6.18 Kanaka Hahai
When a man is found left for dead drifting off the coast of Oahu, Five-0 uncovers a deadly slave trade operating aboard an illegal fishing vessel. Also, while Danny is out with his children, his car is stolen so he commandeers a bus to chase down the thieves, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Kanaka Hahai to The Hunter
I’m not even sure where to start with my review without tearing apart which was the nonsense of the Danny-part of this ep.
As I already said when I posted the press release, I really didn’t need to see any of that. Well, that is not true. I LOVED the hunter Danny stumbled upon. He was a pleasure to watch.
But let’s start at the beginning of this “Daddy Danno adventure”.
So, let me get this straight, just so that I understand it correctly. SC has a contract that allows him to be in 5 less episodes than the lead? Right? OK, I get that, and I don’t really care, on the contrary. But why on earth do they write an episode where he is completely separated from the team? I mean, he is barely there as it is, and now they don’t even let him play with the team when he is available? On the other hand, I personally enjoy every Danny free minute, so, what am I complaining? No, seriously, I find it very odd. Especially when this story-line was such total crap. My opinion. You can love it all you want. Just saying.
Why do I think this was total crap? Well, first, I think this whole daddy/Charlie relationship is totally bogus. I’m sorry, but Danny is not his daddy. He might be his biological father, but that child would not see him as his daddy. That is Stan. I know, we haven’t seen any of that relationship, but since Charlie is Stan’s only child, one I’m sure he loves with all his heart, he was/is, as I assume, a good daddy to his kid. And I’m sure Charlie also loves his daddy. Stan, not Danny.
They can let Charlie call him Danno. I wouldn’t mind, but the kid would not be jumping for joy to spend time with this guy who suddenly came into his life. That is just wrong.
It is just as stupid as back in the Halloween episode when Danny told Steve his son would not understand when his daddy couldn’t spend Halloween with him. I was laughing my head off back then, because frankly, Charlie wouldn’t care at all if his sister’s dad would spend the day with him or not. And I was still chuckling about their screwed view of the father/son relationship in this episode.
Anyway. And then the next thing. Again with the cell phones? What the heck is wrong with Danny? You are a member of the special task force, and you are out with your kids. And you leave your phone in the car? I’m sorry, but that is just monumentally stupid. And if he wanted to show Grace the importance of being ‘in the moment’, he should have made her turn off the darn thing, not locking it away. And he for sure should keep his phone on him.
So, he crashed the car a few eps back, and now it is stolen. Honestly, I find that highly amusing. But was very disappointed that there was no joke about it at the end of the episode. Major fail in the writing not to use this for an argument between Danny and Steve. Instead we got the lamest ending ever with Kamekona and the discussion about chicken. Please, shoot me now.
But unfortunately, we’re not there yet. Nope. Now we come to THE stupidest writing ever.
What a convenient and so far-fetched coincident that Mamo was driving that bus. Hear me groaning? I love Mamo, and would love to see him more often, but he’s a friend of Steve’s, knows him since he was little Stevie. Having him here as a bus driver was just another example of not knowing how to integrate such great characters.
But now my biggest beef with all of this. Are you serious? You make Danny follow the baddies with the bus full of civilians and children? That was monumentally stupid. And again shows me what a horribly bad detective Danny is. He simply doesn’t know when he is in way over his head.
I’m sorry, but any of the others would have stopped the bus at the station, would have told Mamo to call for back-up, threw all the passengers out, and THEN would have gone after the bad guys. Even Mamo told him to do that.
But Danny is such a hypocrite, preaching water, drinking wine. He would have ripped everyone a new one if he learned one of the others, especially Steve would have done something like that. And I’m sorry, but there was NO need for him to follow them right away. That was just a stupid, stupid decision.
And everyone, Danny included, should have realized that he was so totally in over his head, when he didn’t even know where the baddies went. Without the very cool hunter, Danny would still run around, and probably be lost, in those woods. He wanted to go in the wrong direction.
He put himself and another civilian needlessly in danger. And that is what makes him a really, really bad police officer. Not knowing when to wait for help. Something he always preaches, but never applies to himself.
I read that many thought Danny was a total bad ass. Sorry, but in my eyes, he was a total idiot in this episode, who did not know what he was doing. The more or less lucky outcome does not change the fact that he was reckless and irresponsible. And that no one was hurt was pure luck.
I even have to agree with Rachel that being with him endangers his children. She is right; this time he did that. This time were not the circumstances, like on occasions before, the cause for them to be in danger. He put his children in grave danger. In totally unnecessary danger.
That alone made this a completely idiotic part of the show. And since I’m this brutally honest right now, let’s talk about the kids for a moment.
I know they are kids. But you know, there are kids who can act, and there are kids who cannot. And these two fall in the letter category. I’m sorry, but it’s not enough anymore to look wide-eyed and say Danno. Sorry, Grace, but even when you were younger your acting was better than this. And the boy? He is cute as they can get, but he can’t act shit. But that is OK, he really is just a young kid. So, he is forgiven.
Oh, and by the way, I’m not dissing these two young people. Because I would totally suck trying to act in any play. NO talent whatsoever. But I have seen many, many little kids doing a great job. And sorry, but these two are really bad, and I think they should get more guidance, or more help, or better material to work with. Because this was not it.
Since we again had two completely separated story lines you again get the chance to vote for them. 😉
Sorry for the harsh words for this part of the episode, but I really did not enjoy any of it. Except the hunter. 😉
On with the second part of 618.
We start with Abby throwing her badge into the ocean. Huh. I’m sure there is a law against throwing away your badge like that. There sure is one against polluting the waters of Hawaii. And I thought it was overly dramatic. Again. Sigh.
Next we see her packing and Steve coming to tell her that they are all understanding why she did what she did. Honestly, I don’t have a problem with that. IF that was all that was behind it. Not so sure about that yet. But as far as we know it, she only followed orders, and thought she did the righteous thing. I don’t blame her for that, but could very well live without her staying with Five-0. But as I said times before, that is because I don’t like the actress much. And I’m sure my ‘dislike’ goes over to her role. So far, I haven’t seen anything that would make me like the character despite the actress. But we’ll see what the future brings. She might surprise me.
And I must say, how original from the show to have a woman spy on Five-0 and then falling for one of the guys; making her quit her job. So refreshing and new.
In case you haven’t noticed, yes, that was sarcasm.
So, it seems she is out of the job, and Five-0 offers her to stay with them. Huh, seems that Five-0 really is the place for all who lost a job, or never had one in the first place. Jerry, Lou, Cath, and now Abby. Since she is a woman, and involved with one of the guys… she won’t last long. 😉
And I still don’t see anything between Chin and her. Maybe I’m blind… or something.
Next we have two men in desperate need of rescuing. But shortly, it is clear that only one of them will be saved alive.
Guess it’s not good to be in the water for all those days, especially with a GSW. Max tells them something that makes the case a bit more interesting. The dead guy had already been executed in 2009. Question arises how he was found just recently deceased on a floating device off the coast of Oahu?
After brainstorming at HQ Steve and Lou meet with Jerry. Those were actually good scenes. And I love how Steve went a little further with the ghost stories. Totally got Lou with it.
It was great how they found out what was going on with the two people they found due to the lab results. A tip for anyone interested in forensics, read the book “Dead Men Do Tell Tales”. Highly interesting, and entertaining as well.
Their theory about them being slaves was then confirmed by the surviving man. I thought his story was a bit dragged out, felt a bit too long for me. But it was sad and moving none the less.
And after over 20 minutes we finally see Chin again. Well, and Abby.
They quickly figure out who is behind the operation on-shore. Who has the connection to the fishing boat off-shore.
By the way, I’m not so sure all this trouble would really pay that much. I mean, they only save on the money for the fishermen, but that is probably compensated by the lesser price they get for their fish. So, this whole operation was kind of fishy. 😉 They would probably make more money with a legit operation.
After finding out the connection they pay him a visit. And make a phone call to the boat to lure the captain back closer to the coast. You know, it’s all good and fine, but Kono yelling out ‘we got him’ while the bad guy was still on the phone was very ill timed, not to call it stupid. And why he didn’t hear that over the phone is beyond me.
Honestly, I have no idea who that Clark guy is. Am I supposed to know him from somewhere? He was not mentioned on the boat, but Five-0 knew right away who the human trafficker was. What did I miss? Why did Lou think he would be on the run? Did I forget him being on a previous episode?
Anyway, Kono and Grover arrest him and his gang while Chin and Steve are on their way to free the slaves.
OK, I’m not sure how far Five-0’s jurisdiction goes, or if the coast guard can operate 30 miles off the coast, but in this case I don’t really care. And I’m pretty sure the slaves’ call for help (thanks to the escaped two men) counts as a distress call, so they were well in their rights to board that ship. But actually, that legal jumbo mumbo is really not relevant on a TV show. Logic is, but not something like this.
Anyway, we are treated to wet Steve and Chin, and of course, they are able to free the slaves and arrest all involved. And, oh yeah, Abby’s there too.
I truly love seeing Chin and Steve working together like a well-oiled machine. They are great together. Chin and Steve make a great action team. The best on this show. They are the only ones I actually buy their prowess.
And here you can vote for the Crime of the Week part.
Again, the end was a bit over-dramatic with the family coming to the hospital and the girl seeing her father for the first time. That is the problem Five-0 has, at times, they simply are trying too hard. This again was one of those times.
I guess I need to get used to Abby; seems that she will be back.
So, seems like I had a lot to complain about. Not really, actually. Only the Danny part, but I expected that. I’ll give that something between poor and OK.
But despite all the stupidity and, for me, waste of screen time, I actually enjoyed the rest of the episode. The COTW gets a great.
I’ll give it a solid good all around. Simply because I was well entertained.
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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.