idea. But at least this time it made kind of sense. And I think they pulled it off very well. Nice job all around.
Just ugh. He wasn’t as annoying as usual, but I still could very well live without him. Actually I hope he goes back to Jersey really soon.
The first time I jumped for joy was when Steve told them about Danny having minored in business. And them being completely baffled that Steve knows that. I always thought people are stupid thinking that Steve didn’t do his homework before he took on any of his people. He’s highly trained, he would not partner with someone (or take on his team) if he wouldn’t have checked out that person. He pulled all their files (Lou, Jenna, Lori), trusted Chin because of his dad. I’m sure he did way more than just pull the files.
Same goes for his alleged lack of knowledge of police procedure. I always laugh out loud when people say that or use it in reviews and stories. Everyone believing Steve wouldn’t learn ALL there is about a job he’s taking on, are truly stupid and have no idea what a SEAL is about.
Of course he knows all about his people, probably all their deepest darkest secrets too, and of course he knows all about police work. He would be a fool not to. And Steve might be a lot of things, but he’s no fool. He’s a trained SEAL, an Intelligence Officer and by now a well-rounded law enforcement officer.
It was really nice to hear a writer remembering that. Well done, again. 🙂
Nothing special comes to mind in this episode. But I still thing he’s a wonderful and great addition to the task force. He brings a lot of experience, a lot of humor. He’s a good partner to work with, and a good friend. I always love to see him, and I think Chi McBride does a really great job bringing this character to life.
Chin and Abby…
Oh boy, do I already think they are an item? No, I don’t. I still don’t see much in them. But, let’s just wait and see. I did think they worked well together, but that was it. I don’t see any sparks flying, of any kind.
What I did see… well, I’m probably totally off with this, but I think she has some sinister thing going on. I don’t know, but the last scene her still at Five-0 writing her report? That seemed somehow off to me. I’m interested in what she was really doing there, and I would love to read that report. Does Steve needs to sign off on that?
Seriously, I thought those scenes were strange. I don’t trust her. I’m telling you, something is going on with her. 😉
Now, that was a great use of the character. A small, but important scene. Perfect.
Perfect job for him. Definitely qualified to do that. 😉 But I would have been happy with only the phone call to tell him to do that, and a very brief scene of him sitting there and waiting.
Not seen, but still in the episode. Well done, show.
Glad that he was physically back this time. I always like to see him. He has been there from the very beginning, well, pretty much the very beginning, and I really like that. It’s always nice to have a little bit of Max in the mix.
Steve and Nahele
I’m not saying much of Steve and the case, or Steve and the others. That would just be a repeat of all the other times where I praised the task force leader. He was as awesome as always, but his concern and love for Nahele was what made this episode special.
We all know that Steve is just a big softie who feels deeply for others. It’s part of who he is. You have to have empathy for other people to do the job he has done for many years, or the job he’s doing now. (And yes that goes for the others too.)
He will always step up and fight for what is right or what he feels should be done. I believed him when he said he would always protect that boy. He took it on himself to make his life better, to give him a fighting chance to find his place in life.
I absolutely loved Nahele in this episode, always liked him, but this time I really loved him. How sweet was it that he went to Steve’s house? A place where he felt safe, where he knew he could go and where he would find help.
I wonder if Steve won’t push for legal guardianship now? I think it would be the logical step for them both. It would be good for Nahele to see that Steve really means what he said, and I think it would be good for Steve too. I hope the show won’t forget this storyline for episodes on end; I’d really like to see more of this.
I loved how Steve’s senses went on high alert after learning about Nahele’s dad, but that he was still willing to give him the benefit of a doubt. I must say, the outcome of this really surprised me. Nahele being a witness to a murder. That was a very cool development.
General feeling… or in other words, my verdict
This was an awesome episode. My very first reaction had been a Great, but after watching it a second time, and now reflecting on it, I came to the conclusion that this was really awesome. I would even call it the best episode so far.
It was well rounded, had funny moments, no nasty idiot Danny, solid crime, great teamwork. I hoped for a little more action, I love that stuff, but I’m not sure where that would have fit.
So, I’m happy to say that this was another awesome show.
Reflecting on nine episodes now, and seeing that none of it was worse than a Good… I’m impressed with the show this season.
Now we have time to relax and have to wait until, I think December 11 for the next episode.
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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.