6.12 – Ua ola loko i ke aloha
While McGarrett’s Aunt Deb visits Oahu on a special personal mission, Five-0 must uncover who stole unstable Japanese WWII bombs left hidden on the island, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 15
CBS translated Ua ola loko i ke aloha to Love Gives Life Within
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Sam said she hadn’t begun the review for 6.12 (that’s true) so I told her maybe I could come up with a little something. Trust me, this will not be a detailed review like she does week after week because I am no way nearly as creative and talented as she is. (You are plenty talented and creative. But keep going.) But I can voice my feelings and opinions. And please bear in mind, the following is MY opinion only… (Nah, not really, guess you figured out already that the green butting in here is me, Sam.)
Please bear in mind also that I don’t have the episode in front of me at the moment, so I can’t do exact quotes… I’m relying on my cheesy memory for this.
First off, my vote. WAIT! We don’t do the voting at the beginning. Sigh, that’s what you get when you ask a friend to do the review. 😉 <my review… my timeline…> AWESOME. Totally awesome. This is not the AWESOME of 5.07 – that was in a class by itself. But this was awesome in that the acting totally blew me away. And honestly, even the characters who are generally annoying in my book didn’t mess it up for me.
OK that said, I’m not sure where I even want to begin. I thought the case of the week was good. It held my interest and for the most part, I thought it was well done. (Nodding along.)
A couple of ‘nits’ on it. One, when the man was heading back to the island, why did he put his son on a board and paddle all the way back? Seems like it would have made more sense to put him in a boat and have other people help with the rowing. But I guess this was for effect. I would much rather do things the easy way. (I actually asked myself why didn’t he call the Coast Guard for help? I guess they used the excuse of no reception… again. For me, this made it more ridiculous than dramatic, simply because it was stupid to use the surfboard. But that is often my problem that ‘their’ dramatic is very far away from what I would consider a dramatic scene.)
I am glad the person who shot him turned himself in. I sort of felt sorry for that guy. (And I was surprised how this was all solved. I was even more surprised about the beginning of the case. I was sure the boy would find a dead body, not get shot. That was a surprising turn. Well, they did find the obligatory dead body after all.)
But here’s another nit… If he saw the kid’s shadow and shot him in the opening of the bunker, how did the kid fall down the mountain and receive other injuries? (Yes! I thought he was either lying, or the kid stumbled out of the cave after being shot.) And why didn’t we see any injuries on him when they got back to the island? He was bleeding from a gunshot wound but if I remember correctly, didn’t Kono say he had multiple injuries? (Yes, she said he had various broken bones from a nasty fall. Sorry, but if he fell down that mountain, and had broken bones, you would damn well see that. OK, people might say this is really nit picking. Yeah, maybe. But if you want to tell me a patient was critically injured by a gunshot wound and has many broken bones, you need to have a body that looks like that. IF you show us the injured kid for dramatic effect. By the way, the fall and broken bones were not even necessary. Maybe they added that after they filmed the scenes with the boy. Either way, I think that is negligent. It’s just a job not well done.)
I liked the way they worked through the case and figured it out. Totally loved the scene with Steve and Jerry when Steve realized the man didn’t fulfill his orders because he fell in love with a woman on the island. The look on Steve’s face was wonderful when he was thinking about love and what that man did because of love. Made me think of two other people who love each other even though the circumstances are less than ideal. (Really? Who might that be? 😉 I immediately thought Steve was thinking about Catherine in that scene. I loved the introvert look on his face. Great job. Well, what else is new.)
I liked the scene with Steve and Kono in the truck. I thought it was just enough but not overbearing. It was done well. (It was OK, but I wondered why he said it there. Shouldn’t she know that? I’m sure they had talks like this before since Adam is in jail. I just thought they should have shown us this a few episodes ago. But as I said it was OK.)
I do regret that Steve and Grover didn’t really have a good scene together, but there really wasn’t a lot of time because Steve was spending time with family. (That is true. I always want more Steve and Grover. I think they are truly awesome together. But in this case, there really wasn’t much time for it.)
So now we get to the totally awesome part in my mind. I have always loved Carol Burnett (I have no opinion about her. Is it bad that I don’t care about the actress?) <yes, that’s very bad…> and was interested when I learned she would be on the show. I think she has only had 3 or 4 episodes, but she was truly Aunt Deb. (That is true; she did a good job with the role.)
Steve has spoken about her while “talking” with his dad and you could tell she was important to him. (Ehm, excuse me, but no. This is something the show invented along the way. Steve was sent off to military school when he was 15, or 16, the show is not sure about that, and Steve didn’t see his sister again until a few weeks after his father’s funeral. So, there was no aunt Deb in his life. Sorry, to burst your bubble. That is how the show went until they suddenly decided to have an aunt coming for a visit. She might have been important to Steve then, but he didn’t have any contact with her while growing up.) When I heard she was coming back, I just knew it would be for the last time. But I wasn’t expecting what we got. (I did. And I loved it.) <I thought she would die off screen. >
I loved the first scene with them and her handing the urn to Steve for burial. It was a very poignant and sad scene. I also loved the scene between Steve and Kawika and the honoring of the Hawaiian culture in the way they did. (Those were very touching scenes. I loved how Steve embraced the culture, with how much love and respect. That was really awesome.) I also thought it was good the way that view of Kawika leaving in the canoe (not sure what to call that craft) blended into the one of the kids heading to the island.
Next, we have the bucket list scene. I thought the tattoo was hilarious with Steve telling her not to get one only to hear her say “too late” in that comical Carol Burnett voice. I like that she wanted to fulfill Leonard’s bucket list by driving Steve’s truck. And of course, he couldn’t say no, but I loved the fact that she even played that card.
Danny may doubt… oh, wait, there WAS no Danny in this episode. I guess I forgot to mention that. No further comments from me on that fact…
Danny may doubt that Steve gets car sick, but I never doubted he was telling the truth. (Totally with you there. I even went back to the review of 5.01 to see what I wrote about that confession: “I think Steve made a good argument why he has to drive all the time. I had him say that years ago, and I think he was not lying. 🙂 Why can’t he get car sick, Danny? Maybe not like puking-kind-of-car-sick, but queasy and uncomfortable.
Besides, remember back in 3.20? Cath said all she had was a ready smile and a pack of Dramamine. That’s medication for motion sickness. Who says that was not Steve’s?
There are many forms of motion sickness. I, for example, can ride every rollercoaster, fly around and do all kinds of high speed things. But put me in the back of a car in stop-and-go traffic, well, you should be prepared to clean your car.
So, I’m on Steve’s side with his excuse. Besides, he’s the boss, he gets to drive the car. 😉 And he’s a control freak. LOL)
Although I know that I wouldn’t have wanted to be riding in the truck with my elderly aunt driving like that. But since she had been traveling in LA since before Steve was in camo diapers, I will assume she knew what she was doing. I liked that you could hear Joanie’s voice saying “puke, puke” from the back seat. And I loved that Steve really did look a bit green around the gills. (Yep, that was great. And for the sake of fun I will ignore all the things they did that are an absolute no go. Using lights and siren without the need for it, child endangerment, public safety endangerment… well, as I said I will ignore it all.)
He also didn’t tell Chin he was “fine” when he arrived at headquarters, but admitted that it was a rough ride in.
Loved the scene with Steve, Mary and Joanie in the kitchen with Mary making pancakes, Steve being the boss, and her complaining. And the term “going all Danny Williams on me” or something to that effect. That was a good dig. (I have to confess that I can’t stand Mary. Sorry, guys, stop yelling at me. But I just don’t like her at all. Her voice is like fingernails on a board for me, and… I just don’t like her. I think the actress they picked to play Mary was a huge miscast. I have nothing against her personally, don’t know her, never saw her in anything, and I’m sure she is a very nice person. I just can’t see her as Mary. Never have, never will. But… the scene was cute.) <I think she is good if they had portrayed her as in the first draft of Episode 1.01 in that she came to her father’s funeral high and hitting on the men who came to pay their respects. That is the Mary I imagine. I do like that she has seemed to grow a bit since then, but she was an absolute train wreck.> (It’s on the BR/DVD Season 1 box as deleted scenes. I actually despised her from the minute Steve picked her up at the airport.)
But I knew what was coming next. Only I didn’t expect they would do it the way they did. Loved Steve knocking on the door and telling Deb that Mary was “burning breakfast”. That is such a sibling comment to make. As for this scene, I thought both Alex and Carol nailed it. His realization that something was wrong and then her opening her eyes and giving him a weak wave and both of them knowing that this was it totally shocked me. They did that so well. (It was a great scene. Quiet, peaceful and deep. Perfect.)
And then he read her bucket list, so once again, we know what the next scene will be. And it was perfect with the three of them hiking up that mountain. The end was beautiful. (Yes, it was.)
OK, a couple more points. The child in the kitchen scene was not the same child Steve was carrying at the end. Both Sam and I think the one on the mountain was a boy and not a girl, but we can’t be certain of that. You could surely tell that Alex was comfortable with a child riding on his back. And that child was very relaxed in that seat. We had wondered if that little one was actually Alex’s son, but I would think that would have been leaked if it was. (Would have been cool though, to smuggle him in with no one knowing. 😉 )
And my final point is that the show itself was very good, but the Aunt Deb storyline and how they carried that out was close to perfect in my book. (Wouldn’t go that far, but it was very well done.) I’m sure many people will totally disagree and that is OK. I look forward to reading your viewpoints.
Cokie and Sam
I have one more thing to add. I really liked the scene between Nicky and Deb. And normally I don’t like him much. But that was really great.
Many people said, they cried. Well, I didn’t. Because this was a few years in the making. We all knew right from the start that Deb would die. And frankly, I never developed any real feelings for her, so her passing is sad for Steve, Mary and Joanie. But for some reason it didn’t affect me at all. I thought there were some really powerful scenes, like the death scene and especially the one with Nicky. But none of them brought me even close to tears. If that was the show’s intention, well, they failed. But none the less I think this was awesome enough. <I didn’t cry, but I felt gut-punched when it was over. >
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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.